MURDER, HE WROTE

In Bernard Slade's thriller, "An Act of the Imagination," a successful mystery writer creates a manuscript about adultery to reinvigorate his career. But when a woman fitting his heroine's description arrives to blackmail the author and then disappears, the writer becomes a murder suspect. Columbia Players presents the play, with proceeds going to Hospice of Howard County. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through March 15, and 3 p.m. March 9. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $12; seniors and students, $10. 410-637-5289 or www.columbiacommunityplayers.org.

PARIS IN COLUMBIA

A trio of soloists forms the Paris Piano Trio, known in Europe as Les Musiciens. Violinist Regis Pasquier, cellist Roland Pidoux and pianist Jean-Claude Pennetier attended the National Conservatory of Music in Paris together and first toured jointly when Pasquier was only 13. At the next Candlelight Concert, the trio performs Haydn's Trio in C Major, Chausson's Trio in G Minor and Franz Schubert's Piano Trio in E-flat Major. 8 p.m. Saturday. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $38; seniors, $24; students, $9. 410-480-9950, 301-596-6203 or www.candlelightconcerts.org.

SAILING UNCHARTED WATERS

Alzaruba, a Baltimore-based sculptor and performance artist, is known for his performance art at the Visionary Art Museum and nautical sculptures such as "Hunting Light," a 72-foot-long ship built around a living tree at Quiet Waters Park near Annapolis. His latest exhibit, "The Unknown Sea," brings the nautical theme indoors on a smaller scale. These pieces inspired by wooden ships are metaphors for the human body as a vessel. The exhibit runs 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Monday through March 28. The artist performs at a reception, 6-8 p.m. March 7. Artists' Gallery, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

Cellist Roland Pidoux, violinist Regis Pasquier and pianist Jean-Claude Pennetier of the Paris Piano Trio will play at Howard Community College.