Weekend Guide

December 03, 2009

HOLIDAY HEAP: If you've got shopping to do and the recipients on your "nice" list are notoriously hard to buy for, you'll be at St. John's United Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This DIY craft bazaar features handmade wares from more than 50 vendors. Admission is free. Go to

THIS IS NOT A SHOW: See R.E.M. at Ottobar, 2549 Howard St.! OK, this is not a live show by the band, but a free screening of the band's documentary at 7 p.m. This is the only place in Baltimore you'll be able to see the hourlong film shot over five nights of working rehearsals in Dublin, Ireland. This is a 21-and-over event with happy-hour drink specials. Go to

THE BALTIMORE PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL: As part of a continuing process to nurture local theater, the Playwrights Festival begins its annual series of public readings at Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. Hear a live reading at noon of Ronald McKinney's "Hammarskjold," and another at 2:30 p.m. of Kathleen Barber's "In the Shadow of Lushan." Discussions follow each reading. Call 410-276-7837 or go to

CLASSICAL GUITAR: Jason Vieaux, a much-admired concert and recording artist who is also head of the Cleveland Institute of Music's guitar department, will give a recital for the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society. His program, ranging from Bach to Pat Metheny, will be at 8 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Tickets are $20 and $25. Call 410-247-5320 or go to

HOLIDAY OPERA: Gian Carlo Menotti's one-act opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors," about a crippled boy who encounters three wise and wealthy travelers, has been a holiday favorite since its TV debut in 1951. The opera will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (and 3 p.m. Sunday) at Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church, 3701 Sweet Air Road, Jacksonville. Tickets are $10 (children 6 and under are free). Call 410-592-9121.

FLOBOTS: These guys blend the perfect mix of social awareness in lyrics with cool, hip stage presence. So if you love hip-hop but want to avoid the bling-bling and the controversy, catch the Flobots at Recher Theatre, 512 York Road, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Go to

ARCTIC DOLLAR DAYS: The National Museum of Dentistry, 31 S. Greene St., sinks its teeth into the holidays. Learn how animals use their teeth, go on a scavenger hunt through the museum and make a toothy ornament to take home. You can also shop at the gift shop for an ice cube tray shaped like dentures. Entry is $1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Go to

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