HARMONY OF THE SOL -- 7 p.m. today. Two female vocalists portray legendary jazz singers such as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday and give historical monologues. Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-7860.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- 8 p.m. today and tomorrow and 11 a.m. Saturday. Pianist Dmitri Alexeev joins the orchestra for Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini." The orchestra also performs selections from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet." The Saturday concert is a Casual Concert with a shortened program. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $20-$78. 410-783-8000 or

THE NEW CENTURY SINGERS -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. The program "Music of Canada" includes folk songs from Ontario, songs of the Newfoundland Outports and songs by Joni Mitchell and Healey Willan. Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Mount Hebron Drive, Ellicott City.

ONE WORLD COFFEEHOUSE -- 7-10 p.m. Saturday. The trio of Karen Johnson, Kathy Smith and Doug Miller salutes Motown, while Vickie Beck and pianist Michael Adcock cover pop, rock, folk, country and jazz in a concert sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. $12; seniors, $10; students, $5; people younger than 16, free. 410-730-3383.

"RECALLING HARRY JAMES AND HIS MUSICMAKERS" -- 8 p.m. Saturday. A big-band featuring drummer Dave Tucker, trumpeter Ronnie Vieira and vocalist Sue Matthews performs the songs of Harry James. Narrated by John Tegler. Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. $19. 410-356-7469 or

MARYLAND ALL-STATE CONCERTS -- 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Maryland Junior All-State Band; 1 p.m. Sunday, Senior Orchestra; 2 p.m. Sunday, Women's Choir; 3 p.m. Sunday, Senior Band; 4 p.m. Sunday, Senior Mixed Chorus. Baltimore Convention Center, fourth-floor ballroom, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. $5. 410-313-6927.

CONCERT ARTISTS OF BALTIMORE -- 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Oboist Vladimir Lande, violinist Peter Sirotin and vocal soloists showcase Russian virtuoso chamber selections in "Salute to St. Petersburg." Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 11 W. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore. $23; seniors, $18; brunch at 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m., $24. 410-625-3525 or

BALTIMORE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY -- 5:30-7 p.m. Sunday. Music director Tom Hall offers commentary and introduces each movement of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil," sung in its original language, Church Slavonic. Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore. $16-$27. 410-523-7070 or

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK -- 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. The female a cappella ensemble celebrates its 25th year with an inspirational evening of gospel, blues and jazz. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $22-$44. 410-783-8000 or


TRINITY IRISH DANCE COMPANY -- 7:30 p.m. Sunday. An Irish American company performs progressive Irish dance. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $22-$44. 410-783-8000 or

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


"BOUQUET -- THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE" -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through March 2. Gallery artists exhibit floral still lifes. Andrei Kushnir/Michele Taylor LLC American Painting, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

BANEY AND LOWELL -- 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through March 30; reception, 6-8 p.m. next Thursday. Sculptures by Ralph Baney are on view in the Main Gallery; prints by Shelly Lowell in the Window Gallery. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

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, through March 14. 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, through March 20. "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. 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

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. 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 the 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; "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

ANN FESSLER -- Exhibit hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through March 16. Talk: 2 p.m. Saturday, 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

"AU NATURELLE" -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today and tomorrow. 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

"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.


JEWISH FILM SERIES -- 8 p.m. Saturday. The Columbia Jewish Congregation continues its series with "Yana's Friends," a 1999 Israeli film in Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles. Refreshments and after-film discussion included. Oakland Mills Village Center, Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. $8. 410-381-4809.

"TO EACH HIS OWN" -- 7 p.m. Monday. Mitchell Leissen's 1946 film focuses on a woman who gives up a child conceived with a soldier who was killed in battle, only to meet her grown son as a military officer. Mount Royal Station Auditorium, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.

"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

For Children

SEA MYTHS AND LEGENDS -- 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Griot Janice Curtis Greene tells original African folktales and legends of the sea. First come, first served. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $5. 410-576-8877 or

RAINBOW THEATRE -- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow. Kathleen Jacobs and Puppets give a large-scale puppet performance, including a 17-foot dragon. Slayton House Theatre, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. In advance, $4; at the door, $5. 410-730-3987.

Lectures and Literature

LITERARY MARDI GRAS -- 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Howard County Library's sixth annual Evening in the Stacks will be a Mardi Gras-themed affair featuring readings and discussions by Maryland authors. Poets Hiram Larew, Gayle Danley and Twain Dooley will read their works in the Poetry Room. A nonfiction panel will feature Eugene L. Meyer, Gus Russo and Michelle Green; a fiction panel will consist of Jonathan Scott Fuqua, Margaret Meacham and Alicia Singleton. There will also be a silent auction, strolling entertainers, music by the Last Chance Jazz Band and Louisiana-style cuisine from the Elkridge Furnace Inn. East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. $60. 401-313-7750.

PHILIP DRAY -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The author of "At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America" speaks about and signs copies of his book, which won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2002 by The Washington Post. College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Knott Auditorium, 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Free. 410-532-5738.

ASSOCIATED WRITING PROGRAMS CONFERENCE AND BOOK FAIR -- Wednesday-March 1. More than 100 scheduled events and 200 book fair exhibits include presentations by authors such as E.L. Doctorow, Alice McDermott, Lucille Clifton, Gerald Stern, Clayton Eshleman, Stephen Dunn, Rita Dove, Henry Taylor, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Bei Dao. Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $45-$195. 703-993-4301, or

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


"SCHOOL SHOOTER" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 15. A new play by Rosemary Frisino Toohey is a cautionary story loosely based on true events. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $12; students, seniors and BTA members, $10. 410-752-1225 or

"LOYAL OPPOSITION" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. A comedy cabaret of Washingtonian sketch and improv comics lampoons politicians. Creative Alliance, 413 S. Conkling St., Baltimore. $10; members, $8. 410-276-1651.

"LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK" -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, starting Saturday through March 2. The Baltimore Opera Company presents Dmitri Shostakovich's opera. Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. $37-$132. 410-727-6000.

"ROSE" -- 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday. 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.


HUNT VALLEY ANTIQUES SHOW -- 11 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; gala preview party, 6-9:30 p.m. today; 10-11:30 a.m. tomorrow, lecture by Sheila Chefetz on dining room antiques; 9:45-11 a.m. Saturday, dealers give talks on construction and authenticity of furniture, paintings, appraisals, table settings, clocks, and folk art. Fifty-six dealers from 16 states offer a wide variety of antiques. Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Interstate 83 and Shawan Road, Baltimore. $12. 410-366-1980, Ext. 253; 410-961-5121 or

MARYLAND RECREATIONAL VEHICLE SHOW -- 11 a.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. See NASCAR cars and 2003 recreational vehicles. Maryland State Fairgrounds, York Road, Timonium. $8; children, free. 410-561-7323 or

Plan Ahead

"AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 28-March 15; and 3 p.m. March 9. Columbia Players presents a thriller by Bernard Slade. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. 410-637-5289.

-- 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.