New Year's Eve Spectacular
There's certainly no shortage of places to ring in 2017 Baltimore-style, but clearly the most popular (and accessible) is the annual fireworks display at the Inner Harbor – where else can you and thousands of your best friends congregate, celebrate and end the free party with a massive fireworks display? Ah, the spectacle. The party starts at 9 p.m. Saturday at the amphitheater, Pratt and Light streets, with music from Super Bueno, then ends at midnight with some serious fireworks. promotionandarts.com. (To get there with the least possible hassle, may we suggest mass transit? check out mta.maryland.gov for details.)
'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder'
Poor Monty Navarro stands in line to inherit a substantial fortune. Unfortunately, he stands ninth in line, and the only way he'll get rich is if the eight relatives in front of him die, and die soon. Of course, maybe he could help the process along ... . A comedy smash (all eight victims are played by the same actor, which should suggest something) that won the 2014 Tony for Best Musical, so you're in for a good (if slightly deranged) time. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday (New Year's Day) at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $42-$147. france-merrickpac.com.
Kennedy Center Honors
Actor Al Pacino, gospel singer Mavis Staples, pianist Martha Argerich, singer-songwriter James Taylor and The Eagles are honored, in ceremonies taped Dec. 4 in Washington. Among those doing the honoring are Bob Seger, Laurence Fishburne, Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Kevin Spacey, Sheryl Crow and Yitzhak Perlman. Stephen Colbert hosts. 9 p.m. Tuesday on CBS (WJZ, Channel 13, locally).
50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa Celebration
Celebrate a half-century of Kwanzaa with a day-long program that includes an African marketplace, genealogy research sessions, storytelling, performances by the Sankofa Dance Theater and a talk on "Finding Your Purpose (Nia)" by Jeffrey Menzise of Morgan State University. Noon-4:15 p.m. Friday at the Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. $5. lewismuseum.org.
Movie and Music: 'Star Trek' and 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
Two chances to watch the continuing (and re-booted) adventures of the starship Enterprise, with the score performed live by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Thursday night at 8, it's 2009's "Star Trek," director J.J. Abrams' take on the early adventures of Kirk, Spock, etc., followed at 8 Friday by the first sequel, 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness." At the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $25-$65. bsomusic.org.
A wood chipper, a pregnant sheriff and a badly botched fake kidnapping, all played out across the bleak frozen expanse of North Dakota. This is the Coen Brothers at their finest, the film that should have won the Best Picture Oscar for 1996. 8 p.m. Wednesday on the big screen at The Senator, 5904 York Road. (also 10 a.m. next Sunday, 1 p.m. Jan. 2 and 3). $7-$10. thesenatortheatre.com.
New Year's Eve at Mobtown
Welcome 2017 with style: music from Sarah Sullivan and the New Old Fashioneds, plus aerialists, burlesque and DJ sets "that will change you forever." All that, and a free champagne toast at midnight. 8 p.m. Saturday at Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd. $45. mobtownballroom.com.
Charm City Countdown
A New Year's Eve ball with a "Once Upon a Time ..." theme, where revelers are welcome to show up dressed in their Sunday best, or in costume (something Cinderella-ey, perhaps?). Includes 10 party zones, dancing to 12 bands or DJs, multiple buffets, open bars and party favors for all. Feel special. 9 p.m. Saturday-2 a.m. next Sunday at the Hilton BWI, 1739 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum. $99-$219. charmcitycountdown.com.
You know you've always wanted to hear "Hungry Like the Wolf" live. 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 p.m. next Sunday at The Theater at MGM National Harbor, 7100 Oxon Hill Road at National Harbor, Prince George's County. $113.64-$325. mgmnationalharbor.com.