If asked to identify the single most important work of keyboard music, in terms of originality, depth and long-lasting influence, many a scholar would point to the Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. Book I of this brilliant collection of preludes and fugues will be performed in its entirety on the harpsichord by Richard Egarr, who recently became music director of England's top-drawer Academy of Ancient Music. This presentation by the Shriver Hall Concert Series will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Admission is free with advance reservations. Call 410-516-7164 or go to shriverconcerts.org.
Harmonious Blacksmith, the dynamic group that performs early music on period instruments, has prepared an intriguing program based on one of the most endearing stories about the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. In his youth, Bach secretly copied a musical manuscript by moonlight when an older brother refused to share it. This concert will include works that Bach made copies of, works by the likes of Vivaldi and Pachelbel. The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Engineers Club (Garrett-Jacobs Mansion), 11 W. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets are $5 and $20. Call 410-385-2638 or go to andiemusiklive. com.
Many a local performance has benefited from the songful playing of Vladimir Lande, principal oboist with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra and Concert Artists of Baltimore. He's also a refined chamber music player, and he has a great outlet for that repertoire in the Poulenc Trio, in which he is joined by two fine colleagues, bassoonist Bryan Young and pianist Irina Lande. The ensemble will perform works by its namesake, Francis Poulenc, as well as Jean Francaix, Astor Piazzolla and others, at 7 p.m. Sunday at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets cost $10 and $25. Call 410-385-2638 or go to andie musiklive.com.
Tomorrow, Creative Alliance will showcases dance films by choreographer Scott Rink. His DanceRink company stars in a series of three films based on works by Kurt Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury and the 1952 radio play Women's Prison. The show is at 8 p.m.; admission is $12 ($10 for members) at the Patterson, 3314 Eastern Ave. Call 410-276-1651 or go to creativealliance.org.
Euphoria by Lee Boot and Stacy Arnold, a playful, multiform film, aims to dislodge the belief that you can find happiness through consumption, and substitute the idea that joy comes from emotional and spiritual growth and creative activity. It returns to the local screen for showings at 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Senator, 5904 York Road. Admission is $10. Call 410-435-8338 or go to senator.com.
'Romeo et Juliette'
The classic expression of the agony and ecstasy of young love comes to the Charles Theatre at 1711 N. Charles St. with Charles Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, this week's entry in a series of digitally recorded operas. Bartlett Sher's production for the Salzburg Festival stars Nino Machaidze as Juliette and Rolando Villazon as Romeo. Showtimes are 6:45 p.m. Sunday and 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at brownpaper tickets.com/event/45200.
If you're still talkin' 'bout your generation, you can't miss The Who at Killburn 1977, presented digitally at the Charles Theatre at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday Admission is $8. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles. com.
'In Mom's Head'
In Mom's Head continues the Charles' series of contemporary French films (co-organized with the French-American Cultural Foundation). There's no synopsis listed for it on the Internet Movie Database, but the keywords it calls up include "boyfriend girlfriend relationship," "slap" and "zoo." It stars Karin Viard and Jane Birkin and screens at 7 tonight and noon Saturday. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com.
After graduating from the University of Miami School of Music, Steve Grove (aka Euge Groove) remained in Miami, playing in bands such as Expose, where he can be heard on the group's No. 1 1987 single "Seasons Change." Since then, he has been an in-demand session musician and has released four well-received albums of his own. See him at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $35. Call 410-268-4545 or go to ramsheadtavern.com.
Oil paintings of Baltimore cityscapes by Patricia Bennett are featured in One Mile North, One Mile South, an exhibit that runs through Nov. 21 at the Antreasian Gallery, 1111 W. 36th St. Call 410-235-4420 or go to antreasian gallery.com.
The Baltimore Museum of Art features 25 drawings and prints from its collection in Taking in the View: English Watercolors and Prints, on display through Dec. 7. The works include depictions of actual topography by Victorian artist Louise Rayner and imaginary visions by amateur artist and country surgeon John White Abbott. Call 443-573-1700 or go to artbma.org.
'A Jew Grows in Brooklyn'
Jake Ehrenreich brings his acclaimed one-actor show about growing up as a son of Holocaust survivors to Owings Mills. The touching, funny play, which includes a quartet of musicians/singers, has packed houses in New York, Philadelphia and West Palm Beach, Fla. The performance runs Wednesday through Nov. 23 at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 3508 Gwynnbrook Ave. Showtimes vary. Tickets cost $45-$50. Call 410-356-7469 or go to gordoncenter.com.
Filthy Rich has shades of guy noir. Hard-drinking private eye Tyrone Power is still trying to find the answers to life's persistent questions, in addition to tracking down a mayoral candidate who has gone missing under mysterious circumstances, in this clever spoof by Canadian playwright George F. Walker. The play runs through Dec. 14 at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. Showtimes vary. Tickets cost $24-$38. Call 410-752-2208 or go to everymantheatre.org.
Halloween is over, but don't stash away those fake fangs just yet. Twilight, the anticipated movie based on the first book in the best-selling series by Stephenie Meyer, lands in theaters Nov. 21, and Borders bookstores are hosting pre-release parties tomorrow. Twilight is the story of a girl named Bella Swan, who discovers mysterious Edward Cullen's deep secret - that he and his family are vampires. The series unfolds much like a modern-day, macabre take on Romeo and Juliet. Borders across Maryland will feature Twilight trivia contests, soundtrack listening parties and book discussions. The Timonium store, at 170 W. Ridgely Road, is planning a costume contest and scene re-enactments by fans, while the Columbia location, at 6151 Columbia Crossing Circle, will raffle off a pair of movie tickets and show a trailer. The events are 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. but may run longer. Go to borders.com for more information and locations.
The 38th annual Waterfowl Festival is considered the event for the "sophisticated sportsman or art lover." Twelve venues in Easton will feature wildlife paintings, sculpture, carvings and photos. There will also be wine tasting, championship calling contests, decoy auctions, concerts and stunt-dog demonstrations. There will be free parking and shuttle service. The event runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday (tickets are $12) and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (tickets are $10). Call 410-822-4567 or go to waterfowlfestival.org.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore will show The Polar Express in its 4-D Immersion Theater. The 20-minute film, the story of a boy on a journey to the North Pole, will enable audiences to feel cold blasts of air and smell hot chocolate. It will run periodically 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 4 at the aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St. The cost is $4 on top of the aquarium admission prices: $21.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids ages 3-11. Call 410-576-3800 or go to aqua.org.