Concerts

COLUMBIA ORCHESTRA -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The 27th season opens with Beethoven's "Coriolan Overture," Hindemith's "Der Schwanendreher" and Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique." A discussion about the lives and works of the composers led by Howard Community College faculty begins at 6:30 p.m. Jim Rouse Theatre for Performing Arts, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. $15; seniors older than 60, $12; full-time students $8. 410-381-2004 or www.columbiaorchestra.org.

ORION STRING QUARTET -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Performing works by Haydn, Corea and Bartok. Presented by the Candlelight Concert Society. A free pre-concert rehearsal with short question-and-answer period with the artists begins at 6:30 p.m. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $29; seniors 60 and older, $26; full-time students younger than 24, $12. 410-480-9950 or www.candlelightconcerts.org.

RULE BRITTANIA -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents the works of five of Britain's celebrated 20th-century composers. They include Malcolm Arnold, William Walton, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge and Edmund Rubbra. Refreshments and conversation with the musicians follow the concert. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. $15; full-time students, $10; ages 18 and younger admitted free when accompanied by an adult. 410-381-5773 or www.sundaysatthree.org.

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE -- 8 p.m. Saturday. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs selections from Shakespearean film scores, such as Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Prokofiev's "Tybalt's Death" from "Romeo and Juliet." This is the season's first "Symphony With a Twist" concert and will include live jazz, light fare and cocktails beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $25-$75. 410-783-8000 or www.baltimoresymphony.com.

Dance

DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE -- 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Meditative and joyous circle and partner dances that use sacred phrases, music and movements from many spiritual traditions. Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Free. 410-389-7981.

Exhibitions

"SMALL CHANGE: ART OF THE TZEDAKAH BOX" -- 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 14. A Jewish symbol to collect coins and paper money for charitable donations is the subject of a juried exhibition sponsored by the Columbia Art Center and the Columbia Jewish Congregation featuring 15 national and international artists. Gala reception and awards presentation, 8-10 p.m. Saturday. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. 410-730-0075.

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.

"MONET'S LIGHT: THEODORE ROBINSON AT GIVERNY" -- 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 Jan. 9. Includes about 60 luminous paintings by Robinson and five masterpieces by Monet. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. (North Charles and 31st streets), Baltimore. $7; seniors 65 and older and college students, $5; 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.

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. Fridays, 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. 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; 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. 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. Living history presentations Saturday and Sunday. 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

THE CAN FILM FESTIVAL -- 7-9 p.m. today. 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.

For Children

SUNDAY IN THE PARK -- 1-5 p.m. Sunday. An afternoon of autumn activities such as a trick-or-treat trail, pumpkin carving and a pumpkin patch, pony rides and hayrides, and adventures with a Tom Sawyer theme. Entertainment includes puppet show, music, a jump rope team and Almira's Polite Society. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Centennial Park South, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City. $5. 410-313-7275.

GHOSTS OF THE PATAPSCO FEMALE INSTITUTE -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, Oct. 29 and 30. Come in costume and be led through the 19th-century school for girls that features abandoned fireplaces, secret passageways, gardens and a chapel. Wear walking shows and bring a flashlight. For ages 6 and older. Mount Ida Visitor Center, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. $5. 410-465-8500.

FOOTWORKS -- 3 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A percussive dance ensemble in the tradition of Southern Appalachian music and dance. Presented by the Candlelight Concert Society's Performing Arts Series for Children. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $9. 410-480-9950 or www.candlelightconcerts.org.

WILDE HALLOWEEN -- 4:30-6:30 p.m. next Thursday. Pam from "It's Kindertime" presents a puppet show with a Halloween theme. Trick or treating in the Wilde Lake Village Center will follow. Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. For ages 3 to 10. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $3. 410-730-3987.

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN -- 7-10 p.m. tomorrow and Oct. 29, 6-10 p.m. this Saturday and Oct. 30, 2-4 p.m. this Sunday and Oct. 31. A spooky hayride and tour of an old house for ages 7 and older on Fridays and Saturdays, A festive and not-so-scary hayride for ages 2 to 7 on Sundays. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Rockburn Branch Park, 5400 Landing Rd., Elkridge. Fridays and Saturdays, $7; Sundays, $3. Information, 410-313-4624; inclement weather, 4104-313-4452.

FAMILY FESTIVAL -- Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Hayrides, moon bounce, games, arts and crafts, silent auction, Christmas bazaar, bake sale and more. Sponsored by the Trinity Home and School Association. 4985 Ilchester Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-744-1524.

Lectures and Literature

TEEN READ WEEK -- 3:30-6 p.m. today. 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. today. 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.

AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE -- 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Actor Marc Horwitz re-creates the poet while reading "Annabel Lee" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." A discussion led by Jeff Jerome, curator of the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, will follow. Top of the World Observation Level, 27th floor, World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. Advance tickets, $12; children ages 8 to 12, $6; at the door, $15; ages 8 to 12, $8. Children younger than 8, free. 410-235-4457 or www.viewbaltimore.org.

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.

Sports and Recreation

HARVEST HARRIER 5K TRAIL RUN -- 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The trail includes open field running, hill climbs, descents, stream jumps and wooded trails. Rockburn Branch Park, 5400 Landing Rd., Elkridge. Advanced registration, $15; on-site, $20. 410-313-4711 or 410-313-7275.

LE TOUR DE FULTON -- 8 a.m. Saturday. A 5K race and 1-mile fun walk/run to raise money for Reservoir High School French students to participate in an immersion trip to New Orleans. Registration begins at 7 a.m. T-shirt, water and breakfast after the race will be provided. Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Rd., Fulton. Advanced registration, $15 for the 5K, $10 for the 1-mile walk/run; $5 more at the door. 410-888-8850.

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. tomorrow and Saturday and Oct. 29 and 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

TASTE AND AUCTION OF HOWARD COUNTY -- 5-9 p.m. Sunday. Sample foods from 21 area restaurants and caterers and participate in silent and live auctions to benefit Hospice of Howard County. Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, 2700 Turf Valley Rd., Ellicott City. $75. 410-730-5027 or www.hospiceofhowardcounty.org.

BENEFIT AUCTION -- 8-10 p.m. Saturday. Fine art, estate jewelry and sports memorabilia will be auctioned to benefit the Tails of Hope Sanctuary, a nonprofit animal rescue organization. Wine, cheese, hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served with live entertainment. Preview from 7-8 p.m. Howard County Fairgrounds Meeting Hall, 2210 Fairgrounds Rd., West Friendship. 410-549-4760 or www.tails-of-hope.org.

CRAFT FAIR -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Holiday shopping, live entertainment and food. Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-290-6572.

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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