SOPRANO SAX JAZZ CONCERT -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett will perform with the Wilde Lake High School Jazz Band. Bunnett is well-known for her jazz and Afro-Cuban music. Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 410-997-2070.
CONTRA AND SQUARE DANCE -- 7-9:45 tonight. Traditional dances from New England and Southern traditions with live music. All dances are taught and walked through by experienced callers. Beginner workshop at 6:30 p.m. No partner needed. Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. $8. 410-730-3987.
"A REALISTIC VIEW: A COLLECTION OF WORKS BY BRIGHTHAWK GALLERY" -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Features watercolor works by Brenda Will Kidera and her students. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.
"MIXED MESSAGES" -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The children's game telephone was the inspiration for this exhibition of works by 30 photographers. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.
"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 Dallaurio 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; children 3-12, $3; 2 and younger, free. 410-461-1944 or www.ecbo.org.
"SMOKE SIGNALS" DISCUSSION -- 7:30 tonight. Author Sherman Alexie, whose characters served as the basis for the film "Smoke Signals," will be present at a screening of the film and will participate in a discussion afterward. Kittleman Room, Instructional Lab Building 100, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Call for reservations 1-6 p.m. $11; seniors and students, $5. 410-772-4568.
"AN AMERICAN IN PARIS" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The 1951 musical stars Gene Kelly. Coffee, dessert and a discussion follow the film. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. $7; seniors and students, $6. 410-730-3987.
OAKLAND MILLS FALL FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Dancing, music, food, games, crafts, health screenings, moon bounce, Columbia's teen idol and the Best Pie in Town contest. Oaklands Mills International Fall Festival, Oakland Mills Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. Free. 410-730-4610.
Sports and Recreation
"WALK TO D-FEET ALS" -- 9 a.m. Sunday. A three-mile walk open to the public to raise funds for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association and the ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Registration starts at 9 a.m.; ceremony begins at 10 a.m. McKeldin Area, Patapsco Valley State Park. 301-978-9855 or www.ALSinfo.org.
"AIDA" -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, through Nov. 20. A love story about a soldier and an enslaved princess, with music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Toby's Dinner Theater, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $41-$46; 12 and younger, $27.50-$46. Includes dinner or brunch buffet. 410-730-8311 or www.tobysdinnertheater.com.
"T-BONE 'N' WEASEL" -- 7 tonight, 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 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; tonight, $12. 410-72-4900.
PLAY READING SERIES -- 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. "Hired Gun, a Rock N' Roll Melodrama in Two Acts" by Mark Scharf will be performed Saturday. "Dead Breakfast, a Dark Comedy" by Casey Jones will be performed Sunday. Theatre Outback, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $5. 410-772-4940.
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. 800-288-8747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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