For a re-creation of Langston Hughes' Afro-centric retelling of the Christmas story, attend the Baltimore premiere of the gospel musical "Black Nativity" at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Proceeds from the Mike Malone production benefit the Epsilon Omega Foundation's scholarship and community service programs. Tickets are $27- $50. Call 410-653-7756.
Enjoy "A Monumental Occasion" when the downtown holiday season kicks off with the official lighting of Baltimore's Washington Monument from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today. Festivities include fireworks and music. After the lighting, take part in First Thursday, a monthly celebration of art and culture along downtown's Charles Street that includes free admission to Mount Vernon attractions, restaurant specials and extended shopping hours. Also attend Freestyle, the Baltimore Museum of Art's festive free-for-all, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call 410-837-4636, or the BMA at 410-396-6314.
Pearl Harbor remembrance
Remember the bombing of Pearl Harbor Saturday at the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center of the U.S. Naval Academy, 52 King George St. in Annapolis. Exhibits include a re-creation of a living room as it may have appeared in 1941 when the family gathered to hear news of the bombing on the radio, a display representing ships of the Japanese attack force at Pearl Harbor and a model of the USS Maryland, which was at Pearl Harbor on the day of infamy. Events begin with a flag-raising at 12:05 p.m. and continue at 1 p.m. with an open forum with members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Guided walking tours take in sites pertinent to World War II. Tours are $5.50, $4.50 seniors, $3.50 students, free for pre-schoolers. Call 410-263-6933.
Holiday Pops and George Winston
Listen to a program of holiday music when the Junior League of Baltimore ushers in the holiday season with its annual Holiday Pops Concerts featuring the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Return to the Meyerhoff at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for Grammy Award-winning pianist George Winston's signature solo piano program, "Winter." Tickets for the Holiday Pops concert are $24- $50 tomorrow and Sunday, $32-$65 for the black-tie optional Saturday concert. Tickets for an after-concert party Saturday are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. Winston tickets are $20-$40. Call 410-783-8000.
AROUND THE HARBOR
Lighted Boat Parade
More than 50 decorated and illuminated vessels promenade from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday along the Inner Harbor West Wall, vying for prizes in the 11th annual Lighted Boat Parade. Each craft is judged on presentation of theme, artistry and creativity. If you prefer watching the nautical procession from high above, climb to the Top of the World Observation Level of the World Trade Center at 401 E. Pratt St. Along with a spectacular view, guests can enjoy holiday tunes from the Merry Carolers and sample fresh-baked pastries and hot cider. Boat parade admission is free for the Light Street Promenade; admission to the Top of the World is $4, $3 seniors and children. Call 800-HARBOR-1, or the World Trade Center observation deck, 410-837-VIEW.
Night of 100 Elvises
At least 16 bands and 10 Elvis artists pay tribute to "The King" from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Lithuanian Hall, 851-3 Hollins St. There will be an Elvis ice sculpture, Elvis art and a reproduction of Elvis and Priscilla's wedding cake. Admission is $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Call 410-494-9558 or 888-494-9558.
When the Towson University Dance Company presents the second act of "The Nutcracker" at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday in Stephens Hall on campus, 8000 York Road, the audience will be treated to traditional costuming, scenery and special effects, including an appearance of the Mouse King and Mother Ginger. The 45-minute production also features the "Dance of the Sugar Plums." Tickets are $10, $7 seniors, and $4 children 12 and under. Call 410-830-2787.
Pub Date: 12/03/98