Three comedies exploring human relationships and contemporary situations will be featured in the Baltimore Women Playwrights Showcase. The performances, which will offer frantic romping, silliness and weird circumstances, are based on one full-length and two shorter plays called "Out of His Mind" by Marilyn Otis, "Modern Games" by PS Lorio and "Boy Meets Girl . . . Meets Boy . . . Meets Girl . . . Ad Infinitum" by Rosemary Frisino Toohey. The shows include an ensemble cast starring Debbie Bennett, Jed Duvall and Melainie Williams. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 5. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $12; discounts for students, seniors and Baltimore Theatre Alliance members. 410-752-1225 or


The sixth annual Chocolate Ball, benefiting the Arc of Howard County, is black-tie optional and will include a catered dinner and chocolate desserts created by area chefs and caterers. There will be dancing with music by Opus1 and an auction featuring jewelry, tickets to sporting events and shows, gift certificates to restaurants and more. Proceeds benefit the Arc's vocational residential support services, respite care, educational advocacy and other programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities. 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd., Laurel. $100. 410-730-0638, Ext. 227.


Through a partnership with Howard County public schools and to promote student art as part of Youth Art Month, Howard County Center for the Arts is featuring "Student Artists' Responses to Correspondence and Travel" in Gallery I. The juried exhibit features work in two and three dimensions by kindergarten through 12th-grade students who used art to connect travel and correspondence. The center is also featuring "Paintings by Molly Springfield and Janet Maher: Correspondence Projects" in Gallery II. Springfield's work explores connections among memory, identity and the activities of collecting and cataloguing, such as postcards and letters, through highly detailed realist painting techniques. Maher's work includes "Conversation," which occurred during a series of illnesses and deaths among family and friends. She then invited 47 artists from across the United States to contribute. The result is linked by a common format and installation. Free. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, through April 26. Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. 410-313-2787.


"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," the 1919 classic horror film about a hypnotized sleepwalker who commits murder in a small town, will be shown with a new score composed and performed live by Devil Music Ensemble. The band includes Brendon Wood on guitar, synthesizer and accordion; Jonah Rapino on electric violin and synthesizer; and Tim Nylander on drums. A homemade vegan lasagna dinner will be served. Dinner reservations suggested. 6 p.m. Sunday. Creative Alliance MovieMakers, 413 S. Conkling St., Baltimore. $8; alliance members, $6; dinner $7 additional. 410-276-1651.