3St. Mary’s Bluegrass Festival, hosted by the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, will feature performances by Jay Armsworthy, above, the California Ramblers, David Norris, Charlie Thompson, Spoon Creek and Smoke Creek Rounders. Saturday noon-8 p.m. St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown. 240-925-0133, 240-577-2975 or 301-373-3131. www.hvrs.org. $20.
“Animala” Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets bring to life animals and insects with puppets, storytelling and detailed scenery. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.pgparks.com. $3-$4.
Piccadilly Circus The producers of the Ice Capades present the “fun circus,” featuring animal acts, acrobats, clowns and more. Thursday and Friday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m. Plateau at National Harbor, 201 Harborview Ave., Oxon Hill. 877-628-5427. www.thefuncircus.com. $10-$48.
MLK lecture The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright gives a talk about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of nonviolence and civil rights leadership. This event is part of the National Conference in Commemoration of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Thursday 5-7 p.m., at Bowie State University, Fine and Performing Arts Center, main stage, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. Conference Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the University’s Center for Learning and Technology. 301-860-3600. www.bowiestate.edu. Free. Registration required for conference.
“Following Sarah” Cross-country star Sarah Gardner decides to shake up her “perfect life,” which affects her classmates in unexpected ways. For age 16 or older. Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through April 28. Venus Theatre, 21 C St., Laurel. 202-236-4078. www.venustheatre.org. $20.
“Miriam” Choreographer Nora Chipaumire drew influence from her childhood and growth as an artist to explore the space between what is expected of women and what they want. Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $10-$35.
Windscape Quintet The group performs works by Bach, Ginastera, Dvorak and more. The University of Maryland School of Music graduate wind quintet Siren will join Windscape in a performance of Emile Bernard’s Divertissement. 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $10-$30.
Jacqueline Lee The artist mixes photography and quilting, creating a photo quilt that celebrates the lives of notable black women in history. Opens Friday, reception Sunday 2-4 p.m. Open daily through April 30. Montpelier Arts Center, Resident Artist Gallery, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Rania Hassan The artist uses knitting and painting to connect friends, family and the idea of home. Opens Friday, reception Sunday 2-4 p.m. Open daily through May 27. Montpelier Arts Center, Main Gallery, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Gymkana show The University of Maryland gymnastic troupe performs a high-flying acrobatic circus show. Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m. University of Maryland, Comcast Center, Paint Branch Drive, College Park. 301-314-7070. www.gymkana.umd.
edu. $9, students and staff $7, age 12 and younger $8.
E. Ethelbert Miller The poet and literary activist reads from his collection of works, including memoirs “The Fifth Inning” and “Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer.” Part of the Spring Connections Series. 7:30 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Building A auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 240-725-5499. www.csmd.edu/connections/
readings.html. $3 in advance, $5 at the door; students $3.
“Murder on the Nile” Based on Agatha Christie’s novel, the search is on for the killer after a murder happens aboard a steamer carrying honeymooners Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through April 28. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906. www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. $15; seniors, military and students $12. Reservations suggested.
“Stop Kiss” Diana Son’s poignant play follows two friends-turned-lovers, Sara and Callie, whose first kiss causes them to be assaulted and their lives transformed. 8 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, Flagship Building, Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. 443-550-6000. www.csmd.edu/arts. $5.
Jazz Festival The College of Southern Maryland hosts musicians from across the community on the big stage. Special performance by Solid Brass with guests Pete BarenBregge on sax and the Randy Runyon Trio. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/Arts. $5 in advance, $7 day of show.
Stone Pleasure Band The Charles County-based band performs old and new R&B music. Must be age 21 or older. 8 p.m.-midnight. Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. $10.
Solomons Island Kite Day The Wings Over Washington Kite Club hosts the annual event, where patrons make and fly their own kites. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Maritime History Hall, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarine
Youth empowerment conference The “Xtreme Teens” program hosts this event for ages 13 to 17, featuring live entertainment, a panel discussion, a boxing demo, food and door prizes. Noon-4 p.m. Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville. 301-736-3518. www.pgparks.com. Free.
Tartan Day Tea Celebrate the tastes and sounds of Scotland with tea, themed door prizes and more. 2 p.m. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-8010. www.pgparks.com. $24, residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties $20. Reservations required.
“Transformations of Ink and Paper” Artwork by Kit-Keung Kan, Freda Lee-McCann and In-soon Shin inspired by the Asian traditions of painting and calligraphy. Public reception Saturday 3-5 p.m. Through May 24. Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Redwine Jazz Trio The jazz band performs traditional instrumental music. 7:30-10 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
“An Evening with Sarah Vaughan” Maryland jazz vocalist Indigo Love performs a musical tribute to the late great jazz singer. 8 p.m. Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $30, seniors and students $25.
Prince George’s Philharmonic Anthony Elliot guest-conducts the orchestra with cellist Gabriel Cabezas. 8 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-446-3245. www.pgphilharmonic.org. $20, seniors $18, age 18 and younger free.
“Show Me What You’re Working With!”A group exhibition by members of the Black Artists of D.C. closes Saturday. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Matt MacIntire The local potter and sculptor is the Brentwood Arts Exchange Front Window Featured Artist. Closes Saturday. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Greenwell wedding show A showcase of wedding vendors features photographers, caterers, tent rentals, raffle prizes and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Greenwell State Park, Rosedale Manor, 25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-9775. www.greenwellfoundation.org. Free.
“Beyond the Light” Philadelphia-based puppeteers Leila Ghaznavi and Spencer Lott perform a shadow puppetry and dance show. Stay and participate in a printmaking workshop to create colorful patterns using fresh fruit and vegetables and shop Greenbelt Pottery Group’s sale. 1-4 p.m. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 240-542-2060. www.greenbeltmd.gov/arts. Free.
“Poetry Moment” A poetry contest featuring poetry readings, music and refreshments. Customers can vote for best poem and the winning sonnet will be posted outside the cafe.
2-4 p.m. New Deal Cafe in Roosevelt Center, 1113 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-801-9922. www.newdealcafe.com. Free.
Ward Virts Concert Series Soprano Marian Murphy Powell performs. 3 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. 443-550-6000. www.csmd.edu/arts. Free.
Yamomanem The New Orleans jazz band blends styles using horns, electric guitars, congas and funky beats. 3 p.m. Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. 301-927-3013. www.cpae.org. Free, donations welcome.
“Text/Message: A Teen Art Exhibit”A teen exhibit featuring creative writing, visual and performing art. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through July 28. 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.
“Artistic Visions” Artist Manatho Masani displays works using cans to make animals. Through April 30. Huntington Community Center, 13022 Eighth St., Bowie. 301-464-3725. www.pgparks.com. Free.
Beau Soir Ensemble The “Afternoon Tea” series continues with the flute and harp duo. 2 p.m. Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $15.
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