A young boy crippled in a U.S. missile attack on a residential area in Basra, Iraq, smiles and waves at the camera from his wheelchair. A somber mother sits in a Baghdad hospital next to her son, who has cancer. A crowd wanders around a book market, where Iraqi intellectuals are selling their libraries to survive. These are some of the images in "Faces of Iraq," an exhibition of 40 color and black-and-white prints that tell the stories of Iraqis from 1998 through today. The traveling exhibition was organized by the Education for Peace in Iraq Center, whose aim is to promote a secure and democratic Iraq, and Oxfam America, which seeks solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice. It is at the Marlboro Gallery at Prince George's Community College through Oct. 6. "The idea is to put a human face on the Iraqi people, because I think when one goes to war with a people, they're a little dehumanized," said Tom Berault, the gallery's curator. From 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, a reception will feature speakers from the organizations involved as well as Ramzi Kysia, one of the nine photographers whose work is displayed. There is no charge for admission to the reception and the gallery, at 301 Largo Rd. in Largo. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. 301-322-0965.
Angelou's Kitchen Tales
Maya Angelou, a poet, educator, historian, playwright and civil rights activist, is also known in her circle of friends for her cooking skills. Angelou will discuss her new book, "Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories With Recipes," on Saturday at Karibu Books. The book includes anecdotes from her time in the kitchen and more than 100 of her favorite recipes, such as fried meat pies, chicken livers, beef Wellington, bread pudding and chocolate eclairs. The free event is from 2 to 4 p.m. at 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. 301-352-4110.
Entertainers from around the world, including Irish dancers and African storytellers, will be part of Bowie's first International Festival. Through food, music and the arts, the community will celebrate many cultures Saturday at Allen Pond Park. Performances include singing and dancing by local elementary school students; African storytelling; Lithuanian folk music; Indian, Ukrainian and Irish dance; and music by the Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra. There also will be crafts, pottery and art on display. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3330 Northview Dr. in Bowie. Admission is free. 301-809-3078.