The Christmas concert tradition here includes more than just the "Messiah" and "Amahl and the Night Visitors." It also &L embraces the annual Winter Solstice concert by home-based folk instrumentalists Helicon.
This year's event, the sixth annual for the trio, will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. in Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. In addition to Helicon -- which includes Chris Norman on wooden flutes and penny whistle, Ken Kolodner on hammer dulcimer and fiddle and Robin Bullock on guitar, cittern and fiddle -- the concert will feature Eugene Freisen, Paul Halley and Glen Velez of the Paul Winter Consort.
Tickets are $16 at the door and $14 in advance. For more information, call (410) 243-7254.
WEAA's Talent Expo
WEAA-FM (88.9 MHz), the public radio station at Morgan State University, will hold its first Talent Expo tonight at 7 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, to benefit the station's fund drive.
The expo will feature some 20 local acts, including gospel, jazz, pop and rock groups, culled from some 80 who auditioned over the summer.
Tickets are $6, $2.50 for children under 12. For more information, call (410) 319-3564.
Arts support dwindles
The Maryland State Arts Council -- which had its appropriation cut 10 percent last spring and lost another 10 percent of its funding this fall -- is not alone in losing state support.
Thirty-six of the 56 state and territorial arts councils experienced decreases in legislative appropriations, according to an annual survey conducted by the Washington-based National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Overall state support for the arts declined by 21.6 percent, only the fourth such decline in the last quarter century, NASAA said. Nonetheless, NASAA executive director Jonathan Katz said, "We expect the long-term commitment to the arts will continue to grow as states rebound from their current economic difficulties."
Despite the cutbacks, Maryland still ranked 10th in the portion of its General Fund money allocated to the arts, according to the NASAA survey.
*Howard Community College, for Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," Dec. 17 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Smith Theatre. Call (410) 964-4947.