Weekend Events Calendar: Ice Festival, Orchid Show, Baltimore Restaurant Week, theater openings and more

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The forecast is calling for snow this weekend, but there’s still plenty of reasons to venture out, like festivals featuring creative takes on ice, seafood and German culture. Or, head to the Parkway and sing along with Queen. Here’s the weekend schedule:

Friday, Jan. 11
Orchid Show: Through Jan. 13 at Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The  Maryland Orchid Society teams up with the Druid Hill Park garden spot to showcase the dazzling plants.

Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week: Through Jan. 20. Restaurants all over town band together to beat the winter blues, with special menus for all who eat local. It’s a good chance to try something new.

Animore Anime Convention: Through Jan. 13 at Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor. The fan-centric convention celebrating the Japanese art form features cosplay, special guests, video games and more.

The Gallery About Nothing Grand Opening: Through Jan. 13. Check out this new spot just east of downtown with art and nostalgia for ’80s and ’90s kids.

Krautfest: Jan. 11-12 at Gertrude’s Restaurant. The BMA eatery has live polka and a buffet with plenty of German food. Do your wurst.

“Closer to the Sun”: 6-9 p.m. at Gallery 1448. Elizabeth Lehmann and Daniel Brown showcase art made using shells from the Mid-Atlantic coastline.

Thee Lexington Arrows, ¡Vamanos! and the LushPockets: 8 p.m. at The Crown. A night of psych-rock and garage music by locals Thee Lexington Arrows and the LushPockets, and Brooklyn duo ¡Vamanos!.

Friday Night Magic: 9 p.m. at The Crown. DDm hosts a night featuring DJ lessons and a party with guests Steve Possible, Balagan and DJ Stash.

Dark Thoughts and the Smarthearts: 9 p.m. at Joe Squared. Unregistered Nurse Booking and Celebrated Summer Records team up to present a pair of Philly punk bands, playing along with Cold Feet and Leisure Sport.

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” Singalong Screening: Jan. 11-17 at The Parkway Theatre. Belt out the hits of Queen along with the recent film.

“Thank You, Dad”: Through Jan. 20 at Baltimore Theatre Company. Rapid Lemon Productions’ Lance Bankerd stars in three plays based on cult leader Reverend Jim Jones of The Peoples Temple.

“And Then There Were None”: Through Feb. 10 at Vagabond Players. The Agatha Christie mystery is brought to the stage. Find out what happens to 10 strangers on one island.

“In The Closet”: Through Jan. 27 at Function Coworking Community. Four men explore the literal and metaphorical closet in this theatrical production.

Saturday, Jan. 12
Volunteering Untapped: 10 a.m. at Second Chance and Baltimore Toolbank. Meet up in the morning to help out at a pair of Baltimore nonprofits, then stick around for drinks in Brewers Hill.

Oyster, Wine and Beer Festival: noon-4 p.m. at The Assembly Room. An afternoon of live shucking, seafood, local beer and carefully paired wines.

Romare Bearden: The Artist as Activist: 1-3 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum. In conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, Diedra Harris-Kelle of the Romare Bearden Foundation discusses the artist’s work for change.

Harbor Point Ice Festival: 2-8 p.m. Check out the plaza at the waterfront area reimagined as a winter wonderland, with ice sculptors, live music and plenty of food trucks.

Puppet Slamwich: 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Black Cherry Puppet Theater. Enjoy a night of puppetry geared toward the grown-ups.

Off the Cuff: Turangalîla-Symphonie: 7 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra offers a tour of Messaien’s mesmerizing masterwork, featuring a conversation between BSO maestro Marin Alsop and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Monologue Slam: 8 p.m. at Fells Point Corner Theatre. Actors take to the stage for a monologue competition, vying for theater community bragging rights.

EVOLVE: 8 p.m. at Motor House. The birthday party for DJ Sown features two rooms of music with five DJs mixing house, hip-hop and R&B.

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Version: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Crown. It’s the two-year anniversary of the party hosted by Trillnatured. DJ Gemynii comes up from from Durham, N.C. to partake.

Caligula Blushed: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The Smiths/Morrissey tribute band plays, with Joy Division tribute band Disorder opening.

Baltimore Boom Bap Society: 9:30 p.m. at Windup Space. Hear hip-hop improvised for one night, with emcees, beatbox and musicians joining in on saw, mandolin, trumpet and more.

Sunday, Jan. 13
School of Rock Fall Season Finale: noon-6 p.m. at the Ottobar. Kids studying with the School of Rock Baltimore play a show covering Michael Jackson, metal and much more.

Fall/Winter 2018 Showcase Presentation: 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Motor House. Students with the Baltimore Academy of Magic show off their skills.

Turangalîla-Symphonie: 3 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The BSO presents the complete performance of the unique and transfixing work from Messaien.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, But Staged: 5-7 p.m. at Strand Theatre Company. The workshop series empowers women to tell their stories.

Todd Marcus Quintet: 7-9 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The bass clarinetist performs a straight-ahead set in Highlandtown.

F*CK Your Work Week: 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the BIG Theater. Don’t worry about the work week ahead of you and instead take in some improv comedy on the doldrums of the 9-to-5.

Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake, Lafayette Gilchrist and Jamal Moore: 8 p.m. at An die Musik. Percussionists Rudolph and Drake are joined by local pianist Lafayette Gilchrist woodwind player/percussionist Jamal Moore.

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