Concerts

ROUSE AND STRAUSS -- 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, 11 a.m. Saturday. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs classics by these two composers and Beethoven's Symphony No. 8. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $27-$75. 410-783-8000 or www.baltimoresymphony.com.

"CELLISSIMO" -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Cellist Russell Rolen and pianist Michael Adcock perform a cello work by Cassado and sonatas for cello and piano by Britten and Rachmaninoff. A pre-concert lecture about the composers and compositions will begin at 7:15 p.m. Part of the UU Chalice Concert Services. Owen Brown Interfaith Center,7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. $15; students, $10; children younger than 12, free with a paying adult. Tickets are $3 more if purchased at the door. 410-381-0097.

POPS ORGAN -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Bob Gulledge, house organist at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond, will perform a pops concert on a restored historic theater pipe organ. Sponsored by the Free State Theatre Organ Society. Rice Auditorium, Spring Grove Hospital Center, Wade Avenue, Catonsville. Free. 410-592-9322.

Exhibitions

CERAMICS -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 11. Joyce Michaud displays her ceramic art. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4870.

POLITICAL ILLUSTRATIONS -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 6. "Another Voice: Political Illustration From the Progressive Magazine, 1981-1999" showcases more than 150 color and black and white works by 50 of the nation's leading editorial illustrators. Closing reception, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 2. Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. 410-225-2300.

LOCAL ARTISTS -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 13. Bob Kramer of Columbia displays his watercolors depicting old movie theaters in Baltimore, and George Sakaal of Ellicott City exhibits his collages. Reception, 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

"ROAD LESS TRAVELED" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, and open 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; seniors 65 and older and college students, $5; age 18 and younger, free. Admission is also free for BMA members and on the first Thursday of each month. 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.

"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.

Film

"DRACULA" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Viewing of the 1931 vintage horror movie starring Bela Lugosi. Part of the "Marvelous Movies and More Film Series." Discussion, dessert and coffee after the movie. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $7; seniors and students, $6. 410-730-3987.

THE CAN FILM FESTIVAL -- 7-9 p.m. next Thursday. A weekly series of foreign films that explores cultural diversity and conflict resolution, sponsored by the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center and the Department of World Languages at Howard Community College. The next film is from Africa, "The Language You Cry In," a story of how the memory of a family is pieced together through song. Smith Theatre, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $5 and a can of food to be donated to a local food bank; students, $2 and a can of food. 410-772-4450 or www.howardcc.edu/canfilmfestival.

Lectures

And Literature

PARENTING YOUNG ADULTS -- 7 p.m. today. 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." East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

TEEN READ WEEK -- 3:30-6 p.m. Tuesday and next Thursday. Discover what makes horror appealing by joining other teens and local professional athletes in reading and discussing your favorite horror stories. Refreshments included. East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7704.

EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS -- 7 p.m. next Thursday. A panel discussion with representatives of Howard County service agencies about programs and assistance that are available for individuals with special needs, their families, friends and caregivers. Sponsored by Howard County Library. Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-7860.

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

"MISS SAIGON" -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, through Nov. 21 and again Jan. 5- Feb.20. The hit Broadway musical is the love story of a U.S. Marine and a strong-willed Vietnamese girl during the fall of Saigon in 1975. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $41-$44; children 12 and younger, $25.50-$44. 410-730-8311 or www.tobysdinnertheatre.com.

"ROCKY HORROR SHOW LIVE" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 13. Late-night shows, 11 p.m. Oct. 22-23 and 29-30 and 10 p.m. Oct. 31. The gender-bending, glam-rock movie comes to life in a live show. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $20. 4410-752-1225.

Miscellaneous

ART CENTER OPEN HOUSE -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Meet the teachers, visit the galleries and talk with students at "Octoberfest." Face-panting and mask-making for children, a ceramics sale, teacher demonstrations and more. Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX FESTIVAL -- noon-8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. A celebration of the Russian community, part of Baltimore Office of Promotion and Art's 2004 Showcase of Nations. Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1723 East Fairmount Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-276-6171.

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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