The Ugandan singer-songwriter headlines a soulful show combining song, dance, poetry, drumming and fables from his homeland. 7-8:30 p.m. Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton. 301-297-4648. www.pgparks.com/page52733.aspx. Free.
“Jack & The Beanstalk” Poor Jack’s big dreams go awry in the play presented by Crabgrass Puppets. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.pgparks.com. $4, children $3.
“Senegal and Beyond: Paintings by Valerie Watson” The local painter showcases her large-scale watercolors depicting street and outdoor scenes inspired by a trip to Senegal, Africa. Reception Thursday 6-7:30 p.m. Exhibit open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through March 12. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
“Jazz: A Dialogue in the Performance and Visual Arts” A two-day conference examines jazz and its influence on other art forms. Event schedule includes scholar-led presentations and film, dance and poetry performances. Opening reception and lecture Thursday at 5 p.m. at the David E. Driskell Center, 1214 Cole Student Activities Building, University of Maryland, College Park. Symposium continues Friday at 8 a.m. at the Stamp Student Union Grand Ballroom. Check the Web site for a full schedule of events. 301-314-2615. www.driskellcenter.umd.edu. $95, conference and performance $100.
“Convergence: Jazz, Films and the Visual Arts” A traveling exhibition of more than 70 works by mostly African American filmmakers and artists, whose works were influenced by jazz music and culture. Organized by the David C. Driskell Center and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo. Opening reception Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Exhibit open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., through May 31. David E. Driskell Center, 1214 Cole Student Activities Building, University of Maryland, College Park. 301-314-2615. www.driskellcenter.umd.edu. Free.
“I Never Saw Another Butterfly” The College of Southern Maryland Theatre Company presents the Celeste Raspanti play about Jewish children liberated from the Theresienstadt concentration camp during Word War II and how butterflies became their symbol of hope and defiance. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., through Feb. 23. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. www.csmd.edu/arts. 301-934-2251. $15, seniors and students $12.
Kinobe and the African Sensation The Ugandan singer-songwriter headlines a soulful show combining song, dance, poetry, drumming and fables from his homeland. 7-8:30 p.m. Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton. 301-297-4648. www.pgparks.com/page52733.aspx. Free.
Rock-and-roll night Artists perform classic rock-and-roll from the ’60s and ’70s as part of the Musician Protection Program. 7:30 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
“Moon Over Buffalo” A comedy about a mediocre theater company that revels in a chance to shine when members hear a famed director plans to visit. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie. 410-757-5700. www.pglt. org. $20, seniors and age 18 and under $15.
Alan Blair and the Prospect Band The band plays oldies but goodies. Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m.-midnight Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. $10.
African American heritage tour A motor coach tour of black historic townships across the Prince George’s County. 8 a.m. Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-209-0592. www.pgaamcc.org. $10, children $5. Registration required.
Mineral, jewelry and fossil show Southern Maryland Rock & Mineral Club and Clearwater Nature Center sponsor the 23rd annual event featuring demonstrations, crafts, exhibitors and vendors selling original jewelry designs, minerals and geodes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-7900. www.showplacearena.com. $3, age 6 and younger free.
Poetry Out Loud The Maryland State Arts Council hosts the regional poetry competition featuring local high school students. Winners will represent their region in the state competition. 1 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. Free.
“Sweet Valentine Tea” Enjoy a variety of teas and desserts in celebration of Valentine’s Day. 2 p.m. Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale. 301-464-5291. www.pgparks.com. $25, reservations required.
“Perceptions and Truth” Taratibu Youth Association’s fifth annual Black History Show featuring West African dance and poetry, South African gumboot, stepping and traditional music. 4 and 8 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. www.joesmovement.org. $20-$25.
“Great Literature in Film” series A screening of the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was adapted from Harper Lee’s novel of the same name, about a small-town Southern lawyer in the 1930s who defends a poor, black man accused of rape. Dinner available. 6 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. $15, $30 with dinner. Reservations required by noon Friday.
“Journey With Harriet Tubman” Daisy Century puts on a one-woman show portraying the African American abolitionist who helped lead slaves to freedom in the Underground Railroad. 6:30-9 p.m. Temple Hills Community Center, 5300 Temple Hill Rd., Temple Hills. 301-894-6616. www.pgparks.com. $5, age 10 and younger free.
Jim Ritter and the Creole Gumbo Band A concert featuring Dixieland jazz music. 7:30 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards The Motown soul group performs hits from the ’60s and ’70s. 7:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $40-$60.
“Halley’s Comet” Actor John Amos stars in the dramatic stage performance about love, family, war and the African American journey. 8 p.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.pgparks.com. $25; seniors, students and people in groups of 15 or more $20.
The Doo Wop Cops The District-based a cappella group of police officers performs live. 8 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $30, seniors and students $25.
Gospel concert Performances by the Mother’s Dream of Calvert County, Southern Maryland Harmonizers of Waldorf and Golden Tones of Berryville, Va. 3 p.m. Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. $13 in advance, $15 at the door.
“The Musical Stories of Journeys” David Hildebrand performs ballads, shanties and other selections that portray the American experience, including stories of sailors and fishermen, Civil War soldiers and immigrants. 7 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/Arts. Free.
“Against All Flags: The True Story of Black Pirates, Past and Present” Historian C.R. Gibbs discusses the role black pirates played in history. 7-8:30 p.m. Oakcrest Community Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights. 301-736-5355. www.pgparks.com. Free.
“Lincoln” Daniel Day-Lewis gives a Golden Globe-winning performance as President Abraham Lincoln in this Steven Spielberg historical film about the passage of the 13th Amendment. 1 p.m. Prince George’s Community College, Largo Student Center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-322-0965. www.pgcc.edu. Free.
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