Will Kern's play "Hellcab" features a day in the life of a Chicago cabdriver on a winter solstice eve. The driver, played by Dustin Almond, picks up more than 30 fares in 70 minutes, with results ranging from nasty to joyous. Presented by Howard Community College's Student-Alumni Arts, this production contains strong language and mature subject matter. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 15. Theatre Outback, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $10; students, seniors and groups, $8; taxicab drivers with proof, free. Reservations, 410-772-4900; information, 410-772-4940 or studentarts@howardcc.edu.


Florence Bain Senior Center's fifth annual Human Rights Potluck Dinner focuses this year on "Terrorism: State Sponsored Terror and Torture, Its Effects on Civil Society," and features talks by journalist William Blum; Columbian labor organizer Edith Manrique; and Ned Stowe, legislative secretary for Friends Committee on National Legislation. Blum, a former State Department employee and founder of the Washington Free Press, talks about state-sponsored terror and torture; Manrique discusses the plight of Columbian workers; and Stowe speaks on the U.S.-led "war against terror." A question and answer period follows. The event is co-sponsored by the Howard County Friends of Latin America, Amnesty International Columbia-Laurel Group 228 and the Howard County Human Rights Commission. 6:30 p.m. potluck; 7:30-9 p.m. speakers Saturday. Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free. 301-313-7212.

Dustin Almond, right, is a cabdriver and Melissa Paper, left, and Cherita Brooks riders in "Hellcab."