The Montgomery College Communication and Performing Arts Department at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus will present West African historian of the Griot tradition Cheick Hamala Diabate in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the colleges Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. As part of the Communication and Performing Arts Showcase Series, Grammy-nominee Cheick Hamala, a world renown “King of the N’goni,” will perform the traditional Malian instrument. Cheick Hamala has previously been featured at venues such as The Smithsonian Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest and many others. Tickets are $5 for general admission. For more information, visit montgomerycollege.edu/cac.
Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “Our Lady of 121st Street” opens tonight at Prince George’s Community College’s Hallam Theatre, 301 Largo Road, Largo. When the body of a beloved nun and activist goes missing from the viewing room of the Ortiz Funeral Room, a dozen of the sister’s most eccentric constituents gather to hilarious results. Directed by Peggy Yates, show times are 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. For more information, visit www.pgcc.edu.
In Fairfax County, “Sound of Butterfly,” photography by Soomin Ham, is currently on view to May 11 at the Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 312 at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, Va. An opening reception is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. The Washington, D.C.-based Ham’s distinctive, experimental and personal work encompasses themes of grief and loss as it traces her mother’s journey through life and death. Her multimedia installations, photography and mixed media works have been exhibited in New York and in Seoul, Korea. Normal gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except for Thursdays when the gallery is open from 1-9 p.m. For more information, visit www.multipleexposuresgallery.com.