Sunday, April 28
Shakespeare A commemoration of the life and works of William Shakespeare will be presented at 2:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 7045 Minstrel Way in Columbia. Event commemorates the 397th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and will feature actors from Studio-Boh, an acting/film/photography studio located in Baltimore, in a program of Sonnets and Soliloquies by Shakespeare. Program also includes a dramatic reading of George Bernard Shaw's "The Dark Lady of the Sonnets," a comic one-act interlude about Shakespeare and his mysterious "Dark Lady." Tickets are $25; $18 for seniors and $15 for full-time students younger than 25. For reservations and more information, call 410-964-6679.
Murder mystery Laurel Mill Playhouse presents Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Nile" at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at 508 Main St. in Laurel. Honeymooners Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife, Kay, find themselves being pursued by an old flame of the groom. Tickets are $15; $12 seniors, students 18 and younger and active-duty military. For reservations, call 301-617-9906, ext 2. Information: 301-452-2557 or go to laurelmillplayhouse.org.
Film screening "Roadmap to Apartheid," documentary film exploring the striking parallels between South African and Israeli apartheid, will be shown at 2 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Free and open to the public. Information: 410-313-1950.
Family event The Jewish Federation of Howard County will host a family picnic beginning at 4 p.m. in honor of Israel's 65th birthday at Cedar Lane Park, 10745 Route 108 in Columbia. Event include a moon bounce, arts and crafts, balloons, birthday cake, popcorn and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic food. Event highlights PJ Library, a program that provides free, age-appropriate Jewish-content books each month. Any Jewish child living in the county age six months to 6 years is eligible to receive books in the mail. Free and open to the public; pets welcome.
Tuesday, April 30
Theater Washington's Clown Cabaret brings theater, comedy and nonsense to Columbia's Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road, with a performance of "Delusions of Grandeur," a show exploring the line between success and failure through a mix of vaudeville and Shakespeare and catastrophic fun. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Wilde Lake High School Speech and Debate Team. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Information: 410-997-1317.
Fundraiser Atholton High School will host an Empty Bowls dinner at 5 p.m. to benefit Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center in the school's cafeteria at 6520 Freetown Road in Columbia. Those attending will receive dinner and a ceramic bowl. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-313-7065.
Saturday, May 4
Concert The Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus performs music of Spain and Latin America in a concert featuring guitarist Magdalena Duhagon, soprano Laura Whittenberger, pianist Alison Gatwood, and a brass ensemble led by Jared Denhard at 8 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theater, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Advance tickets are $23; $20 for seniors and students; $25 and $22 at the door; $16 for groups of 10 or more. Information: 301-854-0107.
Fair The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia sponsors an Animal Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Event feature live animals, exhibits and demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, live music, face painting, a puppet show and more. Information: 410-381-0097 or uucolumbia.net. No pets.
'Talkin' Baseball' Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. ESPN commentator Kevin Blackistone will speak. Free. 410-740-1145.
Music Matters Showcase Hank Alinger, Patti Bramson and Carlos Cysnieros perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road, Suite 101 in Columbia. Free. Information: 410-964-8671.
Testing Gifted-and-talented testing for nonpublic school students, grades five through seven, who plan to enter Howard County middle schools in August will be held at 9 a.m. at Harper's Choice Middle School, 5450 Beaverkill Road in Columbia. Registration materials can be obtained from middle school guidance offices or parents may call the Gifted and Talented Office at 410-313-6800.
Document shredding The Men's Club of the Church of the Resurrection holds this event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 3175 Paulskirk Road in Ellicott City. Service is free and open to the public, however, donations will be accepted. Information: 410-465-4483.
Concert The Columbia Concert Band celebrates its 30th anniversary with a concert featuring saxophonist James Houlik at 3 p.m. May 12 at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville. Bring non-perishable food/pet supplies/cleaning supplies for the Howard Country Food Bank. Refreshments will be served. Information: 301-596-9783 or columbiabands.org.
Classical music The Unitarian Universalist Chalice Concert Series concludes its 2013 season with a performance featuring the students of the Peabody Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department at 8 p.m. May at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. A reception follows the concert. Tickets are $20; $15 for students 15-23; free for children younger than 15 when accompanied by a paying adult. For tickets and more information, call 410-381-0097 or go to uucolumbia.net/concerts.
Classical music The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents Duo Amaral at 3 p.m. May 19 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. The duo will perform music by Scarlatti, Sammartini, Handel, Vivaldi, Franck, and Rodrigo written or arranged for two guitars. Tickets are $15; free for those 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.
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