'Nebiur Arellano: Timeless Filigree'
Pre-Colombian art is the inspiration for much of the work in Nebiur Arellano: Timeless Filigree, an exhibit of 37 paintings by the Peruvian-born artist that runs through Saturday at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Also ending on Saturday at Strathmore is an eco-friendly exhibit titled Works by Alice Hui & Jane Brashares, featuring sculpture and pottery by Hui and "organic art" by Brashares. Admission to the galleries is free. Go to strathmore.org.
'The Watercolors of Andrew John Katz'
Learning to Fly: The Watercolors of Andrew John Katz starts the new year at The Galleries at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road in Annapolis. The exhibit opens tomorrow and runs through Feb. 8. A reception with the artist, who is the visual arts coordinator at Key School in Annapolis, will be held from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Go to friendsofquietwaterspark.org.
The Southeast Anchor branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library celebrates the bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) with the help of actor David Keltz. Keltz will welcome Poephiles in character to 3601 Eastern Ave. at 2 p.m. Saturday and, in addition to poetry recital and story reading, will introduce film versions of The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher, as well as Edgar Allan Poe: A Background for His Works. Call 410-396-1580 or go to prattlibrary.org.
'The Times of Harvey Milk'
Sean Penn is amazing as Harvey Milk in the current Gus Van Sant movie about San Francisco's groundbreaking gay politician, but Milk, as a piece of moviemaking, doesn't measure up to Rob Epstein's Oscar-winning 1984 documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk, which screens free at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., as part of the library's FilmTalk series. It really is a "can't-miss" movie. Go to prattlibrary.org.
'Last Chance Harvey'
The Charles Theatre presents Last Chance Harvey as part of its Cinema Sundays series. The film stars Dustin Hoffman as Harvey Shine and Emma Thompson as Kate Walker. He meets her while he is in London for his daughter's wedding and finds it's never too late to fall in love. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. Sunday for coffee and bagels, and the show starts at 10:35 a.m. There will be a discussion afterward. Tickets are $15 at the theater, 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com.
'West Side Story'
This may be the area's musical theater event of the year. This revival is directed by Arthur Laurents, who wrote the original script. It is being billed as a grittier version of the Leonard Bernstein classic, with Spanish woven into the dialogue and songs. And it's going to Broadway next month, where it already has generated lots of buzz. See West Side Story through Jan. 17 at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. in Washington. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $46.50-$151.50. Call 800-447-7400 or go to nationaltheatre.org.
First Day Poetry Bash!
Celebrate a clean slate by writing on a wall. Six hours of spoken words and music (along with an optional brunch for an extra fee) will include readings by such local literary luminaries as Rafael Alvarez, poetry animations, classical guitar, a performance by the Baltimore Improv Group and a "poetry wall" for your contributions. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $5. Call 410-276-1651 or go to creativealliance.org.
The Fleckenstein Gallery is ending its exhibit of 'tis the Season to Go Green, art that incorporates recycled materials. Featured artists include Nancy Scheinman, Jane Wynn, Mary Deacon Opasik, Denise Tassin, Samantha Merrick and Carole Jean Bertsch. The exhibit runs through Saturday. Hours at the gallery, 3316 Keswick Road, are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today and tomorrow and noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Call 410-366-3669 or go to fleckensteingallery.com.
The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore celebrates 120 years of serving Baltimore with its annual holiday show that includes a Victorian sleigh with authentic 19th-century decor. Inside, the conservatory is transformed into a Victorian parlor complete with spoon chairs, garlands, ornaments and lots of poinsettias. The display runs through Sunday at the conservatory, in Druid Hill Park at Gwynns Falls Parkway. It's open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information on the show or buying poinsettias, call 410-396-0008 or go to baltimorecity.gov/recnparks.
The Kids Room
The Maryland Science Center offers more than 50 activities for future scientists and hands-on learners in its Kids Room. The interactive learning center has events in January that include Preschool Storytime, which begins at 2 p.m. each Friday this month. Storytime is also offered on Tuesdays. Other programs during the month include Infant and Toddler Activity, Wiggle Wednesday, Party Like A Penguin and Bundle Up! The Kids Room is free with paid admission of $14 for adults, $10 for kids 3-12 and $13.50 for seniors at the center, 601 Light St. Call 410-685-5225 or go to mdsci.org.
Compiled by Meredith Cohn, Edward Gunts, Mary Carole McCauley and Michael Sragow.
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