Thursday, Feb. 14

“Senegal and Beyond: Paintings by Valerie Watson,” The local painter showcases her work where she uses large-scale watercolors to create huge street and outdoor scenes inspired by a trip to Senegal, Africa. Reception scheduled for Feb. 14 from 6-730 p.m. Exhibit open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through March 12, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. Free.

“Jazz: A Dialogue in the Performance and Visual Arts” Author Zora Neal Hurston will be in attendance at the two-day conference to discuss jazz and its influence on other art forms. Event schedule includes scholar-led presentations and film, dance, and poetry performances. Opening reception and lecture: Thursday at 5 p.m. at the David E. Driskell Center, 1214 Cole Student Activities Building, University of Maryland, College Park. Symposium: Friday at 8 a.m. at Stamp Student Union Grand Ballroom. Check website for full schedule of events. 301-314-2615. $95, conference and performance $100.

“Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts” A traveling exhibition of over 70 works by mostly African American filmmakers and artists, whose works were influenced by jazz music and culture. Organized by the David C. Driskell Center and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Opening reception Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Exhibit open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through May 31. David E. Driskell Center, 1214 Cole Student Activities Building, University of Maryland, College Park. 301-314-2615. Free.

The Iceman, 7 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). 202-337-4141. $100.

Wine Class, Learn to understand and taste differences between light, medium and full-bodied red wines. 7:15 p.m., Chain Bridge Cellars, 1351 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. 703-356-6500. $25.

“The Convert,” A girl from Southern Africa is torn between the traditions she was born into and Christianity, the religion where she found refuge. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Wednesdays, through March 10, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. $35-$77.50.

“Zorro,” Constellation Theatre Company brings the masked vigilante to life. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7741. $20-$45.

Friday, Feb. 15

Kinobe and the African Sensation, The Ugandan singer/songwriter headlines a soulful show combining song, dance, poetry, drumming and fables from his homeland. 7-8:30 p.m., Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Dr, Clinton. 301-297-4648. Free.

Mike Epps, 7 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. $45-$75.

“The Vagina Monologues,” Eve Ensler’s popular stage play explores views on sex, relationships, and violence against women. This event is cosponsored by Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Proceeds from the show benefit the Mason Victims of Violence Fund. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, George Mason University, Harris Theater, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8892. $25.

Ra Ra Rasputin, The D.C. electronica band performs with Miyazaki as part of Strathmore’s Friday Night Electic series continues. 9 p.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $10 online, $12 at the door.

Saturday, Feb. 16

African American heritage tour, A motor coach tour of black historic townships around the county. The tour will stop at The ARC for a special Black History Month program; lunch, history trivia, prizes and giveaways. 8 a.m. Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-209-0592. $10, children $5. Registration required.

“Show Me What You’re Working With!,” Members of Black Artists of DC showcase their works expressing how they see the world. Opening reception Feb. 16 5-8 p.m., Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863; TTY 301-446-6802.

Lunar New Year Celebration, free family cultural activities, parade, musical and dance peformances, finalists from the Miss Vietnam DC pageant, and Miss Chinese America. Plus, and an outdoor Asian street market. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. Admission, free.

"Tribute to the Dream," A Black History Month celebration concert featuring local church and school choirs. 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas and 3 p.m. Sunday at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax.  703-993-7550, $10, seniors and children $5, George Mason students and staff free.

Black History Month Guided Tours, Retrace the steps of Josiah Henson, whose being enslaved on a plantation to escaping via the Underground Railroad inspired the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” noon Saturdays, through Feb. 23, Josiah Henson Special Park, 11420 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville. 301-650-4373. Free.

“Perceptions and Truth,” Taratibu Youth Association’s fifth annual Black History Show featuring West African dance and poetry, the South African gumboot, stepping and traditional music. 4 and 8 p.m., Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. $20-$25.

“To Kill A Mockingbird,” Based on the famous novel by Harper Lee. 6 p.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. $15, $30 with dinner, advance purchase suggested.

“Journey with Harriet Tubman,” Daisy Century puts on a one-woman show portraying the African American woman abolitionist who helped lead slaves to freedom in the Underground Railroad. 6:30-9 p.m., Temple Hills Community Center, 5300 Temple Hill Rd., Temple Hills. 301-894-6616. $5, age 10 and under free.

The Cecil Ray Comedy Club, Christian comedians, hosted by Miss Clarees (from the Pittsburg comedy circuit) and featuring T.J. Reed, Angela Moore and club owner Cecil Ray. 7 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards, The Motown soul group performs hits from the 60’s and 70’s. 7:30 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. $40-$60.

“Halley’s Comet,” Actor John Amos stars in the dramatic stage performance about love, family, war and the African American journey. 8 p.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. $25, seniors/students/groups of 15 or more $20.

Maysa, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $45 In Advance / $50 Day of Show.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Gospel concert, The Bel Alton High School Alumni Association Community Development Corporation hosts a gospel concert featuring performances by the Mother’s Dream of Calvert County, Southern Maryland Harmonizers of Waldorf and Golden Tones of Berryville. 3 p.m., Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. $13, at door $15.

DJ TWiN, 10:30 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $10.

Monday, Feb. 18

“Detroit Is No Dry Bones: Photographs by Camilo Jose Vergara,” The sociologist’s photographs illustrate the tension between Detroit’s industrial ruins and its surviving communities as the city has continued to shrink and reinvent itself. Closes Feb. 18, 2013, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

Washington’s Birthday parade, A parade celebrating Washington’s 281st birthday will feature bands, floats, wagons, horses, historic reenactment units, youth groups, and more. Check the Web site for a complete schedule of events. 1-3 p.m., 703-829-6640. Free.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

“Against All Flags: The True Story of Black Pirates, Past and Present,” Historian C.R. Gibbs discusses the role black pirates played in history. 7-8:30 p.m., Oakcrest Community Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights. 301-736-5355. Free.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

“Lincoln,” Daniel Day-Lewis gives a Golden Globe winning performance as President Abraham Lincoln in this Steven Spielberg historical film about the Civil War. 1 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Largo Student Center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-322-0965. Free.

Isamu Acoustic Duo, 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. $10.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah

from staff reports

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