The College of Southern Maryland's Children's Theatre Company presents a musical adaptation of the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty," in which the baby Princess Briar-Rose is cursed by a witch left off the guest list. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, tomorrow through Feb. 2. Fine Arts Center Theater, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd. $12; students, seniors and children, $10. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008, 301-934-7788 (TDD) or www.csmd.edu/events/finearts/index.


Deborah Hutton of Skidmore College talks about gender issues in the artistic neo-Orientalist movement during her lecture "Interpreting the Veil in the Works of Shahzia Sikander and Shirin Neshat," contemporary Muslim artists who work out of New York. Neshat, a native of Iran, uses the chador (veil) as an icon throughout her video installation; Sikander, who was raised in Pakistan, subverts the stereotypes of Pakistani woman in miniature paintings. The lecture is sponsored by St. Mary's College of Maryland's departments of Art and Art History, and Philosophy and Religious Studies. 4 p.m. next Thursday. Library, Room 321, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd, St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4439.


Gwendolyn Briley-Strand's one-woman show, "The Chosen One," celebrates the life of Harriet Tubman -- a historical figure who died in 1913. The show follows Tubman on one of the 19 journeys she undertook to lead slaves to freedom. Briley-Strand has been on tour with this show since 1993, and was invited to perform at the White House in 1991 and 1992. See excerpts from the show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Borders Books, 3304-A Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-705-6672.

Prince Alexander, played by Sean Smith, can't fend off a spell by Jessica Robinson's wicked Evilina in "Sleeping Beauty," by the College of Southern Maryland's Children's Theatre Company.