Our list of events sponsored by local nonprofits, arts organizations and performance venues, occurring between Nov. 12 and Dec. 16; all information is current as of Nov. 3. For events and meetings organized by the City of Hyattsville, see the Hyattsville Reporter in the newspaper’s centerfold. 

Please send notices of events that will take place between Dec. 17 and Jan. 14 to managingeditor@hyattsvillelife.com by Dec. 9.


Busboys and Poets hosts an open mic for poets every Thursday. $5. 8 to 10 p.m. 5331 Baltimore Ave. 301.779.2787. Busboysandpoets.com

Weekly acoustic blues jams, in the Piedmont blues tradition. Proof of vaccination required; masks, too, unless singing or playing a harmonica or horn. Free. Saturdays 1 to 5 p.m. Archie Edwards Blues Foundation, 4502 Hamilton St. acousticblues.com 


Two art exhibitions at Brentwood Arts Exchange: “Being” features works by Black artists Deborah Renee Grayson, James Terrell and William Watson, and “Innervisions: Dialogues in Self-Portraiture” includes works by six area artists. Through Nov. 26. Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301.277.2863

“The Haunted Boy” at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Based on the Prince George’s County family whose story inspired the book and the movie “The Exorcist,” this rock opera follows the path of Roland — a boy gone “strange,” whose mother, local priest and psychologist decide to put him and his demons through the formal Catholic rite of exorcism. $25. Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 13 and 20 at 5 p.m. 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mt. Rainier. Joesmovement.org

November 15

Open mic at My Dead Aunt’s Books, hosted by Cherry Blossom Special. Suggested donation $10. Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 7:30 p.m. 5132 Baltimore Ave. mydeadauntsbooks.com

November 16

Join a naturalist on a nature hike for seniors looking for wildlife and local plant life. Please wear comfortable shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $3 county residents, $4 nonresidents. Register at pgparksdirect.com. Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. 301.779.0371

November 18

Potecasi Slade returns to Maryland Meadworks. This funky blues band has roots that run deep into DMV go-go and gospel music, with a touch of rock. Their musical covers range from D.C.’s great Chuck Brown to Howling Wolf, whereas their originals are inspired by Muddy Waters and ZZ Top with Skip James’ vocals. The swinging rhythm and emotional and moving lyrics will warm your soul. Free, although tipping is encouraged. 7 to 10 p.m. 4700 Rhode Island Ave., Suite Bee. 201.955.9644 

November 19

Blue Plains is an indie rock band from Washington, D.C., whose music has been compared to Wilco, Radiohead, Mumford and Arcade Fire. Free, although tipping is encouraged. 7 to 10 p.m. Maryland Meadworks, 4700 Rhode Island Ave., Suite Bee. 201.955.9644 

November 20

Seasonal Selections: Native American Cuisine at Riversdale Mansion. Using produce from the garden and orchard, Kitchen Guild members demonstrate foodways in the open hearth kitchen. Drop by to watch them cook and pick up some new recipe inspiration! Free. Noon to 3 p.m. 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park. 301.864.0420

November 21

Come see a screening of “Inhabitants” (2020, 76 min.), an award-winning feature documentary that follows five Native American tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests and prairies, as they restore their traditional land management practices. Free. 7 to 9 p.m. Register at pgcmls.info or by calling 240.455.5451. Hyattsville Branch Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd.

December 3

Carpe Noctem, a fun-filled night with over 50 vendors, a white elephant sale, food and drinks, childrens’ activities and Santa himself! Free. 5 to 9 p.m. St. Jerome Academy, 5207 42nd Ave. carpenoctemsja.com 

The ‘80s and ‘90s rock band Totoro plays at Denizens Brewing Co. All ages are welcome! 7 to 9:30 p.m., 4550 Van Buren St., Riverdale Park. denizensbrewingco.com

December 9

August Wilson’s “Fences” depicts the life of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now scraping by as a sanitation worker during the Jim Crow era. Purchase tickets through pgparksdirect.com. $20 general admission, $15 seniors and students. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301.277.1710

Fundraiser concert for Spice Cake (Miles Spicer and Jaja Patterson), to help fund their trip to Memphis, where they were selected to represent D.C. in the solo/duo category at the International Blues Awards. 8  to 10 p.m. Archie Edwards Blues Foundation, 4502 Hamilton St. acousticblues.com

December 10

A Visit with Good Niklaas: Make some memories with family and friends during this annual tradition! Good Niklaas invites you to learn about Belgian customs and enjoy a festive craft, personal chat and a gift to continue the fun at home. Capacity limited; advance registration at tinyurl.com/goodnik121022 required by Nov. 30. Resident $5 child/$3 adult. 9 and 11 a.m. Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. 301.864.0420

Enjoy self-guided candlelit tours of the Riversdale House Museum, explore a children’s craft area, and take a peek in the open-hearth kitchen. $5 adult, children 12 and under free (must be accompanied by an adult); bring a canned good and receive $1 off an admission (limit to $1 off per adult). 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. 301.864.0420

Band Brulee, a self-described “jazz-infused, Americana-marinated, alt-pop band” performs at Maryland Meadworks. Free, although tipping is encouraged. 7 to 10 p.m. 4700 Rhode Island Ave., Suite Bee. 201.955.9644 

December 15

Get into the holiday spirit at the Publick Playhouse and enjoy Motown holiday favorites by the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, Nat King Cole, the Jackson 5, James Brown, Chuck Brown and more.  Purchase tickets through pgparksdirect.com. Ages 60+. $10. 11 a.m. 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301.277.1710