Hyattsville photographer J.C. Jackson, who was staunchly loyal to his 35mm standard camera when he last showed his work at Joe's Movement Emporium, has gone digital. "Dances of Life," Jackson's second solo show at the Mount Rainier arts center, includes colorful images of dancing, costumes and masks from street festivals and cultural celebrations, both nearby and around the world. A reception for the show, which runs through Aug. 26, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 3802 34th St. Admission is free; hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. For more information, call 301-699-1819.
Battle of Bladensburg
War of 1812 reenactors will set up camp and simulate battle preparations Saturday on the lawn at Riversdale House Museum. After a demonstration of military camp life, the troops, representing British and American soldiers, will run drills and act out the Battle of Bladensburg. A reenactor playing Rosalie Stier Calvert, mistress of Riversdale, will tell stories about 19th-century life, and children's games will be played on the lawn. The events, which are free, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. Museum tours cost $3; seniors, $2; ages 5-18, $1; ages 4 and younger, free. For more information, call 301-864-0420.
Oriental-style rugs, along with wall hangings featuring flowers, landscapes and portraits, are on display through Aug. 26 in the Resident Artist Gallery of Montpelier Arts Center. Made by artists at the Phelps senior center in Laurel as part of a class led by Montpelier resident artist and instructor Roslyn Logsdon, the rugs represent the craft of rug-hooking -- pulling wool or strips of fabric through a burlap backing. The free exhibit is at 12826 Laurel-Bowie Rd. in Laurel. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 301-953-1993.