THEATER

THE COLONIAL PLAYERS

8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. 108 East St., Annapolis. $15; students, seniors, $10. 410-263-7373 or www.cplayers.com.

* Through Oct. 2, "Proof"

* Oct. 22-Nov. 20, "Kid Purple"

* Dec. 9-19, "A Christmas Carol"

CHESAPEAKE MUSIC HALL

8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. $32-$35; ages 4-12, $25. 410-626-7515 or www.chesapeakemusichall.com.

* Through Nov. 13, "Kiss Me, Kate"

* Nov. 20-Dec. 23, "A Christmas Carol"

* Nov. 26-Dec. 26, "Yuletide Cheers"

"ROMEO AND JULIET"

The National Players, a traveling theatre troupe based in Olney, presents a contemporary version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" with modern costumes and set design. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $7; seniors, $5. 410-777-2457 or www.aacc.edu

"PIPPIN"

Anne Arundel Community College's Moonlight Troupers presents this award-winning Broadway musical. 8 p.m. Nov. 12-13, 19-20, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. 410-777-2457 or www.aacc.edu.

"CRIMES OF THE HEART"

Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Beth Henley chronicles the lives of the McGrath sisters, a group of strong, spunky women who help each other through failed careers, old age and run-ins with the law. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 8 through Nov. 13, Bay Theatre Company, 275 West St., Annapolis. $20, seniors and students, $15. 410-268-1333 or www.baytheatre.org.

"A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC"

Tony-award winning Stephen Sondheim musical about the foibles of love and romance. 8 p.m. Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2 p.m. Oct. 24, Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. $10-$15. 410-822-7299 or www.avalontheatre.com.

"LITTLE WOMEN"

Coming-of-age story of the March sisters from the Louisa May Alcott novel. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays Dec. 3-12, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $12; members, $10. 410-636-6597 or www.chesapeakearts.org.

EXHIBITS

MEMBERS' BEST EXHIBIT

Works by members of the Queen Anne's County Arts Council including Maureen Bannon, Ric Cohn, Geraldine Czajkowski, Rose Doster, Shirl' Eklund, Skip Faulkner, Ted Grier, Virginia Hladki, Linda Jakubowski, Libby Keer, Ron Lewis, Jim Malaro, Stephanie Nadolski, Mike Paydo, Thomas Rohe III, Robert Seely and Wende Woodham. Works on display at various locations in Centreville through Oct. 22 including the Carter M. Hickman District Court/Multi-Service Center, Centreville National Bank, Chestertown Bank, Cottage Cuts, Prudential Premier Properties and An Optical Galleria. Sponsored by the Queen Anne's County Arts Council, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville. 410-758-2520 or www.arts4u.info.

"WORLD VIEWS, COMMON GROUND"

Fiber artists from all over the U.S. and Canada will exhibit sewn, woven, appliqued and embroidered wall hangings and free-standing works. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, through Oct. 22, AIR Gallery, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-5544 or www.mdhallarts.org.

"LOUISE NEVELSON: SELECTIONS FROM THE FARNSWORTH ART MUSEUM"

Paintings, sculptures, prints, sketches, collages and pendants by Russian-born American artist Louise Nevelson. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, through Oct. 30, Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-2556 or www.sjca.edu.

"MARY ARTHUR, MARGARET GALLOWAY AND KAREN WARSHAL: NEW WORK"

New works by these multi-media artists. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, extended hours 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 1-26. Artists' talk, noon Oct. 6; reception, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 6. Gallery, Cade Center for Fine Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-7028.

"ITALIAN-AMERICAN CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS"

Pictorial exhibit sponsored by the Order of the Sons of Italy in America. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 11-15, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2218 or www.aacc.edu.

"THE BOOK OF KINGS: ART, WAR AND THE MORGAN LIBRARY'S MEDIEVAL PICTURE BIBLE"

A facsimile of the Crusader's Bible -- a picture book commissioned in the 13th century depicting stories from the Old Testament -- and armor, ceramics and textiles that appear in the manuscript. Noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, extended hours 7-9 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 6-Dec. 19, the Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-2556 or www.sjca.edu.

"ERRATA"

National juried exhibition on the role of errors and misinterpretation in art. Juried by Thom Collins, executive director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, extended hours 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 9-Dec. 13. Juror's talk, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 11; artists' reception, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 11. Cade Center for Fine Arts gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-7028 or cpmona@aacc.edu or www.aacc.edu.

STUDENT PAINTINGS

Works by Anne Arundel Community College students. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 11-Dec. 10, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2218 or www.aacc.edu.

FOR KIDS

THE SOUND OF PAINT

Children ages 2 to 5 paint free-form while listening to tango, jazz, Brazilian, classical and other musical styles. 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 2, Chesapeake Children's Museum, 25 Silopanna Rd., Annapolis. $6; members, $5. 410-990-1993 or www.theccm.org.

"ALICE IN WONDERLAND"

Musical version of the Lewis Carroll classic, produced by Baltimore Children's Theatre. 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 2, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $10; members, $9. 410-636-6597 or www.chesapeakearts.org.

TODDL-ART

Children ages 2-3 can learn to create artistic works with paint, chalk, crayon, dough, collage and other visual media. 9:30-10:15 a.m. Fridays, through Oct. 15, Chesapeake Children's Museum, 25 Silopanna Rd., Annapolis. $30; members, $25. 410-990-1993 or www.theccm.org.

"A HALLOWEEN SPOOKTAKULAR"

Halloween musical performed by the Lost Caravan children's theater troupe. Includes hot dog or peanut butter and jelly sandwich lunch served at noon. 12:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Chesapeake Music Hall, 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. $12. 410-626-7515 or www.chesapeakemusichall.com.

"JACK AND THE BEANSTALK"

The Lost Caravan children's theater company performs a musical version of the classic children's fairy tale. Includes peanut butter and jelly or hot dog lunch served at noon. 12:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Chesapeake Music Hall, 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. $12. 410-626-7515 or www.chesapeakemusichall.com.

"CINDERELLA"

Children's version of the fairy tale, Produced by Baltimore Children's Theatre. 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 6-20, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $10; members, $9. 410-636-6597 or www.chesapeakearts.org.

"CHARLOTTE'S HOLIDAY ADVENTURE"

Musical performed by the Lost Caravan children's theatre troupe. Includes hot dog or peanut butter and jelly sandwich lunch served at noon. 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Chesapeake Music Hall, 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. $12. 410-626-7515 or www.chesapeakemusichall.com.

SUGAR PLUM PARTY

Children can meet dancers with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and Santa Claus. Follows a Ballet Theatre performance of "The Nutcracker." 3:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Free with a ticket from "The Nutcracker." 410-263-5544 or www.balletmaryland.org.

DANCE

AMERICAN DANCE ARTISTS

Jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, modern and Broadway performances by members of the American Dance Artists company, directed by Adrienne Canterna. 8 p.m. Oct. 16 and 3 p.m. Oct. 17, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $15; members, age 12 and younger, $12. 410-636-6597 or www.chesapeakearts.org.

"THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW"

Performance by the Ballet Theatre of Maryland based on the Washington Irving novel. 8 p.m. Oct. 22 and 2 p.m. Oct. 23, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $40; seniors, students, $30; children 11 and younger, $20. 410-263-8289 or www.balletmaryland.org.

"ENTER STAGE LEFT"

Performance by the Anne Arundel Community College dance company. 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. 410-777-7259 or www.aacc.edu.

MUSIC

ANNE ARUNDEL COMMUNITY COLLEGE CONCERT SERIES

Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Prices vary. 410-777-7259 or www.aacc.edu.

* 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Vocal Ensemble and the Rob Levit Trio

* 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Orchestra performance of works by Beethoven, Bizet, Bellini, Donizetti and Britten

* 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Concert Band

* 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Orchestra and Chorus performs works by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms along with seasonal carols

* 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Jazz Ensemble winter performance.

U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY FALL CONCERT SERIES

All performances at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free. 410-293-0263 or www.usna.edu.

* Oct. 1, season opener, Mahan Hall, Naval Academy, 121 Blake Rd., Annapolis.

* Oct. 15, Navy birthday performance, Mahan Hall, Naval Academy, 121 Blake Rd., Annapolis.

* Nov. 6, recital featuring Chief Musician Marcia Diehl, Musician First Class Petty Officer Dawn Henry and Dr. Charles Hulin. First Presbyterian Church, Duke of Gloucester and Conduit streets, Annapolis.

* Nov. 14, 3:30 p.m., concert featuring MU1 Brian Strawley and MU1 Jonathan Reycraft. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 461 College Pkwy., Arnold.

* Nov. 19, clarinet choir concert, First Presbyterian Church, Duke of Gloucester and Conduit streets, Annapolis.

* Dec. 10, holiday concert, Mahan Hall, Naval Academy, 121 Blake Rd., Annapolis.

ANNAPOLIS CHORALE FALL CONCERT SERIES

Concerts begin at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Prices vary. 410-263-1906 or www.annapolischorale.org.

* Oct. 9, Verdi's "Requiem"

* Dec. 10, "A Celebration of Christmas"

* Dec. 17, "Messiah" by candlelight, St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Church Cir., Annapolis.

* Dec. 19, 3 p.m., "Messiah" for families, St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Church Cir., Annapolis.

"VIENNA DREAMS"

Operetta by the Annapolis Opera. Includes Viennese desserts and champagne. 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Ave., Annapolis. $40; members, $37.50. 410-267-8135 or www.annapolisopera.org.

U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY DISTINGUISHED ARTIST SERIES PERFORMANCE

The Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, conducted by orchestra founder Vladimir Spivakovand featuring flutist Anastasia Petanova, performs Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1 in G and Divertimento No. 10 in F, Tchaikovsky's Serenade Opus 48 and Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony No. 110a. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Bob Hope Performing Arts Theatre, Naval Academy, 121 Blake Rd., Annapolis. 410-293-2439.

ANNAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. 8 p.m. 410-269-1132. $25-$35, unless otherwise noted.

* Oct. 15 and 16, "Reflections of Musical Style"

* Nov. 19 and 20, "Great Works in the Shadows"

* Dec. 17, "Bright, Shining Boston Brass," a holiday pops concert, $30-$40

FESTIVALS, FAIRS AND FEASTS

EASTON FARMERS MARKET

Live music and vendors selling fresh produce, soaps, flowers and handcrafted works. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 13, Harrison and Goldsborough streets. Free. 410-822-7299.

FALL CRAFT FESTIVAL

Festival features handmade crafts by vendors from throughout Anne Arundel County. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct 2 and 3, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 General's Hwy., Crownsville. Free. 410-923-3400 or www.aacountyfair.org.

GARDEN AND ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL

Tractor pull and family-oriented show. 10 a.m. Oct. 2, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 General's Hwy., Crownsville. $5; age 6 and younger, free. 410-923-3400 or www.aacountyfair.org.

MID-ATLANTIC SMALL-CRAFT FESTIVAL

Small-craft owners can bring their skiffs, kayaks and canoes and participate in demonstrations and workshops. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Mill Street, St. Michaels. Free. 410-745-2916 or www.cbmm.org.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Combination harvest festival and craft show includes scarecrow-making workshops, bobbing for apples, corn shucking and cornmeal-making demonstrations, rug hooking and weaving demonstrations, 4H animal parade and vendors selling woodturned crafts and handmade paper. Roast pork lunch, $10. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 3, Hancock's Resolution, 2795 Bayside Beach Rd., Pasadena. $3; family, $5. 410-255-4048.

ARTS MARKETPLACE

Juried craft show features furniture, clothing, baskets, toys, jewelry, sculpture and live artist demonstrations. Includes hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Proceeds support the Academy Art Museum's children's art education programs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10 (preview party, 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 8), Academy Art Museum, 106 South St., Easton. Marketplace, $6; age 11 and younger, free. 410-822-2787 or www.art-academy.org.

HOOPER STRAIT LIGHTHOUSE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Celebration of the 125th anniversary of the lighting of the Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Includes art shows, book signings, food and children's activities. Storyteller Ed Ockonowicz tells children's stories. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 16, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Mill Street, St. Michaels. 410-745-2916 or www.cbmm.org.

OYSTER FESTIVAL

A celebration of Chesapeake Bay oysters. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Mill Street, St. Michaels. $11; members, free. 410-745-2911 or www.cbmm.org.

WATERFOWL FESTIVAL

Painting workshops, exhibits, fly-tying demonstrations, soap carving, painting decoy magnets, cookie painting, puppet shows, decoy auction, kids' fishing derby and photo sessions with Webster the Goose. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 14, events held throughout Easton. $12 per day; two-day tickets, before Oct. 30, $22; after Oct. 30, $24. Registration for tournaments and master classes additional. Sponsored by the Waterfowl Festival, 40 S. Harrison St., Easton. 410-822-4567 or www.waterfowlfestival.org.

QUIET WATERS PARK FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

About 65 exhibitors of multimedia artworks including watercolors, oils, photography, pottery, woodwork, textiles, jewelry, candles and baskets. Also includes artist raffles, live music and food. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14, Quiet Waters Park galleries and formal gardens, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis. $5 donations accepted. 410-222-1777 or www.friendsofquietwaterspark.homestead.com.

FOR HALLOWEEN

"HALLOWEEN HAPPENING"

Fifteenth annual event features a haunted barn and hayrides, vendors. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 General's Hwy., Crownsville. $10; age 5 and younger, free. 410-923-3400 or www.aacountyfair.org.

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

Halloween activities for children including pet parade, with pets in costume, prizes and games. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 24, Hancock's Resolution, 2795 Bayside Beach Rd., Pasadena. Free. 410-255-4048.

"DOVER HAUNT"

Halloween theatre performance presented by the Cricket Theatre children's theater troupe. 6 p.m. Oct. 30, Thompson Park, Easton. Adults, $1; students, free. 410-822-7299 or www.avalontheatre.com.

"A SYMPHONY SPOOKTACULAR II"

Performance by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra includes Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain" and Berlioz's "March to the Scaffold." Family concert celebrates Halloween; come in costume. 2 and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $10. 410-269-1132 or www.annapolissymphony.org.

FOR THE HOLIDAYS

"HACK AND SLASH CHRISTMAS SPECIAL"

Musical comedy and parody of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." 8 p.m. Oct. 15, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. In advance, $20; members, $17; at door, $24. 410-636-6597.

FESTIVAL OF TREES

Trees decorated for the holiday season, sponsored by Talbot Hospice. Nov. 26-30, Avalon Theater, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. 410-819-3378.

HOLIDAY CONCERT

Holiday concert featuring choral and instrumental seasonal favorites. 7-8 p.m. Dec. 2, open rehearsal, free; 8 p.m. Dec. 3, performance, $20-$25. Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. 410-822-7299 or www.avalontheatre.com.

BRUIN HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR

22nd annual Bruin Holiday Craft Bazaar, sponsored by the Broadneck High School athletic booster club. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 4, Broadneck High School, 1265 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis. Free. 410-757-1255.

"THE NUTCRACKER"

The Dance Academy of Severna Park performs "The Nutcracker" and a Rockettes-style holiday review. 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $12; members, $10; age 12 and younger, $8. 410-636-6597 or www.chesapeakearts.org.

HOLIDAY JAZZ

Louisiana-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs holiday favorites with a Creole twist. 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. $25. 410-822-7299 or www.avalontheatre.com.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR

Vendors selling handmade holiday crafts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8, Dining Hall, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2480 or www.aacc.edu.

SEAMUS KENNEDY'S CELTIC CHRISTMAS

Irish singer/songwriter Seamus Kennedy performs holiday songs with a comedic twist. 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. In advance, $18; members, $16; at door, $20. 410-636-6597.

"THE NUTCRACKER"

The Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents this classical holiday ballet about a little girl named Clara and the fantasy world she creates after receiving a nutcracker for Christmas. 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Dec. 12, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. 410-263-5544 or www.mdhallarts.org.

"THE CHRISTMAS ORATORIO"

The Easton Choral Arts Society performs French composer Camille Saint-Saens's "Christmas Oratorio," featuring Choral Arts Society's soprano soloist Beth Holder. Concert ends with popular Christmas carols by English composer John Rutter. 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. $14; seniors, students, $12. 410-822-7299 or www.avalontheatre.com.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL"

Charles Dickens classic performed by the Cricket Theatre children's theater troupe. 8 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18, 2 p.m. Dec. 19, Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. $15; students, $5. 410-822-7299 or www.avalontheatre.com.

FIRST NIGHT TALBOT

All-arts New Year's Eve celebration includes bands, dancing and other alcohol-free, family events, 6 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31, throughout downtown Easton. 410-822-7299.

FIRST NIGHT ANNAPOLIS

All-arts New Year's Eve celebration includes community painting events, music, dancing and other alcohol-free family events, 3 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31, throughout downtown Annapolis. 410-268-8553.

MARYLAND HALL HOLIDAY EVENTS

801 Chase St., Annapolis. Prices vary. 410-263-5544 or www.mdhallarts.org.

* 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14, "A Christmas Carol" by Theatreworks USA

* 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16, "The Night Before Christmas" by Theatre IV

* 10 a.m. Dec. 17, "A Christmas Carol" by American Theatre Arts for Youth

FILMS

"ALL THE KING'S MEN"

Movie about an ambitious politician who rises from a rural county seat to prominence. Released in 1949. Sponsored by the Talbot Cinema Society. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. 410-745-5025.

"FILMING DESIRE (A JOURNEY THROUGH WOMEN'S CINEMA)"

Documentary asks female directors to talk about how they film love, desire and sexuality. Part of Anne Arundel Community College's Women's Institute film series. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Room 112, Humanities Building, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2807 or www.aacc.edu.

ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL

Features, documentaries, animation and short films by local and national filmmakers. Opening night, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4; festival weekend, Nov. 4-7. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Prices vary. 410-263-2388 or www.annapolisfilmfestival.com.

"RUN LOLA RUN"

Film about a young German woman, Lola, who attempts to help her boyfriend, Manni, find money to repay a gangster. Sponsored by the Talbot Cinema Society. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. 410-745-5025.

"THE DEVIL NEVER SLEEPS"

Film centers around the death of the filmmaker's uncle and the possibility that he was murdered by his widow. Part of Anne Arundel Community College's Women's Institute film series. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Room 112, Humanities Building, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2807 or www.aacc.edu.

"THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT"

Movie, released in 1994, deals with issues of homosexuality and gender. Takes place during a road trip through a desert. Sponsored by the Talbot Cinema Society. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. 410-745-5025.

LECTURES

AND LITERATURE

"LITTLE AND BIG ITALY: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE"

Illustrated lecture by Jerome Krase, professor emeritus, Brooklyn College, discusses the histories of Little Italys across the United States and abroad. Sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College's history and political science department and the Maryland chapter of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America. 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2430 or www.aacc.edu.

BOOK TALK AND SIGNING

Anne Applebaum, Washington Post editorial writer and columnist, speaks about her Pulitzer prize-winning "Gulag: A History"; Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World writer and senior editor, speaks about his "An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland"; and Jim Rasenberger talks about "High Steel: The Daring Men Who Built the World's Greatest Skyline" during this books discussion and signing sponsored by the St. John's College Caritas Society. 4 p.m. Nov. 14, Francis Scott Key Auditorium and Lobby, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. At the door, $30; by Nov. 8, $25. 410-626-2539 or www.sjca.edu.

WASHINGTON COLLEGE POETRY AND FICTION READING SERIES

300 Washington Ave., Chestertown. Free. 4:30 p.m., Miller Library, unless otherwise noted.

* Today, Brian Clements reads from his fiction collections, "Essays Against Ruin," "Flesh and Wood" and "Burn Whatever Will Burn: A Book of Common Rituals." O'Neill Literary House

* Oct. 5, Elizabeth Spires reads her latest work. She has published five collections of poetry: "Globe," "Swan's Island," "Annonciade," "Worldling," and "Now the Green Blade Rises."

* Oct. 12, novelist Peter Turchi reads from his works "The Girls Next Door" and "Magician."

* Nov. 4, novelist Colum McCann reads from his "Dancer," "Everything in This Country Must," "This Side of Brightness," "Songdogs" and "Fishing the Sloe-Black River."

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

Violinist Tai Murray, above, will perform with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in two "Great Works in the Shadows" concerts in November. And come December, there will be many local opportunities to see "The Nutcracker" ballet, below.A 13th-century French enamel gemellion, or basin, with a spout, at St. John's College. "Thomas Point Lighthouse," by Ted Grier, is on exhibit in Centreville.Jonathan McPhee will conduct the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. The Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, conducted by orchestra founder Vladimir Spivakov, will perform Nov. 3 at the Naval Academy.This Stephen Fabrico vase will be featured in the Academy Art Museum's Arts Marketplace in October in Easton.