ALMOST RECESS -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, a cappella group performs in the first concert of the Montpelier Summer Concert Series. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. Free, held rain or shine. 301-776-2805.

ANNAPOLIS BLUEGRASS COALITION -- 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Part of the Crofton Summer Concert Series. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Crofton Village Green, 1691 Crofton Pkwy., across from the Crofton Country Club. Free. Call 410-721-2301.

BAY JAZZ PROJECT -- 7 p.m. Thursday. Jazz combo is part of the Thursdays in the Park concert series sponsored by the Queen Anne's Arts Council. Millstream Park, Route 213 and South Commerce Street split, Centreville. Free. Call 410-758-2520.

CABARET NIGHT -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Norm Lieberman of the Crabtowne Players directs the Solel Choir in show tunes from "A Chorus Line," "All That Jazz," "Guys and Dolls," "West Side Story" and "Phantom of the Opera." Corky's Hard Bean Cafe, 562B Ritchie Highway. $5. 410-518-6077.

COUNTRY CURRENT -- 7 p.m. Saturday. U.S. Navy country and bluegrass band performs an outdoor show of country favorites and original tunes. Avalon Theatre, 40 East Dover St., Easton. Free. Call 410-822-7299 or visit

DON SHAPPELLE -- 12-1 p.m. Wednesday. Susquehanna Rivey Valley singer-songwriter performs aboard a restored 1924 Chesapeake Bay Hooper Island Draketail workboat as part of the Summertime Lunchtime Maritime Concert Series. City Dock, Annapolis. Free. Call 410-295-0104 or visit

ESQUIRES -- 7:30 p.m. Friday. Classic rock and oldies, part of the Glen Burnie Summer Concert Series. Glen Burnie Town Center, Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Crain Highway, Glen Burnie. Free. Call 410-647-0057.


"FOUR CENTURIES OF STORIES" -- 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, through Dec. 31. Maryland antiquities, including a Civil War battle flag, 19th- and 20th-century china and silver, a 1774 document box and state seals dating to 1648. Curated by the Maryland State Archives. Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis. Free. 410-260-6444 or

"HELIOTROPE BOUQUET 7" -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, through July 18. Mixed media community exhibit. Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-7259 or

HISTORIC NAVAL FLAGS -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Aug. 31. Display of flags used by the Navy since the Revolutionary War. Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, U.S. Naval Academy, 52 King George St., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-6933 or

MANEL ANORO -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, through July 31. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Oils, serigraphs and lithographs by the Spanish artist. Carmen's Gallery, 14550 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. Free. 410-326-2549 or

MEMBERS' EXHIBIT -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, through July 30. Oils, watercolors, graphics, film, ceramics, metals, jewelry, furniture and sculpture by members of the Academy Art Museum. Academy Art Museum, 106 South St., Easton. Free. 410-822-2787 or

MICHAEL BRULEY -- 1 p.m.-4 p.m. today, tomorrow and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Eastern Shore artist's paintings, monotypes and sculptures express how individuals grow, develop and form, from cellular organism to spiritual being. Kent Island Federation of Art, 405 Main St., Stevensville. Free. Call 410-643-7424.

"MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL" -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, through June 30. Ceramic art by Esther Snow. 45 West St., Annapolis. Free. 410-990-4540 or

"OF HUMANS AND HORSES" -- 7:30 a.m.-midnight Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, through June 29. Portraits, figures and landscapes in oils, charcoal and pencil drawings. 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar and Gallery, 49 West St., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-9796.

PAINTINGS AND PRINTS -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Saturday. Paintings by Sandi Ritchie Miller and prints by Anita Hagan. Maryland Federation of Art, 18 State Cir., Annapolis. Free. 410-268-4566 or

ROBERT DE GAST PHOTOGRAPHS -- 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Aug. 31. Black-and-white photographs of the Delmarva peninsula. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Mill Street, St. Michaels. $10; ages 6-17, $5; members and ages 5 and younger, free. 410-745-2916 or

"SMALL PAINTINGS" -- 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday, extended hours through 9 p.m. today. Still lifes, landscapes and portraits in oil, watercolor and acrylic by 60 different artists. Show celebrates McBride Gallery's 25th anniversary. McBride Gallery, 215 Main St, Annapolis. Free. 410-267-7077 or

"SPLASH!" -- 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Monday-Wednesday. Oils, watercolors, quilts, photographs, textiles and fused glass by members of the Annapolis Arts Alliance. Part of the City of Annapolis's Artworks celebration. City Hall, Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis. Free. 410-263-7961.

For Children

EXPLORE MARYLAND -- 11 a.m. tomorrow. Learn more about the county and the state by helping to create an enormous detailed map of Maryland to be displayed in the mall. Participants receive free activity book. Marley Station, 7900 Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-766-2033 or visit

HISPANIC FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL -- 1-5 p.m. Saturday. El Grupo Latino, Barbara Bernstein's "Dance in Time" performers and others take the stage. Storybook readings, plays, games, food and crafts. Salvation Army, 351 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis. Free. Call 410-295-3434 or 301-742-4687 or visit

SUMMER TEA PARTY -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tea and picnic blankets are provided, but bring your own lunch. Chesapeake Children's Museum, 25 Silopanna Rd., Annapolis. Free, with admission. Weather permitting. Call 410-990-1993 or visit

Lectures and Literature

MIXING IT UP -- 7:30 p.m. today. DJ Wye the Music Man explains what it takes to become a professional DJ and displays some of the finer points of spinning. Crofton Library, 1681 Riedel Rd. Crofton. Free. Recommended for teenagers. Call 410-222-7915 or 301-261-3909.

Sports and Recreation

BUGS NIGHT OUT -- 8:30 to 10 p.m. Friday. Park Ranger Adam Smith and David Flaim from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland's biology department listen to, look at and discuss nocturnal insects. Bring a small flashlight and wear dark clothes. A parent must accompany children. Weather permitting. Earleigh Heights Ranger Station, Baltimore and Annapolis Trail, 51 W. Earleigh Heights Rd., Severna Park. Free. To register, call 410-222-6244.

BOOT CAMP FOR KIDS -- 9:30 a.m. to noon. Saturday. Instructional boot camp for children ages 6 to 12 who will take part in drills and learn Navy terms and military time. A meal will be provided in a simulated mess. Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, U.S. Naval Academy, 52 King George St., Annapolis. $26. 410-263-6933, Ext. 111 or


TENT TROUPE -- 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, the Lutheran drama and youth ministry presents "You Can't Take It With You" for families; and 2 p.m. Monday, a children's show, "Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!" Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel. Rain or shine. Free. 301-776-2805.

2005 FESTIVAL OF DRAMA -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Four local troupes -- Colonial Players of Annapolis, Moonlight Troopers, Theater 11 and Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre -- will perform one-act plays and scenes from other productions. Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. $10; senior citizens and students, $8; AACC students and employees, $5. 410-777-2457.


COMEDY -- 8 p.m. Thursday; dinner seating, 6 p.m. Four local comedians open for Cleveland native Carol Pennington. Kaufmann's Tavern, 329 Gambrills Road. $10. For reservations, call 410-923-2005. Visit

"EAST MEETS WEST" ROAD TRIP -- 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Wine connoisseurs can take a motor coach for the day up to the Basignani Winery north of Baltimore followed by a wine dinner at Corks Restaurant in Baltimore. Bus picks up at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Lowe's Home Improvement, 207 Marlboro Rd., Easton, and at noon in the parking lot of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Taylor Avenue and Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis $95 a person. Call 410-820-4212 or visit

Plan Ahead

WILD, WONDERFUL WETLANDS -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18-22. A five-day camp sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center allows children who have just finished third grade to explore the wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay watershed with a scientific eye. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Rd., Edgewater. $210. To register, call 410-777-2325.


49 WEST -- 6-8 p.m. today, Francois Laureuse;8:30 p.m.-midnight today, Rob Levit Group; 9 p.m.- midnight Friday, Susan Jones; 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Her, Him and I; 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Swing Bros.; 5-8 p.m. Monday, John Pineda; 8-11 p.m. Monday, Rehaash; 8:30 p.m.-midnight Tuesday, Unified Jazz Ensemble; 7:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, Greg Freyman; 6-8 p.m. next Thursday, Francois Laureuse; 8:30 p.m.-midnight next Thursday, Rob Levit Group. 49 West St., Annapolis. Prices vary. 410-626-9796 or

ANDY'S -- 9 p.m. Friday, Leda's Charm; 9 p.m. Saturday, Blue Daze. 3371/2 High St., Chestertown. $5 cover. 410-778-6779 or

MIDDLETON TAVERN -- 10 p.m. today, Dave Glaser; 10 p.m. tomorrow, Music Room; 10 p.m. Saturday, Michael Heaven; 9 p.m. Sunday, Matt McConville Trio; 9 p.m. Monday, Dean Rosenthal; 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dana B.; 9 p.m. Wednesday, Brian, Mary and Neal; 10 p.m. Thursday, Harry Traynham. 2 Market Space, Annapolis. 410-263-3323 or

RAMS HEAD TAVERN -- 8 p.m. today, Saffire, the Uppity Blues Women; 8:30 p.m. Friday, Last Train Home; 7 p.m. Saturday, Capitol Steps; 7 p.m. Sunday, Leon Redbone; 8 p.m. Monday, Eldar; 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aqualung with Cary Brothers; 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Fabulous Thunderbirds. 33 West St., Annapolis. Prices vary. 410-268-4545 or

WOODFIRE -- 8:30 p.m. to midnight tomorrow, Eric Scott Duo; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Tony and Matt. 580 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park. Free. 410-315-8100.

Elsewhere in the Region

"LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN" -- 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through July 17. An adaptation of Bizet's "Carmen." Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. Prices vary. 301-924-3400 or

-- Compiled by MICHAEL TUNISON

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