Take joy in the season with African dance, storytelling, drumming, workshops and traditional crafts. Includes elder and quilter Joan Gaither discussing the African-American histories captured in her story quilts from the exhibit “Emancipation Quilt: Freedom’s Cross Stitch,” presentations from Sankofa Dance Theater and artist Sallah Jenkins, and an African marketplace. Noon Saturday at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. $5. lewismuseum.org.
This longstanding Christmas Eve tradition at Magooby’s Joke House, 9603 Deereco Road in Timonium, pairs Jewish humor (courtesy of Marc Unger) with Chinese food. For anyone craving some moo goo gai pan to go with their laughs, or who has already had enough Christmas cheer for one year. 7:30 p.m. today, with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. $30-$45. magoobys.com.
A founding member of the music/comedy group Rockapella, Altman promises a night of “unkosher comedy.” The Boston Globe once praised this guy for having “the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer," which sounds like praise worth taking a chance on. 7:30 p.m. Monday at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St. in Annapolis. $22.50. ramsheadonstage.com.
The Stray Birds w/ The Bumpers Jacksons Duo
A night of roots music, featuring the Stray Birds, with their ethereal harmonies and tight arrangements, preceded by the acoustic Bumper Jacksons and their “Appalachia-meets-New Orleans” sound. Sounds wonderful. 8 p.m. Thursday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. $15-$21. creativealliance.org.
A Tribute to Tom Petty
Performances from Jack Denning, Warren Boes, Keith Tuttle, Eric Dixon, Steve Blake and more, with some proceeds going to the MusiCares Charity Foundation. 8 p.m. Saturday at the 8x10, 10 E. Cross St. $15. the8x10.com.
He started his comedy career in Washington, D.C., where he grew up, but Davidson’s funny has made its mark all over the map, on film and TV, as well as the stand-up circuit. Find out where all the laughs are coming from when he plays the Baltimore Comedy Factory, 5625 O'Donnell St. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $23-$37, plus two-drink minimum. baltimorecomedy.com.
‘Killing for Love’
Karin Steinberger and Marcus Vetter’s 2016 documentary looks at the grisly murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom, a wealthy Virginia couple whose deaths in 1985 grabbed international attention — as did the subsequent arrest and conviction of their daughter, Elizabeth, and her German boyfriend, Jens Soering, for the crime. But did the judicial system get it right? Quite possibly not, for reasons this film deftly explores. Opens Friday at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. $10. mdfilmfest.com.
A girls’ night out with laughs, courtesy of Aida Rodriguez and April Macie, both finalists on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and Chaunte Wayans, another in a long line of comics from the preternaturally funny Wayans family. 8 p.m. Friday at Rams Head on Stage, 33 West St. in Annapolis. $35. ramsheadonstage.com.
‘The Kennedy Center Honors’
Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Norman Lear, LL Cool J and Carmen de Lavallade take their places among America's performing elite. Taped Dec. 3 in Washington. 9 p.m. Tuesday on CBS (WJZ, Chanel 13, locally).
A Holiday Interlude at the Mother Seton House and Godefroy Chapel
Gather at the St. Mary’s Spiritual Center and Historic Site, 600 N. Paca St., for tours of the Mother Seton House, where St. Elizabeth Ann Seton lived in 1808 while starting a boarding school for girls, and the original chapel for St. Mary's Seminary, opened in 1808 and designed by Maximilian Godefroy, whose other works include Baltimore's Battle Monument and First Unitarian Church. 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. $10. baltimoreheritage.org.