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  • What's good this weekend?: Katt Williams, Caleb Stine, "The Memo"

    [caption id="attachment_21170" align="alignright" width="300"] Katt Williams.[/caption] Friday Spring training, the preseason schedule before baseball season starts, may be over, but James Nasty and DJ Dad Weed are bringing it back for a sick sports-themed dance party called Spring Training tonight at the Ottobar. Dress up as a player or referee for discounted admission. Our personal opinion: you should be rocking O's gear. Katt Williams, a great comedian and the inspiration for many very unfunny Twitter parody accounts, is in town to perform new standup at the Baltimore Arena. Maybe the dopes who run the aforementioned Twitter knock-offs can learn a thing or two. From the Short List: "Genre-blending Baltimore genius Blaqstarr sings at Joe Squared under his Jamal Loving alias. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents Alabama blues singer-guitarist George Kilby Jr. The Sidebar holds a Moveable Feast benefit show with Old Lines, Bouncing Betty, and Blood Horses. NYC metalcore band Tiger Flowers plays the Charm City Art Space with Bueno Crusher and Queensway. John Haywood presents Kentucky Traditions, a night of art, music and square dancing at the Windup Space. Jazz vocalist Beth McDonald and pianist Joe Holt combine originals and classics for "Singing Our Stories" at The Cabaret at Germano's. Don't miss: The 11th annual MammoJam Festival at the 8x10, dedicated to preventing breast cancer, features performances by Ursula Ricks and Bosley." Saturday Robots are one day going to run every aspect of our lives, might as well get friendly with them first. Robot Fest at the National Historic Electronics Museum lets you take workshops, watch students compete with their robot creations, and shop vendor booths. You may even bump into a life-size R2-D2. there. Using folk music, illustrated scrolling crankies, and a slew of artists from around the city, Anna & Elizabeth's Crankie Festival, spearheaded by the musical duo of Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt, shows the importance of Appalachians on Baltimore. Read our profile of the two organizers here. We're a bit worried about the Baltimore Book Festival with its relocation to the Inner Harbor and all. Thankfully, the CityLit Festival is chugging along just fine. This year's lineup includes Jeff Parker, Nathan Deuel, and a panel featuring our very own Mr. Wrong. Here's our interview with essayist and poet Lia Purpura, another guest. After nearly three years, Caleb Stine is back with a new album, the big-picture Maybe God Is Lonely Too with songs that echo of Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt. Stine will debut some of these new cuts at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church. You can read our profile on the singer-songwriter here. Growing up, we were plenty happy with Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Now that we're adults with a taste for the finer things in life, we're looking forward to sampling the exotic recipes (including a category for Maryland-centric dishes!) at the Mac 'N' Cheese Cook-Off at Liam Flynn's Ale House. Proceeds go to Team Fierce Chicks Rock, another participating team in the Ride for the Feast benefiting Moveable Feast. From the Short List: "World-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman begins a weekend of performances at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Over a dozen local bands pack into Baltimore Soundstage, including the Slanted Sound and Interstellar Soul. The Cabaret at Germano's hosts an evening with pianist Noah Berman. New Jersey roots band Railroad Earth headlines Rams Head Live. Brooklyn klezmer soul punks the World/Inferno Friendship Society plays the Ottobar with another group with a long-winded name, the Foxhole Prayer Tabernacle Choir. Good Morning Tides bring funk punk from the swamps of Southern Maryland to Charm City Art Space with Don't Look Down and the Lives To Come. Locals the Heads Are Zeros and Endless Bummer open for New Jersey's IDES at the Sidebar." Sunday Towson University celebrates the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun with food samples, music performances, martial arts demonstrations, and more at the Japan Festival. Our critic recently named Single Carrot Theatre's staging of The Memo "one of the best local productions this year." Why exactly? Welp, the Carrots managed to keep their penchant for the avant garde and mix it with great performances. Read the rest of our review here and see it for yourself. From the Short List: "Club K celebrates National Poetry Month with Speak Out, a spoken word event headlined by Sylvantria Hawkins. Saxophonist Brian Settles leads a quintet at the Windup Space for the Creative Differences 2nd Sunday Jazz series. Vocalist Tony Ziesat and Stef Scaggiari perform romantic standards in "The Roller Coaster of Love" at The Cabaret at Germano's. The Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, welcomes Victoria Vox and Karen Collins to An die Musik Live. Itzhak Perlman performs the second of two nights at the Meyerhoff. Gorilla Music's Battle of the Bands at the Ottobar, with Listen For the Light, Nylon Venus, the Think Tanks, and many more. Pennsylvania pop punkers the Wonder Years headline Baltimore Soundstage with Fireworks and Citizen. Georgia indie pop group Yip Deceiver plays the Metro Gallery with Bombadil and Eureka Birds. Don't miss: Rams Head Live hosts "Rock Your Heart Out: a benefit for the Children's Heart Foundation," with music by Here's To The Night, Anubis Unbound, and more."
  • What's good today?: "An Evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald," Sound Off Live!, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

    "An Evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald" is not literally an evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald because both of them are dead. But it is a nice tribute from the University of Baltimore to the Jazz Age couple that once called the city home for a...

    A Really Open Mic

    "Open mic" is a longtime catch-all used for showcasing unsigned and amateur musicians of all stripes, from earnest singer-songwriters to cocky rappers, and at the Brass Monkey Saloon this week, both were in abundance. The two distinct crowds got along...

    Low Temperatures at the Local Highrise

    Earlier this year, we caught wind of a bare-bones web site for an upcoming new local venue called the Local Highrise, which was full of intriguing promises of a big room, low ticket prices ($5 or lower), 6 p.m. shows every night, and a band-friendly...

    Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

    A great deal has been going on with local rapper Bossman in the months since City Paper's cover story on him earlier this year. He finally ended his long, fruitless relationship with Virgin Records and Jermaine Dupri and became a free agent, released a...