Jazzy Blu The D.C. band performs its eclectic blend of neo-soul, jazz and R&B music. Founded in 2005 by drummer Dominic “Nikk” Taylor, the band consists of bassist Skip Taylor, jazz guitarist Leslie Lee, saxophonist Kevin Levi, keyboardist Jeff Chandler, vocalists Keith Brown and Danielle Hatchell, and percussionist Mike Artis. 7 p.m. Blue Dolphin, 1166 Route 3, Gambrills. 410-721-9081. www.jazzybluband.com. $10.
University of Maryland Chamber Jazz Students from the School of Music perform swing and jazz combo. 7:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
“Laughing at Life” A performance of four short Japanese kyogen comedies in translation. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Nov. 17, 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Bruce Davis Theater, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. 240-895-4243. www.smcm.edu. $6; seniors, faculty and students $4.
“Urinetown” The College of Southern Maryland Theatre Company presents the comedy stage play about greed, corruption, love and revolution. After a 20-year drought the government of a Gotham-like city places a ban on private toilets, forcing residents to pay admission to use public amenities. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Nov. 17. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/Arts. $15; seniors, students and military $12.
Drawings by Janice Knipe The local artist displays her works exploring the ambiguity of shapes and objects. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., exhibit closes Friday. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/arts. Free.
“Legends and Lore” A storyteller shares tales of “way back when” about the three centuries of folks who once called Sotterley Plantation home. 6 and 8 p.m. Historic Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-2280. www.sotterley.org. $15, reservations required.
“Auntie Mame” The popular comedy follows the adventures of a boy and his sister as they grow up as wards of their eccentric aunt. Based on the 1955 novel by Patrick Dennis. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 17, plus Nov. 18. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906. www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. $15, students and seniors $12. Reservations requested.
“Frost/Nixon” Peter Morgan presents his stage play about the British talk show host who attempts to resurrect his dying career by getting an apology from President Richard M. Nixon after the Vietnam War and Watergate. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18 and 25. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770. www.greenbeltartscenter.org. $17, seniors and students $14.
“In the Red and Brown Water” Tarell Alvin McCraney’s coming-of-age play follows a teenage sprinter trying to rise above her life in a Louisiana bayou. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., through Nov. 16. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $25, seniors $20, students and youth $10.
“Oklahoma!” 2nd Star Productions puts on the classic Broadway musical following two cowboys, Curly and Will, as they attempt to romance and court the women in their lives. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Dec. 6, 3 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 8. Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie. 301-832-4819. www.2ndstarproductions.com. $20, seniors and students $17.
Alan Blair and the Prospect Band The band plays oldies but goodies. Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m.-midnight. Performances every Friday through Nov. 30. Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. $10.
Green Craft Fair The fourth annual “Trash to Treasure” features vendors selling wares made of recycled, organic or sustainable materials. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-699-2456. www.pgparks.com. Free.
“Flying High With Thaddeus Lowe” The Civil War aeronaut shares tales of soaring high in the sky to spy on Confederate forces. Children can make secret military balloons. For ages 5 to 12. 1 p.m. Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. 301-868-1121. www.surratt.org. Free.
College Park Blues Festival The D.C. Blues Society hosts the fifth annual event with performances by the Nighthawks, the D.C. Blues Society Band with Ayaba Bey, and Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes. Proceeds will go toward sending the 2012 battle of the bands winner to the Memphis International Blues Challenge in January. 6-11:30 p.m. University of Maryland, Ritchie Coliseum, 4533 Rossborough Lane, College Park. 301-405-1000. www.dcblues.org. Free.
“Daughter of the Struggle” Ayanna Gregory, daughter of legendary comedian and social activist Dick Gregory, delivers an autobiographical performance about her childhood memories and growing up with nine siblings amid her father’s life of fame and human rights activism. 8 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. www.joesmovement.org. $20, age 12 and younger $10.
“Trios: Salness, Elsing and Tsong” Violinist David Salness, cellist Evelyn Elsing and pianist Mayron Tsong perform Beethoven and other classical music. 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
Jim Bennett The soul singer performs with Lady Mary and the Unique Creation Band. Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m. Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. $10.
The Solitaires The Harlem-based ’50s doo-wop group performs hits such as “Walking Along” and “The Wedding.” 8 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $30, seniors and students $25.
Symphony orchestra competition The annual contest opens with students performing six- to eight-minute excerpts of a concerto or concert piece for a jury panel. 1 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
Larry Stephenson Born in Harrisonburg, Va., the bluegrass singer performs with his band. 2 p.m. American Legion Post 238, routes 231 and 381, Hughesville. 301-737-3004. www.americanlegionbluegrass.com. $15.
School of Music choral showcase The men’s and women’s choruses put on a concert spanning various eras, genres and styles. 3 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. Free.
Ward Virts concert series The music series features a performance from flutist Lucy Snell, clarinetist Takako Mato and pianist Stephen Johnson. 3 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, Flagship Building Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. 443-550-6011.
Fossil discovery program Visitors are invited to touch and learn about fossils millions of years old and dig for their own fossils in the discovery room. 1-4 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Maritime History Hall, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. $7, seniors and military $6, ages 5 to 12 $2, 4 and younger free.
Chamber music showcase Student musicians perform repertoire for string, woodwind, brass and piano. 5:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
Birding in Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia Maureen Harvey, president of the Maryland Ornithological Society, and her husband, Dave, share stories and photos of their recent trip to Southeast Asia, where they saw more than 300 bird species. Sponsored by the Prince George’s Audubon Society. 7:30 p.m. College Park Airport Annex, 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park. 301-262-5148. www.pgaudubon.org. Free.
Juried student art exhibition Sponsored by the Student Art League, this exhibit features more than 100 pieces of art, including drawings, paintings, watercolors, photography, digital art, ceramics and sculptures. Awards reception 6-8 p.m. Nov. 28. Exhibit runs 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 6. Prince George’s Community College, Marlboro Gallery. 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-322-0965. www.pgcc.edu. Free.
— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah
from staff reports