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Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Things to do Feb. 2-8: Step Afrika! performs

Thursday, Feb. 2

Children’s King Poster Exhibit, “Continuing to Keep the Dream Alive,” Alexandria schoolchildren created art celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, through Feb. 29, Alexandria City Hall, Vola Lawson Lobby, 301 King St. Free. 703-838-4356.

African American Civil War Memorial Trip, tour memorial and museum’s exhibits and have lunch on your own. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. $10; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $12. Registration required. 301-408-4343.

“Mouse on the Move,” The moon is cheesy and cat-free which is exactly why two young mice, Nellie and Amelia decide to travel there. As part of the My First Imagination Stage series, the show is targeted at the youngest audience members. To keep children ages 5 and younger engaged, kids are given props that help the actors tell the story. 11:45 a.m. Thursdays-Fridays, Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Sundays, through Feb. 5, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10. 301-280-1660, http://imaginationstage.org/.

Archives History Event, “Within These Walls: Contraband Hospital and the African Americans Who Served There,” a presentation by Jill L. Newmark of the National Library of Medicine. 11 a.m., National Archives at College Park, Lecture Room B, 8601 Adelphi Rd. Free. 202-357-5000.

“Jesse Kanda: Waking from a Coma,” the Japanese-borndesigner and filmmaker triggers the senses with sights and sounds, depicting images never quite seen before. Shown in rotation on the video wall and around the building. 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, noon-11 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-875-1100 or http://artisphere.com/.

Corey Harris, 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $25. 202-337-4141.

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

Friday, Feb. 3

Nimbaya! Women Master Drummers of Guinea, The women’s drum and dance company formerly known as Amazones returns to the U.S. for the first time in years. The group is hailed for its progressive values because its singing, dancing and drumming are traditionally for men only. Performances Friday at 10:15 a.m. and noon, and Saturday at 8 p.m. They’ll also lead a drumming workshop Saturday at 10 a.m. and a dance workshop Saturday at noon. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. Friday performances $6; workshops $15 each; Saturday performance $20, seniors and students $15. 301-277-1710.

DC Shorts Laughs, Does the dead of winter have you in a less-than-stellar mood? DC Shorts and Riot Act have an antidote - on Friday and Saturday nights, the powers of film and live comedy combine for screenings of some of DC Shorts’ funniest submissions punctuated by stand-up comedy routines. Each program includes 6-8 short films and 3 stand-up routines designed to have you laughing to the end. 7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. $15. 202-697-4900 or www.riotactcomedy.com

Aaron Diehl, the jazz pianist and winner of the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship in jazz performs. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $16. 202-467-4600.

Step Afrika!, with STOMP’s Ryan Johnson, Washington Performing Arts Society Children of the Gospel Choir and others. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $20-$49. 202-547-1122 or www.wpas.org.

Saturday, Feb. 4

Inspirational Blacks in History, learn about the inspirational African American men and women in history, including inventors, activists, rappers, athletes and teachers. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Temple Hills Community Center, 5300 Temple Hill Rd., Temple Hills. Free. 301-894-6616.

Winterfest Children’s Carnival, children’s entertainer Frank Cassel, “The Banjo Man” will perform three shows, plus a moon bounce, arts and crafts, carnival games and more. For adults, a bake sale, 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, 10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Admission to the carnival is free. To attend a The Banjo Man show, $3. 301-949-2900.

Genealogy Lecture, advanced family history tracing techniques for beginners “Black Women in American Culture and History” discussed by genealogist Char Bah. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. $5; reservations recommended. 703-838-4356 or www.alexandriava.gov/BlackHistory.

Bladensburg Black History Month Celebration, stories, poetry, games, crafts and music. 1 p.m., Bladensburg Library, 4820 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-927-4916.

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.

Largo Black History Month Program, stories, crafts, music and games. 1 p.m., Largo Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane. Free. 301-336-4044.

“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 NealeHurston and Lucille Clifton in a variety of monologues, poetry readings, song and more, written by Khadijah Ali-Coleman. 1:45 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1261.

African American Genealogy Workshop, staff from the Prince George’s County Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society assist in tracking your roots. 2 p.m., Largo Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

Six Flags America Auditions, for prospective entertainers including dancers, stunt performers, specialty acts and character performers. Bring resume, head shot and a prepared 1-minute monologue or 2-minute dance routine. Dress for dancing and movement. . Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro. Must register and complete application online. 3-6 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12, Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301-249-1500 x3268 or sixflags.com.

Susan Graham, The mezzo-soprano is joined by pianist Malcolm Martineau in a performance of Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann and others. Presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. 3 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324, TDD:202-416-8524.

The Roosevelts New Deal for blacks, a National Park Service ranger discusses how life for black citizens improved in the 1930s under the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidency. 3 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Call Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.

“Good Hair” (2009), Jeff Stilson’s 2009 documentary film about African-American hairstyles, starring Chris Rock and Lance Crouther. 3:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Wizards, vs. LA Clippers. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$2,500. 202-628-3200 or www.nba.com/wizards/.

Gregory Porter, jazz vocalist concert, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $16. 202-467-4600.

“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. 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through Feb. 19, Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $30-$70, $41-$56 seniors, $15-$25 age 35 and younger. 800-494-8497.

Sunday, Feb. 5

“Born to the Arc of the Moral Universe,” a National Park Service ranger leads a workshop based on the Martin Luther King Jr. phrase and creating an image of one for our time. 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, meet in the Bookstore, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call Mike Townsend, 202-329-0125.

106.7 The Fan Big Game Party presented by Bud Light, 4 p.m., Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. Free. 202-697-4900 or www.riotactcomedy.com

Superbowl Watch Party. Get ready for some football!  5 p.m., The Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW. $40 includes: Food, Bud Light, Svedka Vodka, Maker's Mark, Wine, Red Bull. Proposition Pools, Super Bowl Squares, Raffles.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. WDCMA and The James Michael Foundation.  RSVP: mcheung@dbmlawgroup.com.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, 10 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.

Monday, Feb. 6

Hidden Colors” Documentary, the film focuses on the contributions of African and aboriginal people and how the contributions have been left out of history books. Noon-2 p.m. Monday and Feb. 13, Prince George’s Community College, student center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0899.

“Body and Soul: An Evening of Jazz and Art,” celebrate Black History Month with performances by the Herman Burney Trio, with special guest Akua Allrich. View an exhibit of paintings by local African American artists. 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1186 or dclibrary.org/blackhistory.

African Masks Workshop, for ages 6-12, create ceramic masks in honor of African heritage. 7-8:30 p.m., Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. $3; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $5. 301-937-6613.

Artist Lecture, Kara Walker, whose works appear in the exhibit “30 Americans,” discusses her career, signature works and influences. 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free, preregistration encouraged. 202-639-1770.

Theophilus London, 7 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. Tickets, 877-435-9849; information, 202-265-0930.

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

Theater: “Un-American,” two rival high schools face off in a televised game show. 7:30 p.m., through Feb. 10, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Free. 703-820-9771.

Darryl Evan Jones, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Theater returns for its annual engagement with both new works and classics, including the iconic Revelations on every program. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through Feb. 12, Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324, TDD:202-416-8524.

“History of Hip-Hop,” The Philadelphia hip hop dance troupe Illstyle & Peace Productions presents the history of hip-hop with a positive message. Their show includes audience participation and a question and answer session. 10:15 a.m. and noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $6. 301-277-1710.

“A Slave in the White House,” Elizabeth Dowling Taylor discusses her book about Paul Jennings, born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison, later emancipated by Daniel Webster and late-in-life financier to an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.

Adinkra Stamp Valentines Workshop, for ages 8-18. 4 p.m., Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

Cultural Images of African American Women, novelist and essayist Marita Golden moderates a panel discussion of historical and contemporary images of African-American women. 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Prince George’s County Budget Hearing, all residents are invited to provide input on the FY 2013 budget. 7 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Rennie Forum, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-952-4547.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, 7 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $45. Tickets, 877-435-9849; information, 202-265-0930.

Eric Benet, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $59.50. 703-549-7500.

Henrietta Lacks Panel Discussion, with scientists, researcher’s and Lacks’ son, David Lacks. Discuss why HeLa cells are considered immortal and have been used to develop vaccines and contributed to countless other scientific discoveries. 7:30 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.

Uncovering a Hidden World, National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb discusses her most important work and shows images of her story about twins. 7:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $20; $57, 3-event series. 202-857-7700.

Congressional Cemetery: Past and Future, executive director Cindy Hays discusses the cemetery’s significance to the Capitol Hill community, its ongoing restoration and its famous “residents,” including John Philip Sousa, J. Edgar Hoover, Mathew Brady and others. 8 p.m., Naval Lodge Hall, 330 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-544-1845 or overbecklecture@aol.com.

Vinx, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Rejection of Elizabeth Mason, archivist Damani Davis discusses the case of a “free colored” Revolutionary War widow, the rejection and appeals in a pension file and illuminates African American participation in the Revolutionary War. 11 a.m., National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free; driver's license or other photo ID required for admission. 202-357-5000.

Thomas Jefferson on Slavery, a National Park Service ranger discusses the president’s writings condemning the practice of slavery and his actual words quoted on the walls of his memorial. Noon and 6 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Call Dave Rappel, 202-359-1533.

Theater: Stories from the Civil Rights Movement, explore the power of youth and meet three courageous heroes who helped shape history during the civil rights movement. Presented by Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-567-6033.

Wizards, vs. the New York Knicks. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$2,000. 202-628-3200 or www.nba.com/wizards/.

V.Rich, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.

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