“The Civil War” The war is told through the eyes of a former slave, a girl-turned-drummer-boy and an Irish immigrant. Presented by Theatreworks USA. 10:15 a.m. and noon. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.pgparks.com. $6, groups of 15 or more $5 each.
“The Evolving Layers” A reception for Janna Zuber’s exhibition of 31 paintings. 3-5 p.m. Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. 301-583-2400. www.pgparks.com. Free.
“PEM Talks: Sustainable Chesapeake” seriesKen Paynter, director of the University of Maryland at College Park’s graduate program in marine, estuarine and environmental sciences (MEES), leads a presentation titled “Restoring Oysters to the Chesapeake.” 7 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. Free.
Eddie Baccus Jr. The jazz saxophonist performs. 7 p.m. Blue Dolphin, 1166 Route 3, Gambrills. 410-721-9081. www.theashleighgroup.com. $20.
“Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” Set in a barbershop, the play follows the lives of two African American men as they maneuver capitalism and a racist culture. Presented by the Bowie State Theatre Department. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Bowie State University, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-3717.
www.bowiestate.edu. $10; seniors, students and faculty $5.
Renaissance Festival The College of Southern Maryland Chorale kicks off the festivities with madrigals and other period music. The festival will feature outdoor family activities and entertainment, including six medieval-themed plays, jugglers, magicians, crafts and more. Concert Thursday at 8 p.m., festival Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/Arts. Concert $5 in advance, $7 day of concert; festival free ($10 wristbands available for plays).
“Same Time, Next Year” New Direction Community Theatre presents Bernard Slade’s stage play about two married people who meet once a year for an affair that lasts 30 years. Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. 443-624-4484. ndctheater.net84.net. $12, seniors and students $10.
Shady RillPatty Casey and Tom MacKenzie make up the acoustic folk music duo. 7 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City, State House of 1676, 47418 Old State House Rd., St. Mary's City. 240-895-4990. www.stmaryscity.org. $15.