Monday, Sept. 19

“Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley,” a collection of more than 150 sculptures include statues, helmet masks and maternal images created by residents of sub-Saharan Africa. Mondays-Sundays, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

“Deep Roots, Rising Waters,” stories from the lives of African Americans in Maryland from Colonial days through the civil rights movement. Mondays-Sundays, Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis. 410-216-6180.

Arlington reunion history program, community discuss the “Queen City,” where residents settled after Freedman’s Village closed. 10 a.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5990 or

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Community sing, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell leads a two-hour singing session in African and African-American traditional songs created during slavery. No experience is necessary to participate. 5:30 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. Free. 301-405-2787.

“Slavery in the Chesapeake” lecture, Josephine Withers discusses how the dominant tobacco culture of the Chesapeake region created a slave society. 6:30-8 p.m., The Accokeek Foundation, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. Free. 301-283-2113.

“Trouble in Mind,” the play within a play focuses on an integrated cast performing an anti-lynching play while their prejudices surface backstage. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $55-$85. 202-488-3300.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Delonte West Celebrity Charity Weekend, the Boston Celtic point guard and D.C. native will host a variety of events including casino royale scholarship benefit, luncheon, basketball clinic and after parties with other NBA friends. Proceeds will benefit DC-area charitable organizations: Ambassadors of Hope, Safe Shores, the DC Children’s Advocacy Center, The Fellaz Youth Foundation, Magnolia Garden Nursing Home, and underprivileged athletes in the Washington. Email or check website for full schedule of events. Various times and locations Wednesday-Sunday, or

“Mr. Soul” documentary film, about Ellis Haizlip and the birth of Black Power television. 6:30-8 p.m., Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-234-4755.

“How Sweet the Sound,” Donald Lawrence and CeCe Winans perform and host a gospel choir competition. 7:30 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $11-$16. Tickets, 202-397-7328; information, 202-628-3200.

“Sweet Tea” post show discussions, watch the one-man show, “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South” at a discounted price and stay for an open discussion with the writer/star and other special guests. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 5, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $35. 703-820-9771 or

Jazz Jam Session, 8 p.m.-midnight Wednesdays and Thursdays, HR57, 816 H St. NE, DC.$8. 202-253-0044.

Theater: “Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boyz,” a gospel musical stage play. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $44.50. 202-783-4000.

Thursday, Sept. 22

Landover job fair, bring a resume and meet representatives from a variety of employers. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free. 301-583-2400 or

“How to become bankable” financial forum, for small and minority business owners, discuss available financing and lending requirements; find the best lenders for your project; panel discussion and presentations. 2-5 p.m., Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Free, registration required. 301-883-6480 or

“Scurlock: Negro Leagues,” Dwayne Renal Sims discusses his illustrated book featuring archival images from Scurlock Photography Studios. 7-8:15 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free, reservations required. 703-746-4356 or

“Rachelle Ferrell,” a performance by the jazz vocalist and pianist. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $60. 202-337-4141.

“Sweet Tea" post show discussions,” watch the one-man show, "Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South" at a discounted price and stay for an open discussion with the writer/star and other special guests. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $35. 703-820-9771, 703-573-7328 or

Friday, Sept. 23

“Race: Are We So Different?,” scientific, cultural and historical perspectives on the topic of heritage and ancestry. Mondays-Sundays, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.

“SKIN: America In Black & White,” Ethiopian artist Solomon Wondimu works with 3,000 colors taken from skin-color swatches to show the “multi-coloredness” of people. Mondays-Sundays, through Sept. 30, International Arts & Artists’ Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. 202-338-0680.

“The Road to Freedom,” works by the Highwaymen, a famed group of African American artists who started painting landscape paintings in the Civil Rights era. Mondays-Sundays, through Oct. 2, Howard University, Blackburn Center, 2397 Sixth St. NW. 202-806-5983.

Saturday, Sept. 24

“Run for Life” charity 5K, walk or run to benefit Kids Helping Needy Kids organization, which assists children in Ethiopia. Sponsored by Ever Increasing Life Ministries. 8 a.m., Brandywine Lions Club, 11501 Cherry Tree Crossing Rd., Cheltenham.$15, registration required. 301-717-6382 or

“Purple Wings with a Purpose” gala, to benefit Shirley’s Angel Foundation which funds research and treatment of Pancreatic Cancer. Live jazz; brunch; silent auction; guest speakers and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., National Golf and Country Club, 300 St. Andrews Dr., Fort Washington. $30. 888-492-1535, or

Genealogy workshop, genealogist Char McCargo Bah discusses Alexandria relatives of North Pole explorer Matthew Henson. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. $5, reservations recommended. 703-746-4356 or

Harambee Ceremony, honoring the late Mildred Jones, Elmer Lowe, Martha Mazyck, Barbara McDaniel, James Moore and Odell Perry, elders from Arlington’s African-American village. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free; bring non-perishable food for AFAC. 703-228-4740.

African American Heritage Day, celebrate African Americans who have contributed to Maryland’s culture and academics with musicians, entertainers, artists, food demonstrations, craft vendors, storytelling and hands-on children’s activities. Noon-6 p.m., National Colonial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. Free. 301-283-2113.

Bluebird Blues Festival, the Holmes Brothers, who have won two Blues Foundation awards and have recorded with Willie Nelson, Van Morrison and Joan Osborne among others, headline this blues festival with kid-friendly activities, music workshops, food and crafts. With Cathy Ponton King, Whop Frazier, Avery Sunshine, Phil Wiggins and Nat Reese, Carolyn Malachi, and the Jewels. 12:30-6 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0853 or www.pgcc.ed.

Bill Pickett Rodeo, African American rodeo show includes bull and bareback riding, calf roping, steer “undecorating", barrel racing and bull dogging, which the rodeo’s founder is credited with inventing. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. $19, children $16. 301-925-8300 or

Tananarive Due book reading, the award-winning thriller/mystery author reads and signs from her new book, “My Soul to Take.” 2:30 p.m., Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW. Admission, free. 202-234-4755.

Sunday, Sept. 25

“Kindred” the Family Soul,Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35. Tickets, 703-573-7328; information, 703-549-7500.

Vintage baseball game, members of the Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club play by late 19th century rules in old-fashioned uniforms. Sponsored by the City of Bowie’s Historic Properties Division. Chairs and non-alcoholic drinks welcome. 2 p.m., Huntington South Field, 13299 11th St., Bowie. 301-809-3089 or

Theater: “Can You Turn Your Back on God’s Glory?,” a gospel drama stage play about a God-fearing young man that when faced with tough obstacles starts to question his trust and faith. 3 and 7 p.m., THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. $25; advance purchase, $20. 202-213-4917, or

Sister Souljah book signing, the hip hop-generation author and activist discusses her newest works, Midnight and the Meaning of Love; purchase or bring your favorite book to get autographed. 4:30 p.m., Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW. Admission, free. 202-234-4755.

“Baaba Maal,” the Senegalese singer and guitarist performs. 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35. 703-549-7500