An article in The Sun yesterday incorrectly reported that aconcert today by the Baltimore String Quartet at WestminsterHall is free. Tickets are $8 and available at the door.
The Sun regrets the error.
Although the practice of embellishing initials in illuminated manuscripts started as a way to mark a text's beginning, it grew into its own art form during medieval times. Sometimes it provided the only decoration to a manuscript. The show "The Illuminated Initial" at the Walters Art Gallery includes 17 examples of decorated letters from various European countries dating from the late 10th to early 16th centuries. Some of the "historiated" letters host miniature biblical scenes. Assembled from the museum collection, the show will run through Jan. 5 at the gallery, 600 N. Charles St. Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 547-9000. Albert Brooks doesn't make many films, but those he makes are always welcome, including his latest, "Defending Your Life," released in April. In the film -- a mixture of humor and sentimentality -- Mr. Brooks plays an ad man who dies and finds himself at a kind of halfway station where he must defend his life's actions before he can move on to another level, one presumably closer to heaven. Meryl Streep, who has never been more charming, is the woman Mr. Brooks meets in a nightclub on that heavenly stairway. This is a nice film. Try it. Rating: PG. ***
FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION
Lou Cedrone Jewish family tradition takes a good-natured kidding in the entertaining Fell's Point Cabaret production of "Bernie's Bar Mitzvah." The audience-participation play focuses on a simulated celebration following the bar mitzvah, in which a 13-year-old boy takes his first step into the adult world of Judaism. Festivities include a lavish cocktail party, dinner, an excellent dance band and lots of laughs. Audience members are the "guests." The fun lies in not knowing who are the real guests and who are the actors. 7 p.m. 723 S. Broadway. Tickets: $65. 327-8800.
A film with smarts
"Little Man Tate" was directed by Oscar-winner Jodie Foster ("The Accused"), who was wise enough to give the better role in the new film to Dianne Wiest. Ms. Foster plays the independent, unmarried mother of a gifted child, a 7-year-old boy, and Ms. Wiest is the psychologist who wants to do something with the boy's amazing intelligence. This is a small but very good film about nice, well-meaning people. It has more than its share of honest humor. Harry Connick Jr. is also in the cast. Language. Rating: PG.
Lou Cedrone The Baltimore String Quartet has become one of this city's most valuable institutions. Composed of four of the Baltimore Symphony's best musicians -- violinists Herbert Greenberg and Joseph Bykov, violist Mary Zinman and cellist Yuri Sher -- this quartet has what it takes to play hardball with the best quartets in the world. The BSQ opens its season at Westminster Hall, 515 W. Fayette St., tomorrow at 3 p.m. with quartets by Mendelssohn and Smetana (the great "From My Life"). As a bonus the quartet will join forces with organist David Riley to inaugurate the hall's new organ with some of Mozart's Church Sonatas. Tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 328-2072.