“Gordon Parks,” A selection of photographs from one of the seminal figures in twentieth century American photography. Through May 11, Adamson, 1515 14th St. NW. 202-232-0707. www.adamsongallery.org.
Korean Film Festival DC, The ninth annual celebration of Korean cinema features a retrospective of films by Park Chan-wook, wth appearances by Chan-wook and Choi Min-Sik. Screenings take place at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium as well as at AFI Silver Theatre. Through April 15, Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. $0-$11.50.
L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, A retrospective of films by African American filmmakers who attended UCLA’s film school in the 1970s, including Charles Burnett, Haile Gerima, Julie Dash and others. Screenings take place at the National Gallery of Art and AFI Silver Theatre. Through April 28. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.
“Three Little Birds,” Bob Marley’s music and lyrics give a roots-reggae twist to a play about a young Jamaican boy learning about the world beyond his television. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and Mondays, 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, through April 14, Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2270. www.adventuretheatre.org. $19.
2013 NCAA East Regional, The Verizon Center hosts the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament games. Noon Thursday and Saturday, Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com.
Fouzia SaeedThe Pakistani social activist will discuss her new book, “Working With Sharks,” about her efforts to curtail sexual harassment at the United Nations. Noon. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. www.democraticwoman.org. $30 with lunch, $10 lecture only. Registration required.
Piccadilly Circus, The producers of the Ice Capades present the “fun circus,” featuring animal acts, acrobatics, clowns and more. Thursdays and Fridays at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturdays 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sundays 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m. through April 7, Plateau at National Harbor, 201 Harborview Ave., Oxon Hill. 877-628-5427. www.TheFunCircus.com. $10-$48.
Soul Messengerz, The D.C. based gospel group perform songs from their album “Grace & Mercy.” 7 p.m., Blue Dolphin, 1166 Route 3, Gambrills. 410-721-9081. www.thesoulmessengerz.webs.com. $20.
“Ladies Swing the Blues,” Stories of New York’s jazz scene of the 1940s and ’50s are retold by four women backstage. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through March 31, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 800-494-8497. www.metrostage.org. $25-$55.
Chuck Redd, The jazz vibraphonist plays famous songs from classic films. 11 a.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $15.
Composition lecture series, Dr. Monifa Love, associate professor and author, discusses her award-winning novel, “Freedom in the Dismal.” Noon-1 p.m., Bowie State University, Center for Learning and Technology, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-3684. Free.
Aziz AnsariThe comedian and “Parks and Recreation” star riffs on marriage, having kids and other facets of adult life as he continues his “Buried Alive” tour. Friday and Saturday, 7 and 10 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. www.dar.org/conthall. $33-$43.
“In the Heat of the Night,” The Bowie Community Theatre presents this racially-charged show based on the award-winning book, Oscar winning film and Emmy winning television series about a 1962 murder of a white man that leads to a black man’s arrest. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 30, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie. 410-757-5700. www.bctheatre.com. $17; students and seniors, $12.
“The Mountaintop”The award-winning drama reimagines Martin Luther King Jr.’s last moments when a maid visits his hotel room the night before his assassination. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. through May 12. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theatre, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $60-$100.
Last Ham Standing, This group of talented performers take suggestions from the audience to create wacky scenes and funny improv games. 8 p.m., Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 540-338-7973. www.franklinparkartscenter.org. www.lastham.com. $12, students $10, children $8.
Blossom Kite Festival, Kite-flying demonstrations and competitions including Hot Tricks Showdown and Rokkaku Battle. Bring your own kite or make one at an activity station. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Washington Monument, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 877-442-5666. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. Free.
D.C. Rollergirls, The final regular season event until the Championship in May features Bout 1: Scare Force One vs. DC DemonCats and Bout 2: Cherry Blossom Bombshells vs. Majority Whips. 4 p.m., D.C. Armory, 2001 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-547-9077. www.dcrollergirls.com. $12.
“Kissed By Destiny,” A talent showcase featuring local youth performing artists with guest performances by BET’s “Sunday Best” winner Joshua Rogers, and the “X Factor” finalist David Correy. Sponsored by the Gates 12 Organization, a non-profit organization that services youth that will “age-out” of the foster care system. 7 p.m., Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 240-455-9090. www.Gate12Organization.org. $30, at door $35.
“Rip the Floor,” Dynamic, the University of Maryland’s campus hip-hop dance team, hosts a competition featuring teams from all over the East Coast. Established dancers and choreographers from the area will judge the contest. 7 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $12, $9 for University of Maryland students.
“Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: The Gospel Truth,” Jazz pianist Bobby Floyd joins the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra for an evening of bluesy music with a gospel twist. 8 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall , 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $28-$44.
Tevin Campbell, The R&B child sensation has grown up and he comes to DC to perform his classic hits. 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. Day of show $32, advance purchase $27.50.
“A Tribute to Bob Marley,” Jamaican-born artist Junior Marvin performs the music by the reggae legend. 8:30 p.m., The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. Day of show $38, advance purchase $33.
Persian New Year Celebration, The Persian cultural festival known as 13 Bedar (or Sizdah Bedar) will feature live music, dancing, food vendors and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Bull Run Regional Park, Special Events Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. 703-631-0550. .
Bobby MuncyA performance by the jazz saxophonist. 8 and 10 p.m. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. www.twinsjazz.com. $10.
Piccadilly at Show Place, The circus show features animal acts, acrobatics, clowns and more. 4 and 7:30 p.m., Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-7900. www.showplacearena.com. $8-$38. Free kids ticket with paid adult available until 10 a.m. Monday.
“The Central Park Five,” A documentary examining the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. Sponsored by Words, Beats & Life and WETA. 6:30 p.m., Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. www.busboysandpoets.com. Free.
Melvin JonesThe Memphis native performs Latin jazz. 8 and 10 p.m. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. www.twinsjazz.com. $12.
Open Mic poetry, Hosted by Sarah Lawnson. 9-11 p.m., Busboys and Poets, 1025 Fifth St. NW. 202-789-2227. www.busboysandpoets.com. $5.
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