November 06, 2005|By KARA WEDEKIND


BLISSFULLY FUNNY-- Often referred to as the modern era's Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward used his witty and urbane writing style to bring to life the eccentric Bliss family in his classic comedy Hay Fever. Center Stage, at 700 N. Calvert St., is putting its own spin on this comic tale of a weekend retreat that goes awry. The show runs through Dec. 4. Tonight is the last night of previews (and preview prices). $10-$40. 410-332-0033 or


TALKING PICTURES -- A screening and discussion of David Mamet's Oleanna, about a professor (William H. Macy) accused by a student of sexual harassment, begins at 7:30 in the Van Bokkelen Hall auditorium on the campus of Towson University, 8000 York Road. Debra Eisenstadt co-stars in the film. A post-film discussion will be led by Towson faculty member Diane Sadak-Smith. Free. 410-704-2787 or


CHALLENGING BOUNDARIES -- In Irish playwright Frank McGuinness' Someone Who'll Watch Over Me - at Everyman Theatre through Dec. 18 - three men of different nationalities share a cell in the Middle East. As political prisoners, their senses of identity, compassion and humanity erode and come back into sharper focus. This preview performance is a pay-what-you-can event. 1727 N. Charles St. 410-752-2208.


TEXTILE TREASURES -- Woven Rainbows: American Indian Trade Blankets will demonstrate how early 20th-century Anglo craftsmen incorporated modern touches into traditional American Indian designs that were often more highly prized than native weavings. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Included in museum admission ($6-$10). 410-396-7100 or


LADY OF JAZZ / / Mary Stallings has shared the stage with jazz greats like Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie, but tonight she headlines at the Kennedy Center. Recently rediscovered by jazz enthusiasts, Stallings will be accompanied by pianist Geri Allen at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m in the Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St., N.W., Washington. $25. 202-467-4600 or


JUST ADD ORCHESTRA / / Ben Folds, former frontman for the Ben Folds Five, brings his quirky, clever and often lovely brand of music to a pops concert at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. 8 p.m. $34-$84. 410-783-8000 or


SLEEPING BEAUTY / / A sleepwalking Alpine maiden's late-night wanderings are the cause of conflict in Vincenzo Bellini's La Sonnambula, opening tonight at the Lyric Opera House, 140 West Mount Royal Ave. The Baltimore Opera's production also will be performed Nov. 12, 16, 18 and 20. $40-$132. 410-727-6000 or

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