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Jazz, a world-class soprano and that winter-forecasting groundhog — the best of the Baltimore area's A&E scene this week

British soprano Sarah Brightman performs at the Hippodrome on Jan. 30.
British soprano Sarah Brightman performs at the Hippodrome on Jan. 30. (Getty Images)

Hymn: Sarah Brightman in Concert

One of the world’s most popular sopranos (she originated the role of Christine in former husband Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” which, as badges of honor go, ain’t bad), a crossover artist of the first order, equally at home with the classics as with pop, tours in support of her recently released “Hymn” album. A voice to be reckoned with. 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $64.50-$173.50. france-merrickpac.com.

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A Groundhog Day Motown Mansion Party, sponsored by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, is set for Feb. 2 at 1128 N. Calvert St.
A Groundhog Day Motown Mansion Party, sponsored by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, is set for Feb. 2 at 1128 N. Calvert St. (Keith Srakocic / AP)

Groundhog Day Motown Mansion Party

Regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation will be hosting a party hot enough to ward off any winter chill, complete with David Koslowski of Baby’s On Fire spinning soul music from the 1950s onward (perfect dance music), soul food favorites from Ida B’s, plus the chance to enjoy it all inside a Gilded Age mansion that dates to 1891 and, beginning in 1929, served as the Baltimore headquarters of the Roman Catholic Josephites order. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Feb. 2 at 1128 N. Calvert St. $30-$100. baltimorearchitecture.org.

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Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell star in "Groundhog Day," which kicks off the four-day Bill Murray Film Festival on Feb. 2 at Havre de Grace's Cultural Center at the Opera House.
Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell star in "Groundhog Day," which kicks off the four-day Bill Murray Film Festival on Feb. 2 at Havre de Grace's Cultural Center at the Opera House. (Louis Goldman)

Bill Murray Film Festival

Four nights of the Best of Bill, featuring, of course, “Groundhog Day” (8 p.m. Feb. 2), plus “Caddyshack” (7 p.m. Feb. 3), “Lost in Translation” (7 p.m. Feb. 4) and “Moonrise Kingdom” (7 p.m. Feb. 5). At the Cultural Center at the Opera House, 121 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace. $5-$6 per film, $15-$18 for all four. hdgoperahouse.org.

‘Everything is Wonderful’

Members of an Amish family find their faith tested when a driver responsible for their sons’ deaths seeks forgiveness, and a place to live. Jan. 29-Feb 24 (no shows on Mondays and Tuesdays, except for Jan. 29 and Feb. 12) at Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St. $25-$65. everymantheatre.org.

‘Animation Show of Shows’ and ‘National Film Board of Canada: Animated Shorts’

Two chances to see some of the best in modern, cutting-edge animation. “Animation Show of Shows” brings together 15 animated shorts, from the U.S., France, Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany and Argentina. 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. $7-$13 (creativealliance.org). “National Film Board of Canada: Animated Shorts” includes a dozen short films, curated by Towson University’s Phil Davis and presented by the twisted cineastes at Sweaty Eyeballs. 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. $5-$10 (mdfilmfest.com).

The documentary "Who Will Write Our History" plays Jan. 27 at Landmark Theatres Harbor East.
The documentary "Who Will Write Our History" plays Jan. 27 at Landmark Theatres Harbor East. (Anna Wloch)

‘Who Will Write Our History’

Documentary filmmaker Roberta Grossman tells the story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, a wartime effort by Polish Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto to document, and preserve for posterity, the truth of what was being done to them. 1 p.m. Jan 27 at Landmark Theatres Harbor East, 645 S. President St. $15. whowillwriteourhistory.com.

Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer & Sam Gleaves

Fiddle, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and guitar back up the gorgeous harmonies produced by these three accomplished musicians for an evening of Appalachian and Appalachian-inspired melodies. With special guest Chao Tian on the Chinese hammered dulcimer. Presented by Common Ground on the Hill. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St. $22-$25. commongroundonthehill.org.

To Catch a Thief: Constellation Fights the Slave Trade

This tour of the USS Constellation focuses attention on its Civil War-era role as the flagship of the Navy's African Squadron, fighting the trans-Atlantic slave trade. 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through February at the USS Constellation, docked at Pier 1, 301 E. Pratt St. $7-$15 (includes admission to the submarine USS Torsk), free for kids 5 and under. historicships.org.

‘Pines of Rome’

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents two works from 20th-century Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. “Pines of Rome” is a tone poem about pine trees in four different locations in Rome, while “Brazilian Inflections” was inspired by a visit to that South American country. The orchestra will also be performing Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn and the U.S. premiere of Scottish composer Helen Grime’s Percussion Concerto, featuring percussionist Colin Currie. 8 p.m. Feb. 1-2 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $10-$80. Also 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda. $35-$90. bsomusic.org.

The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society presents organist Pat Bianchi Jan. 27 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society presents organist Pat Bianchi Jan. 27 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. (Handout)

Pat Bianchi Quintet

Jazz organist Bianchi, a two-time Grammy nominee who was named the winner of DownBeat’s 2016 Rising Star poll, will be accompanied by Paul Bollenback on guitar, Columbia’s Alex Norris on trumpet, Adam Niewood on saxophone and Carmen Intorre Jr. on drums. Presented by the Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society. 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. $10-$45. baltimorechamberjazz.org.

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