Get out: Top Baltimore events

Baltimore Book Festival Every year for the past 15, Baltimore has reaffirmed its nickname as "The city that reads" when thousands of the happily literate flock to Mount Vernon for the free Baltimore Book Festival. The idea is simple: talk books, buy books, meet book authors and otherwise celebrate the abundant pleasures of the printed page. This year's festival will include appearances by more than 100 authors, including actress Holly Robinson Peete, "America's Next Top Model" judge Nigel Barker, "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd, former grappler and Minnesota Governor Jesse Venture and NPR's Michele Norris. There will also be more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, plus food and entertainment. Runs noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday in and around the intersection of Charles and Monument streets. Information: 877-225-8466 or

Sunday in the Country A passel of the biggest acts in country music, including Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, Joe Nichols, Gloriana, Bucky Covington and Matt Kennon, will descend on Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion Sunday for WPOC-FM's "Sunday in the Country." The day-long concert is a big annual thank-you to all its fans from Baltimore's top-rated country music station, and you can bet that listener favorite DJ Laurie DeYoung will be there to try and thank each of them personally. Gates open at 1 p.m. at Merriweather, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Tickets run $45-$75. Information: 410-715-5550 or

Chesapeake Film Festival One weekend every year, Doug Sadler and his friends at the CFF turn Maryland's Eastern Shore into a haven for indie filmmakers and film lovers who long to see what the multiplexes refuse to show. This year's festival kicks off Friday with a 6:30 p.m. screening of " Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child," a documentary centering on a 1980s-era interview with the famed New York graffiti artist and media figure. Tickets for the movie are $25, $75 if you want to attend a post-film reception with live music. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday with a schedule that runs the gamut from Hollywood releases (Floria Sigismondi's 2010 "The Runaways," with Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart) to quirky independents (Lawrence Michael Levine's 2010 "Gabi on the Roof In July") to classics ( Victor Fleming's 1937 "Captains Courageous," hosted by The Baltimore Sun's own Michael Sragow). Movies run throughout Saturday and Sunday at seven different venues in Easton, Oxford, St. Michael's and Cambridge. Individual movie tickets are $8-$10, with weekend passes available for $75. Information: 410-822-1012 or

'Shipwrecked!' Everyman Theatre launches its 2010-2011 season with the Baltimore premiere of this work by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies, subtitled, "An Entertainment. The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As Told By Himself)." Tagged by the New York Times as "a magical theatrical sleight of hand," the play is based on the true adventures of De Rougemont, whose lectures on his exploits were the toast of Victorian England. "Shipwrecked!" runs through Oct. 24 at Everyman, 1727 N. Charles St. Showtimes this weekend are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30-$45. Full schedule and more information: 410-752-2208 or

Nostalgia convention Ever wonder if Mary Ann got along with Ginger on that island? Here's your chance to find out, as Dawn Wells, of "Gilligan's Island" fame and an assortment of other film and TV stars of yesteryear will converge on the Hunt Valley Marriott for the fifth annual Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. Wells will be joined by Roy Thinnes (TV's "The Invaders"), Marsha Hunt ("The Human Comedy"), Mark Goddard ("Lost In Space") and Ed Nelson ("Peyton Place") in signing autographs, talking with fans and generally reminiscing about life on the silver (or TV) screen. Dozens of vendors will also be on hand, selling all manner of things nostalgic. The show runs 9 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday at the Marriott, 245 Shawan Road. Tickets are $15 daily. Information: 443-286-6821 or

Broken Lizard The twisted comedic sensibilities that brought the world "Super Troopers" and "Beerfest" will be at Towson's Recher Theatre for an all-ages show that will certainly leave all sense of decorum checked at the front door. Picture frat boys performing before a paying crowd (which is exactly how Broken Lizard got its start), and you've got some idea of what to expect from the guys who once unleashed "afghanimation" on the world. Doors open at 9 p.m. at the Recher, 512 York Road. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Information: 410-337-7178 or

'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' Michael Douglas gets to reprise his Oscar-winning role as the ruthlessly capitalistic Gordon Gekko, returning to a world where greed is not only good, but legal, in this sequel to 1987's "Wall Street." Opens in theaters Friday.

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: Virgin Mobile FreeFest is 11 a.m. Saturday at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. $125 V.I.P. tickets are still available. Call 877-435-9849 or go to

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