Is Kevin Hart the funniest man on the planet? Could be; he’s definitely funny enough to headline two shows at the Royal Farms Arena, and that alone puts him in rarefied company. Come see what all the fuss is about, and prepare yourself for some high-octane laughter, as the Philly native kicks off phase 2 of his Irresponsible Tour here in Baltimore. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $48-$128. royalfarmsarena.com.
'School of Rock'
An out-of-work rocker takes a job as a substitute teacher under false pretenses, and wouldn’t you know it, the kids under his charge prove a major challenge. Then this rock-group competition comes along, and he molds them into one seriously awesome band. But are they awesome enough? The stage version doesn’t have Jack Black (which is a good thing, perhaps?), but it’s got lots more music and, depending on how some auditions went earlier this month, maybe some local kids in the cast. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, plus 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $42.50-$189. france-merrickpac.com.
Comics and a series of short films use laughter and empathy to subvert stereotypes that are all too present these days. Followed by a panel discussion with comedian Negin Farsad, filmmaker Joshua Seftel and musician Khalil Ismail. 7 p.m. Thursday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. $7-$13. creativealliance.org.
BSO Pulse: Valerie June
A singer-songwriter drawing inspiration from all sorts of genres, June performs solo and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (which also gets a set to itself). The evening starts with a pre-concert party at 6 p.m. Thursday (with music from Nick and Luke), followed by the concert at 8:30 p.m. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $35-$55. bsomusic.org.
Artworks Uncorked & Untapped
Unlimited local beer and wine tastings, delicious locally sourced hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and the chance to meet Rhea Feikin. All that, plus the chance to celebrate your favorite Maryland Public Television show. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at the MPT studios, 11767 Owings Mills Blvd. in Owings Mills. $60-$75. mpt.org.
Great Talk: 'Star Trek Technology, Innovations, and Ideas -- For Real'
Just how fast is real life catching up to sci-fi? Will there be tractor beams, transporters and phasers set to stun anytime soon? Talkers include Robert Armiger, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; Joel Green, of the Space Telescope Science Institute; and Harris Edge, of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, moderated by Sherri Braxton, senior director of instructional technology at UMBC. 7 p.m. Tuesday at Friends School, 5114 N. Charles St. $15. greattalk.org.
Stories From the Fringe: Women Rabbis Revealed!
Three actors read the words of 18 female rabbis, talking about what it’s like to be them. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St. $4-$10 museum admission. jewishmuseummd.org.
Whitman Coin Expo
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Looking to complete that Morgan silver dollar collection, or simply want to stare at a bunch of gold pieces you’ll never be able to afford? This is the place. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. next Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Free. expo.whitman.com.
If you wanna know what it means when Miguel is referred to as “one of R&B’s most sonic fabulists” (or if you know full well and already count yourself a fan), don’t miss his War & Leisure Tour as it takes to the stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Sold out, but tickets available on the resale market beginning at about $50 (try ticketmaster.com or stubhub.com). modell-lyric.com.
Celebrate Maryland Day by eating the foods we do best, including oysters, crabs, fresh corn, peaches, venison, pit beef and some seriously delicious sweets, washed down with beer and specialty cocktails. Go ahead, the Calverts would appreciate it. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. $75-$125. mdhs.org.