BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- 8 p.m. today and tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday, the orchestra plays Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and violinist Vadim Prepin solos on Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto; 8 p.m. next Thursday and Feb. 21, pianist Dmitri Alexeev joins the orchestra for Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini." Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $26-$78. 410-783-8000 or www.baltimoresymphony.org.
FACULTY PIANO RECITAL -- 8-10 p.m. Saturday. Smith Theater, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4914, 410-772-4510 or http://groups.yahoo.com/
SONGS AND STORIES -- 3 p.m. Sunday. The Visions of Hope Gospel Choir performs gospel songs and elders from the African American community will share stories about growing up in Ellicott City. New Zion Center of Hope United Methodist Church, 8565 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-3366.
VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE -- Noon-2 p.m. today. Long Reach High School Atrium, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia. Free. Lunch available for a donation. 410-313-7213.
TANGO VALENTINO -- 8 p.m. lesson, 9 p.m. dance tomorrow. Dance to the eight-piece orchestra tipica Champagne Tango. Reservations are recommended. Empanadas and Argentine wine will be available. Creative Alliance, 413 S. Conkling St., Baltimore. $10; members, $8. 410-276-1651, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.creativealliance.org.
SOMEBODY SCREAM DANCE SERIES -- 8 p.m. lesson, 9 p.m.-midnight dance tomorrow. Andre Thierry plays zydeco. Barn Theater, Catonsville Community College, 800 S. Rolling Rd., Baltimore. $10; Baltimore Folk Music Society members, $8. E-mail TriciaR1@aol.com or visit www.cajunzydeco.net.
BIG-BAND DANCE PARTY -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Featuring the Jivin' Lindy Hoppers with music by the Uptown Swing Band. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $22-$44. 410-783-8000 or www.baltimoresymphony.org.
KINETICS DANCE THEATER -- 11 a.m. Tuesday. "Anansi the Spider Is Lost" combines several tales of Anansi the Spider, a folk hero to the Ashanti people of Ghana. Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free. 301-313-7213.
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 www.bfms.org.
FAIRHAVEN RETIREMENT COMMUNITY -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, through March 1. Works by Maryland Art League members R. Teresa LaRocque, Elenore Dowdell and Mary A. Ingram are shown along with works by Judy Bradley, Pauline Hood, Lisa Pickett and Oda Von Berg. Fairhaven Retirement Community, 7200 Third Ave., Sykesville. Free. 410-465-8260.
CHERYL STRATMAN BUBIER -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, starting Saturday through March 14; reception, 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Paintings by Bubier, a Pratt graduate. HCC Art Gallery, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4512.
COPELAND AND MARSCHING -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, starting Tuesday through March 20; reception, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. "Utopian World State: Fact or Fiction" includes new media and video installations by Colette Copeland and Jane D. Marsching. Loyola College Art Gallery, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Free. 410-617-2799.
DI TULLO AND GILBERT -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through March 8; reception, 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Watercolors by Nancy Di Tullo and photography by Dennis Gilbert. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.
"THE CIVIL WAR: ROLE OF THE B&O RAILROAD" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through May 26. 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 www.ecbo.org.
KAMINKER AND LENINGRAD ARTISTS -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, sculptures by Dmitry Kaminker through Sunday 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. Reception, 5-8 p.m. tomorrow. Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300 or www.mica.edu.
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 Sunday; "Grand Legacy: Five Centuries of European Art,"; "Art of the Ballets Russes," 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 www.artbma.org.
ANN FESSLER -- Exhibit hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through March 16. Talks: 2 p.m. Saturday, Ann 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 www.mica.edu/everlasting.
"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.
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 www.msac.org.
"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.
"SECRETS AND LIES" -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Mike Leigh's film, in which a black woman finds her white biological mother, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Elizabeth Samuels, University of Baltimore law professor, leads discussion after the screening. Moot Courtroom, Law Center, University of Baltimore, 1420 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.
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 www.mdsci.org.
Lectures and Literature
RICHARD KALTER -- 7 p.m. today. Philosopher-in-residence Kalter is honored on his 25th year at MICA. Mount Royal Station, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.
PRINTMAKER JAMES BROWN -- 7 p.m. Monday. The founder of Carpe Diem Press discusses his experiences in classical printmaking and his collaboration with other artists in creating fine art books. Mount Royal Station, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.
ALEX GALLOWAY -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Galloway, a professor of digital media at New York University, presents "How to Hack Multiplayer Games." Mount Royal Station, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.
CORETTA SCOTT KING -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The widow of Martin Luther King Jr. talks about her husband's work as part of the Baltimore Sun's Smart Talk Women's Lecture Series. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $34-$59. 410-783-8000 or www.baltimoresymphony.org.
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 www.promotionandarts.com.
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 email@example.com.
"FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE" -- 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 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; Saturday reception plus performance, $125. 410-547-7997 or www.operavivente.org.
"ROSE" -- 7:30 p.m. Sundays-Tuesdays and 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 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. tomorrow, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 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. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Everyman Theatre presents Moss Hart's comedy about a Broadway show. Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. Baltimore. $15-$25. 410-752-2208 or www.everymantheatre.org.
"THE FOREIGNER" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. 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 www.spotlighters.org.
"ANNIE GET YOUR GUN" -- Evenings and matinees, ends Sunday. Enjoy a meal and a musical about a sharpshooter. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $22.50-$41. 410-730-8311.
WEDDING ON ICE -- Noon tomorrow. Couples marry or renew their vows on ice. 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 www.promotionandarts.com.
FARPOINT SCIENCE FICTION MEDIA CONVENTION -- Tomorrow-Sunday. Farpoint Enterprises holds its 10th annual convention featuring celebrity guest speakers; more than 50 dealers; a writers workshop with Shimerman and his co-author, David R. George; an art show and auction; a masquerade competition; musical and comedic performances; discussions and workshops; karaoke; and a Friday night banquet with a live radio show. Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Rd., Hunt Valley. $5-$55. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-785-7000 (during the event).
MARYLAND RECREATIONAL VEHICLE SHOW -- 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 23. See NASCAR cars and 2003 recreational vehicles. Maryland State Fairgrounds, York Road, Timonium. $8; children, free. 410-561-7323 or www.mdrv.com.
GEORGE WASHINGTON PROGRAM -- 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Tour the George Washington Gallery, which holds an original set of Washington's dentures. Special programming includes Dean Malissa's performance "Coming of Age Along the Potomac," dressing in tri-cornered hats, scavenger hunts, a Colonial play station, 18th-century period music, cherry pie and cherry soda. Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, 31 S. Greene St., Baltimore. $3; children younger than 6, free. 410-706-0600 or www.dentalmuseum.org.
RONALD PEARL -- 8 p.m. Feb. 22. A solo classical guitar performance presented by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $25; members, seniors and students, $20. 410-247-5320 or www.bcgs.org.
-- Compiled by Carrie Donovan
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