SWING -- 7 p.m. tomorrow. Totally Confused, an eight-piece band that plays a mix of swing, jump blues and Motown, performs. Presented by Howard County Recreation and Parks. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Rd., Fulton. Free; parking, $3. 410-313-7275.

LAKEFRONT LUNCHTIME SERIES -- Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday. Wayne Wilentz Trio performs. Lake Kittamaqundi, Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 410-715-3120.

ORGAN MUSIC -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Charles Kokoski performs on the restored Robert Morton/Wicks Theatre pipe organ. Presented by the Free State Theatre Society. Rice Auditorium, Spring Grove Hospital Center, Wade Avenue, Catonsville. Free. 410-592-9322.

A CAPPELLA UNDER THE STARS -- 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Harbor City Music Company, an all-female a cappella barbershop chorus, performs. Lurman Woodland Theater, Bloomsbury Avenue at Hilltop Road, Catonsville. (Rain location: Catonsville High School, next to the theater). Free. 800-856-9868 or


"THE GLOBAL EXPRESS" -- 7 p.m. tomorrow, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Students from Ballet with Cindee Velle perform dances from around the world as well as a contemporary mix of ballet, hip-hop, jazz, modern and tap dancing. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $11-$12; students and seniors get a dollar discount on ticket prices. 410-730-8113.


"IN THE CONSERVATORY" -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through July 3. Michele Martin Taylor presents an exhibit of new works. Reception with the artist, 5-8 p.m. today. Andrei Kushnir Michele Taylor American Painting, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

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 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, through July 1. Pastel paintings by Barbara Steinacker and painted furniture and oil paintings by Kelmie Snider. 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.

COLUMBIA ART CENTER -- 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., through June 19. "Nature of Things," the photography of Denee Barr is shown in the Window Gallery, and the Laurel Art Guild presents a juried multimedia exhibition in the main gallery. Columbia Art Center, 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


"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


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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