'Dido and Aeneas'
The high notes won't be the only things flying during Towson University's production of Dido and Aeneas, the colorful, brilliant baroque opera by Henry Purcell. The plot, based on Virgil's Aeneid, includes an encounter with a sorceress, who will go airborne in this staging. This double-bill presentation also offers a rare production of Vaughan Williams' Riders to the Sea. Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Towson's Stephens Hall Theatre, 7900 block of York Road. Tickets are $6 to $15. Call 410-704-2787 or go to towson.edu/artscalendar.
Music and dance
Pro Musica Rara continues its season with an exploration of 18th-century music and dance. Works by Vivaldi, Boccherini and Purcell will be performed with choreography by Catherine Turocy and Carlos Fittante of the New York Baroque Dance Company. The orchestral ensemble will include cellist Kenneth Slowik, artistic director of the chamber music program at the Smithsonian Institution. The concert is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Towson University's Center for the Arts, Cross Campus and Osler drives. Tickets are $10 and $30. Call 410-728-2820 or go to promusicarara.org.
Opera at the Charles
Opera returns to the Charles Theatre on Sunday with the digitally recorded Teatro La Fenice production of Rossini's marital screwball comedy Il Barbiere di Siviglia, performed by Roberto Frontali (Figaro), Rinat Shaham (Rosina), Francesco Meli (Count Almaviva) and Bruno de Simone (Doctor Bartolo). Showtimes are 6:45 p.m. Sunday and 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com/event/45194.
Blending traditional Jewish themes with the lilting sounds of reggae, the man formerly known as Matthew Miller has cemented an acclaimed career in pop. He is perhaps the only Hasidic Jewish star with two gold albums to his name. See him at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Tickets are $25 in advance and $27.50 the day of show and are available through ramsheadlive.com or by calling 410-244-8854.
Rashod D. Ollison
Five-time Grammy Award and Oscar winner Christopher Cross was the biggest new star of the early '80s, scoring inescapable hits such as "Sailing." He walked off with a record-setting five Grammys in 1981, including best new artist and song of the year for that song, and scored a second No. 1 as well as an Academy Award with "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)," which he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach. See him at 7 p.m. Sunday at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $48.50 and are available at ramsheadtavern.com or by calling 410-268-4545.
Rashod D. Ollison
'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'
This is the first time Edward Albee's masterpiece has been mounted at Center Stage since the theater burned to the ground after the opening-night performance in 1974. This weekend only, take advantage of "fire sale" tickets costing $19.74 by using the promo code "1974" when ordering online. Limit: two per household. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? runs through Nov. 30 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Showtimes vary. $10-$60. Call 410-332-0033 or go to centerstage.org.
Mary Carole McCauley
'Playing From the Heart'
This children's play takes as its subject a real-life girl, Evelyn Glennie, who was determined to play the drums even after she became deaf. For ages 6 and older. See Playing From the Heart at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Saturday through Nov. 30. Showtimes vary. $18.50. Call 301-280-1660 or go to imaginationstage.org.
Mary Carole McCauley
Videographers and an artist
Three videographers and an installation artist are featured in the exhibition Into the Light/Into the Dark. The featured artists are videographers Phil Davis, John Sturgeon and Christian Valiente and installation artist Bonnie Crawford Kotula. The curator is Timothy Nohe. The artists work with light modulated through analog systems via low and lapsed technologies. The impetus for the exhibit is the impending transition of broadcast television from analog to digital transmission in February. An opening celebration is 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, with a concert performance beginning at 8 p.m. The concert performers include Steve Bradley, Andy Hayleck, Devin Hurd and Timothy Nohe. The show opens today and runs through Dec. 13 at the School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St. Go to school33.org.
Steven Scott Gallery
Steven Scott Gallery in Owings Mills is featuring two shows through Dec. 27: Robert Andriulli: Recent Landscapes from Maine, Pennsylvania and Florida and Atmospheric, landscapes and cloud studies by gallery artists Deborah English, Anne Marie Fleming, Patricia Tobacco Forrester, Jane Freilicher, Helen Glazer, Amy Lamb, Annie Leibovitz, Michael H. Lewis, Kathryn O'Grady, Katja Oxman, Hollis Sigler and Frank Trefny. Go to stevenscottgallery.com. This will be the last exhibit at Scott's Owings Mills location, 9169 Reisterstown Road. Next year, the gallery will move to Baltimore, with the exact location to be announced in late December. The move will mark a return to Baltimore for the gallery, which was on North Charles Street for many years.
Historic London Town and Gardens will hold its third annual Camellia Celebration, which will include a tour of London Town's collection of camellias with Tony Dove, horticulturist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and London Town's first horticulturist. There will also be an afternoon tea, with leaves harvested from the Camellia sinensis. The tour is 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday and the tea is at 2:30 p.m. at Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater. Prepaid reservations are required for the tea, which is $30, and space is limited on the tour, which is $10. Call 410-222-1919 or go to historiclondontown.org.
Disney on Ice
Disney presents Worlds of Fantasy, which will offer special effects and showcase characters from The Little Mermaid, Cars, The Lion King and TinkerBell. The show runs through Sunday at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Shows are 7:30 tonight; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow; 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday; and noon and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16-$56. Call 410-347-2020 or go to baltimorearena.com or ticketmaster.com.
The Carroll Arts Center will show "frighteningly low-budget" horror films as part of an independent film festival for the season. The movies, which are all R-rated, include such screamers as Murder Party and Blood Car. The show is at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for center members, seniors and students. Call 410-848-7272 or go to carr.org.