“Clowning Around” Bob Brown Puppets turn the stage into a circus big top. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.pgparks.com. $4, children $3.
UniverSoul Circus The high-flying circus show returns to the Washington area with live animals, stunts and more. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday and May 18 at noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday and May 19 at 12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., through May 19. Capital Plaza Mall, 6900 Annapolis Rd., Landover Hills. 800-316-7439. www.universoulcircus.com. $17-$32.
“Ladies Night: Out in Style” A Mother’s Day shopping event featuring designer clothing, jewelry, skin care products, cocktails and a “swag bag” giveaway. For age 21 and older. 6-10 p.m. Oxon Hill Manor, 6901 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. 301-839-7782. $12, residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties $10.
Wilasaco Founding director of Bolivian folk group Amabolivia, the author and composer will perform a concert of traditional Bolivian folkloric music. Tuesday and Thursday 6-9 p.m., through Sept. 26. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 877-628-5427. www.nationalharbor.com. Free.
Open mike night Spoken word artist 2Deep hosts an open mike for poets, musicians and more. 9-11 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. 301-779-2787. www.busboysandpoets.com/hyattsville. $5.
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” TheatreWorks USA performs a musical version of Judith Viorst’s children’s book. 10:15 a.m. and noon. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.pgparks.com. $5.
Sam Grow The Southern Maryland native performs mix of pop-rock and soul music. Part of the Friday Night Live concert series. 5-9 p.m. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 877-628-5427. www.nationalharbor.com. Free.
Little Paul and Company The Americana singer-songwriter performs in an outdoor concert. Part of the Sunset Concert Series. 7 p.m. O’Donnell Lake Restaurant Park, St. Patrick’s Drive and Smallwood Drive West, St. Charles. www.stcharlesmd.com. Free.
Sea Chanters The official chorus of the U.S. Navy performs a concert of traditional choral music. 7:30 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/Arts. Free, registration requested.
“Twelfth Night” The Rude Mechanicals perform their take on the Shakespeare classic, in which twin pop stars that lose each other after a freak tour bus accident. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through May 18. Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. 410-313-2787. www.rudemechanicals.com. This weekend: $12, seniors and students $10. Next weekend: $15, seniors and students $12.
Emma’s Revolution Wammie-winning folk duo Pat Humphries and Sandy O perform music from their third album, “Revolutions Per Minute.” 8 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. www.joesmovement.org. In advance $15, at the door $18, age 17 and younger $7.
Guy Davis The music composer, actor, director and writer performs a concert of acoustic blues. 8 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. $25, seniors $22.50.
Erwin Timmers The local glass artist is this month’s “Front Window Featured Artist.” Co-founder of the Washington Glass School, Timmers explores contemporary issues using overlooked forms and concepts such as industrial salvage and recyclables. Exhibit runs through June 29. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
“Wow! Women on the Water” A naturalist leads a guided canoe trip through the marshes to look for wildlife and flowers; break for lunch at Mount Calvert Historical Park. All equipment provided. For women age 18 and older. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. 410-741-9330. www.jugbay.org. $25, reservations required.
Cultural Arts Expo A family-friendly showcase of arts programs available throughout the state. Activities include live music, Shakespeare reading, puppet show, artist meet-and-greets and more. Hosted by Del. Melony G. Griffith. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Prince George’s Community College, Largo student center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-858-3557.
Marlborough Day A street festival featuring parade, live music, dance and martial arts performances, moon bounce, book sale, vendors and more. 10 a.m. Main Street, Upper Marlboro 301-952-9575. www.marlboroughday.org. Free.
“Rome at Riversdale” A celebration of ancient Rome featuring battle reenactments with Legio XX, catapult demonstration, children’s activities, Roman food, scavenger hunt, tours and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. www.pgparks.com. $5, students $3.
Open Studio Tour The Gateway Community Development Corp. invites residents to tour 17 venues and 70 studios and meet more than 130 artists in the ninth annual showcase event. The tour will be followed by a reception 5:30-8 p.m. at the 39th Street Gallery in Brentwood. Noon-5 p.m. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-864-3860. www.gatewayopenstudios.org. Free.
“Women of Sotterley” A presentation about the lives of the women who’ve called Sotterley Plantation their home, including the mistress of the house, farm manager’s wife, slaves and more. 1 and 3 p.m. Historic Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-2280. www.sotterley.org. $15, reservations required.
Read-In Book Festival A family day of reading outdoors with story book characters, local authors, face-painting, a book swap and more. 2-4 p.m. College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave., College Park. 301-441-2647. www.cpcommunitylibrary.com. Free.
Pre-Mother’s Day Gospel Concert Featured performances by the Soul Savers, the New Briscoe Brothers, Jr. Marshall & the Voices of Harmony, and the Spiritual Inspirations. 4-7 p.m. Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. In advance $13, at door $15.
Not So Modern Jazz The jazz group performs oldies from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. 7:30-10 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
Jean Carne The jazz vocalist displays her five-octave vocal range. 8 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. $30, seniors and students $25.
Prince George’s Philharmonic Conductor Charles Ellis leads the orchestra with Michael Mizrahi on piano. 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-446-3245. www.pgphilharmonic.org. $30, seniors $25, age 18 and younger free. Tickets required.
Mother’s Day Cruise A relaxing brunch or dinner cruise aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison, formerly used as an oyster buy boat until 1978. Brunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m., dinner 5-6:30 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042 x41. . www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. $25, age 12 and younger $15. Registration required.
Celtic Society of Southern Maryland Members of the public are invited to bring their fiddle, guitar, harp or other instrument and join in a traditional Celtic-style jam session. 1:30-3 p.m. DB McMillan’s Irish Pub and Grill, Wildewood Shopping Center, 23415 Three Notch Rd., California 301-904-7303. www.cssm.org. Free.
Linganore Sunday Music Series Wine tasting, music by the harmonic folk duo Beggar’s Ride and food by
“Keep It Smokin’ BBQ” food truck. 2-5 p.m. Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Rd., Mount Airy. 410-795-6432. www.linganorewines.com. Free. Wine tastings $5, food and wine pairing $10.
“Diaspora Dialogue”An exhibition of works by Ghanaian master artist Kawbena Ampofo-Anit, Ethiopian artist Skunder Boghossian and Nigerian artist Victor Ekpuk. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., closes Sunday. Marriott Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, Lower Level, Arts Program Gallery, 3501 University Blvd. E., Adelphi. 301-985-7937. www.umuc.edu. Free.
“Rise + Rhyme”
Mr. Gabe performs nursery rhymes, folk songs and modern favorites from his album “Play Date” for children age 6 and younger. 9:30-11 a.m. Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. 301-779-2787. www.busboysandpoets.com/hyattsville. $5.
“On the Shoulders of Arthur Storer and Sir Isaac Newton” Local historian Helen Martin lectures on America’s first Colonial astronomer and the English physicist known for formulating the laws of motion. 7-8:30 p.m. Calvert Library Prince Frederick branch, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291. 301-855-1862. www.calvert.lib.md.us. Free.
Wolf’s Blues Jam The Still Standing band performs blues, rockabilly, swing and R&B with a dash of country. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Londontowne Pub, 726 Londontown Rd., Edgewater. 443-550-3342, www.wolfsmusicweekly.com. Free.
— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett from staff reports