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<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 27

<cal2>Author Jennifer B. Lee. 7 to 9:30 p.m. The history of Chinese food in America and abroad is the theme of this third annual "Read, Eat & Give" fundraiser. Admission is $35 for individuals and $60 per couple. Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County. At VisArts, 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville. Visit www.folmc.org or call 240-777-0020.

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.

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, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or go to info@CapitalBlues.org or www.CapitalBlues.org.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 29

<cal2>Contra Halloween Dance. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.; dancing to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. This week Susan Petric calls to The Opportunists with Alan Snyder on fiddle; Erik Hoffman on guitar and fiddle; Topher Gayle on tenor, banjo, mandolin, mandola, guitar and bass. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email: fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Coffee House Shabbat. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. A Night of music, featuring singer/songwriter Shane Hines. Check out www.shanehines.com. Services begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by live music in an informal coffee house atmosphere at the Oneg. Presented by Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Road, Rockville. Visit www.bethami.org. 301-340-6818.

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.

Swing Dance. 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15. Flying Feet Enterprises presents a Swing dance with the Daryl Davis Band. Beginner Swing Dance lesson from 8 - 9 p.m. is followed by dancing from 9 p.m. - midnight. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Email: dance@flyingfeet.org

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>Oct. 30 Through Nov. 6

<cal2>"Anything Goes." Oct. 30, Nov. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. The musical features Josh Kaufmann as Billy Crocker, Chani Wereley as Reno Sweeny, Alexandra Levenson as Hope Harcourt, Michael Mainwaring as Moonface Martin, Ben Melhus as Evelyn Oakleigh, and Genevieve Austin as Erma. Directed by Carlos Barillo. Winston Churchill’s orchestra will perform under conductor Kristopher Sanz. Tickets are available at the box office one hour before each performance and will be on sale at Winston Churchill between 11 to 11:50 a.m. everyday during the weeks of Oct. 25 -29 and Nov. 1-5. Or purchase tickets on line at www.seatyourself.biz/Churchill or find the link on www.churchillhs.org. At Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 31

<cal2>Ballroom Tea Dance. 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $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. Dance lesson at 3 p.m. for all levels is followed by dancing to live music from 3:30 - 6 p.m. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

Israeli’s Young Talents. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Israeli’s hottest young talents in music, dance, film, theater and art will be the topics of Director of Cultural Affairs of the Israel embassy Sarit Arbell’s presentation at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda. At 7727 Persimmon Tree Lane Bethesda. Visit www.adatshalom.net or 301-767-3333 X106.

Contra and Square Dance. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $9/members; $12/nonmembers. The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. Lesson is at 7 p.m., followed by dances with The Opportunists. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call 202-518-1299.

Open House. 10 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Har Shalom Early Childhood Education Center. Tour the building, watch a puppet show, meet current ECEC families, sing with Hazzan Ozur Bass, interact in Hebrew with Lilach Arad. At Har Shalom Early Childhood Education Center, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac. RSVP to Liran Laor at 301-299-7087, x244.

<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.

Eating as a Sacred Activity. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Part of Jews, Food and Contemporary Life — A three-part conversation lead by Rabbi Sid Schwarz. At Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, 7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda. Visit www.adatshalom.net or call 301-767-3333 x106.

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>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. With DJ Mike Marcotte and Guests. Slow blues lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m.; dancing from 9 to 11:30 p.m. 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.

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>Music Infusion Shabbat. Free. Featuring the Trio Sefardi, a confluence of three performers, Susan Gaeta, Howard Bass and Tina Chancey, who share a wide ranging experience with Sephardic music. They will perform both during and following the 7:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat services. At Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Road, Rockville. Visit www.bethami.org or call 301-340-6818.

Folk Musician Garnet Rogers. 8 p.m. Canadian Garnet Rogers is a man with a powerful physical presence — close to 6 1/2 feet tall — with a voice to match. Tickets are $18/door; $15/advance. At the Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville. Visit www.FocusMusic.org.

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>Nov. 5-7

<cal2>Ethnic Food Festival and Bazaar. Russian and Eastern European food specialties such as piroghi, Chicken Kiev, blini, halupki. Baked goods, desserts, crafts, children's books, jewelry, handbags, pottery, raffle and more. Friday, Nov. 5 (11 a.m. –8 p.m.); Saturday, Nov. 6 (11 a.m.-8 p.m.); and Sunday, Nov. 7 (12 noon-4 p.m.). At St. Mark Orthodox Church, 7124 River Rd., Bethesda. Call 301-229-6300; visit www.stmarkoca.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 6

<cal2>"Horses on Pointe." 7 p.m. A benefit for Great and Small Therapeutic Riding. Features performances of musical "dances with horses" as well as an elegant Quadrille by Great and Small's horses and students. The Great Falls Vaulters will be demonstrating the sport of vaulting, or gymnastics on horseback. Special guest will be Debbie McDonald, Olympic dressage medalist. Proceeds will benefit Great and Small, a non-profit corporation that gives lessons in horsemanship and horseback riding to children and adults with a range of physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. Sponsored by Wyndham Oaks. Tickets are $80 each, includes wine, cheese, fruit and dessert; tables seat 10. Download information from www.greatandsmallride.org, or call 301-349-0075 or by e-mail at info@greatandsmallride.org. Checks, made out to Great and Small, can be mailed to P.O. Box 59664, Potomac, MD 20859.

Garage Sale. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The proceeds will be used to refurbish the church kitchen. At Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Call 301-365-5733.

Darnestown Bazaar & Boutique. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch café 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.

Zedashe Ensemble. 8 p.m. CD Release Concert: Enduring Fortress. Hailing from the Republic of Georgia, this group presents a concert of traditional Georgian music, both secular and religious featuring the (ancient) haunting three-part harmony unique to the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. Tickets are $15. At Glen Echo Town Hall, 6106 Harvard Ave., Glen Echo. Call 301-717-4641.

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>Capitol Steps. 7 p.m. Musical political satire group performs. Sponsored by the Winston Churchill High School Educational Foundation, Inc., whose goal is to fund educational opportunities for members of Winston Churchill High School and Churchill Cluster that are not supported by the Montgomery County Public Schools budget. At Winston Churchill High School, Gertrude Bish Auditorium, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac. Visit www.churchillhs.org Tickets may be ordered online or by mail.

Chanukah Holiday Boutique. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Great selection of unique gifts from well-known vendors including: clothing, jewelry, children’s items, home décor, menorahs and more. Sponsored by Congregation B’nai Tzedek, 10621 S. Glen Rd., Potomac. Call 301-299-0225.

Many Facets Holiday Gift Boutique. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Affordable quality crafts and gifts from more than 25 local artists and specialty shops. Proceeds benefit SEEC, a nonprofit agency working to improve the lives of Montgomery County residents who have developmental disabilities. At the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase. Visit: www.seeconline.org.

Autumn Hoedown. Chuckwagon supper at 6 p.m.; square dance lesson at 6:30 p.m.; square dancing until 8:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for ages 13 and over; $6 for ages 3-12. Family maximum charge of $40. Make reservations by calling the Tikvat Israel at 301-762-7338. At 2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville. Email Carol Chelemer; carolchelemer@ comcast.net or go to http://tikvatisrael.org/contact.html

Waltz Dance. 2:45 to 6 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, Footloose. Beginner waltz workshop at 2:45 p.m.; dancing from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and Free Hambo Workshop from 6-7 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 or e-mail info@WaltzTimeDances.org.

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>Re-Visiting Kashrut. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Part of Jews, Food and Contemporary Life — A three-part conversation lead by Rabbi Sid Schwarz. At Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, 7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda. Visit www.adatshalom.net or call 301-767-3333 x106.

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

<cal2>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. With DJ Mike Marcotte and Guests. Slow blues lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m.; dancing from 9 to 11:30 p.m. 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>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>Nov. 13-14

<cal2>Pleiades Jewelry Exhibition and Sale. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. A collection of jewelry and metalwork pieces by 17 area artists will be offered for show and sale. Pleiades Artists: Nella Fischer, Mimi Harris, Pamela Hill-Byrne, Jan Maddox, Jan Mandel, Cindy Calahan, Tina Chisena, Sue Garten, Betty Helen Longhi, Carol Oshinsky, Vaso Pavili, Pat Perito, Dorthea Stover, Judy Sugar, Marie Susinno, Stefanie Taylor, Mary Ellen Trozzo, Estelle Vernon, Emma Villedrovin, Irene Weinz. At The Woman's Club of Bethesda, 5500 Sonoma Rd, Bethesda, corner of Old Georgetown and Sonoma Roads. Call 301-299-3497.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 13

<cal2>Flea Market/Community Yard Sale. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road. Tables cost $30 (proceeds to benefit community center). Call Emily McDonell at 240-777-6960.

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, Café 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>Crab Feast Fundraiser. 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $40/person for all-you-can-eat steamed crabs, as well as fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, applesauce, and rolls, along with beer and soda. At Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Lane, Anastasi Room, Bethesda. Call 301- 977-6634, email info@bccrs.org, or visit www.bccrs.org.

Chevy Chase Concert. 4 p.m. Free. Mozart "Coronation Mass." The Chevy Chase Chancel Choir combines with the choir of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, College Park, MD, and orchestra, to present Mozart’s Mass in C-major, K. 317. Also programmed is Joseph Rheinberger’s Concerto in G Minor, Julie Vidrick Evans, organist. At The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle, NW, Washington.

Canal Stewards Cleanup Day. 9 a.m. to noon. Help the Conservancy close up lockhouse 8 for the winter season, and assist in cleaning up and beautifying the land and water along miles 8 and 9 of the C&O Canal towpath. This monthly clean-up day is open to all ages, and is part of the Canal Steward Program, engaging volunteers in a long-term relationship in which they become the caretakers of a designated site within the C&O Canal National Historical Park. At the River Center at Lock 8, 7906 Riverside Dr., Cabin John. Visit www.potomac.org, or contact Deanna Tricarico at tricarico@potomac.org, or 301-608-1188 x204.

Zydeco Dance Party. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15. With Johnny Ace and Sidewalk Zydeco. Introductory Zydeco dance lesson taught by Michael Hart and Sharon Schiliro from 3 to 3:30 p.m.; dancing from 3:30 to 6 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 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.

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.

Food Ethics. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Part of Jews, Food and Contemporary Life — A three-part conversation lead by Rabbi Sid Schwarz. At Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, 7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda. Visit www.adatshalom.net or call 301-767-3333 x106.

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>Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $8. With DJ Mike Marcotte and Guests. Slow blues lesson from 8:15 to 9 p.m.; dancing from 9 to 11:30 p.m. 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.

Literary Luncheon Lecture Series. Lectures at 11:30 a.m.; Book signing and luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Journalist Juan Williams will discuss American politics and his career as a White House correspondent, with NPR and Fox News. Sponsored by Montgomery County’s Friends of the Library. At Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda. Call 240-777-0020 or visit www.folmc.org.

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.

Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $15. With the band Jive Aces and musical ingénue Lil’ Miss Hayley. Drop-in beginner swing lesson with Tom and Debra from 8-9 p.m.; dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park.

Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto, Günter Herbig, conductor Tianwa Yang, violin. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. At the Music Center at Strathmore, Concert Hall. Günther 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>Waltz Dance. 2:45 to 6 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, Notorious. Beginner dance lesson at 2:45 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 or e-mail info@WaltzTimeDances.org.

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>Folk Singer Chuck Brodsky. 8 p.m. Brodsky is a down-to-earth musical storyteller. Tickets are $18/door; $15/advance. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville. Visit www.FocusMusic.org.

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>Sunday/Dec. 5

<cal2>Holiday Craft Show. 1 to 5 p.m. Crafts for sale — jewelry, beads, fiber arts, soaps, Christmas items, wood crafts, prints, metalwork, ceramics, glass, oils, watercolors, photography, books and more. At the Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd. (at 75th Street) in Cabin John. Call 301-229-0010.

<cal1>Monday/Dec. 6

<cal2>A Celtic Yule. 7:30 p.m. With Al Petteway, Amy White and Robin Bullock. Tickets are $20/advance; $25/door. At IMT at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Call 301-754-3611 and visit www.imtfolk.org.

<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>Monday/Dec. 13

<cal2>Scandinavian Christmas. 7:30 p.m. With Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer. 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> 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, Sharon 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.