-Yung Gutted, Eu1ogy, Shop, Dylijens, TRNGNDR/VHS, Sneaks, Yng Vapor, Neroscream, Lacanthrope: This is the one of the best lineups we’ve seen in a while, with an eclectic smorgasbord of dark, midnight beats, including Brooklyn’s Nocturnal Sons Posse producer Yung Gutted, experimental hardcore project Eu1ogy, the overpowering electronic noise of TRNSGNDR/VHS, and electronic rockers Sneaks. A few more acts and they could have a “Scape” of some kind, but really, let’s not. 10 p.m., EMP Collective, 307 W. Baltimore St., empcollective.org, $5. (Maura Callahan)
-Creative Spirit Séance: Everyone remembers locking themselves and their friends in a dark room and pushing a plastic planchette around the classic black-and-white board with sweaty hands. For those who think back on Ouija fondly and not as a trauma from their childhood, the Creative Spirit Séance will intrigue rather than terrify. Created and guided by David London, a magician by trade, this experience is supposed to transport 12 people at a time into the Great Beyond. London has been working on Creative Spirit for over 15 years, and in the meantime has written numerous books and plays about illusions, dreams, and the occult. The séance is a collaboration between him and fellow wizard Jeramie Bellmay, with whom London has worked on several other mystical projects, such as The Magic Hookah Lounge, The Phantasmagoria Weekend of Magic, and the Circus of Wonders. The website emphasizes that “creative attire is strongly encouraged,” whatever you take that to mean. The performances last weekend sold out quickly, so jump on this now. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m., Church & Company, 3649 Falls Road, creativespiritseance.com, $35 for “students, artists and wizards,” $40 general admission, $50 séance patrons. (Kaleigh Choi)
-"The Trial": The reading of Orson Welles' career that still prevails both by casual movie fans and the majority of supposedly serious film critics is that he burned brightly for a moment with "Citizen Kane" and then he made some other movies but mostly never lived up to his potential. Also, he got fat. In reality, Welles made many movies and developed many others that he partially shot and in effect was working all the way up until his death in 1985. Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum suggests in his book of essays "Discovering Orson Welles" that Welles was an independent or underground filmmaker who was briefly a Hollywood player in the 40s. Over the past year or so, The Charles has helped push this reading of Welles' career by highlighting lesser-known Welles movies at revivals, including his "Othello" from 1952. This week, they bring 1962's "The Trial," based on the Kafka novel of the same name, which uses all of Welles' signature cinematic bells and whistles (odd angles, trippy focus, mind-fucking sound design) to disorient the viewer, making one feel as put-upon and confused as protagonist Josef K., here played by Anthony Perkins. It's also very funny and kind of sexy actually, and in that sense, is one of the few Kafka-related film adaptations that doesn't simplify the absurdist author's work into "dark, depressing nightmare," though there's plenty of that here too. 11:30 a.m., The Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, thecharles.com, $7.50-$9.50. (Brandon Soderberg)
-Brew at the Zoo: The one thing you want to mix with wild animals is alcohol—in “unlimited samples,” no less—which is why we love Brew at the Zoo. It is the one time each year when residents can enjoy the spectacle of wild beasts so soused on sauce that they lose their Bawlmer accents and can only grunt for more. There are also six bands (Bosley and Kelly Bell Band headline respectively on Saturday and Sunday), tons of food vendors, and—get this—ticket buyers get a “commemorative sampling glass” which they assuredly will be hurling at one another by the event’s close. The polar bears can’t stop laughing for months afterward. We’ll see how the penguins react. 1-7 p.m., The Maryland Zoo, 1876 Mansion House Drive, Druid Hill Park, (410) 396-7102, marylandzoo.org, $49-$55. (Edward Ericson Jr.)
From The Short List: The Short List’s favorite band names on tonight’s Maryland Deathfest schedule include Gnaw Their Tongues (at Rams Head Live), Engorged, and Chainsaw to the Face (both at Baltimore Soundstage). MPT’s Best of Doo Wop concert returns to the Meyerhoff with Gene Chandler, The Crystals, and more. Rod Lee’s Club Nation Ent. holds Exhale, a dance party for the mature crowd, at Tiffany East. Local electronic producer Soohan holds an album release party at the 8x10. Baltimore label Hidden Volume Records holds the Hidden Volume Field Trip at the Metro Gallery with Jake Starr and The Delicious Fullness, The Stents, Thee Lexington Arrows, and more. Poughkeepsie post-hardcore band Take One Car plays the Charm City Art Space with Skull Kid and Eyelet. Don't miss: The Baltimore Composers Forum presents new works at An die Musik Live.