The 26th Farpoint Convention runs Feb. 8-10 at Hunt Valley's Delta Hotel by Marriott.
The 26th Farpoint Convention runs Feb. 8-10 at Hunt Valley's Delta Hotel by Marriott. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

Farpoint Convention

For the 26th time, fans of imaginative fiction (fantasy and sci-fi and maybe a few other derivatives) gather to swap stories, wear costumes, hear from authors who have kept the genre vibrant, rub elbows with some celebs — this year’s guest list includes actors Wallace Shawn (“The Princess Bride”) and Rob Paulsen (“Animaniacs”), among others — and otherwise geek out in all the best ways. Farpoint is the rare fan-run convention, which makes things a little looser, a little more intimate and a heckuva lot of fun. Feb. 8-10 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, 245 Shawan Road in Hunt Valley. $15-$60 per day, $25-$92 for a three-day pass (free for kids under 6). farpointcon.com.

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan will be at the Lyric for three shows Feb. 7-8.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan will be at the Lyric for three shows Feb. 7-8. (Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP)

Jim Gaffigan

The comedian, actor, author and essayist (hope you’ve been lucky enough to catch his appearances on “CBS Sunday Morning”) brings his Quality Time tour to the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., for three shows — 7 p.m. Feb. 7-8, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8. $35.25-$225. modell-lyric.com.

Baltimore Dance Invitational

Featuring top talent from the area’s best professional dance companies, including Dance Baltimore, Danse4Nia, Full Circle Dance Company and others. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. $18-$20. jcc.org/gordon-center.

"Saturday Night Live" alum Sasheer Zamata will be at the Creative Alliance on Feb. 7.
"Saturday Night Live" alum Sasheer Zamata will be at the Creative Alliance on Feb. 7. (Andy Pareti)

Comedy Night: Sasheer Zamata

An evening of laughs from the “Saturday Night Live” alum and celebrity ambassador for women’s rights for the ACLU. 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. $17-$23. creativealliance.org.

Motortrend International Auto Show

Five hundred examples of the world’s coolest, most advanced cars will be assembled at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., for the closest thing to automobile heaven you’re ever likely to find in these parts. Ever dreamed of driving a Lamborghini? It’s here. Looking to take a Bentley home? Start here. Never seen an actual McLaren? It’s here. Vroom vroom, y’all. Noon-9 p.m. Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 8-9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 10. $8-$12, free for kids 12 and under. autoshowbaltimore.com.

A program of Oscar-nominated documentary shorts, including "Period. End of Sentence" (above), opens at the Niarchos Foundatiom Parkway on Feb. 8.
A program of Oscar-nominated documentary shorts, including "Period. End of Sentence" (above), opens at the Niarchos Foundatiom Parkway on Feb. 8. (Photo provided by MD Film Festival)

Oscar-nominated shorts

Maybe you’ve seen most of the Best Picture nominees (including “Roma”? We’re impressed). But we’re betting you haven’t seen any of the nominated shorts, which could be a real disadvantage when it comes to winning the Oscar pool. Thankfully, two of our city’s best movie houses are looking to remedy that situation. Beginning Feb. 8, programs of the Oscar-nominated animated and live-action shorts will be playing at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. $9-$12. thecharles.com. And up the street at the Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave., a program of the Oscar-nominated documentary shorts opens the same day. $10. mdfilmfest.com. Now, which shorts do you think should win?

Tetrarch plays the Ottobar on Feb. 6.
Tetrarch plays the Ottobar on Feb. 6. (Anna Wloch)

Tetrarch

Metal mayhem, with “guitar goddess” Diamond Rowe laying it out there for all she’s worth. Also appearing: Seventh Seal, Inoculum and From A Nightmare. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. $10-$12. theottobar.com.

Violin Extravaganza!

Violinists Keng-Yuen Tseng, Qing Li and Bin Huang are joined on piano by Chelsea Wang for a program that includes works by George Frideric Handel, Moritz Moszkowski, Hubert Léonard and others. Part of the Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Institute, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place. Free. peabody.jhu.edu.

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‘The Falling and the Rising’

As a wounded soldier fights for her life, other soldiers tell their stories of “loss, homecoming, and ultimately, of hope.” Music by Zach Redler and Jerre Dye, presented by Peabody Chamber Opera. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-9, 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at Theater Project, 45 W. Preston St. $10-$25. theatreproject.org.

The Gin Blossoms will perform their debut album, "New Miserable Experience," at Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 8.
The Gin Blossoms will perform their debut album, "New Miserable Experience," at Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 8. (Brad Barket / Getty Images)

Gin Blossoms

Hard to believe these guys released their first major-label album, “New Miserable Experience,” 27 years ago. But glad you can relive those heady days when the Blossoms experience was new, on Feb. 8, when the band’s current lineup performs that landmark album (including the single “Hey Jealousy”) live. 8 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. $28-$99. baltimoresoundstage.com.

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