Inspiring Art and Theater Events for Every Taste and Budget

American Visionary Art Museum: Parenting: An Art Without a Manual

The American Visionary Art Museum focuses public attention on what might be humanity’s most essential performance art: the intuitive, transformative and complex art of parenting. AVAM’s exhibition showcases works by 36 artists, created out of every conceivable medium, to best express their own personal life experience of parenting and being parented—be it good, bad, horrific and/or sublime, alongside revelations from the latest scientific research, globally sourced wisdom and fun. Through Sept. 1. AVAM.org

Center Stage: Twisted Melodies

Center Stage welcomes back this powerful one-man show, based on the life of ’70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway. Twisted Melodies is an immersive and crushing play about the brilliant musician’s compelling inner struggle. Torn between the muses that inspire him and the mental illness that torments him, Hathaway evaluates the choices in his life in a gripping performance by Kelvin Roston Jr. May 9–19, CenterStage.org

Charm City Players: Willy Wonka the Musical

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. June 22–July 14, CharmCityPlayers.com

Hippodrome Theater: Hamilton

Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. June 25–July 1, France-MerrickPAC.com