CONSIDER THE NARWHAL
Perhaps one of the most unusual-looking creatures on Earth, the narwhal is a wonder of nature. The male narwhal, often dubbed the "unicorn of the sea," grows a 5-foot tusk through its upper jaw and lip. This curious whale is the subject of the newest exhibit, The Narwhal: A Whale of a Tooth, at the National Museum of Dentistry. Opening this weekend, the exhibit features a life-sized (13-foot-long) model of a male narwhal, documentary photos and information on the whale's unusual tooth. The exhibit runs through August, but visitors this weekend get free admission and can take part in various activities geared to the new exhibit, including a narwhal holiday ornament-making workshop.
The opening weekend celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the National Museum of Dentistry, 31 S. Greene St. Call 410-706-0600 or www.dentalmuseum.org.
Many would agree -- one of the sweetest joys of the holidays is the music. It's here, it's there, it's everywhere. And if you're among the many holiday-music fans who can't get enough, you'll want to head to the Hippodrome Theatre Sunday for the Starbucks Holiday Sing.
Performers from church and youth choirs to notable musicians and groups take the stage. Scheduled to appear are the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Beth El Congregation Choir, the Maryland Mass Choir, the New Wave Singers of Baltimore, the Community College of Baltimore County Chamber Ensemble and many others. In addition to enjoying an afternoon of music, visitors to the Holiday Sing can browse a holiday bazaar.
The concert is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free with the donation of a canned good or unwrapped toy. Call 410-727-7787 or visit hippodromefoundation.org.
The Walters Art Museum welcomes the holidays with its annual "Wassail at the Walters" tonight. Visitors can sip wassail (warm cider), munch on cookies, catch a live musical performance by the Friends School of Baltimore Choir, partake in craft activities in the Family Art Center and take guided tours of the museum's exhibits throughout the evening.
"Wassail at the Walters" runs from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000 or visit thewalters.org.
WHAT / / Holiday Fashion Extravaganza
WHEN / / 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE / / Lexington Market, East Market Arcade Stage, 400 W. Lexington St.
WHY / / Because the annual event showcases models in new fashions for the winter, including eveningwear and holiday-themed garb. Fashion guru Travis Winkey produces the show, which features Patrice Harris from Fox 45-TV and Randy Dennis from WSMJ-FM radio as hosts, as well as music by saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr.
CONTACT / / 410-685-6169 or lexingtonmarket.com
Visit more than 20 decorated historic sites in Frederick Saturday at the Museums by Candlelight tour. The self-guided holiday-themed tour of Frederick and Frederick County museums and sites includes the Steiner House, Monocacy National Battlefield, Ostertag Farm and the Children's Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park. Sites will open their doors for hands-on activities, demonstrations and live entertainment.
The tours run noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Frederick County locations and 2 p.m.-7 p.m. at locations in the city of Frederick. For a full program guide with map, visit fredericktourism.org or call 800-999-3613.
WHAT / / International Holiday Open House
WHEN / / noon-4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE / / Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St.
WHY / / Because you'll learn about holidays from around the world. You'll also hear live music, see dance performances and sample foods from around the globe.
CONTACT / / 410-235-2210