3The eighth annual festival will showcase works by local, national and international directors. Featured films include Australian director Venetia Taylor’s “The Future,” a satire following a couple contemplating marriage, and local filmmaker Ben R. Caldwell’s “La Buena Vita,” a short film about the Los Angeles music scene featuring spoken-word poet Medusa, above. Opens Thursday at 6 p.m. and closes with student films and awards Saturday at 2 p.m. Visit Web site for full schedule. South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Road, Bowie. 301-850-0475. firstname.lastname@example.org heritagefilmvideo.wix.com/hf. Free, nonperishable food donations welcome.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre The company celebrates its 10th year in residence at Publick Playhouse with a lecture and demonstration. 10:15 a.m. Performances also scheduled for Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.arts.pgparks.com. Lecture and demo $7, groups of 15 or more $6. Friday-Sunday shows $25; seniors, students and groups of 15 or more $20.
Maryland Opera Studio A casual preview of the group’s scene-study performances in the Grand Pavilion. 12:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
“Calvertpalooza” A lecture on the recent works at the Calvert House site in honor of Maryland Archaeology Month. 7 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4990. www.stmaryscity.org. Free.
“Following Sarah” Cross-country star Sarah Gardner decides to shake up her “perfect life,” which then impacts her classmates in unexpected ways. For age 16 or older. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Venus Theatre, 21 C St., Laurel. 202-236-4078. www.venustheatre.org. $20.
“Pride and Prejudice” The Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents a live show adapted from Jane Austen’s classic novel. Thursday and Friday 8 p.m., closes Saturday 2 and 8 p.m. Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie. 410-415-3513. www.annapolisshakespeare.org. $15-20.
Kronos Quartet The ensemble performs works by University of Maryland student composers. 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.
“Same Time, Next Year” New Direction Community Theatre presents Bernard Slade’s stage play about two happily married people who meet once a year for an affair that lasts 30 years. Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Solomons Firehouse, 13150 H.G. Trueman Rd. , Lusby 443-624-4484. www.ndctheater.net84.net. $12, seniors and students $10.
Dick Morgan Quartet The jazz singer performs with guitarist Steve Abshire, drummer Bertell Knox and bass player Dave Jerigan. 8 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. www.dickmorganjazz.com. $25, seniors $22.50.
Gridloc Band The soul band performs. Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m.-midnight Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. $10.
Latin Music Festival Performances by Ritmo Cache, the College of Southern Maryland’s Latin ensemble, and Richmond-based salsa group Ban Caribe. Other activities include a Latin music workshop and food buffet. 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. Each concert $5 in advance, $7 day of show; other events free.
“Outloud Artists, Abstract Painters” Twelve artists create paintings and collages in intuitive abstract styles. Closes Friday. Montpelier Arts Center, Library Gallery , 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Maryland Day The public is invited to explore the University of Maryland campus with tours, exhibits, demonstrations, health checks and other activities for all ages. Highlights include the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, the Hip-Hop Prchestra, the Maryland Drum Line and a Maryland Equestrian Club horse show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. University of Maryland, Baltimore Avenue and Rossborough Lane, College Park. www.marylandday.umd.edu. Free.
“Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts” The outdoor family festival features live music, vendors of fragrant herbs, fine arts, jewelry and other handmade items, a cooking and gardening workshop, Colonial games, art projects, live animals and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7817. www.pgparks.com. Free.
SOMD Women’s Show and Kids’ Expo Activities and exhibits for women including fashion show and dance demonstrations, health screenings sponsored by MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, kids’ fun zone, outdoor vendor market, handbag consignment shop and bachelor auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Rd., California. 240-317-5277. www.somdexpos.com. Free.
Caribbean World Music Festival Reggae star Elephant Man headlines this year’s live music concert. The family-friendly festival will include food, crafts and more. Noon.-6 p.m. Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-322-0853. www.pgcc.edu. Free.
Bowie State Gospel Choir The choir will celebrate the release of its album “The Live Experience” with a live performance. 6-8 p.m. Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-3757. www.bowiestate.edu. Free.
Kappa Danielson and Paul Larson A rock and folk music concert. 7:30-10 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
Patuxent Voices The a cappella group performs “The Life of a Woman” with St. Maries Musica. The concert will feature swinging pop tunes and harmonies that explore a woman’s journey from childhood through the “wisdom years.” Proceeds will benefit Smile, a Calvert County volunteer organization that provides food, clothing, educational opportunities and financial aid to those in need. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (All Saints Church, 100 Lower Marlboro Rd., Sunderland) and Sunday at 3 p.m. (Our Lady Star of the Sea, 225 Alexander St., Solomons). 410-474-2430. www.patuxentvoices.org. Free, donations welcome.
University of Maryland Koto Ensemble and Washington Toho Koto Society The ensembles perform music depicting springtime in Japan. 2 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.
Aeolus String Quartet and Siren Woodwind Quintet The University of Maryland graduate fellowship chamber ensembles perform Ravel’s String Quartet and Poulenc’s Sextuor. 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.
Gavin Fallow The classical violinist performs as part of the Stitch Coffeehouse Music Series. Hosted by the College Park Arts Exchange. 3 p.m. Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. 301-927-3013. www.cpae.org. Free, donations welcome.
“Murder on the Nile” Based on Agatha Christie’s novel “Death on the Nile,” the search is on for the killer after a murder happens aboard a steamer carrying Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife. 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, military and students $12. Reservations suggested.
“Short Stories” Local artist Mary Wang’s exhibit of oil paintings focuses on the two-dimensional, object relationships, scale and space. Through May 9. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770. www.greenbeltartscenter.org. Free.
CSM Dance Ensemble A ballet and modern dance performance in recognition of the changing colors and rhythms of the season. 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 concert.
“The Paca Family and Their Pleasure Garden” A lecture about the 18th-century family and their private garden. Noon and 7 p.m. William Paca House and Gardens, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. 410-267-7619. www.annapolis.org. $10.
“Artistic Visions” exhibit Artist Manatho Masani uses a variety of cans to create animal artwork. Closes April 30. Huntington Community Center, 13022 Eighth St., Bowie. 301-464-3725. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
“Jacqueline Lee” The artist mixes mediums for an exhibition combining photography and quilting, making in the end a photo quilt that celebrates the lives of notable black women in history. Closes Tuesday. Montpelier Arts Center, Resident Artist Gallery, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Chesapeake Woodturners exhibit A showcase of handmade wood objects made by the Chesapeake Woodturners. Closes Tuesday. National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. 301-377-7817. patuxent.fws.gov. Free.
“In Time of Roses” Shakespeare’s works and the true story of Margaret of Anjou, a woman caught in a love triangle with King Henry VI, make up the base of this play. Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 8 p.m., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., through May 4. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $25, seniors $20, students and youths $10.
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