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All that glitters isn't gold, but it is on view at BMA

There's shine, there's glitter, there's sparkle. There's a rhinestone lizard, a copper lobster, a frog with blue eyes and ruby-red toenails (and if you're wondering whether frogs have toenails, this one does). It's in "Jewels of Fantasy: Costume Jewelry of the 20th Century," opening Wednesday at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It covers the subject from the swirling art nouveau style of the turn of the century through the 1920s' glamorous deco and on to the present day. It's a show that will be immensely popular with some, and shunned as kitsch by others. But even those who hate it will have to admit it makes a splash. Through April 24 at the BMA, Art Museum Drive near Charles and 31st streets. For information, call (410) 396-7100.

In just two seasons, producer and director Todd Pearthree's Musical Theatre Machine has built an impressive reputation based on sparkling revivals of well-known musicals. Now the company is venturing into the realm of the lesser known with "Ernest in Love" -- a musical based on Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Ernest" -- which opens Friday at the Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St.

With a book and lyrics by Anne Croswell and music by Lee Pockriss, "Ernest in Love" got its start as a 1959 television special called "Who's Ernest?" In 1960, an expanded -- and retitled -- version made its theatrical debut off-Broadway. Curtain times at the Spotlighters are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with Sunday evening performances at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 6. Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for students. For more information, call (410) 825-2554.


J. Wynn Rousuck The Da Capo Players consist of a talented group of New York players -- flutist Patricia Spencer, cellist Andre Emelianoff, violinist Eric Wyrick, clarinetist Laura Flax and pianist Sarah Rothenberg -- who joined forces so they could perform classic 20th-century pieces such as Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" and Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire." They are equally celebrated for their work with living composers (they have commissioned 50 new works since 1971) and for their interpretations of the music of the more distant past. Their performance of the great Messiaen quartet at Shriver Hall Saturday at 8:30 p.m. should be one of the highlights of the current season. Tickets for the concert, which also includes works by Haydn and Debussy, are $18 for general admission and $7 for students. For more information, call (410) 516-7164.

Stephen Wigler

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