SESSIONS AT MERRIWEATHER -- 6-11 p.m. Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m. Pop and rock artists Cake, Graham Colton Band and Plunge will perform. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. 410-715-5550.

FIRST THURSDAY JAZZ SET -- 6:30-9 p.m. today. The Whit Williams Quartet performs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Baltimore-Washington JAZZfest and the Town Center Community Association. Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. $10; JAZZfest members, free. 410-730-7106.


CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE -- 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. Bharatha Natyam combines movements, mime and musical accompaniment to express emotion and spirit. Goucher College, Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Baltimore. Free. 410-561-0414.


PHOTOGRAPHY -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Alex Szopa displays his work.

"VIDI CACHET: THE TREASURES I'VE SEEN" -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 24. Photographs taken from trips to Italy, Alaska and Ireland by Joan Forester. Reception with the artist, 5-7 p.m. Sept 11. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., 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

"ROADS TO RAILS: FLAMES OF REBIRTH" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 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 and 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.


MOVIES AT THE LAKE -- 8:30 p.m. Mondays through mid-September. Outdoor showings of family-friendly films, part of the Lakefront Summer Festival. Tomorrow, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." 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, movie narrated by actor Kiefer Sutherland provides an insider's perspective on NASCAR. Showtimes, which run through Sunday, 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.


And Literature

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.


JEWISH-AMERICAN FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Live entertainment, Jewish and Israeli foods, cultural exhibits and crafts. Sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Hopkins Plaza, between Hopkins Place and Charles Street and Baltimore and Lombard streets, Baltimore. $3; children under 12, free. 410-342-6960.

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. 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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