IRISH EVENING

The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society hosts an evening of Irish music and poetry with poet Ciaran Carson. Describing himself as "the circus act of Irish letters," Carson entertains with the tin whistle and words. He will be introduced by Noel Fahey, the new Irish ambassador. 8 p.m. tomorrow. James Rouse Theater, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. $26. For tickets, call 410-730-1803. For information, call 410-730-7524 or go to www.HoCoPoLitSo.org.

SONGS WASHINGTON MIGHT HAVE SUNG

David and Ginger Hildebrand offer a glimpse into our cultural past in their children's program, "Music for the First President," part of the Candlelight Concerts Performing Arts Series for Children. Dressed in period costumes, the duo performs songs in honor of George Washington, plus songs and dances he enjoyed and theater and military pieces from the French and Indian War through the end of the century. Also, the pair performs on original and authentic reproduction instruments. 2:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $8. 410-480-9950.

TOPS IN TAP

Oseh Shalom presents a tap dance extravaganza with performances by Tappers With Attitude, Step Aside Tap Company and Baakari Wilder, from Broadway's "Bring in da Funk, Bring in da Noise." After the performance, meet the dancers at a dessert reception. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Smith Theater, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. In advance, $20; students, $12.50. At the door, add $5. 301-498-5151, Ext. 32.

David and Ginger Hildebrand dress in period costumes and perform on original and authentic reproduction instruments for their show for children Sunday, "Music for the First President."