Another cold, wet winter behind us, we hope, it’s time to once again welcome the joyous sound of bat on ball, as the Orioles open their 65th season here in Baltimore. Always one of the best days of the year, 2018’s opener is made even better by a suddenly strong pitching rotation (welcome, Alex Cobb!), as well as the return of Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop, team leader Adam Jones (don’t ever leave, Adam) and plenty of other game birds, ready to take on the AL East and anyone else standing in their way. Game time is 3:05 p.m. Thursday against the Minnesota Twins, and you know Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., is where you need to be. Remaining tickets start at $30, with more available on resale sites like ticketmaster.com and stubhub.com. orioles.com.
Parrotheads throughout the area can rejoice — it’s time for Baltimore to turn into Margaritaville for a day. So pick up that “lost shaker of salt,” serve yourself a cheeseburger (in Paradise or elsewhere) and contemplate just where that blown volcano might send you. But most of all, have yourself a good time. 8 p.m. Friday at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $52.50-$152.50. royalfarmsarena.com.
Why should kids have all the fun? Come on out (as long as you’re 21 or over) and scour the landscape for glowing Easter eggs, some of which will contain such cool prizes as restaurant gift cards, event tickets and, in one especially cool egg, $200. Local beer and wine will be available, which can only help. 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday at Center Plaza, 110 W. Fayette St. $12. Sponsored by the Downtown Partnership. godowntownbaltimore.com.
‘In the Company of Men … Part III’
Vincent E. Thomas and VTDance present an evening of dance, focused on “masculinity, life, love, social awareness, and human-ness.” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. $15-$25. theatreproject.org.
Baltimore Salsa Bachata Congress
Salsa, bachata and kizomba dancers from all over the world will gather in Charm City to perform, learn, share and otherwise celebrate some of the hottest dance steps around. The hot fun starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and next Sunday at the Hilton Hotel Baltimore, 401 W. Pratt St. $29-$130 per day, $209-$239 for all four days. baltimorecongress.com.
Games, activities, bounce houses, crafts, live entertainment and, best of all, scads of Mary Sue Easter Eggs, the reason Baltimore Easters are so delicious. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-next Sunday at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1 Safari Place. $16-$19 zoo admission, free for kids under 2. marylandzoo.org.
Da Kid Emm
The Maryland-based rapper, born Michael Yeboah and now living in Carroll County (where he attended North Carroll High School), comes to the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. Also on the bill: Teemonee, Tron & DVD, B-Rain, Chase Ultra, Young Tom and Mere Mazin. 7 p.m. Friday. $10. theottobar.com.
‘King in the Wilderness’
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Director Peter Kunhardt’s documentary, a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, highlights the final months of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, as he was being criticized by many in the Black Power movement for his continuing emphasis on nonviolent protest, and as he became estranged from President Lyndon B. Johnson after coming out against the Vietnam War. Historian Taylor Branch and activist DeRay Mckesson will lead a post-film discussion of King’s life and legacy. 7 p.m. Thursday (four days before its premiere on HBO) at the Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. $25. mdfilmfest.com.
No jokes, just banter and audience interaction, as the New York-based comic brings his 30th Anniversary Crowd Work Tour to the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. 8 tonight. $20-$26. creativealliance.org.
Trombonist, singer and actress Abbie Conant performs her one-act opera (composed and directed by William Osborne) about an opera singer steeling up for a gala performance. 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cohen-Davison Family Theatre, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place. Free. peabody.jhu.edu.