Arts & Culture

January Highlights

Our five musts from this month's calendar of events.

Jan. 20–Feb. 1. Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tues.-Sun. Times vary. $25-95. 800-982-2787. This classic musical tells the story of little orphan Annie as she breaks out of an awful orphanage and into the hard-luck streets of 1930s New York City. There, she finds a new home with billionaire Daddy Warbucks, his gal Friday secretary, and a sweet, shaggy-haired mutt. The Tony-winning production features a first-class cast and timeless sing-alongs like "It's the Hard-Knock Life" and "Tomorrow."

Jan. 30. Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Dr. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $15-40. 443-885-4440. The city's annual TED event will feature 21 of the greatest thinkers and doers in Baltimore and beyond, such as WYPR's Aaron Henkin and The Walters Art Museum's Julia Marciari-Alexander. Based on the inspirational nonprofit's platform, each speaker will discuss this year's theme, "Collisions," for 18 minutes, with topics ranging from artificial intelligence to urban data science and poetry.

Dancing with the Stars Live!
Jan. 14. Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mt. Royal Ave. 8 p.m. $35-75. 410-900-1150. This month, the hit dancing competition is taking its talents from the ABC airwaves to the road for a new North American winter tour. The live production will feature new dance numbers and recreated favorites by some of the show's most popular competitors.

Jay Leno
Jan. 22. Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mt. Royal Ave. 8 p.m. $45-200. 410-900-1150. We all know Leno as the giant-jawed, silver-maned Tonight Show host, but before all that, he was a tried-and-true stand-up, performing on the road back when his late-night successor, Jimmy Fallon, was still in high school. Now, he's back at it, bringing his talents to the Lyric for a full, fun night of laughs.

Jane Fonda
Jan. 16. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 7:30 p.m. $50-65. 301-600-2828. She's an Oscar-winning actress. A workout video mogul. A New York Times best-selling author. A former UN Goodwill Ambassador. She has amazing hair. In short, Jane Fonda is a boss, if you didn't already know, and this month she'll be giving a talk in Frederick, offering up advice from her many life experiences.

[Credits from top: Joan Marcus; Courtesy of Ted/James Duncan Davidson; Courtesy of ABC/Adam Taylor; Courtesy of The Lyric; Shutterstock.]