Happening Saturday: Federal Hill Field Day, Bill Maher, and more

-Federal Hill Field Day: We can’t say we miss the school-enforced field days of our youth: tripping in a potato sack and breaking our nose, getting rope burn from tug of war, becoming wet in the most uncomfortable places from water balloon fights. At least we always got the conciliatory blue ribbon for “effort,” though that’s a bit of a stretch. But now that we are, ahem, super-athletic adults, we can give it another go at Federal Hill’s second Field Day, where all-ages teams of eight to 10 can compete in traditional outdoor games such as three-legged racing and hula hooping. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Federal Hill Park, (410) 727-4500, baltimoresocial.com, free. (Maura Callahan)

-Bill Maher: Bill Maher’s comedy defies categorization. By turns funny and exasperating, he aims to be the nation’s instructor—the dismantler of cant and logical fallacy. His biggest target is organized religion, having taken the piss out of all of it with his 2008 documentary, “Religulous.” The Progressive outs him as anti-Muslim for saying things like Islam "is not like other religions," and jokes comparing a boy-band member to the Boston bomber (they do sort of look alike). He’s had other misses, such as wishing President Obama would act like a “real” black president by toting a gun around in his waistband. Maher infamously pissed off Wayne Brady with the same joke—which Brady then made semi-funny by threatening to “beat [his] ass in public.” The controversy brings Maher more attention, while stoking the Home Team at The Progressive. Everyone wins. But. Are you laughing? 8 p.m., Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 900-1150, lyricoperahouse.com, $45-$85. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

-From the Short List: Rams Head Live hosts a skastravaganza with The Pietasters, Stacked Like Pancakes, and The Evokatones. Hagerstown doom-metal band Slagstorm plays the Sidebar with Athame, Dispellment, and Boys Don’t Cry. L.A.-based band Las Cafeteras plays Afro-Mexican grooves at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Former Crack The Sky bassist Carey Ziegler performs at the 8x10. Upstate New York rock-and-soul band Wild Adriatic performs at The Avenue at White Marsh. Grammy-nominated roots band Professor Louie & The Crowmatix headline the Common Ground On The Hill Festival, at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster. Don’t miss: Baltimore-based trumpeter and vocalist Nico Sarbanes interprets the Great American Songbook with his quintet at An die Musik Live. (Al Shipley)

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