The 1991 Columbia Festival of the Arts, running today through July 7, is staging more than 60 events in 12 locations in Columbia and Howard County. Fees vary; some events are free.
Highlights this weekend include performances by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Smith Theatre. The chamber music ensemble will perform tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Mezzo-soprano Joan Morris and prize-winning pianist William Bolcom will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Smith Theatre.
Mum Puppettheatre will performs its innovative puppetry for children at 2 p.m. Saturday and for adults at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Both shows will be at Wilde Lake High School.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform tonight at 8 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Tomorrow at 10 a.m., the troupe will dance with students at the Slayton House, where admission will be free with tickets.
This weekend's lakefront activities, all free, will include performances Friday by the musical group Volunteers at 6 p.m.; the Jai Poong Ryu Dancers at 7:30 p.m.; the Spiderwoman Theater at 9 p.m.; and Tim Eyermann and East Coast Offering at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday's lakefront schedule will include stories by Mary Carter Smith at 4 p.m.; drama by the Interact Story Theatre at 5:30 p.m.; the Eva Anderson dance theater at 6:30 p.m.; and the Annapolis Brass Quintet at 8 p.m.
Sunday's lakefront activities will include a children's program by the Annapolis Brass Quintet at 4:30 p.m.; the Dance Dimension at 6 p.m.; and stories by Judith Black at 7:30 p.m.
The festival will continue with performances including a concert featuring international flutist James Galway with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra July 7.
In the classical theater vein, UMBC's Shakespeare on Wheels touring company will present its version of "The Tempest" on July 5 and 6.
A table reading of "All the Queen's Men" by John Nassivera, a new play centering on the controversy over the "true" author of the Shakespeare plays, is on the agenda for July 1.
For more information on the Columbia Festival of the Arts, call the festival box office at 381-0545.