Wednesday, Nov. 23

“Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley,” a collection of more than 150 sculptures include statues, helmet masks and maternal images created by residents of sub-Saharan Africa. Wednesdays 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

“Deep Roots, Rising Waters,” stories from the lives of African Americans in Maryland from Colonial days through the civil rights movement. Wednesdays-Wednesdays, Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis. 410-216-6180.

“Race: Are We So Different?,” Scientific, cultural and historical perspectives on the topic of heritage and ancestry. Wednesdays-Wednesdays, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.

“Strange Fruit,” an exploration of African-American identity through photographs and video works by Hank Willis Thomas. Wednesdays-Wednesdays, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700.

“Tent Life,” photography of life in Haiti. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 25, Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. 202-458-6016.

“The Black List,” photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders explore the careers and lives of preeminent African Americans. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

Afternoon Jazz Tea, with guitarist Rick Whitehead and saxophonist Chris Vadalla. 2 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $15. 301-203-6070.

Bobby’s Thanksgiving Celebration, bring a canned food item to benefit the Oxon Hill Food Pantry and receive a free pumpkin spice shooter. Drink specials and live performance. 7 p.m., Bobby McKey’s, Piano Bar, 172 Fleet St., Oxon Hill. Admission, free. 301-567-1488.

“A Second Chance,” two recently-single people get a second chance at love after meeting at a dinner party. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 11, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40. 703-820-9771.

Stand Up: Eddie Bryant and Lamont King, 7:30 p.m., Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. $20. 202-697-4900.

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $65. 703-549-7500.

Jazz Jam Session, 8 p.m.-midnight Wednesdays and Thursdays, HR57, 816 H St. NE, DC.$8. 202-253-0044.

“Night of Elegance” Gala, live performances by Eric Roberson, Reesa Renee, Black Alley, Secret Society, and more. Hosted by the Positive Black Men Coalition. 9 p.m., Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW. $35; VIP, $60 (includes dinner.) RSVP. 240-334-3944 or httip://

Thursday, Nov. 24 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Friday, Nov. 25

City of Alexandria Tree Lighting, A visit from Santa, a performance of Santa’s Frosty Follies by the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center plus caroling and a community singalong. 7 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria.Free.

Freestyle Friday, for ages 13-17, play games in the open gym. 7-10 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills. Free. 301-505-0876.

Old-School House Party, for ages 10-17, light refreshments served. 7-10 p.m., Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-567-6033.

Stand Up: Alycia Cooper, known from her appearances on Comedy Central, America’s Got Talent and the Steve Harvey show. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. $17. 202-697-4900.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Holiday Market on the Harbor, shop handmade ornaments/decorations, pastries, roasted chestnuts and more. Noon-6 pm Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18, National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. Admission, free. 877-628-5427 or

Flower Avenue Holiday Market, shop a variety of vendor wares including antiques, art, furniture, jewelry, vintage toys and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 24. Parking lot on the corner of Flower Ave. and Arliss St., Silver Spring.

Fall Massive, some of the world’s biggest electronic music producers are coming to D.C. for a post-Thanksgiving festival, but you won’t find them performing at U Street Music Hall or even the D.C. Armory, where you might expect. Instead, Moby, Armand Van Helden, Diplo, Skream & Benga, D.C.’s own Tittsworth and a dozen others will perform under four big dance tents in the RFK Stadium parking lot. 4 p.m., RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St.$69.50.

“Document the Fresh” Closing Party, a last chance to see the concert and stylish music and style photography by Rosina “Teri” Memolo, Dafna Steinberg, Vickey Ford at a bash featuring a DJ. 7-10 p.m., Lamont Bishop Gallery, 1314 Ninth Street NW.Free.

Jimmy Junebug Jackson Quartet, 9 p.m., HR-57, 816 H St. NE. $12. 202-667-3700.

Sunday, Nov. 27

“The Privileged Series,” works by Anthony Dortch Jr. show people who are socially and financially above others and how they exploit those below them. Touchstone, 901 New York Ave. NW. 202-347-2787.

Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $69.50. 703-549-7500.

Jazz: Amanda Badze, 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. 202-234-0072.

Monday, Nov. 28

Chaka Khan, 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $75. 703-549-7500.

Go Go: Lissen Band, 8 p.m. Mondays, Takoma Station, 6914 Fourth St. NW. 202-829-1999.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Healthcare Straight-talk, learn all you need to know about Medicare. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. 10 a.m., Greenbelt Marriott Hotel, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt. Free. 877-425-4716.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Thurgood Marshall Remembered, a National Park Service ranger discusses the life of the first African American Supreme Court justice. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call Joe Mohr, 202-359-1532.

Robin Thicke, 7 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.

“Quintessential Jazz Ensemble,” 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. 202-234-0072.

Phaze II, the smooth jazz group performs. 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.