MAGfest runs Thursday through Sunday at National Harbor. (John Pellett)
MAGfest

3The 12th annual music and gaming festival features 24-hour music, video gaming, arcades, consoles, live video game cover bands, vendors, guest speakers and more. Visitors can meet Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry, and Darren Korb, Bastion composer. Machinae Supremacy will perform. Thursday-Sunday. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. 301-965-2800. www.magfest.org. All-access four-day pass $50. Groups of eight or more $40 per person.

THU 02

“Direct Current: A Multimedia Exploration of Black Life Within Prince George’s County” The mixed-media and multimedia works in this exhibition depict African American life and history in Prince George’s County. Presented in honor of Black History Month (February). Through Feb. 24. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free.

MAGFest The 12th annual music and gaming festival features 24-hour music, video gaming, arcades, consoles, live video game cover bands, vendors, guest speakers and more. Visitors can meet Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry, and Darren Korb, Bastion composer. Machinae Supremacy will perform. Thursday-Sunday. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. 301-965-2800. www.magfest.org. All-access four-day pass $50. Groups of eight or more $40.

Tom Kirby The Bowie artist displays his abstract paintings. Through Feb. 2. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-805-9566. www.bowiecenter.org. Free.

FRI 03

“Laugh in the New Year” Comedian Charisma Wooten performs a “Moms Mabley” comedy act. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Prince George’s Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. 301-341-7439. www.pgparks.com. Free.

“A Struggle for Dignity: A Play About Dignity” Members of the Arc’s Vocational Day Programs sing and dance in this interactive stage play examining the history of slavery in Prince George’s County. Written and directed by Ayo Handy-Kendi, the play is a culmination of a six-month partnership between the Arc Prince George’s and the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Suitland High School, Auditorium, 5200 Silver Hill Rd, Suitland. 301-925-7050 Ext. 269. www.thearcofpgc.org. Free, donations welcome.

Lissi Deere The local musician performs piano jazz, blues and pop at the Garden in Lights festival. The outdoor walk-through light show features illuminated displays of superheroes, city and Christmas scenes, dog sled, aliens and more. Military families get free admission Friday. 6-9 p.m., festival closes Jan. 5. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. $5, seniors and military $4, ages 6-17 $3, age 5 and younger free.

Schubert Singers The children’s choir will perform three Epiphany concerts featuring Renaissance Christmas carols and other winter-themed songs. Friday at 7 p.m. (Christ Church, 700 Farmington Rd. West, Accokeek), Saturday at 4 p.m. (St. Paul’s Moravian Church, 8505 Heathermore Blvd., Upper Marlboro) and Sunday at 4 p.m. (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 4535 Piney Church Rd, Waldorf). 301-512-1183. www.schubertsingers.org. Free.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play” This Philip Grecian stage play tells the story of George Bailey, who successfully manages his family business until an uncle accidentally misplaces company funds. Faced with financial ruin, George decides to jump off a bridge, until his guardian angel shows him what the world would be like without him. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906. www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. $15; seniors, students and military $12. Reservations requested.

49 Cent Dress The District-based band will perform a mix of rock-and-roll, blues and soul with vocalist Melissa Orr. 8-11 p.m. New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-474-5642. www.newdealcafe.com. Free.

SAT 04

Mandalas for the New Year Artist Sarah Garcia leads this art workshop to create traditional Hindu mandalas, a spiritual symbol that represents the universe. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. 301-927-3013. www.cpae.org. $10, reservations required.

“Goddess Showcase: Speakeasy!” Local dancers from the New Chicago Dance Studio perform jazz, Latin, African and Middle Eastern movements. 3 p.m. Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. 301-927-3013. www.cpae.org. Free, donations welcome.

Men’s college basketball The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s basketball team will take on Marymount University. 4-6 p.m. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Hawk’s Nest, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary’s City. 240-895-2000. www.smcm.edu. $5, children $3, students and staff free.

Country western music Patsy’s Honky Tonk Torch and Twang band plays classic county, western swing, jazz and rockabilly music with the Hall Brothers. 8-11 p.m. New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-474-5642. www.newdealcafe.com. Free.

Come Back Iris The Southern Marylandparty band performs a mix of country, pop and rock music. 9 p.m. Cryers Back Road Inn, 22094 Newtowne Neck Rd., Compton. 301-475-6628. backroadinn.homestead.com. Free.

“Shifting Bloom: Sculptural Garments” Artist Stephanie Marie Santos displays her works inspired by the forms, textures and life cycles of flora. Closes Saturday. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-397-2208. www.stephaniemsantos.com. Free.

“Voices From the Diaspora: The Afro-Latino Experience in Prince George’s County” Art, artifacts, photography and music from Afro-Latino artists that explore their experience and issues that reflect what it means to be Afro-Latino. Closes Saturday. Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-209-2981. www.pgaamcc.org. Free, donations welcome.

SUN 05

Artful Afternoon Artist in residence Kathy Karlson leads a poetry and painting workshop. 1-4 p.m. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-397-2208. www.greenbeltmd.gov/arts. Free.

The Petrified Pickers The local band performs bluegrass and country classics. 5-8 p.m. New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-474-5642. www.newdealcafe.com. Free.

Christmas on the Potomac Gaylord National Resort’s annual holiday extravaganza featuring live performances, exhibits and the award-winning “Ice!” attraction closes Sunday. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. 301-965-2800. www.christmasonthepotomac.com. $14-$34, VIP guided tour packages $74.99 or families up to five $249.99.

Annual Ornament Show and Sale Open daily and select evenings. Find the perfect ornaments, support local artists and delight in the holidays. Closes Sunday. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. $5.

Early-20th-century holiday postcard exhibit A showcase of hundreds of holiday postcards, including rare Halloween cards from the 1900s. Friday-Sunday noon-4 p.m., Closes Sunday. Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale. 301-464-5291. history.pgparks.com. $3, seniors $2, ages 5-18 $1, age 4 and younger free.

MON 06

“Thrills and Spills: The Golden Era of Powerboat Racing in Southern Maryland” An exhibit tracing the highs and lows of powerboat racing in the region. Artifacts on display include trophies, engines, helmets and embroidered shirts and jackets worn by racers. 10-5 p.m. daily. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. $9, seniors and military $7, ages 5-12 $4, age 5 and younger free.

TUE 07

“The New Old Jamboree” Ruthie and the Wranglers host this musical show with special guests performing new and old songs. 7-9 p.m. New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-474-5642. www.newdealcafe.com. Free.

WED 08

An Acoustic Evening With the Scrub Pines The group performs a collection of ballads and instrumentals. 7-9 p.m. New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-474-5642. www.newdealcafe.com. Free.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett
from staff reports