Attention Soul Patrol. Here's a chance to see American Idol winner Taylor Hicks up close and personal - he performs the part of Teen Angel in Grease, the perennial crowd-pleaser set in the 1950s. Hicks will only appear during the first week of the run, Tuesday-Feb.8. The musical runs Tuesday-Feb. 15 at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Showtimes vary. Tickets cost $22-$67. Call 410-547-7328 or go to france-merrickpac.com.
Mary Carole McCauley
'Unraveling the Nest':
Unraveling the Nest, a series of prints by artist Debra Rubino, runs through Feb. 22 at Stevenson University, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road in Stevenson. The artist will talk about her work at noon Tuesday. Go to stevenson.edu.
'Band of Outsiders':
Jean-Luc Godard and John Waters share a love for the dance craze called the Madison. Waters made it a centerpiece of Hairspray, and Godard asked Claude Brasseur, Sami Frey and Anna Karina to perform their own version of it in his oddly humorous and tender film noir, Band of Outsiders. The charming movie plays at noon Saturday ($6) and 7 p.m. Monday ($8) at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com.
After James Brown, Roy Ayers is the most-sampled artist in hip-hop. Throughout his 40-plus years of recording, the legendary vibraphonist and singer-songwriter has pushed the sonic boundaries of jazz, R&B;, funk and pop. His visionary, brilliantly syncopated '70s classics help set the musical template for hip-hop and neo-soul. Ayers performs at 8 and 10 tonight through Saturday at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. in Washington. Tickets cost $35. Call 202-337-4141 or go to bluesalley.com.
Rashod D. Ollison
de Ryke and Schlosberg:
Fans of song recitals, and those leery of them, should find much to enjoy when engaging baritone Ryan de Ryke, accompanied by excellent pianist Daniel Schlosberg, explores works by the great British composer Vaughan Williams and others. The recital is at 8 p.m. tomorrow at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $12 and $15. Call 410-385-2638 or go to andiemusiklive.com.
Model Train Show :
Take the kids to see the model trains at the Great Scale Model Train Show this weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. See operating model layouts and browse 750 tables of merchandise. The show runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. Admission is $9 per person or $18 per family; kids younger than 15 are admitted free. Show your hand stamp from Saturday and get in free Sunday. Call 410-730-1036 or go to gsmts.com.