LANG LANG AND BSO -- 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, 11 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Pianist Lang Lang joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5. Saturday's program is shorter and part of the Casual Concerts series. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $23-$78. 410-783-8000 or

BRATISLAVA CONSERVATORY CHAMBER CHOIR -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. A choir of young adults from the Republic of Slovakia performs classical works, Slovak songs and carols. Faith Presbyterian Church, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore. Donations accepted. 410-435-4330 or e-mail


"SMALL TREASURES" -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays and by appointment, through Dec. 31. See small works by Washington Society of Landscape Painters members Barbara Nuss, Margaret Kranking, Sara Poly and Mary Kokoski and Washington artists Carol Spils, Jack Hannula and Chad Alan. Andrei Kushnir/Michele Taylor LLC American Painting, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

MOONSTRUCK STUDIOS EXHIBIT -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 19; reception, 4-6 p.m. Sunday. A multimedia exhibit of works by art students of all levels. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia.

SUSAN WATERS-ELLER -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, this Saturday through Dec. 15; reception, 6-8 p.m. next Thursday. "Unofficial Views" is a solo exhibit of social and political collage paintings by a MICA teacher. Pinkard Gallery, Bunting Center, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.

MARYLAND ARTISTS -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through Feb. 28. View works by winners of the Maryland State Arts Council's Individual Artist Awards in the Visual Arts, two-dimensional category. Artists include Gwendolyn Aqui, Karl Connolly, Stephanie Garmey, Donna Hepner, Phyllis Plattner, Nancy Scheinman and Nora Sturges. Maryland State Arts Council offices, 175 W. Ostend St., Baltimore. Free. 410-767-6555, 410-333-4519 (TDD/TTY) or

"ART MD 2002" -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays, tomorrow through Dec. 19; reception, 6-8 p.m. tomorrow. Jay Fisher from the Baltimore Museum of Art curates a juried, biannual multimedia exhibition showcasing Maryland artists. Galleries I and II, Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-2787 or e-mail

HOWARD COUNTY ART GUILD -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Mondays, through Dec. 30; reception, 2-4 p.m. Sunday. An all-member juried show. Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Park Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-730-6257.

CAROL HEPPER -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 15; reception, 5-7 p.m. today. The sculptor showcases her latest work in "Translucency and Light." Decker Gallery, Mount Royal Station building, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.

RON BRUNSVOLD -- 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, through November. The scientist displays his wildlife photographs. National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free. 301-497-5760.

HARRY WOLFSTHAL -- By appointment, through November. Representational oil paintings and sculptures spanning the artist's 50-year career. Fine Arts, Harry Wolfsthal, 303 Chalk Hill Dr., Pikesville. Free. 410-602-9883.

BONITA GLASER -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 29. Relief prints and watercolor paintings by Glaser. The gallery is also seeking new member artists. Artists' Gallery, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

"ART OF THE TORAH" -- 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The Columbia Jewish Congregation and the Columbia Art Center sponsor a juried exhibition of art relating to the Torah. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

ELIZABETH BURGER -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. today. "Running Woman and Predators" is a show of Burger's sculptures in metals, clay, wood and concrete. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4512.

"ROADS TO RAILS" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, through Nov. 24. See how the early railroad affected the local area. Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. $4; students and seniors, $3; children, $2; 2 and younger, free. 410-461-1944.


JMM FALL DOCUMENTARY SERIES -- 7-9 p.m. today, "The Return of Sarah and her Daughters"; 4-6 p.m. Sunday, "Nobody's Business." Today at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore; Sunday at the Lloyd Street Synagogue, 11 Lloyd St., Baltimore. $5; JMM members and students, free. 410-732-6400 or

"GIRL CRAZY" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The Marvelous Movies and More series continues with a 1943 film directed by Norman Taurog, starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, featuring Gershwin songs and Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra. Dessert, coffee and discussion follow. Limited seating. Slayton House Theatre, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $7. 410-730-3987.

"DIE ANOTHER DAY" PREMIERE -- 7 p.m. champagne reception, 8 p.m. screening Wednesday. Proceeds from the East Coast premiere of the latest James Bond movie will benefit the Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases, named for the late producer of the James Bond series. Reservations are required. Senator Theatre, 5904 York Rd., Baltimore. $100. 410-502-8901 or bondpremiere.

For Children

MR. SKIP -- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow. "Let Me Be a Kid," a musical performance of original songs and old favorites. Tickets are limited, call ahead to check availability. Rainbow Theatre, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $4 in advance; $5 at the door. 410-730-3987.

"YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Glenelg High School Drama Department performs at Mount View Middle School, 12101 Woodford Dr., Marriottsville. $8. 301-854-6517.

"ANNIE" -- 1 and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Baltimore Children's Theatre presents a one-hour version of the popular Broadway musical about a lovable orphan. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $8-$10. 410-203-1757 or

Lectures and Literature

POETRY COFFEEHOUSE -- 7 p.m. today. Hiram Larew and other poets read from and talk about their work over music, coffee and desserts. East Columbia 50-Plus Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7680.

BLACK STORYTELLERS -- Today-Saturday. Professional storytellers from across the country continue to perform during the National Association of Black Storytellers' conference. Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, and other branches. Free. For a complete schedule, call 410-396-5494 or visit

DERRICK BELL -- 6:30 p.m. today. The author signs copies of "Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth." Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.

SHERLOCK HOLMES -- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. "A Saturday With Sherlock Holmes: Love and Romance in the Canon." Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.

POETRY READING -- 2 p.m. Sunday. Poets Anne Lane Sheldon and Blair Ewing share their works. Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.

VALERIE WILSON WESLEY -- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The author reads from and signs her new novel, "Always True to You in My Fashion." Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.

PETER KRASS -- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The author discusses his biography, "Carnegie." Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.


"RIGOLETTO" -- 7:30 p.m. today and Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 22, 3 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 24. The Baltimore Opera Company performs Giuseppe Verdi's opera. Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. $37-$132. 410-727-6000 or

"ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL" -- 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, through next weekend. Performance poet, actor and writer Al Letson performs his piece about incarceration and the African American male. Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., Baltimore. $15; students, seniors and artists, $10. 410-752-8558 or 410-637-3529.

"THE SECRET GARDEN" -- Evenings and matinees Tuesday-Dec. 29. The musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel shows how an orphaned girl comforts her uncle and sickly cousin by tending a garden belonging to her dead aunt. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $10-$35. 301-924-3400 or

"FAITH HEALER" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 24, plus 2:30 p.m. matinees Saturday and Nov. 23. Rep Stage presents Brian Friel's drama, which explores the human need for faith healing, the instability of language and history and the self-destructive impulses of the artist in four extended monologues by a spiritual showman, his mistress and their manager as they travel the back roads of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. A post-show discussion with director, cast and dramaturge is offered tomorrow. Theatre Outback, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Fridays, $20; Saturday matinees, $13; Saturday evenings, $22; Sunday matinees, $17; Sunday evenings, $15; students, $10; seniors, $2 discount. 410-772-4900 or

"JEKYLL AND HYDE" -- 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8:15 p.m. show today-Saturday; 12:30 p.m. matinee, 6:30 p.m. dinner and 7:15 p.m. show Sunday. Toby's Dinner Theatre presents the area premiere of the Broadway musical based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. Matinee, $36; Sunday-Thursday evenings, $38; Fridays, $39.50; Saturdays, $41. 410-730-8311.


MAGIC SHOW -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Award-winning entertainers Kevin and Cindy Spencer add original theatrical elements to high-tech illusion. Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. $18. 410-356-7469.

GIFT OF LIFE GALA -- 7 p.m. Saturday. The National Kidney Foundation hosts a gala with live music by Express, silent and live auctions, a Porsche Boxster raffle, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a sit down dinner. Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $195. 410-494-8545.

CRAFT FAIR AND LIVING GIFTS -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Columbia Cooperative Ministry hosts a fair including craft booths, goods from Guatemala, opportunities to buy shares in Animals for Heifer Project International, a petting zoo, a puppet show, clowns, face painting and Santa Claus. Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-7862 or

GIFTS OF JOY -- 3-6 p.m. Sunday. The African American Artist Alliance of Howard County hosts a holiday celebration and gift sale. Howard County Center of African American Culture Museum and Library, lower level, 5434 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-715-1921.

HAUNTINGS OF ELLICOTT MILLS -- 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through November. A walking tour visits spooky sites where ghosts have been spotted. Visitors Center, 8267 Main St., side entrance, Ellicott City. $8; children younger than 12 and seniors older than 65, $6. 410-313-1905.

PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE -- Tomorrow is the application deadline for an audition program Feb. 27 and 28 for performing artists who want to conduct workshops, performances, demonstrations and in-school residencies. Audience members include cultural arts representatives, PTA representatives, and festival and special event coordinators. Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. 410-313-2787, MD relay 711 or e-mail

Plan Ahead

THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION -- 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. next Thursday. Howard County Executive James N. Robey and the Office on Aging host an hour-long program followed by a meal. Reservations required by today. Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville. $6.50. 301-313-7212.

LINDA RONSTADT AND BSO -- 8 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. Nov. 24. Ronstadt performs big-band arrangements of songs from her albums with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $35-$84. 410-783-8000 or

LONG REACH CRAFTS FAIR -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23. The Long Reach High School Band Boosters sponsor a fair featuring local artisans, crafts and baked goods. Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia. Free admission, but donations for the band accepted. 410-313-7117 or e-mail

VENDORS SOUGHT -- Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Craft and gift vendors are sought for the Savage Community Annual Show and Fundraiser. Carroll Baldwin Hall, 9035 Baltimore St., Savage. 301-725-4959 or e-mail

-- Compiled by Carrie Donovan

Howard Extra entertainment calendar lists events as space permits. Mail announcements and photos -- noting date, time, address, cost and phone number -- to Carrie Donovan, Howard Extra, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. You may also e-mail announcements to or fax them to 202-334-5417. Deadline is 14 days before publication.