Big Band Merry Christmas, "Cake Boss" part of Best Bets

Big Band Merry Christmas, "Cake Boss" part of Best Bets
"Cake Boss" star Buddy Valastro will be on stage at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric demonstrating his cake decorating techniques and sharing stories about life at Carlo's Bakery. (AP FILE PHOTO, Carroll County Times)

In the county

Carroll County Jazz Ensemble presents Big Band Merry Christmas

Synopsis: The annual holiday concert directed by Glenn Patterson is back with several guests, including the Carroll County Children's Chorus and the Carroll Singers chorus taking part in the event, which benefits Access Carroll.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road, Westminster

Admission: $12 for general admission and $7 for students in advance. $15 for general admission and $10 for students at the door. Tickets available at Stu's Music Shop, Coffey Music, Hess Music and the Carroll Arts Center.

Information: 410-848-5581

McDaniel College Choir in concert

Synopsis: The college choir, directed by Margaret Boudreaux, celebrates Shakespeare with a concert entitled "The Fanciful Spirit: Songs Inspired by Shakespeare and Others."

When: 7 p.m. Sunday with McDaniel's 56th annual tree lighting to follow the concert

Where: Baker Memorial Chapel, McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster

Admission: Free

Information: 410-857-2599 or

In the region

Buddy Valastro Live: Homemade for the Holidays tour

Synopsis: Valastro, of TLC's "Cake Boss" fame, brings his holiday show to Baltimore, where he will demonstrate his award-winning cake techniques and share stories of family traditions and life at Carlo's Bakery.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, 140 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore

Admission: $32.75-$42.75

Information: 410-900-1150 or

Patti Smith in concert

Synopsis: Smith, the godmother of Punk Rock and Roll, is a 2007 inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is performing in Baltimore.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, Baltimore

Admission: $35

Information: 410-244-1131 or