“Inside Reflections” An exhibition by members of the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance. Through March 7. Franklin’s Restaurant and Brewery, 5123 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. 301-699-1148. www.hcaaonline.org. Free.
“Winter Solstice” The Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance presents a group exhibit featuring oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photographs and drawings with a winter theme. Mary Ann Lipovsky will showcase her watercolors in a solo wall exhibit titled “Hyattsville Houses” through Jan. 31. Full exhibit runs through March 7. Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. 301-699-1148. www.hcaaonline.org. Free.
“Heroes: Gone but Not Forgotten” An exhibition of more than 50 drawings, prints and paintings by Charles White from the 1930s-’70s. Public reception Thursday 5-7 p.m., exhibit runs through May 23. University of Maryland, David E. Driskell Center, 1214 Cole Student Activities Building, College Park. 301-314-2615. www.driskellcenter.umd.edu. Free.
“Dream Carver” This bilingual musical puppet show tells the story of Mateo, a young Mexican boy who creates woodcarvings inspired by a dream. Recommended for students in grades K-6. Friday at 10:15 a.m. and noon, Saturday at 11 a.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. arts.pgparks.com. $6.
“Anansi” The CSM Children’s Theatre presents the African folk tale about Anansi the spider. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/Arts. $7, youth $5.
Shegogue, Previti and Hart Frankie Shegogue, John Previti and Barry Hart perform a concert of rhythm and blues. 7:30 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
“45 Seconds From Broadway” Take a behind-the-scenes look at New York’s theater district in this Neil Simon comedy featuring washed-up and on-the-rise players. Friday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through Feb. 8. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906. www.laurelmill
playhouse.org. $15, seniors and students $12.
“Death by Chocolate” A resort manager and amateur sleuth must find the murderer among the resort staff in this comedy whodunit. Friday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., through Feb. 9. Port Tobacco Players, 508 Charles St., La Plata. 301-932-6819. www.ptplayers.com. $17, seniors and youth $14.
“Funny Money” 2nd Star Productions stages this comedy about a mild-mannered British accountant who finds a briefcase full of cash and attempts to fly to Barcelona to start a new life, but his wife has other plans. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through Feb. 16. Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie. 410-757-5700. 410-757-5700. www.2ndstarproductions.com. $22, seniors and students $19.
“The Vagina Monologues” Women explore their sexuality in this production by the Rude Mechanicals. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 2 p.m., through Feb. 8. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770. www.greenbeltartscenter.org. $17, seniors and students $14, age 12 and younger $12.
David Rousseve/Reality A performance of “Stardust,” a new work about the life of a gay African American teenager set to Nat King Cole standards and hip-hop-inflected original music by d. Sabela Grimes. Friday-Saturday at 8 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. $35, seniors and alumni $30, students and youth $10.
Valentines Maker’s Market An indoor market featuring local artists and vendors offering handmade jewelry, paintings, home goods, glasswork and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Annmarie Garden, Murray Arts Building, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. Free.
All-Screened Video Fest A one-day festival featuring short works by local producers.
2-5 p.m. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
“For Colored Folks: An Adaptation” Multiple kinds of performance art are combined to honor African American writers. Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dance Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
“Zawadi: The Gift of Stepping: A Labor of Love” The fifth annual Black History Month High School Step Show Challenge will feature local step teams. 7-10 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-464-1737. www.bowiecenter.org. $10, age 13 and younger $5.
Cheeky Monkey Sideshow The circus-style troupe performs sword swallowing, fire eating, physical stunts, contortion, escapes, acrobatics and other feats. 8 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. www.joesmovement.org. $15.
Greenbelt Artful Afternoon Artist-in-residence Mary Gawlick leads a sculpture workshop for all ages, followed by a performance by Skyview Gymnastics.
1-3 p.m. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-397-2208. www.greenbeltmd.gov/arts. Free.
Winter tea party Sip tea while enjoying the artwork of local high school students at the “Six Picks High School Exhibit.” 1-4 p.m. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. 301-743-5159. www.mattawomanart.org. Free.
“Watercolor Paintings by Valerie Watson” The local artist displays her bold and bright works. Reception Sunday 1:30-3 p.m. Exhibit runs through Feb. 7. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-397-2208. www.greenbeltmd.gov/arts. Free.
“Celebrating Civil Rights Milestones: From Emancipation to Administration in Prince George’s County, 1864-1964” An exhibit examining a variety of historic national and local events, including Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the election of the county’s first African American county executive. Public reception Sunday 2-4 p.m., exhibit runs through March 7. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Tom Kirby The Bowie artist displays his new and old abstract paintings. Closes Sunday. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-805-9566. www.bowiecenter.org. Free.
ArtLab Mom’s Club Parents are invited to bring children ages 3-5 for a lightly guided art class to make “lovey dovey valentines.” 10 a.m.-noon. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. Parent/child pair $5, additional sibling $2.
“Dystopias” The artwork of Elisa Asenbaum, Yikui Gu, Skirmantas Pipas, Colleen Rudolf and Thomas Stuck are displayed in this contemporary art exhibit curated by Gu. The works depict a fragmented world without hierarchies or trends, where anything goes. Gallery talk and reception Tuesday at noon. Exhibit runs through March 14. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/arts. Free.
“Beyond Slavery: Frederick Douglass and the Quest for Universal Rights” Writer and educator Colum McCann leads this conversation with University of Maryland professors on the influence Douglass had on religious freedom, gender issues and slavery. 7:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dance Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
“The Greatest Stories Never Told” Smithsonian Associates’ Discovery Theater puts on this live history show to teach youth about the civil rights movement and key players such as Ernest Green, Claudette Colvin and Ruby Bridges.
10:30 a.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $5.
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3The artwork of Elisa Asenbaum, Yikui Gu, Skirmantas Pipas, Colleen Rudolf (whose “Marionette” is pictured) and Thomas Stuck is displayed in this contemporary art exhibit curated by Gu. The works depict a fragmented world without hierarchies or trends, where anything goes. Gallery talk and reception Tuesday at noon. Exhibit runs through March 14. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/arts. Free.