Prince George’s and Southern Maryland Going Out Guide, Feb. 20-26, 2014

Debe Tighe/Debe Tighe - Ramone Williams as Pvt. C.J Memphis and Cristopher Dinwiddie as his murdered sergeant, Vernon Waters, in 2nd Star Productions staging of the Charles Fuller’s Pulitizer Prize-winning “A Soldier’s Play.”

THU 20

“Journey” The Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance presents this exhibit exploring life’s journeys, whether through actual travel or life experiences. Through March 29. Doctors Community Hospital, 8100 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. 301-699-1148. www.hcaaonline.org. Free.

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Ronny Smith The Baltimore jazz guitarist performs a concert in celebration of Black History Month. 7 p.m. Blue Dolphin, 1166 Route 3, Gambrills. 410-721-9081. www.theashleighgroup.com. $20.

“Elephant’s Graveyard” The College of Southern Maryland’s Theatre Company presents the true tale of a struggling circus in small-town Tennessee that became famous in 1916 for lynching an elephant. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., through March 1. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/arts. $15, seniors, youth and military $12.

“The Waiting Room” Three women from different eras and cultures meet in a doctor’s waiting room and talk about body modification, from bound feet to breast implants. Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. 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 $10.

FRI 21

Calvert County Restaurant Week Participating restaurants offer special fixed-price menus. Through March 2. Call 410-535-4583 or 301-855-1880 or visit www.ecalvert.com. Prices vary. Reservations highly suggested.

“Sororities and Fraternities: the Impact on the African American Community” A discussion of the effect of Greek sororities and fraternities. Followed by a step show. 6 p.m. Prince George’s Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. 301-341-7439. www.pgparks.com. Free.

“A Soldier’s Play” 2nd Star Productions presents Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize- winning play set in 1944 Louisiana . Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through March 9. Charis Center for the Arts, 13010 8th St, Bowie. 301-262-1183. www.2ndstarproductions.com. $15, reservations welcome.

“Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” It’s 1975, the 20th anniversary of James Dean’s death, and a group of Dean’s fans get together to mark the date. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. through March 14. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770. www.greenbeltartscenter.org. $17, seniors and students $14, children $12.

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” The comedy imagines what would happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a cafe before they were famous. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., through March 9. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906. www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. $15, seniors and students $12. Reservations advised.

“Seven Guitars” The Tantallon Community Players stage this “1940s” installment of August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle,” a decade-by-decade look at African American life. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., through March 2. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.tantallonplayers.org. $15, seniors and students $12, groups of 10 or more $10.

SAT 22

“Xtreme Teens” snow tubing escape A bus trip to Round Top Mountain Resort in Lewisberry, Pa., for a day on the slopes. Ages 10-15 with signed permission slip. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Largo/Kettering/Perry Community Center, 431 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-446-3400. www.pgxtremeteens.com. $30, reservations required.

African American Family Day Festival A celebration of Black History Month with dance classes, storytelling, food, crafts, vendors and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. 301-583-2400. www.pgsportsandlearn.com. Free.

“Black Indians: An American Story” James Earl Jones narrates this film about the cultural and racial fusion of African Americans and Native Americans. Followed by a discussion led by Aio Sifu, who will talk about her experiences as a black Indian. 1 p.m. Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-218-6760. www.pgparks.com. Free, reservations required.

“Let’s Play 1950s Restaurant” Children 3 and older are invited to tour the restaurant exhibit and then take a turn as a cook, server and customer. 2 p.m. Bayside History Museum, 4025 Fourth Street, North Beach. 410-495-8386. www.baysidehistorymuseum.
org
. $1, registration required.

Highland tea A celebration of Scottish heritage with teas and pastries. Age 10 and older. 2 p.m. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-8010. history.pgparks.com. $28, residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties $22. Reservations required.

New Street Dance Group An evening of classical and contemporary dance, music and poetry. A master dance class will be taught from 3:30-6 p.m., performance 7:30-8:30 p.m. Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. 301-927-3013. www.cpae.org. Master class $10, concert free. RSVP requested.

Kronos Quartet and Trio da Kali The quartet performs with a Malian group. 8 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. $35, students $10.

Soul in Motion Players An African dance and drum concert featuring traditional rhythms of Senegal and Guinea. 8 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. www.joesmovement.org. $15, youth $10.

SUN 23

Hearts and History bridal show Meet event planners, caterers, florists, photographers, bakers, DJs and more.
1-4 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City, State House, 47418 Old State House Rd., St. Mary's City. 240-895-4990. www.stmaryscity.org. In advance $5, at door $10. RSVP.

War of 1812 Speaker Series Sidney Hart, senior historian at the National Portrait Gallery, leads a presentation on “The War of 1812 Through the Lens of Portraiture and Images.” 3 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, Auditorium, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. 410-586-8501. www.jefpat.org. Free.

“Latitude” Baltimore-based artist Kyle Bauer displays his sculptures and mixed-media works in this exhibit. Closes Sunday. 39th Street Gallery, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-864-3860. www.39thstreetgallery.com. Free.

MON 24

Zombies vs. Humans All ages are invited to dress in costume and participate in a Zombie Fear Factor. Choose to be a zombie or a survivor and get survival tips or become part of the flash mob. 6 p.m. Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-2211. www.stmalib.org. Free.

“Fruitvale Station” The 2013 film is a fictionalized account of the real-life story of an unarmed 22-year-old man who was shot and killed by police at a train station in Oakland, Calif., in 2009. 7 p.m. Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. 301-985-4690. Free.

“Direct Current: A Multimedia Exploration of Black Life Within Prince George’s County” Mixed-media and multimedia works. Closes Feb. 24. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free.

TUE 25

“Mammoth Follies and Dinosaur Friends” Host Willie Mammoth uses puppets, dance, music and comedy to teach children about dinosaurs. Recommended for students in grades 2-5. 10:15 a.m. and noon. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. arts.pgparks.com. $6.

Founding African American Families of Calvert County County students conduct live interviews with the county’s founding families. 7 p.m. Calvert Library Prince Frederick branch, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick. www.calvert.lib.md.us. Free.

WED 26

“Heroes: Gone but not Forgotten” An exhibition of drawings, prints and paintings by Charles White from the 1930s-’70s. Through May 23. University of Maryland, Cole Student Activities Building, College Park. 301-314-2615. 301-314-2615. www.driskellcenter.umd.edu. Free.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett
from staff reports

‘A Soldier’s Play’

32nd Star Productions presents Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize- winning play set in 1944 Louisiana with Ramone Williams as Pvt. C.J. Memphis and Cristopher Dinwiddie as his murdered sergeant, Vernon Waters. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through March 9. Charis Center for the Arts, 13010 Eighth St., Bowie. 301-262-1183. www.2ndstarproductions.com. $15, reservations welcome.

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