Photo by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade (via Hippodrome Theatre/Instagram).

Learn about the history of Asian arts and cultures in Baltimore as the Asia North Festival kicks off this weekend. Plus, enjoy live performances from a stage adaptation of the classic Pretty Woman, to a stand-up comedy show from the often-shirtless Bert Kreischer, and more.

Make some plans for a fun weekend in Baltimore:

Pretty Woman, Thursday-Sunday, April 7-10, Hippodrome Theatre. “Pretty Woman: The Musical” has walked down the street all the way to Baltimore. Based on the 1990 movie starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, the musical tells the story of sex worker Vivian Ward, who is hired by businessman Edward Lewis to pretend to be his girlfriend for a week. If you’re a fan of the classic, don’t miss out on this show or you’ll feel like you’ve made a “Big mistake. Big. Huge!”

Asia North Festival, Friday, April 8, 6-9 p.m., Motor House. The Asia North Festival Opening Event on Friday will officially kick off this year’s celebration of the arts and Asian cultures in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, particularly the Korean history of the Charles North community. Enjoy an ongoing gallery exhibition throughout the festival’s run, plus a night of live comedy hosted by Dave Butler on Saturday, April 9.

Heidi Martin, Friday, April 8, An Die Musik Live! Vocalist and composer Heidi Martin this month is releasing her new album “Gifts & Sacrifices.” Enjoy the album as Martin performs at An Die Musik.

Baltimore Faerie Faire, Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, Church of the Guardian Angel. The church, an affirming Episcopal parish in Remington, will host a Spring Fairy Ball starting at 7 p.m. Friday night with enchanting music, dancing, costumes and more. Come dressed as an elf, mermaid, fairy, gnome, goblin, orc, troll or other mystical being, or buy a costume from a vendors on-site if you don’t already own one. The next day, starting at 11 a.m., the festivities will continue at the church with more celebrations of the wonders of the natural world.

Bert Kreischer, Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 7 p.m. both nights, The Lyric. Stand-up comedian Bert Kreischer released his latest comedy special “Hey Big Boy” on Netflix in March 20220, and he is now on his “Berty Boy Relapse Tour.” Kreischer’s other comedy specials “The Machine” and “Secret Time” are also on Netflix, as is a limited series “The Cabin” featuring a slate of celebrity guests, including Anthony Anderson, Deon Cole, Kaley Cuoco, Caitlyn Jenner, and more.

Walk MS, Saturday, April 9, 8:30 a.m., Care First Lot. Walk to raise funds for research into multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease affecting the brain and spinal cord. In Baltimore, the event site will open at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. Participants can either walk individually or as part of a team, with options for 1-mile and 3-mile routes. And if you can’t join the walk, you can also donate and spread awareness.

Bridal & Wedding Expo, Sunday, April 10, noon to 5 p.m., Baltimore Convention Center. Meet with an array of wedding professionals specializing in wedding dresses, reception venues, invitations, photography, music, menus, honeymoon destinations, and more.

Boston Manor and More, Sunday, April 10, doors open at 6:30 p.m., Ottobar. Rock out to bands Boston Manor, Trash Boat, Higher Power and Anxious. This is an all ages show.

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Sunday, April 10, doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage. Bluegrass and folk songwriter Molly Tuttle will take the stage with her new band, Golden Highway, after releasing a new album, “Crooked Tree,” together on April 1. The album’s title track delights with banjo tunes and other playfully plucky string sounds, and Tuttle’s warm vocals fill the entire album to the brim. The band Oliver Hazard will also perform during the show at Baltimore Soundstage.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at