Concerts AT THE AVALON -- 8 p.m. Wednesday, "A Scottish Christmas," music from Bonnie Rideout; 8 p.m. next Friday, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Historic Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. Event prices vary. 410-822-0345.

AN EVENING OF AMERICAN ACOUSTIC MUSIC -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Peter Eckland, Harry Aceto, Peter Davis and David Bromberg play a combination of blues, country, jazz and folk during this tribute to American acoustic music. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $37; members, $32. 410-253-5544.

BOREALIS WIND QUINTET -- 8 p.m. Tuesday. Works from the Borealis Wind Quintet. Tawes Theatre, Gibson Performing Arts Center, Washington College, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown. $15; children 18 and under, $5. 410-778-7839.

EDGE CITY -- 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Folk-rock from Texas group Edge City. Holy Grounds Youth Center, 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park. $10. 410-647-5843.

Exhibits LANDSCAPES -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Jan. 15. Landscape paintings from Trish Rawlings. DeMatteis Gallery, 209 West St., Annapolis. Free. 410-267-7860.

"THE HUMAN FACTOR: FIGURATION IN AMERICAN ART 1950-1995" -- Noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, through Dec. 20. More than 50 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings from Richard Deibenkorn, Keith Haring and Susan Rothenberg, among others, representing the image of man. The Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-2556.

CERAMIC SALE -- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday. Ceramics from students and faculty of Anne Arundel Community College along with members of the Anne Arundel County community. Proceeds support the Keramos Club. Cade Center for the Fine Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-7495.

RICHARD A. NIEWERTH -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, through Dec. 31. More than 20 oil paintings by Anne Arundel Community College art professor Richard A. Niewerth. Annapolis City Hall Gallery, 160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. Free. 410-777-7260.

MARYLAND HALL EXHIBITS -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, through Dec. 19. Paintings and steel abstract sculpture from Mike Patton, director of Baltimore's Providence Center, in Chaney Gallery and the Maryland Hall courtyard; quilts and embroidered landscapes from local artists Katy Strauss, Patricia Ciricillo and Linda Ely, in the A.I.R. Gallery; annual community art show and sale, in the Hall Gallery. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-5544.

QUIET WATERS PARK -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 30. Oils, watercolors and pastels by members of the Howard County Art Guild. Also includes oil paintings by Annapolis artist Bets Ryan. Garden Cafe Gallery. Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-222-1777.

"BLACK ON WHITE" -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Black-and-white ink prints from Severn artist John Kopkowski. North County Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie. Free. 410-551-6870.

ARTFX -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 24, handmade holiday ornaments from local artists Megan Evans, Eugene Lohman and Carly Sargent, among others; Sunday through Dec. 31, glass works from Emily Mills; 5-8 p.m. Sunday, artists' reception. Gallery also houses ongoing display of sculptures, oils, photographs and jewelry from local, national and international artists. 45 West St., Annapolis. Free. 410-990-4540.

GLOW SALON AND GALLERY -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 7. Block prints, oils and collages by local artists Kathryn Leonard and Anita Hagan. Glow Salon and Day Spa, 2603 Housley Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-798-8993.

ANNAPOLIS MARINE ART GALLERY -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, ongoing. Marine art including the latest print from John M. Barber, "Evening Sail," and original oils by Willard Bond. 110 Dock St., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-4100, or www.annapolismarineart.com.

"GOIN' DOWN TO SHADY SIDE" -- 1-4 p.m. Sundays, other days by appointment, ongoing. History of the Eastern Shore's steamboat era, includes period bathing suits. Sponsored by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society. Captain Salem Avery House, 1418 E.W. Shady Side Rd., Shady Side. Free. 410-867-4486.

LIZ LIND -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, ongoing. Original works by the Annapolis artist in her exhibition, "In Flower." West Annapolis Gallery, 108 Annapolis St., Annapolis. Free. 410-295-6880, or www.westannapolisgallery.com.

MID-ATLANTIC WATERCOLOR SHOW -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, extended hours 6-9 p.m. Mondays, through Dec. 12. Works by artists from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-7028 or www.aacc.cc.md.us.

For Children CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR -- 11 a.m. Tuesday. Stories for children ages 3-6. Borders Books & Music, 1115 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis. Free. 410-571-0923.

"THE POLAR EXPRESS" -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Children can enjoy a reading of Chris Van Allsburg's book "The Polar Express," an arts and crafts activity and a snack. Mountain Road Public Library, 4730 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. Free. 410-222-6699.

Lectures and Literature "THE HUMAN FACTOR: MIRROR AND VEHICLE" -- 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Painter Cassandra Kabler discusses the human figure in art during this gallery talk related to the St. John's College exhibit "The Human Factor: Figuration in American Art, 1950-1995." Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-2556.

"THE WACKO FROM WACO" -- 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Arnold writer Carolyn Permentier signs and discusses her book "The Wacko From Waco." Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers, 36 Market Space, Annapolis. Free. 410-263-8770.

BOOK DISCUSSION -- 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Out of Print Annapolis Book Group will discuss David Sedaris's book "Holidays on Ice." The monthly book club is dedicated to reading and discussing books that explore issues pertinent to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Borders Books & Music, 1115 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis. Free. 410-571-0923.

Theater "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, 1 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturday through Jan. 26. Musical version of the classic Dickens tale. Includes buffet, 30 minutes before show. Chesapeake Music Hall, 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. $30.50-$33.50. 410-626-7515.

"MURDER AT THE OH NO! CORRAL" -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Interactive murder mystery performed by Do or Die Productions. Includes buffet dinner. Thai Gour Cafe, 7477 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie. $28. 443-804-4388.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" -- 8 p.m. Thursdays, 7 and 9 p.m. Fridays, 2, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 4 p.m. Sundays, next Thursday through Dec. 15. Musical version of the Dickens novel. Colonial Players, 108 East St., Annapolis. $6. 410-268-7373.

Plan Ahead "HOLIDAY MAGIC 2002" -- 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 13-Dec. 22. More than 60 children ages 7-17 with the Talent Machine Company sing and dance during this holiday tribute. Key Auditorium, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. $10; children 5 and younger, $6. 410-956-0512, or www.talentmachine.com.

20TH ANNUAL BRUIN HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7. Holiday arts and crafts sale sponsored by the Broadneck High School athletic boosters. Broadneck High School, 1265 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis. Free. 410-757-1300.

"THE NUTCRACKER" -- 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 3 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15, 2 p.m. Dec. 14. Ballet Theatre of Maryland along with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra perform this holiday classic. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $31-$41; children and students, $26-$36. 410-263-2909.

Clubs 49 WEST -- 9 p.m.-midnight tomorrow, Fred Hughes Trio; 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Her, Him and I. 49 West St., Annapolis. Event prices vary. 410-626-9796.

ACME BAR AND GRILL -- 9 p.m. today, Martini Time; 6 p.m. tomorrow, Dean Rosenthal, 9 p.m. tomorrow, DJ Michael K.; 10 p.m. Saturday, DJ Michael K.; 9 p.m. Sunday, Troy's Lounge; 9 p.m. Monday, Meg, Bryan and Todd; 9 p.m. Tuesday, Doug Segree; 9 p.m. Wednesday, Troy's Underground. 163 Main St., Annapolis. Free. 410-280-6486.

ANDY'S -- 9 p.m. tomorrow, Bree Sharp; 9 p.m. Saturday, Bird Dog and The Roadkings. 337 1/2 High St., Chestertown. Free. 410-778-6779.

ARMADILLOS -- 9 p.m. today, Meg and Bryan; 9 p.m. tomorrow, My Hero Zero; 9 p.m. Saturday, Blues Doctors; 9 p.m. Sunday, Bryan, Mickey and Dana; 9 p.m. Monday, Mike McHenry; 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jarflys. 132 Dock St., Annapolis. Free. 410-280-0028.

CAFE ORLEANS -- 8 p.m. Saturday, The Gliders; 11 a.m. Sunday, Unified Jazz Ensemble. 125 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis. $2. 410-263-9120.

RAMS HEAD TAVERN -- 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Seldom Scene; 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Gaelic Storm; 8:30 p.m. next Thursday, Alison Brown. 33 West St., Annapolis. Event prices vary. 410-268-4545.

SEAN DONLON'S -- 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, Dennis and Neil. 37 West St., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-1993.

SPUTNIK CAFE -- 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nancy O'Donnell and Blue Blazes. 1397 Generals Hwy., Crownsville. Free. 410-923-3775.

WOODFIRE -- 8:30 p.m.-midnight tomorrow, Mike McHenry Duo; 8:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday, The Duece. 580 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park. Free. 410-315-8100.

Elsewhere in the Region "THE SECRET GARDEN" -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays- Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 29. Olney Theatre performance of the Tony-award winning musical about an orphaned girl who finds comfort in a secret garden. Olney Theatre, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $15-$34; students, senior citizens, $12-$31. No discounts on Saturdays. 301-924-4485.

-- Compiled by Eileen Rivers

The Anne Arundel Extra entertainment calendar lists events as space permits. Mail announcements and photos -- noting date, time, address, cost and phone number -- to Eileen Rivers, Anne Arundel Extra, The Washington Post, 3 Church Cir., Annapolis, Md. 21401-1902. You may also e-mail announcements to riverse@washpost.com or fax them to 410-267-6972. Deadline is 14 days before publication.