"SLAM AND JAM" -- 2:30-4:30 p.m. tomorrow. Folly Quarter eighth-graders have been working with international slam poetry champion Gayle Danley to create slam poems. Students will slam while Folly Quarter's jazz combo plays. The event is open to the students, parents and the public. Folly Quarter Middle School, 13500 Triadelphia Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1506.
"MUSIC MATTERS" -- From 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Bill O'Hara, Michelle Muray and Greg Vickers will perform as part of Mad City Cafe's series. Proceeds support the Bread for the City Homeless Center. Mad City Cafe, 10801 Hickory Ridge Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-964-0671.
"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. 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.ecbo.org.
"GUYS AND DOLLS" -- 7 p.m. Next Thursday, Nov. 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19. Nathan Detroit tries to avoid marrying his longtime fiancee, Adelaide, while organizing floating crap games. Meanwhile, Sky Masterson, an incurable gambler and flirt, makes a wager that he can win the affections of a prim mission worker. Frank Loesser's memorable music and laughter abound in this Broadway fable set in New York. Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City. $10; $8 in advance. 410-313-2856.
"A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" -- 7:30 p.m. Next Thursday, Nov. 18 and 19. Wilde Lake High School presents this Shakespeare story of star-crossed lovers, mischievous fairies and lowbrow aspiring actors. This production has a modern staging set beyond Christo and Jean-Claude's "The Gates" in Central Park. James Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Lane, Columbia. $9. 410-313-6965.
"AS YOU LIKE IT" -- 7 p.m. Next Thursday, Nov. 18 and 19, and 3 p.m. Nov. 20. Atholton High School will produce the Shakespeare comedy about a love triangle. Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Rd., Columbia. $10; $8 for students; $6 in advance. 401-531-1263.
"FAME" -- 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Teachers and students from Glenelg High School perform a musical that 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. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company performs the Bard's final tragedy, a rarely produced play about a powerful but arrogant general and his fall from grace. Because of violence and nudity, no one younger than 18 will be admitted. 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 the story of a young publisher at the dawn of the Jazz Age who must choose between his lover and his best friend. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Prices vary. Call 410-772-4900.
"AIDA" -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 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.
COOPER PERRY FUNDRAISER -- From 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. This family event features food, entertainment, silent auction, raffles and PlayWise Kids' exhibits. The Cooper Perry Fund raises awareness of brain trauma and raises money for brain trauma victims and medical research. PlayWise Kids Columbia, 6570 Dobbin Rd., Columbia. $12; 2 and younger free. 410-772-1540.
"VIVA VINO" -- From 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The proceeds from this evening of wine, food and music will help Howard Community College purchase pianos for its new Performing Arts Center. A $5,000 Breitmann upright piano will be raffled. The event includes a silent auction, appetizers, wine samplings and a class with wine expert Yogi Barrett. Music will be provided by HCC faculty and staff members. Kittelman Room of the Instructional Lab Building, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $60, $50 in advance. 301-502-4511 or 410-772-4510.
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