The Week's Best

THE WEEK'S BEST

December 18, 2003

Music

A new retrospective box set on Nat "King" Cole, executive produced by his daughter Carole, reveals the depth of his short career. page 25.

Stage

Conductor T. Herbert Dimmock adds a new project to his list of choral groups with the Maryland Jewish Choral Society, which makes its debut on Sunday. page 13.

Eats

Canton's Austin Grill isn't necessarily that different from the many Tex-Mex chains, but it's got a few innovations and it's definitely got tasty, reasonably priced fare. page 15.

Scene

Blue Caribbean, whose bar is draped with the flags of island nations, is a gathering spot for everything from birthday parties to fashion shows, political meetings and outreach efforts. page 32.

Art

William Schaff's black-and-white scratchboard works, mixed-media drawings and paper collages are similar to C.W. Roelle's wire sculptures in both their labor-intensive quality and meticulous construction. But the friends and former Baltimoreans' works, on display at the MissionSpace Gallery -- differ vastly in purpose and subject matter. page 39.

PICK OF THE WEEK

What: WTMD's Birthday Party / Holiday Dance Concert

Where: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.

When: Saturday at 7 p.m.

Why: Because along with reveling in the sounds of the Crawdaddies and John Eddie, you can revel in the fact that the Baltimore area has had a listener-supported music station in Towson University's WTMD for a year now -- and support the station at the same time.

Tickets: $20, available at wtmd.org or by phone by calling the station at the number below.

Information: Call the Creative Alliance at 410-276-1651 or the station at 410-704-8938.

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