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John Waters, Erykah Badu and the Best Picture Oscar nominees: the best of this week's A&E scene in Baltimore

Best Picture Showcases

For those who haven’t seen all of this year’s nominees for the Best Picture Oscar (and that includes just about all of us), a pair of national theater chains are looking to help out. AMC and Regal theaters around Baltimore will be showing seven of the eight nominees back-to-back-to-back. At AMC (which includes the Columbia 14, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway; Owings Mills 17, 10100 Mill Run Circle; and White Marsh 16, 8141 Honeygo Blvd.), a marathon begins at 11 a.m. Feb 16 with “The Favourite,” followed by “BlacKkKlansman” (1:20 p.m.) and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (4 p.m.), then continues at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 with “Vice,” followed by “Black Panther” (1:30 p.m.), “A Star Is Born” (4:15 p.m.) and “Green Book” (7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $30 for day one, $40 for day two, $65-$70 for both days; sorry, tickets are not available for individual movies. (amctheatres.com.) At Regal Cinemas (including the UA Snowden Square, 9161 Commerce Center Drive in Columbia, and the Waugh Chapel & IMAX, 1419 S. Main Chapel Way in Gambrills), the seven movies will be shown daily at various times through Feb. 24; tickets are available for individual movies, or you can buy a pass to see all of them for $35. (regmovies.com.) Unfortunately for completists, the eighth Best Picture nominee, the Netflix-released “Roma,” is playing neither showcase; to see that, you’ll either have to go to the Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave., or watch it at home on Netflix.

Erykah Badu

The queen of neo-soul, live on stage at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Also performing: Tank. 8 p.m. Feb. 15. $65-$131. royalfarmsarena.com.

Jess Hilarious

One of Baltimore’s own, a star of the Fox series “Rel,” brings her comedy to the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. 8 p.m. Feb. 14. $46-$68. france-merrickpac.com.

‘A Date with John Waters’

Watch as the Pope of Trash does for Valentine’s Day what his annual “A John Waters Christmas” does for yuletide. Delicious. 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. $44. baltimoresoundstage.com.

‘Jazz One Presents Songs of Love’

Mark Valentine’s Day with an evening of the most romantic of jazz, from musicians Coniece Washington (vocals), Glenn Angus (violin), Mark Leppo (drums), Skip Grasso (guitar) and Phil Ravita (bass). 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. $10-$18, $25 for couples. andiemusiklive.com.

‘UnPresidented! A Political Variety Show & Spectacular for Haters & Losers’

Here’s a Presidents’ Day celebration of a different sort, promising “musical parodies, a politically fueled strip tease and a cappella renditions of former president’s erotic poetry.” Not sure George or Abe would appreciate this, but you never know. 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St. $10-$30. singlecarrot.com.

‘Henry IV, Part I’

Shakespeare’s story of the king, his son Prince Hal and the son’s mentor, that “charismatic rogue and unrepentant lover of excess” Falstaff, presented by Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St., with heavy doses of comedy, drama and broadsword battles. Previews at 8 p.m. Feb. 13-14, with opening night at 8 p.m. Feb. 15, followed by performances Feb. 22, 24 and 28, March 1-3, 7-10, 16, 23 and 30. (And if you love “Part 1,” fear not — “Part II” will be performed March 15-April 7.) $16-$55. chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

'Alton McClain Scarborough: It Must Be Love'

The long-time Baltimorean and former lead singer of the girl group Alton McClain & Destiny (“It Must Be Love”) presents an evening of R&B favorites. 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. $45. artbma.org.

‘Dirty Dancing’

Johnny, Baby and the nostalgic pleasures of summer romance in the Catskills, not to mention Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' powerhouse rendition of the Oscar-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” return to theaters just in time for Valentine’s Day. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 10 and 13 at area theaters, including the Towson Mall 15, 111 E. Joppa Road; AMC Owings Mills 17, 10100 Mill Run Circle; and Egyptian 24, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover.

Historic Synagogues Tour

Baltimore Heritage offers a guided tour through two of Baltimore’s most historic places of worship: the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue (now home to the Jewish Museum of Maryland), the third oldest synagogue in the country; and the 1870s-era B’Nai Israel Synagogue, still hosting its East Baltimore congregation. Begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 10 at the museum, 15 Lloyd St. $10. baltimoreheritage.org.



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