Taste Buds 2005
Taste Buds, an annual culinary and cultural event, raises money to pay for beautification projects in historic Annapolis. This year's event is a retrospective featuring the works of photographer Marion Warren, and the theme is "Annapolis: Then and Now." Guests can sample food from 25 area restaurants while listening to live music. Proceeds will be used to buy hanging flower baskets and to maintain contained gardens that surround the downtown. Tickets can be purchased at Ram's Head Tavern, Laurance Clothing, Zachary's, Loews Hotel and Bank Annapolis in Bestgate. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Naval Academy Banquet Facility, Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, 304 Farragut Rd., Annapolis. $80. www.annapolisbusinessassoc.com.
The Ballet Theatre of Maryland will perform Louisa May Alcott's classic tale about the March sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy -- growing up in late 19th-century America. Based on Alcott's childhood, the novel describes the sisters' dreams, courtships, losses and successes. Ballet artistic director Dianna Cuatto will produce the performances. An opening-night reception will take place after the show tomorrow, and a "safe Halloween" event will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday before the show. Performances: 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $40. 410-253-5544 or www.marylandhall.org.
Celebration at the Walters
The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is celebrating the 100th birthday of its original Palazzo Building with the reinstallation of more than 1,500 objects from the museum's Renaissance and Baroque collections. On display will be paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from the 14th through 18th centuries, including works by Raphael, El Greco, Bernini, Veronese, Pontormo and Cranach. The permanent exhibition opens at 10 a.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the museum will offer free gallery tours from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a free lecture at 2 p.m. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles St., Baltimore. $10; seniors, $8; students, $6; youths 6-17, $2; free to members and children younger than 6. 410-547-9000 or www.thewalters.org.