LAKEFRONT SUMMER FESTIVAL -- 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 22. Outdoor concerts by local performers. Columbia Lakefront, Lake Kittamaqundi, off Little Patuxent Parkway and Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 877-713-9674, Ext. 9020, or www.columbiaassociation.com.
THE CRAWDADDIES -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Hot Music, Cool Sounds Sunset Serenades series continues with this swing, country and rock band. Centennial Park South, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7275; inclement weather hotline, call after 4 p.m. on the day of the performance, 410-313-4451.
AFRICAN SAFARI -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through July 30. Paul Marycz displays his photographs of the scenery, wildlife and native people of Africa. Reception, 6-8 p.m. tomorrow. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.
"NATURE*WOMAN*SPIRIT" -- 3:30 -9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Photography by Jerry Weinstein, pastels by Cher Compton and acrylics by Roxana Sinex. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.
VACATIONS ON CANVAS -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through Sept. 3. Paintings by gallery artists with summer themes. Andrei Kushnir/Michele Taylor American Painting, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.
"ROADS TO RAILS: FLAMES OF REBIRTH" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 21. An exhibit focusing on the role of the B&O Railroad during the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. $5; seniors and students, $4; children 3-12, $3; children younger than 2, free. 410-461-1944 or www.ecbo.org.
ANATOMY OF BEAUTY -- 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 18. Artist Kendrick Wronski exhibits her drawings of body forms. Artist reception, 5-7 p.m. July 20. Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048.
MIXED MEDIA -- 3:30-9 p.m. today, 3:30-5 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Artists from the Maryland Art League display paintings, sculptures, prints, photography, collages, weaving, pottery, stained glass and jewelry. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.
AFRICAN AMERICAN ART -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Thursday of August, through Aug. 22. More than 60 paintings and works on paper by 20 of the foremost African American artists of the past century. Baltimore Art Museum, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $7; 65 and older and college students, $5; children, free; first Thursday of each month, free. 410-396-7100 or www.artbma.org.
ART OF THE AGES -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, through Sept. 4. "Golden Blessings of Old Age/Out of the Mouth of Babes," an artistic exploration of the two poles of human existence through 250 works. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. $9; seniors, students and children, $6. 410-244-1900.
MOVIES AT THE LAKE -- 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, through mid-September. Outdoor showings of family-friendly films, part of the Lakefront Summer Festival. Tomorrow, "It's a Wonderful Life"; Monday, "Free Willy." Columbia Lakefront, Lake Kittamaqundi, off Little Patuxent Parkway and Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 877-713-9674, Ext. 9030, or www.columbiaassociation.com.
"NASCAR 3-D: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE" -- Shown on an eight-story-tall screen with digital sound, a new movie narrated by actor Kiefer Sutherland provides an insider's perspective on NASCAR racing. Showtimes, which run through August, are available online or by phone. Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore. Movie only, $7.50, $9 after 6 p.m.; movie and science center admission, $10. 410-685-5225 or www.mdsci.org and click on "Shows."
Lectures and Literature
TALKIN' BASEBALL -- 9 a.m. Saturday. Neil Lanctot will discuss his book "Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution." Borders Books & Music, Columbia Crossing Shopping Center, Routes 175 and Dobbin Road, Columbia. Free. 410-290-0062.
ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOURS -- 10 a.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 30. Explore Baltimore's Mount Vernon Place with a guided tour of the preserved 19th-century urban square. Learn about the neighborhood's architecture and its residents over the past 100 years. Meet at the Seated Lion Statue, Mount Vernon Place's West Park, Baltimore. $10. 410-605-0462.
"MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company performs the Bard's comedy amid the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. $20; seniors and students, $18; younger than 11, free. 877-639-3728 or www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.
"THE LONESOME WEST" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through July 24. A comic play that revolves around two bickering brothers in the west of Ireland. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $12. 410-752-1225.
"COPENHAGEN" -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Sundays (except Aug. 8), 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Aug. 8. Based on the 1941 collaboration between German physicist Werner Heisenberg and his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr, who together developed quantum theory. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $15-$36, discounts available for groups, seniors and students. 301-924-3400 or www.olneytheatre.org.
CRAB FEAST -- 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Music by Sweetwater and dancing follows a crab dinner, sponsored by American Legion Post 60. 2 Main St., Laurel. $25. 301-725-2302.
GHOST TOURS -- 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through November. "Ye Haunted History of Old Ellicott City" is told through a tour down historic Main Street. Sponsored by Howard County Tourism Inc. Meet at the Main Street Visitor Center, 8267 Main St., Ellicott City. 410-313-1900 or www.visithowardcounty.com.
NATIONAL AQUARIUM -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $17.50; 60 and older, $14.50; 3-11, $9.50; 2 and younger, free. 410-576-3800 or www.aqua.org.
-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS
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