“Transverse” California-based artist Ching Ching Cheng displays his symbolic and conceptual works. Artist reception Thursday noon-1 p.m., exhibit runs through Dec. 15. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/Arts. Free.
Bowie State homecoming The 2013 homecoming festivities continue with a comedy show Thursday 7-10 p.m. ($25, BSU students and staff $15), Alumni Association scholarship gala Friday 7-11 p.m. ($85) and concert featuring Meek Mill, Lee Mazin, Juicy J, Ace Hood and K. Michelle on Friday 9 p.m.-3 a.m. ($35, students and staff $30), and culminating with the football game against Chowan University on Saturday at 1 p.m. ($20, students and staff $15). Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-3793. www.bowiestate.edu/
“Backyardigans: Into the Deep” Deep-sea explorers Tyrone and Pablo attempt to capture mermaids Uniqua and Tasha in this animated film for age 5 and younger. 10-11 a.m. Calvert Library Southern branch, 13920 H.G. Trueman Rd., Solomons. 410-326-5289. calvert.lib.md.us/southern.html. Free.
“What I Want to Say but Never Will” Cause Theatre explores the minds and thoughts of teenagers through monologues and anecdotes. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/Arts. $5.
Burning Bridget Cleary The Celtic band performs music from its newest CD, “Pressed for Time,” with members Rose Baldino and Deirdre Lockman on fiddles and vocals, Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on djembe drum. 8 p.m. Baldwin’s Station, 7618 Main St., Sykesville, Md. 410-795-1041. www.baldwinsstation.com. $20.
“A Fool Named O” Mark Jaster puts on a comedic, musical and interactive show. 7:30 p.m. Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. 301-927-3013. www.cpae.org. Free, donations welcome.
“The Matchmaker” The Thornton Wilder comedy follows a widow who dedicates herself to helping people find love. Friday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., through Oct. 19. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $25, students $10.
Some Assembly The band performs a mix of Irish, Scotch, French, English and Canadian music. 7:30-10 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
“Quartet” The Tantallon Community Players present this comedic play about retired musicians who have to cope with growing old and past grudges. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.tantallonstage.com. $15, seniors and students $12, groups of 10 or more $10.
Cavalia’s Odysseo An equestrian arts theater show featuring 63 horses and 47 artists. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through Oct. 27. Plateau at National Harbor, 201 Harborview Ave., Oxon Hill. 866-999-8111. 877-628-5427. www.cavalia.net. $22.25-$129.75.
Ron Holloway The tenor saxophonist performs as part of the Live at Montpelier concert series. 8-10 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. $25, seniors $22.50.
“Passages Revisited” Tinam Valk used modeling paste, pencil, charcoal, pastel, oils and more to create the architecture and landscape paintings featured. Closes Friday. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. Free.
“Moving in Circles” College Park artist Russ Little’s exhibition of abstract art quilts features large gestural circles that he cut apart, dyed and reassembled. Closes Friday. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-397-2208. russlittlefiberartist.net. Free.
Patuxent River Appreciation Days Local musicians will perform jazz, rock, folk and more on two outdoor stages overlooking the river at this family-friendly festival featuring children’s activities, a parade, vendors, boat rides and more. Music starts Saturday at 10 a.m., Sunday at noon. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042, Ext. 41. www.pradinc.org. Free.
Great Big Home Show Meet former Redskins linebacker Lavar Arrington and former Maryland and NBA player Walt Williams at the Ultimate Consumer Tradeshows event. Attendees can meet vendors showcasing new home improvement products and trends. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Capital Clubhouse, 3033 Waldorf Marketplace, Waldorf. 301-932-4348. www.greatbighomeshow.com. Free.
Cow Pie Bingo and Car Show The second annual family-friendly event invites guests to play bingo for cash prizes, meet live cows and other animals in the petting zoo, and then watch a classic car show. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., cows released at 2 p.m. Flat Iron Farm, 45480 Highway to Heaven Way, Great Mills 240-258-8496. www.rvrscowbingo.org. Spectators free, bingo $10 per square, car show entry $20.
Montpelier Fall Festival A celebration of the change in seasons with pumpkin and face painting, crafts and more. 11 a.m.-noon. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free, pumpkins $5.
“JumpOFF!” The annual festival will feature local jump-roping teams including the Greenbelt SITY Stars, Kangaroo Kids and Jump Rope FX Youth Sports as well as hands-on activities. Noon-4 p.m. National Children’s Museum, 151 St. George Blvd., National Harbor. 301-392-2400. www.ncm.museum. $10, age 65 and older $8, younger than 1 free.
Pumpkin Patch in the Garden Festival The District Heights Community Garden Program and the District Heights Garden Club host the inaugural family event, which will include pumpkin decorating, hayrides, a mini farmers market, a scarecrow-making contest and more. Noon-4 p.m. District Heights Community Garden, Fiesta Place, 6717 Gateway Blvd., District Heights 301-336-1402. on.fb.me/GEcAiT
Autumn tea A tea party for age 18 and older to celebrate the season. Patrons should dress in fall colors to enjoy a variety of loose-leaf teas served in English china, finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries, scones and more. Self-guided tour included. 1:30 p.m. Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7817. www.pgparks.com. $29, reservations required.
Contra dance Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance sponsors this social dance party with live music by the Southern Maryland Open Band. 7 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. 301-884-3451. www.smtmd.org. $8.
Comedy Supreme Abbi Crutchfield stars in this all-female comedy show for age 18 and older. 8 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. www.joesmovement.org. In advance $20, at door $25.
Prince George’s Philharmonic The orchestra performs the world premiere of Elam Ray Sprenkle’s “A’rounding,” plus Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G. 8 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-805-9566. www.pgphilharmonic.org. $20, seniors $18, age 18 and younger free.
Roadhouse The rock and country band performs. 8 p.m. Cryers Backroad Inn, 22094 Newtowne Neck Rd., Compton. 301-475-6628. backroadinn.homestead.com. Free.
The StylisticsThe ’70’s-’80s soul group will perform with original members Airrion Love and Herb Murrell joined by Harold Eban Brown and Jason Sharp. 8 p.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.pgparks.com. $30, VIP (includes wine and cheese reception) $45.
Apple Festival Our Lady of the Wayside will host its sixth annual festival featuring live music by Riverside South Band, pumpkin and face painting, bingo, scarecrow making, silent auction, raffles and more. Local vendors will sell pumpkins and a variety of apple treats including apple pie, apple dumplings and other desserts. Noon-5 p.m. Our Lady of the Wayside, 37575 Chaptico Rd., Chaptico. 301-884-2502. firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
La Plata Fall Festival This family-friendly event features live music by the Sara Gray Band, crafts, children’s activities, vendors and more. Noon-3 p.m. La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne St., La Plata. 301-934-8421.www.townoflaplata.org. Free.
“Dance Party: The Teenarama Story” A documentary examining the first dance television program for African Americans. 1 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. $5.
Antique Power Parade The Southern Maryland Antique Power Association hosts the fourth annual showcase of antique trucks and tractors. All proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s County Christmas in April program. 1 p.m. Leonardtown Town Square, Washington and Fenwick streets, Leonardtown. 240-538-4615. leonardtown.somd.com. www.somdapa.com. Free, vehicle registration $10. Donations welcome.
American Drive The bluegrass band features members of J.D. Crowe and the New South. 2 p.m. American Legion Post 238, 6265 Brandywine Rd., Hughesville. 301-737-3004. www.americanlegionbluegrass.com. $15, age 12 and younger free with paying adult.
University of Maryland Wind Orchestra The orchestra performs Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s “Music for Winds,” Webern’s Concerto, Lampe’s Serenade, Alec Wilder’s “Kindergarten Flower Pageant” and Ruggles’s “Angels.” 4 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. $25, seniors $20, students $10.
“Fairies in the Garden” Fifty handmade homes for fairies and gnomes. Closes Monday. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. $5, seniors and military $4, ages 6-17 $3, age 5 and younger free.
Kyle Bauer Mixed-media pieces reference nautical navigation. Through Oct. 27. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
“Artists of the Arc of Prince George’s County” The first exhibition of work by students in the Brentwood Arts Exchange’s program with the Arc of Prince George’s County at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex’s Learning Center Gallery. The program provides a variety of art classes for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Through Dec. 1. Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. 301-583-2400. www.pgparks.com. Free.
— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett from staff reports