African American Genealogy Michael Kent, commissioner at the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, leads a lecture and computer demonstration on researching family history. 7 p.m. Calvert Library Prince Frederick branch, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291. 301-855-1862. www.calvert.lib.md.us. Free.
“Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey” The show brings the music and people of Harlem to life on the stage. Friday at 10:15 a.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. arts.pgparks.com. From $6.
Suburban Maryland Spring Home Show This home improvement vendor showcase will feature reality star Ryan Serhant of the Bravo TV series “Million Dollar Listing New York” and interior designer and HGTV star J Allen. Talk to professional home organizers and antiques and art appraisers, and shop new home-improvement products. Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-7900. www.mdhomeshows.com. Friday free. Saturday and Sunday $3 in advance, $6 at door.
Enslaved Women of Darnall’s Chance A guided tour to learn about the African American women who once lived at the house. For age 10 and older. 1 and 3 p.m., arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-8010. history.pgparks.com. Free, reservations required for groups of seven or more.
“Picturing the Past” A mixed-media exhibit by local and guest artists inspired by Historic St. Mary’s City. Meet the artists at a reception Friday from 5-8 p.m. Gallery hours, Tuesday- Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Through March 2. North End Gallery, 41652 Fenwick St., Leonardtown. 301-475-3130. www.northendgallery.org. Free.
“Myths & Legends: Telling Fantastical Stories Through Art” This exhibit, opening Friday, celebrates works of art that bring to life myths, legends, fables, folk tales, fairy tales and the like. Public reception Friday 6-9 p.m. Exhibit runs through May 4. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. $5, seniors $4, youths $3, age 5 and younger free.
Wizards vs. Cavaliers The Xtreme Teens program hosts this trip for ages 10-17 to Verizon Center to watch the professional basketball matchup. 5:45-10 p.m. Glenn Dale Community Center, 11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale. 301-352-8983. www.pgxtremeteens.com. $5, reservations required.
Step, cheer and dance fest Step teams from local schools, colleges, churches and community organizations perform to celebrate the African American experience. 7-9 p.m. Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. 301-292-9191. www.pgparks.com. $5.
Southern Maryland Boot Scooters The dance troupe will provide line dance lessons for beginners. 7 p.m. Hotel Charles, 15100 Burnt Store Rd., Hughesville www.bootscootersofsomd.blogspot.com. Free, registration requested.
“45 Seconds From Broadway” Take a behind-the-scenes look at New York’s theater district in this Neil Simon comedy about washed-up and on-the-rise players. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Saturday. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906. www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. $15, seniors and students $12.
“Death by Chocolate” A resort manager and amateur sleuth must find the murderer among the resort staff in this comedy whodunit. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Port Tobacco Players, 508 Charles St., La Plata. 301-932-6819. www.ptplayers.com. $17, $14 seniors and youth.
“ReEntry” Cause Theatre stages this up-close look into the lives of marines getting ready for and returning from war. Based on interviews with real-life Marines and their families. 8 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, Building A auditorium, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. 443-550-6000. www.csmd.edu/arts. $5.
“The Vagina Monologues” Women explore their sexuality in this production by the Rude Mechanicals. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Saturday. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770. www.greenbeltartscenter.org. $17, seniors and students $14 , age 12 and younger $12.
Boomscat and Proverbs Reggae Band Performances by the soul/R&B duo Boomscat and the local reggae band. 8 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. www.joesmovement.org. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Living history program: Charles Ball Historian Vince Leggett impersonates Charles Ball, a slave from Maryland who was sold to a South Carolina cotton planter. After several escapes and recaptures and with the help of his white lawyer, Ball wrote his autobiography, “The Life and Adventures of Charles Ball.” 1 p.m. Historic Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-2280. www.sotterley.org. Free, reservations required.
“The Lost Elephant” Comic actor Dan Kamin and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra put on this family comedy about a zookeeper searching for Elmer the Elephant, who escaped. 2 and 3:30 p.m. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. 410-263-5544. www.annapolissymphony.org. $12.
Black history gospel celebration Performances by local church choirs with dancers. 6-8 p.m. Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills. 301-505-0897. www.pgparks.com. Free.
“Pirates of the Chesapeake” The Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents an action-filled story of pirates, settlers and natives of the 17th-century Chesapeake Bay area. 7 p.m., Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-464-1737. www.balletmaryland.org. $25, seniors $20, students $15, children $10.
Expressions of a People An African marketplace with vendors, musical performances and children’s activities, in honor of Black History Month. 1-6 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out A bluegrass music concert with opening performance by local songwriter David Norris. 2 p.m. American Legion Post 238, 6265 Brandywine Rd., Hughesville. 301-737-3004, www.americanlegionbluegrass.com. $15.
“Direct Current: A Multimedia Exploration of Black Life Within Prince George’s County” Mixed-media and multimedia works. Public reception 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit runs through Feb. 24. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Anthony Kearns The Irish tenor performs at 4 p.m., St. Mary’s Ryken High School, Romuald Hall Theater, 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown. 301-373-4182. www.smrhs.org. $59, VIP $100 includes wine and cheese reception with the artist after the concert.
Glass art exhibit Resident artists from the Art Glass Center at Glen Echo will display their works in the front window. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through March 8. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
“African American Scientists in Colonial Maryland” Staff from Montpelier explore the contributions of African American scientists in Maryland’s agricultural history. 2:45 and 3:45 p.m. Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. 301-953-7882. www.pgparks.com. Free.
“Write on Wednesdays — With a Twist!” A three-session, small-group writing workshop. . Get private consultations on story, plot and character ideas, publishing, promotion, trademark and marketing. Hosted by Life Journey’s Writers Club. Wednesdays 5-8 p.m., through Feb. 26. Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Pl. , Waldorf. 301-705-8972. 301-645-3077. www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com/
events. $59.99, registration required.
— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett
from staff reports