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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Things to do April 30 to May 10: Helon Habila at Busboys and Poets

Monday, April 30

Helon Habila, The award-winning Nigerian writer reads from and discusses his most recent novel, “Oil on Water.” A book signing follows. 6:30 p.m., Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Wine Dinner, Calvert Woodley Wine & Spirits hosts a five-course dinner featuring Chateau Pontet-Canet. 6:30 p.m., Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $169, including tax, gratuity and parking. 202-966-0445 or www.calvertwoodley.com.

Duke Ellington School Of the Arts, 7 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $15. 202-337-4141.

Bowie Theater Auditions, women and men ages 20-65, are invited to audition for the stage play, “Love, Sex and the I.R.S.” New York or Midwestern accents a plus. Come prepared for cold readings from the script. 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr. Free. Terry Averill at 301-805-0219 or arch.plan@verizon.net.

Death Cab for Cutie, the Magik*Magik Orchestra, Youth Lagoon, 8 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $45-$75. 301-581-5100.

Tuesday, May 1

Nationals, vs. Arizona Diamondbacks. 7:05 p.m. Tuesday-May. 3, Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287.

The Bad Plus, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35 in advance. 202-588-5595.

Tuesday Night Open Mike Poetry at Busboys and Poets, This proving ground is so popular that tickets go on sale in the bookstore at 10 a.m. The audience is treated to fiery slam poetry, heartfelt spoken word, even rap and live music. To participate: Purchase a wristband on the day of the event. 9 p.m. Tuesdays and May 8, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Wednesday, May 2

Indigo Love, 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. 202-234-0072.

Thursday, May 3

UniverSoul Circus, dancers from Trinidad, horse act from Russia, and French aerialists. See local talent Katoya “Kae J” Johnson dancing with the 360 Dance Crew. Tuesdays-Sundays May 3-20, Capital Plaza Mall, 6200 Annapolis Rd., Landover Hills. $15-$30. or www.universoulcircus.com.

Lanham Bereavement Support Group, for those who have lost loved ones. 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursday of each month, Doctors Community Hospital, First floor conference room, 8100 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. Free. Cathy Cooper at 301-883-0866.

Catholic High School Fair, for 7th and 8th grade students and their families, learn about high schools in the archdiocese through exhibits, admission directors and current students. 6-8 p.m., Archdiocese of Washington, Pastoral Center, 5001 Eastern Ave., Hyattsville.Free, registration required. Wendi Williams at, http://site.adw.org/school-profiles-and-links or wwilliams@adw.org.

“NSO Pops: Marvin Gaye’s ’What’s Going On’ with John Legend and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings,” 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$80. Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, 202-467-4600, TDD:202-416-8524.

Eddie Griffin, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through May 6, Riot Act Comedy Theater, 801 E St. NW. $30-$35. 202-697-4900.

Tinsley Ellis, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $25. 202-337-4141.

Emancipator, 9 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. 202-588-5595.

Friday, May 4

Mint Condition, Fridays-Saturdays, through May 5, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $55. 703-549-7500.

Youth Summit on Technology, for students in grades kindergarten-12, learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Sponsored by Patriots Technology Training Center. Noon-8 p.m. Fridays, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, through May 5, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. Free, advance registration required. Irene Rogers at 301-925-9350 or irene-rogers@live.com.

Blue Oyster Cult, 8 and 11:30 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. 202-588-5595.

The St. George’s Players, perform the stage play “Noises Off,” a farce about a theater cast and crew that bumbles its way through their performance. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through May 6, St. George's Episcopal Church, 7010 Glenn Dale Rd. Glenn Dale.$15; students and seniors, $8. 301-262-3285 or http://www.stgeo.org/SGP.shtml.

Saturday, May 5

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Presented by Lumina Studio Theatre. Saturdays-Thursdays, through May 13, Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100.

Fine Art Festival, artwork of all media for sale by more than 100 artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Downtown Silver Spring, on and around Ellsworth Drive, Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street, Silver Spring. Admission, free. 703-653-8801.

Fishing 101, learn how to bait, hook and cast your line. Age 16 and older must have valid Maryland non-tidal fishing license, which can be purchased at outdoor sporting stores. Bring water, bug spray, hat/sunglasses. 10 a.m.-noon May 5, Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro. Free, registration required. 301-888-1410.

Harlem Renaissance Festival, with performances by Chuck Brown and other artists, dance, spoken word, health screenings, children’s activities, vendors and more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 5, Kentland-Columbia Park Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. Admission, free. 301-341-7439 or http://pghrf.org/festival/.

Poetry Writing Workshop, with poet Laini Mataka. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through May 5, Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-234-4755.

“Women of Elegance” luncheon, with fashion show by Lovely Lady Boutique. Hosted by the Prince George’s County Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Noon-4 p.m. May 5, Colony South Hotel, 7401 Surratts Rd, Clinton. $60, reservations required. 301-423-6142 or 301-567-9349 or www.ncnw-pgcounty.org.

“Help 4 Hygiene toiletry drive, bring personal care items, such as toothpaste, soap, and deodorant to benefit Shepherds Cove, which serves the counties homeless women and children. Live performance by singer Claudette Monet. Sponsored by the Prince George’s County Young Democrats. 1-3 p.m. May 5, United Communities Against Poverty, Inc., 1400 Doewood Lane, Capitol Heights.Heather Asata or Phylicia Henry at 301-357-9608, www.ucappgc.org or pgcydevents@gmail.com.

Bach Sinfonia, perform “The Bohemian Baroque” featuring the works of the Czech Baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. 8 p.m. May 5, Montgomery College Takoma Park Performing Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $30; age 60 and older, $27; age 15 to University, $21; Under 15, free. 240-567-5775.

Chaka Khan, 8 and 11:30 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $75 in advance. 202-588-5595.

Sunday, May 6

Antique Cadillac showcase, featuring classic Cadillac’s and LaSalle’s, with award presentation. 10 a.m. May 6, Capitol Cadillac, 6500 Capitol Dr., Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-894-8026.

Meridian International Children’s Festival, Noon-4 p.m. May 6, Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-312-1399.

Happenstance Theater, Mucca Pazza, Happenstance Theater blends elements of mime, comedy and cabaret. Also on the program is Mucca Pazza, a circus-punk marching band. Part of the Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America festival, which brings performance art to the streets of Washington from May 6 to May 12. 6 p.m. May 6, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, 202-467-4600.

Monday, May 7

Karen Beriss, Matt Pauli, Swami Yomahmi, Evan Young, The show features a magician, Charlie Chaplin character, a sideshow geek and comedic juggler. Part of the Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America festival, which brings performance art to the streets of Washington from May 6 to May 12. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 7, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.Free.

Film: Pygmalion, the Academy Award-winning inspiration for Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady, “Pygmalion” (1938) directed by Anthony Asquith is set in 1930’s London about a snobbish professor of languages that bets he can teach a certain woman to act and speak like a lady. Part of the Monday night film series. 7 p.m. May 7, Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $5. 240-567-7538.

U.K., 8 p.m. May 7, The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $45-$75. 202-588-5595.

Tuesday, May 8

Moira Lee, Michael Rosman, Sweet Heaven Kings, Moira Lee has mastered everything from the trapeze to balancing acts. She is joined by Michael Rosman, a comedic juggler, and Sweet Heaven Kings, a gospel brass band. Part of the Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America festival, which brings performance art to the streets of Washington from May 6 to May 12. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 8, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.Free.

Circolombia, The youth circus troupe from Columbia performs. Part of the Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America festival, which brings performance art to the streets of Washington from May 6 to May 12. 6 p.m. May 8, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, 202-467-4600.

“Xanadu,” A forbidden relationship blooms in 1980 Venice. 7:30 p.m. May 8-9, 8 p.m. May 10, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $62-$86. 703-820-9771.

The Musical Box, 8 p.m. May 8, The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $50 in advance. 202-588-5595.

Wednesday, May 9

Feist, 8 p.m. May 9, Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $45. 301-581-5100.

Thursday, May 10

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, Live performances by Allison Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Carmen Lundy, Tia Fuller and other female jazz musicians and singers. Thursdays, through May 12, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $38. 202-467-4600.

Midnight Circus, Aerialists, acrobats, clowns and other circus artists take the stage. Part of the Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America festival, which brings performance art to the streets of Washington from May 6 to May 12. 6 p.m. May 10, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, 202-467-4600.

“The Bacchae,” Euripides’s Greek tragedy is presented by WSC Avant Bard. 7:30 p.m. May 10, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $25-$35. 703-418-4808 or wscavantbard.org.

Carolina Chocolate Drops, 7:30 p.m. May 10, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25. 703-549-7500.

Arturo Sandoval, The Afro-Cuban trumpeter is a protege of Dizzy Gillespie and a Latin jazz legend. 8 and 10 p.m. Thursdays, through May 13, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $43. 202-337-4141.

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