Kurt Elling is one of the most daring male vocalists working in jazz today. A sharply intelligent stylist with an expansive range, he pays tribute to Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane in a show of graceful standards at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $30. Call 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600 or go to kennedy-center.org.
At the Charles
You've seen the winners of America's Oscars; now take a chance on the movie that won four top Cesar Awards (the French Oscars), The Secret of the Grain. It earned best picture, director, writing and most promising actress awards with a multifaceted tale of Magreban society (made up of immigrants from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya) in a French port town. It's this week's choice for Cinema Sunday at the Charles. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. for bagels and coffee; showtime is 10:30 a.m. Admission is $15. The Charles is at 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com or cinemasundays.com. In addition, the Charles revival series hosts a Baltimore theatrical premiere this weekend: Jean-Luc Godard's Made in U.S.A., another of the director's cinematic love letters to Anna Karina, who this time plays a woman trying to track down and kill the guys who murdered her husband. The plot derives from a novel by the late, great thriller writer Donald E. Westlake (aka Richard Stark). See it at noon Saturday and 7 p.m. Monday at the Charles. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com.
Give your whole family a treat and savor or resavor Ratatouille, the winner of last year's best animated feature at the Oscars - and what some considered the best movie of that year, period - when it plays at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. For this hilariously profound mini-epic about a rat who is also a genius chef, the admission is free. The address is 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5430 or go to prattlibrary.org.
Schubert song cycle
Among baritones with chiseled abs and pecs, Nathan Gunn whomps the competition (in opera productions, you can count on his shirt coming off). His vocal artistry is formidable, too, and that will be the emphasis when he sings Schubert's exquisite song cycle Die sch?ne M?llerin, accompanied by his wife, pianist Julie Gunn. The recital is at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. Free admission with advance reservations. Call 410-337-6333 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Composer Nkeiru Okoye has focused her talents on a major work about the heroine of the Underground Railroad, Songs of Harriet Tubman. The work, featuring luminous soprano Kishna Davis and conducted by Jed Gaylin, will be presented twice by the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra - in abridged form for a family concert at 1 p.m. Saturday; in a full performance at 3 p.m. Sunday on a program with Rimsky-Korsakov's Antar Symphony. Both events are at Shriver Hall, the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Saturday's event is free. Tickets for the Sunday concert are $8 and $10. Call 410 516-6542 or go to jhu.edu/jhso.
One hundred years after boxer Jack Johnson became the first black heavyweight champion of the world, Matthew Freel explores his power and emotion in Invisible Champion: Jack Johnson, a show of paintings and drawings at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. "I think of the paintings and drawings as a kind of revival of history painting - a confrontation of events with expressionistic, art historical and revisionist notes," Freel says. The show opens today with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and continues through March 14, with an artist talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Go to creativealliance.org.
'The Winter's Tale'
Shakespeare's classic story The Winter's Tale mixes despair and redemption, tragedy, comedy and romance, but ends on a hopeful note - the perfect antidote for these grim economic times. The cast stars Broadway actor Daniel Stewart (Patrick's son) as the jealous King Leontes. Through March 8 at the Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. S.E., Washington. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $34-$55. Call 202-544-7077 or go to folger.edu/theatre.
'Winter's Tale' redux
After you've seen the stage show, you might want to compare it to the puppet-theater version at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Fans of the latter claim that using puppets heightens the magic in Shakespeare's story - and, of course, kids love 'em. Through March 7 at the center at Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $25 for the public; $7 for students. Call 301-405-2787 or go to claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
1st Mariner Arena plays host to some big ol' trucks as Monster Jam hits Baltimore for four shows tomorrow through Sunday. Featured will be Grave Digger, the sport's most famous vehicle. Tickets are $20-$25 for adults and $5 for ages 2-12. A pit party runs 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $5. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com.
Joseph Balkoski, command historian of the Maryland National Guard, will give a presentation at the Maryland Historical Society on the 29th Division's landing on Omaha Beach in the first wave of the Normandy Invasion. Attendees can also check out the exhibit Maryland Veterans of World War II, which runs through Dec. 31. The talk will be at 3 p.m. Sunday. The society is at 201 W. Monument St. Admission is $25 for the public and free for World War II veterans. Call 410-685-3750, ext. 319.