Hyattsville’s anniversary carnival Hyattsville celebrates its 128th anniversary with a carnival featuring rides, food and games. Other events include a teen dance Friday 8-10 p.m. and a parade Saturday at 11 a.m. Carnival Thursday 4-9 p.m., Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Magruder Park, 40th and Hamilton streets, Hyattsville. 301-985-5000. www.hyattsville.org. Free.
“Charles White: The Last of the Romanticists” Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, art historian and director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, lectures on White, who is considered one of the most influential African American artists of the 20th century. The lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibit “Heroes: Gone but not Forgotten — the Art of Charles White” on display until May 23. Public reception at 5:30 p.m., talk begins at 6 p.m. University of Maryland, Cole Student Activities Building, College Park. 301-314-2615. www.driskellcenter.umd.edu. Free, RSVP required.
Baysox opening night The minor league baseball team kicks off the 2014 season against the Harrisburg Senators with live music by guitar player and pop music artist Chris Monaghan. 6:35 p.m., the series continues through Sunday. Home games continue Monday-Wednesday against the Richmond Squirrels. Bowie Baysox Stadium, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. 301-653-6139. www.baysox.com. $7-$17.
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” The Patuxent High School Harlequins present the Disney classic about a monstrous prince who imprisons a young woman in his castle. Thursday-Saturday at 7 p.m. Patuxent High School, 12485 Southern Connector Blvd., Lusby. 401-535-7865. www.phsbeauty.weebly.com. $10, students $8.
“The Sunshine Boys” The Twin Beach Players stage this Neil Simon play about the vaudeville comedy duo Al Lewis and Willie Clark. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., through April 13. The Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maryland, 9021 Dayton Ave., North Beach. 410-286-1890, www.twinbeachplayers.com. $12; seniors, students and military $10.
“Regional Reflections” Led by conductor José-Luis Novo, with violinist Soovin Kim, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra presents Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 6 in D. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. 410-263-5544. www.marylandhall.org. $28, students $13.
“The Creation of the World and Other Business” Off the Quill production company presents this comedic retelling of the Book of Genesis and the creation of man. The Arthur Miller play debates human nature and the notion of good vs. bad. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Saturday. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway. 301-441-8770. www.greenbeltartscenter.org. $17, seniors and students $14, age 11 and younger $12.
“The Wedding Singer” A jilted wedding singer falls for a woman planning her own wedding in this musical comedy based on the Adam Sandler movie. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Port Tobacco Players, 508 Charles St., La Plata. 301-932-6819. www.ptplayers.com. $17, seniors, youth and military $14.
Spring jazz festival The college’s 11th annual jazz festival features two days of performances. The event kicks off Friday with the Randy Runyon Jazz Trio at 8 p.m. Then Saturday at 8 p.m., patrons can enjoy music from Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter Bobby Shew, performing with the Charles County Public School All-County Jazz Band, the Solid Brass Big Band Jazz Ensemble and the Randy Runyon Trio. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/arts. Per day: In advance $5, day of festival $7.
UMD Chamber Singers In celebration of Benjamin Britten’s 100th anniversary, the singers perform “Hymn to St. Cecilia” and “Five Flower Songs.” 8 p.m. 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. $25, students $10.
Jack & Jill Walk The National Harbor Chapter of Jack and Jill of America hosts its third annual 5K walk to benefit the American Heart Association and Jack and Jill of America Foundation. Founded in 1938, Jack and Jill of America works to improve the quality of life of African American children. Registration opens at 8 a.m., walk is 9 a.m.-noon. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 877-628-5427. jackandjillnationalharbor.org. $25, child $15. Register online until Friday, on-site after.
Greenbelt’s Mini Maker Faire The inaugural family-friendly festival will feature educational exhibits, hands-on culinary art activities, music, arts and crafts and more. Hosted by Club125, a nonprofit activity center. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Roosevelt Center, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-310-3224. www.club125.com. Free, ticket required.
Riversdale in Bloom Create art in the gardens to celebrate spring’s arrival. Selected works will be displayed in an exhibition May 1-June 7. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. 301-864-0420. history.pgparks.com. Free.
“King of Kings” Gospel legends Shirley Caesar, Hezekiah Walker and Paul Morton star in Evangel Cathedral’s annual Easter production featuring live animals, a light show and more. Saturday and April 12 at noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m., April 13 at 5 p.m. Evangel Cathedral, 13901 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301-249-9400. www.evangeleasterproduction.com. $55, groups $50 per person, ticket with DVD and parking pass $70.
Tartan Day tea Celebrate National Tartan Day with tastes and sounds of Scotland. For age 10 and older. 2 p.m. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-8010. history.pgparks.com. $28, residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties $22. Reservations required.
Evelyn Elsing Joined by pianist Colette Valentine, cellist and U-Md. faculty member Evelyn Elsing performs works by Beethoven, Chopin and Elliott Carter. 5 p.m. 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. Free.
The Cherry Blossom Blast Dinner DanceVocal group Eight Balls Band will perform ’70s and ’80s dance tunes, Motown songs and current hits at this benefit event for Mooseheart Child City, a residential child-care facility in Chicago that caters to children and teens in need. Attendees can enjoy a full chicken shish kebab dinner with sides and cherry pie, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Dinner 6-7:30 p.m., concert 8 p.m.-midnight. College Park Moose Lodge, 3700 Metzerott Rd., College Park. 301-935-5145. lodge453.moosepages.org. In advance $25, at the door $30.
Mid-Atlantic Fireworks Festival The Northern Light Pyrotechnic Club sponsors this tailgating event and fireworks show. Proceeds will benefit the Newburg Rescue Squad and Volunteer Fire Department and other local charities. 7-10 p.m. 10705 Allens Fresh Rd., Charlotte Hall. www.maff.ws. Free, parking $10 per car.
Greenwell wedding show This bridal showcase features photographers, caterers, musicians and more under two large wedding tents. Prize giveaways, raffles, tours, tastings and beauty demonstrations also included. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Greenwell State Park, Rosedale Manor & Grounds, 25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-9775. www.greenwellfoundation.org. Free, registration required.
Artful Afternoon Artist-in-residence Karen Arrington teaches how to weave small baskets using coiled paper. 1-4 p.m. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-397-2208. www.greenbeltmd.gov/arts. Free.
Children’s Easter party The Easter Bunny makes an appearance with lunch, games and crafts for all ages. 1 p.m. American Legion Post 206, 3330 N. Chesapeake Beach Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 301-855-6466 or 410-257-9878. www.alpost206.org. Free.
Poetry reception Kick off National Poetry Month with live readings from local poets, accompanied by Matt Arbach on acoustic guitar. 2-4 p.m. New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-474-5642. www.newdealcafe.com. Free.
Bernard Vallandingham The violinist performs as part of the Ward Virts Concert Series. 3 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room 104, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. 443-550-6011. www.csmd.edu/arts. Free.
“A Taste of Spring” A sampling of food, beer and wine selected by local chef Ferhat Yalcin of Fishnet restaurant. The College Park Community Foundation sponsors this fundraising event to benefit charitable projects in the community. For age 21 and older. 4-7 p.m. Fishnet, 5010 Berwyn Rd., College Park. 202-441-9652. tasteofspring.brownpapertickets.com. $40.
Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann and Joseph Corcoran Mann’s paintings are displayed alongside Corcoran’s sculptures. Opens Monday. Public reception April 13, 2-4 p.m. Exhibit runs through June 1. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
“From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” Two runaway siblings take shelter in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they attempt to solve a mystery. 10:15 a.m. and noon. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. arts.pgparks.com. $6.
Memoirs and creative writing workshop Author and editor Elisavietta Ritchie leads this writing workshop. Participants should bring 12 double-spaced copies of a personal memoir, 500-800 words, to share with the group. 2 p.m. Calvert Library Prince Frederick branch, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. www.calvert.lib.md.us. Free.
Charlayne Hunter-Gault The award-winning journalist and author speaks at the 13th annual Distinguished Lecture in the Visual Arts. Gault will discuss her new book, “To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement.” Public reception 5 p.m., lecture begins at 6 p.m. University of Maryland, Cole Student Activities Building, College Park. 301-314-2615. www.driskellcenter.umd.edu. Free, RSVP by Friday.
Hughesville line dance class The Boot Scooters of Southern Maryland put on this beginner’s class. 7-7:30 p.m. Hotel Charles, 15100 Burnt Store Rd., Hughesville. 301-290-0088. www.bootscootersofsomd.
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3Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, art historian and director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, lectures Thursday on White, who is considered one of the most influential African American artists of the 20th century. The lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibit “Heroes: Gone but not Forgotten — the Art of Charles White,” including “I Have a Dream,” above, on display until May 23. Public reception at 5:30 p.m., talk begins at 6 p.m. University of Maryland, Cole Student Activities Building, College Park. 301-314-2615. www.driskellcenter.umd.edu. Free, RSVP required.