BLUE DAZE -- 7 p.m. today. Five-piece bluegrass band from central Maryland. Part of the Queen Anne's County Arts Council's Thursdays in the Park concert series. Kent Manor Inn, Route 8 south, Centreville. Free. 410-758-2520 or

SHIP'S COMPANY -- 12:15-1 p.m. Wednesday. Traditional sea chanteys. Sponsored by the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Alex Haley Statue, City Dock, Annapolis. Free. 410-295-0104.


"IN THE COMPANY OF BEAUTY" -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, extended hours 6-9 p.m. Mondays. Tomorrow through Sept. 24. Works from Anne Arundel Community College's art faculty. 12:30 p.m. next Thursday, artists' talk; 6-8 p.m. next Thursday, artists' reception. Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2325 or

ARTFX -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays. Through Sept. 30. Ceramic wall sculpture by Jewell Gross Brenneman. 5-8 p.m. Sunday, artists' reception; 6:30 p.m., artist talk. ARTFX, 45 West St., Annapolis. Free. 410-990-4540 or

PROVIDENCE ART -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through tomorrow. Works from adults at the Providence Institute, a nonprofit organization that works with developmentally disabled adults. Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Free. 410-636-6597 or

SUMMER JURIED EXHIBITION -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Mixed media exhibit featuring works by Maryland Federation of Art members, Main Gallery; photographs by Steve Borko, Holly Gallery. Maryland Federation of Art, 18 State Cir., Annapolis. Free. 410-268-4566 or

SEASCAPES -- 1-4 p.m. daily, through Sunday. Seascape photographs by county artists Joanne Riley and Bea Poulin. South County Gallery, Discovery Village, 4800 Atwell Rd., Shady Side. Free. 410-867-2100.

CAROLINE HUFF AND "MAINE EVENT" -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Sept. 19. Oil paintings and photographs by Caroline Huff and watercolors, oils and other works about Maine by six local artists. Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-268-0474.

MARINE ART -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Ongoing. Paintings by John Barber, Willard Bond, Keith Reynolds and John Stobart. Annapolis Marine Art Gallery, 110 Dock St., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-4100 or


TWO DOCUMENTARIES -- 12:30-1:30 p.m. next Thursday. Two documentaries on quilt making, "The Quilts of Gee's Bend" and "Quilts in Women's Lives," feature women talking about the joy and art of quilt making. Room 112, Humanities Building, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2807 or


And Literature

"THE COMIC LIFE AND TRAGIC DEATH OF THE HOMONY CLUB" -- Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday. Brown bag lunch by Historic Annapolis Foundation historian Glenn E. Campbell about the social and political threads of an elite, pre-Revolutionary War club in Annapolis. William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. Free. 410-267-8146 or

CHESAPEAKE CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE -- 7 p.m. next Thursday. Author Dave Bastian talks about his latest book, "Grant's Canal (Vicksburg Campaign)." Book signing follows discussion. Room 219, Cade Center for Fine Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2428 or


And Recreation

BIRDING AT JUG BAY -- 8-11 a.m. Saturday. Walk teaches participants 12 and older to identify birds by sight and sound. Binoculars and field guides available. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $3; seniors and children 17 and younger, $2. 410-741-9330 or

KAYAKING -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Paddle along the Mattaponi with guides from Amphibious Horizons. Registration required. Amphibious Horizons, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis. $60. 410-267-8742 or

BUTTER-CHURNING DEMONSTRATIONS -- 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by Hancock's Resolution, 2795 Bayside Beach Rd., Pasadena. Free. 410-255-4048.

BOAT AUCTION AND MARITIME FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Auction of wooden rowing skiffs, classic sailboats and modern power cruisers. Silent auction and food. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Mill Street, St. Michaels. $10; seniors, $9; children 6-17, $5. 410-745-2916 or

MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, through Oct. 24. Medieval food, clothing and jewelry vendors, jousting matches, live music and dance. $17; seniors, $15; children 7-15, $8; children 6 and younger, free. Maryland Renaissance Festival, 1821 Crownsville Rd., Annapolis. 410-266-7304 or


"WEST SIDE STORY" -- 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, 1 p.m. Wednesdays, through Sept. 18. Musical drama based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" about a romance cut short by warring New York City gangs. Chesapeake Music Hall, 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. $32-$35. 410-626-7515 or

"CRAZY FOR YOU" -- 8:30 p.m. through Saturday. Tap dancing, singing and music during Gershwin musical variety show. Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 143 Compromise St., Annapolis. Free. 410-268-9212 or

Plan Ahead

ANNAPOLIS OPERA FUNDRAISER -- 7 p.m. Sept. 18. Barbecue dinner, raffle, music and dancing during the Annapolis Opera's Gold Rush fundraiser. Medford Armory, Hudson and Willow streets, Annapolis. $75; table of eight, $800. 410-267-8135 or

AMERICAN LANDSCAPES -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Sept. 10-Oct.10. Works inspired by American landscapes. Maryland Federation of Art, 18 State Cir., Annapolis. Free. 410-268-4566 or

BASIC OIL PAINTING -- 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11. Course introduces beginner and intermediate students to materials, color mixing and various techniques. Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis. $75. 410-260-8189.

MARYLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 10-12. Crafts, food vendors, educational displays, children's activities, live music. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 11, crab soup cook-off. 8:30 a.m. Sept. 12, Maryland Seafood Festival Volleyball Tournament. Proceeds benefit local charities. Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Pkwy., Annapolis. $10; children 7-12, $4; children 6 and younger, free. 410-266-3113 or

"THE SPENCERS: THEATRE OF ILLUSION" -- 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 3 p.m. Sept. 12. Theatrical and magic show. Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $8; children 11 and younger, $6. 410-777-2218 or


ANDY'S -- 9 p.m. tomorrow, Lisa Moscatiello Band; 9 p.m. Saturday, Jim Gilmour Band; 9 p.m. next Thursday, Continuous Play. 3371/2 High St., Chestertown. Free. 410-778-6779 or

ARMADILLO'S -- 9 p.m. today, Meg Murray and Bryan Ewald; 9 p.m. tomorrow, Poppa Fresh; 9 p.m. Saturday, Grilled Lincoln; 9 p.m. Sunday, Bryan, Mickey and Dana; 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Jarflys. 132 Dock St., Annapolis. Free. 410-280-0028.

CANCUN CANTINA -- 9 p.m. tomorrow, Great Train Robbery; 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, Dallas Band. 7501 Telegraph Rd., Hanover. Free. 410-761-6188 or

KAUFMANN'S RESTAURANT -- 9 p.m.-1 a.m. today, Ray Wroten; 9 p.m.-1 a.m. tomorrow, Meg Murray and Angie; 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Mimsy and Chris; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Michelle; 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday, Eddie Hit and karaoke. 329 Gambrills Rd., Gambrills. Free. 410-923-2005 or

MIDDLETON TAVERN -- 10 p.m. today, Dave Glaser; 9 p.m. Sunday, Matt McConville; 9 p.m. Monday, Rob Thorworth; 9 p.m. Wednesday, Neal Bumgarner; 10 p.m. next Thursday, Harry Traynham. 2 Market Space, Annapolis. Free. 410-263-3323 or

RAMS HEAD TAVERN -- 8 p.m. today, Grey Eye Glances; 7 p.m. tomorrow, Jars of Clay; 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Chely Wright; 7 p.m. Sunday, Graham Colton Band; 7 p.m. Monday, Little River Band; 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Gaelic Storm; 8 p.m. next Thursday, John Berry. 33 West St., Annapolis. Prices vary. 410-268-4545 or

SEAN DONLON'S -- 9 p.m. today, Dan Haas; 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, Off the Boat; 9 p.m. Sunday, the Michael O'Patricks; 9 p.m. Monday, Jake; 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Michael O'Patricks; 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dana B.; 9 p.m. next Thursday, Waken at Seven. 37 West St., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-1993 or


In the Region

"BOOK OF DAYS" -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, Sundays by appointment. Through Sept. 24. Mixed media installation work includes worm spun silk, mulberry tree branches and leaves, film and sound by Elsabe Dixon. Pyramid Atlantic, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-608-9101 or

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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