Ravens practice, 'Jersey Shore' and more Baltimore faves in 10Spot

This year's season will again be choreographed by Martha Graham.

1. Open Ravens Practice
So that 18-day summer training camp that was to be open to the public? Yeah, the Ravens want to make it up to you. They're hosting an open practice Saturday, with gates open at 9 a.m. followed by practice at 10 (early-ish tailgating?). Ravens execs say the team will be doing what they usually do at training camp. And you don't have to drive to Westminster. Consider yourselves forgiven, Ravens. M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St., Downtown.

2. 'Jersey Shore' season premiere
Italy gave us Leonardo da Vinci, gladiators, pizza and Prada. We give them Snooki. Fair trade. 10 p.m. Thursday, MTV.

3. International Festival
The catch-all drawer of the city's Showcase of Nations summer. Translation: music (headliners: Ledisi, War and Third World), arts from West Africa and Asia, a round-the-world food tour and soccer — crazy-popular everywhere but here! Noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Poly/Western High School, Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane. Free.

4. Brian Matusz Bobblehead Night
Just because he's now in the minors doesn't mean Matusz can't be transformed into a bobblehead and given to the first 20,000 fans. Oh, and the O's play the Blue Jays. 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., Downtown.

5. The Gathering: Take 2 food truck rally
I went to the first Gathering, which was pretty cool. There was beer, good food and people asking you to sign up to donate bone marrow. But the lines were a bit too long. So maybe this expanded second event (bigger parking lot this time, with live music) will please the palate even more. Lot across from Red Star, 906 S. Wolfe St., Fells Point.

6. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne
Get a preview for the overly dynamic duo's Nov. 1 Baltimore show with their long-awaited collabo (b's Wesley Case is guardedly optimistic). Look out for additional assists from Frank Ocean, Mr. Hudson and Beyoncé. And a song called "N----s in Paris," which is probably not about Marie and Pierre Curie. Out on iTunes Monday, in stores Aug. 12.

7. Emotions With Jon Hamm
He's all frowns and drunk on "Mad Men," but Hamm can make faces that suggest other feelings. Aloof, shocked, bug-eyed, flattered, mischievous — they're all hilariously compiled here. emotionswithjon

8. Dewey Beach Scavenger Hunt
Time for a road trip! For some reason, I pictured this event involving sand castles and overweight tourists, but it's mostly bar-tastic. Drink up! Plus you can win stuff such as neon signs and coolers for your not-quite-out-of-college abode. Starts at noon at The Starboard, 2009 Highway One. Runs through 8 p.m. $40 team registration at; $50 walk-up. 

9. WTMD's First Thursdays
The hot weather shouldn't prevent you from taking in this ever-popular free outdoor concert series. Up this week: the Bridge, the Dirty Guv'nahs and Nicole Atkins. Shows start at 5:30 p.m. and run until about 8:45. West Mount Vernon Park, North Charles and Monument streets.

10. Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week
By now, you know the drill. At participating city restaurants (correction: many, many restaurants), there's prix-fixe dinners for $35.11, with some offering special lunches for $20.11. The only question: Who's up for taking me out? All week. Runs Friday through Aug. 14.

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