AMERICAN CA$INO: This documentary, filmed in Baltimore, explains how the current economic recession affects the working class. The film's premiere screening, to benefit the Community Law Center, takes place at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, at 7:30 p.m. The screening is followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are $10. Go to senator.com.
PEACHES: Electronic musician Peaches is no peach. Her songs are best known for their explicit lyrics, and her stage shows, which often explore gender identity, can get raunchy. She performs with Men and Ponytail at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St., at 9 p.m. This is an all-ages show. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Go to sonarbaltimore.com.
PORTRAITS OF THE ARTISTS: Evergreen Museum & Library, 4545 N. Charles St., and the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival present a reading of "A Picasso" by Jeffrey Hatcher. The play is a drama about art, politics and intrigue set in Paris in 1941. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is approximately 70 minutes long with no intermission. Tickets are $12 general, $10 members and $5 Johns Hopkins students. Arrive early for a pre-show reception and to view Picasso's "The Poet." Call 410-516-0341 or go to museum.jhu.edu.
CONFESSIONS OF A ROCK STAR ... LAUGH LINES AND LYRICS: The Smithereens' front man Pat DiNizio brings a night of comedic storytelling and acoustic music to Magooby's Joke House, 9306 Harford Road, at 8 p.m. DiNizio will share tales of his life on the road and the 1980s music scene. Tickets are $20. Call 410-356-1010 or go to magoobys.com
THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP: Charles Ludlam's spoof on gothic mysteries includes plenty of murder and mayhem at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St., at 7:30 p.m. and through Dec. 13 at various times. Bruce R. Nelson (who amazed audiences in Everyman's "I am My Own Wife") and Clinton Brandhagen star. Tickets are $20 to $40. Go to everymantheatre.org.