Minutes from downtown Washington, DC

March 2014...

IN PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

CAA Women's Basketball Championship

CAA Women's Basketball Championship/Show Place Arena


All events are subject to change without notice or may be tentative. Please call in advance to confirm dates, times, fees and possible reservation requirements.

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March 1-2
SEVEN GUITARS

Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Rd.
Fort Washington, MD 20744
301-262-5201
www.tantallonstage.com

The 1940's installment of August Wilson's Pittsburg Cycle explores one African-American man's fight for hi own humanity, self-understanding and self-acceptance in the face of personal and societal ills. Presented by the Tantallon Community Players. ($) 

 

March 1-8
SPRING AWAKENING

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-2787
www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu

Alternative and folk-infused rock music capture and reflect the emotional essence of the timeless experience of coming of age. ($)

 

March 1-2
GREENBERG TRAIN & TOY SHOW

The Show Place Arena
14900 Pennsylvania Ave.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
301-952-7999
www.greenbergshows.com

This nationwide event comes to Prince George's County, featuring over 20 huge model railroad layouts, set up and running. Trains you can run, demos and much more. ($)

 

March 1 (11:00 AM)
SUNJATA KAMALENYA

The Prince George's Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Rd.
Landover, MD 20784
301-277-1710
www.pgparks.com

13th century Mali comes to life as both actors and audience tell the story of Sunjata Keita, a young boy who is destined to save his people. Traditional music, costumes, and scenery create a fascinating world where this timeless tale of personal struggle, family love, and community is depicted. Recommended for grades 6 and up. ($)

 

March 2 (5:00 PM-7:00 PM)
BLACK HISTORY CONCERT

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20745
301-405-1244
www.claricesmithcenter.org

Join us for an innaugural Community Choir Concert. The performance will celebrate the triumphant heritage of African Americans by bringing together singers from all backgrounds.

 

March 2-30
45TH LAUREL ART GUILD JURIED EXHIBITION

Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Rd.
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7800
www.pgparks.com

Juried by a regional professional, this annual exhibit showcases works by artists 18 years and older who live in the Washington metropolitan area; includes paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, collage and more.

 

March 4
SHARING OUR STORIES: TREASURES FROM THE MUSEUMS COLLECTION

Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center
4519 Rhode Island Ave.
North Brentwood, MD 20722
301-809-0440
www.pgaamcc.org

This new exhibit features art and artifacts from the museum's collection. At its core, the exhibition is a collection of stories about the rich history and culture of Prince George's County and its residents as told through their objects.

 

March 7 (8:00 PM)
KRISTIN CALLAHAN

Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Rd.
Laurel, MD 20707
301-377-7800
www.pgparks.com

Vocalist Kristin Callahan has that rare ability to coax listeners into the anticipation of each note and bring people into the very soul of music. Callahan has a stage presence that catches everyone off guard and then keeps them there until the very last note. She has recorded and performed with several accomplished musicians, including Warren Wolf and the well-known D.C. pianist Vince Evans, who is featured on Kristin's album, "A New Love."

 

March 7-9
ALL-COUNTY YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL WEEKEND

Prince George's County
MD
www.pgparks.com

Be inspired by a full weekend of excitng activities celebrating the creativity of young artists in action. Various events throughout the County. Check website for details. ($) 

 

March 7-9
SPENCER WEEKEND

Riversdale House Museum
4811 Riverdale Rd.
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
301-864-0420
www.pgparks.com

Join costume historian Dr. Ann Wass to make your own Regency-style Spencer jacket! Perfect for upcoming War of 1812 celebrations or Regency costume events, you won't want to miss this event! Advance registration required by February 28. ($)

 

March 8 (8:00 PM)
ALL-COUNTY STUDENT MUSIC ENSEMBLE SHOWCASE

Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Rd.
Landover, MD 20784
301-277-1710
www.pgparks.com

March is National Music in Our Schools Month. Celebrate the joy of music with outstanding young musicians from Prince George’s County, performing vocal and instrumental selections ranging from smooth jazz to show tunes. All ages welcome. ($)

 

March 8-9
2014 USATF NATIONAL YOUTH INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Rd.
Landover, MD 20785
www.usatf.org/events

Landover, Maryland will play host to USATF’s 4th National Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships. Entry into this championship will be based on performance and advancement through Zone Championships. Top six (6) finishers in each event at the Zone Championships qualify for participation in the National Championships. Competition takes place in six two-year age divisions, with athletes generally falling between the ages of 7 and 18. Additional information and event details to be posted. ($)

 

March 8 (10:00 AM-5:00 PM)
24TH ANNUAL MINERAL, JEWELRY & FOSSIL SHOW

Show Place Arena
14900 Pennsylvania Ave.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
301-297-4575
www.pgparks.com

Enjoy unique displays of fossils, minerals, geodes and other materials related to the earth sciences! Exhibitors and vendors will be selling minerals, fossils, jewelry, gemstones, meteorites and more. See demonstrations of jewelry arts (cabochon making), gold panning, flint-knapping and fluorescent (glowing) rocks. ($)

 

March 9
LOVE 2 DANCE TEEN SHOWCASES

Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Rd.
Landover, MD 20784
301-277-1710
www.pgparks.com

Exciting young dancers from area schools and studios heat up the stage with sizzling steps and modern moves in this popular annual program. ($)

 

March 11-12
SPRING BIG BAND SHOWCASE

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center University of MD
College Park, MD 20740
301-405-7794
www.claricesmithcenter.org

The UMD jazz ensembles give a lively concert that features jazz standards and premieres of pieces by UMD alumni and current jazz students. FREE 

 

March 11 (7:30 PM)
FEMALE SPIES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Belair Mansion
12207 Tulip Grove Dr.
Bowie, MD 20715
301-809-3089
www.cityofbowie.org

Join us for a discussion of "spyladies" from an earlier war. FREE 

 

March 12 (2:00 PM)
AFTERNOON TEA: SIOR-OG IRISH BAND

Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Rd.
Fort Washington, MD 20744
301-203-6070
www.pgparks.com

Sior-Og, a small band of musicians primarily performs Irish tunes, songs, dances and verses, and also Celtic music from Scotland, Wales, the Asturian and Galician regions of Spain and Breton. ($) 

 

March 12 (1:00 PM)
A SOLDIER'S LIFE

Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center
4601 Annapolis Rd.
Bladensburg, MD 20710
301-927-8819
www.pgparks.com

Explore the everyday life of a soldier in the War of 1812. Learn about a soldier's equipment, military discipline, 18th century combat and more.  All ages; Reservations required; Space is limited. FREE

 

March 13 (12:00)
ETHEL ENNIS

Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Rd.
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7800
www.pgparks.com

Visit Montpelier this spring for a fun, new series of special programs just for seniors ages 60 & better! A favorite at Montpelier, the incomparable Baltimore-based Ethel Ennis has sung to critical acclaim all over the world. Ethel Ennis’ voice possesses a smooth, buttery tone heavily vested in swing, and versatile enough to deliver from the classic songbook, original material and the occasional rarity. ($)

 

March 13 (7:00 PM)
RECOLLECTING LAUREL: LOST LAUREL TALK AND BOOK SIGNING

Laurel Municiapal Center
9th and Main St.
Laurel, MD 20707
301-725-7975
www.laurelhistoricalsociety.org

Join us for this discussion and book signing by Richard Friend. He will discuss his book, Lost Laurel: Revisiting the Vanishing Retailers of Laurel, MD. FREE 

 

March 13-16
CAA 2014 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Show Place Arena
14900 Pennsylvania Ave.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
202-397-SEAT
www.caasports.com
www.pgparks.com

"March Madness" begins here. Be on hand for the 2014 CAA Women's College Basketball Championship at Show Place Arena. Cheer for all the outstanding athletes from the University of Delaware, Drexel University, George Mason University, Hofstra University, James Madison University, UNC Wilmington, Northeastern University, Towson University and the College of William & Mary women's basketball teams. The tournament winner will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, so the action will be intense. Tickets available thru TicketMaster.com and the Show Place Arena box office. ($)

 

March 14 (7:00 PM)
2014 PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center University of MD
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-7794
www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu

The county’s best middle school spellers vie for top honors and the opportunity to advance to the national bee. FREE

 

March 14 (8:00 PM)
LIVE AT MONTPELIER: RORY BLOCK

Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Rd.
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7800
www.pgparks.com

Multi-award-winning blues singer/guitarist Rory Block, a national treasure in the form of an uncompromising blues artist, is one of the world’s most important preservers of the roots of American music. Block is the most celebrated living female acoustic blues artist. Her playing is perfect, her songwriting soulful, and her singing otherworldly, as she presents music steeped in tradition and genuine feeling. ($)

 

March 14-16
LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION: COLLATERAL DAMAGE

Surratt House Museum
9118 Brandywine Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735
301-868-1121
www.pgparks.com

Scholars explore such topics as what imprisonment meant to the conspirators, what effects the assassination had on Mrs. Lincoln, son Robert, and Henry and Clara Rathbone, and on-screen graveyard tours. Also included are off-site bus tours and a dinner program. ($) 

 

March 15 (10:00 AM-3:00 PM)
PATUXENT RESEARCH REFUGE BIRTHDAY BASH

National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708
301-497-5776
www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent

The Patuxent Research Refuge will be celebrating the 111th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System with a fun-filled family event. Activities will include live animal shows. There will also be children’s nature crafts and other activities, guided tram tours, hikes and live music. FREE

 

March 15 (8:00 PM)
GLOBAL DRUMMING

Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Rd.
Fort Washington , MD 20744
301-203-6070
www.pgparks.com

The Cultural Academy for Excellence Presents: Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra.
The Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra (PVYSO) has been sharing its melodies nationally and internationally since 1996. This group of energetic young performers has toured and performed in Dakar, Senegal: Ontario, Canada; Chicago, Illinois and New Haven, Connecticut. Based out of Hyattsville, this group is a must see. ($) 

 

March 15 (7:00 PM-9:00 PM)
COLONIAL TAVERN DINNER

Darnall's Chance House Museum
14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr.
Upper Marlboro, 20772
301-952-8010
www.pgparks.com

Be our guest as we recreate the atmosphere and flavor of a mid-18th century tavern dinner in Upper Marlboro. Enjoy colonial food and spirits. Following dinner, listen to Ship's Company sing sea chanties and tavern songs of the period. Reservations and payment required in advance. ($)

 

March 16
BRIDAL SHOWCASE

Oxon Hill Manor
6901 Oxon Hill Rd.
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
301-839-7782
www.pgparks.com

Everything you need to plan your wedding in one place. Photographers, caterers, designers, dj's and more will be on hand to assist  you with how to plan your special event with flair. ($) 

 

March 18 (2:00 PM)
AFTERNOON TEA: SUE RICHARDS

Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Rd.
Fort Washington, MD 20744
301-203-6070
www.pgparks.com

Sue has recorded dozens of CD's and entertained audiences throughout the US and Europe. She will perform Celtic harp and the Irish and Scottish traditional music of her heritage. ($) 

 

March 19 (7:30 PM)
MONTPELIER'S SPRING HISTORY LECTURE SERIES: HISTORY THROUGH A DRINKING VESSEL

Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Rd.
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7817
www.history.pgparks.com

This is the first of three history lectures on the beverages, libations and social culture of 18th century life. In this talk, Rod Cofield, Executive Director of Historic London Town and Gardens, will speak on taverns and travel in colonial Amerca.  FREE 

 

March 20 (12:00)
29TH ANNUAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH LUNCHEON

Martin's Crosswinds
7400 Greenway Center Dr.
Greenbelt, MD 20770
301-952-4729
www.princegeorgescountymd.gov

This annual event will celebrate women in Prince George's County who have contributed to the growth of the County. ($) 

 

March 21 (8:00 PM)
PHIL WIGGINS AND THE CHESAPEAKE SHEIKS, BLUES

Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Rd.
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7800
www.pgparks.com

Phil Wiggins is arguably America’s foremost blues harmonica virtuoso. While rooted in the melodic Piedmont or “Tidewater” blues of the Chesapeake region, his mastery of the instrument now transcends stylistic boundaries. Born in Washington, D.C. in 1954, Wiggins achieved worldwide acclaim over three decades as one half of the premier Piedmont blues duo Cephas & Wiggins. Since the passing of guitarist and singer John Cephas in 2009, Phil has brought his harmonica wizardry to bear in a variety of musical collaborations. ($) 

 

March 21 (6:30 PM-8:30 PM)
SPRING CONCERT SERIES: SOMETHING TO WINE ABOUT

Prince George's Ballroom
2411 Pinebrook Ave.
Landover , MD 20785
301-341-7439
www.pgparks.com

Relax and end your work week right! Join us for our Spring Concert Series featuring the smooth sounds of jazz and R&B, coupled with a fine glass of wine.  ($)

 

March 21 (8:00 PM)
DAUGHTER OF THE STRUGGLE

Joe's Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Rd.
Mt. Rainier , MD 20912
301-699-1819
www.joesmovement.org

An inspiring and unforgettable one woman show brought to you by Free Soul Productions starring Ayanna Gregory with special guest, comedian, civil & human rights activist, Dick Gregory followed by Q&A with the audience.With powerful stories and transformative songs, this play is an intimate journey into the life of the legendary Dick Gregory and the family that loves him. This autobiographical performance reveals Ayanna's multidimensional existence as a daughter of the Civil Rights Movement. ($)

 

March 22 (1:30 PM)
SUFFRAGETTE TEA

Montpelier Mansion
9650 Muirkirk Rd.
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7817
www.pgparks.com

In honor or Women's History Month, we celebrate our suffragette sisters who fought for women's right to vote. if you like, wear white like suffragettes. ($) 

 

March 22 (11:00 AM-3:00 PM)
ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL

National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708
301-497-5776
www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent

Friends of Patuxent and the Environmental Film Festival presents environmental films with special guest speaker Steve Huy from Project SNOWstorm, a live owl display and more.

 

March 22 (3:00 PM-5:00 PM)
JUMP INTO SPRING WINE TASTING

The Tasting Room Wine Bar & Shop
137 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
301-868-0465
www.thetastingroomwinebar.com

Join us for a Springtime wine tasting. We've chosen five of our favorite Spring wines to taste. ($) 

 

March 22 (7:30 PM)
TRIBUTE TO AMERICA

Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Rd.
Landover, MD 20784
301-277-1710
www.princegeorges1812.org

The Prince George's Choral Society presents a concert dedicated to Veterans-featuring narratives about the War of 1812 and the return of Elvis tribute artist Jed Duvall. ($) 

 

March 22 (10:00 AM-2:00 PM)
BAYSOX FAMILY FUNFEST

Prince George's Stadium
4101 Crain Hwy.
Bowie, MD 20716
301-805-6000
www.baysox.com
This event will include live music, free rides and games in Louie's Kids Park, interactive exhibits, carnival games, an appearance by the Oriole Bird, the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Fishmobile and so much more from Baysox partners along the stadium concourse! FREE
 

March 23 (3:00 PM)
JOSHUA BROWN

Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Rd.
Laurel, MD 20707
301-377-7800
www.pgparks.com

Recognized as “a fine baritone” by The Washington Post, Joshua Brown frequently performs in the metropolitan area, in venues including the Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. His opera roles include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Valentin in Faust. ($)

 

March 23-27
NATIONAL HARBOR RESTAURANT WEEK

National Harbor
137 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD 20745
1-877-NATL-HBR
www.nhrestaurantweek.com

Enjoy a pre-priced three course meal at select National Harbor restaurants. Try one, try all! Participating restaurants include: Bond 45, Fiorella Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen, Grace’s Mandarin, Harrington’s Pub & Kitchen, McCormick & Schmick’s,  McLoone’s Pier House, Rosa Mexicano and Sauciety. ($) 

 

March 23 (1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
PET ADOPTION DAY

The Black Dog
141 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
www.theblackdog.com

Same-day dog and cat adoptions through The Washington Humane Society. The Black Dog will be providing Starter Kits for your new addition. 20% of sales on dog products sold in March and 10% of sales on the day of the event will go to the Washington Humane Society. Come in and help the Rescue Puppies. Every little bit helps.

 

March 25 (10:00 AM)
HOSPITALITY AND CULINARY CAREER FAIR

Prince George's Community College
301 Largo Rd.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
301-386-7596
www.pgcc.edu

This annual career fair will bring together more than a dozen businesses that are offering career opportunities in the hospitality industry. FREE 

 

March 28 (10:00 AM)
HANDS-ON HISTORY: TOYS THROUGH TIME

Riversdale House Museum
4811 Riverdale Rd.
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
301-864-0420
www.pgparks.com

Before the days of PS4 and XBOX, children entertained themselves with handmade creations. Hit rewind and spend the day off from school making your own diversions! Registration required by March 14. ($)

 

March 28 (8:00 PM)
LIVE AT MONTPELIER: TODD MARCUS

Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Rd.
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7800
www.pgparks.com

Baltimore-based bass clarinetist and composer Todd Marcus is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus exclusively on the use of the bass clarinet as a primary solo instrument. His music swings hard with both fiery and introspective intensity but also maintains a strong yet lyrical sensibility, presenting the instrument with a modern, straight-ahead jazz approach. This performance is supported by a Maryland State Arts Council Maryland Touring Grants Program. ($)

 

March 28 (4:00 PM-9:00 PM)
TASTE OF TNI (TRANSFORMING NEIGHBORHOODS INITIATIVE)

Bladensburg High School
4200 57th Ave.
Bladensburg, MD 20710
301-618-8422
www.pgcedc.com

The Taste of TNI (Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative) gives residents the opportunity to sample delicious foods from East Riverdale/Bladensburg restaurants and from across the county. Restaurants include, Mango's, Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro, Taqueria La Placita and more. There will also be performances by, Suitland High School Jazz Band, Northwestern High School Jazz Band and  Bladensburg High School Choir and ROTC.  FREE admission

 

March 28-April 13
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

Laurel Mill Playhouse
508 Main St.
Laurel, MD 20708
301-617-9906
www.laurelmillplayhouse.org

Have you ever been afraid to introduce your friends to your crazy family? The Sycamores may seem mad, but if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. See the hilarious mayhem when Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. Performances weekends through April 13. ($)

 

March 29 (5:00 PM)
OPENING RECEPTION: EXCHANGED III: NEW WORK BY GRAD AND UNDERGRAD STUDENTS AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY AND JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave.
Brentwood , MD 20722
301-277-2863
www.pgparks.com

George Mason and James Madison Universities have a long-established reputation for excellence in the arts. Exchanged III brings art students from both universities together in the Gateway Arts District for the first time. This eclectic group of artists will present artwork in variety of media and viewpoints in this top-notch showcase of art by regional college students.. FREE

 

March 29 (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)
SOUTHERN RELIEF SOCIETIES

Surratt House Museum
9118 Brandywine Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735
301-868-1121
www.pgparks.com

When Civil War Aid Societies are discussed, the U.S. Sanitary Commission, the Christian Commission and other northern organizations are mentioned? However, what about Southern Aid Societies? Did thet exist? These are all plausible questions; join us as retired USAF Lt. Col. Carol Randell enlightens us on the southern civilian efforts! FREE

 

March 29 (9:00 AM-1:30 PM)
GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY

College Park United Methodist Church
9601 Rhode Island Ave.
MD, College Park 20740
301-405-1941
www.pgparks.com

Participate in College Park's most popular community engagement event! Join fellow UMD students, local residents and others as you volunteer in service projects to benefit your community. Lend a hand and help us feed the hungry! The Office of Community Engagement is accepting non-perishable food items at local collection sites, between now and Good Neighbor Day. Simply look for the large, white 'Good Neighbor' boxes with the turtle logo, to donate.

 

March 30 (2:30 PM)
RIVERSDALE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY CONCERT SERIES

Riversdale House Museum
4811 Riverdale Rd.
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
301-864-0420
www.pgparks.com

Join us for the Riversdale Chamber Music Society featuring the Riversdale Woodwind Trio! Enjoy the sounds of Ibert, Mozart, Joplin, and more! FREE