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The Clarice Smith Center at the University of Maryland will continue its two-day symposium called “Civil War to Civil Rights: The Well-Being of a Nation,” tonight in College Park.

The focus will be around the civil rights movement and how it pertains to today’s youth. Tonight at 8 p.m., the Christian McBride Big Band, along with actor/activist Harry Belafonte, will present “The Movement Revisited.” The four-part piece is dedicated to four major figures in the civil rights movement — Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets are $40 general admission. For more information, visit the Clarice Smith website or call 301-405-7794.

In Olney, four actors take on the daunting task of performing William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” as the Bedlam Theatre from New York brings the show to the Olney Theatre Center. Tickets for the show, which runs to Oct. 20, are $55 and can be purchased by visiting the Olney Theatre’s website.

In the mood for some jazz this weekend? How about an evening listening to Branford Marsalis? The veteran jazz musician is headlining the Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday. The festival, celebrating it’s 10th year, will be held in the Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. Tickets are free. For more information on parking, visit downtown Silver Spring’s website or call 240-777-6821.

Perhaps you’re ready for some classic rock? How about Eddie Money? “Two Tickets to Paradise?” Glad I have your attention. The singer and one-time television commercial star is set to perform at the State Theatre in Falls Church. Tickets for the show are $35. For more information, visit the State Theatre’s website or call 703-237-0300.



wfranklin@gazette.net