Best week ever: Baltimore events, music, movies and more

Mmm ... beer.
Mmm ... beer.(Getty)
MOVIES OPENING (Friday; subject to change)
Higher Ground
The Ides of March
Machine Gun Preacher
Real Steel


Pop Up Video (returns after a decade absence; noon; VH1)
House (season premiere; 9 p.m.; Fox)
The A-List Dallas (series debut; 10 p.m.; Logo)

Made in America (series debut; 8 p.m.; Travel)
Mysteries at the Museum (series debut; 9 p.m.; Travel)
Gene Simmons Family Jewels (season premiere; 9 p.m.; A&E)
Viking Wilderness (series debut; 9 p.m.; Anmal Planet)
Onion News Network (season premiere; 10 p.m.; IFC)
Mad Fashion (series debut; 10 p.m.; Bravo)
Fashion Hunters (series debut; 10:30 p.m.; Bravo)

American Horror Story (series debut; 10 p.m.; FX)
Penn & Teller Tell a Lie (series debut; 10 p.m.; Discovery)
South Park (mid-season premiere; 10 p.m.; Comedy Central)
Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time (season premiere; 10:30 p.m.; Comedy Central)

The League (season premiere; 10:30 p.m.; FX)

Top Secret Recipe (series debut; 9 p.m.; CMT)
Say Yes to the Dress (season premiere; 9 p.m.; TLC)
Sanctuary (season premiere; 10 p.m.; Syfy)

Rules of Engagement (season premiere; 8 p.m.; CBS)

Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event (special; 8 p.m.; E!)

African Cats
Bored to Death: The Complete Second Season
Fast Five
Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series
The Heart Specialist
In Treatment: The Complete Third Season
The League: Season Two
Lie to Me: Season Three
The Lion King two- and four-disc diamond editions [Blu-ray]
The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway
Scream 4
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season

Bonnie Prince Billy, “Wolfroy Goes to Town”
DJ Shadow, “Less You Know the Better”
Dreamers of the Ghetto, “Enemy/Lover”
Feist, “Metals”
Hank Williams Sr., “The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams”
Indigo Girls, “Beauty Queen Sister”
Jack’s Mannequin, “People & Things”
Joss Stone, “The Best of Joss Stone: ‘03-’09”
LIGHTS, “Siberia”
Mayday Parade, “Mayday Parade”
Merle Haggard, “Working in Tennessee”
Misfits, “The Devil’s Rain”
MGMT, “Late Night Tales”
Modeselektor, “Monkeytown”
Mutemath, “Odd Soul”
New Found Glory, “Radiosurgery”
Prince Rama, “Trust Now”
Rodney Atkins, “Take a Back Road”
Ronan Keating/Burt Bacharach, “When Ronan Met Burt”
S.C.U.M., “Again Into Eyes”
Scott McCreery, “Clear As Day”
Styles P, “Master of Ceremonies”
Styx, “Regeneration”
Wayne Static, “Pighammer”
We are the In Crowd, “Best Intentions”
We Were Promised Jetpacks, “In the Pit of the Stomach”
Zola Jesus, “Conatus”


RAMS HEAD LIVE: Skrillex, 12th Planet, et al (Wednesday; sold out); In Fate We Trust/Bella Versa (Friday); Trey Anastasio Band (Saturday)

PIER SIX: Scream. The Next Generation. W/Mindless Behavior and Diggy Simmons (Friday)

BALTIMORE SOUNDSTAGE: Joe Budden (Wednesday); Rubblebucket (Thursday); Battle of the Bands (Sunday)

GOLDEN WEST: Dark Dark Dark/Pillars & Tongues/Secret Mountains (Monday); Thou (Sunday)

TALKING HEAD: Anika (Wednesday); Trans Am/Psychic Paramount (Thursday); College Night (Friday)

SONAR: The Underground 2 (Friday); 2011 Project Independent metal showcase (Sunday)

RECHER: Aries, Septimus, et al (Thursday); Woodswork, et al (Saturday); Nobody Likes Neville, et al (Sunday)

OTTOBAR: Chucklestorm comedy show (Tuesday); Harmonic Blues, Three Man River Band, et al (Wednesday); Tune Yards, Pat Jordache, et al (Friday); The Toasters (Saturday); Bear Hands, et al (Sunday)

METRO GALLERY: Winks, Gem Club, et al (Monday); Arbouretum, Eternal Tapestry, et al (Tuesday); Andy Friedman, Ray Bonneville, et al (Wednesday); Celebration, et al (Saturday)

8x10: The Werks/Jesters of Kindness (Monday); Toubab Krewe/Zongo Junction (Tuesday); Emmitt-Nershi Band/Cris and Kenny of the Bridge (Wednesday); Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes/3 Fifths (Thursday); Technicolor Motor Home (Friday); Splintered Sunlight (Saturday); Dropping Sully (Sunday)

RAMS HEAD ON STAGE: Eric Roberson (Tuesday); Corey Glover/Danielia Cotton (Wednesday)

FILLMORE SILVER SPRING: Levon Helm (Monday); Joe Jonas/Jay Sean (Wednesday); Josh Thompson (Saturday)

9:30 CLUB: Theophilus London/Ra Ra Rasputin (Monday); Ben Harper (Tuesday-Wednesday; sold out); The Bangles (Thursday); Trans Am/Les Savy Fav (Friday); Robert Randolph and the Family Band (Saturday); James Blake (Sunday)

DAR: Il Volo (Wednesday); Chris Tucker (Friday-Saturday)

VELVET LOUNGE: Poe Houe benefit concert w/ Lenorable, Nunchucks, Dance for the Dying, LTW (Friday)

BLACK CAT: Left on Vermont (Tuesday); Beatallica (Wednesday); Screaming Females (Thursday); the Lemonheads (Friday); Tune Yards (Saturday)

ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL: The Funk Ark (Thursday); Ha Ha Tonka (Friday); Fear of Virginia (Saturday)

Revival Series — “Shoot the Piano Player (Monday and Thursday; Charles Theatre)
Fall Film Series — “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” (Monday; Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium, Towson University)
CAmm Cine Salon (Monday; Creative Alliance)
CineFest 2011 (starts Monday, runs through Oct. 26; Gordon Center for Performing Arts)
Baltimore Speaker Series
Ron Chernow (Tuesday; Meyerhoff)
“Painterly Brushwork” exhibit (opens Tuesday; on view through Dec. 31; Steven Scott Gallery)
“Shear Madness” play (opens Tuesday, runs through Dec. 31; Kennedy Center)
Can You Dig It Happy Hour for Parks & People foundation (Wednesday; Waterfront Hotel)
Wes Moore public lecture (Wednesday; Hyman Forum, Goucher College’s Athenaeum)
Glenfiddich Scotch Tasting (Thursday; Morton’s The Steakhouse
Baltimore Beer Week 2011 (Wednesday through Oct. 16; various locations)
Science on Tap: Beer-ology 101 (Thursday; Maryland Science Center)
Baltimore Beer Week Opening Tap Celebration (Thursday; Rams Head Live)
“Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture” exhibit (opens Thursday, on view through Dec. 10; UMBC)
Comedian Angel Salazar (Thursday-Saturday; Baltimore Comedy Factory)
Mondo Baltimore (Thursday; The Windup Space)
Trawler Fest (Thursday-Sunday; Rash Field/BMC Inner Harbor Marine Center)
“Star Wars V. Horror” exhibit (opens Friday; Charmed Life Studio)
Ryleigh’s OysterFest (Friday-Sunday; Ryleigh’s Oyster, Federal Hill)
72 Film Fest (Friday and Saturday; Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick)
“Our Town,” Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (Friday through Oct. 30; Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park)
“Anna Bella Eema” play (opens Friday, runs through Oct. 22; Stand Theater Company)
“Fall/Fail” exhibition (opens Friday, on view through Nov. 9; Brown Center’s Rosenberg Gallery, MICA)
The Streets of Baltimore: Songs of our City (Friday; Creative Alliance)
“All Things Round: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma” exhibition (Friday through Sept. 2, 2012; AVAM)
“Starved for Attention: 195 Million Stories of Childhood Malnutrition” interactive exhibition (Friday-Sunday; Patterson Park)
Bat Country, a beer-lesque review featuring Sticky Buns Burlesque (Friday; Metro Gallery)
Shogun Fights V (Saturday; 1st Mariner Arena)
Baltimore Heritage and Baltimore Black Pride Event — screening of “30 Years of African-American GLBT History” (Saturday, Metropolitan Community Church)
Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest (Saturday; Timonium Fairgrounds)
Cooking Class at the Dogwood (Saturday; The Dogwood)
Kings of Salsa concert (Saturday; Meyerhoff)
“Monty Python’s Spamalot” (Saturday and Sunday; Lyric Opera House”
Pink Ribbon Project (Saturday; Reginald F. Lewis Museum)
Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin (Saturday, and Oct. 22 and 29; Corradetti Glass Studio and Gallery)
Revival Series — “The Soft Skin” (Saturday and Oct. 10; Charles Theatre)
Second French Fair (Saturday; St. Mary’s Park, Seton Hill)
Walk for Paws (Sunday; Howard County Board of Education)
Charm City Wing Wars (Sunday; Mother’s)
Crab feast and auction (Sunday; Timonium Fairgrounds)
Cut-A-Thon (Sunday; As You Like It Hair Salon, Glenelg)
Flying Dog Bachelor Beer Dinner (Sunday; Golden West Café)
Pints & Pancakes (Sunday; Mahaffey’s Pub)
25th Anniversary Showcase (Sunday; Miriam A. Friedburg Concert Hall at Peabody Institute)
Run Wild for Autism (Sunday; Maryland Zoo in Baltimore)
Tour du Port 2011 (Sunday; Canton Waterfront Park)