LIBRARY PERFORMANCE -- 7 p.m. today. Acoustic music by David Isom, Chris Fox and John Dick. Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-7860.

HUMMEL TRUMPET CONCERTO -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Andrew Balio solos with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a trumpet concerto. The program also includes Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor and Schubert's Symphony No. 6. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $26-$72. 410-783-8000 or

SOCIAL SECURITY CHORUS -- 11 a.m. Tuesday. The chorus sings patriotic songs, show tunes and oldies. Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. $2. 301-313-7213.

EDDIE FROM OHIO -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. An acoustic guitar and vocal ensemble. Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. $18. 410-356-7469 or

BRANFORD MARSALIS WITH THE BSO -- 6:30 p.m. cocktails with jazz by the Tim Green Quartet; concerts begin 8 p.m. next Thursday and Jan. 25. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and percussionists Christopher Williams and John Locke join the orchestra for a program of jazz-inspired classical works. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $26-$72. 410-783-8000 or


SOMEBODY SCREAM DANCE SERIES -- 8 p.m. lesson, dancing 9 p.m.-midnight tomorrow. Lil' Pookie and the Zydeco Heartbreakers provide the music. Barn Theater, Catonsville Community College, 800 S. Rolling Rd., Baltimore. $10; Baltimore Folk Music Society members, $8. E-mail or go to

BALTIMORE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY -- 8 p.m. Mondays, English country dancing to live music and a caller, St. Mark's on the Hill Parish Hall, 1620 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore; 8 p.m. Wednesdays, American square dancing and contradancing to live music and a caller, Lovely Lane Church, 2200 St. Paul St., Baltimore; 8 p.m. second Saturdays, contradancing to a live band and caller at St. Mark's on the Hill Parish Hall. $8; society members, $6. 410-366-0808 or


"AU NATURELLE" -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 21. Regional artists Laura Amussen, Elizabeth Burger, Edmond Hardy and Marcia Wolfson Ray display sculptures made from natural, found and reclaimed materials. Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-2787.

GERSON AND ZORMAN -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 8. Watercolors by Lieta Gerson and watercolors and acrylics by Estelle Zorman. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.

KUSHNIR AND TAYLOR -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays and by appointment, through Feb. 2. "American Rivers" is a river-themed painting exhibit by the owners of Andrei Kushnir/Michele Taylor LLC -- American Paintings, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

BARBARA L. BUCK -- 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, through Jan. 31. Wildlife art by the Baltimore native. Hollingsworth Gallery, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. Free. 301-497-5760.

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

"HIGH ON LIFE" -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Sept. 1. The American Visionary Art Museum's eighth thematic megaexhibition features 300 works by 100 self-taught artists who have battled addictions. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. $8; seniors, students and children, $6. 410-244-1900.

BMA ART -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends. "Parallel Tracks: The History of Photography in Two Brief Installments" and "Common/Places: Contemporary Photography From Germany and Northern Europe," through May 25; "Tom Miller: Changing Spaces," through Feb. 16; talks about "Grand Legacy: Five Centuries of European Art," 1 p.m. today and next Thursday, and tours of the exhibit 2 p.m. Feb. 2 and 6; "Freestyle," 5-8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $7; full-time college students and people 66 and older, $5; members and people 18 and younger, free. 410-396-7100.


"THE GREEN MAN" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The 1957 British film is a black comedy in which Alastair Sim plays a watchmaker who moonlights as an assassin. Dessert, coffee and discussion follow the screening. Slayton House Theatre, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $7. 410-730-3987.

IMAX "THE LION KING" -- Daily, through March. See the Disney classic on a five-story-high screen. Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore. IMAX only, $12; seniors, $11; children 3-12, $10. Combination tickets including all exhibits, $15.50; seniors, $14.50; children, $10.50. Children younger than 3, free. 410-685-5225 or

For Children

RAINBOW THEATRE -- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow. Beale Street Puppets performs "Snowflakes." Tickets should be purchased in advance. Slayton House Theater, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. In advance, $4; at the door, $5. 410-730-3987.

Lectures and Literature

BLACK HISTORY MONTH BOOKLOVERS' BREAKFAST -- 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due are guest speakers at the annual event sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, with a buffet breakfast. Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore. $30. 410-396-5283.

BLACK FILM LECTURE -- 2 p.m. Sunday. S. Torriano Berry presents a slide-illustrated lecture, "The Influential Impact of Black Films." Wheeler Auditorium, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.

LAURA WEXLER -- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The author discusses and signs her new book, "Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America." Poe Room, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.

STANICE ANDERSON -- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The author discusses and signs "I Say a Prayer for Me: One Woman's Life of Faith and Triumph." Forest Park Branch Library, 3023 Garrison Blvd., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.

MLK CONVOCATION -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Author and journalist Ellis Cose delivers the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation address, followed by a book signing. McGuire Hall, Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Free, but tickets are required. 410-617-5138.

Sports and Recreation

INNER HARBOR ICE RINK -- Open daily through March 9. Public skating, weather permitting, noon-2 p.m. ($2), 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. weekdays; 7-10 p.m. Fridays ($6); noon-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Saturdays; and noon-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sundays. 10 a.m. Saturdays, Tykes on Ice is $4 for children. 5:30 p.m. Sundays, Sunday Great Skates hosts skating exhibitions, followed by drop-in skating lessons ($6 lessons include skate rental). Inner Harbor Ice Rink, Rash Field, 201 Key Hwy., Baltimore. $5, except where noted; skate rental, $3; season pass, $99. 410-385-0675 or

INVASIVE EXOTIC PLANT REMOVAL -- 9:30 a.m.-noon the third Thursdays of the month. Middle Patuxent Environmental Area Conservation Stewardship Project conducts a weed-pulling session, which includes an educational component. For information, directions or to register, call 410-992-9889 or e-mail


"PUNCH ME IN THE STOMACH" -- 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Deb Filler performs her off-Broadway one-woman play based on her experiences during a trip with her father, an Auschwitz survivor. Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. $19. 410-356-7496 or

"LIGHT UP THE SKY" -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 16. Everyman Theatre presents Moss Hart's comedy about a Broadway show. Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. Baltimore. $15-$25. 410-752-2208 or

"THE FOREIGNER" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 15. Larry Shue's comedy revolves around a shy Englishman and some shady locals who think the foreigner doesn't understand them. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $12. 410-752-1225 or

"ANNIE GET YOUR GUN" -- Evenings and matinees, through Feb. 16. Enjoy a meal and a musical about a sharpshooter. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $22.50-$41. 410-730-8311.


OPTIMIST BULL AND OYSTER ROAST -- 1-5 p.m. Saturday. An all-you-can-eat menu, 50/50 raffle and door prizes to benefit youth-oriented projects of the Optimists Club. Patapsco Arena, 3301 Annapolis Rd., Baltimore. $27. 410-828-0289.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION -- 4 p.m. Sunday. Auditorium, Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia. Free. 410-31-36430.

AVAM MLK TRIBUTE DAY -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday. All day, films are shown to honor Martin Luther King Jr.; noon-1 p.m., cake lighting, live gospel music and jazz; 1-2 p.m., Abu the Flutemaker performs homemade and recycled instruments; 3 p.m., poets have three minutes to perform an original piece before a panel of judges, prizes awarded (open to the first 25 to register starting at 10 a.m.). American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. $8; students and seniors, $6; teachers and children younger than 4, free. 410-244-1900.

Plan Ahead

CJC FILM SERIES -- 8 p.m. Jan. 25. The Columbia Jewish Congregation's film series begins with "Promises," a 2000 Israeli-Arabic movie with English subtitles. The Meeting House, Room 200, Oakland Mills Village Center, Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. $8. 410-381-4809.

LILY TOMLIN -- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. The Baltimore Sun's Smart Talk Women's Lecture Series begins with the Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning comic actress. Other speakers in the series include Coretta Scott King, Ann Richards, Marlee Matlin and Janet Reno. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Subscriptions, $149-$279; single tickets, $34-$59. 410-783-8000 or

-- 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.