Thursday, Sept. 15

“Fela!,”the Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith-produced Broadway musical directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, the true story of the legendary Nigerian musican Fela Kuti whose Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 Sundays, continues through Oct. 9, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $25-$130. 202-547-1122 or

Challenges to Civility public forum, guest speaker Ahmad Rashid leads a discussion on how television and film influence our behavior towards each other. 5-7 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Student Center Rooms 243 and 244, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0965.

What’s the 411? “Mary J. Blige,” the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” performs. 7 p.m., Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $100-186. 301-960-9999.

Blues dance lesson, 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 301-634-2222.

Friday, Sept. 16

Pumpkin patch and Autumn festival, with hayrides, jumping pillow, corn maze, pirate ship, straw activities and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Nov. 6, Gaver Tree Farm & Pumpkin Patch, 5501 Detrick Rd., Mt. Airy. Monday-Friday, $5; Weekends, $7; age 2 and under, free. 301-865-3515 or

Hip Hop Concert: Lupe Fiasco and Wale, with performances by Miguel, Big Sean and Tinie Tempah. 5:30 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $36-$60. 410-715-5550.

Jazz and blues café, with pianist John Guernsey. 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays, New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642.

Port Towns Day, A family-friendly film screening Friday is followed by the 15th annual community festival of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, and Edmonston. Saturday’s highlights include a 5 p.m. jazz concert, boat rides, games and art. 7 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-779-0371 or

Jazz: Kenny Garrett, the Grammy-award winning saxophonist performs. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $35. 202-337-4141.

Theater: Whatever Happened to Black Love?, Kenny Lattimore leads this musical ensemble that will make you laugh, cry and raise your awareness about the different facets of black love. 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, 11400 Glenn Dale Rd., Glenn Dale.$30-$65.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Walk for Diabetes, participate in a 5K walk to raise money for the American Diabetes Association, youth and senior citizen programs; giveaways and Light refreshments served. Sponsored by the Prince Hall Masons Lodge No. 139. 8 a.m. 5211 Paint Branch Rd., College Park. 8 a.m., 5211 Paint Branch Rd., College Park.$20; seniors and age 10 and under, $15. Registration required by Friday. Jonathan Gentry at 202-643-8088, or

Women’s business expo, luncheon with keynote speaker Angela Alsobrooks, State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County; network with local vendors and other businesswomen. Sponsored by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 4500 Crain Hwy., Bowie. $50, registration required. 301-262-0920, or

H Street festival, The H Street neighborhood street fair adds more entertainers this year on its four stages, one of which is for kids. Keep your eyes peeled for parades, art cars, art displays, D.C. Rollergirls, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, costume karaoke, Chinese dragon dancers, speed chess players and more. H St. NE, from Eighth to 14th streets. Noon-7 p.m., Free. 202-543-0161 or

Greenbelt Blues festival, live performances; food, beer and wine available for purchase. 2-8 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642.

“Chris Brown,” the F.A.M.E. tour hits DC with performances by Kelly Rowland, T. Pain and Tyga. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $39.75-$150.75. 202-628-3200.

“John Legend,” the neo-soul artist performs. 7 p.m., Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $69.50-$175.50. 301-960-9999.

Spoken word and free style show, for ages 12-17, prizes awarded. 7-10 p.m., Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free with youth identification. 301-864-1611.

“Rahsaan Patterson,” a performance by the R&B singer/songwriter. 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $55. 703-549-7500.

“The Winstons,” the D.C. soul group’s song “Color Him Father” won a Grammy for Best R&B Song in 1969. 8 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $25, seniors $20. 301-203-6070.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Bridal expo, sample wedding cakes and caters; meet florists, photographers, DJs, bridal boutiques and more. 1-5 p.m., Prince George’s Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. $5. 301-341-7439.

105 Voices of History: HBCU National Concert Choir, Vocalists representing each of the nation’s historically black colleges join together for a concerts with guests Jennifer Holliday and Kirk Whalum. 5 p.m., Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$60. Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, 202-467-4600.

Rock the Bells hip hop concert, featuring Black Star’s Mos Def and Talib Kweli. 7 p.m., Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $50-$99. 301-960-9999.

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