Good Clean Fun
Comics inspired to tell clean jokes will perform this weekend in Fort Washington as part of live tapings of a new television pilot, "God Ain't No Joke." The show will feature established comedians, including Sean Sarvis, Chocolate, Horace Sanders, Willie Brown, Meshelle Forman-Shields and Mike Washington. In five free events, they will tell family-oriented jokes at Ebenezer AME Church at 7707 Allentown Rd. On Friday, shows are at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. and on Saturday, they are at 8 and 10 p.m. 301-362-6602.
Poet and novelist Alice Walker encouraged playwright J. California Cooper to turn her popular storytelling skills to fiction more than 20 years ago. Cooper followed Walker's advice and has written many novels and short stories on top of 17 plays. Her latest book, "Some People, Some Other Place," is a multigenerational tale that chronicles the interlocking lives of the residents of Dream Street, who are striving to overcome personal troubles and disappointments while envisioning a better life. The author will discuss her writing career at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Karibu Books, Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville; and at 11 a.m. Saturday at the store's Bowie Town Center location: 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Admission is free. 301-559-1140.
Evening of Romance
Contemporary singer and songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway will bring her talent for jazz, pop and cabaret to Harmony Hall on Saturday. The Broadway alumna, who is also a pianist and an actress, will perform romantic pop songs from her new album, "Slow." Callaway has recorded more than 40 CDs as a soloist and guest artist and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2000 for the Broadway show "Swing!" Her concert begins at 8 p.m. at Harmony Hall Regional Center/John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. 301-203-6070.