“Warriors Don’t Cry” The play tells the story of the Little Rock Nine. 10:15 a.m. and noon. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.mncppcapps.org. $6.
Night of Doo Wop An educational concert focuses on the history of the music. 6:30 p.m. Oxon Hill Manor, 6901 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. 301-839-7782. www.pgparks.com. Free.
“Invasive Species in the Chesapeake”Jonathan McKnight, director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Natural Heritage Program, talks about the risks posed by invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay and how to prevent them from destroying the ecosystem. 7 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. Free.
“Senegal and Beyond: Paintings by Valerie Watson” The local painter’s large-scale watercolors depict street and outdoor scenes inspired by a trip to Senegal. Through March 12. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Harlem Nights II This showcase of theater, dance and poetry celebrates the Harlem Renaissance. A talent show will be held at the end. 7 p.m. Vansville Community Center, 6813 Ammendale Rd., Beltsville. 301-937-6621. www.pgparks.com. Free.
The Almighty Oyster: Food, Fighting and Sensibility Author and history professor John Wennersten talks about the oyster industry in Maryland from the Colonial period to the mid-20th century, as well as the oyster’s change in status from poor man’s food to delicacy. 7 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Room 119, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7785. www.csmd.edu/arts. Free.
Amy Stolls The Connections literary series continues with the author reading from her novel “The Ninth Wife.” 7:30 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Room 119, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7785. www.csmd.edu/connections/readings.html. $3 in advance, $5 at the door, College of Southern Maryland students $3.
DC Bluegrass Festival On Friday, contestants vie for a spot in the festival during the Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Contest, followed by a performance by Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie. On Saturday, the fourth annual festival offers a full day of music by Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Remington Ryde, Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition, and Newgrass Effect with Tom Gray. Saturday 8 p.m.-midnight, Sunday 1-11 p.m. College Park Holiday Inn, 10000 Baltimore Ave, College Park. 866-240-6315. www.dcbluegrassfest.org. Friday $15, Saturday $45, two days $60, students $15 each day.
“Superior Donuts” An unlikely friendship forms between a shop owner and his young employee in this comedy-drama by Tracy Letts. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m. Through March 16. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770. www.greenbeltartscenter.org. $17, seniors and students $14, age 12 and younger $12.
The Gridloc Band Lead guitarist Earl Bond plays oldies with his band. For age 21 and older. 8 p.m. Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. $10.
African American Family Day Activities include African dance classes, workshops, performances and storytelling. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. 301-583-2400. www.pgsportsandlearn.com. Free.
Kappa Danielson and Paul Larson A rock and folk music concert. 7:30 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
“I Never Saw Another Butterfly” The College of Southern Maryland Theatre Company presents a Celeste Raspanti production about Jewish children at Theresienstadt concentration camp during Word War II and how butterflies became their symbol of hope and defiance. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Closes Saturday. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/arts. $15, seniors and students $12.
Soul in Motion The dance company marks its 29th anniversary with “Suites: A Taste of Diversity,” a program of African dancing, drumming, singing and storytelling. With Taratibu Youth Association and storyteller Baba Jamal Koram. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. www.joesmovement.org. $20, seniors and students $15, age 12 and younger $10.
“No Strings Attached” An art exhibition featuring work by members of Delusions of Grandeur, an artists’ collective formed by Wesley Clark, Shaunte Gates, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Amber Robles-Gordon and Stan Squirewell, closes Saturday. 39th Street Gallery, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-864-3860. www.39thstreetgallery.com. Free.
“The Teahouse of the August Moon” Laurel Mill Playhouse presents John Patrick’s play about an Army officer in a remote Japanese town who attempts to teach democracy to the natives but instead learns a few lessons himself. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Closes Sunday. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906. www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. $15, seniors and students $12. Reservations requested.
“Diaspora Dialogue” This group exhibition features the works of Ghanaian artist Kawbena Ampofo-Anti, Ethiopian artist Skunder Boghossian and Nigerian artist Victor Ekpuk. Reception 3-5 p.m. Exhibition continues through May 12. Marriott Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, Lower Level, Arts Program Gallery, 3501 University Blvd. E., Adelphi. 301-985-7937. 301-985-7300. www.umuc.edu. Free.
“Praise” Area church dance groups perform in this annual concert. 4 p.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.pgparks.com. $15, seniors and students $12.
“Marc Castelli: The Art of the Waterman, Works From the Simison Collection” The Eastern Shore artist exhibits 23 watercolor paintings of Chesapeake Bay watermen, their boats and equipment, and the environment in which they work. Closes Sunday. Annmarie Garden, Mezzanine Gallery, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. $3, seniors and ages 5-11 $2, age 4 and younger free. Registration required.
Under the Baobab Tree with Iya Bashea “Iya” Imana leads a program with music, stories, puppets and crafts for the 5 and younger set as part of the Rise and Rhyme series. 9:30 a.m. Busboys and Poets, Zinn Room, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. 301-779-2787. www.busboysandpoets.com/about/hyattsville. $5 suggested donation.
Black History Month program Staff members from Montpelier Mansion demonstrate how to make 18th-century corn husk dolls. 2:30 p.m. Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel. www.pgparks.com. Free.
American Roots As part of PostClassical Ensemble’s Dvorak festival, pianist Benjamin Pasternak plays African American- and Native American-inspired pieces by Arthur Farwell, Dvorak, Ferruccio Busoni and Leonard Bernstein. 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. Free.
“Fighting on Two Fronts: Black Military Service in the United States” The exhibition highlights African Americans who served in conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War and the discrimination they often faced at home and abroad. Closes Tuesday. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Eric Byrd Trio Acoustic bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, drummer Alphonso M. Young and pianist Eric Byrd play traditional jazz. 2 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $15.
Jackson The singer of the WeatherVanes, from Alexandria, performs a one-man folk rock show with guitar, harmonica, stomp box and vocals. 7 p.m. Calvert Library Prince Frederick branch, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291. 301-855-1862. www.calvert.lib.md.us. Free.
Dvorak in Search of America The Left Bank Quartet performs works by the composer, with readings from Longfellow’s “The Song of Hiawatha” and Dvorak’s letters from Iowa. A discussion follows the concert. 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
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3The local painter’s large-scale watercolors depict street and outdoor scenes inspired by a trip to Senegal. Through March 12. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. arts.pgparks.com. Free.