CHAMBER MUSIC -- 7:30 p.m. today. The Wilde Lake High School Music Honor Society presents its third annual chamber music concert, featuring the percussion and marimba ensembles and numerous solo and other ensemble acts. James Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. $2. 410-772-1218.

COLUMBIA CONCERT BAND -- 3 p.m. Sunday. "The Sea, Dance and Poetry," this year's spring concert, will feature a variety of compositions such as "Seapower Fanfare," "I Am," "Their Blossoms Down," "Yorkshire Ballad," "British Waterside," "Folk Dances," "Prairiesong," "Chimes of Liberty" and "Incantation and Dance." Smith Theater, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-465-7862.

IRISH SYMPHONY -- 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. "A Celtic Celebration: Music From the Emerald Isle," performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Jack Everly, principal Pops conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony. The program of high-spirited Celtic tunes includes "Danny Boy" and "Simple Gifts" performed by dancers, singers and bagpipers. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $26-$72. 410-783-8000 or

CHRIST CHURCH CONCERT -- 4 p.m. Sunday. Members of the Chamber Chorale of the Harford Choral Society will present the final concert of the season. The program will include Vivaldi's "Gloria," Haydn's "Missa Brevis" and Morten Lauridsen's song cycle, "La Rose Complete." Historic Christ Church, 110 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-932-1051.

LUNCH UNDER THE PIPES -- Noon Wednesday. The Baltimore Lutheran Jazz Ensemble, directed by Billy Calloway, will perform. Part of the University of Maryland School of Law Music Recital Series. Bring your own lunch. Westminster Hall, Fayette and Greene streets, Baltimore. Free. 410-706-2072.


COLUMBIA ART -- 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through May 4. Faculty and students of the Columbia Art Center will exhibit pottery, sculptures, paintings, photographs, stained glass and more. Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. next Thursday. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Forland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

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. Ellicott Mills Brewing Co., 8308 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 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. 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. today 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

SHARKS, FACTS AND FANTASY -- 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Aquarium staff dispel the myths about sharks in an audience participation presentation for children ages 5-7. National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. $15; members, $10; plus the cost of admission, $17.50; 60 and older, $14.50; ages 3-11, $9.50; 2 and younger, free. 410-727-3474 or

"TUBBY THE TUBA" -- 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by associate conductor Lara Webber, performs this family concert designed to teach about the opposites in the orchestra. For ages 3-6. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $12. 410-783-8000 or

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

Lectures and Literature

WASHINGTON POLITICS -- 7:30 p.m. today. 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.

CREATIVE CONVERSATION SERIES -- 7-9 p.m. today. Rebecca Yenawine, visual artist and founder of Kids on the Hill, a public arts program for young people in Baltimore City, will speak about how art is used to affect social change. The Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore. $5. 410-732-6400.


"MAMLEH" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 17. Filled with laughter and tears, this musical follows the craziness and memories of Jewish American women as they go from the living rooms of suburban New York to the beaches of Boca Raton to the nostalgic streets of the 1940s Bronx in a tuneful, toe-tapping style. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $15. 410-752-1225 or

"THE MISER" -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting Wednesday through May 18. Moliere's classic farce about Harpagon and his money-loving eccentricities, translated by Miles Malleson. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $25-$35; student, senior and group discounts available.

"ABSOLUTELY MURDER" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. A mystery-comedy performed by the Charles Street Players. A special performance for high school students with a question-and-answer session will be held 6 p.m. Monday. LeClerc Auditorium, College of Notre Dame, 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore. $8; $5 with a student ID or a clothing donation to the Drama Wardrobe. 410-532-5543.

"DISORDER IN THE COURT!" -- 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 18; spring break matinee Monday. 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


VARIETY SHOW -- 7:30 p.m. today. Follies 2003, an evening of eclectic entertainment from hilarious skits to serious performances of music, dance and acting. Proceeds from the annual Howard Community College event, which also features a live auction, will benefit the Virginia Worthington Schardt Educational Foundation Endowment. A silent auction is available online through tomorrow at Smith Theater, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $6. 410-772-4452 or index.cfm.

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. $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 cypressa@ or fax them to 410-772-2330. Deadline is 14 days before publication.