CAPITAL JAZZ FEST -- 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Musicians include George Benson and Chaka Khan on Friday; the Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters and Marion Meadows; Mindi Abair; Lee Ritenour and Friends featuring Ernie Watts, Patrice Rushen, Alex Acuana and Brian Bromberg; Ledisi; Boney James; and Brian Culbertson on Saturday; and Paul Jackson Jr.; Spyro Gyra; Lalah Hathaway; Marcus Miller; the Jazz Attack featuring Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot and Peter White; and Kenny G on Sunday. The winner of the 2005 Capital Jazz Challenge will also perform Sunday. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $29-$87.50. 410-715-5550 or

COLUMBIA ORCHESTRA -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The final masterworks concert of the 2005-06 season, "And the Winner Is . . .," includes "Shadow Dance," by David Dzubay, who won the Columbia Orchestra's 2005 American Composer Competition, and marimbist Eric Beach, the 2004 winner of the Yale Gordon Competition, performing Frank Nuyts's "Woodnotes: Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra." The program's second half will feature Johannes Brahms's Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68. A free prelude discussion with Bill Scanlan Murphy, a Howard Community College faculty member, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Jim Rouse Theatre for Performing Arts, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. $15; seniors 60 and older, $12; full-time students, $8. 410-465-8777 or

LIVE JAZZ -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Gospel Jazz Company, four musicians who met in the music ministry of St. John Baptist Church, performs gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-7860.


LOCAL ARTISTS -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Andrei Trach of Laurel presents his oil works in "Personal Visions," in the Lobby Gallery, and Bill Stromberg of Arbutus will show his mixed media works in "Faces, Places and Things," in the Bill White Room Gallery. Slayton House House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

WOOD AND WATER -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, from Monday to July 1. Pastel paintings by Barbara Steinacker and painted furniture and oil paintings by Kelmie Snider. Reception with the artists, 6-8 p.m. Friday. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

FIBERLECTIC -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through June 23. Eclectic work of cloth and stitch by local female artists. The art employs stitching, beading, dyeing, cutting and layering. Reception with the artists, 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4870.

"NATURE OF THINGS" -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. The photography of Denee Barr. Reception with the artist, 6-8 p.m. today. Columbia Art Center's Window Gallery, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

PAINTINGS AND CERAMIC SCULPTURE -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through July 31. "Story Telling," works by four painters, and "The Energy of Intention," a display of ceramic sculpture. Tatiana Ltd., 14290 Triadelphia Rd., Glenelg. 410-442-1144.

"BUDS AND BUGS" -- 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, through June 30. Penny Kritt, an artist from Burtonsville, displays floral watercolors and hand-painted silks. Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048 or

"WORLD WAR II: THE HOMEFRONT" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 20. An exhibit about the B&O Railroad, the American Red Cross and German prisoners of war in Howard County. The Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. $5; students and seniors, $4; ages 3-12, $3; 2 and younger, free. 410-461-1944 or


And Literature

"THE GARDEN GIRLS GO GOURMET" -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Meet members of the Green-Walled Garden Club of Frederick, who were inspired by the film "Calendar Girls" to be photographed naked, posing strategically behind bushes and fences for their cookbook. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Club members are using proceeds from book sales to fund beautification projects in Frederick. Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-7860.


"BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, through July 3. The musical is based on the animated Disney movie. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $39-$44; 12 and younger, $25.50-$44. Admission includes buffet dinner or brunch before the show. 410-730-8311 or


SAVAGE FEST 2005 -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Carnival rides, games, food, live music, crafts, a parade, strawberry festival and car show. Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry Rd., Columbia. Free. 301-725-4959.

AFTERNOON TEA AT HISTORIC OAKLAND -- 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. the last Thursday of each month. The Tea Trolley offers a traditional tea, featuring scones, sandwiches and desserts in the 19th-century mansion. Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. $18.90. Reservations required. 410-730-4744 or

GHOST TOURS -- 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through November. A walking tour of historic Ellicott City that includes tales of spirits said to have haunted businesses; tours sponsored by the Howard County Tourism Council. Meet at the Visitor Information Office's side entrance, Main Street, Ellicott City. $8; seniors and children, $6. Reservations recommended. 800-288-8747 or

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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