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Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Things to do Feb. 16-23: “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention”

Thursday, Feb. 16

“You Are What You Eat,” nine artists look at the perception of body image and the cultural significance of food. Through March 17, Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.

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

“Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic,” 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 12:30 p.m. Monday, Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $20-$75. 202-628-3200.

Theater: Jumpin’ and Jivin’ in Harlem, the original production pays tribute to the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance. 7-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Prince George’s Community College, Hallam Theater, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0853.

“Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks For President! (Because Sometimes It’s Hard Being a Republican),” The Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet attempt to earn a presidential nomination. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $30-$70, $41-$56 seniors, $15-$25 age 35 and younger. 800-494-8497.

“Les Justes,” An adaptation of Albert Camus’s play about politically-motivated violence is presented by WSC Avant Bard. 7:30 p.m., Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $25-$35. wscavantbard.org.

“Anna in the Tropics,” Set in a 1929 Cuban cigar factory, Nilo Cruz’s play focuses on a lector who reads from Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina.” 8 p.m., GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $20-$38. 202-234-7174.

“Civilization (All You Can Eat),” A small band of urbanites struggle for food in this satire. 8 p.m., Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $20-$67.50. 202-393-3939.

“Fences,” The College of Southern Maryland Theater Company stages August Wilson’s play about the family of a black garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh who was denied the opportunity to play Major League baseball because of his race. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Feb. 25, College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. $15; seniors, military and youth $12. 301-934-7828 or www.csmd.edu/arts.

New Edition with K-Ci and Jo-Jo, 8 p.m., Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. $105-$135. 301-952-7900 or www.showplacearena.com.

Soweto Gospel Choir, 8 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $27-$64. 410-783-8000. 800-442-1198.

Otis Day and the Knights, 8:30 p.m., State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $16 in advance, $18 at the door. 703-237-0300.

Friday, Feb. 17

DJ Spinna, Chris Burns, Cortega,U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $5 free before 11 for age 21 and older. 202-588-1880.

Crossing a Barrier of Footlights: Opera Demo for Kids, for ages 8-12, Mary Cardwell Dawson and Madame Lillian Evanti perform excerpts from Verdi’s “La Traviata” and “Aida,” demonstrating how two African American crossed a barrier of footlights in the world of opera. 1 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-1188.

Enslaved Women of Prince George’s County, tour the museum and learn about the women who once lived there. 1 and 3 p.m., Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-952-8010.

Documentary: Prince Among Slaves, examining the role Muslims and Islam have played in shaping the United States of America; discussion follows. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Islamic Heritage Museum, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. Free, registration required. 202-678-6906 or lecturersvp@karamah.org.

Chopin Vodka Dinner, A four-course meal will be paired with several varieties of vodka. 7-10 p.m., DC Coast, 1401 K St. NW. $125, including tax and gratuity. 202-216-5988 or toni@dccoast.com.

Discover Ellington: Brian Stokes Mitchell, So steeped in the language and legacy of Duke Ellington is Broadway’s Brian Stokes Mitchell, he named his son for the jazz legend. That level of appreciation more than qualifies Mitchell to perform an evening of the Duke’s greatest hits. 8 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $39-$79. 301-581-5100.

Kim Waters, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $35. 202-337-4141.

Dwayne Adell, 8:30 p.m., Bohemian Caverns, 2003 11th St. NW. $15. 202-299-0800.

Saturday, Feb. 18

Financial Aid/Scholarship Workshop, hosted by College of Southern Maryland and fraternities and sororities in the area. Panel discussion led by Danielle Linsenbigler of West Virginia University. 9 a.m.-noon, College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Free. 301-934-7751 or EdithP@csmd.edu.

African-American Genealogy Seminar, presentations on oral history, family research on slaves, military history and how to organize a family reunion. Margo Lee Williams, a genealogist will talk about research and the book about her fourth great grandfather, an African American Quaker. Sponsored by the Washington DC Family History Center. 10 a.m., Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free, registration required. 301-587-0042.

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

“In Her Words,” performers Quineice, Naomi Rose, Lyrik Coleman, Anisha “Moon” Newbill, Nia Simmons and Colie Williams portray Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Zora Neale Hurston and Lucille Clifton with a variety of monologues, poetry readings and songs. 1 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Distinguished Men Cookin’ with the Deltas, Fundraiser featuring DC area chefs. Sponsored by the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Proceeds benefit the sororities community programs. 3 p.m., Howard University, Blackburn Center, 2397 Sixth St. NW. $40-$60. RSVP and purchase online. 202-806-5983 or www.wdcac.org.

Lakeland Gala, watch the documentary, “Folks Made the School,” and then stay for a panel discussion. Proper attire required. 6 p.m., College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave., College Park. Free, ticket required. 301-441-2647.

Dance Concert, Daniel Burkholder and Sharon Mansur perform an intimate evening of viscerally poignant duets including “sightlines.” 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $22; seniors and students, $17; 17 and younger, $8. 202-269-1600.

Sunday, Feb. 19

King and the “Arc of the Moral Universe,” a National Park Service ranger discusses what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. meant by referring to the concept of the “arc of the moral universe.” 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 26, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, meet at the bookstore, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call Mike Townsend, 202-329-0125.

DC Black History Celebration, African-American male choirs and soloists sing songs of praise. Hosted by Sam Ford of news channel WJLA. 4 p.m., Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 816 8th St. NW.Free. 202-842-1036.

Comedy: Dick Gregory, 7 p.m., Riot Act Comedy Theater, 801 E St. NW. $25. 202-697-4900.

Diggy, the young rapper performs his latest hits. 7 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. $38.50. 202-628-4780.

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

The 26th Annual Wammies, The Washington Area Music Association hold’s its annual awards. 8 p.m., State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $35, $20 WAMA members. 703-237-0300.

Monday, Feb. 20

National Harbor Restaurant Week, prix fixed lunch for $20 and three-course dinner menus for $35 at participating restaurants. Through March 4, National Harbor, 150 National Plaza. 1-877-NATL-HBR or www.nationalharbor.com.

Chocolate, Cheese and Bubbly, The Cheese Course hosts a class on six seasonal cheeses paired with three wines and various food. 7 p.m., Seasonal Pantry, 1314 1/2 Ninth St. NW. $49. 202-681-4809 or www.cheese-course.com.

Yasiin Bey, 7 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35. 202-265-0930.

“Soulful Night Of Keys,” with Lonnie Liston Smith, Brian Jackson and Mark Adams. 8 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $35. 202-337-4141.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Manning Marable’s “Malcolm X,” Douglas E. Taylor, an assistant professor of English at Howard University, leads a discussion of “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” by the late professor Manning Marable. 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Virginia Slave Name Database, learn how to navigate the database for research and/or search for ancestors. 7-8:30 p.m., The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free, registration required. 703-746-4994, www.vahistorical.org/news/unlworkshop_registration.htm or pnewman@vahistorical.org.

Marshall Keys, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $18. 202-337-4141.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Theater: Frederick Douglass, the Bright Star Theater of North Carolina presents the story of the great abolitionist. 10:15 a.m. and noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $6. 301-277-1710.

Is De Facto School Segregation Increasing?, John C. Brittain, school desegregation specialist and professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia, discusses the policies that contribute to the condition of structural poverty in African-American communities. Noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Steel Pulse, Dr. Dubenstein, Ace Reporter, 7 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $27.50. 202-265-0930.

Wizards, vs. the Sacramento Kings. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$1,750. 202-628-3200 or www.nba.com/wizards/.

Ellen Cherry, 7:30 p.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $12. 301-581-5100.

Estelle, the soul/R&B crooner performs. 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. 703-549-7500.

Lawmageddon, Comedians-At-Law features six comics — Alex Barnett, J-L Cauvin, Sebastian Evans, Greg Collett, Kevin Israel and Matt Ritter — determined to prove you can be funny, even with a J.D. 8 p.m., DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20. 202-296-7008 or DC Improv.

Otis Taylor’s Contraband, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $25. 202-337-4141.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Elsa Barkely Brown, the author, a professor of history at the University of Maryland, discusses and signs her latest book, “Clothes, Class, and Travel: Rewriting Black Women’s Domestic Tradition” (based on the life and travel experiences of Juanita Harrison). 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Bowie State Lecture Series, a presentation titled “Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Hegemony, Women and the Egyptian Revolt.” 2-4 p.m., Bowie State University, BSU Television Studio, 14000 Jericho Park Rd. Admission, free. 301-860-3704.

The Storyman: Baba Jamal Koram, for ages 6-12. 4 p.m., Berwyn Heights Community Center, 6200 Pontiac St., College Park. Free. 301-345-2808.

“Diamonds, Education, Emancipation and Race,” historian Emmanuel Dabney presents a lecture on Silas Omohundro, a white slave trader in Civil War Richmond who married and had a family with slave Corinna. 7 p.m., Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Ave., Manassas. Free. 703-792-4754.

“Jump Jim Crow,” for age 18 and older, view images and learn about the end of slavery and the beginning of the Jim Crow Era. 7-9 p.m., Newton White Mansion, 2708 Enterprise Rd., Mitchellville. Free. 301-249-2004.

Rick Ross, Jeremih, Right now, the rap world revolves around The Boss. With Jeremih. 7 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. $45-$105. Tickets, 202-397-7328; information, 202-628-4780.

Buster Williams, 8 and 10 p.m. Thursdays, through Feb. 26, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $25. 202-337-4141.

Donnell Rawlings, 8 p.m. Thursdays, through Feb. 26, DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20. 202-296-7008.

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, 8 p.m., Bohemian Caverns, 2003 11th St. NW. $15. 202-299-0800.

Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose leads the soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group in a rare club show. 10 p.m., The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $85. 301-960-9999.

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