BRIAN GANZ -- 3 p.m. Sunday. The internationally known pianist from Columbia will present an all-Chopin recital for the Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. $15; younger than 18, free when accompanied by an adult; unaccompanied full-time students, $10. 410-381-5773 or

U.S. ARMY FIELD BAND CHAMBER MUSIC -- 7 p.m. Sunday. Musical selections from such composers as Schubert and Bach. Dessert and coffee will be served after the performance. Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. Free. Reservations required. 410-730-4744.


DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE -- 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Meditative and circle and partner dances that use sacred phrases, music and movements from many spiritual traditions. Beginners, singles and children welcome. Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Free. 410-489-7981.


"TRANQUIL IMAGES, HEALING IMAGES" -- 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and some weekend hours, through Dec. 10. Photographs by artist Dennis Gilbert. Reception, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 13. Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048.

"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, Roberta Dillow, Abby Futter, Jane Galloway and Carol Schimpff. 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. 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, noon-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." Arts center, 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. 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, through Oct. 3. Alex Szopa displays his work. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

"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

For Children

LEMONY SNICKET -- 7 p.m. today. The author of the children's book collection "The Series of Unfortunate Events" will make a presentation and sign his books. Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville. Free. 410-313-7750.

DIGGING IN THE RUINS -- 8:45 a.m. Saturday. An archaeology dig for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. $28 for two (participant and an adult). Bring a bag lunch; snack and drinks are provided. Reservations required. 410-465-8500.

Lectures and Literature

ANNE FADIMAN -- 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. today. The author of "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," a book about an epileptic Hmong child, the girl's American doctors and the collision of two cultures, will speak and sign her book. Howard Community College, ILB Room 100, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4846.

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.


"GODSPELL" -- 6 p.m. today-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. 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

"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


ART AUCTION -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Artwork and memorabilia will be auctioned to benefit St. Augustine School in Elkridge. Preview and reception begin at 7 p.m. St. Augustine School, 5990 Old Washington Rd., Elkridge. $15. 410-579-1097.

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

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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