SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK -- 7:30 p.m. today. 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

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The final concert of the Vivat! St. Petersburg Festival features popular Russian compositions by Glinka, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $26-$72. 410-783-8000 or

GEORGE SPICKA -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Pianist Spicka performs jazz and improv compositions, with drums, bass and vocals. Creative Alliance, 413 S. Conkling St., Baltimore. $10; members and students, $7. 410-276-1651.

WILDE LAKE JAZZ AND PERCUSSION -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The high school jazz and percussion bands perform. James Rouse Theater, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. $3; seniors and children younger than 7, free. 410-370-0721.

WHIT WILLIAMS QUARTET -- 6:30-9 p.m. next Thursday. The jazz ensemble performs as part of the Jazz in the Shadows series. Silver Shadows Nightclub, 5550 Sterrett Pl., Columbia. $10. 410-730-0111.

MARVIN HAMLISCH -- 2 p.m. next Thursday; 8 p.m. March 7 and 8; and 3 p.m. March 9. Hamlisch conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and tenor J. Mark McVey for a concert of Broadway tunes. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $28-$80. 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. today-Sunday. 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. today. 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 Saturday. 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. Howard Community College Art Gallery, HCC, 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

LENINGRAD ARTISTS -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 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. "The Brilliance of Bakst: Theater and Textile Designs From Baltimore Collections," through May 4; "Gregor Piatigorsky: Virtuoso as Collector," through June 8; "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," ongoing; "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. 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

MARYLAND ARTISTS -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and tomorrow. 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.


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

ABU THE FLUTEMAKER -- 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Transform recyclable materials into traditional African drums and flutes at a make-and-take workshop. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $5. 410-576-8877 or

SHARKY THE SHARK -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Meet the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" mascot, who will pose for photos. Visitors can also talk to underwater divers via new communications equipment during shark and stingray feedings at the Wings and Water exhibit. Half-price children's coupons are available online. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $17.50; seniors, $14.50; children 3-11, $9.50; and children younger than 3, free. 410-576-3860 or

Lectures and Literature

ASSOCIATED WRITING PROGRAMS CONFERENCE AND BOOK FAIR -- Today-Saturday. 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


"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

"LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK" -- 8:15 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. The Baltimore Opera Company presents Dmitri Shostakovich's opera. Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. $37-$132. 410-727-6000.


EVENING IN THE RAINFOREST GALA -- 7-11 p.m. Saturday. A black tie optional event features dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Music by Jr. Cline and the Recliners. Proceeds benefit the St. John Parish Day School Scholarship Fund. St. John's Parish Day School, 9130 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. $50. 410-465-7644.

MONDO EXOTICA -- 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. The American Visionary Art Museum's premiere fundraising party has an Oz theme, featuring Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, Lil'Brian & the Zydeco Travelers, and all-night dancing, cocktails, food, marching bands, extravagant costumes and more. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. $65-$100. 410-244-1900.

ARTIST EXCHANGE -- Deadline is Saturday for applications to the Spring 2003 Artist Exchange. The Columbia Association Sister Cities Program and the Columbia Art Center are sponsoring an exchange with France for the first week of May. Eight to 10 visual artists will be chosen to travel to Columbia's sister city, Cergy-Pontoise, and host a French artist in November. $800-$1,000. 410-715-3162 or 410-730-0075.

Plan Ahead

VOCOLOT -- 7 p.m. March 9. A women's a cappella ensemble performs original music as part of the Pearlstone Foundation Kallah Concert Series. Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd., Columbia. $18; seniors and students, $9. 410-730-4976, Ext. 21.

-- 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.