Concerts

OASIS -- 5:30 p.m. today. British rock band Oasis performs on its North American tour. Also featuring Jet. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $25-$40. 410-715-5550.

U.S. ARMY FIELD BAND -- 7 p.m. Sunday. This musical program features pianists, violists, a woodwind quintet and soloists performing chamber music. Ballroom of Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. Free, but call 410-730-4744 to reserve a seat.

Dance

CONTRA AND SQUARE DANCE -- From 7 to 9:45 p.m. next Thursday. Traditional dances from New England and Southern traditions with live music. All dances are taught and walked through by experienced callers. Beginner workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. No partner needed. Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. $8. 410-730-3987.

Exhibitions

"A REALISTIC VIEW: A COLLECTION OF WORKS BY BRIGHTHAWK GALLERY" -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today and Monday-next Thursday, 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. today, tomorrow and Monday-next Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, through next Thursday. 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. today and Monday-next Thursday, 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. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

"WINNIE COGGINS: VISION IN CLAY" -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and tomorrow. 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, 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 Ave., Ellicott City. $5; students and seniors, $4: age 3-12, $3; 2 and younger, free. 410-461-1944 or www.ebco.org.

For Children

MUSICAL DUO MILKSHAKE -- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow. Milkshake will perform a 45-minute set with a mix of educational songs, from upbeat rock to lullabies. Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia. $4.50 in advance. $5.50 at the door, if tickets are still available. 410-730-3987.

COLUMBIA CONCERT BAND CHILDREN'S CONCERT -- 3 p.m. Sunday. The annual Young People's Concert will have a Western theme this year, including music from spaghetti Western films. Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Rd., Columbia. Free. 301-596-9783 or www.columbiaband.org.

Sports and Recreation

29TH ANNUAL COLUMBIA METRIC MARATHON -- 8:15 a.m. Sunday. Run the 26.2K metric marathon or a 5K. Race starts under the pedestrian overpass across from the mall. Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $25 for 26.2 K and $20 for 5K, through Sept. 29. Register at www.active.com, in person at Feet First in Columbia 410-992-5800 or download an application from Strider's Web site, www.striders.net.

Theater

"THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KING JOHN" -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 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 www.tobysdinnertheatre.com.

"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. next Thursday, 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: "No News Is Good," a comedy-drama by William Staney III; "Martha's Choice," a 15-minute comedy by Rich Espey. Sunday: "Regrets Like Ours," a contemporary comedy-drama in two acts by Brian McDermott. Howard Community College, Theatre Outback. 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $5. 410-772-4940.

Miscellaneous

FARM-CITY DAYS -- 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., through Sunday. This 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 www.farmheritage.org. Free. 410-313-2022.

GHOST TOURS -- Fridays and Saturdays, through November. Walking tour of historic Ellicott City includes tales of spirits said to have haunted businesses. Sponsored by Howard Tourism Council. Visitor Information Office, side entrance, Main Street, Ellicott City. $8; seniors and children, $6. Reservations recommended. 800-288-847 or ghosts@visithowardcounty.com.

HIGHLAND DAYS -- festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; gala, 6-10 p.m. Saturday. The annual festival includes a performance stage with local groups, a beer garden, a scavenger hunt and dog and horse demonstrations. The autumn gala, "An Evening in Florence," will feature food, wine, open bar, live music, dancing and auctions. Sponsored by the Greater Highland Crossroads Association. Routes 108, 216 and Highland Road, Highland. For more information, contact Charlotte Williams at 301-596-2003 or williams@eventsorg.com, or e-mail Dan O'Leary at danielol@aol.com.

10TH ANNIVERSARY OF PATAPSCO FEMALE INSTITUTE HISTORIC PARK -- 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. Free reception featuring a retrospective on the transformation of this girls' school into an outdoor facility. The date also marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute, the organization that prevented the institute from being demolished. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City. Space is limited. 410-465-8500.

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