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LakeFest -- From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., enjoy musical performances, including Luis Garay (5 p.m.), Pie Boys Flat (6:30 p.m.), Oregon Hill Funk All-Stars (8 p.m.) and 10 Foot 5 (9:30 p.m.). At 7:30 p.m., there will be a cake-cutting marking Columbia's birthday. Throughout the weekend, there will be arts and crafts, a chalk drawing contest (entry fee $10), a chess contest and more at Lake Kittamaqundi.

Making an Entrance -- This public art project of a number of doors transformed in different ways is on display at LakeFest starting at 5 p.m. See makinganentrance.org for more information.


LakeFest continues -- Musical performances include Blue Daze (noon), Ilyami (2 p.m.), Last Train Home (3:30 p.m.), Almost Recess (5 p.m.), La Firma (6:30 p.m.), Kenin (8 p.m.) and the Kelly Bell Band (9:30 p.m.).

Howard County Boat Float -- Parade at 11 a.m. by The Mall in Columbia, and then at 1 p.m., race festivities begin on Lake Kittamaqundi. For entry details, go to hocoboat float.com.

Kinetic Art Parade -- Third annual homemade moving sculptures parade along Little Patuxent Parkway starting at 11 a.m. Prizes range from $250 to $1,000 for best entries.


LakeFest continues -- Musical performances include The Tummlers (1 p.m.), First Baptist Church of Gilford Mens' Choir (2:30 p.m.), the Alex Brown Trio (4 p.m.) and the Glenelg High School Jazz Band with guest Deanna Bogart (5:30 p.m.).

Voices in Wartime -- Documentary about the experience of war. 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Howard County Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free.


Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra -- At 8 p.m., this protege of Wynton Marsalis performs at the James Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road. Tickets are $35-$50.


The Seldom Scene -- At 7 p.m., see a free concert by this area bluegrass band at Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City.

June 15

Grada -- At 6 p.m., Grada, a Dublin-based Celtic performance group, performs at Howard Community College's Belmont Conference Center, 6555 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge. Tickets are $35, which includes buffet dinner.

June 16

Kun-Yang Lin Dancers -- Lin has a dance style that combines Western and Eastern cultures. This performance, at 8 p.m. at the James Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road, includes Kun-Yang Lin's principal dancer, Jillian Harris, a Columbia native. Tickets are $10-$20.

June 17

East Village Opera Company -- At 8 p.m., check out traditional opera set to rock music by this New York-based group at the James Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road. Tickets are $15-$40.

June 18

The Flying Karamazov Brothers -- The wacky performance group brings the show LIFE: A Guide for the Perplexed to the James Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15-$40.

June 19

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change -- At 7:30, the longest-running off-Broadway musical, which takes on relationships, is at the James Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road. Tickets are $15-$40.

June 20

Blood, Sweat and Tears -- At 8 p.m., the jazz-soul-rock group, which sold more than 35 million albums in the 1970s, performs at the James Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road. Special guest Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, joins them. Tickets are $25-$55.

June 22

Comedy Night Out -- Headliner Reno, who performed at the festival in 2003, is joined by Ty Barnett in a performance at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 and include food.

June 23

The Langston Hughes Project Ask Your Mama -- Twelve Moods for Jazz Featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet: At 8 p.m., this 12-part work by Hughes is presented at the Howard Community College Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Images, music and words are combined into a multimedia performance. Tickets are $15-$25.

June 24

Diavolo -- For the grand finale of the festival, this abstract dance-theater group will perform at the James Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road. Tickets are $25-$50.


Opening Doors -- Making a Difference: This Columbia Art Center exhibit features works by Howard County citizens. Tomorrow through June 24 at the center, 6100 Foreland Garth. Reception takes place 6 p.m.-9 p.m. June 17, with an informal chat with popup book artist Robert Sabuda between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

ArtWorks -- A Fine Art Exhibit -- This exhibit features works by local artists as well as the winners of the kindergarten-12th grade poster contest. Runs tomorrow through June 24 at the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle.

Classes and workshops -- Many of the performers appearing at the festival will be giving classes and workshops. For more details on these and all the festival events, see colum biafestival.com.


Tickets -- are available through tickets.com or at 410-715-3089.

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