The following movies are showing at first-run theaters Regal Jewel 16 (RJ16), AMC Classic Galaxy 16 (CG16) and the Waco Hippodrome (WH). Letter grades for movies are from advance reviews; an NR means a movie was not reviewed.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Roughly two years after a new trial was ordered, Maryland’s highest court on Thursday heard arguments in their review of the high-profile case of a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit “Serial” podcast that attracted millions of armchair detectives.

Hello, holidays: The downtown Waco tradition returns with the tree lighting, fireworks, a parade, a Snow Tube Hill and Ferris wheel, children’s activities and youth and community group performances. Oh, shopping, too.

Waco stages ring again with music this weekend with national and regional tours dropping in to add country, classic hits, Las Vegas pop and Americana before Christmas music starts to dominate.

Owner Davie Gorham, who operated his Honky Tonk Kid BBQ food truck for more than two years, opened his restaurant in late November.

The weight of legacy hangs heavily over “Creed II.” Not just for most of the characters, who must come to grips with their own family histories. But also for the filmmakers, tasked with making a sequel to a successful spin-off of a beloved franchise. It would put any film on the ropes. Not this one.

When you think of the wives and girlfriends of criminals and mobsters in cinema and television, what or who comes to mind? Kay Adams? Elvira Hancock? Skyler White? They are either victims of a man’s misdeeds or end up becoming part of the problem. They might get fancy jewelry or a big house, but they are the ones who get shut out of the room. They get greedy. They get addicted. They get killed. And, as an unwritten rule, they are secondary.

Two indie films with Texas connections make their debut in Waco screenings this week although independent and Texas are their main common threads. Well, both are also free.

Texas country star Pat Green comes back to Waco Friday night with a few new songs and an updated set list, but at this stage in his career, he’s got more than music to express his creativity and energy.

Two popular art shows in Waco end their run this week, giving area art buffs one final weekend to get in a last look.

I know what you’re thinking: “Bah! Humbug!” Can a Christmas movie that’s being released in November, well before Thanksgiving, be any good? It just so happens that the new animated version of the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a welcome, if early, Christmas gift. You’d have to be a Scrooge to resist it.

It all starts with a song, as some musicians like to say, and it’s Texas songwriters — an ad hoc group called the Traveling Red River Songwriters — who kick off a busy music weekend at the Waco Hippodrome on Thursday night.

Two pianos add a musical twist to the Central Texas Choral Society’s fall concert Monday night, providing a different accompaniment for the finale to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (the choral “Ode To Joy” movement) and allowing a chamber music setting for Johannes Brahms’ waltzes.

Waco opera fans get two operas for the price of one in Baylor Opera Theater’s fall production opening Tuesday — the one-acts “Signor Deluso” and “Trouble In Tahiti” — but theater director Susan Li also has her eye out for the potential fan, too.

Crowds along the route of this year’s Baylor University Homecoming parade may want to practice looking up before Saturday morning: This year’s parade will feature more balloons than floats, though not by much.

More than two dozen creative and talented women will take the stage at the Whistle Stop in Crawford, 6432 N. Lone Star Parkway, on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the Witchy Woman's Whistle Fair, which will fill more than nine hours with music, poetry, speech and maybe a little dance.

Waco jazz guitarist Chuck Jennings’ years playing in New York City clubs not only honed his considerable skills, but connected him to players of like ability and interests.

It’s the weekend before a midweek Halloween and although it’s a busy one — according to our Music & More guide, 19 concerts alone over the next seven days — there’s plenty with a taste of the season.

Ludwig van Beethoven scholars for more than a century have tried to analyze his music and life through yellowing manuscripts, conversation books, diaries and articles, looking for clues to answer a fundamental mystery: How could one of the world’s greatest composers create such monumental music while deaf in his middle and later years?

The Jubilee Theatre’s production of “Clue the Musical” has surprises built into its storyline, as any good murder mystery does, even if from a board game, but director Trent Sutton found one from the beginning:

Waco Cultural Arts Fest organizers call the public/children’s art portion of the festival Arts For All, but the term could describe the festival and its component subfestivals held each year at Indian Spring Park and the Waco Convention Center.

What adds up to a Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo experience? Two parts carnival rides, one part live music, two parts corn dogs, funnel cakes and soft drink? One part rodeo, two parts livestock exhibits? One part of watching kids on sensory overload? Crowd-watching and ride barkers on a cool Texas night?