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The Best In Weekend Arts & Entertainment Events From Our Staff

December 04, 2008


The Nativity story:

This retelling of the Nativity story at Rep Stage was written by William Gibson, who replaced the archangel Gabriel with an inept spirit who follows Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. The Butterfingers Angel, Mary & Joseph, Herod the Nut & The Slaughter of the 12 Hit Carols in a Pear Tree is performed through Jan. 4 at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $12-$30. Call 410-772-4900 or go to

Mary CaroleMcCauley


Bromo Seltzer open house:

Artists with studios in Baltimore's restored Bromo Seltzer Tower at 21 S. Eutaw St. will display their paintings, photographs and other work during a holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Guests can visit studios, meet the artists, purchase art and take tours of the 97-year-old tower, modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. Call 410-752-8632 or go to

Edward Gunts



If you're still "mad as hell and not going to take it any more," you can see where that now-classic declaration originated when the Charles Theatre revival series presents director Sidney Lumet's production of Paddy Chayefsky's black satire of broadcasting, Network, at noon Saturday, 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Dec. 11. The Charles is at 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to

Michael Sragow

pop music

Loretta Lynn:

The celebrated country legend brings her knowing, still-fervent, Southern-fried sound to the 9:30 Club. Her last album, 2004's Van Lear Rose, was a stellar Grammy winner that beautifully reaffirmed her legendary status in country music. See Loretta Lynn at 6 p.m. Saturday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W. in Washington. Tickets are $55. Call 800-955-5566 or go to

Rashod D. Ollison


'Front of the Class':

This is the 234th Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, and I love it: no irony, no post-modern smirking in this production. It's just a straight-ahead, inspirational story of a young man whose dream was to be an elementary school teacher - and the incredible prejudice he had to overcome to achieve that goal. Airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on WJZ, Channel 13.

David Zurawik




Instead of putting up an expensive wreath this year, why not make one yourself during a fun family outing? Bring your own gloves and clippers to Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. If the kids don't want to join in the wreath-making, they can watch holiday movies. $7 per wreath. Reservations required; call 410-887-1815.

Kate Shatzkin

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