Weekend Guide

December 10, 2009

PRETTY THINGS PEEPSHOW: Swallowed swords. Cracked whips. Twirled tassels. Go-Go Amy, Bettina May, Donny Vomit and Miss Heather Holliday add a touch of holiday spice to their vintage-style burlesque sideshow act at the Black Hole Rock Club, 216 German Hill Road, at 9:30 p.m. Gilded Lily Burlesque's Lucille Lingerhans von Spankenstein makes a guest appearance. Tickets are $10 for 21 and over and $15 for under 21. Go to

POINSETTIA SHOW: See the classic Christmas plant in all of its holiday glory at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park, Gwynns Falls Parkway and McCullough Street. The Latin-themed show includes more than 20 varieties of poinsettias. A free open house takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. with activities, refreshments and plants for sale. The exhibit runs through Jan. 3. Call 410-396-0008.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Mark Hardy's "Rise Up, Shepherd," written for one of Baltimore's best singers, bass Robert Cantrell, will be premiered during a Christmas concert that also features Vivaldi's "Gloria" and other works of the season. Bruce Eicher directs the program at 4 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St. Tickets are free. Call 410-433-6650 or go to

BE ORCHESTRA: This ensemble, formed by Peabody Conservatory students who want to "be involved," plans to take music to people who don't usually have access, such as inmates at the Baltimore City Correctional Center. The first public performance by the new orchestra, including works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, will be at noon at St. Ignatius Church, 740 N. Calvert St. Tickets are free. Go to

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