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Movies, 'Moon Dust' and Moore: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week

Movies, 'Moon Dust' and Moore: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week
Saoirse Ronan in "Lady Bird," one of nine movies nominated for the year's top Oscar that will be part of the AMC Best Picture Showcase beginning this weekend. (Merie Wallace / AP)

AMC Best Picture Showcase

Here’s your chance to become an informed Oscar prognosticator. Over the next two Saturdays, AMC Theatres in Columbia (AMC Columbia 14, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway) and White Marsh (AMC White Marsh 16, 8141 Honeygo Blvd.) will be showing all nine nominated films back-to-back. The all-in fest starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with “Phantom Thread,” followed by “Lady Bird” (1 p.m.), “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” (3 p.m.) and “The Shape of Water” (6 p.m.). You then get a week to ponder before things start up again at 10:30 a.m. March 3 with “Dunkirk,” followed by “Darkest Hour” (12:40 p.m.), “Call Me By Your Name” (3 p.m.), “The Post” (6 p.m.) and “Get Out” (8:15 p.m.). Tickets for each day (sorry, they’re not available for individual movies) are $30-$40. amctheatres.com.

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The American Craft Show returns to the Baltimore Convention Center Friday-next Sunday.
The American Craft Show returns to the Baltimore Convention Center Friday-next Sunday. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

American Craft Show

More than 650 crafters will be showing off handmade jewelry, clothing, furniture, home decor and all sorts of wonderful stuff. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $14-$16 per day ($5 at the door Friday after 5 p.m.), $34-$36 for the whole weekend; free for kids 12 and under. craftcouncil.org/baltimore.

Justin Moore performs Thursday at the Lyric.
Justin Moore performs Thursday at the Lyric. (Mark Horton / Getty Images)

Justin Moore

You should get to hear "Small Town USA," "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," "Til My Last Day," "Lettin' the Night Roll," "You Look Like I Need a Drink," "Somebody Else Will" and all sorts of other hits. Enjoy. 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $56.25. modell-lyric.com.

Heavy Seas Wake ’n Bacon

Eight beers on tap, plus specialty casks made with coffees from all over, brewery tours (at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.) and live music. Oh yeah, and BACON, thanks to the Pieces of Eight food truck. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Heavy Seas Beer, 4615 Hollins Ferry Road in Halethorpe. hsbeer.com.

Comedian Katt Williams will take to the stage at Royal Farms Arena Friday.
Comedian Katt Williams will take to the stage at Royal Farms Arena Friday. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

Katt Williams

He’s a comic, actor, rapper and even a voice actor (“The Boondocks,” remember?) who is sometimes controversial, but always funny. 8 p.m. Friday at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $55-$128. royalfarmsarena.com.

Spencer French: ‘Moon Dust’

Individual chandeliers — 150 of them, containing 417 lights — hung from the ceiling and representing the actual chemical composition of moon dust gathered during the Apollo 17 moon mission. Unveiled at the 2009 Venice Biennale, the piece goes on display Wednesday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, where it will remain until Oct. 14, 2024. Free. artbma.org.

‘A Disappearing Act’

A great magician performs his last trick posthumously in this play created, directed and performed by Filipa Tomas & Bradley Wayne Smith, who were responsible for the U.K. hit “Crazy Glue.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. next Sunday at Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. $15-$25. theatreproject.org.

Author Tom Waldron will discuss his book on the original Pride of Baltimore, "Pride of the Seas," on Thursday at the Pride of Baltimore office.
Author Tom Waldron will discuss his book on the original Pride of Baltimore, "Pride of the Seas," on Thursday at the Pride of Baltimore office. (Handout photo)

‘Pride of the Seas’ Book Talk

Baltimore Sun alum Tom Waldron discusses his first book, chronicling the life and tragic death of the original Pride of Baltimore schooner, which sank in May 1986 while sailing the Caribbean. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pride of Baltimore office, 2700 Lighthouse Point East, Suite 330. $5, $15 with an autographed book. pride2.org.

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Charm City Django Jazz Fest

The effusive spirit of the great jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt is celebrated at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., with three days of concerts and classes. Performance-wise, at 8 p.m. Friday, it’s Ultrafaux, plus guitarists Sara L’abriola and Thor Jensen ($23-$31), followed at 8 p.m. Saturday by French Gypsy guitarist Samson Schmitt, with help from Mario Forte (violin), Eduardo Belo (bass) and Josh Kaye (rhythm guitar), with openers The Django Legacy Band. The concert weekend wraps at 8 p.m. next Sunday with ’Nuff Said (Tom Mitchel, John Previti, Danny Knicely and Aimee Curl) and Charm City's own Rhythm Future Quartet. Aspiring musicians should take advantage of classes with some of the performers being offered on Saturday (2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.) and next Sunday (2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.). creativealliance.org.

‘Road to SXSW’

Seven bands — Zach Bellas and The Company Band, The Collaterals, Beyond Adonis, Saving Apollo, Breaking 12, DoubleMotorcyle and Lake Anna — compete for the chance to play at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. And as an audience member, you get to be one of the judges. 5:15 p.m. today at The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. $10. theottobar.com.

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