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<cal1>Every Saturday Night

<cal2>Live Standup Comedy. 8 to 10 p.m. Five local comics. At the Laugh Riot at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda Hotel, 7400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-657-1234 or visit www.Bethesda.Hyatt.com.

<cal1>Now Through Aug. 8

<cal2>"How I Became a Pirate." At Imagination Stage. Performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday at 10:30 a.m. Tickets from $10-$21. Visit HYPERLINK http://www.imaginationstage.org http://www.imaginationstage.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/July 21

<cal2>Ben Williams & Sound Effect. Mini street festival 5:30 p.m. Music at 7 p.m. Free. Bassist Benjamin James Williams, the 2009 Thelonious Monk Award winner, is a native of Washington, D.C. His musical influence is rooted in various genres of music including jazz, hip-hop, R&B, gospel, and classical. Ben is a recent graduate of the Michigan State University School of Music where he majored in Music Education with an emphasis in Jazz, studying with Rodney Whitaker and Jack Budrow. He is pursuing a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at Juilliard. At Gudelsky Gazebo at the Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit HYPERLINK http://www.strathmore.org www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Thursday/July 22

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 8:15 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. With DJ Mike Marcotte and guests. The beginner workshop runs from 8:15 - 9 p.m. followed by dancing. The lesson gives new dancers important partnering basics. As always, the class is included in the $8 admission and no partner is necessary. We'll have an action-packed night for music with tunes from a variety of DJs. At the Ballroom annex of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Email: HYPERLINK mailto:info@capitalblues.org info@capitalblues.org

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre in "The Barker of Seville".9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets $7 (Strathmore Stars $6.30); age 2 and under free.

A musical comedy about two aspiring young opera singers named Rufus Raindog and Rosa Bush. Rufus and Rosa work in a restaurant while auditioning and practicing; preparing themselves for a real opera role. The Barker of Seville features nine realistic, moving mouth rod puppets and two actors. There is regular, well-controlled audience participation throughout this production. At Backyard Theater Stage at the Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit HYPERLINK http://www.strathmore.org www.strathmore.org

Live Jazz Under the Stars. 8-11 p.m. At Old Angler’s Restaurant, 10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. Call 301-299-9097.

<cal1>Friday/July 23

<cal2>Contra Dance. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $9. The Friday Night Dancers present Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beginners are always welcome. This week Robin Marcus calls to Waverly Station with David Knight on fiddle, Ralph Gordon on bass, and Liz Donaldson on piano. At the Spanish ballroom of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Email: HYPERLINK mailto:fndcontra@yahoo.com fndcontra@yahoo.com.

La Divina Milonga Party. 8:30 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $15. Evening presented by Forever Dancing will include a lesson for Argentine Tango beginners and up from 8:30 to 9 p.m. followed by a Dance Party to recorded music with Teacher and DJ Fabio Bonini, playing Traditional Tango, Milongas, Waltz and Tango Nuevo. La Divina Milonga Party. At the Ball Room Annex of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Email: Jennifer@ForeverDancing.Org

<cal1>Saturday/July 24

<cal2>Buyer Seminar. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. How to Prepare For, Find, and get the Home You Want. At the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Station, 8001 River Road, Bethesda. For seminar outlines, see HYPERLINK http://www.HillSlowinski.com www.HillSlowinski.com or call Hill Slowinski at 301-320-8430.

Swing Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $15. On this special themed evening the Orchestra performs an evening of Artie Shaw big band music on the eve of Shaw's 100th birthday. They will play Shaw favorites and swing classics from the 30s and 40s, including S' Wonderful, Temptation, Begin the Beguine and more Shaw favorites. 21 performers including several vocalists--the Tom Cunningham Orchestra creates a lively evening for dancers and listeners. Beginning swing lesson at 8 p.m. is followed by the band from 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Visit tom cunningham.com

<cal 1> Saturday-Sunday/July 24-25

<cal 2>21st Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come celebrate Montgomery County’s agricultural heritage and help promote local farms. The Farm Tour provides residents with an opportunity to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and other local products. Activities such as hayrides, pony rides, music, and demonstrations will be available for people of all ages. For more information, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/farmtour or call 301-590-2823.

<cal1>Sunday/July 25

<cal2>Ballroom Tea Dance. 3-6 p.m. Admission is $12. Join the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington for dancing, featuring music and dances from the 20s, 30s and 40s. Dancers will enjoy foxtrot, two-step, waltz, cha-cha, rumba, swing and more. A basic dance lesson at 3 p.m. for all levels is followed by dancing to wonderful live music from 3:30 – 6 p.m. Admission includes the lesson. No partner or prior experience needed. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Email: HYPERLINK mailto:dave@hotsociety.net dave@hotsociety.net.

Contra and Square Dance. 7-10:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for nonmembers and $9 for FSGW members. The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught--no partner is necessary. Lesson at 7 p.m., followed by dancing to Perpetual e-Motion from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Bumper car Pavilion of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Visit fsgw.org.

Tree ID Walk. 9 – 10:30 a.m. Join Laura Miller on a morning walk around the C&O Canal as she identifies some common tree species found in the Potomac River watershed. River Center at Lock 8, 7906 Riverside Dr. Cabin John, MD. Visit at www.potomac.org.

Voices of the River: Cabin John Legends and Life. 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. Join Author Judy Welles as she talks about her book, Voices of the River: Cabin John Legends and Life. Her talk will give a glimpse of the mystery, legends about lost lovers, ghosts, pirates, hermits and buried treasure of Canal life in Cabin John. River Center at Lock 8, 7906 Riverside Dr., Cabin John, MD. Visit at www.potomac.org.

<cal1>July 26 to Aug. 16

<cal2>Lamaze Classes. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $25/members; $50/general public. L'Amazing Baby: Childbirth Preparation with a Jewish Twist. At the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville. For more information and to register, visit www.jccgw.org or contact Julie Margel at jmargel@jccgw.org. 301-348-3837

Added Concerts to Strathmore’s Guitar Festival Line-up Strathmore announced the addition of 12 concerts to its 2010-11 season including that of the legendary Chuck Berry. Tickets to the additional concerts are on sale now to Strathmore Stars, a new philanthropic program that supports arts programming, education programs and community outreach projects. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 26, at 10 a.m.

<cal>Wednesday/July 28

<cal2>The Crawdaddies. Mini street festival 5:30 p.m. Music at 7 p.m. Free. Based in Baltimore, Md., The Crawdaddies infuse Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Ska, Roots, Rock and Reggae into an incomparable, groove-laden sound that is unquestionably its own. At Gudelsky Gazebo at the Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit HYPERLINK http://www.strathmore.org www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Thursday/July 29

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 8:15 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. With DJ Mike Marcotte and guests. The beginner workshop runs from 8:15 - 9 p.m. followed by dancing. The lesson gives new dancers important partnering basics. As always, the class is included in the $8 admission and no partner is necessary. We'll have an action-packed night for music with tunes from a variety of DJs. At the Ballroom annex of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Email: HYPERLINK mailto:info@capitalblues.org info@capitalblues.org.

Banjo to Beatbox with Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer Christylez Bacon. 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tickets $7 (Strathmore Stars $6.30); age 2 and under free. The Grammy-nominated album, Banjo to Beatbox, features Children’s Music Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and Washington, D.C.’s hip-hop sensation Christylez Bacon in a fresh new recording for kids and families. In this concert, Beatbox (mouth drums) meets the banjo, nursery rhyme meets the hip-hop fractured fairy tale and tradition meets the next generation of contemporary "hip." With nods to folk, rap and imagination, these artists show us that through music, our different neighborhoods (and musical styles) can come together. At Backyard Theater Stage at the Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit HYPERLINK http://www.strathmore.org www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Friday/July 30

<cal2>Contra Dance. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $9. The Friday Night Dancers present Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beginners are always welcome. This week Janine Smith calls to Love Mongrels with Orrin Star on mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Danny Knicely on mandolin, guitar, and percussion, Alexander Mitchell on fiddle, and Ralph Gordon on bass. At the Spanish ballroom of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Email: HYPERLINK mailto:fndcontra@yahoo.com fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Swing Dance. 8:30 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $15. This primo jump blues band has it all — an amazing rhythm section, awesome sax playing, fabulous guitar, a killer front man, and fantastic songs. And more than all that, these guys have the ability to cross over from jump blues to swing to rock and back again, often within the same song. Formed in 2002, the Gas House Gorillas draws from the well of such greats as Wynonie Harris, Gene Autry, Sam Cooke, Cab Calloway and Elvis Presley as they move effortlessly between jump blues, gypsy swing, and classic rock. Beginner swing lesson at 8:30 p.m. followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. At Bumper Car Pavilion of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Visit americanswing.org.

<cal1>Saturday/July 31

<cal2>Red Cross Pet First Aid Class. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Using video, lecture, discussion and practice, this course addresses giving temporary care to your dog or cat in an emergency. No animals are permitted in class. Presenter: Lynne Bettinger, certified American Red Cross pet first aid instructor (HYPERLINK "http://www.sundownridge.com/"www.sundownridge.com). Note: There is a $60 fee, which includes a manual, DVD and Red Cross certificate. Register online and send check, payable to Your Dog’s Friend: 11401 S. Glen Rd, Potomac, MD 20854.

Swing Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission is $15. Along with the Rocket 88s, Mitch Woods has been the torchbearer of a great American blues musical heritage for two decades. Taking his inspiration from the great jump and boogie outfits of the late 40s and early 50s, Mitch breathes fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock and roll. The Rocket 88s are styled after the jumping and jiving, shouting and honking, pumping and pounding bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton. Adding a healthy dose of New Orleans rhythm and blues, pile-driving piano, and some of his own contemporary playful lyrics, Mitch forges his own style of music he calls "rock-a-boogie." American Swing presents a swing dance with fabulous live music. A beginning Swing dance lesson from 8 - 9 p.m. is followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Bumper Car Pavilion of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Visit americanswing.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 1

<cal2>Waltz Dance. 3-6 p.m. Admission is $8. With the band, Green Light Karma. Introductory Waltz workshop from 3-3:30 p.m.; dancing from 3:30-6 p.m. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Joan Koury at 202-238-0230 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, go to www.WaltzTimeDances.org or e-mail info@WaltzTimeDances.org.

Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 7-11 p.m. Admission is $17 for workshop and dance; $12/dance only. With the band Terence McArdle & Friends. Slow Blues lesson from 7-8:30 p.m.; dancing from 8:30-11 p.m. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, send e-mail to dbarker@glenechopark.org or visit HYPERLINK http://www.DanceDC.com www.DanceDC.com.

Contra and Square Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for nonmembers and $9 for FSGW members. The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. Lesson at 7 p.m., followed by dances with Green Light Karma from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion of Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Visit fsgw.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 4

<cal2>Elikeh. Mini street festival 5:30 p.m. Music at 7 p.m. Free. Elikeh is a band that performs its own brand of African Roots music. The material is a combination of traditional rhythms from Togo and 70's Afrofunk. At Gudelsky Gazebo at the Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit HYPERLINK http://www.strathmore.org www.strathmore.org

<cal1> Aug. 10-Aug. 24

<cal2> Soul Sister Month. August is soul sisters month as Focus presents two powerful singer/songwriter showcases, starting with a co-bill of soulful Americana performers amilia k spicer and Lara Herscovitch on Aug. 10, and closing with the multi-talented R&B singer Treasa Levasseur and her band on Aug. 24. Both shows, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville is located at 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD 20850.Tickets are $18 at the door, $15 in advance at FocusMusic.org. For more information, contact David Spitzer at focusrockville@earthlink.net or 301-275-7459.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 5

<cal2>Blues Dance. 8:15-11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Beginner workshop runs from 8:15 - 9:00 p.m. The lesson gives new dancers important partnering basics. No partner necessary. Dance starts at 9 p.m. Music with tunes from a variety of DJs. You'll hear blues music from every corner of the genre. At the Ballroom Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email info@capitalblues.org.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 6

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dancing. 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $14 and includes workshop. With the band, BG and the Mojo Hands. Two dance workshops from 8-9 p.m. — Slow Blues or West Coast Swing. Dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at dbarker@glenechopark.org or 301-634-2231.

Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission is $9. Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beginners are always welcome. The band is Montage with Jane Knoeck on piano and accordion; Rachel Bell on accordion and flute; and Tom Santarsiero on guitar/mandolin/banjo/jaw harp/foot percussion. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email fndcontra@yahoo.com

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 7

<cal2>Swing Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission TBD. Swing dance with fabulous live music. Beginner Swing Dance lesson from 8 – 9 p.m. followed by dancing until midnight. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email dance@flying feet.org

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 8

<cal2>Contra and Square Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. Traditional American contra dancing. Square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. Lesson at 7 p.m., followed by dances with live music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit fsgw.org.

<cal1>Aug. 11-Aug. 12

<cal2>Tribute to the British Invasion. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $19-$22 (Strathmore Stars $17.10-$19.80). Focusing on the years 1964-1966 and featuring well-loved songs by the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, The Who, The Hollies, Dusty Springfield, The Kinks, The Animals, The Zombies, Peter and Gordon, Tom Jones, The Yardbirds and many more, the concert brings together 60 of the areas finest performers to honor the music that changed a generation and dominated the pop charts in America and around the world. At Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit HYPERLINK http://www.strathmore.org www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 12

<cal2>Blues Dance. 8:15-11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Beginner workshop runs from 8:15 - 9:00 pm. The lesson gives new dancers important partnering basics. No partner is necessary. The dance starts at 9 pm and runs until 11:30 pm. Music with tunes from a variety of DJs. Blues music from every corner of the genre. At the Ballroom Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email info@capitalblues.org

<cal1>Aug. 12 and 19

<cal2>Encore Chorale, the nation’s largest choral program for singers 55+, is calling all choristers, church and synagogue choir singers, to experience two free, rehearsals with Encore Chorale. They will be conducted by Jeanne Kelly, past conductor of the United States Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club, Georgetown University Concert Choir and Senior Singers’ Chorales of the Levine School of Music.

The Encore Chorale will meet two Thursdays, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19, at 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park, South Arcade, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Bethesda. For more information and reservation,

call Jeanne Kelly at 301-261-5747 Jeanne.kelly@encorecreativity.org Web site: HYPERLINK http://encorecreativity.org http://encorecreativity.org.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 13

<cal2>Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission $9. Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. This week we have the fabulous Friday Night Band. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Super Fiesta Latina Party. 8:15 p.m.-Midnight. Admission $15. The evening will include a lesson from 8:15 - 9:00 p.m. for Salsa beginners and up. The lesson is followed by dancing from 9:00 p.m. - Midnight with teacher and DJ Fabio Bonini playing the best of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha-Cha, Reggaeton and more. Admission includes the lesson, dancing, beverages and sweets. At the Ballroom Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email fndcontra@yahoo.com. Email Jennifer@ForeverDancing.com

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 14

<cal2>Swing Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission $15. Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys. Take the 1957 hands of Jerry Lee Lewis and the 1957 look of Elvis Presley, combine with the raw energy of those two artists, and what do you get? A piano pumping, thumping rockabilly kid named Blair Carman! From the Honky Tonking songs of Hank Williams, Web Pierce and Carl Smith to the Rock and Rollin’ hits of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins, a Blair Carman show is guaranteed to leave you wanting more! A beginning Swing dance lesson from 8 - 9 p.m. is followed by dancing until midnight. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit americanswing.org

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 15

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 7-11 p.m. With the Jamie Lynch Band. Admission is $17/workshop and dance; $12/dance only. Slow Blues lesson 7-8:30 p.m.; dancing from 8:30-11 p.m. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacAthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, send e-mail to dbarker@glenechopark.org or visit www.DanceDC.com.

Zydeco Dance Party. 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $18. With the band, Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Road Runners. Introductory Zydeco Lesson from 3-3:30 p.m.; dancing from 3:30-6 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park. Call Michael Hart at 301-762-6730 or go to www.DancingbytheBayou.com. The Glen Echo National Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

Waltz Dance. 3-6 p.m. Admission is $8. With the band Addison Bleufonte. Introductory workshop from 3-3:30 p.m.; followed by dancing 3:30-6 p.m. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Call Joan Koury at 202-238-0230 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, go to www.WaltzTimeDances.org or e-mail info@WaltzTimeDances.org. Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

Contra and Square Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members Traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson is at 7 p.m., followed by dances with the Contrarians from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit fsgw.org

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 19

<cal2>Blues Dance. 8:15 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Admission $8. Beginner workshop runs from 8:15 - 9:00 p.m. followed by dance. Lesson gives new dancers important partnering basics. No partner is necessary. We'll have an action-packed night for music with tunes from a variety of DJs. Blues music from every corner of the genre. At the Ballroom Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email info@capitalblues.com

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 20

<cal2>Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission $9. Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. Band is Hu$hMoney with Heather Malyuk on fiddle and guitar; Tina Bergmann on hammered dulcimer, guitar, and dumbek; David Rice on harmonica, fiddle and guitar; and Bryan Thomas on upright bass and foot percussion. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email fndcontra@yahoo.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 21

<cal2>Swing Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission $15. J Street Jumpers. Passion for classic American music including Jump Blues, Swing era jazz and 1940’s Rhythm & Blues is what The J Street Jumpers are all about. Their horn driven sound, combined with the powerful vocals of Juanita Williams make this exciting band a favorite with listeners and dancers alike. They’ve won Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) Wammie Awards for six years in a row. Beginner swing dance lesson is offered from 8 to 9 p.m., followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. Dress is casual and no partner or dance experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email wsdcvolunteer@hotmail.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 22

<cal2>Ballroom Tea Dance. 3-6 p.m. Admission $12. Join the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington for an afternoon of dancing, featuring music and dances from the 20s, 30s and 40s. Dancers will enjoy foxtrot, two-step, waltz, cha-cha, rumba, swing and more in the Spanish Ballroom. A basic dance lesson at 3 p.m. for all levels is followed by dancing to wonderful live music from 3:30 - 6 p.m. Admission includes the lesson. No partner or prior experience needed. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email dave@hotsociety.net.

Contra and Square Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. Traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson is at 7:00 p.m., followed by dances to the Hu$hmoney from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit fsgw.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Aug. 25

<cal2>Ukefest 2010: The Ladies of the Uke! Mini street festival 5:30 p.m. Music at 7 p.m. (features special 6 p.m. audience strum along). Free. This event highlights the ladies of the ukulele: The Sweater Set, Victoria Vox, The Hula Honeys, The Riders, D.C.’s own local ukulele orchestra, and Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. At Gudelsky Gazebo at the Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit HYPERLINK http://www.strathmore.org www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Thursday/Aug. 26

<cal2>Intro to Hula Dancing with the Hula Honeys. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuition is $10 (Strathmore Stars $9) The Hula Honeys present an introductory hula dancing workshop for all ages. At Backyard Stage Theater at the Music Center at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit HYPERLINK http://www.strathmore.org www.strathmore.org

Intermediate/Advanced Ukulele Workshop with the Hula Honeys. 8-9:15 p.m. Tuition is $20 (Strathmore Stars $18). The Hula Honeys present a workshop for all age intermediate and advance players. At Music Center Room 402 at Strathmore, Education Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

Beginner Ukulele Workshop with Maureen Andary from The Sweater Set. 8-9:15 p.m. Tuition is $20 (Strathmore Stars $18). Maureen Andary from The Sweater Set teaches newcomers of all ages the basics of ukulele. At Music Center Room 405 at Strathmore, Education Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

Blues Dance. 8:15-11:30 p.m. Admission $8. The beginner workshop runs from 8:15 - 9:00 p.m. The lesson gives new dancers important partnering basics. No partner is necessary. The dance starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 11:30 p.m. We'll have an action-packed night for music with tunes from a variety of DJs. You'll hear blues music from every corner of the genre. At the Ballroom Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email info@capitalblues.org.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 20

<cal2>Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission $9. Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. Band is Hu$hMoney with Heather Malyuk on fiddle and guitar; Tina Bergmann on hammered dulcimer, guitar, and dumbek; David Rice on harmonica, fiddle and guitar; and Bryan Thomas on upright bass and foot percussion. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email fndcontra@yahoo.com.

<cal1>Friday/Aug. 27

<cal2>Contra Dance. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission $9. Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. Greg Frock calls to the Avant Gardeners with Laura Light on fiddle; George Paul on piano and accordion; and Jubal Creech on percussion. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Swing Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission $15. Swing dance with fabulous live music by JP McDermott and Western Pop.. Beginner Swing Dance lesson from 8 – 9 p.m. followed by dancing until midnight. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit americanswing.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 28

<cal2>"Louis" — A Silent Film. 8 p.m. With live musical performances by Wynton Marsalis and Cecile Licad. At the Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda. Visit www.Strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

Cajun/Zydeco Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission TBD. Cajun/Zydeco dance featuring live music. Admission includes an introductory dance lesson at 8 p.m. followed by dancing from 9 p.m. - midnight to fabulous live music. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email dancingbythebayou@verizon.net.

Swing Dance. 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission $15. Hear for yourself why Frankie Manning, one of the original Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers and an icon to the Swing World, called the Tom Cunningham Orchestra "the Swingin’est Band in the Land!" The 16-piece orchestra’s Spanish Ballroom dances are a Washington institution going back to 1983, and celebrated on TV and radio, in newspapers and books. Adding to the Orchestra’s luster is a fabulous troupe of vocalists who re-create the boy and girl singers, the "sisters" trios, and larger vocal groups of The Swing Era. Beginning swing lesson at 8 p.m. is followed by the band from 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit tomcunningham.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Aug. 29

<cal2>Contra and Square Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. Traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson is at 7 p.m., followed by dances with the Avant Gardeners from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Visit fsgw.org.

<cal1>Sept. 11

<cal2>Seller Seminar. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Why Your House Will Sell When Others Don’t. At the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Station, 8001 River Road, Bethesda. For seminar outlines, see HYPERLINK http://www.HillSlowinski.com www.HillSlowinski.com or call Hill Slowinski at 301-320-8430.

<cal1>Sept. 25

<cal2>Buyer Seminar. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. How to Prepare For, Find, and get the Home You Want. At the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Station, 8001 River Road, Bethesda. For seminar outlines, see HYPERLINK http://www.HillSlowinski.com www.HillSlowinski.com or call Hill Slowinski at 301-320-8430.

<cal1>Sept. 25-Oct. 31

<cal2>Bunnicula. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances. Single ticket prices range from $10-$22, with group rates available. It is a dark and stormy night at the Monroe house when family pets Harold the dog and Chester the cat are confronted by a mysterious new addition to the family: small, furry with long ears and fangs. Bunnicula! Soon the carrots in the kitchen are left drained of juice and with suspicious teeth-marks. First the veggies, next…the Monroes? Chester and Harold try to thwart the vampire bunny before it is too late! This musical adaptation of the book is a hugely imaginative tale full of belly laughs and suspense. At Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD Imagination Stage offers discount ticket packages with benefits that emphasize the flexibility that parents and grandparents value, as well as significant savings. Details are on the website, www.imaginationstage.org.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 27

<cal2>Now Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28. This "smart young chamber group that straddles a line between contemporary classical music and indie rock." At the Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 2

<cal2>Ledisi. 8 p.m. Ledisi delivers her elastic, Chaka Khan-influenced vocals in a let-it-all-go stage show. Co-presented with the Birchmere. Tickets are $29 to $69. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

Taste of Bethesda. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food and music festival featuring 50 restaurants and four stages of entertainment, as well as a children's area. Sponsored by the Bethesda Urban Partnership Inc. and Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 9

<cal2>Seller Seminar. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Why Your House Will Sell When Others Don’t. At the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Station, 8001 River Road, Bethesda. For seminar outlines, see HYPERLINK http://www.HillSlowinski.com www.HillSlowinski.com or call Hill Slowinski at 301-320-8430.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 22

<cal2>Chuck Berry with the Daryl Davis Band. 8 p.m. Tickets are $38 to $65. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 23

<cal2>Buyer Seminar. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. How to Prepare For, Find, and get the Home You Want. At the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Station, 8001 River Road, Bethesda. For seminar outlines, see HYPERLINK http://www.HillSlowinski.com www.HillSlowinski.com or call Hill Slowinski at 301-320-8430.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 30

<cal2>Chuck Brown with Christylez Bacon. 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$38. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Nov. 24-Jan. 9

<cal2>Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances. Single ticket prices range from $10-$22, with group rates available. It’s holiday time in Room One and that means drama! Tattletale May keeps picking on Junie B., and things get even worse when Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa. She hatches a plan to give May a lump of coal, while getting an awesome Squeeze-A-Burp for herself. Will Junie B. have a last-minute change of heart and show her true holiday spirit? Just like its heroine, the show has laughs, verve and energy to spare! At Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD Imagination Stage offers discount ticket packages with benefits that emphasize the flexibility that parents and grandparents value, as well as significant savings. Details are on the website, www.imaginationstage.org.

<cal1>Feb. 6-Mar. 13

<cal2> Perseus Bayou. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances. Single ticket prices range from $10-$22, with group rates available. This award-winning musical sets the classic Greek myth of Perseus and his quest for the snake-headed Medusa in post-Civil War Louisiana. To save the bayou from the evil Polydectes, Percy must journey to the edge of the human world with the help of a conjure woman, Miss Athena, a spirit-cat, Panther Hermes, and a tomboy named Andromeda. Percy's coming-of-age is vividly told in this epic and magical theatrical work. Imagination Stage is delighted to welcome back Mary Hall Surface, whose The Hundred Dresses and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice played here in prior seasons. At Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD Imagination Stage offers discount ticket packages with benefits that emphasize the flexibility that parents and grandparents value, as well as significant savings. Details are on the website, www.imaginationstage.org.

<cal1>April 9-May 29

<cal2> George & Martha: Tons of Fun! Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances. Single ticket prices range from $10-$22, with group rates available. The two endearing hippos from the James Marshall picture books stomp onto stage in this warm and funny musical adaptation. George and Martha are best friends. They play music together and share meals, presents, picnics, and exciting adventures like flying a balloon. Sometimes they have differences as all friends do. But it cannot last. Like all good friends, George and Martha just can’t stay angry for long! This simple story says much about our relationships at any age. Geared for our youngest theatre-goers but enjoyable for all, this new musical by Joan Cushing sparkles with clever lyrics and laughter. At Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD Imagination Stage offers discount ticket packages with benefits that emphasize the flexibility that parents and grandparents value, as well as significant savings. Details are on the website, www.imaginationstage.org.

<cal1>Apr. 16-May 21

<cal2> The Day John Henry Came to School. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances. Single ticket prices range from $10-$22, with group rates available. Johnny is a typical 5th grader, way into video games and not especially motivated at school. Imagine his surprise one night when there’s a loud knock at the door and his ancestor John Henry bursts into his bedroom, wielding a 12 lb. hammer and insisting that he will visit Johnny’s class the next day for "Show & Tell." At first unimpressed by John Henry’s tragic tale about his race with the steam engine, the kids in Johnny’s class come to appreciate the importance of his ultimate sacrifice. The award-winning playwright of Lost & Foundling has created another witty and insightful contemporary comedy. At Imagination Stage in the Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre. At Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD Imagination Stage offers discount ticket packages with benefits that emphasize the flexibility that parents and grandparents value, as well as significant savings. Details are on the website, www.imaginationstage.org.

<cal1>July 22-Aug. 14

<cal2> The Wind in the Willows. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Some Saturday 11 a.m. performances. Single ticket prices range from $10-$22, with group rates available. This musical retelling of the classic is faithful to the novel and features the beloved characters Mr. Toad, Mole, Ratty and Mr. Badger. It is early in the twentieth century and Mr. Toad falls hard for the charms of the motor car. His reckless driving results in his being thrown into prison, but, dressed as a laundry lady, he manages to escape. But will Mr. Toad be able to expel the Wild Wood squatters from Toad Hall and reclaim his home? Prepare to be enchanted by this irresistible mix of adventure and camaraderie. At Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD Imagination Stage offers discount ticket packages with benefits that emphasize the flexibility that parents and grandparents value, as well as significant savings. Details are on the website, www.imaginationstage.org.