WASHINGTON BACH CONSORT -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. $21-$55. 301-581-5100.

BECK AND REILLY -- 7 p.m. Saturday. Nashville singer-songwriters Sara Beck, who grew up in Ellicott City, and Jim Reilly perform country and soul. One World Coffeehouse, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. $12. 410-381-0097.


"A REALISTIC VIEW: A COLLECTION OF WORKS BY BRIGHTHAWK GALLERY" -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 8. Features watercolor works by Brenda Will Kidera and her students. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

"HEROINES AND HEROES: MYTHICAL TO MUNDANE" -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 6. A solo exhibit featuring oil paintings and ink drawings by Jessica Damen. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4870.

"MIXED MESSAGES" -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 9. The childhood game of telephone was the inspiration for this exhibition of work by 30 photographers. Reception with curators Maili Godwin and Jason Stoner and artists, 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

"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. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

"ELLICOTT CITY PAINTINGS" -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through Oct. 16. Works by members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, including Liz Donovan, Mike Heylin, Mary Kokoski, Bernard Dellaurio and Jean Brinton Jaecks. Andrei Kushnir Michele Taylor American Painting Gallery, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

"WORLD WAR II: THE HOMEFRONT" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and 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, Main Street and 2711 Maryland Avenue., Ellicott City. $5; students and seniors, $4; age 3-12, $3; 2 and younger, free. 410-461-1944 or

For Children

DIGGING IN THE RUINS -- 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders are invited to a dig to learn how archaeologists reconstruct the past. Bring a bag lunch. Snacks and drinks are provided. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sara's Lane, Ellicott City. $30, reservations required. 410-465-8500.

"PINOCCHIO" -- 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Pumpkin Theatre performs the children's classic. Hannah More Arts Center, St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. $11 in advance, $12 at door. 410-828-1814.


"THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KING JOHN" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The Rude Mechanicals interpret Shakespeare. Sellers Theater, Laurel High School, 8000 Cherry Lane, Laurel. $10. 301-317-7964.

"AIDA" -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, through Nov. 20. Love story about a soldier and an enslaved princess. Songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $41-$46; 12 and younger, $27.50-$46. Includes dinner or brunch buffet. 410-730-8311 or

"T BONE N WEASEL" -- 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7 p.m. Oct. 6, through Oct. 9. A comedy about two ex-cons traveling the back roads of North Carolina in search of a hot meal or an easy mark. Rep Stage, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $15-$24; seniors, $13-22; students, $12; Oct. 6, $12. 410-772-4900.

PLAY READING SERIES -- 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 9. Seven original one-act and full-length plays written by local playwrights. Saturday: "Stagolee, A Lie in Three Acts" by Terence Cooper. Sunday: "The Left Hand of Justice, an Historical Play in Two Acts" by Ernie Joselovitz. Howard Community College, Theatre Outback, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $5. 410-772-4940.


SPAGHETTI DINNER -- 6-8 p.m. tomorrow. Reservoir High School boosters host the third annual homecoming dinner. Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Rd., Fulton. $6; $5 in advance; free, 5 and younger. 301-604-8485.

FARM-CITY DAYS -- 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through Oct. 2. This 16-day festival, "Routes to Our Roots," celebrates the links between urban and rural life. Includes farm open houses, horse shows, story times, hayrides. For events and locations, visit Free. 410-313-2022.

GHOST TOURS -- 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through November. Walking tour of historic Ellicott City includes tales of spirits said to have haunted businesses. Sponsored by Howard County Tourism Council. Visitor Information Office, Side Entrance, Main Street, Ellicott City. $8; seniors and children, $6. Reservations recommended. 800-288-8747 or

HORSE RESCUE FALL FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Costumed horses highlight the event at Days End Farm, a home for neglected and abused horses and ponies. Also pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin decorating, farm tours and live music. Days End Farm, 15856 Frederick Rd, Lisbon. $5 for families; $2, adults; $1, age 7 to 12; free, 6 and younger. 301-854-5037.

MAIN STREET WALKING TOUR -- 2 p.m. Sunday. Joe Robison, a local historian and former mayor of Laurel, leads a 11/2-hour tour of the city. Learn about Laurel's history and view its architectural style. Sponsored by the Laurel Historical Society. Tour begins at Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., Laurel. Free. 301-725-7975.

Plan Ahead

OASIS -- 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Brit pop. With Jet. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $25-$40. 410-715-5550.

HIGHLAND DAYS -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1. The annual festival includes a performance stage with local groups, a beer garden, a scavenger hunt and dog and horse demonstrations.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON

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