“It Happened One Night” Paintings and mixed-media artwork by Ronnie Spiewak. Reception Nov. 9, 3-5 p.m., exhibit runs through Dec. 27. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-386-3093. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
“The Matchmaker” The Thornton Wilder comedy follows a widow who dedicates herself to helping people find love. Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., closes Saturday at 2 and 7:30 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. $25, students $10.
“What I Want to Say but Never Will” Cause Theatre explores the thoughts of teenagers through monologues and anecdotes. Thursday at 8 p.m. (College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building A, PFA-119, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick, 443-550-6000) and Friday at 8 p.m. (Leonardtown Campus, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown, 240-725-5499). www.csmd.edu/arts. $5.
Alvin Fisher Band The local flutist performs contemporary jazz and music from his newest CD, “Absoflutely,” with his band, which includes son Alvin II on guitar, Jamal Norwood on bass, Jon Lewis and Mike Corbett on drums, and Mike Brookins on keyboard. 8 p.m. Blue Dolphin, 1166 Route 3, Gambrills. 410-721-9081. www.theashleighgroup.com. $20.
BaléFolclórico da Bahia A troupe of 38 dancers performs an Afro-Brazilian fusion of folk, samba reggae, African liturgical dance and capoeira. 8 p.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.pgparks.com. $20.
Dino Daze Celebrate National Fossil Day with “dinosaur bones,” a scavenger hunt, songs, stories, crafts and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. $9, seniors and military $7, ages 5-12 $4, age 4 and younger free.
“The Clumsy Custard Horror Show” The children’s theater presents a comedy about a princess in search of a suitor. After dismissing all the knights who try to woo her, she meets a courageous, scruffy-looking stranger whom she assumes to be a pauper. Friday 10:30 a.m.-noon and 7-8:30 p.m., Saturday 2-3:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center auditorium, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7878. www.csmd.edu/arts. Friday morning show $5, all other shows $7, youths $5.
Afro-Cuban/Afro-Brazilian dance class Choreographer Angela Ingram leads a class to learn the history, culture and dance moves of the Yoruba religion, including rumba, samba and reggae. 6 and 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Choreographer’s Studio, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
Annmarie After Hours An evening of art, wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music and comedy for age 21 and older. 6-9 p.m. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. $5, reservations required.
“Evil Dead: The Musical” The Hard Bargain Players stage this suspenseful play based on the classic cult film about five college friends who find an ancient book in an abandoned cabin in the woods that unleashes a world of evil. Performances are held in an outdoor amphitheater. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Hard Bargain Farm, Theater in the Woods, 2001 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. 301-292-5665. www.hbplayers.org. $10, seniors and students $8.
Greenbelt Utopia Film Festival Independent features, documentaries, short films and animation movies by local and national filmmakers reflect the utopian spirit and address such themes as community building, cultural diversity and social, economic and environmental issues. Filmmaker Matt Dworzanczyk records his experiences in North Korea in the film “DPRK: Land of Whispers,” playing Saturday at 2 p.m. Festival runs Saturday-Sunday at various locations in Greenbelt. Call or visit Web site for show times and venue information. 301-466-9524. www.utopiafilmfestival.org. At the door $3, one-day all-access pass $10, all-weekend pass $18.
Crop Hop A fundraising bicycle tour of Southern Maryland farms to benefit the Southern Maryland Food Bank. 8 a.m. Gilbert Run Park, 13140 Charles St., Charlotte Hall. 301-932-1083. www.crophop.com. $15-$60 (registration fee varies depending on route).
Outdoor painting lesson Watercolor artist Jean Brinton Jaecks leads a class in landscape and garden painting. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Historic Annapolis Foundation, William Paca House, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. 410-267-8146. www.annapolis.org. $75, registration required.
St. Charles Fall Festival for the Arts Live music by the U.S. Air Force band Max Impact, a 61- or 31-mile bike ride, a car show, pumpkin carving, rides, face-painting, arts and crafts, vendors and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. O’Donnell Lake Restaurant Park, St. Patrick’s Drive and Smallwood Drive West, Waldorf.301-645-0695. www.stcharlesmd.com/events/st-charles-fall-festival-2013.html. Free.
American Indian Festival The fifth annual event celebrates American Indian culture and heritage with traditional music, drumming, dancing, crafts, archery, horsemanship, pony rides, craft workshops, vendors, storytelling and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-297-4575. 301-627-6074. www.pgparks.com. Free. Pony rides and basketmaking $2, T-shirt design $4.
Mount Airy’s Autumn Festival A celebration of the season with wine and cheese tastings, music by Capital Focus Jazz Band, craftsmen, apple pressing, hayrides, tours and more. Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mount Airy Mansion, 8714 Rosaryville Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-856-9656. www.mountairymansion.org. Free.
Autumn Reggae and Wine Festival A two-day festival featuring music from S.T.O.R.M. and Reggae Allstars on Saturday and Positive Vibrations and Image Band on Sunday. Admission includes wine tastings, souvenir glass and tour. Saturday-Sunday noon-6 p.m. Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Rd., Mount Airy. 410-795-6432. www.linganorewines.com. $20, ages 18-20 $15, age 17 and younger free.
Ping! The a cappella chorus from St. Mary’s College of Maryland performs in the chapel. 3 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City, Brick Chapel, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4990. www.stmaryscity.org. Free.
“An Electrifying Evening With the Arts & Sciences” The College of Southern Maryland hosts a gala to celebrate the opening of the new Building B at its Prince Frederick campus. The night will include music by Jennifer Cooper and Groovespan, as well as food by Maryland Country Caterers, art crafts, a robotics demonstration, a silent auction and a laser show. 6:30 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. 301-934-7649. www.csmd.edu/foundation/celebration. $100, couples $175.
Swing Machine The big band is made up of local professionals who play a variety of swing-era and contemporary jazz selections. 8 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. arts.pgparks.com. $30, seniors and students $25.
Late Night Expressions The emporium partners with Deviated Theatre to put on this night of alternative performance art, food and drink. For mature audiences. 10 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. www.joesmovement.org. In advance $20, at the door $25.
“Layer by Layer: Storytelling With Saris” Painter and printmaker Monica Jahan Bose leads “Her Words,” a project that celebrates women’s literacy in Katakhali, Bangladesh. Jahan Bose, whose family is originally from the South Asian country, worked with 12 Katakhali women who have learned to read with the help of Samhati, a Maryland-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Bangladesh. Using the women’s stories as inspiration, Jahan Bose created large-scale woodblock prints on saris. Closes Saturday. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Exotic Voices The ensemble performs works by Delage, Berio, Poulenc, de Falla and Stravinsky. 3 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, seniors $20, students $10.
War of 1812 Speaker Series Maritime historian and author James L. Nelson leads a presentation titled “The Near Shore War: The Naval War of 1812 on the Bays and Lakes.” Sponsored by the Calvert Marine Museum. 3 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Auditorium, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. Free, reservations requested.
Halloween on the farm Crafts, games, costume contest and hayrides. 4-7 p.m. Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-249-7077. www.pgparks.com. $4.
Davies Concert Series Performances by viola player Osman Kivrak and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas. 6:30 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. 301-449-4308. www.dmuuc.org/music_daviesconcerts.html. $15, students $5.
“Taking Root” This environmental film tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Discussion follows. 7 p.m. College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave., College Park. 301-474-8044. www.cpcommunitylibrary.org. Free.
Big Band Pre-Halloween Scream Performances by the U-Md. Jazz Ensemble, U-Md. Jazz Lab Band and University Jazz Band. 7:30 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. Free.
Created Equal: Screening of “The Abolitionists, Part 1” The stories of abolitionist allies William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimke and how they changed the nation. Discussion follows. 6-8:30 p.m. Calvert Library Southern branch, 13920 H.G. Trueman Rd., Solomons. 410-326-5289. www.calvert.lib.md.us/southern.html. Free.
Oktoberfest With Christiana Drapki Dressed in costume, the vocalist will perform old-time German melodies with Master Bob on a handcrafted crank organ. For all ages. 2 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $15.
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3Independent features, documentaries, short films and animated movies by local and national filmmakers reflect the utopian spirit and address such themes as community building, cultural diversity and social, economic and environmental issues. Filmmaker Matt Dworzanczyk records his experiences in North Korea in the film “DPRK: Land of Whispers,” above, playing Saturday at 2 p.m. Festival runs Saturday-Sunday. Call or visit the Web site for show times and venue information. 301-466-9524. www.utopiafilmfestival.org. At the door $3, one-day all-access pass $10, all-weekend pass $18.