"MESSIAH" -- 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Annapolis Chorale performs complete works of Handel's "Messiah" on Saturday and the first part of the work on Sunday. Sunday's performance is followed by Christmas carols. St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Church Circle, Annapolis. $25; students, $13. 410-263-1906.

HOLIDAY POPS -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Annapolis Symphony and Children's Chorus of Annapolis perform during traditional holiday concert. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $25-$35; students, $10. 410-263-0907.

333 COFFEEHOUSE -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Joanne Juskus and Bill MacKechnie perform folk and rock. 333 Coffeehouse, Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Dubois Rd., Annapolis. $10; students, seniors, $8. 410-647-4275.


CONTRA DANCE -- 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Square dancing with an urban twist. Peggy Myers calls to the music of Mostly Mortal Wombat. Sponsored by Annapolis Traditional Dance Society. Fraternal Order of Police Hall, 1311 Generals Hwy., Crownsville. $9; members, $7. 410-224-8488.


"MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD: THE ART OF THE TOY" -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, extended hours through 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Exhibit highlights American toys produced from 1850-1950, including iron cars, stuffed animals, mechanical banks and a Victorian dollhouse. Academy Art Museum, 106 South Street, Easton. Free. 410-822-2787.

MEMBERS' BEST -- 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, through Feb. 24. Watercolors, oils and sculpture by Queen Anne's County Arts Council members. Prospect Bay Country Club, 311-A Prospect Bay Dr. West, Grasonville. Free. 410-758-2520.

"DOGS AND CATS AND OTHER ANIMAL FRIENDS" -- 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 6 a.m.-noon Fridays-Saturdays, through Jan. 2. Paintings on tile, wood and canvas and prints by local artists. Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers, 36 Market Space, Annapolis. Free. 410-263-8770.

LANDSCAPES -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Jan. 15. Landscape paintings by 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. today-tomorrow. More than 50 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings by 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.

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

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 Howard County Art Guild members. Includes oil paintings by Annapolis artist Bets Ryan. Garden Cafe Gallery, Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-222-1777.

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

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

"GOIN' DOWN TO SHADY SIDE" -- 1-4 p.m. Sundays, other days by appointment, ongoing. History of the Eastern Shore's steamboat era. Sponsored by 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, through February. Original works by the Annapolis artist in her exhibition, "Pleasing Perennials." West Annapolis Gallery, 108 Annapolis St., Annapolis. Free. 410-295-6880, or

For Children

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

Lectures and Literature

BOOK SIGNING -- 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Austin Camacho signs his novel, "Blood and Bone and Collateral Damage," part of his Hannibal Jones Mystery series. "Lust for Danger" author K.S. Brooks will sign and discuss his novel. Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers, 36 Market Space, Annapolis. Free. 410-263-8770.

PRISCILLA MORRIS -- 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Priscilla Morris signs copies of "Maryland's Eastern Shore: A Photographic Portrait." Borders Books & Music, 1115 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis. Free. 410-573-4850.

Sports and Recreation

GARDEN OF LIGHTS -- 6-9 p.m. today. Walk through Brookside's Garden of Lights in Wheaton. Includes more than 600,000 miniature lights representing existing flora and fauna. Bus leaves Tawes Building, the Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis. $5. 410-260-8189.


"FIDDLER ON THE ROOF" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Cricket Theatre musical about a Jewish family surviving poverty and persecution in an early 1900s Russian village. Historic Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Annapolis. $15. 410-822-0345.

"SLAY RIDE" -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Interactive holiday murder mystery tale produced and performed by Do or Die Productions. Studio Theatre, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $16; members, $12. 410-636-6597.

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

Plan Ahead

COTILLION -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Children will learn etiquette and casual and formal dances during five-class session. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $80. 410-263-5544.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST -- 8:30 a.m. Jan. 20. Yolanda King speaks during ceremony honoring her father's work and legacy. Performance by All Children's Chorus of Annapolis. Jenkins Gymnasium, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $20. 410-263-9191.


49 WEST -- 8:30 p.m.-midnight today, Rob Levit Group; 9 p.m.-midnight tomorrow, Annapolis Jazz Sextet; 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Sarah Fridrich; 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Swing Brothers. 49 West St., Annapolis. Event prices vary. 410-626-9796.

ACME BAR AND GRILL -- 9 p.m. today, The Geckos; 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. Saturday, Fedoras. 337 1/2 High St., Chestertown. Free. 410-778-6779.

ARMADILLOS -- 9 p.m. today, Meg and Bryan; 9 p.m. tomorrow, Dick Was a Fish; 9 p.m. Saturday, East is East; 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.

BELLA'S SPORTS BAR -- 9 p.m. tomorrow, Mascaraid; 9 p.m. Saturday, Syndrome. 1374 Cape St. Claire Rd., Annapolis. $5. 410-757-5122.

BREWSTERS -- 9:30 p.m. tomorrow, Break Away; 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Slip. 303 E. Furnace Branch Rd., Glen Burnie. Event prices vary. 410-760-5239.

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

CHESHIRE CRAB -- 7 p.m. tomorrow, Angie Miller; 7 p.m. Saturday, Mark Desrochers. 1701 Poplar Ridge Rd., Pasadena. Free. 410-360-2220.

EASTPORT CLIPPER -- 9 p.m. today, Written Prisms; 9 p.m. Saturday, DJ CK; 9 p.m. Sunday, Latin Night; 8-11 p.m. Monday, Bayside Big Band; 9 p.m. Tuesday, Latin Night; 9 p.m. next Thursday, Fidel. 400 Sixth St., Annapolis. $4-$5. 410-280-6400.

RAMS HEAD TAVERN -- 8:30 p.m. today, Crash Test Dummies; 8:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, Hard Travelers; 6:30 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Suzy Bogguss; 8:30 p.m. next Thursday, Good Deale Bluegrass. 33 West St., Annapolis. Event prices vary. 410-268-4545.

SEAN DONLON'S -- 9 p.m. today, Tim Tempee; 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, Off the Boat; 9 p.m. Sunday, Alex and the Irish Rovers; 9 p.m. Monday, John Pyle. 37 West St., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-1993.

SPUTNIK CAFE -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Chris and Mandy; 7 p.m. next Thursday, Ben Redwine Jazz Band. 1397 Generals Hwy., Crownsville. Free. 410-923-3775.

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

Elsewhere in the Region

"THE SECRET GARDEN" -- 2 and 8 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. Musical about an orphaned girl who brings joy to the life of her uncle and cousin by reviving their garden. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $15-$25. 301-924-4485.

"BUILT BY HAND -- THE BOOK AS ART" -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, through Feb. 8. More than 100 handmade books by artists nationwide. Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 301-816-0518.

-- 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 Circle, Annapolis, Md. 21401-1902. You may also e-mail announcements to or fax them to 410-267-6972. Deadline is 14 days before publication.