The lowdown -- The viola may be the Rodney Dangerfield of instruments - there are zillions of viola jokes floating around, showing no respect whatsoever - but it's really a beautiful and soulful music-making object, especially in the hands of a sensitive musician such as Peter Minkler. Minkler, acting assistant principal violist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will play works by Bach, Stravinsky and others featured on his recently released CD, Viola Seul: Works for unaccompanied viola (Centaur Records). With pianist Lura Johnson, Minkler will also perform the Sonata for Viola and Piano by George Rochberg.
If you go -- The recital is at 3 p.m. Sunday at An die Musik 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $10 and $15. Call 410-385-2638 or go to andiemusiklive.com.
The lowdown -- The Baltimore Museum of Art's First Thursday film series continues tonight with a free showing of John Frankenheimer's Seconds (1966), starring John Randolph as a successful, middle-class banker who, with the help of a mysterious "corporation," is reconfigured into a high-living, carefree bachelor (Rock Hudson).
If you go -- The movie starts at 8 p.m. in the Meyerhoff Auditorium on the second floor of the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive. Call 443-573-1700 or go to artbma.org/calendar/films.html.