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Exhibition

Beginning Saturday through Feb. 12, the Baltimore's Walters Art Museum goes medieval on Novgorod, the ancient Russian city whose art and culture from the 9th century to the 14th is the focus of a new exhibition. "Sacred Arts and City Life: The Glory of Medieval Novgorod" explores the rich urban life during the golden age of this vital commercial and cultural link between Western Europe and the Byzantine Empire. Call 410-547-9000.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Music

Roots and country-rocker Kelly Willis's old band, Kelly and the Fireballs, were heating up in this area when they opted for Austin in the '80s. Willis visits some old haunts this weekend, performing Friday at the Birchmere (703-549-7500) and Saturday at Annapolis's Rams Head Tavern (410-268-4545).

-- Richard Harrington

Film

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is probably the most engaging film of the series thus far. Director Mike Newell and screenwriter Steve Kloves know their primary responsibility: to create three-ring spectacles like the whiz-bang game of Quidditch. They also allow time for the characters to breathe a little -- when they're not busy casting spells. See review on Page 42.

-- Desson Thomson

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) enters a multi-wizardry school competition in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." A 12th-century necklace in the Walters's "Sacred Arts and City Life: The Glory of Medieval Novgorod."