Saturday: Harlem Globetrotters

Dec. 26

The Harlem Globetrotters, a jokey, tricks-and-stunts-based exhibition basketball team that's been around for 90 years or so, are about the closest thing we've got to vaudeville or at least broad, homely slapstick these days. And although the team is quite a few decades out from its heyday—in the ’70s it even had two different animated cartoons, one in which players solved a number of problems through basketball games, and another later on where they had super powers—their existence is a good reminder to not take things too seriously. And, slyly political, the all-black team always wins its games and goofs off without looking buffoonish. There's not much entertainment like this anymore and maybe that's for a reason, but I really can't think of a more heartening way to spend the day after Christmas than watching the Globetrotters. 1 p.m., 6 p.m., the Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., 410-347-2020, royalfarmsarena.com, $10-$120. (Brandon Soderberg)

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