The Lineup

The Best In Weekend Arts & Entertainment Events From Our Staff

December 18, 2008


America in miniature

America, Great and Small is an exhibition of miniature dollhouses and art that runs through Jan. 10 at the Star Spangled Banner Flag House, 844 E. Pratt St. in Baltimore. Subjects include the Oval Office, Baltimore's rowhouses and six scenes depicting historic moments in flag history. Go to

Nature photography

Landscape photographer Frank Gohlke explores how people interact with environments that can never be fully controlled in Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke, on view through March 3 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets Northwest in Washington. This is the last stop of a national tour that features 79 black-and-white and color photographs taken from the early 1970s to 2004. Subjects range from the aftermath of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens' volcano to the huge grain elevators of America's heartland. Call 202-633-1000 or go to


Marcus Johnson

On his three albums, pianist Marcus Johnson spins romantic instrumentals that flow in the smooth-jazz vein. If the music of Fourplay and Kirk Whalum appeals to you, you may want to check out Johnson at 6:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St. in Annapolis. Call 410-268-4545 or go to



If you haven't wearied of Handel's Messiah yet, the Annapolis Chorale will serve up a triple helping this weekend. J. Ernest Green conducts the ensemble in a complete performance of the much-loved oratorio, as well as two presentations that feature Part I of the score, the part most associated with Christmastide. The Messiah marathon begins with a candlelight concert including Part I and the Hallelujah Chorus from Part II, as well as seasonal carols, at 8 p.m. tomorrow. The full, three-part performance will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, and a family concert, including Part I and a carol sing-along, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday. All performances will be at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. Tickets are $12-$37. Call 410-280-5640 or 866-438-3808, or go to

Jubilant Sykes

Anyone who caught the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's production of Leonard Bernstein's Mass in October won't soon forget the electrifying baritone in the pivotal role of the Celebrant, Jubilant Sykes. If you're up for a bit of a jaunt, there's an enticing opportunity to hear this uncommonly eloquent singer in a holiday concert of Bach, traditional carols and spirituals with veteran guitarist Christopher Parkening. The performance is at 8 p.m. Saturday at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, Braddock Road and Route 123 in Fairfax, Va. Tickets are $22-$44. Call 703-993-2787 or go to



Lovers of Verdi's Otello still reeling from Franco Zeffirelli's 1986 Classics Illustrated movie version can see the real thing at the Charles Theatre at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, when the theater presents the 2008 Salzburg Festival production, directed by Stephen Langridge and conducted by Riccardo Muti, with Aleksandrs Antonenko and Marina Poplavskaya as the tragic Moor and his Desdemona. The Charles is at 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to


'A Very Special Episode'

Who cares if the actors are holding scripts? This 45-minute show about a customer care representative who finds himself in the midst of a twisted version of It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol sounds like fun. It features an actor who has appeared in such big Broadway shows as Little Shop of Horrors and A Year With F rog and Toad - and, it's free with a cafe purchase. A Very Special Episode with Broadway actor Jonathan Rayson can be seen at Bluehouse, 1407 Fleet St., at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Call 410-276-1180 or go to

'Too Much Light'

This wild and whacked-out show has been running in Chicago for more than a decade. A troupe of performers called the Neo-Futurists uses audience suggestions to improvise 30 plays in 60 minutes. If the troupe doesn't bring all 30 plays in under an hour, the members have been known to buy pizza for the audience. Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind runs through Jan. 4 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. N.W. in Washington. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $30. Call 202-393-3939 or go to



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