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

Things to do Mar. 8-15: Don’t miss DC Independent Film Festival

Thursday, March 8

DinoRock Junkyard Pirates, the puppeteers sing and dance as they learn about recycling. 9:30 and 11 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $3. 301-277-1710.

Women’s History Month Luncheon, the 27th annual event features lunch and guest speakers. Sponsored by the Community and Ethnic Affairs Advisory Council, Inc. Noon-2 p.m., Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Dr., Greenbelt. $40, registration and payment required by March 1. 301-952-3755.

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra: The Re-Write of Spring, Jazz fans and classical fans have a reason to come together. Conductor Darryl Brenzel will lead a 17-piece ensemble in a performance of Stravinsky in the big-band model. Part of the Intersections festival. 8 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $20; $15 students and seniors. 202-399-7993 or intersectionsdc.org.

Earl Klugh, 8 and 10 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through March 11, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $43. 202-337-4141.

Friday, March 9

Film: Gangs of New York, watch the Academy Award nominated film about the struggles and conflicts faced by immigrants. 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Student center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0899.

Howard Univ. Charter Day Convocation, the Honorable Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General for the State of California will give the keynote address at the 145th convocation. 11 a.m., arrive early, Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. 202-806-7194, www.howard.edu or HUCDAYRSVP2012@gmail.com.

Dance Extravaganza, sponsored by Cesar Chavez Elementary Pride Dancers; featuring performances by dance troupes from Hyattsville Middle and Eleanor Roosevelt High schools. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of a marquee to place in front of Chavez Elementary. 6-8 p.m. Mar. 9, High Point High School, 3601 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville. $20; advance purchase, $15; ages 5-14, $5. Shelley Rollison or Margo Simpson at 301-853-5694.

Theater: Raggedy Ann and Andy, the popular children’s book comes to live in production. 7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, through March 10, College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. $7; students, $5. Reservations requested. 301-934-7828 or www.csmd.edu/arts.

EmbryFest, poetry, singing, dancing, comedy, and door prizes. 7:30 p.m. Mar. 9, Embry AME Church, 5101 Lakeland Rd., College Park.Free. 301-474-7503, www.embryame.org or embryamec@verizon.net.

“Ah, Wilderness!,” Eugene O’Neill explores young love and growing up through this nostalgic play. 8 p.m. Mar. 9-10 and 15, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Mar. 11, 7:30 p.m. Mar. 13-14, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $55-$90. 202-488-3300.

“Spirit of Uganda: A Project of Empower African Children,” 8 p.m. Mar. 9, Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $28-$48. 301-581-5100.

Michael Brooks, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through March 10, Riot Act Comedy Theater, 801 E St. NW. $20. 202-697-4900.

Musical: Pippin, the story of a young prince who longed to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays through March 31, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. $20; students and seniors, $17. 301-441-8770 or www.greenbeltartscenter.org.

Kenneth Whalum III, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through March 10, Bohemian Caverns, 2003 11th St. NW. $20. 202-299-0800.

Saturday, March 10

North Carolina college fair, for residents ages 13-18, travel to Tarboro, North Carolina to meet with hundreds of college and university representatives and recruiters. Seniors are encouraged to bring official, sealed high school transcripts. Lunch included. Bus leaves at 4 a.m. and returns 11 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $60, registration required. 301-203-6070.

Baysox National Anthem Auditions, come prepared to sing the Star-Spangled banner live. 9 a.m. Mar. 10, Bowie Baysox, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. Free. 301-464-4865.

Pancake Prayer Breakfast, with door prizes and giveaways. 9:30 a.m. Mar. 10, Embry AME Church, 5101 Lakeland Rd., College Park.$7; children, $4. 301-474-7503, www.embryame.org or embryamec@verizon.net.

Grant Program Workshop, learn about monies available to fund African-American historic and cultural projects. Sponsored by the African American Heritage Preservation Program. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mar. 10, Fairmount Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights. Free, registration required. Kathy Monday at 410-514-7627, http://mht.maryland.gov/grants_africanamerican.html or kmonday@mdp.state.md.us.

African American “Read-In,” meet authors and enjoy family reading time in celebration of MLK Day. 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through March 10, Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.

Theater: Locomotion, for ages 8 and older, follows 11-year-old Lonnie Motion, who must face the challenges of having his world turned upside-down (he has a new home, a new school, and a new caregiver). Poetry provides an answer. Part of the Intersections festival. 2 and 4 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $15; $8 students; $10 seniors. 202-399-7993 or intersectionsdc.org.

Relationship Forum, radio hosts Audrey Chapman and Lonnie Hunter lead a relaxed, interactive discussion on surviving romance and relationships. 2 p.m. Mar. 10, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $20; seniors and students, $15. Advance purchase recommended. 301-277-1710.

Film: “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” the story of the Nobel Peace Prize Kenyan woman whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement which provided new sources of food and income to rural communities and helped bring down her country’s 24-year-old dictatorship. 4:30 p.m. Mar. 10, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free, registration requested. 703-746-4356 or www.alexblackhistory.org.

New Deal R&B concert, J.C. plays acoustic covers, soft rock and R&B. 8-11 p.m. Mar. 10, New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642.

Sunday, March 11

Wedding planning workshop, meet vendors to help make your wedding day perfection. 1-4 p.m. Mar. 11, Oxon Hill Manor, 6901 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. $5, registration required. 301-839-7782, https://smartlink.pgparks.com/POSweb/POSItemDetails.aspx?POSItemKey=11997 or ohmanor@pgparks.com.

“If Pigs Could Fly” Puppet Show, presented by Blue Sky Theater. 3 p.m. Mar. 11, Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free. 301-927-3013 or info@cpae.org.

D.C. Swing! of D.C.’s Different Drummers, Intersections will go out with bang — the bang provided by D.C.’s Different Drummers, an 18-piece LGBT big-band ensemble. They’ll perform songs such as “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Satin Doll,” and more. 5:30 p.m. Mar. 11, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $15, includes one drink and lite bites. 202-399-7993 or intersectionsdc.org.

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

Monday, March 12

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 8 p.m. Mar. 12, the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $35. Tickets, 877-965-3872; information, 703-938-2404.

Tuesday, March 13

Credit Report Seminar, Tyrisa Stafford from ClearPoint Credit Counseling Service will review credit reports and teach the importance of a good credit score. 10-11 a.m. Mar. 13, Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Rd., Laurel. Free, registration required. 301-206-3355.

Film: Story Weather, Lena Horne stars in the 1943 musical based on the life of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. For age 60 and older. 11 a.m. Mar. 13, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $2. 301-277-1710.

Wednesday, March 14

“Jonah” Theater Trip, for age 60 and older, travel to Lancaster, PA for Sight and Sound Theater’s production about a faithful prophet of God who suddenly disobeys and encounters great difficulties. Price includes transportation, show ticket and buffet dinner. 8:30 a.m.-7:45 p.m. Mar. 14, Camp Springs Senior Center, 6420 Allentown Rd., Camp Springs. $105; nonresidents of Prince George\'s and Montgomery counties, $120. Reservations required. 301-449-0490.

Storyman Baba Jamal Koram, presents African stories with drumming, call and response, wit and wisdom. 10:30 a.m. Mar. 14, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-203-6070.

Thursday, March 15

Stanley Jordan, 8 and 10 p.m. Thursdays, through March 18, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $27.50. 202-337-4141.

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