SESSIONS AT MERRIWEATHER -- 6-11 p.m. Saturday (gates open at 5 p.m.). Big Boi of the hip-hop group Outkast, Van Hunt, deSoL, and Rockmell & Shi Guy perform. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 410-715-5550.

MARYLAND COMMUNITY BAND DAY -- 1-9 p.m. Saturday. The Columbia Concert Band hosts bands from Annapolis, Baltimore, Bel Air, Montgomery Village, Olney and Southern Maryland for a day-long concert. Columbia Lakefront, Lake Kittamaqundi, off Little Patuxent Parkway and Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 410-465-7862.

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

RITA CLARKE AND THE NATURALS -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Hot Music, Cool Sounds Sunset Serenades series continues with rhythm and blues and soul music. Centennial Park South, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7275; inclement weather hotline, 410-313-4451; call after 4 p.m. the day of the performance.


DISNEY ART -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through Aug. 29. Nostalgic animation art from Disney Studio artists and animators. Free. Hands of Time Ltd., Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage. Free. 410-880-4760.

ASSOCIATE MEMBER SHOW -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, beginning Tuesday through Aug. 27. Artwork by Judy McCaughey, Karen Probasco, Ann Schluederberg, Robynn Searight, Mike Syphax and Elaine Weiner-Reed. Reception with the artists, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 6. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

THOM MILLSAP -- 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. The artist will display his paintings and create new pieces. Atlantis Fine Art, 8202 Main St., Ellicott City. 410-750-7950.

"PAINTERS OF SUBSTANCE" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, weekdays by appointment, through October. Eight representational artists from Baltimore's Schuler School display pieces of classical realism. Tatiana's Gallery, 14290 Triadelphia Rd., Glenelg. 410-442-1144 or

"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

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. 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

ART OF THE AGES -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, through Sept. 4. "Golden Blessings of Old Age/Out of the Mouths 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, "Lord of the Rings," and Monday, Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus." Columbia Lakefront, Lake Kittamaqundi, off Little Patuxent Parkway and Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 877-713-9674, Ext. 9030, or

"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 and click on "Shows."

For Children

"OUTSTANDING OWLS" -- 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Stories, crafts and a short nature walk. Part of a summer nature series for children ages 3 to 5 and their parents or caregivers, sponsored by the Howard County Conservancy. Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. $5 per child. 410-465-8877.

Lectures and Literature

"THE CULTURAL FABRIC OF AMERICA" -- 7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday through Aug. 31. A series of readings and discussions of novels, led by Karen Arnold. This week, "Hunger of Memory" by Richard Rodriguez will be discussed. Books and resource materials are available during registration. Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-564-3059.

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.


"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


NATIONAL NIGHT OUT -- 6-9 p.m. Tuesday. Celebrate East Columbia Branch Library's 10th anniversary and the 21st annual National Night Out, a program that celebrates neighborhoods and police-community partnerships. Activities include a volksmarch, stories, balloons, food and drink, contests and safety demonstrations. East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

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

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

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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