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<sh>The Old Anglers’ Inn

<cl>Starting Oct. 8, KarmaKanix will be playing live rock and jazz every Friday from 8-11 p.m. at The Old Angler's Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd. Potomac. Call 301-299 9097.

Also, The Beer Garden at The Old Anglers’ Inn is the site for Shakespeare Outdoors, scenes and monologues from Shakespeare. Seasoned actors will be performing from “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Othello,” “Midsummer Nights Dream,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Titus Andronicus.” To be held Sundays at 5 p.m. at Old Angler’s Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. Call 301-365-2425.

<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>Mondays/Oct. 4-Nov.22

<cal2>Jazz Choir. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $175 tuition for eight classes (Stars $157.50). At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Howard University professor and Afro Blue jazz choir arranger/director Connaitre Miller brings a new offering in Strathmore’s expanding jazz class series. The class will cover ear-training and solo singing. Series concludes with a concert of songs learned in class. Choral experience suggested. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www. strathmore.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 6

<cal2>Specialty Tea: Chari-Tea. 1 p.m. $26 reservations. At the Mansion at Strathmore. The Strathmore Tea Room honors several tea ladies, volunteers and patrons who are breast cancer survivors. Breast cancer survivor and musician Meg Baker performing on the harp and piano. Strathmore hopes the special tea will help raise awareness and funds for a cure. Call 301-581-5108.

<cal1>Wednesdays/Oct. 6 and 27

<cal2>Matt Wigler, jazz and blues piano. 7:30 p.m. $12 tickets (Stars $10.80). At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Wigler, a 16-year-old pianist and composer who fell in love with jazz and blues at age eight, has played festivals and venues throughout the U.S. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 7

<cal2>Our Lady of Mercy School Open House. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tour classrooms, meet teachers and administrators, observe curriculum. Visit the library/media center, art studio, computer lab, gymnasium, TV studio and more. At 9222 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac. Call 301-365-4477 or schooloffice@olom.org. www.olom.org.

Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Beginner lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m. DJ Mike Marcotte & Guests will play a variety of styles. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org or www.CapitalBlues.org.

Paul Galbraith, classical guitar. 7:30 p.m. $28 tickets (Stars $25.50). At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Galbraith explores the music of Bach, Haydn and other classical composers. Part of the Strathmore Guitar Festival. Sponsored by Asbury Methodist Village. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Superpops Gotta Dance. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $28. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Conductor Jack Everly, along with dozens of dancers, explores the vast spectrum of movement and music. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Invasive Plant Removal. At various sites along the Potomac River Gorge, the 15-mile section of the Potomac River between Great Falls and Theodore Roosevelt Island. Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy of MD/DC with help from Crystal Light. Sign-up for the event by contacting Mary Travaglini at PotomacGorgeVol@tnc.org.

<cal1>Oct. 8-10

<cal2>Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. With 250 artisans, presentations by master craftspeople and live entertainment. Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, in Gaithersburg. Adults $7/online, $9/door; free for children under 12. Visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call 800-210-9900.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 8

<cal2>Historic Home Tour. 11 a.m. and noon. Free. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Guided tour illuminating the history, architecture and personal stories of the mansion. Call 301-581-5109 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Salsa Dance. 8 p.m. to midnight. Lesson from 8 to 9 p.m.; dancing to recorded music until midnight. At the Ballroom Annex of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Phone: 703-599-3300 or visit www.oohsalsa.com.

Contra Dance. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $9. Lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.; called dance to live music with the Glen Echo Open Band from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Email: fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Swingin' the Blues. 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $14. Two beginner lessons of West Coast Swing or Slow Blues from 8 to 9 p.m.; dancing to the band BG and the Mojo Hands from 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Email: dbarker@glenechopark.org

The Dave Brubeck Quartet and The Callaway Sisters. 8 p.m. Tickets are $29-$69 (Stars: $26.10-62.10). At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. The Callaway Sisters perform music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Kennedy Center Honoree Dave Brubeck performs songs from his 70-year musical career. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Stripmall Ballads: The Perfect Pipe Bomb. 9 p.m. $10 tickets in advance (Stars Price $9); $12 at the door. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. A folk opera showcasing Stripmall Ballads signature take on Americana music styles. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 301-581—5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Oct. 8 to 10

<cal2>Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Some 250 artists displaying ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, furniture and home dÈcor, fine art and photography. Artists demonstrations in iron forging, papermaking, copper spinning and wheel thrown pottery. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg. Admission is $7/online; $9/adults at door; free for children under 12. Visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call 800-210-9900.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 9

<cal2>Light the Night Walk. Activities begin at 5 p.m.; Walk begins at 7 p.m. A fund-raiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. At Rockville Town Square, Rockville. Visit www.lightthenight.org/nca or call 703-399-2941.

Truck Touch. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Experience the area’s largest and most diverse Truck Touch. Come play, explore, and climb on over 20 trucks — from monster trucks to smart cars, school bus to trash trucks, tow trucks to bobcats, children can experience all the trucks they love to see and read about. Home-baked goods, refreshments, snacks, and lunch available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Suburban Nursery School and school programs, a non-profit, parent-run school for over 50 years. $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12, free for children under 2. At Suburban Nursery School, 7210 Hidden Creek Road, Bethesda.

Swing Dancing. 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15. Lesson from 8 to 9 p.m.; dancing to the Blue Moon Big Band from 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Phone: 301-340-9732.

Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony. 8 p.m. Tickets are $32-$79. Maestro Piotr Gajewski will lead the National Philharmonic in its first concert of the 2010-2011 season. The concert will feature one of Gustav Mahler’s most renowned works, the Symphony No. 2 in C minor, known as the “Resurrection,” and showcase soprano Iwona Sobotka, mezzo-soprano Magdalena WÛr and the National Philharmonic’s nearly 200 voice all-volunteer chorale. At the Music Center at Strathmore. Visit nationalphilharmonic.org, or call the Strathmore ticket office at 301-581-5100.

The Playhouse Puppetry Slam. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A showcase of 3- to 10-minute vignettes aimed at mature audiences. Tickets are $15. Ages 13-16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. At The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call 301-634-5380 or visit: www.thepuppetco.org/schedule/slam/

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 www.HillSlowinski.com or call Hill Slowinski at 301-320-8430.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 9

<cal2>Mosaic Stepping Stones. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $155 tuition, plus $10 materials fee (Stars $139.50), At the Mansion at Strathmore, Sun Porch. This three-session workshop teaches students the basics of mosaic. Each student will design and complete a 12-inch square all-weather stepping stone. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Now Through Oct. 10

<cal2>Rockville Restaurant Week. With special prix-fixe menus, priced at $8/lunch/$15/dinner or $10/lunch, $25/dinner at 31 area restaurants. Sponsored by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce. Peruse participating restaurants online at www.rockvillerestaurantweek.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 10

<cal2>Family Dance. 3 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5. Live music by Young People’s Band. Spend the afternoon dancing with your children. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo.

Contra and Square Dance. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $12/nonmembers; $9/FSGW members. Lesson at 7 p.m.; followed by dances with the Rhythm Method String Band from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo.

Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $12/dance only; $17/lesson & dance. Slow Blues workshop with Mike Marcotte and Donna Barker from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; dancing to live music by the Moonlighters from 8:30 to 11 p.m. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in 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.

Waltz Dance. 3:30 to 6 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, Waltz Wizards. Introductory waltz lesson 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.; dancing from 3:30 to 6 p.m. At the Spanish Ballroom at 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.

InfoExpo. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. A free community event providing information, health screenings, expert speakers and entertainment, focused on the needs and interests of those 50 and older. Actors Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry will speak. JC Hayward of WUSA-9 TV will emcee. At White Flint Mall in North Bethesda. Call 301-949-9766.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 11

<cal2>Vintage Guitar Concert. 11 a.m. to noon. $15 tuition (Stars $13.50). At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. This concert/lecture features guitarist and collector Ken Lelen and bassist Matt Koch playing hits from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. Lelen and Koch pair each song with a vintage guitar. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Invasive Plant Removal. At various sites along the Potomac River Gorge, the 15-mile section of the Potomac River between Great Falls and Theodore Roosevelt Island. Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy of MD/DC with help from Crystal Light. Sign-up for the event by contacting Mary Travaglini at PotomacGorgeVol@tnc.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 12

<cal2>Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. $21 reservation. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Octtava Piano Duo with Hsien-Ann Meng and Wei-Der Huang. Call 301-581-5108.

Cheryl Prashker's "It's All About the Drums," with Zoe Mulford and Brad Yoder. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18/door; $15/advance. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Contact David Spitzer at focusrockville@earthlink.net or 301-275-7459 or visit www.FocusMusic.org.

<cal1>Oct. 13-17

<cal2>”The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Wednesday to Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10/regular; $8/seniors and students. At the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Box Office: 240-567-5301.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 13

<cal2>Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. $21 reservation. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Pianist Fran Hrastar performing. Call 301-581-5108.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 14

<cal2>Jason Vieaux, guitar. 7:30 p.m. $28 tickets (Stars $25.20). At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Vieaux plays compositions by Bach, AlbÈniz, Cuban composer Leo Brouwer and jazz pioneer Pat Metheny. Includes post-concert discussion with artist. Part of the Strathmore Guitar Festival. Sponsored by Asbury Methodist Village and Jordan Kitt’s Music. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Beginner lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m. DJ Mike Marcotte & Guests will play a variety of styles. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org or www.CapitalBlues.org.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 15

<cal2>Oktoberfest. 7 p.m. Benefit in memory of Joshua Stouck and to support the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center. Admission is $150/person, which includes open bar, beer tasting, silent auction, chef stations with wine tasting and live entertainment. Valet parking. At The Old Angler's Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd. Potomac. Contact Mindy Buren at 301-526-8820.

Guitar Masters: Eric Johnson, Andy McKee and Peppino D’Agostino. 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$48. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Part of the Strathmore Guitar Festival. Sponsored by PNC. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Contra Dance. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $9. Contra Dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. This week, Erik Hoffman calls to Goldcrest with Daron Douglas on fiddle; Paul Oorts on mandolin, musette accordion, cittern, and banjo; and Dave Weisler on piano and guitar. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park. Email: fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Super Fiesta Latina Party. 8:15 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15. Lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m.; dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. DJ Fabio Bonini will play the best of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha-Cha, Reggaeton and more. At the Ballroom Annex of Glen Echo Park. Email: Jennifer@ForeverDancing.com.

The FiF and 21 Birdstone. 9 .m. $10 tickets in advance (Stars Price $9); $12 at the door. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. 21 Birdstone, an electro-hip-hop group based in Montgomery County, Md., draws influences from hip-hop, techno, and house music. Fif incorporates elements of rock, jazz, funk and soul. Doors at 8:00 p.m. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 16

<cal2>“Helping Your Older Dog Stay Happy & Healthy.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free. A veterinarian and a trainer will discuss health and behavior issues typical of older dogs, with practical suggestions for helping them stay comfortable, safe and active. At Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd., Potomac. Register at www.yourdogsfriend.info or 301-983-5913. Please do not bring your dog.

50th Anniversary Party and Reunion. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Appetizers, desserts and beer and wine. $45 per person. R.S.V.P. and pay for tickets on the OLOM School website at www.olom.org/school. Any questions? Email mercyreunion@olom.org. The committee would love to have any pictures that you can share. Email Susan Brewer shbrewer@verizon.net with pictures or send to 8608 Chateau Drive, Potomac, MD 20854. The event will be held at Our Lady of Mercy School, 9222 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac.

Glen Echo Fire Station Open House. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With.” Tours of the station, fire safety activities, information/handouts, demonstrations of emergency equipment and more. At 5920 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Call 301-229-3200.

Beethoven and Shostakovich. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $28. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by 17-year-old Ilyich Rivas, with pianist Markus Groh. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Fall Foliage Bus Tours. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $65, which includes lunch at the Comus Inn. Enjoy a bus tour through the up-county/Agricultural Reserve. Join the staff of Heritage Montgomery as they share many of the region’s fascinating stories and legends while pointing out orchards ripe with juicy apples, bountiful fields of pumpkins, and spectacular vistas adorned with autumn’s changing leaves. Call 301-515-0753 or email director@heritagemontgomery.org.

Swing Dance. 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15. Beginner swing dance lesson from 8 to 9 p.m.; dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. With the Deanna Bogart Band, a blues and boogie pianist and saxophonist. At the Bumper Car Pavilion of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Contact: americanswing.org

<cal1>Oct. 16 and 17

<cal2>Cajun and Zydeco Music and Dance Festival. Saturday noon to midnight; Sunday noon to 6:30 p.m. With the bands Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys; Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas; Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys; Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp; and Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble. At Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom and Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Michael Hart at 301-762-6730 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222, or go to www.DancingbytheBayou.com.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 17

<cal2>Potomac River Jam. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. . The morning will begin with a sampling of this summer’s most popular nature walks at Lock 8, including a bird walk, bug walk and medicinal plant walk. In the afternoon, the melodies of local musicians will fill the air with songs from a variety of musical genres. Canoe trips will be offered to Minnie’s Island, and kids will enjoy face painting, games, and crafts. At River Center at Lock 8, C&O Canal National Historic Park, 7906 Riverside Drive, Cabin John. Contact Deanna Tricarico, tricarico@potomac.org, 301-608-1188 x204.

Contra and Square Dance. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $9/members; $12/nonmembers. 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 Gift of the Marcii Contra Rebels from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 18

<cal2>Beth Sholom Book Club. 8 p.m. To review "Songs for the Butcher's Daughter" by Peter Manseau. At Beth Sholom (conference room) 11825 Seven Locks Rd. Potomac. Email Tanya Lampert alamp9608@yahoo.com.

Brendan Begley & CaoimhÌn Raghallaigh. 7:30 p.m. tickets are $15/advance; $20/door. At IMT at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville.

Call 301-754-3611 and visit www.imtfolk.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 19

<cal2>Specialty Tea: German Tea. 1 p.m. $26 reservation. At the Mansion at Strathmore. The Tea Room hosts Octoberfest with a German tea. Pianist Loy-Leilani Garbutt and vocalist Lauren Campbell performing. Call 301-581-5108.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 20

<cal2>Book and Author Luncheon. 10 a.m. Kitty Kelley will discuss her latest book, "Oprah," Kay Shaw Nelson will talk about "Cloak and Dagger Cook," and Jason Meath will speak about "Hollywood on the Potomac." Sponsored by the Greater Washington Women's Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee. Cost is $70 for members, $80 for non-members. Reservations are required. At the Lakewood Country Club, 13901 Glen Mill Road, Rockville. For information and reservations, contact Jackie Sherman at 301-294-8069 or jsherman123@verizon.net.

Preschool Fair. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Learn more about local preschools at the 13th Annual Preschool Fair sponsored by the MOMS Club of Potomac. Approximately 30 preschools from the Potomac, Rockville, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and surrounding areas will be represented. At the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac. Call Stacy Yu at 301-461-6770, or momspotomac@gmail.com.

Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. $21 reservation. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Guitarist Dave Almy and vocalist Cheryl Gearheart performing. Call 301-581-5108.

Andras Schiff, piano. 8 p.m. $21 reservation. At the Music center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Schiff performs works by Schumann. Presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society and underwritten by Betsy and Robert Feinberg. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 21

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Beginner lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m. DJ Mike Marcotte & Guests will play a variety of styles. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org or www.CapitalBlues.org.

Midori performs Shostakovich. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $28. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Violinist Midori and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gilbert Varga. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Oct. 22-24

<cal2>Heavenly Harvest. Friday 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. All three days: harvest market, gifts, books, baked goods, pumpkins, handicrafts, food and more. Saturday only: Kidville, photo booth, flu shots. At Faith United Methodist Church, 6810 Montrose Road, Rockville.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 22

<cal2>The Carl Palmer Band Solo Tour. 8 p.m. Known for Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the band, Asia. Tickets are $25/regular; $23/seniors and students. At the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Box Office: 240-567-5301.

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.

Ruth. 9 p.m. $10 tickets in advance (Stars &9); $12 at the door. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Jamaican singer and songwriter performs reggae music. Doors at 8:00 p.m. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 22

<cal2>Book Arts. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $260 tuition plus $30 material fee (Stars $234). At Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Professional artist and educator Karen O. Brown teaches an in depth approach to bookmaking in three intensive sessions. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 23

<cal2>Imagination Stage Gala. “Be Immortal. Let your Love of the Arts Live Forever.” Chaired by Mikel and David Blair. $250 per ticket; $1,000 per sponsorship. Cocktails and silent auction at 6:30 p.m.; performance at 7:30 p.m.; buffet reception at 8:30 p.m. At Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Contact Lilly Goldberg at 301-280-1626 or lgoldberg@imaginationstage.org or www.imaginationstage.org.

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 www.HillSlowinski.com or call Hill Slowinski at 301-320-8430.

Master Class with Menahem Pressler, piano. 11 a.m. Free. Reservation required. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Education Center, Room# 309. International performer and pedagogue Menahem Pressler coaches select piano students from the Levine School of Music. Call 202-686-8000 ext. 1599 or visit www.levineschool.org.

Fall Foliage Bus Tours. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $65, which includes lunch at the Comus Inn. Enjoy a bus tour through the up-county/Agricultural Reserve. Join the staff of Heritage Montgomery as they share many of the region’s fascinating stories and legends while pointing out orchards ripe with juicy apples, bountiful fields of pumpkins, and spectacular vistas adorned with autumn’s changing leaves. Call 301-515-0753 or email director@heritagemontgomery.org.

<cal1>Oct. 23 and 24

<cal2> D’s New World Symphony. 8 p.m. Saturday. 3 p.m. Sunday. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Tickets start at $32. Children 7-17 are free. Free pre-concert lecture one hour before each performance. National Philharmonic with cellist Zuill Bailey and conductor Piotr Gajewski. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>From Oct. 23 to Nov. 7

<cal2>Drawing for Art Fundraiser and Exhibition. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Patrons peruse a broad selection of fine art and craft, plus a drawing where every ticketholder leaves with a piece of art. Reception and drawing 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 24

<cal2>The Commonwealth Brass Concert. 4 p.m. Free admission. Offers a wide variety of musical styles from the Renaissance to 20th century with humor and virtuosity. At The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle, NW, Washington, D.C.

Cabin John Fire Station Open House. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With.” Tours of the station, fire safety activities, information/handouts, demonstrations of emergency equipment and more. At 8001 River Road, Bethesda. Call 301-365-2028.

Waltz Dance. 3:30 to 6 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band Crowfoot. Waltz Workshop from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Lisa Brooks and Dan Kahn will teach a free Hambo workshop (a classic Swedish couple turning dance that is in 3/4 time, but with a rhythm different from the waltz) after the waltz from 6 to 7 p.m. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

Open House. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department. Learn more about your local fire department, participate in family friendly activities, and watch volunteers simulate the rescue of a person trapped in a damaged car. Activities include petting zoo; moon bounce; free blood pressure checks; 911 simulation booth; tours of the fire station and fire/rescue apparatus (including the ladder truck, fire engine, and ambulance); stickers and fire hats for kids; a fire hose demonstration where kids can man the nozzle; rappelling and auto-extrication demonstrations and more.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 25

<caal2>Lecture on Dinah Washington, Queen of the Juke Box. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $15 tuition (Stars $13.50). At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Jessica Boykin-Settles, jazz vocalist and lecturer on the music faculty at Howard University, explores the life of vocalist Dinah

Washington. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 26

<cal2>Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. $21 reservation. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Pianist Becky Dukes performing. Call (301) 581-5108.

Ellen Bukstel and Bob Sima. 8 p.m. Tickets are $18/door; $15/advance. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. Contact David Spitzer at focusrockville@earthlink.net or 301-275-7459 or visit www.FocusMusic.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 27

<cal2>Specialty Tea: Halloween Tea. 1 p.m. $26 reservation. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Murder mystery tea party with Celtic harpist Jo Morrison. Call 301-581-5108.

Joan Baez with Steve Earle. 8 p.m. At the Music Center at Strathmore. For tickets, visit www.Strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 28

<cal2>Blues Night Out. 7:30 p.m. The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture brings live music to the Park again with another Thursday evening concert. The entertainment lineup includes The Crimestoppers and Nobody’s Business, two high-energy, local rock and blues bands. In the Bumper Car Pavilion. Admission is free. Call 301-634-2222 or visit www.glenechopark.org.

Borealis String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. $28 tickets. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Performing Haydn, Shostakovich and Grieg. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Beginner lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m. DJ Mike Marcotte & Guests will play a variety of styles. At the Back Room of Glen Echo Park. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org or www.CapitalBlues.org.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 29

<cal2>Middle Distance Runner and Kelly Towles. 9 p.m. $10 tickets in advance (Stars $9); $12 at the door. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. MDR performing, with art installation by Kelly Towles. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 30

<cal2>“Living With Your Outta Control Dog.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free. If you have an exuberant dog — one that goes crazy when the doorbell rings or when he sees a dog outside the window — come learn how to teach your dog self-control. Please don’t bring your dog. At Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd., Potomac. Register at www.yourdogsfriend.info or 301-983-5913.

Solo Organ Recital. 7:30 p.m. With organist Kyle Babin. Music will include pieces by Bach, DeGrigny, Isoir, Liszt, Litaize, Mozart, Widor. Free, “suggested donation,” proceeds benefit Bethesda Cares. At Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda. Call 301-365-2850 or visit

www.bradleyhillschurch.org.

Fall Frolic. 1 to 4 p.m. Join the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture for a day of fall fun! Daytime activities for families will include pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and a costume parade around the Park. Call 301- 634-2222 or visit www.glenechopark.org.

Cathy and Marcy’s 25th Annual Family Music Party. 1 p.m. Tickets are $15-$32 (Stars $13.50-$28.80). At the Music Center at Strathmore. Special guests Bonnie Rideout, Ella Jenkins, Cathy and Marcy’s Alumni Chorus, the Rockville High School Pipe Band and surprise performers. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

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>Monday/Nov. 1

<cal2>Photo Safari, Strathmore in Fall. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuition $25 (Stars $22.50). At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. David Luria returns to offer this digital photography workshop in capturing the vibrancy of fall foliage. One photograph taken during the class will be chosen to be used in Strathmore’s marketing materials. For more information call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 2

<cal2>Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. At the Mansion at Strathmore. $21 reservations required. Pianist John Dassoulas performing. Call 301-581-5108.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 3

<cal2>Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. At the Mansion at Strathmore. $21 reservation required. Pianist Ellen Tennenbaum performing. Call 301-581-5108.

Jon Carroll, singer-songwriter. 7:30 p.m. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Tickets $15 (Stars $13.50). Returning as a Strathmore AIR mentor, native Washingtonian

Jon Carroll is a veteran writer/performer, producer/arranger,

educator and Grammy winning recording artist. Carroll’s songs

were recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Tom Jones and others, and he has performed with many artists including Mary Chapin

Carpenter, Rodney Crowell and the Dixie Chicks. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Jonothan Biss, piano. 8 p.m. At the Music Center at Strathmore. Tickets are $25-$65 (Stars $22.50-$58.50). The legendary ensemble returns to Strathmore with an all-Mozart program featuring the gifted pianist Jonathan Biss. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 4

<cal2>BSO Superpops Judy Collins. 8 p.m. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25. The Grammy Award-winning performer of “Both Sides Now” and “Send in the Clowns” brings her solo show to the Music Center at Strathmore for one performance only. Please note: The BSO does not perform on this program. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 5

<cal2>Master Class with Robert Breault, tenor. 5 p.m. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Education Center, Room 402. $5 reservation required. Call 301-492-9283.

Off the Cuff, Analyze This: Mahler and Freud. 8 p.m. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25. This program, presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, re-enacts the little known meeting in 1910 between Gustav Mahler and famous psychiatrist Dr. Sigmund Freud, where the two grappled with tensions and conflict that affected Mahler’s entire musical output. Marin Alsop, conductor; Didi Balle, writer and stage director. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 6

<cal2>Darnestown Bazaar & Boutique. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch cafÈ and silent auction plus gifts and many other items. Presented by the Darnestown Presbyterian Women. At Darnestown Presbyterian Church, 15120 Turkey Foot Rd., Gaithersburg. Call 301-948-9127.

<cal2>Interfaith Concert to Benefit HIV/AIDS. 7:30 p.m. Donation of $35 at door; reception follows concert. “A Musical Quilt: Together in Unity. At Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda.

In-depth Jazz Singing Session I: Talkin’ to the Band. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Tuition is $60 (Stars $54). The first of three in-depth sessions on solo jazz singing scheduled this season. Students will work with outstanding local jazz vocalist and former Artist in Residence Lena Seikaly to learn the necessary vocabulary and gestures needed to communicate with the rhythm section when performing. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Children’s Historic Home Tour. 10:30 a.m. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Free. Tailor-made for young ones five and up, this special guided tour tells the stories of the Mansion at

Strathmore and gives and overview of its architectural features. Call 301-581-5109 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Berlioz’s Requiem. 8 p.m. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Tickets start at $32. Children 7-17 are free. National Philharmonic presents Robert Breault, tenor, and Stan Engebretson, conductor. Berlioz’s Requiem was written in 1837 to remember the soldiers who died in the July 1830 Revolution that overthrew King Charles X of France, involves a massive orchestra and chorus, as well as four antiphonal brass ensembles. Free pre-concert lecture one hour before the performance. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 7

<cal2>Bannockburn Craft Show. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Artisans will be selling ceramics, soaps, towels, jewelry, fabric and glass arts and other handicrafts. The event has raised money to help restore the historic Bannockburn Clubhouse, a meeting venue in West Bethesda and home to the Bannockburn Cooperative Nursery School. At the Bannockburn Clubhouse, 6314 Bannockburn Dr., Bethesda. Contact Claudia Levy, 301-229-4045 or claudialevy@comcast.net

Not-So-Big Wedding Boutique. 1to 4 p.m. Free. Each team will create a wedding package under $15K for a ceremony and reception for 65, to include catering, floral arrangements, music, photography and a Montgomery Parks Event Center rental. Come see the results, get ideas, talk with experts and purchase designer wedding gowns for $150. At Rockwood Manor, 11001 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. RSVP at www.NotSoBigWedding.com.

Drawing for Art Fundraiser. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $100. At the Mansion at Strathmore. The final day of the annual exhibition includes a special event starting with a reception at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., a drawing is held and patrons can choose to take home an original work of art and support the arts at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Monday/Nov. 8

<cal2>Floral Design Presentation. 10 a.m. Tickets are $20. Marianne Raub of Helen Olivia Floral Design will create several holiday designs and present them for the Little Farms Garden Club of Potomac to raffle at the end of the program. She designs arrangements for the Vice President and Secretary of State. At the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd, Potomac.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 9

<cal2>Specialty Tea: Author’s Tea. 1 p.m. $26 reservation required. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Tea Room. The Strathmore Tea Room honors local authors. Patrons can talk one-on-one with the writers and purchase their works. Karen Ashbrook, dulcimer, and Paul Oorts, guitar. Call 301-581-5108.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 10

<cal2>Emanuel Ax, piano. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $28. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Emanuel Ax performs Schubert and Chopin. Presented by Washington Performing Arts Society. The WPAS Piano Masters Series is generously underwritten by Betsy and Robert Feinberg. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 11- 14

<cal2>Museum Shop Around. $9 at the door (Stars $8). At the Mansion at Strathmore. Proceeds from shop sales benefit Strathmore and 16 organizations that bring their museum gift shops to the event. Shops include the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Decatur House, National Archives, U.S. Capitol Historic Society, the Shop at Strathmore, Shakespeare Theatre Shop, Audubon and many more. No strollers. Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Bang on a Can All-Stars. 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-$35. At the Music Center at Strathmore. The American premiere of Steve Reich’s 2x5 is performed by Bang on a Can All Stars. This creative and innovative ensemble is a perfect fit for the works of Steve Reich. Reich was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize award for Music. Strathmore President and CEO Eliot Pfanstiehl will host a post concert discussion with the artists. Part of the Strathmore Guitar Festival. Sponsored by PNC. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 12

<cal2>Punch Brothers, Featuring Chris Thile, mandolin. 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-$35 (Stars $22.50-$37.80). At the Music Center at Strathmore. The Punch Brothers and Chris Thile highlight the mandolin. Chris Thile has elevated the mandolin from its origins as a simple folk and bluegrass instrument to the sophistication and brilliance of the finest jazz improvisation and classical performance. Part of the Strathmore Guitar Festival. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 13

<cal2>JRA Day 2010. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The James Renwick Alliance announces the third annual JRA Day craft exhibition and sale by 30 JRA member artists. Admission is $5/members; $7/nonmembers. At the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Free parking. Objects for sale may be viewed at www.jraday.com. Call 301-907-3888.

Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Features holiday crafts and exhibitors, shabby chic corner, silent auction, jewelry, white elephant, bake shop, raffle, CafÈ Assisi and activities for children. Sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi Church, in the Parish Center, 6701 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, Md. Call 301-840-1407.

Czechoslovak Christmas Bazaar. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. A wide variety of crafts and holiday items, Czech and Slovak Christmas cookies, and the restaurant will serve typical Czechoslovak dishes. Sponsored by the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences. At River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road, Bethesda. Contact Helena Fabry at 301-229-4064 or Hmfabry@aol.com.

An Evening with Kris Kristofferson. 8 p.m. Tickets are $32-$72 (Stars $28.80-$64.80). At the Music Center at Strathmore. In this intimate, stripped-down solo concert, Kristofferson sings the songs that have made him who he is: “Help Me Make it Through the Night,” “For the Good Times,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and more. Part of the Strathmore Guitar Festival. Call 301- 581-5100 or visit

www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 14

<cal2> The Seasons Project. 7 p.m. At Strathmore’s Music Center. Tickets $25–$55 (Stars price $22.50 - $49.50). Washington premiere of “The American Four Seasons,” by Philip Glass, a piece The Guardian describes as “baroque in scale, and slyly using a synthesizer as continuo, it interweaves unaccompanied solos with formal movements of great melodic beauty.” The new work is complemented on the program by its famous counterpart — Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” For more information, visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

Sunday at Strathmore. 2 p.m. With Stephen Sondheim, hosted by Peter Marks. Tickets are $38-$58 (Stars $34.20-$52.20). At the Music Center at Strathmore. The conversation celebrates great American song with the man who penned some of Broadway’s most memorable classics of the last 50 years, from West Side Story to Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd and more. Winner of eight Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, an Academy award, Grammy Awards and many other honors, this witty, literary lion of American theater has stories to tell. This event does not include musical performances. Call 301-581-5100 or visit ww.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Mondays/ Nov. 15, 22 and 29

<cal2>Stories from the Attic. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuition is $75 for three sessions (Stars $67.50). At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Lynn Stearns of the Writer’s Center helps participants put priceless family stories on paper, teaching major elements of writing such as voice, point of view, language, dialogue, setting, structure, plot, pacing and resolution. Each participant will write in class and have opportunities to have work critiqued. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 16

<cal2>Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. $21 reservation required. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Karen Ashbrook, wooden flute, and Elizabeth Benforado, piano, perform English music. Call 301-581-5108.

<cal1>Wednesday/Nov. 17

<cal2>Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. $21 reservation required. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Becky Dukes, piano. Call 301-581-5194.

Iridescence Trio. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 (Stars $13.50).

Rediscover the grace and delicate purity of the flute in this

unique performance. Strathmore’s Mansion Galleries are open

late on Wednesdays so patrons can view the current collection

before the concert. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Thursday/Nov. 18

<cal2>Musicalitea, Levine School of Music. 11 a.m. Free reservation required. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Education Center, Room 309. Complimentary tea and light fare at free performances by faculty-artists and students. Call 202-686-8000, ext. 1068.

<cal1>Friday/Nov. 19

<cal2>Historic Home Tour. 11 a.m. and noon. Free. At the Mansion at Strathmore. A guided tour illuminating the history, architecture and personal stories of the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5109 or visit www.strathmore.org

Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Vladimir Spivakov, conductor and soloist. 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 - $79. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Maestro Artist Management presents a highly anticipated performance by one of the world’s most acclaimed chamber orchestras, led by internationally-renowned violinist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov. Russian pianist Alexander Ghindin is one of the featured soloists in this performance, featuring works by

Boccherini, Mozart, Schnitzel and Shostakovich. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 20

<cal2>“Dr Meyer’s Top 10 Secrets for Well-Behaved Dogs & Happy Owners.” 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Dr. Kathy Meyer, DVM, of the Veterinary Behavior Clinic, will discuss how wrong information, bad advice, or lack of attention can lead dog owners down the path to long-lasting behavior issues that can be challenging to correct. At Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd., Potomac. Register at www.yourdogsfriend.info or 301-983-5913. Please do not bring your dog.

Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto, G¸nter Herbig, conductor Tianwa Yang, violin. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. G¸nther Herbig introduces young Taiwanese virtuoso Tianwa Yang who makes her Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The program also features the exquisite fairy tale-based Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel and Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Nov. 20 to Dec. 30

<cal2>International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature. Free. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 301-581-5200 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Michael Bignell & Mikhail Kononov. Free. Explore Bignell’s works in acrylic and Kononov’s works in oil. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 301-581-5200 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Nov. 21

<cal2>Tokyo String Quartet, Jeremy Denk, piano. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Washington Performing Arts Society presents performances of Mozart, Barber, and Dvorak. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 23

<cal2>The Magnificent Mazowsze. 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$65. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. 2Luck Concepts presents a thrilling display of dazzling movement, vibrant color and stunning beauty. Ninety dancers, musicians and singers are arrayed in a seemingly never-ending series of handmade traditional costumes – more than 1,000 in total, one more dramatic and colorful than the next. Call 301-581-5108.

<cal1>Nov. 24 to 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>Saturday/Nov. 27

<cal2>O Come Let Us Adore Him: Mormon Orchestra & Chorus of Washington, D.C. 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $21 and $25 (Stars $18.90 and $22.50). At the Music Center at Strathmore. The Mormon Orchestra & Chorus of Washington, D.C. perform their new holiday concert “O Come Let Us Adore Him.” The program includes arrangements of traditional carols “The First Noel,” “O Holy Night,” “See Amid the Winter’s Snow” and more. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Nov. 30

<cal2>Specialty Tea: Hanukkah tea. 1 p.m. $26 reservation required. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Enjoy traditional music and food for the first Hanukkah tea. Call 301-581-5194.

<cal1> Thursday/Dec. 2

<cal2> The 2010 Kenny G Holiday Show. 8 p.m. Tickets $38-$125 (Stars price $34.20–$112.50). Grammy winner Kenny G brings a mellow holiday concert featuring favorites from his best-selling albums, including “The Greatest Holiday Classics” and “Miracles,” which, in addition to being Kenny’s first album to hit number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart, became the best-selling holiday album of all time. Co-presented with AM Productions. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 9

<cal2> Gerald Clayton Trio. At 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 (Stars Price $25.20). A rising star in the jazz world, at the young age of 26, pianist Gerald Clayton has already racked up numerous awards, performed with greats like Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove and Clark Terry and garnered critical acclaim. DownBeat raves, “In a generation of wunderkinds, Clayton stands out for his nuanced touch, precise articulation and the way he constructs a narrative for his solos.” At the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5109 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1> Saturday/Jan. 22, 2011

<cal2> Shir Ami- Song of Our People. At 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 (Stars price $25.20). Explore the rich mid-20th century musical heritage of the Jewish people. From Rimsky-Korsakov to Jewish composers who perished in the holocaust to musicians who emigrated after the holocaust and became cultural leaders, this moving performance recovers and rejuvenates music from this tumultuous period of history. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5109 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1> Friday/ Feb. 4, 2011

<cal2> Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Seldom Scene. At 8 p.m. Tickets are $25–$42 (Stars price $22.50–$37.80). With a career that spans five decades, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has influenced a generation of country rockers with hits like “Mr. Bojangles,” “Dance little Jean” and “Fishin’ in the Dark.” Opening are bluegrass favorites, The Seldom Scene who pull up some chairs and start telling stories with their brilliant arrangements of tunes by Duane Allman, John Fogerty, Merle Haggard, Steve Earle and Bob Dylan. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

<cal1>Feb. 6 to Mar. 13, 2011

<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>Tuesday/ Feb. 15, 2011

<cal2> Duo Recital. At 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 (Stars price $25.20). This intimate duo recital in the Mansion pairs the critically acclaimed superstar cellist Alisa Weilerstein with singer/composer/pianist Gabriel Kahane, whose music “absorbs everything from nineteen twenties neoclassicism to bluegrass and modern indie pop” (The New Yorker), in a program featuring Bach’s Suite No. 5 and solo works by Kahane.

The performance culminates with the Washington premiere of a new sonata created by Kahane for cello, piano and voice which draws on the poetry of the great 20th century Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5109 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1> Tuesday/ March 8, 2011

<cal2> Cirque Mechanics: Boom Town. 8 p.m. Tickets are $25–$45 (Stars price $22.50–$40.50). Join the acrobats of Cirque Mechanics as they time-travel to the 1865 mining town of rosebud, where an unlikely discovery sets off a hilarious series of events full of the lore and adventure of the old West. Treat the whole family to an evening The New York Times calls “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching, ear-catching, and engrossingly entertaining.” At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Visit www.strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.

<cal1>April 9 to May 29, 2011

<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>April 16 to May 21, 2011

<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 children 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> Thursday/ May 12, 2011

<cal2> Piano Recital. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $28 (Stars Price $25.20). This artist channels the 19th century composer and pianist Clara Wieck Schumann (wife of Robert Schumann), recreating an 1871 concert by Clara. Performing on Strathmore’s 1850s Broadwood piano, Joshua deftly intersperses works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Bach and Chopin with engaging readings from Clara’s diaries and letters. A Gerald M. Woofter Memorial Concert Program. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5109 or visit www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>July 22 to Aug. 14, 2011

<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.