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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Things to do Oct. 17- Oct. 23

Monday, Oct. 17

Go Go: Lissen Band, Mondays, Takoma Station, 6914 Fourth St. NW.

Fanning or Diffusing the Flames, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and author Steve Oney discuss the media’s power in shaping the national conversation regarding diversity and more. 7 p.m., Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Free, tickets required. 202-347-4833 or www.fords.org.

Homecoming Comedy Show, hosted by Nephew Tommy of the Steve Harvey Morning Show; with comedians John Baker Jr., Joe Clair, Ray Lipowski, Jacques Kindle and Del Harrison. 7 p.m., Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. $35; students, $25. Purchase tickets in advance. 202-806-7194.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

“Trouble in Mind,” the play within a play focuses on an integrated cast performing an anti-lynching play while their prejudices surface backstage. Noon Friday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $55-$85. 202-488-3300.

Brandywine Free Food Distribution, bring your own bags. 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Gwynn Park Middle School, Dyson Road parking lot, 8000 Dyson Rd., Brandywine. Free. Brother Moe Gregory at 301-336-3808 or Moedogg5@gmail.com.

African Americans in the Old West, a lecture by historian C.R. Gibbs. 7 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-345-5800.

Poetry Cipher, “Prominence: The Eloquence of the Scribes,” an evening of expressive poetry, will be headlined by rapper Talib Kweli, with special guests, Queen Godis, Taalam Acey and actor Omari “Wise-O” Hardwick. Part of the Howard University Homecoming celebration. 7 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $30; students, $25. 202-328-6000.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Wine and Design, for age 21 and older, paint a masterpiece while enjoying wine and cheese. 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Color Me Mine - Silver Spring, 823 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. $40 includes artwork. Registration required. 301-565-5105 or http://www.silverspring.colormemine.com.

“Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream,” 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. $15-$70. 202-397-7328, 703-993-3000.

Bowie City Council Candidate Forum, City Council hopefuls will present their views. Sponsored by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. 7 p.m., Kenhill Center, 2614 Kenill Dr. Free. 301-262-6200 or kelly@bowiechamber.org.

HU Homecoming Fashion Show I & II, a two-part fashion show, “Empressions: Dreaming of a New Dawn” was inspired by The Emperor’s New Clothes tale according to coordinator DeMarkis Brown and assistant coordinator Brittany Ireland. 7 p.m., Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. $45; students, $35. 202-806-6100.

“ReEntry,” KJ Sanchez directs a show based on interviews with veterans. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 30, Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. $25-$60. 240-644-1100.

Creole Choir of Cuba, the voice-and-percussion choir is made up of Cuban descendents of Haitians, blending ancient traditions with gospel and folk music. 8 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $18-$38. 301-581-5100.

Thursday, Oct. 20

Eye Safety Month Event, eye exams and information on eye health. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Bladen hall room 132, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0965.

Celebrity Basketball Game, “Final Call: All Star Mayhem” is this year’s celebrity basketball game. Guests include Cory Hardrict, Omari Hardwick, Toccara Jones and more. 7 p.m., Howard University, Burr Gymnasium, 2400 Sixth St. NW. $25; students, $20. 202-806-6100.

Medicaid health care workshop, learn about the Maryland Medicaid managed care program and how to apply for the health choice program. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 7-9 p.m., Beckett Field, 8511 Legation Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-429-0970.

Michelle Webb’s King Kong, 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. 202-234-0072.

Blues Dance at the Park, 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 301-634-2222.

Friday, Oct. 21

Najee, Friday-Sunday, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $50. 202-337-4141.

Business Network Breakfast, with Kevin Wills, author of “Burst: A Story of God’s Grace When Life Falls Apart.” 7:30-9 a.m., Country Club at Woodmore, 12320 Pleasant Prospect Rd., Mitchellville. $30; members, $20. RSVP. 301-779-7833, www.cbnpg.org or Lisa.White@loyolaretreat.org.

Construction Services Event, for small and minority owned firms specializing in construction services, meet directly with contractors, stakeholders. Learn about business opportunities and about MDOT certification and construction bonds. 8-11:30 a.m., Laurel High School, auditorium, 8000 Cherry Lane, Laurel. Free, registration required. Denise Roberts at 301-883-6480 or www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/minoritybusiness.

Black Doll Show, an exhibit of African American dolls, accessories, furniture and more from well known artists, vendors and collectors. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, The Mall at Prince George’s, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Admission, free. or www.mallatprincegeorges.com.

Kids Night Out, drop off kids ages 6-11 for a fun night of pizza, painting, dessert making and more. 6:30-9 p.m., Color Me Mine - Silver Spring, 823 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. $30, registration required. 301-565-5105 or http://www.silverspring.colormemine.com.

Blind Boys of Alabama, Jim Lauderdale, 8 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $25-$48. 301-581-5100.

Homecoming R&B Concert, one of the most highly anticipated of the homecoming events, this year’s R&B show entitled “The Prototype: Unconventional Sound” will take a step back to 90s R&B with performances by Tyrese, Joe, Avant and Monica. Also performing is Melanie Fiona. 8 p.m., D.C. Armory, 2001 E. Capitol St. SE. $50; students, $40. 202-547-9077.

Ledisi, 8 p.m., Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $61.50. 202-783-4000.

Trio Caliente, The Washington, D.C. jazz trio incorporates bossa nova, gypsy rumba and flamenco sounds. 8 p.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. $20, seniors $18. 301-377-7800.

Jazz: Antonio Parker Quartet, a performance by the saxophonist and his quartet. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays, through Oct. 28, DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. $15. 202-628-4780.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Women’s Health and Empowerment Retreat, motivational speaker Dr. Lonise Bias delivers a keynote address titled, “The Bst is Yet to Come.” Learn how to manage family, career and community responsibilities. Sponsored by Southern Maryland Hospital Center. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Colony South Hotel, 7401 Surratts Rd, Clinton. $30 at door; $20 in advance. Registration required. 1-866-724-2099.

National Council of Negro Women Prayer Breakfast, pastor Catherine C. Woods of Holy Trinity Worship Center International will speak on “Destined to Soar: Rising Above our circumstance” at the annual breakfast; live music. 8:30 a.m.-noon, Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Dr., Greenbelt. $40, reservations required. 301-474-8500 or www.ncnw-pgcounty.org.

School Bus Driver Job Fair, the county is recruiting drivers with good driving records for part and full time positions with benefits. Must pass background check. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Lake Arbor Elementary School, 10205 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. Free, fill out application online. 301-952-6566 or 301-952-6023 or www.pgcps.org.

Fairmont Heights Computer Literacy Class, learn computer basics including how to use the Internet and Word processing. 11 a.m. Saturdays, Fairmount Heights Library, 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights. Free. 301-883-2650.

Kids Euro Festival, for ages 5-10, explore Austrian artwork with crafts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., National Children’s Museum Launch Zone, 112 Waterfront St., National Harbor. Admission free. Registration required. 301-686-0225 or www.kidseurofestival.org.

Jump OFF!, Get on stage and learn cool double Dutch moves. Noon-4 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-699-2456.

Montford Point Marines, pay tribute to members of Chapter 6 in this special tribute to African American servicemen. 1 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.

Pink Out! Football Game, the Laurel High School football team pays tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness month at its game against Wise High School. 2 p.m., Laurel High School, 8000 Cherry Lane. $5; students, $4. 301-497-2050.

Classical: Harlem Quartet, brings a new attitude to classical music in order to gain young, minority audiences to the art. Proceeds will benefit the High School’s effort to become an “All Steinway” school. 7 p.m., Suitland High School, 5200 Silver Hill Rd, Suitland. $25; seniors and students, $15. 301-817-0500.

Homecoming Step Show, hosted by comedian Billy Sorrells and MC Lyte. 7 p.m., Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center, 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick. $50, advance purchase recommended. 301-662-3515.

Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson, a performance by the jazz quartet. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., HR-57, 816 H St. NE. $15. 202-667-3700.

Sunday, Oct. 23

“Oktoberfest,” make scarecrows, pumpkin painting, live music and more. Bring your own long-sleeved shirt and trousers. 8 a.m., Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free. 301-805-9566.

Howard Alumni Brunch and Fashion Show, sponsored by the Howard University Alumni Association. 11 a.m., Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW. $95, registration required. 202-238-2340.

Native American Harvest Day, Children are invited to play games and make crafts. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., Laurel. $5 per child, reservations required. 301-725-7975 or assist@laurelhistoricalsociety.org.

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