“Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color,” Examines the career of one of North Carolina’s most successful cabinetmakers during a time of widespread racial discrimination. Thursdays-Wednesdays, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu.
Fifth Annual International Soul Society Festival, Features dance battles, workshops, MC showcases and more around the District, Maryland and Virginia area., Up Against the Wall, 3219 M Street NW. www.internationalsoulsociety.com/events. Free-$10.
“The Princess, the Pig, and the Dragon with Hua Hua Zhang,” Hua Hua Zhang uses various kinds of puppets to tell stories from China. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-8700. www.discoverytheater.org. $8, $6 children, $3 children younger than 2.
“Ladies Night: Out in Style,” A Mother’s Day shopping event featuring designer clothing, jewelry, skin care products, cocktails and a “swag bag” giveaway. For age 21 and older. 6-10 p.m., Oxon Hill Manor, 6901 Oxon Hill Rd. 301-839-7782. $12, residents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties $10.
UniverSoul Circus, The high-flying, contortionist twisting circus show returns to the Washington-area with live animals, stunts and more. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Fridays, noon p.m., 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, through May 19, Capital Plaza Mall, 6900 Annapolis Rd., Landover Hills. 800-316-7439. www.universoulcircus.com. $17-$32.
“The Mountaintop,” A maid visits the hotel room of Martin Luther King Jr. the night before his assassination. Closes May 12, Arena Stage, Kreeger Theatre, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $55-$100.
“The Three Musketeers,” The new adaptation re-imagines the tale of D’Artagnan and his mission to become a musketeer. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and Wednesdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. 800-494-8497. www.synetictheater.org. $10-$55.
“You Never Know,” Set in 1929 Paris, this romantic comedy tells the story of a baron and his butler who switch identities so that the butler can pursue a woman of higher class. Presented by the Prince George’s Little Theatre. 8 p.m., through May 17, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie. 410-757-5700. www.pglt.org. $20, seniors and students $15.
Arachne Aerial Arts & In-Flight Theater, The two aerial performing companies team up for a piece based on the Greek myth of Demeter and her daughter, Persephone. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22, $10 for college students, $8 for children 17 and younger.
Glen Echo Salsa Social, 8 p.m. Fridays, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222. www.glenechopark.org. $12.
Guy Davis, The music composer, actor, director and writer performs a concert of acoustic blues. 8 p.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. www.arts.pgparks.com. $25, seniors $22.50.
Cultural Arts Expo, A family-friendly showcase of arts programs available throughout the state. Activities include live music, Shakespeare reading, puppet show, artist meet-and-greets more. Hosted by Del. Melony G. Griffith. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Largo student center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-858-3557. email@example.com. PGAHC.org. Free.
Marlborough Day, A street festival featuring parade, live music, dance and martial arts performances, moon bounce, book sale, vendors and more. 10 a.m., Main Street, Upper Marlboro 301-952-9575. www.marlboroughday.org. Admission, free.
Pre-Mother’s Day Gospel Concert, Featured performances by The Soul Savers, The New Briscoe Brothers, Jr. Marshall & the Voices of Harmony, and The Spiritual Inspirations. 4-7 p.m., Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. In advance $13, at door $15.
BeBe Winans, 8 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6851. www.lisner.org. $30-$45.
Jean Carne, The jazz vocalist displays her five-octave vocal range. 8 p.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. www.arts.pgparks.com. $30, seniors and students $25.
“Gordon Parks,” A selection of photographs from one of the seminal figures in twentieth century American photography. Closes Saturday, Adamson, 1515 14th St. NW. 202-232-0707. www.adamsongallery.org.
Linganore Sunday Music Series, Wine tasting, music by the harmonic folk duo, Beggar’s Ride, and food by “Keep it Smokin’ BBQ” food truck. 2-5 p.m., Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Rd., Mount Airy. 410-795-6432. www.linganorewines.com. Admission free. Wine tastings $5, Food and wine pairing $10.
Bobby McFerrin, The Grammy Award-winning gospel singer performs new takes on old favorites. 7 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $20 - $65.
Anthony Bourdain, The chef, author and television host stops in Washington as part of his Guts and Glory tour. 7:30 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. www.anthonybourdainontour.com. $45-$175.
“Deep Roots, Rising Waters,” Stories from the lives of African Americans in Maryland from Colonial days through the civil rights movement. Through Dec. 12, Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis. 410-216-6180. www.bdmuseum.com. Free.
John Waters, John Waters’ one-man, spoken-word lecture entitled “This Filthy World” tackles his early negative artistic influences, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, the extremes of the art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and a love of reading. 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $30 In Advance / $35 Day of Show.