Concerts

OPEN MIC NIGHT -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Acoustic music, poetry, dance, monologues and scenes from theater, comedy and more. Performers sign up beginning at 7 p.m. Picnics and blankets welcome. Dreier Stage, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $5. 410-772-4940 or www.howardcc.edu/studentarts.

RIVER HILL POPS -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. The River Hill High School Music Department opens its 2004-05 concert season with American music performed by its orchestra, band and choral ensemble. Works include folk, jazz, patriotic favorites and a medley of Irving Berlin songs. River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. $5; children 5 and younger, $3. 410-313-6927.

WILDE LAKE POPS -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Choral groups from Wilde Lake High School will perform traditional and popular songs, including a medley from "Les Miserables." The Jim Rouse Theatre for Performing Arts, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. $5. 410-772-1218.

FRANK SINATRA JR. -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. The son of the famous crooner opens the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's SuperPops season with songs his father made famous. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $30-$81. 410-783-8000 or www.baltimoresymphony.org.

Exhibitions

"ROAD LESS TRAVELED" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment, through Oct. 29. Watercolors by Bonita Glaser focusing on Maryland landscapes. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

WORKS ON PAPER -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, through Feb. 27. More than 60 prints, drawings and photographs by 50 artists from the museum's collection, including Rembrandt, Matisse, Picasso and Cindy Sherman. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $7; 65 and older and college students, $5; 18 and younger, BMA members and the first Thursday of each month, free. 410-396-7100 or www.artbma.org.

"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. Wednesday. 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.

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.

"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; 2 and younger, free. 410-461-1944 or www.ecbo.org.

Film

THE CAN FILM FESTIVAL -- 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. A weekly series of foreign films exploring cultural diversity and conflict resolution, sponsored by the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center and the Department of World Languages at Howard Community College. This week, "Forbidden Marriages in the Holy Land," a film from the Middle East on the human side to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Smith Theatre, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $5 and a can of food for a local food bank; students, $2 and a can of food. 410-772-4450 or www.howardcc.edu/canfilmfestival.

For Children

MILKSHAKE -- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow. The musical duo performs children's rock, lullabies and activity songs at Wilde Lakes' Rainbow Theatre. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $4.25 in advance; $5.25 at the door. 410-730-3987.

PUMPKINFEST -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Celebrate fall and jump-start Halloween with a family festival, featuring storytelling, puppet shows, live animals and crafts, such as pumpkin decorating, stuffing scarecrows and more. Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. 410-484-2413 or www.explorenature.org.

Lectures and Literature

EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS -- 7 p.m. today. Linda Schnapp of Project Access at Howard Community College discusses the Americans With Disabilities Act and physical, learning and developmental disabilities. Sponsored by Howard County Library. Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-7860.

PARENTING YOUNG ADULTS -- 7 p.m. next Thursday. Linda Gordon, a clinical social worker, and Susan Shaffer, a parenting expert, discuss and sign their book, "Mom, Can I Move Back in With You? A Survival Guide for Parents of Twentysomethings," about the issues parents face when their children can't reach full adulthood. East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOURS -- 10 a.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 30. A guided tour of Baltimore's Mount Vernon Place, a 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 SEAGULL" -- 7 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Rep Stage opens the 2004-05 season with Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play, which explores the meaning of love and art through the relationships of writers and actors whose lives intersect at a country estate. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $16-$23; $10 for students. A $2 discount is available for seniors. 410-772-4900 or www.howardcc.edu/repstage.

"INTRODUCING ANTON" -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday. Rep Stage will present two lecture/performances by Walt Witcover, who will perform Anton Chekhov's monodrama "On the Harmful Affects of Tobacco," along with two short stories, "The Dishrag" and "Vanka." Between performances Witcover will give an informal talk on the life and work of the Russian author. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4900 or www.howardcc.edu/repstage.

Miscellaneous

COLUMBUS DAY PARADE -- 1 p.m. Sunday. Parade with marching bands, groups in costume and Spanish and Italian heritage organizations. Sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Begins at Mount Vernon Place, south on Charles Street, east on Pratt Street, south on President Street, east on Fleet Street and ends at Central Avenue in Baltimore. Free. 410-752-8632 or www.promotionandarts.com.

ELLICOTT CITY 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. $8; children and seniors, $6. 410-313-1900 or www.visithowardcounty.com.

SAVAGE MILL GHOST TOURS -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through November. A tour of the former cotton mill turned retail and antique mart, featuring paranormal stories as witnessed by store owners and artisans. Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage. $8; children and seniors, $6. 410-313-1900 or www.visithowardcounty.com.

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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