“The Colored Museum” Bowie State’s Spring Arts Festival continues with this interactive presentation of monologues that portray the African American experience of the 1980s. Thursday at 11 a.m., Friday at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Bowie State University, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Main Stage Theatre, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-3769, tickets 301-860-3717. www.bowiestate.edu. $10, seniors and students $5, children $3.
Adventures in the Field Archaeologists Ruth Mitchell and Timothy B. Riordan give updates on archeology projects happening around St. Mary’s City. Mitchell will discuss excavations happening at the Anne Arundel Hall site at St. Mary’s College, and Riordan will offer findings from work at Calvert House site. 6:30 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor Center, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org. Free.
“ART”An exhibit of pieces made from recycled trash. Opening reception Sunday 1-4 p.m., exhibit runs through May 25. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. 301-743-5159. www.mattawomanart.org. Free.
Better Block Night Art Lives Here partners with local businesses and artists for this block party with music, workshops, a parade, open studios and live performances. 6-10 p.m. Mount Rainier Circle, Rhode Island Ave. and 34th St. 301-699-1819. www.artlivesheremd.wordpress.com. Free.
“A Raisin in the Sun” The 1961 film offers a glimpse into the life of an African American family going through changes. 7:30 p.m. Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. arts.pgparks.com. $5.
“Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party” This off-Broadway mystery is staged at a party where a man gets enraged after his girlfriend flirts with another man. Based on Joseph Moncure March’s poem “The Wild Party.” Recommended for adults. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., May 4 and 11 at 2 p.m., through May 17. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906. www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. $15, seniors and students $12. Reservations requested.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre: The Nina Simone Project The story of acclaimed pianist, singer and civil-rights activist Nina Simone, narrated and set to gospel, blues, folk and jazz with choreography by dance artist Dianne McIntyre. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Matinee Thursday at 10:15 a.m. and senior show Thursday at noon and Friday at 11 a.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. arts.pgparks.com. $25; seniors, students and groups of 15 or more $20; matinee $7; senior screenings $17.
District5: Transcribed The Graduate Fellowship Chamber Ensemble performs Brahms’s Piano Quintet No. 1 in G Minor and other new transcriptions of chamber works for wind quintet. 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.
The Kenny Barron Platinum Quintet The jazz pianist celebrates his 70th birthday with a live performance with his band, Marcus Strickland on tenor saxophone, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Linda Oh on bass and Lee Pearson on drums. 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $40, seniors $35, students and youth $10.
Cultural Arts Expo A family-friendly showcase of arts programs available throughout the state. Activities include live music, a Shakespeare reading, puppet show, artist meet-and-greet and more. Hosted by Del. Melony G. Griffith. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301-858-3557. www.pgahc.org. Free.
Glass show and sale A showcase of early American, art deco and Depression-era glassware, china, pottery and other collectibles. Sponsored by the Delmarva Depression Glass Club. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. DuVal High School, 9880 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. 301-565-2361. firstname.lastname@example.org. $4.
Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage The 77th annual event features tours of some of Maryland’s most noteworthy private homes, gardens, farms, churches and historic sites over six weekends. On Saturday, the tour comes to Prince George’s County with stops along the path of the British during the War of 1812. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tours run through May 31. Nottingham School, 17400 Nottingham Rd., Upper Marlboro 410-821-6933. www.mhgp.org. $30.
Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts Celebrate the season at the annual festival featuring vendors, art studio tours and demonstrations, a nature-inspired fashion show, exhibits and live music by classical pianist Woobin Park at noon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free. $5 suggested donation for concert.
“Edges and Dimensions of Contemporary Dance” The Ballet Theatre of Maryland, led by artistic director Dianna Cuatto, showcases new, contemporary American dance works. 7 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 410-224-5644. www.balletmaryland.org. $25, seniors $20, students $15, children $10.
Golden Gloves regional championships The Washington/Maryland champions face the Virginia/North Carolina winners to see who will go to the national tournament in Las Vegas. 7 p.m. Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. 301-843-6165. From $25.
“Exchanged III” The art students from George Mason and James Madison universities come together to display their work in this group show. Closes Saturday. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
“Natural World” Eric Rhein’s exhibit of photography, sculptural constructions and works on paper that explore sexuality, vulnerability and resilience, mortality and transcendence and the human experience. Closes Saturday. 39th Street Gallery, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-864-3860. www.39thstreetgallery.com. Free.
“Joseph Sheppard: On a Grand Scale” The Owings Mills native displays a 21-piece exhibit of large-format paintings that depict rural and urban life. Opening reception Sunday 3-5 p.m., exhibit runs through March 29, 2015. University of Maryland University College, Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard, 3501 University Blvd. East, College Park. 301-985-7937. www.umuc.edu/visitors/events/art/merritt. Free.
“Ballets Russes” The 2005 documentary uses archival footage to pay tribute to the early-20th-century Paris dance troupe and its pioneering artists who helped shape modern ballet. 1 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. $5.
UMD Japanese Koto Ensemble The student music ensemble performs traditional Japanese koto music. 2 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.
Riversdale Chamber Music Society Concert Series Performances by the U.S. Army String Quartet and clarinetist Robert DiLutis. 2:30 p.m. Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. 301-864-0420. history.pgparks.com. Concert free, house tours $3, seniors $2, ages 5-18 $1.
“Jazz at Five” fundraiser Hosted by the Charles H. Wesley Masonic Lodge No. 147, the 19th annual scholarship fundraising event will feature music from the university’s Community Jazz Ensemble. 5-9 p.m. Bowie State University, West Bowie Village Hall, 13711 Annapolis Rd., Bowie, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-3751. www.bowiestate.edu. $45, reservations required.
Sugar Pie The all-female old-time string band performs with members Hilarie Burhans on banjo, Janie Rothfield on fiddle, Kellie Allen on guitar and Sabra Guzmán on bass. 7 p.m. Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. 301-927-3013. www.cpae.org. $15-$20 suggested donation at the door.
TEMPO: The Experimental Music Performance Organization The graduate student music organization presents new music from “beyond the walls of the University of Maryland.” 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.
“Flying Force: The Prince George’s County Police Aviation Unit” Through large-format images, this exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at the unit, its history and its officers. Through June 30. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. 301-864-6029. www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com. $4, seniors $3, age 18 and younger $2 .
Big Band Finale Residents are invited to pack a picnic and enjoy an outdoor concert featuring the University of Maryland’s Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Band. 5:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Patio Courtyard, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
“The Prophet” Actor and author Kevin Raphael Fitch puts on a dramatic performance about the life and works of 20th-century Lebanese artist and poet Kahlil Gibran. 7 p.m. Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. 301-839-2400. www.pgcmls.info/node/212. Free.
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3Archaeologists Ruth Mitchell and Timothy B. Riordan give updates on archeology projects happening around St. Mary’s City. Mitchell will discuss excavations happening at the Anne Arundel Hall site at St. Mary’s College, and Riordan will offer findings from work at the Calvert House site. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor Center, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org. Free.