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Thursday, April 14, 2005; Page HO08

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 sings at the Grammy Awards in February. The band opens Merriweather Post Pavilion's concert season Saturday. (Gary Hershorn -- Reuters)

Maroon 5 at Merriweather

The Grammy-winning rock group, which is known for hits such as "Harder to Breathe," "This Love" and "Sunday Morning," opens Merriweather Post Pavilion's concert season. The Thrills, a quintet from Dublin, will perform, too. 6 p.m. Saturday. 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $25-$40. 410-715-5550 or www.merriweathermusic.com.

Howard County Arts Gala

The annual celebration of local artists includes a contest in which 10 finalists, ages 18-35, will compete for a $5,000 award to be given at the event. The 2005 Howie Awards will be presented to Kasi Campbell, a director with Rep Stage, a professional theater company affliated with Howard Community College; educator Pam Lennon; and Kenneth C. Lunden, an arts supporter. The awards are presented annually to an outstanding artist, arts educator and community supporter of the arts in recognition of his or her commitment to cultural life in the county. The Hua Sha Chinese Dance Center, the Columbia Orchestra and the Columbia Jazz Band will perform, and a silent auction including artwork, pottery and jewelry by more than 60 Howard County artists will be held. Honorary chairmen for the event are Denise Koch, an anchorwoman for WJZ-TV Channel 13, and Jack Phippen, a director and theater professor who works with Rep Stage. Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. $50-$75. 410-313-2787.

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