African American Book Group, participants discuss “Bearer of a Splendid Torch” by fellow book group member Helen Stackhouse. 7 p.m., Potomac Community Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge. Free. 703-494-8126.
Manner Effect, 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. 202-234-0072 or http://www.twinsjazz.com.
8 and 10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $40. 202-337-4141 or http://www.bluesalley.com/.
Friday, Oct. 12
“P.Nokio: a Hip-Hop Musical,” After a well-received run earlier this year, Imagination Stage is bringing back its updated version of “Pinocchio” in which a computer game designer creates a son. 7 p.m. Friday, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $12. 301-961-6060 or http://www.imaginationstage.org/.
Utopia Film Festival, Independent features, documentaries, short films and animation movies by local and national filmmakers that reflect the utopian spirit and address such themes as community building, cultural diversity, and social, economic and environmental issues. Call or visit the festival’s Web site for show times and venue information. Through Oct. 21, Various venues in Greenbelt. $5, weekend pass, $25. 301-507-6581 or www.utopiafilmfestival.org.
Bowie State Homecoming, Festivities kick off at 9 a.m. with a parade featuring local high school bands and BSU student groups. Then at 1 p.m., watch the Bulldog take on Virginia State University. For a full list of homecoming events visit website. 9 a.m., Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Rd. Game tickets: BSU students free. $20, seniors, faculty and students with identification $15, age 6 and under free. 301-860-4000 or www.bowiestate.edu/homecoming.
Me’Shell Ndegeocello, “A Dedication to Nina Simone.” 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $30. 202-803-2899.
“Platero y yo,” A bilingual presentation of the children’s book by Juan Ramon Jimenez. 10:30 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays, through Oct. 27, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $8-$10. 202-234-7174.
GZA, Killer Mike, Sweet Valley, Bear Hands, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 202-803-2899.
Presidential Debate Watch Party,8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Shiloh Baptist Church 1500 9th Street, NW. Host: Barack America T, UBER, Shiloh Baptist Church Social Justice Ministry, Delta Sigma Theta DC Alumnae Chapter. Come hear Elaine R. Jones, former director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund give pre-debate remarks.
Mavis Staples, 7:30 p.m., The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $52-$62. 202-787-1000.
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