ROCK N’ SOUL
Adhering to a truth-in-advertising credo, The Revivalists concoct a potent brew that resurrects a handful of signature American musical genres: soul, folk, country and rock (Southern and otherwise). But the seven-man New Orleans-based group are neither nostalgists nor imitators; rather, they mold these familiar sounds into a persuasive, holistic blend, delivered with passion and precision. You probably know them from their sweet, punchy “Wish I Knew You,” but they pack a gaggle of equally likable songs, dating from their 2010 debut album, Vital Signs, through to their 2015 release, Men Amongst Mountains. A year ago, Rolling Stone magazine chose them as one of “10 Artists You Need to Know.” Here’s your chance, up close and personal. March 23 at Rams Head Live. Tickets: $20 (adv.), $25 (door). 410-244-1131. ramsheadlive.com —MICHAEL YOCKEL
In The Nature of Reality, Sowebo- based wife-and-husband artists Pat Dennis and Robert F.X. Giroux explore the personal and the political with insight and verve. Dennis’ oils and oils-and-cloth work often take the form of a heart-like shape breaking into halves: sometimes completely, sometimes with only the most tenuous connective tissue remaining —an affecting metaphor for our lives’ hardships. The self-taught Giroux channels multiple contemporary issues—media saturation, wealth inequity, the banality of war—into his art, rendered in oils and encaustics on boards, among other forms. March 2 to April 1, with an opening reception on March 5, at the MAX Gallery. Free. 410-804-7459. maxgallery.us —M.Y.
Tony Award nominees Michael John LaChiusa (“Giant”) and Ellen Fitzhugh (“Grind”) have teamed up to create Los Otros, a semi-autobiographical musical that weaves together the unanticipated connections between two Californians. Noah Himmelstein (“I Am Harvey Milk”) directs. Select performances will feature pre-show cocktails or a cast conversation. March 22-April 23 at Everyman Theatre. Tickets: $43-$64. 410-752-2208. everymantheatre.org/los-otros —LAUREN PADILLA
Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf tells the engaging children’s tale of brave young Peter, his grumpy grandfather, a hungry wolf, determined hunters, a careless duck and a helpful bird. Prokofiev wrote not only the music, but also the story and its accompanying narration, which, since the piece’s 1936 debut, has been essayed by a cavalcade of celebs, notably David Bowie, Sharon Stone, Patrick Stewart, Sting, Tom Seaver, William F. Buckley Jr. and on and on. WYPR’s Jonathan Palevsky (English) and actor/director Carlos Espinal (Spanish) handle the job for this performance by the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra. Also on the program: Elgar’s Enigma Variations and an HSO-commissioned world premiere by composer Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez. March 4 at JHU’s Shriver Hall. Varying ticket prices. 410-516-6542. jhu.edu —M.Y.
THE GOOD FIGHT
In her incisive 2015 documentary, Wilhemina’s War, producer/director June Cross chronicles the struggles of Wilhemina Dixon, the 62-year-old unschooled daughter of sharecroppers whose South Carolina family, including her daughter and granddaughter, has been leveled by HIV, which disproportionately affects rural Southern women. Over a period of five years, Cross shows how Dixon, despite possessing no public policy experience, undauntingly works to care for her family in the face of the state’s refusal to accept desperately needed Obamacare resources. March 19 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Free with $8 general admission. 443-263-1800. lewismuseum.org —M.Y.
Stop by the Maryland Home & Garden Show to see gorgeous gardens, more than 100 crafters and 300 home-improvement exhibits. Listen to a presentation from Laura Dowling, chief florist for the Obama White House from 2009 to 2015, and get a chance to win free flowers as part of the show’s hourly bouquet giveaway. Other highlights include a family-friendly petting zoo, crash courses in décor and wine tastings. March 4-5 and 10-12 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Tickets: $12 (adults), $6 (craft show only). 410-863-1180. mdhomeandgarden.com —L.P.
Once upon a time, The Baltimore Sun—then simply The Sun—maintained a handful of foreign bureaus, published a Sunday features magazine and offered consistently vital arts, cultural, sports, business and medical reporting. Now, not so much. With 2016’s The Life of Kings, co-editors Fred Hill and Stephens Broening, both ex-Sun staffers, have corralled a clutch of former colleagues, including David Simon, Russell Baker and the late Robert Timberg, to contribute probing, entertaining essays that proudly celebrate the era when the paper provided “light for all,” as its masthead still proclaims—a time when daily newspapers were indispensable and set the local public agenda. Hill and Broening will read from Kings, entertain questions and sign copies of their book at the Ivy Bookshop on March 7. Free. 410-377-2966. theivybookshop.com —M.Y.
It’s more than fair to say there’s nothing “fun” about the Underground Railroad … but when actor and playwright Scott Sheppard (of Philadelphia-based company Lightning Rod Special) was in fifth grade, he remembers playing an “Underground Railroad Game” that turned the historical path into a lively competition between escaped slaves and those that sought to capture them—all acted out by the students. Retrospective understanding of the game’s problematic absurdity was the impetus for Sheppard’s critically acclaimed musical satire of the same name, cocreated with Jennifer Kidwell. In the show, audience members become fifth graders in a class playing its own history-inspired game, rife with presentations the New York Times called “intricate and unsettling … [a] sly study of theatrical pretense.” Catch the sharp, poignant production March 8-26 at Single Carrot Theatre. See website for ticket prices. 443-844-9253. singlecarrot. com —K.U.
Watch as the cast of TruTV’s “Impractical Jokers” takes the stage in Impractical Jokers: Santiago Sent Us. After starting out as The Tenderloins comedy troupe in 1999, the foursome quickly gained online fame for their original content. Combining stand-up, mischief, mayhem and previously unseen videos, their new show promises to be riotously entertaining. March 10 at the Modell Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $52-$334. 410-900-1150. lyricbaltimore.com —L.P.
STRAIGHT, SOME CHASER
Jazz composer/arranger/bass clarinetist Todd Marcus imparts a straight-ahead, driving sensibility to his instrument, one usually associated with a more avant-garde approach. In recent times, he has expanded his repertoire to include Middle Eastern sounds—not surprising given his Egyptian-American background—while his work to help impoverished Baltimore neighborhoods also informs his music. Marcus leads groups as small as a duo and as large as a nine-piece orchestra, but for this three-date performance, he’ll front a quintet, quartet and trio on separate occasions, each with a different program. March 10-12 at Theatre Project. Tickets: $15-$25. 410-752-8558. theatreproject.org —M.Y.
A multiple prizewinner (too many to count), virtuoso clarinetist Moran Katz fits as seamlessly into her role as a soloist with an orchestra as she does as a member of a chamber group (oh: she also co-launched the audience-participation SHUFFLE concert concept). For this recital, she’ll be accompanied by pianist Amy Yang, roving over the classical and contemporary canons to perform a menu of works by Brahms, Poulenc, Berg, Gershwin and Schumann (Clara, not hubby Robert), plus Paul Schoenfield’s “Klezmer Sonatina.” March 26 at Second Presbyterian Church. Free. 443.759.3309. communityconcertsatsecond.org —M.Y.
Festivities for the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begin, somewhat counterintuitively, with the Shamrock 5K race, which launches at Charles and Franklin streets at 1:15 p.m., immediately followed by a post-race fête with awards and prizes. The actual celebration of all things Hibernian—floats, costumed revelers, marching bands and affiliated blarney—begins at 2 p.m. at the Washington Monument and wends its way south on Charles to Pratt and Light streets. Vendors and eateries along the route will cater to your beverage and snacking needs. March 12. Registration and fee required for 5K race. Parade: free. irishparade.net —M.Y.
HEART OF DARKNESS
Alfred Hitchcock delved deep into the toxic psyche of small-town America with his simmeringly sinister Shadow of a Doubt (1943), wherein outwardly chummy Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) revisits his hometown to spend time with his amiable niece, also called Charlie (Teresa Wright), and his sister’s nuclear family. Ah, but clever Young Charlie gradually tumbles to the fact that Uncle Charlie is much, much more than he lets on. The handsome Cotten oozes a palpable creepiness, and Wright convincingly chips away at his unctuous exterior, ultimately revealing the monster within—and not a moment too soon. “Our Town” playwright Thornton Wilder collaborated on the screenplay. March 18, 20 and 23 at the Charles Theatre. Tickets: $8.50-$11. 410-727-3464. thecharles.com —M.Y.
SOUL OF THE MATTER
Illinois-based actor Kelvin Roston stars as fellow Chicagoan Donny Hathaway in Twisted Melodies, a one-man show highlighting the complicated life of the celebrated ’70s soul singer and songwriter. (You may remember him from “The Ghetto” or his better-known duets with Roberta Flack, “The Closer I Get to You” and “Where Is the Love?”) In the play, Hathaway grapples with the choices he’s made—both musically and personally—while struggling with his declining mental health. The result? A show the Chicago Tribune called “incontrovertibly true … a very vivid depiction of the shadows in the mind of a fearful genius.” March 17-April 16 at Center Stage’s Pearlstone Theater. Tickets: See website. 410-332-0033. center stage.org—K.U.
To be perfectly honest, it seems the United States has become even more interested in St. Patrick’s Day than the actual citizens of Éire. But with so much rich culture and good craic, who can blame us? Don your finest Fair Isle and shamrock on for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Celtic Celebration, a heel-kicking good time featuring step-dancing, bagpipes and music from “Braveheart,” “Titanic,” “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Brigadoon” and more, brought to you by Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops. But be warned: All the Emerald Isle excitement just might leave you reeling. Mar. 17-19 at the Meyerhoff. Tickets: $33-$99. 410-783-8000. bsomusic.org —K.U.
BEYOND FINGER PAINTING
Visit the African American Cultural Celebraton for a kids-centered day of entertainment, art and stories. From children’s crafts to a Pixilated Photo Booth, this event will feature plenty of educational family-friendly adventures. March 18 at the Walters Art Museum. Free. 410-547-9000. thewalters.org —L.P.
As part of its award-winning Tales & Tails program, the Irvine Nature Center allows you and your kids to hear a bevy of animatedly told children’s animal stories, followed by an exciting up-close-and-hands-on-personal session with various critters who live on the grounds. Meet a hedgehog, a corn snake, a turtle and more. March 31 (and each Friday at 10 a.m.). Free (a $2 donation suggested). 443-738-9200. explorenature.org —M.Y.
GET TO STEPPIN’
Charm City Junction joins forces with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble for a new production, Steppin’ at the Junction. Together, the two troupes will perform an eclectic mix of traditional music and dance, including Old Time (an Appalachia-born folk genre), Celtic & Irish, bluegrass, Americana and more. March 18 at the Gordon Center. Tickets: $15-$30. 410-356-7469. jcc.org —K.U
Intimate objects, artists’ books often combine visual works with the written word: poetry, prose and various narrative/non-narrative forms. Off the Shelf: Modern & Contemporary Artists’ Books gives viewers a rare peek at 100 such works, including ones by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Grace Hartigan, David Hockney and Ed Ruscha. Notable standouts: Bestiary or The Parade of Orpheus (1911), which pairs Raoul Dufy’s meticulous animal woodcuts with poems by Guillaume Apollinaire; and 1¢ Life (1964), featuring 61 eye-popping color lithographs by Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and others, plus the poetry of Walasse Ting. March 12 to June 25 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Free. 443-573-1700. artbma .org —M.Y.
A career-long painter, Ruxton-based Gina Skelton dramatically switched gears a few years ago, creating collages with torn paper —7” x 7” works that she assembled into distinctive tableaux with as few as two pieces to as many as 80. Gradually, she refined the technique, eliminating “literal content,” as she explains, until she “stopped thinking of the work as collage, because, in fact, I had stumbled back into painting.” Spirit Bridge Torn presents nine of Skelton’s “paper paintings,” with which she explores our collective human history and the irreducibility of the individual. Mar. 8-April 20 at the Art Gallery on Stevenson University’s Greenspring campus. Opening reception: Mar. 29. Free. 443-394-9699. stevenson.edu —M.Y.
It’s interesting that screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris would choose a film so universally ridiculed as “The Bodyguard” for a screen-to-stage revival. But despite the 1992 film’s multiple Razzie nominations and eventual place in the book The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made, The Bodyguard: The Musical has been quite the critical success. In this staging, R&B songstress Deborah Cox fills Whitney Houston’s stilettos as a superstar with a dangerous stalker, taking on classics like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You” alongside her eponymous paramour. Feb. 28-March 5 at the Hippodrome. Tickets: $48-$147. 410-837-7400. france-merrickpac.com —KIMBERLY USLIN