'The Violet Hour' at HCC

"The Violet Hour," the latest production from Howard Community College's professional theater company in residence program, makes its debut tomorrow. The play, by Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg, takes place in 1919, the dawn of the Jazz Age. A young publisher must decide whether to publish the novel of his best friend or the biography of his secret lover. Meanwhile, a mysterious machine that provides a glimpse of the future has appeared in his office. "The Violet Hour" will run from Friday through Nov. 20. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $21 for Fridays; $15, Saturday afternoons; $24, Saturday nights; $20, Sunday afternoons; $17, Sunday nights; $12, for students. Discounts available for groups of six or more. 410-772-4900.

Tribute to John Denver

The Columbia Orchestra and the Muse Foundation present "Music From the Mountains," a tribute to John Denver at 3 p.m. Sunday. Colleagues and band members of John Denver's will join the Columbia Orchestra, under the direction of Jason Love. VIP tickets will include the best seats and a chance to meet the guest artists at a catered reception after the concert. A silent auction before the concert will benefit the Columbia Orchestra. Jim Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. $75 for VIP; $30 general admission. 410-465-8777 or www.columbiaorchestra.org.

Ian Lockhart and Bruce Nelson in Richard Greenberg's "The Violet Hour."