"First Thursdays" spotlights the galleries and shops along the downtown Charles Street corridor each month. Galleries remain open until at least 7:30 p.m. on First Thursdays.
* Artshowcase Gallery, 336 N. Charles St. Five solo exhibits: environmental, mythological, figurative, ethnic and humoresque art by Harrington, Kaufman, Morais, Parameros and Weikert.
* Gallery 409 Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 409 N. Charles St. Holiday art sale. Affordable arts and crafts by local artists.
* Pablo Salon and Gallery, 411 N. Charles St. First anniversary exhibition.
* Lois Hodes Gallery, 511 N. Charles St. Show not set.
* Mitchell Baker Galerie, 523 N. Charles St. Paintings by Sadye Sklar, Patrick Antonelle and Richard Ford.
* Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. "Ottocento: Romanticism and Revolution in 19th Century Italian Painting."
* Tadder Photo Gallery, 1010 Morton St. Show not set.
* AIA Baltimore, 11 1/2 W. Chase St. A display of AIA Baltimore Design Award Entries.
* Maryland Institute, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave. A retrospective show by fiber artist Lenore Tawney. "Three of a Perfect Pair." An installation by James Drashow, Archie Ravid and Frank Smith.
* The BAUhouse, 1713 N. Charles St. "Third Annual BEAMS Exhibition." BAUhouse Emerging Artists Multi-media survey.
* Zooks & Company, 525 N. Charles St., grand opening party with live mannequins in the windows and special events. Refreshments. 783-5603.
* Dimensions in Music, 221 N. Charles St., in conjunction with Polygram Records offers free lunch and a special sale from noon to 2 p.m. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., trumpeters will play in the courtyard while the store gives away Christmas CDs, book covers and plastic pencil bags for children. 752-7121.
* Sacha's Catering, 527 N. Lovegrove St., displays a new line of whimsical, handcrafted, dinnerware by Mark Berry and Sandy Magsamann. Christmas cookies served. 539-6103.
* Donna's Coffee Bar, 2 W. Madison St., features artwork on canvas and paper by Robert Llewellyn from Nye Gomez Gallery. 385-0180.
* Spike & Charlie's, 1225 Cathedral St., displays mixed media works by Mary Deacon Opasick. 396-4721.
* Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Hopkins Plaza, "Breaking Legs," 8 p.m.
* Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents "Celebrity Series Concert, 8:15 p.m., in the Meyerhoff Concert Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. 783-8100.
* Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St., features a lecture, "From Romantic Agony to the Realistic Dilemma in Ottocento Painting," 6 p.m. 547-9000.
* The Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting, 717 Washington Place, will open at 7:30 p.m. 752-8586.
* Baltimore Film Forum, at Baltimore Museum of Art, Charles and 31st streets, will show "Pigs and Battleships," directed by Shohei Imamura, 8 p.m. 889-1993.
* Theatre Project, 43 W. Preston St., "The American Dream" at 8 p.m. 539-7070.