Rejection of Elizabeth Mason, archivist Damani Davis discusses the case of a “free colored” Revolutionary War widow, the rejection and appeals in a pension file and illuminates African American participation in the Revolutionary War. 11 a.m., National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free; driver's license or other photo ID required for admission. 202-357-5000.
Thomas Jefferson on Slavery, a National Park Service ranger discusses the president’s writings condemning the practice of slavery and his actual words quoted on the walls of his memorial. Noon and 6 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Call Dave Rappel, 202-359-1533.
Theater: Stories from the Civil Rights Movement, explore the power of youth and meet three courageous heroes who helped shape history during the civil rights movement. Presented by Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-567-6033.
Wizards, vs. the New York Knicks. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$2,000. 202-628-3200 or www.nba.com/wizards/.
V.Rich, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.
Children’s King Poster Exhibit, “Continuing to Keep the Dream Alive,” Alexandria schoolchildren created art celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, through Feb. 29, Alexandria City Hall, Vola Lawson Lobby, 301 King St. Free. 703-838-4356.
Theater: The Satchel Paige Story, the Children’s Theater of Cincinnati presents the story of the baseball legend who helped change the history of sports and government. 10:15 a.m. and noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $6. 301-277-1710.
“The Snowy Day,” Peter, a young African American boy, explores snow that has fallen over night in his city. Jan. 20-Feb. 12: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $18. 301-634-2270.
Poet Reading, Yusef Komunyakaa reads in response to images from the Phillips Collection exhibition “Snapshot,” featuring post-impressionist artists who experimented and reinterpreted the medium of photography, sponsored by Folger Shakespeare Library. 6:30 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $15. 202-544-7077.
Black history Play, depicting the experiences of black leaders during the civil rights movement. 7-9 p.m., Indian Queen Recreation Center, 9551 Fort Foote Rd., Fort Washington. $2; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $3. 301-839-9597.
“Les Justes,” An adaptation of Albert Camus’s play about politically-motivated violence is presented by WSC Avant Bard. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Mondays, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $25-$35. wscavantbard.org.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Theater returns for its annual engagement with both new works and classics, including the iconic Revelations on every program. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $30-$90. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324, TDD:202-416-8524.
“Anna in the Tropics,” Set in a 1929 Cuban cigar factory, Nilo Cruz’s play focuses on a lector who reads from Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina.” 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through March 4, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $20-$38. 202-234-7174.
Walter Beasley, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $35. 202-337-4141.
Joe Clair, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. $20-$25. 202-697-4900.
“Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks For President! (Because Sometimes It’s Hard Being a Republican),” The Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet attempt to earn a presidential nomination. 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, through Feb. 19, Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $30-$70, $41-$56 seniors, $15-$25 age 35 and younger. 800-494-8497.
“Reading, Writing and Race Revisited: Rosenwald Schools in Prince George’s And Surrounding Counties,” Photos and artifacts of African American schools built with assistance from the Rosenwald Fund includes those from sites listed in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2002 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Jan. 23-March 17, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-203-6070.
“Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell,” An exhibit of photographs from the Civil War documents the intersection of war and the nascent discipline of photography. Featuring works by Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Timothy H. O’Sullivan. Fridays-Thursdays, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700.
“Successions: Prints by African American Artists from the Jean and Robert Steele Collection,” Sixty-two prints by 45 artists including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, David Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold, William T. Williams and others. Fridays-Thursdays, University of Maryland, Cole Student Activities Building, College Park. 301-314-2615.
Motown at the Ballroom, live music and dancing for all ages. 7-9 p.m., Prince George’s Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. Free. 301-446-3400.
Wizards, vs. the Miami Heat. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$2,500. 202-628-3200 or www.nba.com/wizards/.
“Un-American,” Signature in the Schools presents a play where two rival high schools face off in a televised game show. 7:30 p.m., Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Free. 703-820-9771.
Johnny O’Neal, 9 and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $20. 202-234-0072.
The Evolution of African American Hair, learn about traditional hair styling and how it shaped the culture of the black community. 10 a.m., Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Rd., Hyattsville. Free, registration required. 301-853-2005.
Genealogy Lecture, advanced family history tracing techniques for beginners “Black Women in American Culture and History” discussed by genealogist Char Bah. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. $5; reservations recommended. 703-746-4356 or www.alexandriava.gov/BlackHistory.
African American “Read-In,” meet authors and enjoy family reading time in celebration of MLK Day. 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through March 10, Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.
“To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death,” Suzanne E. Smith, a George Mason University professor of history and art history, discusses her book addressing the financial freedom and economic independence of these entrepreneurs. 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1261.
Largo Civil Rights Debate, a moderated debate on the topic, “Integration: The Promise of Equality or the Destruction of a Community.” 1 p.m., Largo Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane. Free. 301-336-4044.
Tuskegee Airmen History Lesson, meet a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. and learn the history of the first African American military aviators. 2 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free with museum admission: $4; seniors, $3; age 18 and under, $2. 301-864-6029.
Film: “Homecoming,” the story of African American farming in the South, “Homecoming” chronicles land loss and black farmers from the Civil War to the present. 4:30 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free, registration requested. 703-746-4356 or www.alexblackhistory.org.
Lincoln in Action, for age 8 and older, a National Park Service ranger discusses how Abraham Lincoln used executive power to influence the direction of the Civil War. 10 a.m., Fort Stevens, 13th and Quackenbos streets NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
D.C. Record Fair, DJs spin, drinks flow and vinyl aficionados crate-dig to their hearts’ content at this popular record sale, which moves to Riot Act. Bring cash for shopping; the event falls on Valentine’s weekend, so it’s a perfect time to snag a record for your beloved. Noon-5 p.m., Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. $2; early access to the sale at 11 a.m. is $5. 202-697-4900 or www.thevinyldistrict.com/dc/2012/01/the-washington-dc-record-fair-returns-sunday-212-at-riot-act-comedy-theater/.
“Born to the Arc of the Moral Universe,” a National Park Service ranger leads a workshop based on the Martin Luther King Jr. phrase and creating an image of one for our time. 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, meet in the Bookstore, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call Mike Townsend, 202-329-0125.
A Memorial for the Emancipator, a National Park Service ranger discusses the symbolism of the architecture, sculpture and paintings that speaks of the Emancipation Proclamation and continuing struggle for Black equality. 3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
Al Jarreau and the U.S. Air Force Band, the jazz vocalist performs with the U.S. Air Force Band’s ensembles. 3 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. Free. 202-767-5658.
The Unicycle Lady, learn new tricks and watch a performance. 3 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Lesson, $5; show, free. 301-927-3013.
Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln, a National Park Service rangers read the poetry and prose on the 203rd anniversary of the president’s birth. 6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Don Stanko, 240-375-4857.
Film: Hidden Colors, a documentary that examines some of the reason why contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of history books. Noon-2 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Student center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0899.
“Civilization (All You Can Eat),” A small band of urbanites struggle for food in this satire. Feb. 15-March 11: 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Exceptions: No show Feb. 17. 8 p.m. Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Feb. 19, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $20-$67.50. 202-393-3939.
Miss Jessica Presents, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $18. 202-337-4141.
Burlesque-A-Pades! featuring the World Famous Pontani Sisters,Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. 703-549-7500.
Fighting a “White Man’s War": African Americans and the Civil War, archives technician Lopez Matthew discusses post-Civil War life for Maryland’s African American soldiers. 10:45 a.m., National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free; driver's license or other photo ID required for admission. 202-357-5000.
Allstar Weekend, 6:40 p.m., The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $18. 301-960-9999.
Yasmin Levy with Omar Faruk Tekbilek, 8 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.
National Harbor Restaurant Week, enjoy specially priced meals at participating restaurants. Wednesdays-Thursdays, through Feb. 27, National Harbor, 150 National Plaza. 877-628-5427 or www.Nationalharbor.com.
“Uptown Saturday Night,” for age 60 and older, Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier star in the 1974 comedy film. 10 a.m.-noon, Huntington Community Center, 13022 Eighth St., Bowie. Free. 301-464-3725.
Theater: Rosa’s Ride, Flying Ship Production’s jazz, blues and gospel drama that follows the struggles of young girl who encounters prejudice and gains conviction to work for human rights. 10:15 a.m. and noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $6. 301-277-1710.
Theater: Stories from the Civil Rights Movement, explore the power of youth and meet three courageous heroes who helped shape history during the civil rights movement. Presented by Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater. 10:30 a.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-203-6070.
“Emancipation, Emigration, and Revolt:, John Willis Menard, the American Civil War, and the Jamaican uprising of 1865,” is discussed by Phillip W. Magness. Noon, Cannon House Office Building, Room 121, Independence Avenue and First Street SE.Free, registration recommended. 202-543-8919, Ext. 38 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz Concert by Violin Dreams, Noon, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Free. 202-547-1122 or www.ShakespeareTheatre.org/Happenings.
Post-Traumatic Syndrome Seminar, Umar Abdullah Johnson, physchologist, discucsses the affects slavery has on African-American relationships. Noon-2 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Student center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0899.
Thomas Jefferson on Slavery, a National Park Service ranger discusses the president’s writings condemning the practice of slavery and his actual words quoted on the walls of his memorial. Noon, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Dave Rappel, 202-359-1533.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Open House, meet other Osher members and hear about upcoming programs, light refreshments served. 1-2:30 p.m., Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-895-4860 or www.olli-dc.org.
“The Archimedes Codex,” William Noel, curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, discusses the discovery and 12-year effort to decipher the Archimedes Palimpsest, the earliest surviving manuscript of the work of Archimedes (287-212 B.C.), considered the greatest mathematician of antiquity, a reception follows. 5-7 p.m., Catholic University, Pryzbyla Center, Room 320 A and B, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5115.
Who were the Buffalo Soldiers?, a National Park Service ranger discusses the contingent of African Americans who formed in 1866 and their legacy. 6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Antoine Thomas, 202-528-9605.
“Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America,” a librarian leads a discussion of Melissa V. Harris-Perry’s book about the challenges faced by black women today. 6:30 p.m., Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.
Women in the Black Church, Dexter U. Nutall, a pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church and director of the District of Columbia Office on Religious Affairs, discusses the historic and spiritual contributions of African-American Women. 6:30 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
African American History Lecture, a discussion of slavery and horticulture at Oxon Hill Plantation. 7 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-9200.
Jazz Forum, bass player Steve Novosel discusses his career with jazz broadcaster and historian Rusty Hassan. 7 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803.
“Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Feb. 20, Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $20-$75. 202-628-3200.
Vocal Arts Society Recital, Austrian baritone Florian Boesch and pianist Roger Vignoles. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.
Lanham Bereavement Support Group, for those who have lost loved ones. 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursday of each month, Doctors Community Hospital, First floor conference room, 8100 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. Free. Cathy Cooper at 301-883-0866.
New Edition with K-Ci and Jo-Jo, 8 p.m., Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. $105-$135. 301-952-7900 or www.showplacearena.com.
Soweto Gospel Choir, 8 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $27-$64. 410-783-8000. 800-442-1198.
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