Music

MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS

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

7 p.m. Oct. 16, Vienna-based Merlin Quartet performs Dvorak's "Sonatina in G."

7 p.m. Nov. 6, Grammy-award-winning country singer Kathy Mattea performs.

7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, International jazz flutist Ali Ryerson appears with the Rob Levit Trio.

7 p.m. Dec. 2, Cellist Birgit Greger and pianist Andreas Gruetzer perform with Poetry of Germany.

7 p.m. Dec. 20, Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves performs.

ANNAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

801 Chase St., Annapolis. Prices vary. 410-263-0907 or www.annapolissymphony.org.

2 and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30, "The Arabian Nights," part of the family series.

8 p.m. Nov. 18-19, Pianist Orion Weiss performs Liszt's "Piano Concerto No. 1."

ALEXANDRIA HARMONIZERS

Barbershop champions will perform as a chorus as well as quartets. 3 p.m. Dec. 11. Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $22. 410-636-6597 or www.chesapeakearts.org.

Theater

ANNAPOLIS OPERA

Prices vary. 410-267-8135 or www.annapolisopera.org.

6:30 p.m. Oct. 22, "Opera auf Deutsch." Vocal selections from Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Wagner, Lehar and Weill. Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Rd., Annapolis. $60. Purchase tickets by Oct. 19.

4:30 p.m. Dec. 4, "Mozart by Candlelight." Celebrating Mozart's 250th birthday. First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, 171 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

"THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE"

Charles Busch's play tells the story of Marjorie, a pseudointellectual dilettante who has lost her way after the death of her therapist. With no life purpose except caring for her continually constipated and foul-mouthed mother, Marjorie sinks deeper into depression before encountering an old childhood friend, Lee, who will turn her life upside down. 8 p.m. Oct 14-15, 20-22, 27-29, Nov. 2-5, 10-11; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6. Colonial Players, East Street Theater, 108 East St., Annapolis. $15; students and seniors, $10. 410-268-7373 or www.cplayers.com.

"FOOL FOR LOVE"

Sam Shepard's four-person drama filled with fiery passion and icy despair as lead characters Eddie and May battle conflicting emotions and forbidden desires. 8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, tomorrow-Nov. 12. 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and 10. Bay Theatre Company, 275 West St., Annapolis. $22; students and seniors, $17. 410-268-1333 or www.baytheatre.org.

Exhibits

"BEN-ZION: IN THE GRIP OF THE FIVE SENSES"

A collection of more than 50 works, including paintings, prints, drawings, poetry and sculpture, from the Ben-Zion Weinman estate. Will also include personal artifacts and antiquities that inspired his art and writings. Noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, 7-8 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 30-Dec. 15. Mitchell Gallery, Mellon Hall, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-2539 or www.stjohnscollege.edu.

"ART NOIR"

This small group exhibition includes moody and dark works by Maryland artists Don Cook, Erin Fostel, Charles Ritchie and Zachary Thornton. The pieces in the exhibit explore a range of works including monochromatic, landscape and oil paintings and charcoal drawings. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Nov. 4-Dec. 16. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, reception. Chaney Gallery, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-5544 or www.marylandhall.org.

"PROJECTION AND INFERENCE: KOREAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS IN THE MID-ATLANTIC"

Artwork by Korean-American residents, including Soomin Ham, Sumita Kim, Taek Lee and In-soon Shin. Curated by Christopher P. Mona, Anne Arundel Community College associate professor of art. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 7-Dec. 12; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10, curator's talk; 6-8 p.m. Nov. 10, reception. Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-7028 or www.aacc.edu/cadegallery.

For Kids

BOOEAUTIFUL NIGHT CREATURES

Children ages 8 and older are invited for a night hike at the Earleigh Heights Ranger Station to learn about nocturnal animals that live in the woods. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No flashlights are allowed. Pre-registration required. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Earleigh Heights Ranger Station, 51 West Earleigh Heights Rd., Severna Park. Free. 410-222-6244.

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY PARTY

At this yearly event, children can meet Santa Claus and dancers with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Follows the 1:30 p.m. matinee of the ballet performance of "The Nutcracker." 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 18. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. Annapolis. 410-263-5544 or www.marylandhall.org.

"NARNIA"

This musical tale is adapted from C.S. Lewis's novel "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Narnia tells the story of four siblings -- Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund -- destined to battle an evil Winter Witch and end the wicked spell cast over Narnia. 8 p.m. Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12; 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 13. Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $15; members, seniors, children younger than 12, $10. 410-636-6597 or www.chesapeakearts.org.

Dance

BALLET THEATRE OF MARYLAND

A special performance to salute the Hollywood musical, with segments to honor Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. 3 p.m. Oct. 23. Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $22. 410-636-6597 or www.chesapeakearts.org.

MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS

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

8 p.m. Oct. 28, Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats showcase balancing acts and martial arts.

8 p.m. Oct 21, 7 p.m. Oct. 22, Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents "Little Women."

Festivals, Fairs

And Feasts

FALL FESTIVAL

Annual festival at Homestead Gardens with games, rides, llamas, a pumpkin patch and live music performed by Sparks and Raymond, Incedental Brass and Project Natale. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 8, 9, 22 and 23. Homestead Gardens, 743 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville. Free. 410-798-5000 or www.homesteadgardens.com.

ANNUAL OYSTER FEST

The 18th annual festival in honor of the Chesapeake Bay oyster includes live music, boat rides, cooking demonstrations and children's activities. Participants can learn proper shucking, tonguing and nippering techniques and eat raw, steamed and fried oysters. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Mill St., St. Michaels. $11; members, free. 410-745-2911 or www.cbmm.org.

ANNUAL WATERFOWL FESTIVAL

The 35th annual festival includes art, carving, sculpture and photography galleries, folk art, a decoy auction, calling contests, fly fishing, a wine tasting pavilion, food and music. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13. Events held throughout historic Easton. $12 per day; two-day tickets before Nov. 1 , $22; after Nov. 1, $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.

For Halloween

HAUNTED HOUSE TOURS

AT CASTLE BENNETT

For its fifth season, Bennett Productions creates three different haunted attractions for all ages. The "House of Vampyres" is the largest haunted house, with 4,000 square feetof ghosts and goblins. The "Dominion of Darkness" and the newest, "Curse of the Killer Clowns in 3D," are smaller in size but just as scary. 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays through Oct. 30; 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29, 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31. Castle Bennett, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover. $13-$15. 410-538-6461 or www.bennettscurse.com.

PUMPKIN CARVING

Just in time for Halloween, Scott Daly of Homestead Gardens will teach participants how to carve a pumpkin into a unique jack-o-lantern with extreme designs.Participants should bring scissors, a serrated steak knife, a large spoon, paints and other craft materials for decorating. Class size is limited. Pre-registration required. 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Homestead Gardens, 743 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville. $30; garden club member, $27. 410-798-5000 or www.homesteadgardens.com.

HOWL-O-WEEN BARKIN' BASH

Dogs and owners are invited to come in costume. Raffles, music and costume competition. Proceeds benefit dogs displaced by Hurricane Katrina. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 29, Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis. $10; each additional dog, $5. Pre-registration discount, $8 and $4 each additional dog. 410-212-2945 or www.barkinbash.org.

For the Holidays

EASTON MAIN STREET PARADE

Tree lighting; local bands, Christmas floats and carolers parade down Dover Street. 5:45 p.m. Dec. 3. Downtown Easton. www.avalontheature.com.

THREE IRISH TENORS

Paul Byrom, Anthony Norton and Ciaran Nagle compose the tenor group from Dublin. They will celebrate the holiday season singing traditional Christmas songs such as "The Little Drummer Boy," "Adeste Fideles," "Silent Night," "Saviour's Day" and "O Holy Night." 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $37. 410-263-5544 or www.marylandhall.org.

HOLIDAY POPS

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops celebrates the Christmas season performing seasonal favorites. The orchestra will be joined by the Maryland State Boychoir. 8 p.m. Dec. 16. Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $30-$40; students, $10. 410-263-0907 or www.annapolissymphony.org.

ANNAPOLIS CHORALE CONCERT SERIES

810 Chase St., Annapolis. 410-263-1906 or www.annapolischorale.org.

8 p.m. Dec. 8-9, A Celebration of Christmas, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $35.

8 p.m. Dec. 16, 3 p.m. Dec. 18, Handel's "Messiah," St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Church Cir., Annapolis. $28; students, $12.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Charles Dickens's classic tale about Ebenezer Scrooge and his encounters with three haunted spirits on Christmas Eve. 8 p.m. Dec. 8-10, Dec. 15-17; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18. East Street Theater, Colonial Players, 108 East St., Annapolis. $15; students and seniors, $10. 410-268-7373 or www.cplayers.com.

"THE NUTCRACKER"

The Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents this classic holiday ballet about a little girl, Clara, and the fantasy world she creates after receiving a nutcracker for Christmas. 8 p.m. Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, with the Annapolis Choral Chamber Orchestra; 7 p.m. Dec. 17, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Prices vary. 410-263-5544 or www.marylandhall.org.

FIRST NIGHT ANNAPOLIS

New Year's Eve celebration with children's activities, music, performances by the Annapolis Opera and a town processional to the City Dock. 3 p.m.-midnight, Dec. 31. Downtown Annapolis. 410-268-8553 or www.firstnightannapolis.org.

FIRST NIGHT TALBOT

New Year's Eve celebration featuring events for the entire family, including dancing at the Avalon and a town-wide countdown to midnight. 6 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31. Throughout downtown Easton. 410-820-8822.

AVALON THEATER HOLIDAY CONCERTS

40 East Dover St., Easton. 410-822-7299 or www.avalontheatre.com.

8 p.m. Dec. 8, The Boys of the Lough: A Celtic Christmas Tour, $28.

8 p.m. Dec. 11, A Celtic Christmas, Seamus Kennedy and Them Eastport Oyster Boys, $20.

8 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Mrs. Bob Cratchitt's Wild Christmas Binge, $15.

8 p.m. Dec. 21, A Rockapella Holiday. $35.

8 p.m. Dec. 23, The Talbot County All-Stars, price to be determined.

Films

ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL

In its third year, the Annapolis Film Festival brings a wide variety of independent films to the Eastern Shore. Maryland Hall will host the three-day event, which showcases the best independent films from Maryland and around the world. 8 p.m. Nov. 11, opening night premiere screening of "Alchemy," directed by Evan Oppenheimer, starring Tom Cavanaugh of "Ed" and Sarah Chalke of "Scrubs." Reception to follow. All other screenings and events will be announced at www.annapolisfilmfestival.com.

WOMEN'S INSTITUTE FILM SERIES

Sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College. Humanities Building, Room 112, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2807 or www.aacc.edu/womensinst.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Nov 3, "Eyewitness to War." The untold story of Gladys Arnold, a reporter for the Canadian Press in France in 1935 who witnessed the anti-Semitism and cruelties and became an impassioned activist.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 1, "Girl Beat: Power of the Drum." Documentary exploring the historical roots of Banda Dida, an all-female drumming and vocal group from the Bahia province in Brazil.

Lectures

And Literature

HISTORY LECTURE SERIES

This year's theme is "Life on the Chesapeake Bay: A Historical View." Series is co-sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Trust for Historic Preservation and the Friends of St. John's College. Candlelit dinners before the lecture are optional. Reservations for dinner required. 7:15 p.m. dinner, Randall Hall dining room. $24 or $120 for series, which includes additional dinners in January, February and March; 8:15 p.m. lecture, Francis Scott Key Auditorium, Mellon Hall, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-2507.

Oct. 18, "An Evening with Anis Todbill, Soldier in Arms: Traveling the Bay with John Smith in 1608," with William Bolderson.

Nov. 15, "Changing Tides, Changing Lives: New Directions of Smith Island Women," with Elaine Eff and Janis Marshall.

ASTRONOMY FOR PEOPLE

WHO SLEEP AT NIGHT

NASA astrophysicist W. Dean Pesnell will explain and demonstrate how astronomy can be studied using the sun. Participants should bring a telescope or binoculars. The night marks Mars's closest approach to Earth all year. 7 p.m. Oct. 29, Dragun Science Building, Room 117, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2307 or www.aacc.edu/science.

MEET THE AUTHORS

Journalists Cokie and Steve Roberts talk about love, marriage and family and their most recent books. Steve Roberts wrote "My Fathers' Houses" in 2005, a memoir about his immigrant family; Cokie Roberts wrote "Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation," which was published in February. The Robertses will be joined by two sisters, Sarah Robinson Mara and Nancy Robinson Hammond, who collaborated on "A Snug Little Island," a children's book based on the sisters' childhood trips to the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence Seaway near Ontario. Mara is the author and Hammond the illustrator. 4 p.m. Nov. 13, Francis Scott Key Auditorium, Mellon Hall, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. $25; at the door, $30. 410-626-2539.

The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats will perform at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Below, members of the Annapolis Opera, which plans two shows this fall.The Annapolis Chorale, shown here in rehearsal, plans two holiday concerts.Kathy Mattea will sing in Annapolis.The Three Irish Tenors will sing Christmas music in Annapolis.Art by Ben-Zion Weinman will be on display at St. John's College. Sarah Chalke stars in "Alchemy" at the Annapolis Film Festival.Homestead Gardens' expert will show you how to carve these up.