Happening Saturday: Orioles FanFest, a new project from Height Keech, and more

-Orioles FanFest: We enjoy ourselves some FanFest, always have. We've enjoyed it ever since we went for the first time in the '90s, and it was still at the warehouse, instead of the Convention Center, and we got the autographs of Mike Mussina and Rafael Palmeiro. But oh man, this year's edition might play out like "The Jerry Springer Show" or something. Lots of bad vibes. In case you missed it: Dan Duquette, aka the guy in charge of acquiring players, reportedly wanted out of Baltimore so he can become the president of the A.L. East rival Toronto Blue Jays. But Orioles owner Peter Angelos wouldn't let him go, you see. All the while, Duquette did a whole lotta nothing on the free-agent-signing and player-trading fronts. Conspiracy! Well, we're not sure about a full-blown tank job, but the whole thing seems kind of fishy, right? So in addition to the autograph signings, photo opportunities, games, food, and fun that typically come with FanFest, there are forums where fans can ask questions of players and coaches, and, per usual, there is going to be one with Duquette and manager Buck Showalter. And someone is almost certainly going to ask Duquette why he wanted to leave for Toronto! Or why he's not doing anything! Or what's the deal with Angelos being a tightwad anyway! People are mad. And it's going to be awkward. So, so awkward. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., (888) 848-2473, orioles.com, $12, children 14 and younger and adults 55 and older $6. (Brandon Weigel)

 

-From the Short List: Anti-street-harrassment organization Hollaback! Baltimore holds a benefit at the Sidebar with Wet BrainFriendbeastHive Bent, and more. Washington, D.C.’s Karen Collins & The Backroads Band play old-fashioned honky-tonk country at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Fiery Fiddles at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson features Ken & Brad KolodnerPatrick McAvinueJim Eagan, and Daisy Castro. The Face Off Battle League presents a rap battle throwdown at the Atrium Event Center, with Troy Brown vs. Ammo Da Savage as the top-billed competition, as well as a featured performance from battle rap vet A-ClassTryptophunk, a New Orleans supergroup featuring members of The Meters and Bonerama, plays the 8x10. Trailblazing metal bands Napalm Deathand Voivod co-headline Baltimore Soundstage. Washington, D.C. funk rock fusion band B Side Shuffle plays the Metro Gallery with The Northerners and Edjacated Phools. Rams Head Live presents Rock Your Bones with seven local bands, including Pale DiscretionSeventh Seal, and Cryptic Matter. Don’t miss: Prolific Baltimore indie-rap vet Height Keech drops the “Height With Friends” moniker for the release of a new solo album, “Talk Singer,” at the Windup Space with Gavin Riley Smoke MachineBookhouse, and special guests. (Al Shipley)

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