Happening Saturday: Aesop Rock, Other People Play the Bobby Donnie Songs, and more

-World Sword Swallowers Day: Yes, there is a holiday for people with very controlled throats and lots of guts. And rightly so; they’re able to keep those guts in their bodies while sliding sharp weapons down into their stomachs. Watch in awe as they perform unimaginable feats and hopefully stay alive outside the Odditorium, with a “simultaneous swallow” around the world at 2:28 p.m. Don’t try this at home. 2 p.m., Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, 301 Light St., (443) 615-7878, ripleys.com/baltimore, free. (Maura Callahan)

-Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic: This might sound like an old-man rant, and I guess it is—if the foo shits, you know what I'm sayin'—but there really was a time in the '90s/early aughts when conscious/backpacker/indie hip-hop was a real thing, with a real identity, a real community—one that especially valued smart, often wise-ass lyrics and positioned itself as proudly outside the mainstream—and real stars like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, The Black Sheep, The Pharcyde, Prince Paul, Blackalicious, etc. One label at the heart of the movement was Def Jux, led by producer/rapper El-P, and its star talent was Aesop Rock, who double-time rhymed wacked-out lyrics about sci-fi, kung-fu, and art, and even when you kinda couldn't tell what the fuck he was talking about, it still sounded hella cool and smart. Unlike many of the others, he's still doing it, with Rob Sonic as Hail Mary Mallon (aka "Typhoid Mary") and their recent album, "Bestiary," is proof the form ain't dead yet. Now get offa my lawn! 8:30 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $20. (Evan Serpick)

-Other People Play the Bobby Donnie Songs in Celebration of the Casual Record Release of "Bobby Donnie Plays the Bobby Donnie Songs": We've loved Bobby Donnie since we gave it "Best New Band" a couple of years ago. We've been waiting for its first record ever since. But instead of causing us to forget about it, the long, long wait has made us pine even more for the weird, primitive, high-art conceptual art brut of Bobby Donnie. Now, finally it's here—though we haven't gotten an advance copy yet—and Joan Sullivan and Stephanie Barber, the women behind the masculine name, are releasing it in a fitting way, with an afternoon record-store show where, as the insanely long title has it, "other people play the Bobby Donnie songs." That might sound like a goofily coy way to release a record, but if you've ever seen Bobby Donnie, it's sort of hard to imagine anyone else playing their songs, so there's something kind of tight-rope thrilling about it. The real deal goes on last, at 9 p.m. 3 p.m., True Vine, 3544 Hickory Ave., (410) 235-4500, thetruevinerecordshop.com, free. (Baynard Woods)

-From the Short List: Local thrash bands Radical Discharge and Enemy Insects hold a release party at the Metro Gallery for their new split 12-inch on Unholy Anarchy Records, with a special opening set from a reunited Trashkanistan. Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents a Brazilian carnival celebration with Washington, D.C. band Forrobodo and DJs Luiz Luoco and Miguel De Amor. Jazz drummer E.J. Strickland leads his quintet at An die Musik Live. The seventh Friends Fest at the Sidebar features venue regulars Tunnelbike!, Cowabunga Pizza Time, Thee Lexington Arrows, and more. Progressive soul band Sojourne performs at The Cabaret at Germano’s. The Bridge and The Shakes play Baltimore Soundstage’s Concert For Hope 9 to benefit Hopewell Cancer Support. Don't miss: Church & Company hosts a bill of offbeat local pop including the lounge sounds of Sweepstakes, the experimental R&B of Blacksage, and the ambitious indie of Joseph & The Beasts.

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