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Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Things to do: May 2-May 8

Thursday, May 2

“James and the Giant Peach,” An oversize peach serves as a floating ship for a boy and talking bugs. Through June 2, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. www.imaginationstage.org. $10-$25.

Fairfax Korean Cultural Festival, Learn about Korean customs, try dishes and listen to traditional and modern music. 7 p.m., Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703- 352-2787. www.visitfairfax.com. Free.

Jeanette Harris, The jazz saxophonist plays tunes from her latest project, “Saxified.” 8 p.m., Blue Dolphin, 1166 Route 3, Gambrills. 410-721-9081. www.theashleighgroup.com. $20.

Friday, May 3

“Issues of Freedom Part One,” This exhibition features works by 40 prominent American artists of color. Fridays-Wednesdays, Fondo Del Sol Visual Arts Center, 2112 R St. NW. 202-483-2777. www.fondodelsol.org. Free.

Peter Humphrey and Oasis Band, The local Caribbean dance band performs reggae, calypso and steel drums in an outdoor concert. Part of the Sunset Concert Series. 7 p.m., O’Donnell Lake Restaurant Park, St. Patrick's Drive and Smallwood Drive W., St. Charles. www.stcharlesmd.com. Free.

“Big River,” Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” comes to life when Huck helps his slave friend escape to freedom. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. through May 4, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770. greenbeltartscenter.org. $20, seniors, students and military $17.

“You Never Know,” Set in 1929 Paris, this romantic comedy tells the story of a baron and his butler who switch identities so that the butler can pursue a woman of higher class. Presented by the Prince George’s Little Theatre. 8 p.m. Fridays, through May 17, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie. 410-757-5700. www.pglt.org. $20, seniors and students $15.

Limp Bizkit, 9 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Pl., Baltimore. 410-244-8854. www.ramsheadlive.com. $30.

Saturday, May 4

CityDance Gala Celebration, CityDance and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities work with famed dancer and choreographer, Rasta Thomas, to present a night of performances by dancers from the United States’ leading ballet and contemporary companies. Saturday-Sunday, Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. www.thelincolntheatre.org. $35.

Harlem Renaissance Festival, The 14th annual festival features music, art, discussions, poetry, health screenings, vendors and more to celebrate the Harlem Renaissance-era. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Columbia Park Community Center, 1901 Kent Village Dr., Landover. 301-341-3749. www.pghrf.org. Free.

National Harbor Wine & Food Festival, The 6th annual festival features wine, spirits, cheese and food tastings from local, national and international chefs and restaurants, live music, vendors and more. Highlights from this year’s event include a specialty wine tasting with host Greg Nivens on Saturday and Nycci and David Nellis of Foodie and The Beast, will host a live radio show with top chefs and vendors Sunday. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 800-830-3976. http://wineandfoodnh.com. $48 general admission ($39 in advance); $30 for designated drivers in advance.

LivingSocial BeerFest, Dozens of craft breweries, wineries, local food trucks and music. 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. www.livingsocial.com/events. $35.

Catwalk Classic, Cultural Communications Inc. hosts the runway fashion battle between 12 local high schools . Guest performances from local R&B singer and X Factor finalist Marcus Canty and boy band sensation Mindless Behavior. 6 p.m., Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301-341-3255. http://culturalcommunications.org. In advance $37, at door $45.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, The Denver-based company presents an evening of modern dance, including “Fusion” by Jeanguy Saintus. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22, $10 for college students, $8 for children 17 and younger.

Denyce Graves and the National Philharmonic, The mezzo-soprano joins the orchestra conducted by Piotr Gajewski and the National Philharmonic Chorale in performing Brahm’s “Alto Rhapsody,” “Schicksalslied” and Symphony No. 4. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.nationalphilharmonic.org. $37-$84.

Sunday, May 5

“ArtsFest,” Riverdale Park Arts Council hosts the sixth annual art and music festival featuring live performances from “The Smokin’ Polecats,” “Brulee,” “The Rodney Kelley Jazz Experience,” and other performers. Activities include vintage car show, poetry slam, vendors, arts and crafts, and children’s activities. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Riverdale Park Town Center, at Marc Train station, 4650 Queensbury Rd., Riverdale Park. www.rpartscouncil.org. Free.

Takoma Park house and garden tour, the 40th annual self-guided tour showcases Victorians, bungalows, brick colonials, and modern homes east of Carroll Avenue. Tour departs from the Old Takoma Gazebo. 1-5 p.m., Old Town Takoma Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. 204-393-6060. www.historictakoma.org. $20, in advance $18.

WWE Smackdown, Wrestling all-stars Seamus, Randy Orton, Big Show, Wade-Barrett, Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio, Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, and Antonio Cesaro headline this event. 5 p.m., Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-7900. www.showplacearena.com. $15-$95.

Lila Downs, 7 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $28-$44.

Steve Tyrell, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $45.

Monday, May 6

“Occupied City: Civil War Alexandria,” An exhibit about life in a town occupied by the military, with biographical sketches of locals caught in the conflict, historical photos, artifacts and maps of wartime Alexandria. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-746-4994. www.alexandriahistory.org. $2.

Tuesday, May 7

“Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color,” Examines the career of one of North Carolina’s most successful cabinetmakers during a time of widespread racial discrimination. Daily through July 28, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu. Free.

Wednesday, May 8

“The Three Musketeers,” The new adaptation re-imagines the tale of D’Artagnan and his mission to become a musketeer. 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. 800-494-8497. www.synetictheater.org. $10-$55.

The Carl Palmer Band, Celebrating the music of Emerson Lake & Palmer. 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $30 In Advance / $35 Day of Show.

By Jillian S. Jarrett  |  10:16 AM ET, 05/01/2013

 
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