Wednesday: The Last Waltz Live Toy Drive

Nov. 23

The best way to watch "The Last Waltz," the Martin Scorcese-directed concert film of The Band's "final show" (it wasn't) on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, is slightly inebriated, so as not to feel shy  about singing along to 'The Weight,' 'Up On Cripple Creek,' 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,' and all the rest. It's unlikely you sound half as good as Levon Helm et al., but at least you can give the same effort. Luckily, this live performance, led by local musicians  Mike Darby, Reggie Styte, Dunn Brandt, and others, is taking place in a brewery, offering more than enough liquid courage to shout out of tune. It also happens to be a toy drive for Healthcare For the Homeless, so don't blow it and forget to make a less fortunate child's holiday season great. Also don't do what Neil Young did during "The Last Waltz" and show your face in public with a big hunk of cocaine in your nose. 7 p.m., Waverly Brewing Co., 1625 Union Ave., (443) 438-5765,, free (toy donations encouraged). (Brandon Weigel)

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