Concerts

JERRY GORDON QUARTET -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. today. Part of the Baltimore-Washington Jazz Fest's Jazz in the Shadows series. Silver Shadows Nightclub, 5550 Sterrett Pl., Columbia. $10. 410-730-7105.

FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS -- 5 p.m. tomorrow. Loyola's Chapel Choir combines carols and scripture readings. Alumni Memorial Chapel, Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Free. 410-617-2449.

TOO HOT TO HANDEL -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir in a gospel version of Handel's "Messiah," with solos by Natalie Oliver-Atherton, Vivian Cherry and Thomas Young. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $22-$44. 410-783-8000 or www.baltimoresymphony.org.

BALTIMORE CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY BENEFIT CONCERT -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Featuring Douze Cordes (guitar duo Michael Bard and Corey Whitehead), solo instrumentalist Nathan Fischer and Dorian recording artist Ronald Pearl. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $20; members, seniors and students, $15. 410-247-5320 or www.bcgs.org.

RALEIGH RINGERS -- 7 p.m. Saturday. The North Carolina community hand bell group returns. First Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Rd., Ellicott City. $15; 16 and younger, $5. 410-465-2977.

BRIAN GANZ -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Sundays at Three features the local pianist and current artist-in-residence and faculty member at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. $15; full-time students, $10; minors, free with an adult. 410-381-3240 or www.SundaysAtThree.org.

ORGAN AND MORE -- 3 p.m. Sunday. The Free State Theatre Society presents Mark Hurley on the theatre organ, Michael Gosnell on solo sax, the instrumental ensemble from Kenwood Senior High School and the St. Matthew Lutheran Church Choir. Rice Auditorium, Spring Grove Hospital Center, Wade Avenue, Catonsville. Free. 410-592-9322.

WINTER CONCERT -- 3-5 p.m. Sunday. With the Columbia Concert Band. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4940.

LENTEN CONCERT -- 4 p.m. Sunday. Carols from around the world will be sung in their native languages, narrated by actress Sara Todes. Performers include soprano Alina Kozinska, pop artist Krys Kozinski, baritone Jozef Surowiec and the Chancel Choir and Youth Choir of St. Paul's. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 11795 Scaggsville Rd., Fulton. Free. 301-470-1209 or 301-725-0241.

A SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Fiddle player Bonnie Ridout plays wassail tunes and traditional Celtic melodies while Scottish dancers perform. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $22-$48. 410-783-8000 or www.baltimoresymphony.org.

HCC SINGERS WINTER CONCERT -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Includes Vivaldi's "Gloria" with orchestra. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4940.

RIVER HILL WINTER CONCERTS -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 13. Performing groups include the orchestra, wind ensemble, concert choir, concert band, madrigal singers, symphonic band, women's choir, men's choir, full orchestra, leading ladies and gentleman's quartet. River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. $5. 410-313-6927 or 410-313-7120.

U.S. AIR FORCE BAND -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Concert Band and Singing Sergeants present seasonal favorites and a singalong. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. Tickets, 410-783-8000; information, 202-767-5658.

VIENNA CHOIR BOYS -- 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. The choir performs seasonal favorites. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $22-$44. 410-783-8000 or www.baltimoresymphony.org.

Dance

DANCE CELEBRATION -- 7 p.m. Sunday. A dance performance in conjunction with Howard Community College's Fine Arts Celebration. Smith Theatre, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4940.

HAPPENIN' HANUKAH -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Charm City Klezmer and DJ Alan Rutberg provide the music at a dance party sponsored by East Bank Havurah of Baltimore, with line dancing, vintage klezmer and "oy vey" 78s. Creative Alliance, 413 S. Conkling St., Baltimore. $10; members, $8. 410-276-1651, megan@creativealliance.org or www.creativealliance.org.

AVALON SWING -- 8:30-10:30 p.m. Thursdays, swing, jump blues and rhythm and blues with a deejay. 9 p.m.-midnight the second and fourth Saturdays, live bands. Avalon Studio, 15 Mellor Ave., Catonsville. Band nights, $10. Thursdays, $5; free to Avalon students. 410-869-9771.

BALTIMORE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY -- 8 p.m. Mondays, English country dancing to live music and a caller, St. Mark's on the Hill Parish Hall, 1620 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore; 8 p.m. Wednesdays, American square and contra dancing to live music and a caller, Lovely Lane Church, 2200 St. Paul St., Baltimore; 8 p.m. second Saturdays, contra dancing to a live band and caller at St. Mark's on the Hill Parish Hall. $8; society members, $6. 410-366-0808 or www.bfms.org.

Exhibits

"SINGULAR SENSATIONS" -- 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 15; reception, 6-9 p.m. today. Artists sell a variety of works, including pottery, stained glass, photographs, jewelry, sculptures, paintings and fiber works. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

JERRY WEINSTEIN -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Jan. 3; reception, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13. Exhibit features the photographer's "Colors of the Spring: Hawaii's Flowers." Artists' Gallery, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

STUDENT ART -- Gallery hours, through next Thursday. Approximately 70 works in all media. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4940.

"SMALL TREASURES" -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays and by appointment, through Dec. 31. See small works by Washington Society of Landscape Painters members Barbara Nuss, Margaret Kranking, Sara Poly and Mary Kokoski and Washington artists Carol Spils, Jack Hannula and Chad Alan. Andrei Kushnir/Michele Taylor LLC American Painting, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

MOONSTRUCK STUDIOS EXHIBIT -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 19. A multimedia exhibit of works by art students of all levels. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia.

SUSAN WATERS-ELLER -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 15. "Unofficial Views" is a solo exhibit of social and political collage paintings by the MICA teacher. Pinkard Gallery, Bunting Center, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.

MARYLAND ARTISTS -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through Feb. 28. View works by winners of the Maryland State Arts Council's Individual Artist Awards in the Visual Arts, two-dimensional category. Artists include Gwendolyn Aqui, Karl Connolly, Stephanie Garmey, Donna Hepner, Phyllis Plattner, Nancy Scheinman and Nora Sturges. Maryland State Arts Council offices, 175 W. Ostend St., Baltimore. Free. 410-767-6555, 410-333-4519 TDD/TTY or www.msac.org.

"ART MD 2002" -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 19. Jay Fisher from the Baltimore Museum of Art curates a juried, biannual multimedia exhibition showcasing Maryland artists. Galleries I and II, Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-2787 or e-mail info@hocoarts.org.

HOWARD COUNTY ART GUILD -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Mondays, through Dec. 30. An all-member juried show. Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Park Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-730-6257.

CAROL HEPPER -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 15. The sculptor showcases her latest work in "Translucency and Light." Decker Gallery, Mount Royal Station building, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.

"MICA REMEMBERS 9/11" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 15. An exhibit by faculty, staff and students focusing on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Meyerhoff Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.

"HIGH ON LIFE" -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Sept. 1. The American Visionary Art Museum's eighth thematic megaexhibition features 300 works by 100 self-taught artists who have battled addictions. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. $8; seniors, students and children, $6. 410-244-1900.

RACHEL CARSON TRIBUTE -- Library hours, through Sunday. "Rachel Carson and Silent Spring: A 40th Anniversary Tribute" is a commemorative exhibit of photographs and artifacts by Carson, who wrote the environmental book "Silent Spring" in 1962. Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.

BMA ART -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends. "Parallel Tracks: The History of Photography in Two Brief Installments" and "Common/Places: Contemporary Photography from Germany and Northern Europe," through May 25; "Painted Prints: The Revelation of Color," through Jan. 5; "Tom Miller: Changing Spaces," through Feb. 16; "Radio City and a Century of Progress: 1930s Modernism in America," through Jan. 13; and "Freestyle," 5-8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $7; full-time college students and people 66 and older, $5; members and people 18 and younger, free. 410-396-7100.

Film

CAMM JURIED SCREENINGS -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Local film and video makers compete. Creative Alliance, 413 S. Conkling St., Baltimore. $5; members, $3. 410-276-1651, megan@creativealliance.org or www.creativealliance.org.

"THIRTEEN DAYS" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. A look at how the Kennedy administration responded to the Cuban missile crisis. Shown as part of the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium. Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Free. 410-516-7683.

JEWISH FILM SERIES -- The Columbia Jewish Congregation presents its 11th season of Jewish film, Jan. 25-April 26. Subscriptions may be purchased by Tuesday. All movies will be shown at the Meeting House, Room 200, Oakland Mills Village Center, Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Four films, $24; three films, $20; two films, $14; single tickets at the door, $8. Checks and SASE can be sent to CJC Film Series, c/o S. Bloch, 6514 Quiet Hours, Columbia, Md. 21045. 410-381-4809.

For Children

"TWICE TOLD TALES" -- 10 a.m. tomorrow. Presented by students at Howard Community College. Smith Theatre, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4940.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA -- 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Cartoons will be shown during breakfast, and each child will get a private visit and have a picture taken with Santa. A "Secret Shop" will be available for children to shop for their families. Advance ticket purchase required. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $4. 410-730-3987.

FATHER CHRISTMAS -- Store hours, through Dec. 31. Father Christmas spreads cheer and holiday dust. Forget Me Not Factory, 8044 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-7355.

"RAVEN'S QUEST" -- 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 21. Elementary and middle school-age children can join in to help Raven save the prince in a fantasy adventure play. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $12. 410-752-1225, e-mail brussell@spotlighters.org or www.spotlighters.org.

Lectures and Literature

CHRIS MATTHEWS -- 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The host of MSNBC's "Hardball" gives a lecture, "Crossing Borders: Looking Outward to a Connected World," as part of the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, followed by a book signing. Shriver Hall Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Free. 410-516-7683.

Sports and Recreation

INNER HARBOR ICE RINK -- Open daily except Christmas through March 9. Public skating offered, weather permitting, noon-2 p.m., 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. weekdays; 7-10 p.m. Fridays ($6); noon-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Saturdays; and noon-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sundays. 10 a.m. Saturdays, Tykes on Ice is $4 for children. 5:30 p.m. Sundays, Sunday Great Skates hosts skating exhibitions, followed by drop-in skating lessons ($6 lessons include skate rental). Inner Harbor Ice Rink, Rash Field, 201 Key Hwy., Baltimore. $5; skate rental, $3; season pass, $99. 410-385-0675 or www.promotionandarts.com.

Theater

"DIE FLEDERMAUS" -- 8:15 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. Dec. 13 and 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Strauss's operetta takes a new twist with the Baltimore Opera Company. Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. $37-$132. 410-727-6000 or www.baltimoreopera.com.

"JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT" -- 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 14-15 and 28-29; and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 28. Pumpkin Theatre presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical. A fundraiser 8:30 p.m. Saturday features a full-scale performance plus cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and games of chance ($35). Hannah More Arts Center, St. Timothy's School for Girls, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $10; groups and birthday parties, $8 per person. 410-828-1814.

"ANNIE GET YOUR GUN" -- Evenings and matinees, through Feb. 16. Enjoy a meal and a musical about a hillbilly sharpshooter. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $22.50-$41. 410-730-8311.

"RUDOLPH THE RED-HOSED REINDEER" -- 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 21. A cross-dressing reindeer tries to overcome the difficulties presented by an uncooperative Santa. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $12. 410-730-4024 or www.spotlighters.org.

"A DELICATE BALANCE" -- Evenings and matinees, through Dec. 22. Everyman Theatre presents Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St., Baltimore. $15-$25. 410-752-2208 or www.everymantheatre.org.

"EBENEZER!" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21. The famous Dickens story takes a new twist, with 18 songs by local playwright-composer P.S. Lorio. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $15. 410-752-1225, e-mail brussell@spotlighters.org or www.spotlighters.org.

"THE SECRET GARDEN" -- Evenings and matinees, through Dec. 29. The musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel shows how an orphaned girl comforts her uncle and sickly cousin by tending her dead aunt's garden. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $10-$35. 301-924-3400 or www.olneytheatre.org.

Miscellaneous

A MONUMENTAL OCCASION -- 5:30 p.m. pre-event festivities; 7 p.m. ceremony today. Live entertainment and fireworks mark the lighting of the Washington Monument for the holidays. Mount Vernon Place, 600 block of N. Charles Street, Baltimore. Free. 410-752-8632 or www.promotionandarts.com.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and tomorrow and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Local designers and florists share their table arrangements and settings during a fundraiser for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Special events: 6-9 p.m. today, chef John Shields leads a cooking demonstration ($45); 6-9 p.m. tomorrow, Baltimore Symphony musicians play chamber music in the ballroom ($35); 3 p.m. Saturday, Wayne Wilcox lectures on E.T. Stotesbury, who built the mansion Rainbow Hill in 1917 ($25). Rainbow Hill, 10729 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. General admission, $10. 410-783-8000 or www.baltimoresymphony.org.

ELLICOTT CITY PARADE -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Santa arrives at a parade down Main Street, held in conjunction with Midnight Madness festivities. Santa will stay for photos after the parade; proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army. Belles of Baltimore perform in a living Victorian diorama in the display window of Caplan's Antiques, 8125 Main St. 410-750-7676.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AND SALE -- Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. View and purchase works by local artists. Studios will be open 2-4 p.m. and children's workshops will be offered at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. (registration required). Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-2787.

PARADE OF HOLIDAY TREES -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Holiday hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 16-21 and Dec. 23; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25. Historic Savage Mill artists and merchants have decorated trees to benefit a variety of charities. Live music on weekends. Visiting artists demonstrate and sell their works in the mill's International Center for Artistic Development, with a reception noon-3 p.m. Dec. 14. Free. 410-792-2820, Ext. 221. A complete schedule of events is online under "Holidays at the Mill" at www.savagemill.com.

Plan Ahead

AQUARIUM DOLLAR DAYS -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15. Explore the aquarium for $1. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 410-576-3860 or www.aqua.org.

-- Compiled by Carrie Donovan

Howard Extra entertainment calendar lists events as space permits. Mail announcements and photos -- noting date, time, address, cost and phone number -- to Carrie Donovan, Howard Extra, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. You may also e-mail announcements to donovanc@washpost.com or fax them to 202-334-5417. Deadline is 14 days before publication.