FOLKSINGERS -- 7:30 p.m. today. Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell perform their eclectic brand of folk, country and pop music. Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 4506 Gwynbrook Ave. Owings Mills. $17. 410-356-7469 or

JAZZ IN THE SHADOWS -- 6:30-9 p.m. today. Karen Lovejoy and Trio will perform. Part of the Friends of the Baltimore-Washington JAZZfest "1st Thursday Jazz." Silver Shadows Nightclub, 5550 Sterrett Pl., Columbia. $10. 410-730-0111.

BOBBY McFERRIN AND THE BSO -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Also, McFerrin will conduct a l program with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, 8 p.m. Tuesday. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $52-78. 410-783-8000 or

ORGANIST -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Terry Nace performs on the console of the restored Morton/Wicks Theatre Organ; presented by the Free State Theater Organ Society. Rice Auditorium, Spring Grove Hospital Center, Catonsville. Free. 410-592-9322.


ALL ABOUT PLATES -- 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily, through May 2. Alice Webb and students of Sunburst Studio present their entries in "Dixie's Art of the Plate" competition; opening reception, 3-4 p.m. Sunday. Ellicott Mills Brewing Co., 8308 Main St., Ellicott City. 410-313-8141.

SILVER PRINT PHOTOGRAPHY -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through May 2. "Image-Egami," by Columbia resident and photographer Joan Forester She uses natural forms of folded and bent paper, shadows and flowers with subtle hand coloring to bring new dimensions to simple objects. Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. tomorrow. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-730-8249.

LOCAL ENVIRONMENT EXHIBIT -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through April 26. "Patapsco: A Glimpse of the Past" will feature environmental portraits taken by Peggy Fox with text by folklorist Alison Kahn; sponsored by the Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway. "A Completely Different World" will be performed by the Patapsco Players in conjunction with the exhibit at 12:30 p.m. next Thursday in the Galleria. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4512.

CORRESPONDENCE ART -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, through April 26. "Student Artists' Response to Correspondence and Travel," and "Paintings by Molly Springfield and Janet Maher: Correspondence Projects." Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-2787.

"MERGING LIVES -- DIVERGING STYLES" -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through April 19. Abstracted watercolor landscapes by Deborah Hoeper; figurative oil and pastel works by Pat Roberie; painted furniture and oil paintings by Kelmie Snider; stained glass works by Denise Tarbell. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

"THE CIVIL WAR: ROLE OF THE B&O RAILROAD" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 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

"FROM TENT TO TEMPLE: LIFE IN ANCIENT NEAR EAST" -- Noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through July. A traveling hands-on exhibit on the everyday practices of the Jewish culture during Biblical times, created by the Jewish Children's Learning Lab. The Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore. $5. 410-732-6400.

"HIGH ON LIFE" -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Sept. 1. The American Visionary Art Museum's eighth thematic mega-exhibition 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.

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

For Children

"EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES" -- 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through April 13. Presented by Pumpkin Theatre. Hannah Moore Arts Center at St. Timothy's School for Girls, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore. $10. 410-828-1814.

MUSIC OPEN HOUSE -- 1 p.m. Saturday. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra hosts an afternoon of musical activities for children of all ages including tours of the concert hall, learning to conduct a "Musical Petting Zoo," and demonstrations by BSO musicians. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-783-8024.

PLANTS, FLOWERS, BIRDS -- 2-4 p.m. Sunday. View William Morris's block-printed textile designs of plants, flowers and birds. Then use a variety of printmaking techniques, including leaf transfer, to print patterns to fabric. Ages 5 and older. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. Free with admission to the museum: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and college students, free for children 18 and younger. 410-396-7100.

HEALTHY EASTER -- 4-7 p.m. April 12. Project Healthy Easter Basket, for children ages 3 to 7, sponsored by the Maryland Children's Oral Health Institute. Families will create their own "healthy" baskets while learning about proper oral hygiene practices. Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, 31 S. Greene St., Baltimore. Free; register by Monday. 410-957-9638.

Lectures and Literature

ARTIST DISCUSSION -- 2 p.m. Saturday. Kara Walker, known for her proactive cutout paper silhouettes of antebellum racial stereotypes, will be joined by Hamza Walker, director of education at the Renaissance Society, a non-collecting museum of the University of Chicago devoted to contemporary art. Helen Molesworth, former Baltimore Museum of Art curator of contemporary art, will moderate. BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore. Free with museum admission: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and older and college students, free for children 18 and younger. 410-396-7100.

INTERFAITH LECTURE -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. "Jewish Art/Christian Art? Symbiosis and Otherness," by Vivian B. Mann, the Morris and Eva Feld Chair in Judaica at the Jewish Museum in New York City. Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Free. 410-617-5025.

WASHINGTON POLITICS -- 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. Gwen Ifill, managing editor of Washington Week, will deliver the ninth annual Elizabeth Morrissy Lecture, "Politics, Policy and Reality: What's Really Going on in Washington." Free. College of Notre Dame, 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-532-5314.


"TARTUFFE" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday. Kittamaqundi Theater presents Richard Wilbur's translation of Moliere's comedic satire on hypocrisy set as a mid -1950s sit-com. Proceeds benefit the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Oliver Carriage House, Vantage Point Road and Leaf Treader Way, Columbia. $12; seniors and students, $10. 410-997-3981.

YO' MAMA'S COOKIN' -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and May 3 and 10. The student-alumni theatrical improvisation group of Howard Community College serves up new sketches and on-the-spot improv. HCC's Instructional Lab Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $5. 410-772-4940.

IMPROV TROUPE -- 11 p.m. Saturday. The Early Monday Morning Show, a improv-comedy skit troupe featuring Ron Burr, Bill Caufield and creative director Greg Hall. The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $10. 410-752-1225 or

WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS SHOWCASE -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Three comedies explore human relationships and contemporary situations with frantic romping, silliness and weird circumstances. Featuring one full-length and two shorter plays: "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. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $12; discounts for students, seniors and Baltimore Theatre Alliance members. 410-752-1225 or

"DISORDER IN THE COURT!" -- 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 18; spring break matinee April 14. A rock-and-roll musical comedy for all ages featuring a courtroom full of wacky insects. The Young Artists Theater, Cherry Tree Center, Routes 29 and 216, Laurel. $7; $6 per person for groups of 10 or more. 301-604-2844 or

"FIDDLER ON THE ROOF" -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, through June 15. Enjoy a meal and a story that takes place in a small Jewish village in Russia and revolves around a dairyman's attempt to preserve his family's traditions in the face of a changing world. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $22.50-$41. 410-730-8311 or


NATIONAL AQUARIUM IN BALTIMORE -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays throughout June, September and October; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily July and August; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Thursdays and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays throughout November and December. "Shark Quest," visitors can touch a live juvenile bamboo shark, talk with underwater divers, search for shark teeth embedded in a fossil wall and more. Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $17.50; 60 and older, $14.50; ages 3-11, $9.50; 2 and younger, free. 410-727-3474 or

Plan Ahead

LUAU -- 8 p.m.-midnight April 25. Women's Services at Franklin Square Hospital Center hosts this fundraiser to benefit the "Garden of Little Angels" memorial garden. The event will include games, prizes and a dinner of steamed shrimp, Maryland crab soup, shrimp Creole, pit beef, ham, turkey and more catered by Bill's Seafood. Hawaiian dress is optional. $35. 443-777-8276.

CDLS FUNDRAISER -- 7-11 p.m. April 26. "A Touch of Spring," a black-tie event to benefit the Cornelia De Lange Syndrome Foundation will feature music, a silent auction, museum-viewing and food catered by Biddle Street Caterers. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy., Inner Harbor South, Baltimore. $75 a person or $700 to reserve a table of 10. 301-645-7187.

-- Compiled by Alicia Cypress

The Howard Extra entertainment calendar lists events as space permits. Mail announcements and photos -- noting date, time, address, cost and phone number -- to Alicia Cypress, Howard Extra, The Washington Post, 10490 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md. 21044. You may also e-mail announcements to or fax them to 410-772-2330. Deadline is 14 days before publication.