KOTO RECITAL -- 10:30-11:30 a.m. today. Members of the Washington Toho Koto Society present "Melodies of Japan" while dressed in kimonos. Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free. 301-313-7213.

JAZZ IN THE SHADOWS -- 6:30-9 p.m. today. Saxophonist Antonio "Hot Potato" Parker and his quartet perform. Silver Shadows Nightclub, 5550 Sterrett Pl., Columbia. $10. 410-730-7106 or

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Yuri Temirkanov conducts Prokofiev; 8 p.m. next Thursday and Feb. 14 and 3 p.m. Feb. 16, the orchestra plays Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and violinist Vadim Prepin solos on Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $26-$78. 410-783-8000 or

CONCERT ARTISTS OF BALTIMORE -- 8 p.m. Saturday. The program includes Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and Motet No. 3 "Jesu Meine Freude." Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. $20-$25; seniors, $18-$23; students with ID, $8; children 8-18, $5. 410-625-3525.

ARMY FIELD BAND CHAMBER CONCERT -- 7 p.m. Sunday. Selections include works by Jindrich Feld, Camille Saint-Saens, Kathrine Hoover, Aaron Copland, Mike Mower and Bela Kovacs. Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-4744 or

BARRY SAMES QUINTET -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Sacred music gets a Latin jazz improvisational treatment. First Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Rd., Ellicott City. $15; 16 and younger, $5. 410-465-2977.

MICHAEL BRITT -- 3 p.m. Sunday. The Free State Theater Organ Society presents Michael Britt accompanying a silent movie on the console of the restored Morton/Wick theatre organ. Rice Auditorium, Spring Grove Hospital Center, Wade Avenue, Catonsville. Free. 410-592-9322.


LINE DANCING -- 8-11 p.m. tomorrow. Mo and Barbara Dutterer lead country line dances. Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. $6. 410-730-4744 or e-mail

DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE -- 4-6 p.m. the second Sunday of every month. Beginners are welcome to join in simple, meditative multicultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, music and movements from many traditions. Westchester Center, 2414 Westchester Ave., Oella. Freewill donation. 410-489-7981 or e-mail

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


"THE CIVIL WAR: ROLE OF THE B&O RAILROAD" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, starting Saturday through May 26. The exhibit's opening weekend features drills and firing demonstrations. Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. $4; students and seniors, $3; children 2-12, $2; younger than 2, free. 410-461-1944 or

KAMINKER AND LENINGRAD ARTISTS -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 16, sculptures by Dmitry Kaminker beginning tomorrow in the Pinkard Gallery; and through March 16, "From Gulag to Glasnost: Leningrad Artists From the Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum" in the Meyerhoff Gallery. Receptions, 5-8 p.m. Feb. 14. Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300 or

BEN CRICCHI -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through March. Photographs of St. Petersburg by a City Paper photographer. Creative Alliance, 413 S. Conkling St., Baltimore. Free. 410-276-1651.

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; "Grand Legacy: Five Centuries of European Art," tours 2 p.m. Sunday and today; "Art of the Ballets Russes," Wednesday through May 4; "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 or

ANN FESSLER -- Exhibit hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through March 16; reception, 5-8 p.m. today. Talks: 2 p.m. Saturday, Rickie Solinger lectures about single pregnancy and adoption issues in the United States; 4 p.m. Saturday, conversations with Fessler, Solinger and the mothers who shared their stories for "Everlasting"; 2 p.m. Feb. 15, Fessler lectures; 2 p.m. Feb. 22, James Montford gives a gallery talk. Two separate installations make up "Everlasting": an audio composition created from interviews with seven women who gave up their children for adoption, and a rural Midwest setting for the artist's journey to her biological mother's hometown. Decker Gallery, Mount Royal Station building, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300 or

COLUMBIA ART CENTER -- 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The Maryland Art League Juried Exhibition is shown in the Main Gallery; the Claire Sherwood Sculpture Exhibition in the Window Gallery. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. 410-730-0075.

"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. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 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.

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.


AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM PIONEERS SERIES -- 2 p.m. Sunday. Watch two Spike Lee films, "Making Do the Right Thing" and "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads." Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.

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

CAMP EXPO -- 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday. More than 50 camps will be represented. No strollers allowed. Kahler Hall, Harper's Choice Village Center, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0770.

Lectures and Literature

EMILY JACIR -- 7 p.m. today. The visual artist gives a lecture on how she uses art to explore the Palestinian experience. Mount Royal Station Auditorium, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.

MARYLAND POETRY REVIEW -- 7 p.m. tomorrow. Contributors to the Maryland State Poetry & Literacy Society's publication participate in the Spectrum of Poetic Fire reading series. Mount Royal Station Auditorium, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.

HARRIET COLE -- 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. The author discusses and signs her new book, "Choosing Truth: Living an Authentic Life." Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.

ARTHUR C. JONES -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The author of "Wade in the Water: The Wisdom of Spirituals" offers the hidden meaning in traditional spirituals and signs copies of his book. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $5. 410-576-8877 or

WASHINGTON ROMANCE AUTHORS -- 1-3 p.m. tomorrow. Columbia author Catharine Asaro signs books along with other Maryland romance writers at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Towson Circle, 1 E. Joppa Rd., Towson. Free. 410-486-6178.

DANIEL CARROLL TOOMEY -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The local author and historian signs copies of his books, which include "The Civil War in Maryland," "Baltimore During the Civil War" and "The Maryland Line Confederate Soldiers Home." Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. Free. 410-461-1944 or

BERNICE MCFADDEN -- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The author reads and signs her new novel, "Loving Donovan." Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-396-5494.

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


"ROSE" -- 7:30 p.m. Sundays-Tuesdays and 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sunday through Feb. 25. Vivienne Shub performs staged readings of Martin Sherman's one-woman play about a Jewish woman's travels. Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St., Baltimore. $15; subscribers, $13. 410-752-2208.

"THE ITALIAN LESSON" -- 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays (no matinee this Saturday) and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 16. Rep Stage presents two versions of Ruth Draper's monologue in which a socialite deals with her children, her nails, her lover and her gossipy friends while simultaneously taking an Italian lesson. The production begins with "Symphonic Dances From West Side Story" arranged by John Musto and performed by faculty pianists Kristina Suter, Lisa Rehwoldt, Wei-der Huang and Hsien-Ann Meng. Valerie Lash gives the monologue as originally performed, then Deborah Kent sings the one-act opera version written by Lee Hoiby, backed by a chamber orchestra. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $20. 410-772-4452.

"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.


VICTORIAN TEA AND FASHIONS -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Almira's Polite Society hosts a tea and formal presentation of American fashions from the 1840s, '50s and '60s. Reservations are required. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. $25. 410-465-8500.

GAY POLICE -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Find out how the D.C. police Gay and Lesbian Unit serves the community. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-290-8292 or e-mail

Plan Ahead

MARGARET CHO -- 8 p.m. Feb. 14. The comedian performs at the Andrew White Student Center, Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore. $15. 410-481-7328.

WEDDING ON ICE -- Noon Feb. 14. Couples marry or renew their vows on ice. Be sure to bring your ice skates. Registration is required. Inner Harbor Ice Rink, Rash Field, 201 Key Hwy., Baltimore. Free, but couples must pay for their marriage license ($35). 410-825-1065, 410-385-0675 or

"FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE" -- 8 p.m. Feb. 15 and 2 p.m. Feb. 16. Opera Vivente presents "From Russia With Love: Stravinsky's Mavra and Other Russian Excerpts" at Leon Bakst Theatre, Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Each performance, $40; Feb. 15 reception plus performance, $125. 410-547-7997 or

EVENING IN THE STACKS -- 8 p.m.-midnight Feb. 22. Howard County Library throws a Mardi Gras-themed party with Maryland authors and poets, a silent auction, strolling entertainers, music by the Last Chance Jazz Band and Louisiana-style cuisine. East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. $60. 410-313-7750.

-- 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.