The Lineup

The Best In Weekend Arts & Entertainment Events From Our Staff

January 15, 2009|By Meredith Cohn, Edward Gunts, Sarah Kickler Kelber, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod D. Ollison, Tim Smith and Michael Sragow.

POP MUSIC

Roll with Winwood

When Steve Winwood reached his pop peak in the 1980s with such monster smashes as "Higher Love," featuring Chaka Khan, and "Roll with It," the British singer-musician had been making music for more than 20 years. His earlier fusions of rock, blues and soul gave way to a decidedly more streamlined pop approach. But his music over the years has managed to retain some grit, as heard on his latest album, the solid Nine Lives. Winwood performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $36.50-$75. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com.

ART

Audio tours at BMA

"60 Objects/Countless Stories" and "Artful Stories" are the titles of two new audio tours that the Baltimore Museum of Art will launch this weekend. They offer an insider's perspective on 60 works of art from the museum's curators, along with musings from local writers and others discussing some of their favorite works. A "launch party" with the contributors will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the museum, 10 Art Museum Drive. Go to artbma.org.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Organ marathon

Ten local organists, among them Margaret Budd, Ted Feldman, Kathie Metz and students of prominent organ pedagogue Donald Sutherland, are bulking up for a four-hour marathon of music by American composers. The opportunity to hear so much American repertoire for the organ makes the event worthy enough; the fact that all proceeds will benefit Manna House shelter for Baltimore's needy and homeless makes it even worthier. The marathon runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3807 N. Charles St. There is a suggested donation of $10. Call 410-235-2356 or e-mail feelc@bellatlantic.net.

Chamber music

Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra continue their Chamber Music by Candlelight series with a typically wide-ranging program that includes a string quartet by Tchaikovsky and 20th-century works by Bohuslav Martinu, George Rochberg and Christian Woehr. The concert, featuring violinist Jonathan Carney, violist Peter Minkler, cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn and others, will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Free admission. Call 443-759-3309 or go to communityconcertsatsecond.org.

THEATER

Limon Dance Company

The Limon Dance Company, founded by Mexican modern dance pioneer Jose Limon, marks the 100th anniversary of his birth by performing such seminal works as Psalm , Suite from a Choreographic Offering and The Traitor - a response to the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s. The Limon Dance Company performs at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W. in Washington. Tickets are $22-$65. Call 202-467-4600 or go to kennedy-center.org.

'The Little Dog Laughed'

The delectably loopy Holly Twyford, one of the area's top comic actresses, is featured in this area premiere of a show about a movie star who dreams of making it big, and of his hard-driving agent, who dreams only of keeping her star client locked safely in the closet. The Little Dog Laughed runs through March 8 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $63-$71. Call 703-820-9771 or go to sig-online.org.

FILM

Opera at the Charles

The Charles Theatre provides more fuel for the timeless pop-classics question of who was the weirdest Roman emperor, Nero or Caligula, when it presents L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Montoverdi's opera about Poppeae Sabina, the second wife of Nero, at 6:45 p.m. Sunday and 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. Danielle de Niese stars as Poppea in the Glyndebourne Festival production directed by Robert Carsen. For tickets ($20), go to brownpapertickets.com/event/45279.

OTHER PICKS

MLK Day at AVAM

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday at the American Visionary Art Museum. Enjoy free admission from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and events - including screenings of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, birthday cake, demonstrations by Abu the Flutemaker and tours of the exhibit The Marriage of Art, Science & Philosophy - between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The museum is at 800 Key Highway. Call 410-244-1900 or go to avam.org.

And at the Walters

The Walters Art Museum will mark the King holiday with a Family Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Kids can create pins, paintings and postcards in the Family Art Center, participate in the "Have Your Say" speech activity in the Sculpture Court and see performances and videos in the Graham Auditorium. The festival is free. The museum is at 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000 or go to thewalters.org.

Train time

Check out 2,500 square feet worth of HO- and O-scale model trains and other train memorabilia at the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers' holiday open house 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The display is on the third floor at 225 W. Saratoga St. Donations are accepted. Call 410-837-2763 or go to modelengineers.com.

calendars

For calendars of events for music, arts and family activities, go to baltimoresun.com/calendars.

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