It's to laugh Judging by all the talent headed this way, there might be no funnier place in the entire world than Baltimore this weekend. First up is the master of his domain himself, Jerry Seinfeld, training his bemused, all-observant eye on the world and the people in it. He'll be at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., for two shows Friday, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $62-$77. Also Friday, over at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, it's the ever-opinionated Bill Maher, who undoubtedly will be casting aspersions on politics, religion, popular culture and anything else that crosses his mind. Showtime at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St., is 8 p.m. Tickets are $45-$85. Information: france-merrickpac.com. (With a fast car and a little luck, maybe you can make both the Maher show and Seinfeld's later performance). Finally, the affable Cedric the Entertainer and some of his best friends will be at 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday, for a show hosted by Lil Mo. The laughs start at 8 p.m. Tickets run $28.50-$97.50. (College students with ID can get $5 off the $28.50 tickets, $10 off the others. Information: baltimorearena.com. Tickets for all three shows are available through Ticketmaster, at 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com, or at the appropriate venue's box office.
Peabody Opera Theatre Jules Massenet's "Manon" is the tragic story of an incorrigible French pleasure-seeker, chronically unable to choose between true love and material comforts — kind of like an operatic "material girl." It will be performed this weekend by students of the Peabody Opera, under the direction of Roger Brunyate, with Peabody alum Ken Lam conducting. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Peabody Conservatory's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets are $15-$25. Information: 410-234-4800, x2, or peabodyopera.org
Turkey Bowl One of the nation's longest-lasting high-school football rivalries (the oldest between Catholic prep schools) comes to M&T Bank Stadium on Thanksgiving morning, as the Loyola Dons and Calvert Hall Cardinals meet for the 91st time. Loyola partisans will certainly take comfort from history, bragging that their school leads the all-time series by the comfortable margin of 48-34-8, while Calvert Hall's fans will justifiably counter that bragging rights are theirs for now, having dominated the Dons in last year's melee, 47-28 (the highest-scoring Turkey Bowl). Come on out and joins thousands of students, parents and alumni to see which Towson school earns the upper hand this year. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. at the stadium, 1101 Russell St. Tickets are $8 in advance (available at the schools), $10 on game day at the stadium. For more information, call Loyola (410-823-0601) or Calvert Hall (410-825-4266).
Hey hey, he's a Monkee Davy Jones, teen heartthrob from his days with the Monkees (he was the cute one with the British accent), the guy Marsha Brady got all verklempt over, will be in Annapolis on Sunday. You know he'll sing all of the standards: "Daydream Believer," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "I Wanna Be Free." And even if Micky, Peter and Mike aren't there, wouldn't it be nice to let your mind wander back to the '60s for just one night? The show is set for 8 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St. Tickets are $55. Information: 410-268-4545 or ramsheadonstage.com.
Turkey trots Want to make like a turkey on Thanksgiving Day? You could get stuffed and cooked, but might we suggest something a little less drastic? Perhaps one of several area turkey trots, opportunities for you and your family to run off (in advance) some of that Thanksgiving food you'll be feasting on. Several area Ys have scheduled trots for Thursday morning. The Towson Family Center Y, 600 W. Chesapeake Ave., has a 5K run and 5K family walk set for 8 a.m.; tickets are $25-$35 (410-823-8870). In Catonsville, a trot sponsored by the Catonsville Family Center Y and the Catonsville High School Cross Country Team is set for 9 a.m. at the school, 421 Bloomsbury Ave.; tickets are $25 (410-747-9622). In Harford County, the 15th annual Bel Air Turkey Trot is set for 8:30 a.m. on the Ma & Pa Heritage Trail; tickets are $20-$35 (410-679-9622). And the inaugural Carroll County Y Turkey Trot is set for 8:30 a.m. at 1719 Sykesville Road in Westminster; tickets are $15-$30 (410-848-3660, x223).
'127 Hours' James Franco is Aron Ralston, the hiker who amputated his arm when he became trapped by a fallen rock, in this latest from director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"). Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn also star. Opens in theaters Friday. For a review, turn to Page --.