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Rising Star again a highlight of Howie night

Rising Star again a highlight of Howie night

Two musical theater triple-threats, two musicians, two classical vocalists and four dancers.

That's the field competing this year for the title of Rising Star, an honor bestowed annually at this Saturday evening's Celebration of the Arts. This gala fundraiser — benefiting the Howard County Arts Council — includes food sampling from local restaurants and caters, a silent auction and the announcement of the year's Howie Award recipients, chosen for their contribution to the county's arts community.

But the main event is the Rising Star Competition, where the county's up-and-coming performers compete "American Idol"-style for a cash prize of $5,000. The Celebration is...