Going Out Guide
By Jillian S. Sowah,
“African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives From the David C. Driskell Center” An exhibition of renowned African American artists such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Sam Gilliam. Organized by the Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora. Through Dec. 14. University of Maryland, Cole Student Activities Building, College Park. 301-314-2615. www.driskellcenter.umd.edu. Free.
Ornament show A juried show that features hand-crafted ornaments by 22 regional artists. The ornaments are hung on trees displayed in the Main Gallery of the Arts Building. Shop from the trees and take purchases to the gift shop. Through Jan. 1. Closed Dec. 24-25. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. $3, seniors $2.
“Stuffed ham” culinary lesson Volunteers Pete Himmelheber and Becky McDonald will demonstrate the technique used to prepare a traditional 17th-century stuffed ham. Other family-friendly activities include pig stories, hands-on demonstrations and tastings. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor Center, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4990. www.stmaryscity.org. $10, seniors $9, ages 6-18 $6, age 5 and younger free.
Gingerbread House Contest and Show View the creations of local bakers, and vote for your favorite adult and child entries in the Viewer’s Choice Award competition. Fridays-Sundays noon-5 p.m., through Dec. 9. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-8010. www.pgparks.com. $1, age 4 and younger free.
“Christmas on the Square” The annual tree-lighting ceremony features music, carriage rides, crafts, model train displays and children’s crafts. 5-9 p.m. Leonardtown Town Square, Washington and Fenwick streets, Leonardtown. www.leonardtown.somd.com. Free.
Festival of Lights The annual drive-through light display uses more than a million lights. Canned goods will be collected for a food drive. Fridays-Wednesdays 5-9:30 p.m., through Jan. 1. Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-699-2456. www.pgparks.com. $5 per car or van, three-visit pass $10, small buses and limos $15, buses $25, Dec. 25 free.
Leanordtown Christmas festival See decorated trees and wreaths and a model train display. Other activities include a silent auction, crafts, face painting and a toy raffle. 5-9 p.m. Winegardner Auto Showroom, 22675 Washington St., Leonardtown 301-475-9791. visitstmarysmd.com. Free.
National Harbor Tree Lighting and Fireworks The Chesapeake Orchestra performs. The grand finale includes a fireworks show over the Potomac River. 5-9 p.m. Activities and fireworks every Friday 5-9 p.m. through Dec. 21. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 877-628-5427. www.nationalharbor.com. Free.
“Frost/Nixon” Peter Morgan presents his stage play about a British talk show host who attempts to resurrect his dying career by getting an apology from President Richard M. Nixon after the Vietnam War and Watergate fiasco. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770. www.greenbeltartscenter.org. $17, seniors and students $14.
“Tribute to Teddy Pendergrass” Jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson and R&B vocalist Miles Jaye perform a special tribute to the late soul singer. Attendees can receive discounted tickets to an after-party. 8 p.m. Knights of Columbus Boswell Hall, Cardinal Room, 6111 Columbian Way, Bowie. Onyx Linthicum at 202-439-4942. www.saxcatproductions.com. $45, discounted after-party tickets $15.
Greg Shatz and Friends The musician plays original New Orleans roots music on the piano, accordion, bass, guitar and mandolin. 8-11 p.m. New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. www.newdealcafe.com. Free.
Stone Pleasure Band The Charles County-based band performs old and new R&B music. Must be age 21 or older. 8 p.m.-midnight Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. $10.
University of Maryland basketball The men’s basketball team takes on Georgia Southern. 7 p.m. University of Maryland, Comcast Center, Paint Branch Drive, College Park. 301-314-7070. www.umterps.com. $25-$30.
Diane Daly The jazz songstress performs. 7:30 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
Needle art show The 17th annual show features rooms filled with stitch art, including needlepoint and ribbon work. Participants can vote for “People’s Choice” award winner. Sponsored by Stitching Pretty of Laurel. Exhibit open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7817. www.stitchingpretty.com. $6, seniors $5, ages 5-18 $3, age 4 and younger free.
Painted Trillium The three-member Celtic band performs a variety of tunes from fast-paced reels to slow ballads. 5-8 p.m. New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. www.newdealcafe.com. Free.
LaPlata waterways exhibit Explore Michael Kolster’s latest gallery exhibit, “Down by the River: Exploring American Waterways 40 Years After the Clean Water Act.” Through Dec. 15. College of Southern Maryland, LaPlata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., LaPlata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu. Free.
“Rituals of the Native Americans” Speaker Aseer Ali Cordoba explores the rituals of Native Americans and how these practices tie into ancient culture. 3-5 p.m. Prince George’s Community College, Rennie Forum, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-336-6000. www.pgcc.edu. Free.
“Writing and Celebrating in the African American Tradition” A family-friendly community discussion about Christmas and holiday traditions in communities of the African Diaspora. 7:30 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. Free.
Black literature discussion A librarian leads a talk about Toni Morrison’s novel “Home,” about a Korean War vet who has to find courage and reexamine himself in order to find his way “home.” 6:30 p.m. Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. 301-839-2400. www.pgcmls.info/OxonHill. Free.
Juried student art exhibition Sponsored by the Student Art League, this exhibit features more than 100 pieces, including drawings, paintings, photography, digital art and sculptures. Awards reception Wednesday 6-8 p.m. Exhibit open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through Dec. 6. Marlboro Gallery, Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-322-0965. www.pgcc.edu. Free.
Cajun music jam Patrons are invited to bring instruments for open play. 7-9 p.m. New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. www.newdealcafe.com. Free.
— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah from staff reports
Teddy tribute 3 Musicians performa a special tribute to the late soul singer Teddy Pendergrass, above. Attendees can receive discounted tickets to an after-party. Friday 8 p.m. Knights of Columbus Boswell Hall, Cardinal Room, 6111 Columbian Way, Bowie. Onyx Linthicum at 202-439-4942. www.saxcatproductions.com. $45, discounted after-party tickets $15.