Welcome to winter. The holiday season is over, and the vaccine is still at least a few months off. This is the time when we’re going to have to hunker down. It might also be a time to check out a virtual event from a local institution. This week’s options include literary, musical and film options, all to be enjoyed at home. Or, perhaps the Ravens will give us a playoff run.
Opening Reception: Nick Aumiller: 5-8 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 8, at Baltimore Art Gallery. Meet the artist and pick up some tips on plein air painting in Hampden.
Sci-Fi Friday: 7 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 8, virtual. Maryland Science Center hosts a virtual screening of “They Live,” John Carpenter’s 1988 film. Grab some popcorn and a drink, and watch with others, who are also at home.
“The North Atlantic Cities” Book Reading: 10 a.m.-noon, virtual. Jubilee Baltimore’s Charlie Duff will discuss his book that chronicles urban growth on both sides of the Atlantic.
Turntable Demonstration: Noon on Sat., Jan. 9, at B&O Railroad Museum. Get a good look No. 600 “J.C. Davis” locomotive from all angles as it spins under the roundhouse.
Ken Peplowski & Rossano Sportiello Play Lady Day: 7 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 9, virtual. Keystone Korner kicks off a 72-hour broadcast of a concert featuring instrumental versions of the Billie Holiday songbook.
Reginald Cyntje Group: 7 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 9 at An Die Musik. Cyntje, a trombonist and composer, leads a jazz trio in this streaming concert.
An Afternoon of Asimov: 3-6 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 10, virtual event. Jewish Museum of Maryland and Enoch Pratt Free Library join together for an event exploring the work of the science fiction writer. Author Alex Nevala-Lee will discuss two of Asimov’s best-known short stories.
Rebecca Morgan Frank & Jason Gordon Poetry Reading: 4 p.m. on Sun. Jan. 10, streaming. The Hot L Poets series, typically held at Bird in Hand, continues on in a time of virtual events.
Ravens vs. Titans: 1 p.m. on Sun. Jan. 10. The local NFL team is back in the playoffs for a wild card matchup in Nashville. Instead of a tailgate, the watch party is best off on your couch. However, ESPN is looking to keep things fresh by carrying the game on not one, but six networks for its MegaCast.
Poe House Presents: Amy L. Bernstein. 2 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 10, virtual. The author, playwright and poet will read from Poe’s essay “The Philosophy of Furniture,” and her forthcoming novel, “Ell.”