The Columbia Festival of the Arts kicks off tomorrow and runs through June 19. Here are some highlights from the schedule:
Baltimore-Washington JAZZfest House of Jazz (7:30 p.m., Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, tickets $55): "House of Jazz" includes performers Don Braden Quartet, Jerry Gordon, Saisa, the Greg Hatza ORGANization and the Rumba Club.
LakeFest (11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday, on Little Patuxent Parkway across from The Mall in Columbia, free): First, LakeFest offers the second annual Kinetic Art Parade along Little Patuxent Parkway at 11 a.m. Saturday. At noon, check out the second annual Howard County Boat Float on Lake Kittamaqundi. Musical performers, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday, include Honky Talk Confidential, the Thrillbillies, Glenelg Jazz Band with guest artist Carl Filiapiak, the Pietasters, One World Tribe, Junkyard Saints and more.
Columbia Jazz Band (2 p.m., Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, tickets $10, $5 for students and seniors). This performance includes a narrative about the history of American jazz. Afterward, kids can take part in an "instrument petting zoo."
The Second City (8 p.m., Rouse Theatre, tickets $15-$30): The longtime comedic group takes on politics, culture and everything in between with sketches, improv and musical comedy.
The Neville Brothers (8 p.m., Rouse Theatre, tickets $35-$55): Funk and soul are the name of the game when this group - who have had long careers together and separately - shows off the R&B; sound they learned in their hometown of New Orleans.
Gaelic Storm (6:30 p.m., Centennial Park, Centennial Lane in Ellicott City, free): If you saw Titanic, then you have already seen Gaelic Storm, which blends traditional Celtic sounds with tons of energy. There will be a preperformance workshop with the Teelin School of Irish Dance at 5:30 p.m.
"Phonk" by Scrap Arts Music (7:30 p.m., Rouse Theatre, tickets $18-$35): An energetic mix of original music - some performed on instruments created by the five musicians - as well as "hyper-kinetic movement."
Nebellen Dance Company (2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Rouse Theatre, tickets $10-$40): House and hip-hop are combined with martial arts, breakdancing and traditional ballet and jazz.
"Frogz" (2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Rouse Theatre, tickets $20-$45): Penguins, sloths and, not so surprisingly, frogs pack the stage in this whimsical theatrical performance.
Tango Flamenco (7:30 p.m., Rouse Theatre, tickets $35-$55): Sixteen dancers deliver a combination of flamenco, classical Spanish dance and Argentinean tango in this U.S. premiere performance that's accompanied by live music from Ensemble Nuevo Tango and Jarcamora.
To get tickets
By phone at 888-955-5566
Online at www.tickets.com
In person at tickets.com outlets (a list is available on the Web site)
For more details, including a complete schedule, visit www.columbiafestival.com.