Weekend Guide

August 27, 2009

FRIDAY

THE FLAMING LIPS: While you wait for "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" to hit Broadway, a live performance from Wayne Coyne - with or without his giant, crowd-pleasing hamster ball - should help pass the time quite nicely. Maybe the band will even perform one of its great covers like "Seven Nation Army" or "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Explosions in the Sky and Stardeath and White Dwarfs also perform. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30-$40. Go to ticketmaster.com.

THE CARNIVAL OF BROS! The Baltimore Rock Opera Society holds a fundraiser for its coming debut production, "Grundlehammer." The event includes comedy by Tim Paggi; burlesque performances by Paco Fish and Debi Gonzales; and musical performances by AK Slaughter, Soda Drinkers and Wild Bonerz (Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad side project doing bluegrass covers of 1980s songs). Additionally, The Hammered performs works from the "Grundlehammer" soundtrack. The event takes place at Load of Fun Studios, 120 W. North Ave., at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, which includes two free drink tickets. Go to baltimorerockopera.org.

SCOOTER RALLY: Vintage scooter enthusiasts can enjoy three days of rides, barbecues, music and fun around town. Registration starts at 7 p.m. at Dionysus, 8 E. Preston St., followed by music from the Charm City Soul Club. On Saturday, there's a ride to Patapsco State Park, followed by live music at Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., at 9 p.m. The Black Hollies and Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies perform. Tickets for the concert are $10. Go to myspace.com/bcityweekender.

MINI SCAVENGER HUNT: Harm City Homicide, Baltimore's male flat track roller derby team, holds a fundraiser at The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. So, gather your friends together and find stuff. Tickets are $15 for a team of four in advance and $20 for a team of four the day of. Go to harmcityhomicide.com.

"CINEMA PARADISO": The jovial, neighborly summer tradition comes to an end with the film that inspired it all, "Cinema Paradiso." If you haven't made it to Little Italy yet this summer, here's your final chance. The film screens at the Little Italy Open Air Film Festival, High and Stiles streets. The film starts at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Go to littleitalymd.com.

SUMMER SOUNDS AT THE SQUARE: Party with the roots music of Baltimore-based, seven-piece Junkyard Saints at Belvedere Square, 540 E. Belvedere Ave., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Go to belvederesquare.com.

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