SESSIONS AT MERRIWEATHER -- 6-11 p.m. Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m. Hip-hop artists Ludacris and Shawwna and others perform. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. 410-715-5550.

SUNSET SERENADES -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Ellis Woodward performs family and children's music as part of the "Hot Music, Cool Sounds" summer series. Centennial Park South, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7275. Inclement weather hot line, 410-313-4451.

GENE DAWSON -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. An outdoor performance of folk, country and blues music. Bring a blanket or chair. Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Free. 410-313-5577.

LAKEFRONT SUMMER FESTIVAL -- 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays, noon-2 p.m. Fridays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 27. Outdoor concerts by local performers. Columbia Lakefront, Lake Kittamaqundi, off Little Patuxent Parkway and Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 877-713-9674, Ext. 9020, or


TERESA VADALA -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 2. The artist displays her paintings. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4794.

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. 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. Saturday, through Aug. 27. Artwork by Judy McCaughey, Karen Probasco, Ann Schluederberg, Robynn Searight, Mike Syphax and Elaine Weiner-Reed. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

"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. Free. 410-442-1144 or

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.

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, "As Good as It Gets"; Monday, Michael Jordan in "Space Jam." 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. 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.

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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.


GERMAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL -- Noon-10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Features performances by oompah bands and regional dance groups, children's activities, crafts and German food and beverages. Carroll Park, Washington Boulevard and Monroe Street, Baltimore. $4; seniors, $3; children younger than 12, free with an adult; admission is free before 5 p.m. tomorrow. 410-522-4144.

ART AND DINE -- 6-9 p.m. today. Galleries and restaurants in historic Ellicott City offer promotions and events. Main Street, Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1900 or

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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