MUSIC MATTERS SHOWCASE -- 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Dharma Bums, Ken Baldwin and the Making perform. Mad City Cafe, 10801 Hickory Ridge Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-964-0691.
DANCIN' UNDER THE PEOPLE TREE -- 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 16. Instruction given, with time to practice such line dances as country and western, East Coast swing and electric slide. Part of the Columbia Association's Lakefront Summer Festival. Columbia Lakefront, Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 877-713-9674.
"HEROINES AND HEROES: MYTHICAL TO MUNDANE" -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, beginning Wednesday through Oct. 6. A solo exhibit featuring oil paintings and ink drawings by Jessica Damen. Reception with the artist, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 17. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4870.
"WINNIE COGGINS: VISION IN CLAY" -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment, through Sept. 30. Reception with the artist, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 17. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.
"PAINT POINTS" -- 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and some weekend hours, through Sept. 30. Melora Scanlon, a Columbia resident and licensed acupuncturist, is exhibiting her abstract paintings of acupuncture treatment points. Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048 or www.tai.edu.
"THE ESSENCE OF LINE: FRENCH DRAWINGS FROM INGRES TO DEGAS" -- Through Sept. 11. More than 150 pieces from 19th-century French artists are exhibited at two Baltimore art museums. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. $10; seniors, $8; college students, $6; ages 6-17, $2; 5 and younger, free. 410-547-9000 or www.thewalters.org. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. $7; seniors and college students, $5; 18 and younger, free. 410-396-7100 or www.artbma.org.
"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. 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 www.ecbo.org.
OUTDOOR MOVIES -- 8:30 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 16. Tomorrow, cartoons and animated movies will be shown. Part of the Columbia Association's Lakefront Summer Festival. Columbia Lakefront, Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 877-713-9674, Ext. 9030.
"GREASE" -- 6 p.m. Today-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. The final performances of the rock-and-roll musical celebrating high school life in the late 1950s. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. Tickets include dinner or brunch buffet. $41-$46; 12 and younger, $27.50-$46. 410-730-8311 or www.tobysdinnertheatre.com.
AFTERNOON TEA AT HISTORIC OAKLAND -- 4:30 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 www.historic-oakland.com.
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, sponsored by Howard County Tourism Council. Meet at the side entrance to the Visitor Information Office, Main Street, Ellicott City. $8; seniors and children, $6. Reservations recommended. 800-288-8747 or email@example.com.
-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON
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