December 31, 2006


NEW YEAR-- Bring in 2007 with a night to remember with the family at Night 365. It's a night to see permanent exhibits and IMAX theater presentations at the Maryland Science Center, Baltimore's Inner Harbor along Pratt Street. $35 for general admission; $30 for members; children younger than 3 admitted free. 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Call 410-685-2370.


AN ONGOING TRADITION-- The annual Salute to Vienna features the Strauss Symphony of America with conductor Klaus Arp in a show that highlights dances such as the waltz and polka by Johann Strauss Jr. $33-$95. 3 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, 2700 F St., N.W., Washington. Call 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600 or go to


NEW YEAR, NEW MUSIC -- The 8x10 kicks off 2007 with its "5 Bands for $5" event, which spotlights local, regional and national acts. The evening's entertainment starts at 7 p.m. and includes Baltimore bands Andy James and Saucy Bills, D.C.'s Just, as well as West Virginia's FOX Japan and Delaware's Minos Conway. Tickets are available at the door at 8-10 E. Cross St. Go to ]


THE MAN WHO MADE BOXES -- Joseph Cornell was a shy New York fabric salesman during the 1920s and '30s who had a passion for ballerinas, movie stars and other unattainable women that he sublimated in art making. Entirely self-taught, his signature works are the strange, surrealist dioramas that he created in small wooden boxes filled with magazine clippings, photographs, old books and colorful bits of thrift-store detritus. Nearly 200 of them are on display in the exhibition Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination. Free, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington. Call 202-633-1000 or go to


RAZZLE DAZZLE-- Too many candy canes and sugar plums can give you a toothache. The perfect antidote to all that holiday sweetness is Chicago, the musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb about the Roaring '20s, hot jazz and cold-blooded dames. $25-$65. 8 p.m. France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St.. 443-703-2406, 410-547-7328 or go to


MORE HO-HO--Judging from David Sedaris' experiences, being a Christmas elf isn't all candy canes and mistletoe. See for yourself at Rep Stage, where Bruce Nelson dons the humorist's elf togs in The Santaland Diaries, a one-man show based on Sedaris' experiences as a Macy's elf. $22. 8 p.m. at Rep Stage, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 410-772-4900 or go to


ALL AGLOW-- Check out the exhibit Glow Worms at Current Gallery. The goal of the artists was to create exhibits and performances of light and heat - sometimes figurative, sometimes literal. A reception kicks off at 8 p.m. at Current, 30 S. Calvert St., and the exhibit runs through Jan. 26. Free. Call 410-244-7003.

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