Weekend Guide

November 26, 2009

SATURDAY

AVAM'S BAZAART: It really is possible to find unique gifts for everyone on your list without hitting the mall. The American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, is a great place to start. In addition to dozens of vendors selling handmade wares ranging from jewelry to soap, you can also stop by the incomparable gift shop, Sideshow, or grab some brunch at the new Mr. Rain's Fun House. Bazaart takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Go to avam.org.

CHEEKY MONKEY SIDESHOW: Get out of the house and have some fun with live music, comedy and freaks! This unusual sideshow-esque offering takes place at Load of Fun Studios, 120 W. North Ave., at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10. Go to loadoffun.net.

THANKSGIVING COMEDY SHOW: The funny ha-ha Baltimore Improv Group is at it again, this time riffing on the most sacred of dysfunctional family gatherings at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members, $12 general. Go to creativealliance.org.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: The annual lighting of Hampden's Christmas street gets under way at 6 p.m. Festivities include a lighting countdown, after which visitors can stroll up and down 34th Street, between Keswick Road and Chestnut Avenue, and admire the over-the-top decorations that have become a local tradition. The lighting display takes place nightly through New Year's Eve. The event is free.

CHUCK BROWN: The D.C. go-go legend brings his mix of soul, funk and house music to Rams Head in Annapolis, 33 West St., at 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. Go to ramsheadtavern.com.

JIMMIE'S CHICKEN SHACK: Hear songs from the Annapolitan rockers' latest, "Fail on Cue," at 8x10, 10 E. Cross St. Brian Stewart & The Tell Tale Hearts open the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $13. Go to ticketmaster.com.

LEZ ZEPPELIN: The New York City-based, all-female Led Zeppelin tribute act comes to Bourbon Street, 316 Guilford Ave., at 8 p.m. Ramble on at this all-ages, gender-bending show. Tickets are $15. Go to missiontix.com.

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