Poetry Slam-Dunk

The Washington Wizards' Etan Thomas reveals his poetic side in a new book and CD, "More Than an Athlete." In his poems, the 6-foot-10 NBA star shares his views on politics, education, racism, the war in Iraq and more. He will read some of his verse at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince George's, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

Fine Threads

In the 10th annual Needleart 2005, Montpelier Mansion displays colorful and creative stitched art, including ribbon work and needlepoint. Judges select winners in several categories, and visitors are invited to vote for their favorites. The show's opening will be from 3 to 7 p.m. tomorrow. Light refreshments will be served. Open daily 11 a.m.-4 p.m., from Saturday through July 24. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel. $6, $5 seniors, $3 ages 6-18. 301-776-2805.

Harmonious Nostalgia

It's the last chance to see the Laurel Mill Playhouse production of Rick Lewis's "The Taffetas," which closes this weekend. A musical revue based on the girl groups of pop's past, the show follows the four singing Taffeta sisters, a fictional group hoping for its big break. Featured are hits of the period such as "Sh-Boom," "Mr. Sandman" and "Johnny Angel." Performances are tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. $15; seniors and students, $12.50. 301-617-9906.