Peter Nero at the Meyerhoff
Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in "The Great American Songbook," a selection of many of his own orchestral arrangements of songs by some of America's greatest composers, today through Saturday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Hours for the SuperPops concert are 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $20-$57. Call 410-783-8000.
Helene Grimaud at Shriver Hall
Pianist Helene Grimaud, known for her fiery and unorthodox interpretations of some of the world's best-known piano works, presents a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. The performance is dedicated to the late Walter Hartman, a longtime supporter of the Shriver Hall Concert Series. Tickets are $23, $12 students. Call 410-516-7164.
For contemporary hip-hop music blended with traditional gospel choir arrangements, listen to Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kirk Franklin at 7:30 tonight at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Also featured are Cece Winans, Trin I Tee 5:7, The Family, 1NC, and Steps of Praise. Tickets are $20-$32.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.
Mickey on ice
Mickey Mouse and the characters of "The Little Mermaid," "The Jungle Book," "101 Dalmatians" and "Cinderella" will ignite the imagination when "Walt Disney's World On Ice" skates into the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Wednesday through Feb. 7. Hours are 7 p.m. Wednesday-Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. Feb 4, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6, and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7. All opening-night tickets (except VIP seats) are $9; other performances are $10.50-$30. Call 410-481-SEAT.
Kitty, kitty, kitty
Close to 150 fine felines will pose and preen this weekend, vying for tip-top cat at the Annapolis National Guard Armory, 19 Willow St. Categories expected to be represented include American Shorthair, Manx, Turkish Angora, Maine Coon Cat, Persian and Household Pets. The cats will put their best paws forward for the judges, including a team from Frankfurt, Germany, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3-$5. Bring a cat food item to be donated to rescue groups and receive $1 off. Call 410-850-0574 or 410-988-9422.
'An Almost Holy Picture'
For the story of a former minister who now tends gardens instead of souls and the immensity of the man's love for his daughter, see Heather McDonald's "An Almost Holy Picture" tomorrow through Feb. 28 in the Head Theater at Center Stage. Preview times are 8 p.m. tomorrow-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesday; opening night is 8 p.m. Wednesday, and regular shows are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. "Jitney," currently playing in the Pearlstone Theater, continues through Feb. 14. Tickets are $24-$29 and $10-$45 for "Jitney." Call 410-332-0033.
A taste of chocolate
Chocolate lovers will be tantalized this evening with treats created by area restaurants, caterers and chocolatiers - all for a good cause. You can sample sweet indulgences from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, and help raise money for the Center for Poverty Solutions, a merger of Action for the Homeless and the Maryland Food Committee. Also at the "Chocolate Affair," celebrity judges select the best dessert creations, and guests can bid on a variety of prizes. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Call 410-366-0600.
Chesapeake Boat Show
Step aboard hundreds of boats; examine engines, marine accessories and nautical products; view demonstrations; and meet Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel, at the 45th annual Chesapeake Bay Boat Show Saturday through Feb. 7 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday. Admission is $7, $3 ages 6-12. Call 212-922-1212.
A preview of Mardi Gras
Prepare for Mardi Gras by viewing two films by award-winning director Les Blank tomorrow and participating in a Cajun Cooking Workshop on Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. "J'Ai Ete Au Bal" ("I Went to the Dance"), 84 minutes of Cajun and Zydeco music, and "In Heaven There Is no Beer?", 50 minutes about the polka subculture, will be shown from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Admission is $10. Learn to cook Cajun with James Farley, executive chef of the Bayou Blues Cafe, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The cost is $20. Call 410-244-1900.