With July 4 on its way, time to get started on your Independence Day celebrations. And in these parts, there's no better place to start than in Dundalk, with the annual Heritage Fair, running Friday through next Sunday at Dundalk Heritage Park, 2717 Playfield St. Enjoy carnival attractions, pony rides, games, vendors, pig races and lots of music, including performances from Kix (8 p.m. Friday) and .38 Special (8 p.m. next Sunday). 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. $8 per day, free for kids 12 and under. dundalkheritagefair.com.
One of Baltimore's finest, who's come a long way since running her own showcase and restaurant here in her hometown. She's a TV star, talk-show host and Oscar winner, but the best way to appreciate Mo'Nique's talent may still be catching her stand-up act. Check her out at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Comedy Factory, 5625 O'Donnell St. $40 (plus two-drink minimum). baltimorecomedyfactory.com.
A celebration of their culture and heritage, drawing Latvian emigres and their descendants from all over for five days of concerts, exhibitions, parties and plenty of good food. Thursday through next Monday at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., as well as other venues including Royal Farms Arena, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore Soundstage, Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, American Visionary Art Museum and Christ Lutheran Church. Some events are free, while others require tickets priced at $10-$55. en.latviansongfest2017.com.
A musical take on author J.M. Barrie's inspiration for writing "Peter Pan." Ah, to never grow old. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 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-$172.50. france-merrickpac.com.
An evening of classic hip hop, from a man who's been there. 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. $50-$55. ramsheadlive.com.
Two works that "explore the legacy of slavery in America" are displayed side by side in this exhibit, which will be on display Wednesday through March 18, 2018, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Walker's "Salvation" shows a silhouetted female figure struggling in a swamp, while Thomas' "And I Can't Run" appears as a puzzling group of forms, until talking a flash photograph with a cellphone reveals a haunting image of racial hatred. artbma.org.
Dutch jazz pianist Beets performs tunes from his latest album, "Chopin Meets the Blues," an enticing mix of classical, blues and jazz. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday at Soto Sopra Restaurant, 405 N. Charles St. $10 cover charge, plus dinner entree. sottosoprainc.com.
It's amazing anyone goes swimming in the ocean after seeing this, as a giant shark has his way with beachgoers at a New England resort town until the local police chief, a scientist and an ornery shark hunter named Quint decide they've had enough. Then the real terror begins. From 1975, still one of Steven Spielberg's greatest films. 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. next Sunday, 1 p.m. July 3-4 on the big screen (where it belongs!) at The Senator, 5904 York Road. $7-$10. thesenatortheatre.com.
Under the Big Top
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus may be gone, but the legacy of the circus train remains — and will be celebrated Monday through Friday at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Includes storytelling, carnival games, crafts and, at 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday, a 20-minute train ride that should make the Big Top come roaring back to life, at least in the imagination. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, $12-$18 (plus $2-$3 for the train rides). borail.org.
Will he bring Jason Derulo along to duet on "Want to Want Me?" Probably not, but here's betting that's the only disappointment his fans experience. Also on the bill: Brett Eldredge and Lauren Alaina. 7 tonight at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. $56-$126. merriweathermusic.com.