"Meditations on African Art: Light" -- More than 40 objects from the Baltimore Museum of Art's African art collection, including a Yoruba bead painting by artist Jimoh Buraimoh, a Fante gold staff from Ghana and alabaster vessels from ancient Egypt, will be illuminated through April 1 at the museum, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. 443-573-1700 or artbma.org for hours.
Black Heritage Art Show -- Displays by artists, jazz and gospel music, poetry readings and more, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $5; free for ages younger than 5. 410-521-0660 or blackheritageartshow.com.
Earl Klugh -- The jazz-fusion guitarist plays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $33.50. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com.
Feb. 4, 9-11, 16-18
"Pill Hill" -- Samuel Kelley's theatrical tale of six black steel-worker friends in Chicago who share their dreams. Presented by the Arena Players at 801 McCulloh St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. $15. 410-728-6500 or arenaplayers inc.org.
Alvin Ailey dancers -- Dance performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-10, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. $30-$79. 800-444-1324 or kennedy-center.org.
Author talk -- Harriet A. Washington will discuss her book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present at 7 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, central library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Free. 410-396-5430 or www.epfl.net.
Hip-hop film -- The film Breakin' In: The Making of a Hip-Hop Dancer follows three young black women competing for roles in hip-hop music videos, 12:30 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College, Careers Center, Room 284, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Free. 410-777-2807 or www.aacc.edu/womensinst.
"Going the Distance" -- The Smithsonian Discovery Theater presents the inspiring stories of black Olympians Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 9 and at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Morgan State University, Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive. $11. 443-885-4440.
"Boys of Baraka" -- Film-showing and discussion, 2 p.m. at Morgan State University, Communications Building, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane. Free. mica.edu/atfreedoms door.
Theatrical readings -- Baltimore School for the Arts students and other city high school students will share real-life slavery stories, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, second-floor theater, 830 E. Pratt St. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1875 or africanamerican culture.org.
Black History Month concert -- The Morgan State University Choir performs under the direction of conductor Eric Conway, 2 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, Graham Auditorium, 600 N. Charles St. Free. 410-547-9000.
"Red Dress Sunday" -- The event, designed to raise awareness of heart disease among blacks, takes place at 22 area churches. Attendees are encouraged to wear red. 410-368-3271 or www.stagnes.org for list of churches.
Jimmy Cobb -- The jazz drummer will speak and then perform with his band, Cobb's Mob, 4 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. $27; $25 for seniors and members; $10 for students. 410-385-5888 or balti morechamberjazz.org for tickets. Reservations required. 443-573-1818 or artbma.org.
Sisters in the Spirit -- Gospel-music concert features singers Shirley Caesar, Kelly Price, Angie Stone, Dorinda Clark Cole, Nicole C. Mullen and Yvonne Capehart, 7:30 p.m. at the 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $37.50-$39.50. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster .com.
Soweto Gospel Choir -- The South African ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $25-$62. 410-783-8000 or baltimoresymphony .org.
"Black Jeopardy" -- Participants can test their knowledge of African-American history and culture, 2 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College, dining hall, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Free. 410-777-2511 or www.aacc.edu.
The O'Jays -- An evening of soul music, beginning at 9:30 at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Doors open at 8 p.m. $55; $60 day of show. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.
Festival -- Visitors will listen to and learn about jazz rhythms, hear storytellers, create their own instruments and make jazz-inspired artworks at the All Jazzed Up festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Free. 410-547-9000.
Nikki Giovanni -- The poet speaks and signs copies of her new poetry book, Acolytes, 6:30 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, central library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Free admission. 410-396-5430 or www.epfl.net.
Savion Glover -- Conductor Marin Alsop leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a dance-inspired program as tap dancer Savion Glover performs. 8 p.m. March 2 at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, and at 8 p.m. March 3 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $25-$80. Strathmore: 301-581-5100. Meyerhoff: 410-783-8000.
Harlem Globetrotters -- The masterful basketball players perform at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Towson University, Towson Center Arena, 8000 York Road, Towson. $19-$110. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
Through March 5
African exhibit -- Herman Bigham and Associates presents the exhibit Symbolic Use of Animals in African Cultural Arts, featuring rare African sculptures from Morgan State University's collection, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, central library, Logan Square, West Gallery, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia. 215-387-2742 or 215-686-5322.
Gladys Knight -- The R&B;, soul and gospel singer performs at 8 p.m. at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $48-$75. VIP tickets available at the box office of the Walters Art Museum. Proceeds benefit the Walters. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
Maryland Author Day -- Local authors, including Philip L. Brown, Nina H. Clarke, Richlyn F. Goddard and Christine Tolbert, will speak on "Historic Black Schools of Maryland," 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, second-floor theater, 830 E. Pratt St. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1875 or africanamericanculture.org.
"Trickster Tales" -- Black Cherry Puppet Theater presents the tales at 4 p.m. both days at Morgan State University, Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive. $11. 443-885-4440.
Frederick Douglass film -- Catch a showing of the 1994 PBS documentary Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History, at 2 p.m. at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. Free. mica.edu/atfreedomsdoor.
Stanley Clarke -- The bassist takes the stage with guest performers Patrice Rushen, pianist and singer, and Lenny White, drummer. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $36. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com.
New Edition -- The recording artists perform with singer Keith Sweat, 8 p.m. at the 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $42.50-$49.50. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster .com.