The Week's Best

THE WEEK'S BEST

December 25, 2003

Art

Kay Hwang's schematics, on display at School 33 Art Center's group show, have a repetitive scale that is magical. page 16.

Eats

Revisiting a year's worth of great eating -- from the best breakfast to the best value to the best french fries (at JD's Smokehouse, above). page 18.

Family

Mark the beginning of 2004 with fireworks displays downtown, in Annapolis and in Ocean City -- plus some noontime activities for the short set. page 34.

Trips

Wilmington, Del., isn't a large town, but it offers a number of venues at which to enjoy the arts, including the Delaware Art Museum, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and the Grand Opera House (pictured).page 22.

DVDs

Seabiscuit takes a trio of superb actors -- Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper -- and Laura Hillenbrand's thrillingly good best seller and melds them into a graceful, intelligent and heartfelt film, now out on video. page 14.

PICK OF THE WEEK

What: "Navigating Through History: Astrolabes and the Star of Bethlehem," a discussion about what it might have been like for the Wise Men while crossing the desert.

Where: Constellation, Pier 1, 301 E. Pratt St.

When: Saturday, noon-4 p.m.

Why: Because it's not often that a talk on desert navigation is actually seasonally relevant.

Admission: Free with admission to museum ($6.50)

Information: 410-539-1797, www.constellation.org.

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