Dance

CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE -- 7:30 p.m. today. 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.

Exhibitions

WATERCOLOR VISIONS -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Paintings by the artists of Sunburst Studio, including Columbia residents Jean Aziz, Becky Stengel, Barbara Carley, Rachel Coleman, Robeta Dillow, Abby Futter, Jane Galloway and Carol Schimpff. Reception, 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

PAINTED HISTORY -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through Oct. 3. Andrei Kushnir exhibits his 50 paintings of Valley View Farm, a family-owned farm in the Crooked Run Valley of Virginia's Northern Piedmont. Reception with the artist, 5-8 p.m. tomorrow. Andrei Kushnir/Michele Taylor Gallery, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

HOWARD COUNTY CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 15. Gallery I features "Rags to Riches: Eight Contemporary Rug Hooking Artists," and Gallery II features "Brett Hunter and Carolyn Old: Sculpture and Pastels." An opening reception for both exhibits, 6-8 p.m. tomorrow. Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-2787.

CHEVELLE MAKEBA MOORE JONES -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. The artist displays her work. Reception, 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4794.

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. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

"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 by Joan Forester during trips to Italy, Alaska and Ireland. Reception with the artist, 5-7 p.m. Saturday. 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 www.tatianaltd.com.

"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 www.ecbo.org.

ANATOMY OF BEAUTY -- 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 18. Kendrick Wronski exhibits her drawings of body forms. Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048.

Film

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, "Charlotte's Web." Columbia Lakefront, Lake Kittamaqundi, off Little Patuxent Parkway and Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 877-713-9674, Ext. 9030, or www.columbiaassociation.com.

For Children

DINOROCK -- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow. A puppet show with audience participation about baby dinosaurs and family behavior. Slayton House Theatre, Village of Wilde Lake, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $4.25 in advance; $5.25 at the door. 410-730-3987.

"SNOOPY" -- 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 18 and 19. Pumpkin Theatre opens its season with the off-Broadway musical comedy based on the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz. Hannah More Arts Center, St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore. $10. 410-828-1814.

Lectures and Literature

PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE POST-9/11 WORLD -- 10 a.m. Saturday. Jonathan Dean, adviser to the Union of Concerned Scientists and the former chief U.S. representative at the NATO-Warsaw Pact force reduction negotiations, will speak. Copies of "The Nuclear Turning Point," which Dean contributed to, and "The 9/11 Commission Report" will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Howard County Library in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Howard County. Banneker Room, George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-7750.

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.

Theater

"THE GUYS" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Asylum Productions, a nonprofit community theater company, presents a play about meeting a New York City fire captain two weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks. Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville campus, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Q Theatre, 800 S. Rolling Rd., Catonsville. $15. Proceeds benefit the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Company. 443-474-2642 or www.asylumstage.com.

"GODSPELL" -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, through Sept. 26. A modern musical retelling of the story of Christ and his parables taken from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $39-$44; children 12 and younger, $25-$44. Prices include dinner or brunch. 410-730-8311 or www.tobysdinnertheatre.com.

"EAT THE RUNT" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 2. The off-Broadway comedy by Avery Crozier is an adults-only play about the hiring of a grants manager at a nonprofit museum. The play includes audience participation. The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $12. 410-752-1225 or www.spotlighters.org.

Miscellaneous

COURTYARD ART SALE -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. The Columbia Association Art Center's annual sale featuring pottery, ceramic works, jewelry, paintings and fiber works. Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

BOOK SALE -- 3-7 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. More than 10,000 books, including children's, antiquarian, autographed and first editions. Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Rd., Glenwood. 410-442-1204.

CATONSVILLE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The 31st annual event features more than 200 artists, craftspeople, community organizations and food vendors. Activities for children and musical performances are included. Village Center, Frederick Road between Bloomsbury and Melvin avenues, Catonsville. Free. 410-719-9606 or www.catonsville.org.

UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL -- Noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The event features a pierogi eating contest, live entertainment, three dance groups and more than 40 vendors. Patterson Park, Linwood and Eastern avenues, Baltimore. Free. 410-687-3465.

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 www.visithowardcounty.com.

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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