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BronyCon, Baltimore Restaurant Week and the Big Glen Burnie Carnival: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week

BronyCon, Baltimore Restaurant Week and the Big Glen Burnie Carnival: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week
The Big Glen Burnie Carnival returns to northern Anne Arundel County July 27-Aug. 4. (Steve Ruark / Patuxent Publishing)

The Big Glen Burnie Carnival

A northern Anne Arundel County tradition for more than a century and one of the area’s premier summer events, the carnival features rides ($25 for a ride-all-night wristband, which could seriously test your endurance), midway games (and the stuffed-animal prizes that go with them), bingo, the chance for some serious people-watching and, naturally, tons of food. Good times like this are what gives summer a good name. 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. July 27-28 and Aug. 3-4, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. July 30-Aug. 2 on the grounds of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association building, 19 Crain Highway South. Free admission. gbia.org.

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BronyCon takes over the Baltimore Convention Center July 27-29.
BronyCon takes over the Baltimore Convention Center July 27-29. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

BronyCon

The annual celebration of the TV series “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” and the people who love it with a passion returns to the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., for the sixth year running. All sorts of special guests are slated to show up, including Tony winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall, the voice of Countess Coloratura, who will be on hand Saturday and Sunday. There’s also Bronypalooza, two days of fandom music featuring 15 separate sets. Opens at 10 a.m. July 27 and runs through 5 p.m. July 29 at the convention center and the Hilton Baltimore, 401 W. Pratt St. $30-$40 daily, $40-$125 for a three-day pass; kids 5 and under get in free. bronycon.org.

John Cleese will host a screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" on July 28 at the Lyric.
John Cleese will host a screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" on July 28 at the Lyric. (Paul Marotta / Getty Images)

John Cleese Live on Stage

As if watching “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with a few hundred of your most discerning friends wasn’t enough, you get to hear from Sir Lancelot the Brave himself, relating war stories about the filming and otherwise offering insight into what it was like to so gleefully trash the legend of King Arthur. Unladen swallows welcome, regardless of how fast they fly. 7:30 p.m. July 28 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $45-$250. modell-lyric.com.

Harford County Farm Fair

Six days of fun, Harford County-style! Includes a talent show, stage performances, an artisan’s village, an antique tractor pull and a Buy Local Showcase Tent, to include local wineries, distilleries and craft breweries. And, of course, the not-to-be-missed Farm Baby Costume and Pie Eating contests. 3 p.m.-10 p.m. July 23-26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 27-28 at the Harford County Equestrian Center, 608 N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air, with off-site parking. $2-$8 daily, free for kids 5 and under with paying adult. farmfair.org.

Charlie Wilson will perform at MECU Pavilion July 25.
Charlie Wilson will perform at MECU Pavilion July 25. (Jason Kempin / Getty Images for NMAAM)

Charlie Wilson

A sound that’s equal parts R&B, funk, hip-hop and soul, from one of the best. Also on the bill: Avery Sunshine. 7:30 p.m. July 25 at MECU Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $30-$173.33. livenation.com.

Baltimore Restaurant Week

Savor good food on a budget at 100 restaurants: two-course fixed-price brunches and lunches from $12-$20, three-course dinners from $20-$35. Starts July 27 and runs through Aug. 5. For a list of participating eateries: baltimorerestaurantweek.com.

Smashing Pumpkins will perform at Royal Farms Arena July 27.
Smashing Pumpkins will perform at Royal Farms Arena July 27. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images for ABA)

Smashing Pumpkins

Fans are gonna love this one: The Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour is the first in 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha. 7 p.m. July 27 at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $29-$200.33. royalfarmsarena.com.

TCCA Dance Party

Join the Town Center Community Association and the Gayle Harrod Band for a free concert on the grounds of Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. All proceeds from the cash bar will be donated to the Ellicott City Relief Fund. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. July 25. Registration encouraged, through eventbrite.com.

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Still from Disney/Pixar's "Coco."
Still from Disney/Pixar's "Coco." (Handout)

Merriweather Movie Nights: ‘Coco’

Outdoor movie nights at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, continue with this Oscar winner from 2017 about a young boy searching the Land of the Dead for his musician grandfather. Trust us, it’s not as foreboding as it sounds. 7 p.m. July 25. $10. merriweathermusic.com.

Art/Sound/Now: Paul Rucker and Liz Meredith

Experience the Walters Art Museum through a new set of senses, as violist Liz Meredith performs an original work meditating on the landscape paintings in the exhibit “From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story,” while artist Paul Rucker offers his own sonic interpretations of works in the 13th-15th century Italian galleries. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. July 26 at the Walters, 600 N. Charles St. $7-$10. thewalters.org.

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