Baltimore’s happiest (and most delicious) Easter celebration features all kinds of fun activities, including games and crafts, appearances by Pam the Kindersinger (1:30 p.m. daily), a “Puppet Theater in the Wild” (10:30 a.m. daily) and presentations, demonstrations and discussions centering on many of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s favorite animals, including lions, chimpanzees, otters, polar bears and porcupines. But here’s the main attraction: Your kids can hunt for eggs in the fields of the Waterfowl Lake Pavilion — eggs that can be redeemed for that paragon of deliciousness, Mary Sue chocolate eggs. And if you're nice, maybe your kids will let you have one or two. Yum, yum and double-yum. (The Easter Bunny will be there too, of course.) 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 19-21 at the zoo, 1 Safari Place. $17.99-$25.99 zoo admission, free for kids under 2. marylandzoo.org.
Derek Hough Live!
The Emmy-winning dancer and dynamo brings his first solo tour to the Modell PAC at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. 7:30 p.m. April 16. $46-$81.50. modell-lyric.com.
Get a leg up on the competition at this entertainment conference that includes a panel discussion with industry experts and a talent competition featuring vocalists, songwriters, dancers and actors. Hosted by Doresa Harvey of Heaven 600 and DJ Rick. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. April 20 at Security Square Mall, 6901 Security Blvd. Free. upliftingminds2.com.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“A Wrinkle In Time”) plays Ruth, a woman with supernatural powers over the weather and matter who, while being pursued by the law (in the person of sheriff David Strathairn), seeks refuge with the family she long-ago abandoned. Directed and co-written by Julia Hart (“Miss Stevens”). In theaters April 19.
Up/Start Venture Competition 2019 Finale
Check out the finalists in Up/Start, a contest sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art that asks students to create and nurture businesses within the school community. You can even vote for your favorite, with the winner getting $5,000. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. April 17 at MICA’s Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. Free, registration through eventbrite.com.
Jon Kean’s documentary follows six women who, after surviving Auschwitz, moved to Los Angeles, married and raised families. The film is getting its Maryland premiere at 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St. $4-$10. jewishmuseummd.org.
Fair of the First Mile
Besides chances for the kids to re-enact the historic first trip of the pioneering Tom Thumb rail car and ride the first mile of commercial rail in the U.S., this outdoor festival will offer a sneak peek (via rail) at the First Mile Stables, the under-construction home of Baltimore City's Mounted Police Unit. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 18-19 at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. $12-$20 museum admission, free for kids under 2. borail.org.
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“One of the most buzzed about new bands in Canada,” its three members, barely out of their teens, bring their “melancholy but never dour” music to The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. Also appearing: Pinkwench, Little Lungs and No Hair. 8:30 p.m. April 16. $10. theottobar.com.
Backstage at Center Stage, Costume Shop and All
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Baltimore Center Stage’s 120-year-old building (it housed Loyola, both the high school and college, from 1899-1922), including a look at the costume shop at work. 11 a.m.-noon April 16 at Baltimore Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. $10. baltimoreheritage.org.
The former U.S. poet laureate gives the 22nd annual Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading, for lovers of poetry (like Ringel, a Center for Talented Youth alumnus, and his parents) or those who’d like to be. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. April 14 in the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Auditorium at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. artbma.org.