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Lionel Richie, Comedian of the Year finals and more of the top Baltimore-area events this week

Amy Grant, show here performing on stage during the CMA 2016 "Country Christmas," will be joined by Michael W. Smith at Royal Farms Arena
Amy Grant, show here performing on stage during the CMA 2016 "Country Christmas," will be joined by Michael W. Smith at Royal Farms Arena (Rick Diamond / Getty Images)

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith

A melodic holiday tradition: Grammy winners Grant ("Baby Baby") and Smith ("Place in this World") combine for an evening of seasonal, frequently faith-based hits. Also on the bill is "The Voice" winner Jordan Smith, plus the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. 7 p.m. Sunday at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $39.50-$150. royalfarmsarena.com.

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Comedian of the Year finals

Twenty-four comics from the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia area have been competing since Dec. 8 for the coveted title of 2016 New Comedian of the Year (this is the fifth such competition, so it's established some cred). The 10 surviving competitors will go at it Thursday night, with the winner getting $1,000, plus a five-night gig at Magooby's Joke House. Come see where the new funny is coming from. 8 p.m. at Magooby's, 9603 Deereco Road in Timonium. $10, plus two-item minimum. magoobys.com.

Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie."
Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie." (Stephanie Branchu / Fox Searchlight)

'Jackie'

Natalie Portman should wind up with another Oscar nomination, this time for her portrayal of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, fighting to ensure her husband's legacy in the days following JFK's assassination. With Peter Sarsgaard (as Robert Kennedy), Greta Gerwig and John Hurt. In theaters Wednesday.

Pure Disco

All Disco, all night (at least from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.), with DJ Normal calling the shots. Thursday at Baltimore's answer (for this night at least) to Studio 54, the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. Free. theottobar.com.

The annual "A Christmas Story' marathon begins at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve on TBS and TNT.
The annual "A Christmas Story' marathon begins at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve on TBS and TNT. (STF / BPI)

24 Hours of 'A Christmas Story'

The adventures of 9-year-old Ralphie, his hoped-for BB gun and a shapely leg lamp, running continuously on TBS and TNT from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. next Sunday. If you've never seen this wonderful 1983 film (who woulda thought the director of "Porky's" had this in him?), be sure to check it out, at least once.

A Sound of Thunder celebrates the release of their sixth album, "Who Do You Think We Are?" at Metro Gallery this week.
A Sound of Thunder celebrates the release of their sixth album, "Who Do You Think We Are?" at Metro Gallery this week. (HANDOUT)

A Sound of Thunder

The D.C. metal gods, with frontwoman Nina Osegueda, celebrate the release of their sixth album, "Who Do You Think We Are?" With songs from Black Sabbath, Mercyful Fate, Alice Cooper and others. 9 p.m. Friday at Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St. $10. Benefits the Public Justice Center. themetrogallery.net.

'Re-Animator'

A severed head seeks revenge on the scientist keeping him and his torso alive. Not exactly your typical holiday fare, but merrily bizarre and twisted. With Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton (who should have received combat pay for at least one of the scenes she had to play). 9 p.m. Thursday at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. $9.50-$11. Thecharles.com.

Lionel Richie, shown here on the Pyramid stage at 2015's Glastonbury Music Festival, will be playing The Theater at MGM National Harbor.
Lionel Richie, shown here on the Pyramid stage at 2015's Glastonbury Music Festival, will be playing The Theater at MGM National Harbor. (Joel Ryan / Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Lionel Richie

"Say You, Say Me," "Hello," "All Night Long (All Night)," maybe even (if he goes back to his Commodores days) "Brick House." 9 p.m. Thursday at The Theater at MGM National Harbor, 7100 Oxon Hill Road at National Harbor, Prince George's County. $181.82-$272.73. mgmnationalharbor.com.

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The Stray Birds, shown here performing at last summer's  Susie's Cause Bluegrass-Folk Festival, will be on stage at the Creative Alliance.
The Stray Birds, shown here performing at last summer's  Susie's Cause Bluegrass-Folk Festival, will be on stage at the Creative Alliance. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

The Stray Birds

Among the brightest lights on the folk music scene, this Nashville-based trio bring their rich harmonies and tight arrangements to the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown, for a celebration of their new release, "Magic Fire." With help from Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, performing a rowdy mix of everything from honky-tonk to New Orleans jazz and swing. 8 tonight. $15-$21. Creativealliance.org.

Last Baltimore Farmer's Market & Bazaar of 2016

Get your fresh fruits and veggies while you still can. Holiday decorations, too. Opens at 7 a.m. today and generally runs until about noon, on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay streets, underneath the Jones Falls Expressway. (The next farmer's market won't be until April 23.) promotionandarts.org.

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