17th-century history lecture Music historian Simon Spalding shares archaeological evidence of ancient Mediterranean shipwrecks and traces the history of cuisine aboard 16th- and 17th-century fighting and trade ships.
7-9 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4990. www.hsmcdigshistory.org. Free.
NextLook: Flying V The theater company presents this journey through the music of singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton. 7 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. theclarice.umd.edu. Pay-what-you-can.
“Pinocchio” A puppet wants to become a real boy in the classic story turned stage play. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., closes Saturday at 2 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7785. www.csmd.edu. $15; seniors, youth and military $12.
“H.M.S. Pinafore” 2nd Star Productions stages the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta about a ship captain’s daughter who falls in love with a lowborn sailor against her father’s wishes. Friday at 8 p.m., closes Saturday at 3 p.m. Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie. 301-832-4819. www.2ndstarproductions.com. $22, seniors and students $19.
Nicole Saphos The songstress performs smooth jazz while playing the bass. 8 p.m. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863. arts.pgparks.com. $15, reservations required.
301 Derby Dames The competitive quad-roller-skating team hosts this open scrimmage for those interested in becoming a member, officiating or cheering on their favorite players. Thirty-minute scrimmages starting at 9 a.m. Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Rd., La Plata. 301-932-1234. www.301derbydames.com. $15, registration required.
Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey A 5K outdoor walk or run through the Festival of Lights. Each registration will provide a turkey to a local family in need. 6-8 p.m. Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-218-6700. www.pgparks.com. $30, registration required by Thursday.
Hannah Baslee The mezzo-soprano performs as part of the Benny C. Morgan Recital Series. 8 p.m. Concerts through April 2017. College of Southern Maryland, Building A auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-934-7828. www.csmd.edu. Free.
Christmas on the Potomac Gaylord’s annual holiday extravaganza features “Ice! — Christmas Around the World,” a walk through an ice park with slides, snowfall and colorful animations. The annual holiday extravaganza will also feature photos with Santa, gingerbread decorating, nightly indoor snowfall, train rides, exhibit booths and live holiday musical performances. Opens Saturday. Through Jan. 1. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. 301-965-2000. www.christmasonthepotomac.com. Event costs vary; “Ice!” $25-$36, ages 4-12 $17-$29, age 3 and younger free.
Holiday in the Park Six Flags America turns into a winter wonderland featuring Santa’s workshop, stage and comedy shows, rides and roller coasters, carolers, and holiday treats. Opens Saturday. Through Jan. 2. Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301-249-1500. www.sixflags.com/america. $40.99.
“Warm Feelings” An exhibition of multimedia works by the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance. Opens Saturday. Through Jan. 28. Doctors Community Hospital, 8118 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. 301-699-1148. www.hcaaonline.org. Free.
“Small Works — Gifts of Art From the Heart” A holiday show featuring paintings, photography, ceramics and jewelry by local artists. Reception 5 p.m. Show runs through Jan. 8. CalvART Gallery, 110 Solomons Island Rd., Prince Frederick. 410-535-9252. www.calvartgallery.org. Free.
Holiday tea A sampling of holiday teas and pastries. Visitors can tour the multimedia exhibition “Holiday Salon,” on display through Dec. 11. 1-4 p.m. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. 301-743-5159. www.mattawomanart.org. Free, donations welcome.
“Inventive Spirits” reception The Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance hosts a public reception for its latest exhibition. 3-5 p.m. Exhibition runs through Jan. 7. Franklins Restaurant and Brewery, 5123 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. 301-699-1148. www.hcaaonline.org. Free.
Calvert Eats Local Join other foodies for a prix-fixe menu of locally sourced dishes. 7-8:30 p.m. Dream Weaver Cafe, 114 Solomons Island Rd. N., Prince Frederick. 301-855-1862. calvertlibrary.info. $30, reservations required.
Healthy Holiday Cooking Series A hands-on cooking class for all ages to learn how to make healthy seasonal dishes. 5-6 p.m. Upper Marlboro Community Center, 5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-2828. www.pgparks.com. Free.
Symphony of Lights A 20-minute drive-through holiday experience featuring a laser light show, a 3-D holiday video projection, and lighted animated and stationary displays. Visitors can also skate in the outdoor ice rink (adults $9, children $7, skate rental $4). Opens Wednesday 5:30-10 p.m. Through Jan. 1. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-740-7666. www.hcgh.org/symphonyoflight. $20 per car, Saturdays $25.
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