Hi, this is Your Girl Cheryl with What’s Hot for the Weekend!
Friday, March 3
Onstage at DC’s Blues Alley, its Grammy award winning pianist DAVID BENOIT, through Sunday, two shows each night, 8 & 10pm, bluesalley.com.
A Nina Simone/Miriam Makeba Tribute is offered this weekend by vocalist AKUA ALLRICH at the Creative Alliance, 8pm, creativealliance.org
Ja Rule appears at The Howard Theatre in DC, 8pm is the time, thehowardtheatre.com
JEFF ANTONIUK AND THE JAZZ UPDATE featuring Russ Nolan offer two shows at Twins Jazz in Washington, DC, Friday and Saturday nights, 9 and 11pm, twinsjazz.com
THE BODYGUARD: The Musical is onstage at The Hippodrome Theatre in downtown Baltimore, starring R&B recording artist DEBORAH COX. Queen of the Night, I Will Always Love You and a string of other hits from the movie soundtrack and more. One weekend only, through Sunday, matiness and evening performances, baltimorehippodrome.com
Saturday, March 4
DISTRICT COMEDY will have you in stitches at the Publick Playhouse in Hyattsville, 8pm is the time, arts.pgparks.com
The MARIA SCHNEIDER JAZZ ORCHESTRA performs straight ahead jazz at the Kennedy Center, 9pm, kennedy-center.org.
The exhibit Dark Humor: Joyce Scott & Peter Williams uses “satire, visual puns, and the bizarre,” to “upend social conventions” at the Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University. Through April 1. Gallery hours 11am – 8pm.
Sunday, March 5
The ladies of SWEET HONEY N THE ROCK brings their unique sound to Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7pm, bethesdabluesjazz.com
At Rams Head on Stage, songstress RACHELLE FERRELL returns in two shows, 5:30 pm and 8:30pm, ramsheadonstage.com
The SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS bring a bit of desert blues to the intimate space at the AMP by Strathmore in Bethesda, 8pm, ampbystrathmore.com
Shifting Views: Contemporary African Art is the exhibit at The Baltimore Museum of Art--photographs, prints, and drawings offering political perspectives on the lives of Africans, through June, 443-573-1700, artbma.org
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