BIG TRUCK DAY at the Baltimore Museum of Industry in conjunction with the Departments of Public Works, General Services, Transportation, Fire and Police. Free. Museum admission half price. 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 410-545-6189


The Whipping Man
Why is this night different from all other nights? For three Richmond Jews — one a former Confederate soldier, two his former slaves — gathered around a makeshift Seder table at the close of the Civil War, age-old questions of justice and freedom find new and surprising answers. Play by Matthew Lopez; directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. 700 North Calvert St., Baltimore. 410.332.0033, centerstage.org

May 20

Submit a Letter to the Editor for the Laurel Leader, Columbia Flier and Howard County Times

A production of the Peabody dance department. Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. 1 p.m. Advance ticket purchase required. 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore. 410-234-4626, peabody.jhu.edu


Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas
The Walters Art Museum presents 135 artworks from cultures that rose and fell in Mexico, Central America and Andean South America, 1200 B.C.-A.D. 1530. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org

Washington, D.C.

Through May 15

The Washington National Opera does Verdi’s early and popular opera about ancient Babylonian Jews. The Opera House. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 202-467-4600 or kennedy-center.org

Abraham Inc.: Mash-up of klezmer, funk and hip-hop. Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. strathmore.org

Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Music Center at Strathmore. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100 or bsomusic.org.

Strathmore Music in the Mansion: Katie Mahan performing Debussy. 7:30 p.m. strathmore.org

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival: At the Terrace Theater. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 202-467-4600 or kennedy-center.org

Civil War Georgetown House and Walking Tours: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St., NW, Washington, D.C. http://tudorplace.org/calendar.html

Bach’s “Mass in B Minor”: Cathedral Choral Society. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues, N.W., Washington, D.C. 202-537-6200