"A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS" -- 7:30 p.m. today and 8 p.m. tomorrow. The Annapolis Chorale, Chamber Orchestra and Youth Chorus will perform with special guests. Annapolis Chorale, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $35. 410-263-1906 or

THE BOYS OF LOUGH -- 8 p.m. today. Traditional Irish music and comedy. Avalon Theatre, 40 East Dover St., Easton. $28. 410-822-7299 or

"SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Anne Arundel Community College's Orchestra will perform music by Bach, Mozart and Sibelius. Pascal Center for Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $10; seniors, $7; students, $5. 410-777-2457.

THE AVETT BROTHERS -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Bluegrass rock-and-roll. Avalon Theatre, 40 East Dover St., Easton. $15. 410-822-7299 or

JAZZ -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Anne Arundel Community College Jazz Ensemble will perform. Pascal Center for Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $10; seniors, $7; students, $5. 410-777-2457.

HANDEL'S MESSIAH -- 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. U.S. Naval Academy's Glee Club, Hood College Choir and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and special soloists will perform. Main Chapel, U.S. Naval Academy, 108 Blake Rd., Annapolis. $15-$20. 410-293-8497 or

ALEXANDRIA HARMONIZERS -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Barbershop performance. Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $20. 410-636-6597 or

CHRISTMAS SHOW -- 8 p.m. Sunday. Stef Scaggiari and Sue Matthews will perform with Steve Abshire and Joe Byrd. Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West St., Annapolis. $20. 410-269-0777.

SEAMUS KENNEDY AND THEM EASTPORT OYSTER BOYS -- 8 p.m. Sunday. Irish Christmas celebration performance. Avalon Theatre, 40 East Dover St., Easton. $20. 410-822-7299 or


"THE NUTCRACKER" -- 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland performs the classic tale to music by Tchaikovsky. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18, "Sugar Plum Party." Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $48. 410-263-5544, 410-263-8289 or

"AN EVENING OF DANCE" -- 8 p.m. Saturday. South Anne Arundel County Dance Conservatory and Pieces dance company perform together. Southern High School, 4400 Solomons Island Rd., Harwood. $10. 410-353-8301 or


"BEAUTY OF IMPRESSIONISM" -- 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; noon-5:30 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays. Today through Dec. 30. John Ebersberger's oil paintings. 7-10 p.m. tonight, artist reception. McBride Gallery, 215 Main St., Annapolis. Free. 410-267-7077 or

ASSEMBLAGE: ART OF THE FOUND OBJECT -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tomorrow through Jan. 2. Local artists showcase "found object art," which is a manipulation of materials such as wood, scrap metal and glass. $2; members, free. Academy Art Museum, 106 South St., Easton. 410-822-2787 or

"ART NOIR" -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 16. Small group exhibition includes works by Maryland artists Don Cook, Erin Fostel, Charles Ritchie and Zachary Thornton. Chaney Gallery, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-5544 or

CHESAPEAKE ARTISTS -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Jan. 1. Local artists display work. Stephen Faust's photographs in the Willow Gallery and Bushnell Keeler's paintings in the Garden Gallery. The Galleries at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-222-1777.

"CARIBBEAN TAPESTRY: VISIONARY ARTIST DAVID BOOTHMAN" -- 7:30 a.m.-midnight Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Jan. 4. Local artist's Caribbean-theme paintings will be on display. 49 West, 49 West St., Annapolis. Prices vary. 410-626-9796 or

For Children

"SANTA ON THE TRAIL" -- 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Santa will make scheduled stops along the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail to hand out candy and greet children. Weather permitting. Rain date Sunday. Santa begins at Arnold Station. B&A Trail, Annapolis. Free. 410-222-6244

Lectures and Literature

"THE IMAGE OF LINCOLN" -- 7 p.m. today. Author Harold Holzer will discuss Abraham Lincoln, the political climate of the Civil War era and his new book, "Lincoln in the Times: The Life of Abraham Lincoln as Originally Reported in the New York Times." Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2428 or

GINGER DOYEL -- 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Author and Capital Gazette columnist will read from her new book, "Annapolis Vignettes." Barnes and Noble, Annapolis Harbour Center, 2512 Solomons Island Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-573-1115.

Sports and Recreation

"THE GANG'S ALL HERE" -- 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Participants can learn about how birds migrate in the winter. Indoor and outdoor activities. Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, 600 Discovery Lane, Grasonsville. $10; members, $5. 410-827-6694.

WALKING TOURS -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, 12:30-3 p.m. Sundays. Tour of the Naval Academy. Begins at Gate 1. Photo ID required for ages 16 and older. Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, 52 King George St., Annapolis. $7.50; seniors 62 and older, $6.50; students, $5.50; pre-schoolers, free. 410-263-6933 or

ICE SKATING -- Noon-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 28. Outdoor ice rink for adults and children. Glen Burnie Town Center, 103 North Crain Hwy., Glen Burnie. $6; seniors and children, $5; skate rental, $2.50. 410-768-7700.


"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" -- 8 p.m. today and Dec. 15; 7 and 9 p.m. tomorrow and Dec. 16; 2, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 17; 2 p.m. Sunday; 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 18. A 25th anniversary musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's novel about Ebenezer Scrooge. Play and lyrics written by Richard Wade with music by Dick Gessner. Colonial Players Theatre in the Round, 108 East St., Annapolis. $7. 410-268-7373 or

"THE LION IN WINTER" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Set in 1183, this tale centers on the conflict between estranged lovers, King Henry II of England and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their adult sons, who are heirs to the throne of England. Francis Scott Key Auditorium, Mellon Hall, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-2371 or


18TH-CENTURY GREENS SHOW -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today-Saturday. Homemade refreshments and tours every half hour. Hammond-Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave. Annapolis. $7; children, $5. 410-263-4683.

MIDNIGHT MADNESS -- 6 p.m.-midnight today and Dec. 15. Holiday shopping, food, live music and entertainment. Downtown Annapolis. Free. 410-266-5555.

LIGHTS ON THE BAY -- 5-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 1. More than 60 stationary and animated holiday displays will line the two-mile drive along the shore of Sandy Point State Park. Also visible from the Bay Bridge. Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Pkwy., Annapolis. $12 per vehicle; $50 per commercial vehicle or minibus. 443-481-3161.

Plan Ahead

"SNACKIN' WITH SANTA" -- 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Harbor City Music Company's performance of holiday songs. For children. Emmanuel Methodist Church, 10751 Scaggsville Rd., Laurel. $10; children, $5. 800-856-9868 or


49 WEST -- 6-8 p.m. today, Francois Laureuse; 8:30 p.m.-midnight today, Rob Levit Group; 9 p.m.-midnight tomorrow, Gary and Leah; 7:30-9 p.m. and 9:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Crabgrass; 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Jonathan Stone; 8-11 p.m. Sunday, Josh Davis; 8-11 p.m. Monday, Dan Haas with Bens Bones; 8:30 p.m.-midnight Tuesday, Unified Jazz Ensemble; 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Chris and Mandy; 8-11 p.m. Wednesday, PF Flyer. 49 West St., Annapolis. Prices vary. 410-626-9796 or

ACME BAR & GRILL -- 10 p.m. today, D.J. Goodman; 6-9 p.m. tomorrow, Dean Rosenthal; 10 p.m. tomorrow, D.J. Goodman; 10 p.m. Saturday, Sargent D.J.; 10 p.m. Sunday, Troy's Lounge with the Done 4; 10 p.m. Monday, Jordan Page; 10 p.m. Tuesday, Doug Segree; 10 p.m. Wednesday, Troy's Underground with D.J. Dan. 163 Main St., Annapolis. Free. 410-280-6486 or

ANDY'S -- 9 p.m. tomorrow, Rob Levit Trio; 9 p.m. Saturday, Naked Blue. 3371/2 High St., Chestertown. Free. 410-778-6779 or

KAUFMANN'S TAVERN -- 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Joe Parsons; 8:30 p.m., Rick Slone; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., live jazz brunch with Michelle G. 329 Gambrills Rd., Gambrills. Free. 410-923-2005 or

MIDDLETON TAVERN -- 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Matt McConville Trio. 2 Market Space, Annapolis. Free. 410-263-3323 or

RAMS HEAD TAVERN -- 8 p.m. today, Tuck and Patti; 7 and 10 p.m. tomorrow, Euge Groove; 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Suzy Bogguss; 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver; 8 p.m. Monday, Raul Midon with Eric Hutchinson; 8 p.m. Tuesday, Split Lip Rayfield with Wrinkle Neck Mules; 8 p.m. Wednesday, Will Hoge with the Trews; 8 p.m. next Thursday, Stacey Kent. 33 West St., Annapolis. Prices vary. 410-268-4545 or

THE ROCKFISH -- 10 p.m. today, Mike McHenry Tribe; 6-9 p.m. tomorrow, Sean Lane; 10 p.m. tomorrow, Dana B; 10 p.m. Saturday, Mike Numera and HisRhythm Handlers; 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Unified Jazz Ensemble. 400 Sixth St., Annapolis. Free. 410-267-1800 or

SEAN DONLON'S -- 9 p.m. today, Waking at Seven; 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, James Gallagher and Off the Boat; 9 p.m. Tuesday, Michael O'Patrick Band; 9 p.m. Wednesday, Chris and Mimsey. 37 West St., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-1993 or

WOODFIRE -- 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Eric Scott Duo; 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Mark Desrochers. 580 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park. Free. 410-315-8100 or


In the Region

MACK BAILEY -- 8 p.m. today, CD release performance. Baldwin's Station, 7618 Main St., Sykesville. $15. 410-795-1041.

"OLIVER" -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays, most days through Dec. 31. Play adapted from Charles Dickens's novel about a poor boy trying to find his way in Victorian London. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $29-$29. 301-924-3400 or

-- Compiled by LAUREN WISEMAN

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"Alabaster in Sunlight" by John Ebersberger is on exhibit in Annapolis.Joe Byrd appears Sunday at Loews.

Soprano Amy Cofield sings in "A Celebration of Christmas."The Boys of Lough perform tonight at the Avalon Theatre in Easton.