Shanghai Quartet The quartet performs works by Schubert, Beethoven and Bartok and selections from “ChinaSong,” a suite of Chinese folk songs. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $40, seniors/alumni $35, staff $32, students/youth $10.
La Plata artist talk Michael Kolster discusses his latest gallery exhibit, “Down by the River: Exploring American Waterways 40 Years After the Clean Water Act.” Reception Thursday at noon, exhibit runs through Dec. 15. College of Southern Maryland, LaPlata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/arts. Free.
Girls Night Out: “Wine and Dish” This two-class series invites participants to bring their favorite snack and beverage (alcohol welcome) and learn how to create unique holiday gifts out of soft clay slabs and coils. For age 21 and older. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 29 and Dec. 3 and 7. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. $65, registration required.
“In the Red and Brown Water” Tarell Alvin McCraney’s coming-of-age play follows a teenage sprinter trying to rise above her life in a Louisiana bayou. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $25, seniors $20, students and youth $10.
“Laughing at Life” Four short Japanese kyogen comedies in translation. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Bruce Davis Theater, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4243. www.smcm.
edu. $6; students, faculty and seniors $4.
“Urinetown” The College of Southern Maryland Theatre Company presents the comedy about greed, corruption, love and revolution. After a 20-year drought, a city government places a ban on private toilets, forcing residents to pay admission to use public amenities. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. College of Southern Maryland, LaPlata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/arts. $15; seniors, students and military $12.
Ice! Featuring “Shrek the Halls” Gaylord’s annual “Christmas on the Potomac” celebration includes an ice-enclosed exhibition featuring renderings of scenes from the animated film. Hours vary, open daily (including holidays) through Jan. 6. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. 301-965-4000. 301-965-2800. www.gaylordhotels.com. $23-$30, seniors $19-$26, military $19-$24, ages 4-12 $16-$23, military children $14-$19, 3 and younger free.
Eclectic jazz concert Performances by Rick Olivarez, John Previti and Jim Stephanson. 7:30 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
“Auntie Mame” The popular comedy follows the adventures of a boy and his sister as they grow up as wards of their eccentric aunt. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906. www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. $15, students and seniors $12, reservations requested.
Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes Voted winner at the 2012 DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands, the Greenbelt-based blues band performs a show for age 21 and older. 8 p.m.-midnight. Performances every Friday through Nov. 30. Miss Motley’s Café, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794, www.reverbnation.com/fasteddietheslowpokes. $10. Dinner available.
Largo tree lighting Watch as Santa arrives in a horse-drawn carriage, then stay for live entertainment, a tree lighting and fireworks. 3-5 p.m. The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Capital Centre Boulevard and Arena Drive, Largo. 301-324-0514. www.shopcapcentre.com. Free.
Jim Ritter and the Creole Gumbo Band The group performs Dixieland jazz. 7:30 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
NonaLee Dance Theatre “Nuclear Quest: Journey to the Core” is a futuristic work incorporating movements infused with dynamic bursts, clever pauses and sensuality. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. www.joesmovement.org. $25, students and age 12 and younger $15.
Prince George’s Philharmonic Led by Charles Ellis, the philharmonic presents works by Semtana, Britten, Rachmaninoff, Barber and Rimsky-Korsakov. 8 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-805-9566. www.pgphilharmonic.org. $20, seniors $18, age 18 and younger free.
“Washingtonians” Local artists Nevin Bossart, John Gerachis and Suzanne Shelden exhibit their works featuring scenes of Washington, old and brand new. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. ArtWorks @ 7th, 9100 Bay Ave., North Beach. 410-286-5278. www.artworksat7th.com. Free.
Redskins tailgate party Come dressed in your team gear and watch the Redskins take on the Philadelphia Eagles on the big screen. Noon.-6 p.m. Tucker Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. 301-248-4404. www.pgparks.com. Free.
Holiday tea Shop fine arts and gifts and enjoy free tea and goodies for the holidays. 1-4 p.m. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. 301-743-5159. www.mattawomanart.org. Free.
Questers anniversary gala The nonprofit will celebrate 50 years of service with a fashion show and luncheon. The organization promotes civic, cultural and educational interests within the Washington area. 2:30 p.m. Camelot by Martins, 13905 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro. 301-910-2861. www.thequesters.org. $75, reservations required.
Masterworks from 20th-century France An a cappella concert by the Chamber Singers and University Chorale. 7:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $10-$25.
“Die Zauberflote” Students from the Maryland Opera Studio perform “The Magic Flute,” Mozart’s last opera, with piano accompaniment and minimal costumes and sets. Sunday 3 p.m., Monday-Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $10-$25.
Fort Washington Thanksgiving luncheon Folks ages 60 and older are invited to celebrate the season with food and live entertainment. Noon.-3 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $15, registration required.
“Breakfast With the Rays” Explore the behavior, types and migrations of stingrays and see how these flattened fish are fed. A continental breakfast will be provided. For age 5 and older with adult. 9 a.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Maritime history hall, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. $15, registration required.
“The Miraculous Magical Balloon” Arlington-based Synetic Theater presents pantomime sketches about a traveling actor and his magical trunk of tricks and toys. 10:30 a.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $5.
Pianist Robert Mitchell The jazz pianist, composer and teacher has performed for presidents. 2 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.robertmitchellmusic.com. $15, reservations requested.
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3Voted winner at the 2012 DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands, the Greenbelt-based blues band performs a show for folks 21 and older. 8 p.m.-midnight. Fridays through Nov. 30. Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-
fasteddietheslowpokes. $10. Dinner available.