Thursday, Jan. 10

“Freedom Train,” TheatreWorks USA presents the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad through drama, dance and gospel music. 10:15 a.m. and noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. $6.

Macy Gray performs (above) and David Murray Big Band perform at the Howard Theatre on Jan. 10. (MARION CURTIS/AP)

Clayborne Carson, Editor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers will discuss his memoir “Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.” Noon, National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000.

Kitty Kelley, The bestselling biographer of Oprah, Nancy Reagan and the British royals will discuss her book “Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys.” 7 p.m., National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000.

Mitchellville makeover showcase, Make up and style expert Mahogany Williams hosts a launch party for her Maze Me Concept Image Consulting agency. Experience high fashion, makeovers and live entertainment. 7-10 p.m. Newton White Mansion, 2708 Enterprise Rd., Mitchellville. 301-758-2160. $30.

Alan King, The Maryland-based smooth jazz artist performs songs from his solo album debut, “The Experiment.” 8 p.m., Blue Dolphin, 1166 Route 3, Gambrills. 410-721-9081. $10.

David Murray Big Band & Macy Gray, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $30 in advance, $35 day of show.

Friday, Jan. 11

“The Butler’s Been Murdered!,” The comedy murder mystery unfolds during a four-course dinner. 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays, Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington. 888-471-4802. $53.

Saturday, Jan. 12

“Sweet Potato Pie and Such,” Queen Nur shares stories, rhymes and songs. 11 a.m., Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 240-567-5301. $7, $6 seniors, students and children.

100 Black Men of Prince George's County opening ceremony, The community is invited to celebrate the opening of the organization’s new Prince George's County chapter. Founded in 1963, 100 Black Men is a national alliance of professional African American men that aim to improve the quality of life for American American youth by creating and promoting educational opportunities, economic empowerment, health concerns, and mentoring relationships. Noon. Keller Willaims Realtors office, 9701 Apollo Dr., 4th floor, Largo. Free. 240-535-3346.

Teas from Africa, certified tea specialist Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden, discusses the variety of teas from Africa, including black teas of eastern Africa, Rooibos and Honeybush of South Africa, Moroccan mint and Egyptian chamomile. Taste some treats made with tea and take some tea samples home. 1-3 p.m., Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. 703-759-2771. $25, reservations required.

“Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird,” A documentary film about Nelle Harper Lee, Pulitzer prize winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird. The program will explore the context and history of the novel’s Deep South setting and the social change it inspired. Dinner available. 6:30 p.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. Dinner and film $30, film only $15. Reservations required.

Dr. King celebration, An open discussion of the American civil rights leader for ages 10-17. 7-10 p.m., Berwyn Heights Elementary School, Community Center, 6200 Pontiac St., Berwyn Heights. 240-684-6210. Free.

George Lopez, 8 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. $58.

The Full Monty, This Tony award-winning musical is about six unemployed steelworkers, low on both cash and prospects, who decide to tackle their financial woes and regain their self-esteem by baring their best assets. More than just flesh is revealed when these blue collar men strip away their insecurities to forge hilarious and unique bonds around love, communication, and acceptance. (Adult content and possible nudity.). Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Through Feb. 2., Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. 703-683-0496. $22-$27.

Sunday, Jan. 13

"Detroit Is No Dry Bones: Photographs by Camilo Jose Vergara," The sociologist documented the city's decline for more than 25 years. His photographs illustrate the tension between Detroit's industrial ruins and its surviving communities as the city has continued to shrink and reinvent itself. Through Feb. 18, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

Monday, Jan. 14

"A Woman's Place," Prints by Andrea Kraus and handmade clay pieces by Yonina Blech-Hermoni that explore the role of women in their surroundings. Through Feb. 11, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. 703-323-0880.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

“The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art,” The exhibit, curated by Raquel de Anda, features 10 artists who use a diverse set of practices to engage social and political issues and effect change. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. 202-458-6016. Free.

“Art in the Eye of a Needle,” A display of Jamaican-born sculptor Willard Wigan’s micro-sculptures, made in the eye of a needle. Noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, exhibit runs through Jan. 31, 2013, Parish Gallery, 1054 31st St. NW. 202-944-2310.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

“Fighting on Two Fronts: Black Military Service in the United States,” The exhibition highlights African Americans who served and fought from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War and the discrimination they often faced at home and abroad. Opening reception 2-4 p.m. Feb. 3. Exhibit runs through Feb. 26, Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. Free. Reservations required for reception.

Michelle Obama ancestry talk, Howard University kicks off its Inauguration festivities with New York Times reporter and author Rachel L. Swarns discussing her book, "AMERICAN TAPESTRY: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama." This multimedia presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on race, cultural identity, family and more. 6-8 p.m. Howard University, Blackburn Center, East Ballroom, 2397 6th St. NW, DC. Free. 202-806-6100.

Deborah Bond, The D.C. soul singer debuts her new single, “Constant,” commissioned by Strathmore for its Artist in Residence series. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Jan. 30, Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $15.

Eric Benet, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $55.

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