Concerts"A TRIBUTE TO MAHALIA JACKSON"-- 3-5 p.m. Monday. In commemoration of Women's History Month, jazz singer Lavenia Nesmith presents "A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson." Some of the proceeds will benefit the Coalition for Compassion at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center. The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. $30; in advance, $25. 410-730-1129. MARYLAND YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA-- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform "Tribute to Broadway," a selection of past and present Broadway show tunes. Fine and Performing Arts Center, CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Rd., Baltimore. $12; seniors and students, $8. 410-442-5645 or

VIOLIST MASTER CLASS-- 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Violist Michael Tree and the Guarneri String Quartet will perform up-close and personal in the intimate 130-seat Monteabaro Recital Hall of Howard Community College. HCC's Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $10; students, $5. 410-772-4801 or

SAVAGE BLUEGRASS-- 7 p.m. Tuesday. At Oliver's Old Towne Tavern, 531 Main St., Laurel. No cover. 301-490-9200.

ExhibitionsSTUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY-- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The Columbia Art Center is exhibiting high school students' photographs of life and happenings in Howard County. Professional photographers juried the exhibition, and awards will be presented at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. The reception and the exhibit are free. 410-730-0075.

ART OF SONYA LAWYER-- 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Howard County Center of African American Culture Research Library, Clark Building, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-715-1921.

JURIED ART EXHIBIT-- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and tomorrow. The Artists' Gallery in Columbia is sponsoring the first in a series of annual juried exhibitions open to artists from across the country. Forty-eight works, including sculpture, watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic, mixed media, collage and photography, were selected by juror Michael Skalka, a conservation administrator at the National Gallery of Art. Artists' Gallery, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249 or

MULTIMEDIA ART EXHIBIT-- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through March 10. Slayton House Gallery will present the Senior Artists Alliance multimedia exhibit. SAA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting visual artists 60 and older. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

"CELEBRATING WITH COLOR"-- 7 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, through March 31. Artists reception, 5-7 p.m. March 9. In celebration of Columbia's 40th birthday, the works of local artists, including watercolorist Wanda Hurt, will be exhibited at Lakeside Cafe, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 301-498-3946.

Theater"YOU DON'T KNOW ME UNTIL YOU KNOW ME"-- 7 p.m. Monday. Actor, psychologist and poet Michael Fowlin presents a one-person show that deals with the issues of race, discrimination, violence prevention, personal identity, suicide, gender equity and homophobia and the emotional pain felt by children in special education. In the 75-minute performance, Fowlin performs nine characters, both male and female, who share their stories. Reservoir High School Auditorium, 11550 Scaggsville Rd., Fulton. Free. for more information. "THE MUSIC MAN"-- 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The River Hill High School drama department will perform "The Music Man," the story of a traveling salesman who whips a town into a frenzy that only the musical instruments he sells can avert. River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. $10; in advance, $8. 410-313-7120.

MiscellaneousYO' MAMA'S COOKIN'-- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Yo' Mama's Cookin', the improv-comedy troupe of Howard Community College's Student-Alumni Arts, performs a mix of original sketches and improv comedy. HCC Black Box Theatre, Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $8. 410-772-4515 or

CHINESE FEAST-- 5-8:30 p.m. Monday. Hunan Manor Restaurant of Columbia will host a Chinese feast to benefit the Silas Craft Collegians Program of Howard Community College. The Silas Craft program is designed to cultivate potential in recent high school graduates through mentoring and peer reinforcement. Hunan Manor, 7091 Deepage Dr., Columbia. $40. 410-772-4450 or

LUNAR ECLIPSE VIEWING-- 6-8 p.m. Saturday. The Howard Community College science department, along with the Office of Student Life and the Howard Astronomical League, will hold a free public viewing of the first total lunar eclipse in three years. HCC astronomy faculty members and HAL's amateur astronomers will be available to assist in the observation, point out constellations and answer questions. HCC parking garage, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. For directions or weather-related cancellations, call 410-772-4891 or go to

Plan AheadCHOCOLATE BALL-- 7 p.m.-midnight March 10. The Arc of Howard County will hold its annual fundraiser, Chocolate Ball 2007: Celebrating 10 Years of Sweet Success. The benefit includes a silent auction and raffle for prizes, as well as dinner, dancing, entertainment and desserts created by chefs and caterers. Proceeds benefit the Arc of Howard County's vocational and residential support services, respite care and other programs and services for children and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd., Laurel. $150. To reserve, call Kari Ebeling, 410-730-0638, ext. 271.

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