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MAY

All Time Low. The local pop-punk heroes return home to play a show in support of their sixth album, “Future Hearts.” May 24, 6:30 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $22-$35.

Maryland Deathfest. The annual festival returns with some of the best band names in music, including headliners Napalm Death, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Sodom, Arcturus, and Obituary, just to name a few. Wear your best studded vest. May 21-24, various times,  various locations, marylanddeathfest.com, $25-$175.

Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Chase Rice. A trio of bro-country favorites, here to sing about sipping beers and good times. May 27, 7 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $50-$326.50.

George Thorogood and Brian Setzer. The old stalwarts of blues-y and rockabilly revival rock, respectively, share the stage on the waterfront. May 31, 6:30 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $35-$75.

JUNE

The Decemberists and Father John Misty. The Grammy-nominated storytelling folkies bring new, verbose jams from seventh album “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” to Columbia. June 4, 7:30 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $38.50-$48.50.

Capital Jazz Fest. Maze, Boney James, Roy Ayers, Kenny G, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and Michael McDonald all headline. June 5-7, various times, Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $56.50-$205.

Florence + The Machine. The English baroque indie band brings its soaring vocals and new songs off its 2015 album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” to HoCo. June 9, 8 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $45-$65.

Mumford and Sons. Guess what: I got a fever, and the only prescription is more kick drum. June 10, 7 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $45-$75.

Tyler, The Creator. The off-kilter Odd Future rabble-rouser tours in support of his latest solo effort, “Cherry Bomb.” June 10, 8 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $30.

Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional. The mid-’90s post-grunge band and late-’90s emo act share a stage at long last. June 17, 7 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $30-$50.

Firefly Music Festival. Paul McCartney, Charlie XCX, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Snoop Dogg Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Kid Cudi, and Zedd are just some of the headliners at this huge four-day festival. June 18-21, The Woodlands, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, Delaware, (302) 883-6500, fireflyfestival.com, $299-$699.

Shonen Knife. The all-female Japanese punk band bring three decades’ worth of hook-heavy tunes to Station North. June 19, 7 p.m., Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) 244-0899, themetrogallery.net, $17, advance $15.

Hozier and The Antlers. The Irish singer-songwriter takes you to church along with Brooklyn indie faves The Antlers. June 20, 8 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $40-$55.

Rodrigo y Gabriela. The Mexican duo brings their brand of acoustic rock, blending jazz and world music, to the Inner Harbor. June 20, 8 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $35-$75.

Huey Lewis & The News. Lewis and crew are here once again to prove the heart of rock ’n’ roll is still beating. June 21, 7:30 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $35-$75.

Gogol Bordello and Flogging Molly. The gypsy punks and Irish punks prove that punk can be danceable too. June 25, 7 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $35-$45.

 

JULY

The Melvins. Loud as fuck and as sludgy as ever, King Buzzo and crew return to shred their guitars and your ear drums. July 2, 9 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $18.

The Band Perry. The sibling act behind the rather-morbid 2010 hit ‘If I Die Young’ plays radio-friendly country for the masses. July 2, 7 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $35-$65.

Swirlies. The criminally underrated ’90s shoegazers come to town. But don’t worry, they won’t give you a swirly in the bathroom. July 7, 8 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $12.

Idina Menzel. Adele Dazeem—er, no. Idina Menzel, the singer best known for ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s “Frozen,” performs pop and theater favorites in addition to songs from her own catalog. July 8, 8 p.m., The Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., (410) 837-7400, france-merrickpac.com, $50.25-$122.75.

Guy, Blackstreet, 112, El DeBarge. These ’80s and ’90s mainstays of soul and R&B radio are bring smooth and sexy to an outdoor show on the water. July 11, 8 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $39-$125.

Seth MacFarlane. The “Family Guy” creator and overall wise-ass performs Big Band music and classic American songs with the backing of the BSO. July 16, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $28-$88. 

SLIGHTLY STOOPID, Dirty Heads, The Expendables. Big fan of weed? So are these stoner rock bands. Toke up and enjoy the jams, brah. July 16, 6:30 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $30-$40.

Ratscape. Celebration, Sexgender, Eze Jackson, Ami Dang, and many, many more of Baltimore’s best bands pack into a small, sweaty space for three days of awesome music. July 17-19, various times, Hour Haus, 135 W. North Ave., facebook.com/RatscapeBaltimore, $5 per day.

Jill Scott. Boasting acting credits, acclaimed poetry, and Grammy statuettes, the versatile singer brings her dynamic live show to Baltimore. July 18, 8 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $32-$122.

Vans Warped Tour. Skate or die with pop-punk and emo favorites such as August Burns Red, Senses Fail, While She Sleeps, and many more. July 18, 11 a.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $38.50-$45.

Umphrey’s McGee. Improg—that would be progressive improvisation, duh—favorites Umphrey’s McGee mix together rock, funk, jazz, blues, electronic, bluegrass, and folk. Tight. July 19, 7 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $25-$40.

Liturgy. Brooklyn’s “Transcendental Black Metal” comes to town with new songs from third album “The Ark Work.” July 22, 8 p.m., Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) 244-0899, themetrogallery.net, $12.

Sam Smith. Not long after winning all the Grammys, the English pop singer is touring with blue-eyed-soul hits such as ‘Stay With Me,’ ‘Lay Me Down,’ and ‘Leave Your Lover.’ July 24, 8 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $45-$97.50.

3 Doors Down and Seether. Your favorite radio-friendly alternative rock acts from your angsty high school days share a bill together. July 28, 7 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $29.50-$509.50.

 

AUGUST

CSR 9 Year Anniversary. An appropriately badass show for a badass record store. Texas garage rockers Radioactivity are joined by local punks Deep Sleep, who are marking 10 years as a band. More TBA. Aug. 1, 8 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $12.

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Doyle Bramhall II. Three stellar blues revivalists bring an updated take on the AAB pattern and 12-bar format to Pier Six. Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $25-$75.

Faith No More and The Refused. At some point, though we’re not sure when, these Red Hot Chili Peppers acolytes became “a big deal.” ‘Epic’ is a great jam, but really y’all? This? Anyway, they have a new album out. Aug. 2, 8 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550,merriweathermusic.com, $40-$55.

Gordon Lightfoot. The Canadian singer-songwriter behinds such hits as ‘If You Could Read My Mind,’ ‘Sundown,’ and ‘Carefree Highway’ performs. Aug. 5, 8 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $35-$85.

Summer Spirit Festival. Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, Floetry, Estelle, Junkyard Band, and many more bring the summer vibes. Aug. 8, 3 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $48-$125.

Sublime With Rome, Rebelution, Pepper, Mickey Avalon. A stoner nostalgia act/ is what I got/ I said remember that. Aug. 8, 6 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $25-$59.50.

Yes and Toto. Finally, you can hear the prog-y noodling of ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ and the synth-y opening bars of ‘Africa’ in one place. Aug. 12, 7 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $36-$275.

Hot August Music Festival. Counting Crows, Punch Brothers, Railroad Earth, Shakey Graves, The Infamous Stringdusters, and many more perform. Aug. 15, 11 a.m., Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, (877) 321-3378, hotaugustmusicfestival.com, $59-$178.

Phish. The jam-band heroes jam for hours and hours on end, breaking out rare and classic jams and improvising jams in between. Good chance the po-po will make a drug bust in the parking lot, so be chill. Aug. 15-16, 7 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $45-$65.

Crack The Sky. Baltimore’s favorite prog heroes return to rock the Charm City faithful. The Ravyns, Dave DeMarco Band, and Midnite Run open. Aug. 22, 6 p.m., Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $25-$50.

Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, A Thousand Horses. Formerly the frontman of  family-friendly pop act Hootie and the Blowfish, Rucker has had quite a second act as a popular country star. Aug. 22, 7 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $40-$199.

Earl Sweatshirt. Odd Future’s most talented rapper comes to town in support of his second solo album, “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt.” Aug. 25 at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $30.

SEPTEMBER

Death Cab for Cutie and Explosions in the Sky. The indie sad sacks, fresh off the release of the more synth-y “Kintsugi,” are joined by the instrumental-heavy post-rockers from Texas. Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $40-$55.

The Shindig. The best festival of 1999 rolls in with Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Anthrax, Clutch, Chevelle, and more. Sept. 19, 1 p.m., Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd., theshindigbaltimore.com, $60-$150.

 

Festivals

MAY

Balticon. Featuring panels, artists, film screenings, and more, this convention for sci-fi and fantasy fans has a little bit of everything. Featured guests this year include Jo Walton, Ruth Sanderson, Erica Neely, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, and more. May 22-25, various hours, Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, balticon.org, $32 Friday, $45 Saturday, $40 Sunday, $65 full weekend.

Sowebo Arts and Music Festival. Shop from jewelers, artists, leather crafters, and designers, enjoy music on three stages from DELTAnine, TT The Artist, Blaqstarr, Fake Flowers Real Dirt, and others, and enjoy food at this street festival. May 24, noon-8 p.m., 1100 block of Hollins Street, soweboarts.org/festival.html, free.

Charles Village Festival. Head to scenic the Wyman Park Dell for food, arts and craft vendors, and music from The Cherry Pitts, Technicolor Motor Home, Obtuse, Hectic Red, and many more. There’s a 5K Saturday at 8:30 a.m. May 30 11:30 a.m., May 31 12:30 p.m., Wyman Park, North Howard and West 29th streets,charlesvillagefestival.net, free.

JUNE

Filipino Festival. Featuring cultural presentations, music, arts and crafts, games, and more. June 6 , 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, (443) 812-3241, katipunan.org, $3.

Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival. Sample hundreds of wines, snack on food, enjoy live music, and shop for arts and crafts from various vendors. June 6-7, noon, Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, uncorkthefun.com, $28-$79. 

St. Anthony Italian Festival. Featuring vendors, food, music, kids activities, Italian food, wine, and beer in Baltimore’s historic Italian enclave. June 6-7 at Little Italy, Stiles and Exeter streets, littleitalymd.com, free.

Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival. Enjoy live music near Cross Street Market while sipping on beer or wine and perusing the wares of local vendors. June 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., East Cross and South Charles streets, 410-727-4500, historicfederalhill.org, free.

St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival. Head to the heart of Greektown for four days of Greek food and drink, dancing, live music, kids activities, and more. June 11-14, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St., (410) 837-4636, stnicholasmd.org, free.

Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival. Lots of crabs, lots of beer, and a spectacular Inner Harbor view. It’s the best of a Baltimore summer all in one package. June 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., Rash Field, 201 Key Highway, mdcrabfest.com, $89.

HonFest. Head to the Avenue in Hampden for beehive hairdos, cat’s eye glasses, drinks, vendors, and more. June 13 11 a.m.-10 p.m., June 14 noon-6 p.m., 36th Street between Falls Road and Chestnut Avenue, honfest.net, free.

African American Festival. Sheila E., Faith Evans, and Doug E. Fresh are just a few of the musical headliners in this year’s lineup. Attendees can also enjoy the beauty bar, beer garden, and Black Enterprise Empowerment Zone. June 20-21, Camden Yards Sports Complex, 1101 N. Russell St., africanamericanfestival.net.

JULY

Polish Festival. Featuring live music and polka dancing, artisans, vendors, Polish food and beer, and more. July 11-12, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, (410) 276-4019, pcamaryland.org.

Otakon. Fans of manga and anime gather to celebrate their favorite shows and characters. Activities include LARPing, shopping from dealers, artist panels, and more. July 24-26, Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., (410) 649-7000, otakon.com.

22nd Hamilton Street Festival. Shop from 60 vendors, enjoy four stages of live entertainment, play street games, and more. July 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 5500 Harford Road, (410) 319-7150, bmoremainstreet.com, free.

Baltimore Pride. The city’s LGBTQ community celebrates with a parade and block party on Saturday and a festival of music and entertainment on Sunday.  Highlights include the high heel race, king and queen pageant, and date auction. July 25, 3:30 p.m., Mount Vernon, July 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave., (410) 777-8145, baltimorepride.org.

AUGUST

Bronycon. A con for fans of “My Little Pony” that includes more than 100 panels and activities, guest appearances, and more. Aug. 7-9 Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., (410) 649-7000, bronycon.org, $70-$125.

El Festival Latino de Maryland. Enjoy music from Aniceto Molina, K-Paz De La Sierra, and Frank Reyes, vendors, and Latin American cuisine. Aug. 9, 10 a.m-9 p.m., Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, (410) 327-0226, marylandlatinofest.com.

 

Maryland Renaissance Festival. Eat a turkey leg or other food items on sticks, watch a jousting match, throw hatchets and knives, drink lots of beer, and enjoy all things medieval in the woods. Aug. 29-Oct. 25, 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, (410) 266-7304, rennfest.com, $24.

 

Fourth of July

A Capitol Fourth. The National Symphony Orchestra performs a patriotic concert before fireworks light up the National Mall in our nation’s capital city. July 4, 8 p.m., west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, East Capitol and First streets, Washington, D.C., pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth, free.

Baltimore July 4th Fireworks Dinner Cruise. Board the Spirit for an open bar, DJ and dancing, and a front-row seat to the Inner Harbor fireworks display. 7:30 p.m., Spirit of Baltimore, 561 Light St., (866) 312-2469, spiritcruises.com/baltimore, $129.90.

Catonsville July 4th Celebration. This year’s parade celebrates Catonsville’s public servants. The festivities end with a fireworks display billed as the best in Maryland. Everything kicks off early in the morning with a bike ride and kids’ games. July 4, 8:30 a.m., Catonsville High School, 421 Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville, (410) 455-9648,catonsvillecelebrations.org.

Dundalk Heritage Fair. The weekend-long celebration includes a fair, parade, fireworks, and music from The Mahoney Brothers, Crack the Sky, and more. July 3-5, Dundalk Heritage Park, 2717 Playfield St., Dundalk, (410) 284-0591, dundalkheritagefair.com, $7 per day, children 12 and under free.

Havre de Grace Independence Celebration. The riverside town hosts a carnival for five days that’s capped off with a parade, concert, and fireworks display on Sunday. July 1-5, Tydings Park, South Washington and Commerce streets, Havre de Grace, (410) 939-2100, havredegracejuly4.org.

Hereford Independence Day. The town in north Baltimore County kicks things off a little early with a parade, festival, and fireworks in late June. June 28 6 p.m., Hereford High School, 17301 York Road, Parkton, (410) 887-1905, herefordparade.org.

Inner Harbor Fireworks. Listen to live music from the U.S. Navy Cruisers Band at the Inner Harbor amphitheater before watching a fireworks display over the water. July 4, 7 p.m., 201 E. Pratt St., promotionandarts.org.

July 4th: Visionary Pets On Parade. Dress your pet up in his or her patriotic best and take part in a parade of America-loving animals. Prizes are awarded for best costume, most patriotic, most visionary pet, owner and pet look-alikes, least likely to succeed as a pet, and visionary pet tricks. July 4, 10 a.m., American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, avam.org, free.

Picnic At the Top. Enjoy food, drinks, and activities before taking in a panoramic view of Baltimore’s fireworks display. July 4, 7-10 p.m., Top of the World Observation Level, 401 E. Pratt St., 410-837-8493, viewbaltimore.org. $50, ages 3-12 $25.

 

Performing Arts

MAY

“Avenue Q.” Puppets and actors tell the story of a young man’s post-college identity crisis through song and dance. Through May 30, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St., stillpointetheatre.com, $20-$24.

“Blithe Spirit.” In Noel Coward’s classic comedy, a writer invites a medium into his home and finds himself in a dangerous love triangle with the ghost of his deceased ex-wife and his new wife. May 27-June 28, Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., (410) 752-2208, everymantheatre.org, $34-$40.

“The Business End.” A young idealistic writer of B-movies starts to lose his grip on things when art and commerce become intertwined. Through May 31, Yellow Sign Theatre, 1726 N. Charles St., facebook.com/TheYellowSignTheatre, $10.

Dirty Dancing.” The musical based on the classic ’80s film features a sticky love story and hit songs including ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.’ Through May 24, Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., (800) 982-2787, france-merrickpac.com, $30-$95. 

“Dream Island.” Thirteen vignettes inspired by a Japanese theme park combine movement, music, text, and installation. May 21-May 31, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 752-8558, theatreproject.org, $12-$22.

“4000 Miles.” Amy Herzog’s play explores the relationship between a 91-year-old grandmother and her 21-year-old grandson. Through May 24, Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., (410) 986-4000, centerstage.org, $10-$59.

“Last of the Boys.” Two Vietnam War veterans struggle to maintain their friendship as their past haunts their lives. Through June 7, Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Anne St., (410) 276-7837, fcpt.org, $10-$15.

“The Rock Opera 6-Pack.” The Baltimore Rock Opera presents six grand rock opera shorts across two weekends. May 21-31, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $15 one weekend (three shorts), $25 two weekends (all six shorts).

Criss Angel. The goth magician performs tricks and freaks out minds in his touring stage show. May 30, 5 p.m., Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 900-1150, lyricoperahouse.com, $60-$145.

JUNE

“Blind From Here.” Directed by Stephen Nunns, this Single Carrot original focuses on an indie band about to get its big break when things take a turn for the worst after the lead singer starts to lose her vision. June 5-28, Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., (443) 844-9253, singlecarrot.com, $25, seniors, students, and artists $18.

“BrainstoRm.” Glass Mind Theatre’s festival will use tweets related to the death of Freddie Gray to create short plays. Proceeds will go to a to-be-named local charity. June 12-14, 1511 Guilford Ave., #B303, (443) 475-0223, glassmindtheatre.com, pay what you can.

One Man Star Wars Trilogy. Ever wonder what it would be like if the scene in “Empire Strikes Back” where Darth Vader tells Luke Skywalker he is his father was acted by one man who had to converse with himself? Find out about that and other classic moments from the original “Star Wars” trilogy. June 19 at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, (410) 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage.com, $30, advance $25, VIP $40.

“Pippin.” The Broadway musical centers on an acrobatic troupe telling the story of a young prince who goes to war to impress his father, King Charles. June 23-28, Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., (410) 837-7400, france-merrickpac.com, $25-$110.

“The Pillow Book.” Cohesion Theatre Company and The Strand Theater Company present the surreal, parallel stories of a couple, Deb and John.  June 25-July 12, The Church on The Square, 1025 S. Potomac Ave., cohesiontheatre.org, $20.

JULY

Bill Maher. Everyone’s favorite crotchety left-leaning comic and commentator is in town to tell you just how fucked up things still are in Washington. July 11, 8 p.m., Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 900-1150, lyricoperahouse.com, $55-$100.

Wyatt Cenac. The former “Daily Show” writer and correspondent performs stand-up. July 11, 9 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $15.

AUGUST

Impractical Jokers Starring The Tenderloins. The troupe of Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, and Brian “Q” Quinn present a stage show inspired by their truTV hit of the same name. Aug. 1, 7 p.m., Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 900-1150, lyricoperahouse.com, $49.50-$200.

Jim Gaffigan. The comic and former Maryland Lottery pitchman rails against Hot Pockets and delights in other, more acceptable foods. Aug. 11, Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixconcertpavilion.com, $50-$80.

“Urinetown: The Musical.” Stillpointe stages the satirical musical that skewers all the aspects of municipal politics. Aug. 13-Sept. 5, location TBA, stillpointetheatre.com.

 

Miranda Sings ‘Summer Camp.’ The YouTube star brings songs, magic tricks, dramatic readings, and jokes to the stage. Aug., 20, 7 p.m., Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., (410) 837-7400, france-merrickpac.com, $48.50.

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