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Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Things to do Feb. 23 to March 1: The Washington Post's Behind the Headlines Series

Thursday, Feb. 23

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

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.

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.) 202-727-0321. 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Black Studies Center, 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 ages 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.

“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. Feb. 15-March 11: 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Exceptions: No show Feb. 17. 8 p.m. Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 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. Thursday-Saturday, 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.

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

Donnell Rawlings, 8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 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.

Friday, Feb. 24

AARP Tax Clinic, bring all tax documents including W2, 1099, etc., social security card and valid picture identification. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Council House, 3940 Bexley Pl., Suitland.Free, reservations required. 301-423-4504.

Black Culture Book Talk, Erin Chapman, a George Washington University professor, discusses her book “Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex and Popular Culture in the 1920s,” an examination of African American women’s history and the aspects of the racial and sexual politics of U.S. popular culture. 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1261.

Jazz by Aaron Broadus Group, 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-3838.

Ssuuna, the performer weaves together stories, dance, and music using instruments from his native Uganda. 2 p.m., Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. Free. 301-888-1500.

“From Shuffle to Show Boat,” the In Series presents a musical revue. 7 p.m. Fridays, 4 p.m. Saturdays, through March 4, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $37, $34 seniors, $18 students. 202-399-7993.

“Diamonds and Denim” Old School Party, wear your jeans and diamonds and enjoy card playing, hand and line dancing. Sponsored by the Prince George’s County Delta Alumnae Foundation. 7:30-11:30 p.m., Prince George’s Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. $30 advance purchase required. No tickets at door. 301-352-8180, http://www.pgcacdst.org/ or info@PGDeltafoundation.org.

“Red,” Painter Mark Rothko struggles with his legacy as he creates murals for a restaurant and hires a new assistant. 8 p.m., Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $55-$100. 202-488-3300.

Amiri Baraka, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Bohemian Caverns, 2003 11th St. NW. $25. 202-299-0800.

Saturday, Feb. 25

“Harmony Sweepstakes 2012,” watch 7 a cappella groups compete in the 28th annual festival. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show begins at 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. 703-549-7500.

Black History Program, Moncure Daniel Conway, Thomas Stone’s great-grandson, discusses his great grandfather’s life and how he freed his slaves. 10 a.m., Thomas Stone National Historic Site, 6655 Rose Hill Rd., Port Tobacco. Free, donations accepted. 301-392-1776.

Bowie Auditions, for individuals or groups interested in performing the national anthem at special events and for the “Voice of Bowie,” a stage announcer at special events. Try outs: 10 a.m. national anthem; 12:30 p.m. for voice, Kenhill Center, 2614 Kenill Dr. Free. 301-262-6200 or mcorley@cityofbowie.org.

Rwandan Embroideries, Juliana Meehan, John Meehan and Kathleen F. Malu discuss and display the artistic merits and cultural importance of the work of the women of Savane Rutongo, Rwanda. 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Slavery at Ben Lomond Plantation, learn about the enslaved community that worked at Ben Lomond growing tobacco, corn and wheat. 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas. $5, free for age 5 and younger. 703-367-7872.

Blacks in Wax Museum Trip, for ages 13-17, travel to Baltimore to learn about African American history and culture. Bring lunch and spending money. Noon-4 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills. $12; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $14. Registration required. 301-505-0876.

“The Day of Reckoning,” the Gospel Kids and Teens Theater Group of Zoe Life Ministries performs the story of the everyday life of teenagers during school hours and a mother who did not give up on her child. 2 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Harriet Tubman History Lesson, learn about the life of the remarkable woman who helped slaves to freedom. 4 p.m., Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-1121.

Riseband & Show, enjoy a fried chicken dinner and music by the ensemble group Riseband and Show. Dinner 6 p.m.; show begins at 7:30 p.m., College Park Moose Lodge, 3700 Metzerott Rd., College Park. $15, includes dinner. 301-935-5525.

“Fortune’s Bones,” a full symphony performance and poetry reading of Marilyn Nelson’s book-length poem, “Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem.” Fortune was a slave whose bones became a medical specimen and a museum piece. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. $40, seniors $35, students and youth $9. 301-405-2787.

“Soul Train” Fundraiser, an adults-only celebration of the 1970s with food, music, dancing and a prize for the best dressed person. Proceeds will benefit the school’s Steel Drummers. 8 p.m.-midnight, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School, 3700 Oakview Terr. NE. $15, advance purchase recommended. 202-265-7237, Ext. 113 or Jo-anneH@ewstokes.org.

African Dance and Drum, the Soul in Motion Players presents 1-2-3 Senegal. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. $20; students and seniors, $15; youth, $10. 301-699-1819.

CityDance: “Unveiling the Magic!,” a Black Box Insider concert features dancers from the CityDance Conservatory. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.

Coyaba Dance Theater concert, a high-energy performance of traditional West African dance and drumming inspired by the water spirit Mami Wata. 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.

Daddy Mack Blues Band, As the house band at Memphis’ Center for Southern Folklore for almost 15 years, Mack Orr and the Daddy Mack Blues Band know the blues inside and out. They will perform for the D.C. Blues Society’s Black History Month celebration, which doubles as a fundraiser for the free annual summer blues festival at Carter Barron Amphitheatre. 8 p.m.-midnight, American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. 301-322-4808 or www.dcblues.org.

Left Bank Quartet Concert, a performance of works by Brahms, Webern and Bruch’s Viola Quintet. 8 p.m., American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $30; seniors, $25; students, $10; age 18 and younger, free. 202-885-2787.

Dub Nation DC, featuring, Smash Gordon, Sluggo and Hulk. 10 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15. Tickets, 877-435-9849; information, 202-265-0930.

Sunday, Feb. 26

Night Sky to Freedom, for age 10 and older, a National Park Service ranger discusses how enslaved African Americans used the night sky to escape to the north view the Underground Railroad. Noon, Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

“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., 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.

National Capital Trolley Museum, in observance of Black History Month, a special program “Remembering Rosa Parks.” 1:30 p.m., National Capital Trolley Museum, Northwest Branch Park, 1313 Bonifant Rd., Colesville. Program included in admission. $7; Ages 2 to 17, $5. 301-384-6088.

Voices of Tomorrow, the youth choir from the First Baptist Church of Manassass performs a special tribute in observance of Black History Month. 2 p.m., Candy Factory, Kellar Theater, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Free. 703-368-1873.

U.S. Air Force Concert Band Concert, with the Singing Sergeants and jazz pianist Keiko Matsui perform. 3 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

Wynton Marsalis, for age 14 and older, take a bus to the District and enjoy dinner at Eatonville Restaurant and then head to the Kennedy Center for a live performance from the jazz legend. Price includes dinner, transportation and concert ticket. 5-10 p.m., College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave., College Park. $80; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $96. Registration required. 301-441-2647.

Civil Rights in Washington D.C., a National Park Service ranger discusses the events and hometown heroes in the battle for equality. 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call Susan Philpott, 202-426-6841.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performs festive rhythms and unbridled swing with his big band, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $35-$85. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.

Monday, Feb. 27

Documentary: The Boys of Baraka, follow the lives of a group of 12-year-old boys from the most violent ghettos of Baltimore to the Baraka School, an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya. 7 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

Go Go: Lissen Band, 8 p.m. Mondays, Takoma Station, 6914 Fourth St. NW. 202-829-1999.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

“My Grandmother Told Me,” for age 60 and older, actress Debra Mims leads the audience in an interactive walk with the stories of courageous black women in history. 11 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $5. 301-277-1710.

“On the Road to Freedom:, Pre-Freedmen’s Bureau Records, 1862-1864,” genealogy archives specialist Rebecca Sharp discusses records created by wartime superintendents of freedmen that illuminate the experiences of African Americans during the Civil War. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

“Ethel L. Payne: First Lady of the Black Press,” Askia Muhammad, News Director at WPFW 89.3 FM Radio, discusses his late mentor’s trailblazing career in journalism. Noon, Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Small and Minority Business Seminar, Tracy Benjamin, associate attorney for the Prince George’s County government, offers legal advice for contractors and doing business with the county. 1:30-5 p.m., Fairmount Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights. Free. 301-883-2650.

Romare Bearden Collages, for ages 8-18 to create a collage in the style of artist Romare Bearden in celebration of Black History Month. 4 p.m., Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 29

“A Not So Still Life,” a screening of Karen Stanton’s 2010 documentary that peers into the kaleidoscopic mind of artist Ginny Ruffner and explores her journey from her childhood in South Carolina to her emergence as a world-renowned artist and the person who influenced artists Dale Chihuly, Graham Nash and Tom Robbins, a discussion follows. Noon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons,” Elizabeth Dowling Taylor discusses her book about Paul Jennings, who was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison and later worked as part of the household staff in the White House when James Madison was president. Noon, National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 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, (meet in the chamber), 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Dave Rappel, 202-359-1533.

Hip Hop Music Forum, discuss the influence hip hop music has on today’s society. 3-5 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Student center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0853.

“Lost Washington D.C.,” author John DeFerrari discusses his book about places that have disappeared or have been altered beyond recognition, including Griffith Stadium, the Gayety Theater, a burlesque house, the Key Mansion (former home of Francis Scott Key) and Suter’s Tavern; followed by a reception with the author. 6:30 p.m., German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA, 719 6th St. NW.$25. 202-783-5144 or www.dcpreservation.org.

The Washington Post’s Behind the Headlines, a panel discussion entitled, “Peeling Back the Labels: Black Women in America,” exploring a recent study examining the lives, outlook and goals of black women in America. Moderated by columnist Michelle Singletary with panelists, Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley, Cara V. James, Rahiel Tesfamariam and Krissah Thompson. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Howard University, Blackburn Center, 2397 Sixth St. NW. Free, RSVP required. Early arrival suggested. 202-334-7969 or behindtheheadlines@washpost.com.

“DC Circulator” Public Meeting, the District Department of Transportation hosts a forum that solicits feedback from passengers on the strengths and weaknesses of the bus system. Comments may also be submitted at a later time to Brooke Fossey at brooke.fossey@dc.gov or on the website at www.dccirculator.com. 7 p.m., Union Station, Columbus Club, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-409-2201 or circe.torruellas@dc.gov.

Connaitre Miller, 7:30 p.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $15. 301-581-5100.

“Sucker Punch,” two black teens in 1980s London face off in the boxing ring. 8 p.m. Wednesday andThursday, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $35-$69. 202-332-3300.

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

Thursday, March 1

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.

“On the Road to Freedom,genealogy archives specialist Rebecca Sharp discusses records created by wartime superintendents of freedmen that illuminate the experiences of African Americans during the Civil 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.

“Windows of Opportunity” Job Fair, Thompson Creek Window Company invite potential candidates to meet and apply for several vacancies including, marketing, sales, project coordinator, customer service and more. Bring resume and dress professionally. 4-8 p.m., Thompson Creek Headquarters, 5000 Philadelphia Way, Lanham.Free. 888-489-8855 or www.thompsoncreekjobs.com.

Nicole Moore, The historian gives a talk titled “Interpreting Slavery,” about. 7 p.m., Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4990. 800-762-1634.

Sharing Humanity Gala, event features a three-course meal, silent and live auction, entertainment. All proceeds benefit Sharing Humanity’s mission to build a school in Rangamati, Bangladesh. 7-10 p.m., Top of the Town 1400 N. 14th St., Arlington.$50, advance purchase recommended. 202-556-4357 or http://sharinghumanity.showclix.com.

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