There is no beat like the beat you'll experience here, as the folks responsible for the movies "Drumline" and "Drumline: A New Beat" bring their percussive excitement to Baltimore. Organizers promise it'll be just like being at a halftime show at historically black colleges and universities, and that's an experience to savor. Bang those drums, stomp those feet and start partying. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $16-$56. lyricbaltimore.com.
As if it weren't enough to be Rhett Akins' son, this guy goes out and becomes a country star in his own right. Also on stage for this stop on the "Home Team Tour": Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd. 7 p.m. Friday at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $25-$54.75. royalfarmsarena.com.
Four plays, performed by the men and women who wrote them, each focusing on a "subject, point-of-view or experience that is essential in today's social and political climate." Sounds timely. Includes "The Bitter Game," by Keith A. Wallace (with Deborah Stein), an exploration of the question, "What does it mean to survive while Black in America?" (8 p.m. Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday); "Mom Baby God," by Madeline Burrows, a 14-year-old girl's experiences with the Christian right (7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. March 30); "Kids on Bikes," by Nicole Daniels, about suspicions arising in a Baltimore neighborhood when conversations aren't as private as one might hope (8 p.m. March 16, 18, 24 and 25, 3 p.m. March 19); and "You are the Hero," by Daniel Park, looking at what happens when progress and growth are corrupted by greed (3 p.m. Sunday and March 26, 7:30 p.m. March 17 and 23, 5 p.m. March 18 and 25). $18-$20. Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St. singlecarrot.com.
'X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation'
The New York-based repertory troupe, The Acting Company, performs Marcus Gardley's play, a cosmic trial in which Malcolm X's widow accuses the Nation of Islam of murdering her husband, but the nation's leader has other theories. 11:10 a.m. Thursday at the Mainstage Theatre at Community College of Baltimore County Essex, $5-$10. theactingcompany.org.
'Kong: Skull Island'
The story of King Kong, updated (to 1971) and with all the nastiness special effects monsters can muster. In theaters Thursday.
With St. Patrick's Day about to bring out the Irish in all of us, the Irish Railroad Workers Museum, 918-920 Lemmon St., presents a forum on the union man and one of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, which helped bring about establishment of the Irish Free State. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Free. irishshrine.org.
'All About Eve'
From 1950, writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's acerbic look at fame's seamy underside, with Bette Davis as an aging Broadway actress and Anne Baxter as the sweet young thing looking to shove her aside, gets a welcome big-screen showing. The movie was nominated for a record 14 Oscars (a record matched most recently by "La La Land"), winning six (also like "La La Land"), including Best Picture (like "La La Land" almost did). 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and Wednesday at area theaters. fathomevents.com.
Atlanta's own brings his "Trap or Die Tour" to Charm City. Also on the bill: Lil Durk and YFN Lucci. 8 tonight at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. $75-$100. ramsheadlive.com.
An annual benefit for the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, this year featuring performances from BROS, the Occasional Symphony and Sarah Sullivan and the New Old Fashioneds. Plus food and a silent auction. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday at the 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St. $60. baltimorerockopera.org.
Using a time machine he invented, H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to modern-day Manhattan. Based on a wonderful 1979 film starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner and Mary Steenburgen, so that's promising. Series premieres at 9 tonight on ABC (WMAR, Channel 2).