European Union Film Showcase, Now in its 25th year, this popular festival highlights the best of current European films. This year, there are more than 40 films to choose from, including multiple award-winners. Highlights include Germany’s Oscar selection, “Barbara,” “Hyde Park on Hudson,” a comedy that stars Bill Murray as FDR, and the Cannes Grand Prix winner “Reality.” Thursday-Tuesday, AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $12. 301-495-6720.
Small business expo, Networking, speakers, awards, lunch and more at one of the largest gatherings of small business owners from the DC-area. Sponsored by the World Advisory Company. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Greenbelt Marriott Hotel, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt. Free, registration required. 202-579-1784 or www.SmallBusinessExpoDC.com.
After-work Jazz + Mixer, features Bossalingo performing Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music. Concessions, 4-7:30 p.m.; music, 5:30-8 p.m., Artisphere, Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Admission, free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.
Friday, Nov. 16
ICE! featuring DreamWorks “Shrek the Halls,” Gaylord’s annual “Christmas on the Potomac” celebration includes this ice-enclosed exhibition featuring renderings of scenes from the animated film, carved from two million pounds of ice. Various times daily, including holidays. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. $23-$30; seniors $19-$26, military $19-$24, ages 4-12 $16-$23, military children $14-$19, age 3 and younger free. 301-965-4000 or www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-national/christmas-on-the-potomac/ice-experience/index.html?intcmp=gn-pl=banner-cid=cotp-ice.
Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes, A performance by the local blues band. Must be age 21 and older. 8 p.m.-midnight, Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. $10. Dinner available. 301-392-9794 or http://www.reverbnation.com/fasteddietheslowpokes.
G. Love and Special Sauce, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, 8 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $30. 202-265-0930.Saturday, Nov. 17
“Seussical,” The family friendly musical is based on the works of Dr. Seuss. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays and Wednesdays, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10-$25. 301-961-6060.
Largo tree lighting, Watch as Santa arrives in a horse-drawn carriage, then stay for live entertainment, tree lighting and fireworks. 3-5 p.m., The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Capital Centre Boulevard and Arena Drive, Largo. Free. 301-324-0514 or www.shopcapcentre.com.
“Celebration of Creativity” arts gala, The Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council and Bowie State University sponsor this black-tie event to celebrate arts education and the opening of the new $71 million Fine and Performing Arts Center on the university’s campus. Hosted by WHUR radio personality Jacqui Gales Webb, the gala will feature performances by Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio, and more. Proceeds will benefit the center and arts education programs. 6:30 p.m., Bowie State University, Fine and Performing Arts Center, 14000 Jericho Park Rd. $100 reservations required. 301-277-1402 or www.pgahc.org.
Laugh Riot at the Hyatt Regency, In the basement of a nondescript Bethesda hotel, things get cracking early on Saturday nights with this showcase specializing in a mix of budding comics and more established vets. There is a small cover charge, but with no table service and no minimum, there is no pressure to spend a penny more. 8 p.m. Saturdays, Bethesda Hyatt Regency Hotel, 7400 Wisconsin Ave. $10. or www.standupcomedytogo.com.Sunday, Nov. 18
Wedding 411, A bridal showcase featuring local event vendors, culinary samples, and other valuable information. For age 18 and older. 1-4 p.m., Oxon Hill Manor, 6901 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. $5, registration requested. 301-839-7782.
Maybach Music Group, Rick Ross, Machine Gun Kelly, Meek Mill, Wale, 7:30 p.m., George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. $39.75-$69.75. 202-397-7328, 703-993-3000.Monday, Nov. 19
“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, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356.Tuesday, Nov. 20
Chrisette Michele, Alex Boyd, While Chrisette Michele’s fans await the release of her fourth studio album, the Grammy-winning R&B singer is getting ready to release a mixtape inspired by the life of Audrey Hepburn. The first single, “Charades,” finds her doing what she does best: twisting her silky, supple voice around hip-hop-inspired beats. 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $59.50. 703-549-7500.Wednesday, Nov. 21
“The Miraculous Magical Balloon,” The Arlington-based, Synetic Theater presents a series of pantomime sketches about a traveling actor and his magical trunk of tricks and toys. 10:30 a.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-203-6070.
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