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Free Mardi Gras Concert Feb. 17 By U.S. Army Blues in Clarksville

02/17/2023 to 02/17/2023

12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029

The U.S. Army Blues Swamp Romp strikes up the band for a free musical journey filled with surprises from The Crescent City and Louisiana Bayou – at St. Louis Church Social Hall 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Returning with to lead this year’s Mardi Gras celebration, the band combines energetic improvisation, “audience interaction, humor, joy and audacity to create a custom musical gumbo" from Dixieland to Boogaloo to Stevie Wonder. Free admission with advance online reservations, but seating is limited, first-come, first-served; cash bar with snacks. For tickets or more information, visit www.stlconcertseries.org

Where Journalism Meets Literature: A Conversation with Colm Tóibín and Maureen Dowd

02/18/2023 to 02/18/2023

10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

You are invited to join HoCoPoLitSo for the 45th Irish Evening of Music and Poetry on Saturday, February 18th for Where Journalism Meets Literature: A Conversation with Colm Tóibín and Maureen Dowd. Acclaimed author Tóibín and New York Times journalist Dowd will explore the crossroads between journalism and literature and read from their recent works. Music by Poor Man’s Gambit will be featured, and books, food and beverages will be available for purchase. In-person and online options are available. More information online at hocopolitso.org.

Maryland Winds – A Maryland Winds Showcase

02/21/2023 to 02/21/2023

5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, MD 21044

February marks the premiere of Jim Stephenson’s newest major work. His Concerto for Winds is a no-holds-barred tour de force that showcases every section of the ensemble. Combined with wonderful chestnuts of the repertoire from Sousa, Clifton Williams, Grantham, and Holst; this is a concert you won’t want to miss! Maryland Winds is an ensemble of professional musicians in the greater Baltimore–Washington, DC, area. Most are current or past performers with the premier military bands, in major symphony orchestras, or as freelancers. Many are also active music educators in schools and private studios. February 21, 2023, 7:30 p.m. Jim Rouse Theater for the Performing Arts at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, Maryland 21044. https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=155621. $15 – General Admission, $13 – Seniors, $12 – Students

ACCORDION AND SAXOPHONE in Classical Concert

02/25/2023 to 02/25/2023

10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Praised for her captivating stage presence and technically masterful performances, HANZHI WANG is the first accordionist in history to win First Prize at the Young Concert Artists (YCA) Competition. Likewise, saxophonist STEVEN BANKS is YCA’s first ever First Prize winner on his instrument. Banks is also recognized for his moving compositions, his glowing mahogany tone, and a blossoming collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra. Joined by pianist XAK BJERKEN, these two dazzling young virtuosi will weave a unique sonic tapestry that expands the boundaries of chamber music and leaves you wanting more. Tickets are $45/adult and $10/student, and a FREE ticket for youths ages 9-17 comes with each purchase of an adult ticket. After you purchase your ticket, our office will call you to determine your seating. For more information, visit candlelightconcerts.org

Lecture and Q&A on “Never Forget Our People Were Always Free” by Ben Jealous

02/28/2023 to 02/28/2023

6251 Mango Tree Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Join in the community for an evening with Benjamin Jealous, a social entrepreneur, changemaker, and former NAACP president. Jealous will reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through the lens of his work as a civil rights leader, former investigative journalist, and educator. Jealous was one of the youngest presidents in NAACP history. He has also served as president of the Rosenberg Foundation, founding director of Amnesty International’s U.S. Human Rights Program, and executive director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association — the largest trade association of African-American owned newspapers. In Mississippi, Jealous was editor of the Jackson Advocate newspaper and a NAACP community organizer. He started his career in civil rights at age 18, working in the mailroom of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Artists Gallery 2023 Hybrid Juried Show

03/02/2023 to 03/26/2023

8197 Main Street , Elicott City , MD 21042

Artists Gallery will feature our 2023 Hybrid Juried Show in March. Our Call For Artists is now open and the DEADLINE OR ENTRY is February 5, 2023. The show runs from March 2-March 26 , 2023 with a reception and awards presentation on March 5, from 2-5pm with a rain date of March 12, from 2-5pm. Check the gallery website for the prospectus and additional information. Artists’ Gallery in Old Ellicott City is a member-owned gallery. Gallery Hours: Wednesday 11 to 3 PM, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 to 6 PM and Sunday 11 to 5 PM. Artists’ Gallery, 8197 Main Street Ellicott City, Maryland 21043. 443-325-5936. Website: www.artistsgalleryec.com.