Thursday, April 18

“The Civil War,” The war is told through the eyes its youngest participants, including a former slave, a girl turned drummer boy and an Irish immigrant. 10:15 a.m. and noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. $6.

Eddie Baccus Jr., The jazz saxophonist performs. 7 p.m., Blue Dolphin, 1166 Route 3, Gambrills. 410-721-9081. $20.

“Ceremonies in Dark Old Men,” Set in a barbershop, the play follows the lives of two African American men as they maneuver capitalism and a racist culture. Presented by the Bowie State Theatre Department. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Bowie State University, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-3717. $10, seniors, students and faculty $5.

“Dinner With Friends,” The Providence Players present Donald Margulies’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about marriage, friendship, and divorce. Contains mature themes and language. Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through April 20; Sunday at 2 p.m., James Lee Community Center, Theater, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. 703-425-6782. $18, students and seniors $15.

“Big Love,” Fifty grooms chase their 50 brides who would prefer to hide out than get married. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 240-567-5301. $10, $8 seniors and students.

“DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story,” The musical tracks rise, successful career and tragic death of the baseball great. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. $20-$42.

“Voca People,” Singing aliens attempt to learn about Earth and its music. 8 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $25-$65.

Renaissance Festival, The College of Southern Maryland Chorale kicks off the festival with madrigals and other period music on Thursday night. The official festival will feature outdoor family activities and entertainment including six Medieval-themed plays, jugglers, magicians, crafts and more. Concert Thursday at 8 p.m., Festival Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. Concert: $5 in advance, $7 day of concert. Festival: Admission free. $10 wristbands available for plays.

Upton Blues Band, 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. $10.

Friday, April 19

“ColorStruck: With the Skin I’m In!,” The Northeast Performing Arts Group presents a thought-provoking musical that expresses history, human behavior and how youth overcome the forces of color bias. 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Woodrow Wilson High School, auditorium, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. 202-388-1274. 11:30 a.m. show $7, 7 p.m. show $15 in advance, $20 at door.

“Six Degrees of Separation,” About the life story of David Hampton who convinced people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier, performed by Port City Playhouse. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, through May 4, The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. 703-838-2880. 703-998-6260. $16-$18.

Caribbean Art Jazz Ensemble, The band performs a blend of calypso, salsa, reggae and jazz on the steel drums, keyboards, marimba, congas and more. 8 p.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. $25, seniors $22.50.

Saturday, April 20

“Fanning the Flames,” The Filipino Cultural Association at the University of Maryland presents this historical retelling of the People Power Revolution, a series of non-violent demonstrations from 1983-86 that protested violence and electoral fraud and later led to the restoration of the country’s democracy. Dinner served. 6 p.m., Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Grand Ballroom, Campus Drive, University of Maryland, College Park. 973-960-7204. $10, students $5.

The Glo Run, The glow-in-the-dark, 5k party run/walk event will feature stimulating activities and music along the course through to the finish line. Proceeds will benefit Playworks Washington DC. Registration begins at 6:45, run starts at 8:15 p.m., National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 877-628-5427. $42 registration required.

“Learning to Breathe: An Evening with Terry McMillan,” the author of “Waiting to Exhale” will discuss her work and the writing process. 7:30 p.m., Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. $22.

Najee, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. $39.50.

Steven Wilson, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $25 In Advance / $28 Day of Show.

The Temprees, The Memphis soul vocal trio performs with members Jasper “Jabo” Phillips, Harold “Scotty” Scott, and Deljuan “Del” Calvin. 8 p.m., Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. $30, seniors and students $25.

Sunday, April 21

Takoma Park Earth Day Festival, green solutions and products, speakers, demonstrations, energy-saving tips, native plant sale, green games and other children’s activities. Sponsored by the Old Takoma Business Association. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Takoma Park Farmers Market, Laurel Avenue between Eastern and Carroll avenues, Takoma Park. 716-949-5125. Admission, free.

Shuggie Otis, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $37.50 In Advance / $42 Day of Show.

Monday, April 22

“Blood Lines: Music that Connects,” A documentary film about pop musician Youssou N’Dour, voted one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. 6:45 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-345-5800. Free.

Esperanza Spalding, 8 p.m., Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. $39-$49.

Tuesday, April 23

“Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship,” Features the artifacts excavated from a pirate ship found off the coast of Cape Cod. The vessel was originally a slave ship that sailed during the early 18th century. Through Sept. 2, National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. 202-857-7588. $11, $9 seniors and students, $7 ages 5 to 12, younger free.

Wednesday, April 24

“State of the County” breakfast, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III delivers the annual address at the buffet breakfast. Hosted by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce & Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable. 7:30 a.m., Country Club at Woodmore, 12320 Pleasant Prospect Rd., Mitchellville. 301-262-0920. $45 registration required.

Afternoon Tea with Tommy Cecil, The DC bass player performs. 2 p.m., Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. $15.

Isabelle de Leon, The jazz drummer and winner of the 2013 Washington Women in Jazz Festival’s Young Artist Competition debuts six new compositions as part of her residency at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $15.

“The Personal(s),” A married couple attempting to reconnect goes on series of blind dates in No Rules Theatre Company’s bitter-sweet comedy. 8 p.m. Wednesdays, through May 18, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. $10-$40.

Michael Rose & Sister Carol, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $20 In Advance / $25 Day of Show.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett from staff reports