Live and local
The Columbia Village Centers Courtyard Concert Series continues with Ellis Woodward playing folk rock Thu., July 7, 6 p.m., at the Dorsey's Search Village Center. The Dave Chappel Band performs blues-rock Fri., July 8, 6 p.m., at the River Hill Village Center.
Gary and the Groove plays "good time rock 'n' roll" July 8, 11:30 a.m., at the Kings Contrivance Village Center. Lone Mountain will perform bluegrass July 8, 6 p.m., at the Harper's Choice Village Center. For more information on any of these free public events, go to http://www.columbiavillagecenters.com.
Bullock does Baldwin's
Multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock can be heard Thu., July 7 starting at 8 p.m. at Baldwin's Station & Pub (Sykesville, 410-795-1041). The former member of Helicon is a virtuoso on guitar, cittern and mandolin, offering a blend of Celtic and Appalachian music. Admission is $20.
Start your Retro-Rockets
The 1950s and '60s rock'n'roll band The Retro-Rockets will give a free concert at the Columbia Lakefront Sun., July 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The six-member band appeals to all ages with its playlist of hits by Chuck Berry, the Isley Brothers and Patsy Cline, among others. For more information, call 301-596-2017 or 410-715-3127.
'Giselle' goes 3-D
Two local movie houses are giving audiences a chance to sample the world's first 3-D ballet on Tuesday, July 12. The Regal Snowden Square 14 at the Columbia Mall and the Cinemark Egyptian 24 in Hanover at the Arundel Mills Mall will be among the select 160 movie theaters nationwide offering two screenings of "Giselle in 3-D," recorded via RealD 3-D technology at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
An initial screening at 12 noon on July 12 will be followed by a second performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and on line at http://www.FathomEvents.com.
"Giselle In 3-D" is intended to "capture the beauty and movement of a world-class performance in a new and multi-dimensional way, offering cinema audiences the 'best seat in the house'," reads the advance release.
Visual arts events
Plein as day
The Howard County Arts Council, in conjunction with the county tourism board and the public school system, is hosting a "Paint It! Ellicott City" event in Ellicott City's historic district July 8-10. Art lovers are invited to look over the shoulders of local artists as they take their easels and canvases to the streets for a "plein air" paint-out of the district's historic sites and scenic vistas.
The completed works will be judged by a panel of artists, and will be presented to the public at a reception and awards ceremony Mon., July 11, 6-8 p.m., at the Howard County Center for the Arts.
In order to be included among the participants, you need to register Thu., July 7 between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at The Wine Bin (8390 Main Street), or register by phoning 410-313-2787 or going on line to http://www.hocoarts.org. Good luck!
Honoring Bernice Kish
In honor of retiring longtime Slayton House manager Bernice Kish, the very active Slayton House Gallery in Wilde Lake has been renamed the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House.
The first exhibit to be mounted there under the new banner at 10400 Cross Fox Lane is a two-person exhibit consisting of oil and mixed-media paintings by Molly Safren entitled "Eye Around the World," and a photography show of landscapes and more by Marie McGing. Both artists are based in Columbia.
The exhibit will run July 14-Aug. 13, with a public reception planned for July 17, 3-5 p.m. For more information, call 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.