The former NBA star has made a smooth segue into smooth jazz. Wayman Tisdale's imposing physical stature matches his approach to the bass: mighty yet melodic. See him at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $39.50. Call 410-268-4545 or go to ramsheadtavern.com.
Beaufort, based on the acclaimed Israeli anti-war novel set in an IDF outpost in Lebanon not long before the army withdrew in 2000, makes its Baltimore City debut at Cinema Sundays at the Charles Theatre. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. for bagels and coffee; showtime is 10:30 a.m. Admission is $15. The Charles is at 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com or cinemasundays.com.
African film festival
Goucher College honors Black History Month with a free, five-day African film festival starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday and continuing at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 12; 6 p.m. Feb. 13; and 3 p.m. Feb 14. Juju Factory kicks off the festival with the tale of a Congolese writer in Brussels named Congo Kongo: He must trust his "juju" as he tries to explore the atrocity-streaked history of Belgium in the Congo instead of writing the potboiler his editor wants. It screens at 8 p.m. at the Heubeck Multipurpose Room at Goucher, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Go to goucher.edu.
The eminent Czech ensemble, the Talich Quartet, will perform an all-Czech program for Candlelight Concerts featuring music by Dvorak, mid-19th-century composer Jan Kalivoda and Erwin Schulhoff, who died in a concentration camp in 1942. The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $12-$29. Call 410-997-2324 or go to candlelightconcerts.org.
Ink studies by Baltimore artist Ruth Pettus are featured in Memoranda, an exhibit that runs through Feb. 28 at Minas Gallery, 815 W. 36th St. The images are part of her "Horizon Series," in which land, water and sky come together in various ways. Go to minasgalleryandboutique.com.
Oil paintings at MICA
Maryland Institute College of Art presents faculty member Philip Koch's oil paintings of the New England coast and other subjects in Unbroken Threads: Nature Paintings and the American Imagination. The Art of Philip Koch. The exhibit runs through March 15 in the college's Bunting Center, 1401 Mount Royal Ave. A gallery reception with the artist takes place 5 p.m.-7 p.m. today. Go to mica.edu.
Happy Valentine's Day. In this installment of the sell-out Stoop Storytelling series, seven storytellers will speak for seven minutes apiece about breakups, bad dates and other romantic calamities. Invited speakers include comedian Marc Unger and Katherine Gorman, producer of WYPR's Maryland Morning. See Stoop Storytelling: Love Hurts at 8 p.m. Monday at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Tickets are $15. Call 410-332-0033 or go to stoopstorytelling.com.
'A Lie of the Mind'
Few writers do black humor as well as Sam Shepard, and this dysfunctional family saga won a passel of awards when it made its debut in New York in 1986. The play is set against the hardscrabble Montana landscape and is about the disintegration of two families linked by marriage after the wife is hospitalized with a brain injury. See A Lie of the Mind through March 1 at Rep Stage, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $15-$30. Call 410-772-4900 or go to www.repstage.org.
And the 'Kitchen Sink'
The WindUp Space presents Kitchen Sink, the first Salon Show. The art and performance space will hold an open-call exhibition where artists from around the region can submit any kind of art, from paintings to sculpture to drawings, collages and mixed media. The exhibit will run from tomorrow through Feb. 28. An opening reception will be held 7 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow at the WindUp Space, 12 W. North Ave. Go to thewindupspace.com.
Foreign and domestic motorcycle manufacturers will show off their custom and antique motorcycles at the Mid-Atlantic Motorcycle Show. There will also be hundreds of exhibitors offering all things motorcycles and well-known bike builders from Discovery Channel's Biker Build-Off and Vinnie & Cody of the American Chopper Series' V-Force Customs. The show will be held tomorrow through Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Doors open at 10 a.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids, and free for kids younger than 10 with a paying adult. Call 410-561-7323 or go to cycleshow.net.
The sweetest night in town
More than 50 of the area's restaurants, caterers and chocolatiers will help put on the 18th Annual Chocolate Affair, an event to benefit Health Care for the Homeless. Baltimore jazz singer and honorary event chair Maysa Leak will perform at the business-cocktail event that will offer a competition for sweet and savory items. Also on hand will be Jill Snyder, chef and a contestant on the current season of Bravo's Top Chef; Daniel Wilcox, tight end for the Baltimore Ravens; and Hershey Lodge master mixologist Karl McCall, who will demonstrate how to make the perfect chocolate martini. The event is 6-9 tonight at M&T; Bank Stadium. Tickets are $75 a person, $140 a couple in advance or $85 per person at the door. Call 443-703-1396 or go to chocolateaffair.org.