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.
CHRISTIAN JOSI -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Hot Music, Cool Sounds Sunset Serenades series continues with Josi singing favorites by Frank Sinatra. 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.
JOE CARTA & FRIENDS -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Country and folk music are performed. Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Free; bring a blanket or chair. 410-313-5577.
PAPER COLLAGE -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through July 29. "A 25-Year Retrospective," by artist George J.E. Sakkal. Howard Community College Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4794.
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. 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, through Aug. 13. 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. Tuesday. Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048.
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 the 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, "50 First Dates," and on Monday a special program of cartoons. 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."
LIVE AT LAKE ELKHORN -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. The children's group Milkshake will perform playful tunes. Lake Elkhorn Gazebo, Broken Land Parkway, Columbia. The concert will be held in the band shell. In case of rain, the show will be held at the pavilion. Free. 410-730-4610.
WIGGLY WORMS -- 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Stories, crafts and a short nature walk for children ages 3 to 5 and their parents or caregivers. Part of a nature series sponsored by the Howard County Conservancy. Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. $5. 410-465-8877.
Lectures and Literature
"THE CULTURAL FABRIC OF AMERICA" -- 7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning this week through Aug. 31. A series of readings and discussions of novels led by Karen Arnold. The first to be discussed: "Snow Falling on Cedars," by David Guterson. Books and resource materials available during registration. Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-564-3059.
COLUMBIA WALKING TOUR -- 6:30-7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Aug. 13. A tour of the town center, focusing on the arts, such as the early architecture of Frank Gehry, sponsored by the Columbia Archives. Meet at the entrance facing the surface parking lot of the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Free. 410-715-3103.
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.
"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.
THIRD THURSDAY ART AND DINE -- 6-9 p.m. today. Galleries and restaurants offer events and promotions. Historic Main Street, Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1900.
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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