Kansas, Kooks and one last 'Madea' — the best of Baltimore's A&E scene this week

91st Academy Awards

Will “Black Panther” break through the academy’s longstanding indifference to superhero films? Or might “The Favourite” emerge as just that? Will Glenn Close finally land a Best Actress Oscar? Or will Lady Gaga add an Oscar to her Grammys? Will Regina King continue her run of winning just about everything for her turn in “If Beale Street Could Talk”? Might “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” land the Animated Feature prize that always seems to go to Disney or Pixar? So many questions in the run-up to this year’s Oscars, which has one of the most wide-open fields in recent memory. Get some answers beginning at 8 p.m. Feb. 24, as the ceremony airs live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on ABC (that’s WMAR, Channel 2, in these parts). And if you haven’t filled in those Oscar-pool picks yet, get cracking.


Christina Bianco

Although there’s just one name on the marquee, there ought to be a bunch — Britney Spears, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton and more, as the singer of a thousand voices (check out her celebrity singing impressions on YouTube if you don’t believe us) brings all of them to the stage of the Meyerhoff, 1212 Cathedral St. 8 p.m. March 1-2, 3 p.m. March 3. $25-$80. Also 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda. $35-$90.



The band’s best-selling “Point of Know Return” album, performed in its entirety. So if hearing “Dust in the Wind” performed live is on your bucket list… 7:30 p.m. March 1 (rescheduled from last Nov. 24) at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $35-$285.

‘The Flying Dutchman’

Richard Wagner’s operatic tale of a seafaring blasphemer cursed to forever wander the seas, at least until he wins the love of a faithful woman, as sung by the Baltimore Concert Opera. 7:30 p.m. March 1 and 3 p.m. March 3 at the Engineers Club, 11 W. Mount Vernon Place. $27.50-$71.50.

The Kooks

The English alt-rockers conclude their latest tour with an 8 p.m. show March 2 at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. $30-$35.

Jonathan Van Ness

The “Gay of Thrones” regular and budding ice-skating phenom who keeps everyone so well-groomed on Netflix’s “Queer Eye” brings his “Road to Beijing” standup tour to the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. 7 p.m. March 2. $65.50-$146.10.


Winter Is Here: A Game of Thrones Improv Extravaganza

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An evening of Westeros-inspired comedy, plus games, trivia, music and more, courtesy of the laugh-mongers of the Baltimore Improv Group. 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St. Free.

‘A Madea Family Funeral’

The family heads to backwoods Georgia for a reunion that takes an unexpected turn. Fans should know: Tyler Perry says this will be his last Madea movie, so don’t dawdle. In theaters Feb. 28.

Maryland Home & Garden Show

May not seem like it, but spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking in earnest about how beautiful your gardens are going to look this year. Thankfully, the folks behind this annual rite of spring are here to help. Organizers promise “Experts. Ideas. Solutions.” Sounds like you’ll find all you need here — scores of gardening and outdoor living exhibitors, more than 300 vendors offering home improvement ideas, plus a juried craft show more than 125 entrants strong. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 2 and 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 3, 8 and 10 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. $3-$12, free for kids under 6.


Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes

One of the great voices of girl-group rock, the Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer who belted out such classics as “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain,” performs at the Parilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St. in Rockville. 8 p.m. March 2. $55.