moe., the critically well-received prog-rock band, has been around for about three decades. The band has been prolific in that time, turning out 17 albums. Its experimental but accessible approach to rock remains solid on the group's latest studio album, Sticks and Stones. The band performs at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Tickets are $25-$29.50. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.
Art Alexakis performs an acoustic set Friday night at Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore, along with Adam Scott-Wakefield of local blues band Old Man Brown. Alexakis, best known as the lead singer of Everclear, released last year an album of covers such as "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Rich Girl" and "Kicks" called The Vegas Years. Tickets are $5 and proceeds go to Musicians on Call, which provides music to patients in health care facilities. The show starts at 8 p.m. Hard Rock is at 601 E. Pratt St. Call 410-347-7625 or go to hardrock.com.
'The Long Goodbye'
Elliott Gould as a rumpled, low-key Philip Marlowe and a supporting cast including Clifford Irving's mistress Nina Van Pallandt and former baseball pitcher Jim Bouton are among the many enigmatic attractions in Robert Altman's take on Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye. See this 1973 film about the futility of white-knight heroism in L.A. at noon Saturday ($6) and 7 p.m. Monday ($8) as part of the Charles' terrific Altman revival series. The Charles is at 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com.
Savor Baltimore's neighborhoods in a double-bill at the Southeast Anchor library: Fells Point, Baltimore, 1976 (1976), and the Baltimore Neighborhood Heritage Project's assembled recollections of Hampden from its mill-town roots to the present, Memories (1981). The free presentation goes on at 2 p.m. Saturday at 3601 Eastern Ave. Call 410-396-1580 or go to prattlibrary.org.
Two at Towson
Mezzo-soprano Leneida Crawford and pianist Robert Mills will explore the wealth of art songs composed in the 20th century and our nascent 21st at 8:15 p.m. Friday ($5-$13). And pianist Reynaldo Reyes continues his survey of Beethoven's 32 Sonatas with performances of Op. 10 and Op. 101 at 3 p.m. Sunday ($5-$20). Both events are at Towson University's Center for the Arts, Cross Campus and Osler drives. Call 410-704-2787 or go to towson.edu/artscalendar.
At An die Musik
WBJC radio personality Dyana Neal, who sang for years in the Baltimore Opera Chorus, will dedicate "I'll See You Again" to her colleagues in that defunct Baltimore Opera Company during a recital of arias and popular songs at 8 p.m. Thursday ($10, $15). And Joseph Gascho will employ three distinctly different harpsichords in a recital of works by Bach, Scarlatti and others at 7 p.m. Sunday ($5, $20). Both events are at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Call 410-385-2638 or go to andiemusiklive.com.
The American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, will give its "Grand Visionary Award" to musician Donovan "Mellow Yellow" Leitch and his wife, Linda, at the Glow Ball, the museum's annual fundraising gala, starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The museum's Jim Rouse Visionary Award, presented to an individual who lives life according to a "high idea" without regard to making money, will go to "clowning physician" and Gesundheit Institute humanitarian Patch Adams, made famous by actor Robin Williams in the movie with the same name. The ball is a seated gourmet dinner and will include a performance by Donovan, also known for "Sunshine Superman" and "Hurdy Gurdy Man." Tickets are $300 per person to the dinner and an after-party that starts at 8:30 p.m. and runs until midnight. Tickets to the after-party alone are $75 per person. Go to avam.org or call 410-244-1900, ext. 238.
Artist Bridget Sullivan uses digital art to explore "the human relationship to the earth's ecosphere" in Watershed, a solo exhibit that runs through April 11 in the Member Gallery at the School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St. Go to school33.org.
File The Mechanical under "truth is stranger than fiction." In the late 18th century, clever con artists defrauded audiences on both sides of the Atlantic by pretending to build a chess-playing robot named The Turk. This Bond Street Theatre piece has been described as part Monty Python, part Twilight Zone. Through April 5 at Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $10-$20. Call 410-752-8558 or go to theatreproject.org.
Ion is billed as the only Greek tragedy with a happy ending. This modern-dress version of Euripides' play takes place at the Oracle of Delphi and is chock full of political infighting, deceitful rulers and underlings left to clean up their bosses' messes. Any resemblance to Washington is strictly intentional. Through April 12 at Shakespeare Theatre Company, 610 F St. N.W., Washington. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $20-$79.75. Call 202-547-1122 or go to shakespearetheatre.org.
The classic Swan Lake, presented by Moiseev Russian Classical Ballet, comes to the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $22.50-$57.50. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com
Circus is in town
Through April 5, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus presents Over the Top. In the show, clown Tom Dougherty (who has Baltimore roots) vies against ringmaster Chuck Wagner for a magical top hat that makes their wildest imaginings real. Along the way, there are Bengal tigers, skipping Asian elephants, flying dogs and more at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com. For information about the show, go to ringling.com.