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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 08/16/2012

Things to do Aug. 16-30: ‘Securing the Blessings of Liberty,” a presentation about African Americans and Slavery, Aug. 20 in Alexandria

Thursday, Aug. 16

“Queer Queens of Qomedy,” Featuring Poppy Champlin and more. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25. 703-549-7500, http://www.birchmere.com/.

17th Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival, This year’s annual festival includes screenings of “Lover’s Discourse,” “Rouge,” “An Autumn’s Tale,” “Killer Clans” and more. Thursday-Sunday, Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-4880.

Montgomery County Fair, Demolition derbies, monster trucks, hermit crab races, loads of farm animals, of course, plenty of gut-busting fried foods are what make MoCo’s annual fair a beloved tradition. Thursday-Saturday, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. $10 (does not include ride tickets); 11 and younger, free; passes available. 301-963-3247 or www.mcagfair.com.

The Riseband and Show, The nine-member R&B/Funk/Jazz/Motown ensemble performs. 4-8 p.m., The Yards Park, Third and Water streets SE. Free. or http://www.yardspark.org/events/do/friday-evening-concert6.

Wine Down at the Square, Rockville Town Square holds wine tastings on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Features live music from an assortment of local bands. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 23, Rockville Town Square, between Rockville Pike, East Middle Lane, North Washington Street and Beall Avenue. Free. 301-998-8178 or www.rockvilletownsquare.com.

“August: Osage County,” Keegan Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning tragicomedy about a highly dysfunctional family. Through Sept. 2, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $35, $30 seniors and students. 703-892-0202.

“Little Shop of Horrors,” A mysterious plant with a hunger for human flesh helps a shy young man win over his crush. Through Aug. 26, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400.

“Menopause, the Musical,” Four women, either about to go through menopause or already experiencing menopause, meet in a department store and begin singing about their plight. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $37.50-$55. 202-783-4000.

“TOTEM,” Cirque du Soleil’s latest production explores the evolution of man through acrobatics, juggling, roller skating and more. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, Tuesdays-Thursdays, Aug. 28-30, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 24-25, 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays and Aug. 26, Plateau at National Harbor, 201 Harborview Ave., Oxon Hill. $43.50-$153.50. 800-450-1480 or cirquedusoleil.com/totem.

Cool Cow Comedy Showcase, 8-9 p.m. Thursdays, Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $5. 703-486-2345 or arlingtondrafthouse.com.

Tribute to Eva Cassidy, A host of local artists pay tribute to one of the D.C. area’s favorite songbirds, who has become an international cult favorite in the wake of her untimely death in 1996. 8 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $25. 301-581-5100.

Friday, Aug. 17

Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival, In honor of the election year, the popular annual film festival dedicates itself to Hollywood’s political oeuvre, from gripping dramas such as “All the President’s Men” to the light and fluffy “Election” and “Dick.” Fridays, through Aug. 24, Gateway Park, Lee Highway and North Lynn Street, Arlington. Free. 703-276-7759 or www.rosslynva.org/play/calendar/film-festival.

“Summer Steps with Step Afrika!,” members of Step Afrika! Showcase the talents of featured young performers. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Nationals, vs. the New York Mets. 7:05 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1:35 p.m. Sunday, Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287.

Goapele, V. Rich, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. 703-549-7500.

“Lysistrata,” The Greek legend about women who withhold sex in hopes of ending a war is given a 1960s spin. Presented by the Rude Mechanicals. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Sept. 1, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770.

Buck Hill, The jazz saxophonist performs with the Not 2 Cool Jazz band. 8-11 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642.

Stone Pleasure Band, The R&B band performs live. Must be 21 and older. Performances every Friday through Aug. 31, Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. $10. 301-392-9794.

Saturday, Aug. 18

“If You Give A Moose A Muffin,” The sequel to “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” features a hungry moose who sets of a chain of events when he requests a muffin. Through Sept. 2, Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $18. 301-634-2270.

Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival, A family-friendly outdoor extravaganza featuring all-you-can eat crabs and beer tasting, live music, and arts and crafts. Two sessions: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. Ticket packages from $20-$110. Age 12 and under free. 877-628-5427 or http://www.mdcrabfest.com.

Hyattsville HIV testing, No needles; results in 20 minutes. 1-3 p.m. third Saturday of every month, First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville, 6201 Belcrest Rd. Free. 301-927-6133.

Pageant preparation workshop, Meet Miss District of Columbia USA, Monique Tompkins and Miss District of Columbia Teen USA, Sierra Hadley, and learn about fitness and nutrition, hair and make-up tips, modeling, photo shots and more from top industry professiaonls. Open to women ages 14-27. 2 p.m. L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza SW, DC. Free, registration required. 202-744-6022, www.missdistrictofcolumbiausa.com.

Wm. B. Tennison picnic cruise, Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the sights and sounds while cruising along the Patuxent River. 5:30-7 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. $15, age 12 and under $10. Registration required. 410-326-2042 or www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Sunday, Aug. 19

Mystics, vs. the Chicago Sky. 4 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200.

D.C. United, vs. Philadelphia Union. 5 p.m., RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. or www.dcunited.com.

The Archives, The D.C.-based reggae band performs reggae music’s true roots and classic sounds of rocksteady, roots, dance hall and dub. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Monday, Aug. 20

“Securing the Blessings of Liberty,” Learn how African Americans survived and helped end slavery while working to shape the world as we know it today. Mondays through Aug. 27, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356.

Here’s Looking at You, Bogart, National Theatre’s free series of Humphrey Bogart films ends tonight. 6:30 p.m. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-3372 or http://www.nationaltheatre.org/cinema/Summer2012.pdf.

“Education Under Fire,” A screening of the documentary film examining Iran’s ban of higher education for the Baha’I community, followed by human rights discussion led by Dr. Haideh Sabet. Vegan buffet available for $13. 6:30 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642, http://www.newdealcafe.com/ or justpeacepg@earthlink.net.

Nationals, vs. the Atlanta Braves. 7:05 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

“1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization,” Surgical instruments, an elephant clock and the first camera obscura are among the artifacts collected in this traveling exhibition. Through Aug. 30, National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. 202-857-7588.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Oasis Island Sounds, The steel drum band performs reggae, calypso, soca and African music at this outdoor concert. Part of the “Arts on the Waterfront” concert series. 6-7:30 p.m., Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. Free. 301-779-0371 or http://www.oasisbanddc.com/.

"Into the Lime Lite," Watch the documentary short film that follows local boxer, Malik Jackson, as he prepares for a match against a tough opponent in the Beltway Belfast Classic. Bring a blanket and food and drinks available. Sponsored by the Documentary Center at The George Washington University and the U Street Neighborhood Association. 7:45 p.m. Harrison Field, 13th and V Streets NW. Free. Natalie Avery at 202-246-0343 or natalieav@gmail.com.  http://research.columbian.gwu.edu/documentarycenter/.

Twilight Tattoo, featuring Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment and the U.S. Army Band including the U.S. Army Blues, U.S. Army Band Downrange, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the U.S. Army Drill Team. 7-8 p.m., Whipple Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Arlington. Free. 202-685-2888.

Thursday, Aug. 23

Kelly Clarkson, It’s not just you. It has been all downhill for “American Idol” winners since the first season. No offense to the Jordin Sparks and David Cooks of the world, but Kelly Clarkson was a pretty tough act to follow. Known at first for her aw-shucks charm and a gorgeous voice, she’s emerged as one of pop music’s most fiery vocalists and someone who refuses to be pigeonholed into what a pop act should be. Show starts at 7 p.m., Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow. $26-$71. 703-754-6400.

Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, 7 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $45. 703-549-7500.

Juicy J, Chip Tha Rippa, Smoke Dza, 8 p.m., The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $20. 301-960-9999.

Friday, Aug. 24

Maryland State Fair, The event features numerous blue ribbons, a midway, concerts and an attempt at building the world record setting crab cake. Fridays-Thursdays, through Sept. 3, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Timonium. $8, $6 seniors, $3 ages 6 to 11, younger free. 410-252-0200 or www.marylandstatefair.com.

Movies at the waterfront, watch a family-friendly movie outdoors. Dusk-9:30 p.m., Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. Free. 301-779-0371.

Marcus Young and the Infinite Band, Hand and line dance to the smooth sounds of jazz with special guest DJ Greg Peeler. 5-7 p.m., Tucker Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-248-4404 or www.pgparks.com.

“War of 1812” anniversary celebration, The Baysox will commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the war with fireworks, flames show, cannon fire and musical performance by The Chantymen. The team plays the Harrisburg Senators. 7:05 p.m., Bowie Baysox, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. Call or visit website for ticket prices. 301-653-6139.

Meek Mill, The feisty, snarling rapper is a Rick Ross protege and an up-and-coming-star in his own right. 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $43. 301-960-9999.

One-Act Festival, The event features stage plays written and performed by local residents. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. $15, reservations requested. 301-617-9906.

Saturday, Aug. 25

“Uncorked” wine and music festival, sample Maryland wines, participate in a cooking demonstration and wine seminars, and hear live music by Melodime (southern fusion), Big Chimney Band (Americana), The Bruce Swaim Quartet (jazz), Cletus & Lori (folk), the Dirty Pints (traditional Irish), the Dixie Power Trio and the New Line Brass Band (Dixie/New Orleans Brass.) Tasting sales booths accept cash only. Noon-6 p.m. Rockville Town Square, between Rockville Pike, East Middle Lane, North Washington Street and Beall Avenue, Rockville. For concerts and cooking demonstrations, free. Wine tasting, $15. Must be at least 21 years of age to consumer alcohol. 240-314-8620 or www.rockvillemd.gov/uncorked.

Sunday, Aug. 26

Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Melanie Fiona, 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $39.75-$125.75. 202-628-3200.

Monday, Aug. 27

“African Cosmos: Stellar Arts,” Ninety works illustrating the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy. Through Aug. 30, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4600.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

The Fresh Beat Band, The Fresh Beat Band’s TV series encourages kids to express themselves through music, appreciate multiple genres and instruments, and gain a basic understanding of musical terminology. 3 p.m., Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $40, lawn $25. 703-255-1900.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

“Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan,” The first U.S. exhibition to present a comprehensive overview of the ancient nomadic culture of Kazakhstan, which roamed the Altai and Tianshan regions of eastern Kazakhstan from roughly the sixth through the first century BCE. Through Aug. 30, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Kenny Lattimore, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. 703-549-7500.

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