Best week ever: Baltimore events, music, TV and more

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Plan your week with our guide to everything going on 12/26-1/1.

NOTABLE TV

MONDAY
You Deserve It (season finale; 9 p.m.; ABC)
Rizzoli & Isles (season finale; 10 p.m.; TNT)

TUESDAY
Best in the Business (series debut; 8 p.m.; Discovery)
Texas Multi Mamas (series debut; 8 p.m.; WE)
The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (special; 9 p.m.; CBS)
Extreme Couponing All-Stars (season premiere; 10 p.m.; TLC)

THURSDAY
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (special; 8 p.m.; ABC)
The Willis Clan (series debut; 9 p.m.; GAC)
NY Ink (season premiere; 9 p.m.; WE)
Alaska: The Last Frontier (series debut; 10 p.m.; Discovery)
Hook, Line and Sisters (series debut; 10 p.m.; TLC)
Boxing’s Best of 2011 (special finale; 11 p.m.; HBO)

FRIDAY
Infested (season premiere; 9 p.m.; Animal Planet)

SATURDAY
Strange Sex: The Year’s Best (special; 8 p.m.; TLC)
New Year’s Rocking Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party (special; 8 p.m.; ABC)
Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012 (special; 10 p.m.; ABC)
106 & Party 2011 (special; 11 p.m.; BET)

NEW ON DVD/BLU-RAY (Tuesday)
Apollo 18
Archer: Season 2
The Borgias: The First Season
Buck [Blu-ray]
Final Destination 5
Shameless: The Complete First Season
Sid & Nancy [Blu-ray]

NEW BOOKS (Tuesday)
“77 Shadow Street,” Dean Koontz
“The Walking Dead, Volume 15: We Found Ourselves,” Robert Kirkman
“Hidden Summit,” Robyn Carr
“Why We Broke Up,” Daniel Handler
“Down the Darkest Road,” Tami Hoag
“Deliciously G-Free,” Elisbaeth Hasselbeck

NEW ALBUMS (Tuesday)
Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (soundtrack box set)

NOTABLE AREA SHOWS

RAMS HEAD LIVE: Dark Star Orchestra (Wednesday); Halestorm (Thursday); Child’s Play (Friday); Get the Led Out (Saturday)

BATIMORE SOUNDSTAGE: Noise in the Basement (Monday); Project/Object With Ike Willis (Wednesday); The New Deal (Thursday); Soja, I-Wayne, Jah Works (Saturday)

TALKING HEAD CLUB @ SONAR: BSM’s Pre-New Year’s Eve Party (Friday)

METRO GALLERY: Cytoplastik East & West Smorgasbord (Friday)

THE WINDUP SPACE: Out of Your Head Collective (Tuesday); Snails, Great Tap Root (Friday); Ben Frock’s Love Unit (Saturday)

OTTOBAR: The Horse Doctors, Velma (Thursday); Ibot Records’ New Year’s Eve Party (Friday)

GOLDEN WEST: Graveyard (Sunday)

8x10: WAX, the Grilled Lincolns (Monday); WAX, Joey Harkum (Tuesday); Infamous Stringdusters, Wes Swing (Thursday); Damn Right!, Jinkata (Friday); Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (Saturday)

RECHER: The Early November (Thursday); Rusted Root (Friday); Pasadena (Saturday)

RAMS HEAD ON STAGE: Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers (Monday and Tuesday); Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (Wednesday); O’Malley’s March (Thursday); Seldom Scene (Friday); Deanna Bogart (Saturday)

MODELL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AT THE LYRIC: Magic 95.9fm Birthday Show With Charlie Wilson (Thursday)

FILLMORE SILVER SPRING: The Roots (Thursday and Friday); Little Feat (Saturday); Wale (Sunday)

9:30 CLUB: Thursday (Tuesday); Matisyahu (Wednesday; sold out); Drive-By Truckers (Thursday(sold out), Friday and Saturday)

BLACK CAT: Supreme Commander (Monday); Chain and the Gang (Wednesday); (Stop Worrying And) Love the Bomb (Thursday); Bio Ritmo (Friday); New Year’s Eve Ball (Saturday)

ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL: Beach Week (Friday); New Year’s Eve Party (Saturday)

NOTABLE AREA EVENTS
Last week of Power Plant’s Holiday Light Show Spectacular (ends Saturday; Power Plant Live)
Jeff Dunham (Wednesday; 1st Mariner Arena)
Kwanzaa Family Day (Wednesday; Baltimore Museum of Art)
Baltimore Improv Group/The Oxymorons (Wednesday; Magooby’s Joke House, Timonium)
WWE Raw (Thursday; Verizon Center)
Mickey Cucchiella (Thursday and Friday; Baltimore Comedy Factory)
Larry Lancaster (Thursday and Friday; Magooby’s, Timonium)
Harlem Globetrotters (Friday; 1st Mariner Arena)
Hampden Christmas Lights Volksmarch (Friday; starts at the Rotunda)
Mother’s Downtown Countdown party (Saturday; Hyatt Regency Baltimore)
B&O Black Ties & Bubbles (Saturday; B&O American Brasserie)
Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Saturday; Inner Harbor)
2012 Live! Party (Saturday; Power Plant Live)
Al Jackson (Saturday; Baltimore Comedy Factory)
New Year’s Eve at Charleston (Saturday; Charleston, Harbor East)
New Year’s Eve at Cinghiale (Saturday; Cinghiale, Harbor East)
New Year’s Eve at City Café (Saturday; City Café, Mount Vernon)
New Year’s Eve at Clementine (Saturday; Clementine, Hamilton-Lauraville)
New Year’s Eve at Frank & Nic’s West End Grille (Saturday; Frank & Nic’s, Downtown)
New Year’s Eve at Little Havana (Saturday; Little Havana, Federal Hill)
New Year’s Eve at Pazo (Saturday; Pazo, Harbor East)
New Year’s Eve at Petit Louis (Saturday; Petit Louis, Roland Park)
New Year’s Eve at the Belvedere (Saturday; Belvedere Hotel, Mount Vernon)
New Year’s Eve at the Get Down (Saturday; the Get Down, Fells Point)
New Year’s Eve at the Wine Market (Saturday; the Wine Market, Federal Hill)
New Year’s Eve at Waterfront Kitchen (Saturday; Waterfront Kitchen, Fells Point)
New Year’s Eve Titanic Dinner (Saturday; Langermann’s; Canton)
New Year’s Eve Party w/ Vic Henley (Saturday; Magooby’s Joke House)
New Year’s Eve 2012 special dinner seating/menu (Saturday; Mr. Rain’s Fun House, AVAM)
Ravens at Bengals (Sunday; WJZ/CBS)

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