Get Out: Top weekend events

Your guide to the week's best arts and entertainment

August 20, 2010

Mixfest Ten years ago, who would have guessed Train would be the headliners at a concert also featuring the Backstreet Boys, who were in the midst of selling a couple trillion albums, and Hanson, whose avid following apparently long ago forgave them for "MMMBop"? Well, a monster single like "Hey, Soul Sister" can do that for a band, even one that had been plugging away for 16 years. (Not that Train is a flash in the pan; the 2003 single, "Calling All Angels," was the band's third top-20 hit.) Sunday night's Mixfest at Pier Six Pavilion will feature all three of those bands, plus more. Showtime is 6 p.m. at Pier 6, 731 Eastern Ave. Information and tickets: 410-783-4189 or

Hot August Blues The 18th annual Hot August Blues, featuring music guaranteed to make a sweltering summer night even more sweltering, comes to Cockeysville's Oregon Ridge Park with a lineup that includes Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Keb' Mo', Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, the Bridge, Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers and Dean Rosenthal. Bands will be performing on two stages throughout the day. The gates open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and the music starts at noon at the park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road. Tickets are $40-$50. Information: 877-321-3378 or

Rep Stage "Travels With My Aunt," a stage adaptation of Graham Greene's novel about a retired bank manager whose world is expanded in many ways while traveling with his eccentric Aunt Augusta across Europe, launches the 2010-2011 season for Columbia's Rep Stage. This version, directed by Kasi Campbell, features four actors playing 25 different characters. The opening performance is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, with additional shows set for Wednesdays-Sundays through Sept. 12. Tickets are $12-$30, except for Wednesday performances, where audience members are asked to pay what they can. Productions take place in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: 410-772-4900 or For more on Rep Stage and its coming season, turn to Page --.

Charm City Roller Girls Those bad girls of the Baltimore roller rinks, the Charm City Roller Girls, will be bringing roller derby action to the Du Burns Arena on Saturday night as they take on the Boston Derby Dames' Boston Massacre in a contest guaranteed not for the faint of heart; there's nothing shy or demure about these gals. (And here's betting you'll have to suffer far fewer Boston fans than you would at an O's-Bosox game at Camden Yards.) The event will be preceded by a battle between Speed Regime and the DC Rollergirls All Stars. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the action starts an hour later at the arena, 1301 S. Ellwood Ave. Tickets are $5-$25. Information: For more on skating in Baltimore, turn to Page --.

Games Day Heavens, what hath Dungeons & Dragons wrought? Games Day 2010 offers gamers the chance to simply amble up to a table and jump right into the battle of their choice. (Of course, most visitors won't be approaching the weekend so casually and probably know which games they'll be joining well in advance.) Expect some impressively intricate battlefield tableaux, as gamers use miniature models and their vivid imaginations to not only create the scenarios, but set the rules by which they're played out. With names like The Eternity Gate, Titanicus and Hunt for the Red Orktoba, sounds like there should be mayhem aplenty! The day runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Tickets are $25. Information: For more on Games Day, turn to Page --.

'The Switch' Jennifer Aniston stars as a single mom who discovers, much to her horror, that the anonymous sperm donor who fathered her child was, in fact, her best friend ( Jason Bateman). Oh my. Opens in theaters today. For a review, turn to Page --.

— Chris Kaltenbach

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