Grim comedies are all the rage, doubtless reflecting the national mood. Single Carrot Theatre is filling the bill with Killer Joe, by playwright Tracy Letts, about an outcast who comes up with a desperate solution to his mounting debts and ruthless collectors. Another of Letts' dark comedies, August: Osage County, swept last year's Tony Awards. Runs tonight through March 15 at 120 W. North Ave. Times vary. Tickets are $10-$15. Call 443-844-9253 or go to singlecarrot.com.
Mary Carole McCauley
Winter Art Fair & Sale:
The Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park, will hold its annual Winter Art Fair & Sale noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Studio 194 Theatre and classrooms. It's a chance to purchase original art and crafts, as well as theater costumes and props. Call 410-636-6597 or go to chesapeakearts.org.
'Earrings of Madame de ...' :
Great for seeing the week after Valentine's Day is Max Ophuls' The Earrings of Madame de... . The film is a tragic-satiric romance set in fin de siecle Paris that turns a triangle (or quadrangle) into a circle of deceit. It boasts sublime performances from Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer and Vittorio De Sica. The erotic ballet unfolds at 7 p.m. tomorrow, 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $10. Call 301-495-6700 or go to afisilver.com.
Emmylou Harris and Patty Griffin :
With Emmylou Harris and Patty Griffin, the rustic sounds of country and folk are sweetened by a dash of pop and emboldened by wise lyrics. The two gifted singer-songwriters, noted for their warm style, are a natural fit for the stage. They perform at 7:30 tonight at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $40-$75. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com.
Rashod D. Ollison
The intimate, inviting sounds of classical guitar just get richer when two are used in concert. Duo Transatlantique - Peabody alumni Maud Laforest and Benjamin Beirs - will perform at 8 tonight at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $12 and $15. Call 410-385-2638 or go to andiemusiklive.com.
Kids can get into the spirit of the Oscars for free Saturday with a double feature of popular children's movies at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Kung Fu Panda will be shown at 1 p.m., followed by Wall-E at 3 p.m., in the central library's Wheeler Auditorium at 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5430 or go to prattlibrary.org.