Chris Brown at Sonar in 2009 (Baltimore Sun )
Saturday was a busy day. There was the book festival and Legacy Chase and Big in Japan and Height with Friends, and the list goes on and on. Where were you? Did you make it to the Deadmau5 show in Silver Spring earlier in the week? How did it compare to his set at Virgin FreeFest? This week, the big acts are Chris Brown and a pair of iconic 90s indie musicians, Jeff Mangum and Stephen Malkmus. Elsewhere, there is: Gunky's Basement, Shellac, the Nintendo Challenge Level 3, Second City, the Baker Artist Awards and Deep Sugar.
On Monday, it's the first of Jeff Mangum's two nights at 2640, 2640 St. Paul Street. Mangum is playing few shows on his Fall tour, and Baltimore snagged two of them. Ticket purchases are limited to two per person. The one-hour show starts at 6 p.m. $27.
On Tuesday, Gunky's Basement returns to the Charles with the excellent Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers." Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche will again introduce the movie. 9 p.m. 1711 N. Charles St. $5.
On Wednesday, Chris Brown performs at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., as part of his F.A.M.E. tour. 7 p.m. $39.75. In 2009, he performed at Sonar. Also, Shellac will perform at Sonar. 8 p.m. $13.
On Thursday, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks perform at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. 7 p.m. $20. The band is promoting new album "Mirror Traffic." Also: experimental Denver band Woodsman performs at Metro Gallery, 1700 North Charles St., along with Sri Aurobindo and Brenda Sullivan, of Weekends. 9 p.m. $8.
On Friday, Nintendo Challenge returns to Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th Street. This time with Tetris Challenge. 10 p.m. $3 sign-up fee to compete in the two-player contest.
On Saturday, Deep Sugar throws its second 8th anniversary party at the Paradox, 1310 Russell St. If the first one was any indication, this one should start to get crowded at 4 a.m. Doors at 11 p.m. $15. Also: the Baltimore Museum of Art will host a late-night after party for the Baker Artist Awards. 10 Art Museum Drive. 7 - 11 p.m. Free.
On Sunday, Center Stage is again hosting Second City through October 16. The comedy troupe has a brand new show about Baltimore. 700 N. Calvert St. Performances at are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-50.