Concerts

STRING TRIO -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Ani Kavafian on violin, Barbara Westphal on viola and Gustav Rivinius on cello will perform the music of Beethoven, Dohnanyi and Mozart. Howard Community College, Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $29; $26 for seniors (60 and up) and $12 for students. 410-480-9950.

SINGER KAREN GOLDBERG -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Goldberg's music is a blend of contemporary folk and jazz, with a wry sense of humor and themes about social issues. Oseh Shalom, 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel. $20; $15 in advance. 301-498-5151.

"HIGH AND LIFTED UP" -- 7 p.m. Saturday. The Alleluias, an interfaith Christian choral group based in Howard County will perform at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center. 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. $15; free for children 7-12. 301-518-2125.

PIANO BENEFIT CONCERT -- 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Octtava Piano Duo, featuring Howard Community College faculty members Wei-Der Huang and Hsien-Ann Meng, will perform to benefit the piano fund for HCC's new Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $20; $15 seniors, $10 students. 410-772-4914.

MOZART, DEBUSSY AND CHOPIN -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Local musician Brian Ganz will perform three Mozart pieces, Debussy and Chopin's 24 preludes. The audience is invited to enjoy light refreshments and meet Ganz after the concert. Christ Episcopal Church, Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. $15. $10 students. Anyone younger thn 18 free with an adult. 410-992-0145 or www.sundaysatthree.org.

Exhibitions

HOWARD HOSPITAL BENEFIT -- 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday. Local Howard County artist Tatiana will have a sale benefiting the Howard Hospital Foundation. Tatiana, known for her innovative ceramic works, is moving to New Meixco and selling many of the works in her Glenelg studio. Tatiana Ltd., 14290 Triadelphia Rd., Glenelg. Free. 410-442-1144.

SCULPTOR JOHN WATSON -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Watson creates sculptures from discarded wood, plastic, rubber and other objects. Howard Community College Art Gallery, next to Smith Theatre lobby. 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4870.

"WORLD WAR II: THE HOMEFRONT" -- From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 20. At the B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. $5; $4 students and seniors; $3 children 3-12; free, 2 and younger. 410-461-1944 or www.ebco.org.

MIXED MEDIA EXHIBIT -- From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Monday-next Thursday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. The Olney Art Association presents a multimedia exhibit, including specialists in oils, watercolors, acrylic, printmaking, pen and ink, wood cuts, sculpture, ceramics and photography. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. Fere. 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.

"STILL IN THE MOMENT" -- From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. Exhibition of photographs by Annapolis artist Celia Pearson. Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048.

Film

SILENT FILMS -- 3 p.m. Sunday. The Marvelous Movies and More series will show two short silent films, "An Easter Westerner" and "Grandma's Boy." The films will be accompanied by a live pianist. Dessert, coffee and discussion will follow the show. SlaytonHouse, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. $7, $6 for seniors and students. 410-730-3987.

For Children

CLOWN THEATRE -- tomorrow. Show for all ages. Call for times. The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. $4.50 for ages 2 and up, group rates available. 410-730-4610 or 301-596-5237.

Lectures

And Literature

AUTHOR DARREN SHAN -- 11 a.m. Saturday. Darren Shan, author of the "Cirque du Freak" books, will be at Wilde Lake High School to sign books and meet fans. Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. Free tickets must be picked up at any Howard County Library. 410-313-7750.

LEARN TO READ HEBREW -- 4:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday and 7-10 p.m. Monday. The curriculum of Rabbi Noah Golinkin, which teaches how to read Hebrew in two sessions, will be taught by two experienced leaders of "Hebrew Reading Marathons." Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. $22. 410-997-2183.

VETERANS DAY PRESENTATION -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Local author and historian Daniel C. Toomey will give a slide presentation about the veterans organizations of the Union and Confederate armies within Maryland. Elkridge Senior Center, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free. 410-313-5088.

Theater

"FAME" -- 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 11, 12 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13. The musical "Fame" will be performed by teachers and students from Glenelg High School. The musical follows the highs and lows of students and teachers at a performing arts high school in New York. Glenelg High School, 14025 Burntwoods Rd., Glenelg. $10; $8 in advance. 410-489-9036.

"THE TRAGEDY OF CORIOLANUS" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 19. Shakespeare's final tragedy will be performed by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. This rarely produced play tells the story of a powerful but arrogant general and his fall from grace. Because of violence and nudity, no one younger than 18 will be admitted to the theater. Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. $20. 410-752-3994 or www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

"THE VIOLET HOUR" -- 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Howard Community College's theater in residence program presents this play about the story of a young publisher at the dawn of the Jazz Age who must choose between his best friend and lover. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Prices vary. Call 410-772-4900.

"AIDA" -- 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 5 p.m. Sundays; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, through Nov. 20. A love story with music 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.tobysdinnertheater.com.

Miscellaneous

OAKLAND MILLS PTSA CRAFT FAIR -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. More than 90 crafters will sell baskets, quilts, clothes, jewelry and crafts. The fair will also feature live entertainment, raffles, a Shoppe where children can buy inexpensive presents, and baked goods. 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd., Columbia. Free admission. 401-884-6053.

MARS SKY WATCH -- 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Views of the Red Planet Mars, as it makes its closest approach to Earth in years, will be available through approximately 20 telescopes on the grounds of the Belmont Conference Center. Astronomy faculty at Howard Community College will be available to assist in the observation. 6555 Belmont Woods Rd., Elkridge. Free. For more information call Professor Russ Poch at 410-772-4891.

RELAY FOR LIFE STARTER -- 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday. A Bull Roast dinner marks the start of this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. $30. Call 410-997-8700 or e-mail hcrelay@hotmail.com.

"HARVEST HOME" -- 5-10 p.m., Saturday. St. John's Episcopal Church presents an evening of food, music, a live auction and a raffle. Proceeds will benefit several charity projects. A turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served in two sittings at 5:30 p.m.and 7:30 p.m. Adults over 21 only. 9120 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. $40; $30 in advance. Call 301-596-6585 for more information.

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