Sponsored by Columbia Art Center and Little Patuxent Review

Monthly presentations by local artists, poets, actors, musicians and other specialists. These events are free unless otherwise noted. For a complete listing, please visit or contact Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or

Wednesday, May 8, 7pm

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Film and Discussion

With Allan F. O’Connell

Discover the groundbreaking work of the largest biological science center within the Department of the Interior — the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. This research center is home to some of the nation’s best scientists, who focus on challenges facing wildlife, past and present. Their continued strides include research and work with Bengal tigers, studies that led to Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring, and maintaining the largest flock of whooping cranes that led to the species’ recovery. Research manager Allan O’Connell will present a film and lead a discussion on the institution’s history and achievements.

Monday, June 3, 7pm

Street Portraits From the Heart

With Photographer Ben Cricchi

Through Ben’s photography, witness an artistic journey that began in Paris, continued on to China and finally leads to his current work in Baltimore. His photographs are mostly street and portrait images that blend sensitive observation with gritty realism. Ben served as a photographer for the Baltimore City Paper. His work has garnered fine art recognition with exhibits in New York and Europe.