A pair of comedies
Ireland's Druid Theater Company presents a double bill of playwright J.M. Synge's tart comedies. The Shadow of the Glenn, Synge's first staged work, is a one-act exploration of a decaying marriage. In The Playboy of the Western World, a farm boy improbably becomes catnip for women after he claims to have killed his father. See the performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington, at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday. $65. Call 800-444-1324 or go to kennedy-center.org.
Mary Carole McCauley
The singer and actress, who has won praise from critics in Baltimore, Washington and New York, will perform her cabaret act Another Time, Another Place, in which she uses her shimmering soprano and such standards as Paul Simon's America to create characters and tell stories. See her at Germano's Trattoria, 300 S. High St., at 7:30 tonight. $10, plus $15 minimum for food and drink. Call 410-752-4515 or go to germanostrattoria.com.
Mary Carole McCauley
Kelly Bell Band
The Baltimore-based blues-rock band remembers its roots by paying tribute to Bo Diddley. Bell, the group's frontman, started his career at the 8x10 more than a decade ago when he opened for the late rock 'n' roll innovator. See the band at 7 tonight at the 8x10, 10 E. Cross St. Tickets are $15 and available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-7328 or going to ticketmaster.com.
Rashod D. Ollison
In the '90s, Blues Traveler was part of the jam-band revival. The group's hit "Run-Around" was one of the biggest smashes of 1995 and snagged a Grammy. The group's latest album is North Hollywood Shootout, released in August. See Blues Traveler at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Tavern, 30 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $65 and are available at ramsheadtavern.com or by calling 410-268-4545.
Rashod D. Ollison
The Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, led by Jason Love, will open its season with such big-hearted, vivid works as Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and Brahms' Academic Overture from the 19th century, as well as Michael Daugherty's jolting showpiece from our own time, Route 66. The concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. Tickets are $5 to $15 online at gbyo.org or $10 to $20 at the door.
As part of the International Cello Festival at Towson University, German cellist Alexander Hulshof will give a recital that features works by Schubert, Schumann, Shostakovich and others. Tickets are $8 and $15. The recital is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Towson's Center for the Arts, Cross Campus and Osler drives. Call 410-704-2787 or go to centerforthearts.towson.edu.
'The Great McGinty'
In Preston Sturges' uproarious The Great McGinty, Brian Donlevy plays a hobo who cheerfully masters the corrupt urban-American way of politics and rises all the way to a governorship, before a sudden turn of honesty makes a political chump out of him. It's full of classic lines like, "If it wasn't for graft, you'd get a very low type of people in politics, men without ambition, jellyfish!" It plays at noon Saturday, 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. next Thursday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com.
Free Fall Baltimore
Free Fall Baltimore concludes its film programming Tuesday with the year's most acclaimed documentary, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Trouble the Water, an account of Hurricane Katrina rooted in the character and creativity of New Orleans native Kimberly Rivers Roberts, a filmmaker and musician who shot movie footage encompassing the prelude to catastrophe, the storm itself, and the increasingly bitter aftermath. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. at Maryland Institute College of Art's Falvey Hall in the Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave.
Barry Bergdoll, chief curator of architecture and design at New York's Museum of Modern Art, appears at the Baltimore Museum of Art to discuss the impact his museum's exhibits have had in influencing trends in residential design. "At the Museum: Exhibition Houses from Breuer to Digital Fabrication" is the title of Bergdoll's free talk at 6:30 p.m. today at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive. It's sponsored by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and the family of Robert E. Lewis as part of Baltimore Architecture Week. Go to aiabalt.com for a complete schedule of events.
To celebrate the 100th birthday of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Art Museum of the Americas has mounted an exhibition of his drawings, sculptures, paintings, furniture and other work. It runs through Sunday at the museum, 201 18th St. N.W., Washington. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; admission is free. Go to museum.oas.org.
The 25th annual ZooBooo! will feature food, games, and arts and crafts to celebrate the Halloween season. The hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park. Free for zoo members and children younger than 2; for nonmembers, regular zoo admission prices of $11 for adults and $9 for kids apply. Call 410-366-5466 or go to marylandzoo.org.
Indulge in popcorn, apple cider, storytelling and pumpkin painting at the Maryland Historical Society's Historical Halloween. There will also be Victorian fortune-telling games during the Halloween Happenings for Kids of All Ages at the event, which takes place 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The society is at 201 W. Monument St. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors. Kids younger than 12 are admitted free. Call 410-685-3750 or go to mdhs.org.
Experience The Phantom of the Opera like never before with live music by organist Larry Molinaro accompanying the silent film. The performance will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 199 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students, plus $3 service charge. Call 410-280-5640 or go to www.marylandhall.org.
Allan Bennett of Bennett's Curse presents the haunted house tours "House of Vampires" and the "Sanctuary of Insanity" Thursday through Sunday. Box office opens at 7 p.m. in Arundel Mills, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover. Cost is $20 a person. The tour is not recommended for kids younger than 10. Call 410-538-6461 or go to bennettscurse.com.
Haunted Factory Tours
Explore the Museum of Industry after its transformation into a haunted house during the Haunted Factory Tours, which include face painting, Halloween crafts, movies and a performance by the Golden Radio Buffs of The War of the Worlds. The tours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 1415 Key Highway. The cost is $8 for adults ($6 for members) and $4 for kids ($3 for members). Call 410-727-4808 or go to www.thebmi.org.