Sunday, Feb. 16
Dance concert Misako Ballet Company presents "Spring Collage" at 2 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Concert will showcase diverse cultures and styles of dance. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-884-9690 or misakoballet.com.
Lecture The Howard County Historical Society presents Philip Merrill, an expert in African-American history, memorabilia, culture and an appraiser with the Maryland Public Television show "Chesapeake Collectibles" at 2:30 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 8421 Frederick Road. Merrill is also the author of "The Black American Series: Baltimore" and "The Art of Collecting Black Memorabilia." Free and open to the public. Information: 410-313-1950.
Forum Earth Forum of Howard County presents former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Robert Thompson speaking on "From Farm to Table" at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9535 Presbyterian Circle in Columbia. Open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Information: 410-730-3545.
Concert and celebration In honor of Black History Month, the Columbia Chapter of the Links Inc. and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory presents the 25th annual Peabody Concert featuring students from the Peabody Conservatory and Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University at 3 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road in Laurel. Admission is free.
Monday, Feb. 17
Society meeting The Savage Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. in Room 3 of the Faith & Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St. The topic is "Remembering Savage's Dr. Linthicum." Free and open to the public. Information: 301-725-1241.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Film screening and discussion HopeWorks presents a screening of "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes" at 7 p.m. at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The film challenges viewers to use hip-hop as a means to understand how our culture allows sexism, harassment and violence to thrive. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and a mini-wellness fair featuring representatives from a variety of local agencies. Pre-registration encouraged. Information: 410-997-0304.
Friday, Feb. 21
Lecture Author/performer Stuart Isacoff will give a free lecture/demonstration on "Temperament Through Time: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization" at 2 p.m. at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Lecture tells of battles over the tuning of the musical scale, placing them in the context of quarrels in the worlds of art, philosophy, religion, politics, and science. Information: 443-518-1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movie and blanket The River Hill Community Association's Teen Advisory Committee invites all to watch the movie "Brave" and participate in making blankets for children in need beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle in Clarksville. Families are welcome to bring their own blankets to just watch the movie. Admission is $5 per person and $10 per family. Popcorn, hot chocolate, and water will be served. Contact 410-531-1749 for more information. Blanket making will continue in another room after the movie starts for teens looking to earn community service hours.
Saturday, Feb. 22
Film series The Columbia Jewish Congregation continues its 22nd annual film series with a screening of "The Matchmaker" at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $24 for the remaining three films or $17 for two. Single tickets will also be available at the door for $9. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; screenings begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments and post-film discussion included. Information: 410-381-4809, 410-997-0694 or SBloch@comcast.net.
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Concert Uncle John Sawbriar, Bucky Duster, Paul Loether perform in a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.
Chamber music Benjamin Myers, Yoon Nah Cho, Yoon Young Bae and guests perform Schubert's "String Quintet in C Major" at 7 p.m. at Howard Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Admission is $17, $11 for seniors and $7 for students. Information: 443-518-1500 or email email@example.com.
Black history program The Howard County NAACP Youth Council sponsors its 2nd annual Black History Program from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ridgely's Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road in Jessup. Program will recognize the history of several of the local churches with exhibits and presentations. There will also be performances of songs, dances, and instruments. A reception follows. Information: 443-280-1935.
Recital Pianist David Wasser will perform a program titled, "Day on Earth," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at Howard Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Admission $17, $11 for seniors and $7 for students. Information: 443-518-1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual arts gala Howard County's annual "Celebration of the Arts" will be held March 29 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $100 and $50 and are available by phone at 410-313-2787 or online at hocoarts.org. The gala begins with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring a silent auction of artwork by local artists, culinary treats provided by local restaurants and live musical performances. At 8 p.m. the presentations of the Rising Star Competition and the 2013 Howie Awards take place. $100 tickets include the reception, silent auction and reserved seats in the Smith Theatre; $50 tickets include the reception, silent auction and general seating in the Studio Theatre for the simulcast.
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