BSO Music Director Marin Alsop (above) is ready to conduct some new recruits. So far more than 150 brave amateur singers have signed up to tackle both the traditional version of Handel's "Messiah" and Alsop's jazzier "Too Hot" version. And you can still join in; registration ends Monday. Starts 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Meyerhoff.
'The Princess and the Frog':
Put down those 3-D glasses and keep the Dramamine at home. Unlike this fall's other kiddie fare, Disney is taking a subtler approach with its first hand-drawn animated movie since 2004. Led by an African-American cast, "Princess" marks a return to form for the studio that brought us crowd-pleasing fairy tales like "The Little Mermaid." In theaters Friday.
After assaulting his pop-star girlfriend, Rihanna, this dance phenom has seen his star plummet. So the fact that he has any fans left is cause for a "Fan Appreciation Tour." Some might see this show out of curiosity; but judging by earlier stops on the tour, others are apparently willing to forgive and forget. Doors open 7 p.m. Friday at Sonar.
and the Half-Blood Prince':
The young wizards are in love. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe, above) navigates his sixth year at Hogwarts where crushes and snogging are just as pressing as spells and potions. Thankfully, all the mushy stuff is balanced out by darker matters, as Harry and Professor Dumbledore work to uncover Lord Voldemort's evil origins. In stores Tuesday.
Unsilent Night :
Get the Christmas caroling experience without singing a note. The musicians of Mobtown Modern say let your boombox do the work. This annual offbeat parade features scores of hand-held stereos all blaring the same song. Starts 7 p.m. Saturday in front of Penn Station.
Holiday art marts:
Unique gifts aren't in short supply thanks to the city's crafty hipsters. Check out two of the largest gatherings of handcrafted gems this week. The Merry Mart starts 11 a.m. today at the Creative Alliance; Squidfire's mart starts 11 a.m. Saturday at the Du Burns Arena in Canton.
Web: creativealliance.org and squidfire.com
'Warren Seelig: Textile per se' :
This retrospective features a range of pieces including handwoven wall-mounted works, skeletal sculptures and examples of Seelig's latest projects (below), which play with shadow and light. On display through March 14 at Maryland Institute College of Art's Meyerhoff and Decker galleries.
It seems these guys have traded teen angst for tween angst. Once tied to the soap "The O.C.," the band is opening for the Jonas Brothers and doing a theme song for a cartoon. But even when they are singing about Iron Man, they still know how to deliver an infectious pop song. Doors open 7 p.m. Saturday at Sonar.
If all the holiday cheer is getting a little too sugary for your taste, humorist David Sedaris' tart take on life as an elf at Macy's should cut the sweetness nicely. Robert Dorfman stars as Crumpet, who must endure not only temper tantrums but also soused Santas. Opens Wednesday at CenterStage.
Mayor's Christmas Parade:
After her guilty verdict, Sheila Dixon might be on Santa's naughty list, but the parade must go on. So come to see our legally challenged mayor and stay for the spectacle of lights and plastic that is the "Miracle of 34th Street." Starts at 2 p.m. today in Hampden.