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<sh>Live Jazz in Potomac Every Thursday Night

<cl>The David Sager Swing Quintet at Normandie Farm Restaurant plays in Margery’s Bar every Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. No cover. There is a dance floor and dinner is available. Normandie Farm is located at 10710 Falls Road, Potomac. Call 301-983-8838.

<sh>Shakespeare at The Old Anglers’ Inn

<cl>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>Aug. 27 Through Oct. 26.

<cal2>"Watercolor and Wood." Free. An exhibit of paintings by Judy Wengrovitz and wood sculptures by Sy Wengrovitz. Artists’ reception Sunday, Sept. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. At Gallery Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Road, Potomac. Call 301-299-7087.

<cal1>Thursdays/Sept. 2

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

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 3

<cal2>Contra Dance. 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. Admission is $9. There is a Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. This week Carol Ormand calls to The Latter Day Lizards. At the Bumper Car Pavilion of Glen Echo Park. Email: fndcontra@yahoo.com.

Story/Stereo: A Night of Literature & Music. 8 p.m. Free. John Davis will sing "John Davis" at Story/Stereo 6. Davis (formerly of Georgie James and Q And Not U) will perform a short solo set before bringing his bandmates onstage. At The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. Contact 301-654-8664 or visit www.writer.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 4

<cal2>Swing Dance. 8 p.m. to Midnight. With live music by Natty Beaux. Beginner Swing Dance lesson from 8 - 9 p.m. is followed by dancing from 9 p.m. - Midnight. At the Bumper Car Pavilion of Glen Echo Park. Email: dance@flyingfeet.org or call 301-299-8728 or 202-244-2787.

Children’s Historic Home Tour. 10:30 a.m. Free. Tailor-made for ages 5 and up. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5109 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Adventure Theatre Open House. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day’s schedule begins with a showing of the film, ‘Where’s Spot?’, based on the books by Eric Hill and in conjunction with Adventure Theatre’s upcoming show, Spot’s Birthday Party. Additional activities throughout the day include class demonstrations of Acting One-OH-one as well as AT’s favorites, Light Saber Adventures and Pretty Princess Adventures. Patrons can sneak a peek of upcoming season shows with open rehearsals and song selections from Adventure Theatre’s world premiere play, Mirandy and Brother Wind. At Adventure Theatre in Historic Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo.

<cal1>Sept. 4-5

<cal2>Canoe Camping Trip. Saturday from 4 p.m. to Sunday at 10 a.m. Enjoy the great outdoors with Potomac Conservancy by taking a canoe trip to Minnie's Island and spending the night camping under the stars. Outfitter Byron Bradley will lead the Saturday afternoon canoe trip that will start at Carderock Picnic Area and end on Minnie’s Island (near Lock 8 on the C&O Canal). Participants must RSVP by Sept. 2 to Deanna Tricarico at tricarico@potomac.org. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, see http://www.potomac.org/site/river-center-events/index.php.

<cal1>Sept. 4-6

<cal2>40th Annual Labor Day Art Show. Free. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park. Sponsored by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the show features works from more than 200 artists — both adults and children — from the mid-Atlantic region. Many artists have a connection to the Park, either as students or teachers. Includes sculpture, paintings, works on paper, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, furniture and more. Most artwork will also be for sale. The opening reception is Friday, Sept. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 301-634-2222 or visit www.glenechopark.org.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 5

<cal2>Waltz Dance. 3:30-6 p.m. Admission is $8. With the Latter Day Lizards Band. Introductory Waltz Workshop from 3-3:30 p.m.; dancing from 3:30-6 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Joan Koury at 202-238-0230 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222.

Contra and Square Dance. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Admission: $12 nonmembers/$9 FSGW members. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson is at 7 p.m., followed by dances with The Latter Day Lizards from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion of Glen Echo Park.

Cabin John Kid’s Run at the Cabin John Regional Park in Potomac, Westlake Drive. See www.mcrrc.org Free for runners 18 and under. A mile run, half-mile run and quarter mile young run is offered. Registration is race-day only.

<cal1>Sept. 8-26

<cal2>"Talented Mr. Ripley. Tickets are $10 to $60. At Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East-West Highway. Online tickets at www.roundhousetheatre.org or call 240-644-1100. The Tuesday, Sept. 21 performance launches the "$10 Tuesday" program. Side Orchestra and Side Balcony seats at this performance are available for adults of all ages for the discounted price of $10 – call 240-644-1100 or order online at rounhousetheatre.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 8

<cal2>Chelsey Green and the Green Project. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Call 301-581-5100 or www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Thursdays, Sept. 9

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

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 10

<cal2>Contra Dance. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is $9. With the Glen Echo Open Band. There is a Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion of Glen Echo Park. Email: fndcontra@yahoo.com

The Zombies. 8 p.m. Founded by Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, The Zombies scored #1 hits in the U.S. with "She’s Not There," "Tell Her No," and "Time of the Season." At the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Call the box office at 240-567-5301.

Season Preview Concert. 8 p.m. Tickets are $10/advance; $15/door. Join conductor Marin Alsop and the BSO for selections from this season’s repertoir and hear Maestra Alsop’s insights about the new season. Call 301-581-5109 or www.strathmore.org

Historic Home Tour. 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Free. Guided tour illuminating the history, architecture and stories of the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5109 or www.strathmore.org.

Glen Echo Fire Department’s Bingo Night. 6:30 to 10 p.m. The fire department has held its fundraiser at Glen Echo Park since the 1930s. Bring the family, get your Bingo cards and play for prizes. Silent Auction from 6:30 to 10:20 p.m. Food and drinks available. At the Spanish Ballroom of Glen Echo Park. Call 301-634-2222 or visit www.glenechopark.org.

<cal1>Sept. 10-12

<cal2>Tour De Canal. Bicycle tour, choose either 184, 100 or 20 miles of towpath riding from Cumberland to Georgetown. The ride, the 14th annual event, benefits the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area. Call 703-766-9025, e-mail tourdecanalnca@alz.org, or visit www.alz.org/nca.

<cal1>Saturday/Sept. 11

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15. With Doug Bowles and His Singco Rhythm Orchestra. 8-9 p.m. drop-in beginner swing lesson; 9 p.m.-12 midnight dance. At the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park.

Help Rebuild Haiti Orphanages Benefit. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25/minimum. The Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti will appear at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Tickets are available at events@saintmarkpresby.org or 301-530-2613.

Used Book Sale. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hardback and large paperbacks are $1; regular size paperbacks are $.50 At Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac.

Artful Evening and Auction. 6:30 p.m. An evening of music, auctions, raffles, cocktails plus a live auction. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Tickets: $150 per person; $500 Patron level supporter (two tickets). Call 301-581-5135 or www.strathmore.org.

Children’s Talk and Tour. 10:15 a.m. Free. The talk and tour of the Abstraction exhibit includes a hands-on art project. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5109 or www.strathmore.org

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>Sunday/Sept. 12

<cal2>Half Marathon. 5th Annual Parks Half-marathon, www.parkshalfmarathon.com. Run from Rockville to Bethesda. Registration open, entry limited to 2,750 runners. Sponsored by Montgomery County Road Runners Club, www.mcrrc.org.

"Back to Recreation, Back to Fun" Open House. Noon to 4 p.m. Will feature a variety of exciting activities, demonstrations of upcoming fall programs and classes, facility tours, games, prizes and more. At the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac. Call 240-777-6840.

Cajun/Zydeco Dance Party. 3:30-6 p.m. Admission is $15. With the band Ryan Brunet and the Malfecteurs. Introductory dance lesson from 3-3:30 p.m.; dancing from 3:30-6 p.m. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Michael Hart at 301-762-6730 or go to www.DancingbytheBayou.com.

Slow Blues and Swing Dance. 8:30-11 p.m. Admission is $17/workshop and dance. With the Big Boy Little Band. Slow blues lesson from 8-8:30 p.m.; dancing from 8:30-11 p.m. At the Back Room at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Donna Barker at 301-634-2231 or Glen Echo Park at 301-634-2222.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 13

<cal2>The Claire Lynch Band. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18/advance; $22/door. At IMT at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Call 301-754-3611 and visit www.imtfolk.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 14

<cal2>David Roth. 8 p.m. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville. Tickets are $18/door; $15/advance at FocusMusic.org. Contact David Spitzer at focusrockville@earthlink.net.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 15

<cal2>Afternoon Tea. 1 p.m. Pre-paid reservations $21. With Susan Bour, flute, and Phil Bour, guitar. At the Mansion at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5108

<cal1>Thursdays, Sept. 16

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

<cal1>Sept. 18-19

<cal2>Kick-Off at American Dance Institute. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. Admission is $25/general; $15/seniors and students. Reservations: Phone: 301-984-3003; Online: www.americandance.org. At American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson Street, Rockville.

<cal1>Sunday/Sept. 19

<cal2>Waltz Dance. 3:30-6 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, Blue bamboo. Waltz workshop from 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

Homay & The Mastan Ensemble of Iran. 8 p.m. Traditional Persian music and poetry. Tickets are $35-$81. At the Music Center at Strathmore. Call 301-581-5100 or www.strathmore.org.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 20

<cal2>Sonic Circuits Festival. 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Call 301- 581-5194.

Ronny Cox with Jack Williams. 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>Thursday/Sept. 23

<cal2>Out of Denmark Reading. 7 p.m. Free. Three of Denmark’s leading authors — Pia Tafdrup, Simon Fruelund, and Naja Marie Aidt — will appear at The Writer’s Center as part of the 2010 Fall for the Book Festival. At the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda. Call 301-654-8664 or visit www.writer.org.

<cal1>Friday/Sept. 24

<cal2>Cajun/Zydeco Dance Party. 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15. With the band, Magnolia Cajun Band. Introductory dance lesson from 8-9 p.m.; dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Call Michael Hart at 301-762-6730 or go to www.DancingbytheBayou.com.

Family Fun Fest. Help celebrate Linda Barlock’s 20+ years of service to our community. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Celebration and Bingo sponsored by Montgomery County Recreation Dept. and the Friends of Potomac Community Center. $5 Bingo Booklet (15-20 games); prizes will include Club Friday memberships. All proceeds benefit programs at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac. Call 240-777-6958.

<cal1>Sept. 24-26

<cal2>Middle Eastern Bazaar. Live Arabic music, arts and crafts, raffles, jewelry booths, international groceries, religious items and children’s activities. Middle Eastern delicacies on the menu will include kabobs, gyros, marinated baked chicken, hummus, tabooley salad, falafel, kibbee, spinach pies, baklava and a variety of other traditional dishes. At Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, 10620 River Road, Potomac. Friday and Saturday from11 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Call 301-765-9188 and the web site address is http://www.peterpaul.net.

<cal1>Thursdays, Sept. 25

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

Solo Organ Recital. 7:30 p.m. Free. Organist Woosug Kang with music pieces by Bach, Durufle, Mendelssohn, Mews, Tournemire and Vierne. At Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. Call 301-365-2850 or visit www.bradleyhillschurch.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.

<cal1>Sept. 25-Oct. 31

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

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 27

<cal2>The Celtic Fiddle Festival. 7:30 p.m. 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.

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

<cal1>Tuesday/Sept. 28

<cal2>Greg Klyma. 8 p.m. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville. Tickets are $18/door; $15/advance at FocusMusic.org. Contact David Spitzer at focusrockville@earthlink.net.

<cal1>Wednesday/Sept. 29

<cal2>Chelsey Green and the Green Project. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. At the Mansion at Strathmore, Shapiro Music Room. Call 301-581-5100 or www.strathmore.org

<cal1>Thursdays, Sept. 30

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

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 1

<cal2>Kids At Play: 2010 Gala Auction & Fundraiser. Join Adventure Theatre and celebrate the 59th season of award-winning children's theatre productions, education programs and community engagement. Tickets are now available. At Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 2

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

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

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 3

<cal2>Gold Coast Relief Run 5K & Fun Run. 8:30 a.m. Fun Run; 9 a.m. for 5K. Fees: 5K is $30-$35 on race day; Fun Run is $15-$20 on race day. At Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac. Contact Jim Shovlin, the Winston Churchill Business Manager at James_Shovlin@mcpsmd.org or 301-469-1210.

Superheroes 5k Walk/Run/Kids' Run. Sponsored by the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation to benefit pediatric brain tumor research; 9 a.m. race start; on-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; $25, $15 ages 14 and under. Meadowbrook Park/Candy Cane City, 7901 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase. Call 301-515-2900 or visit http://tinyurl.com/superherowalkrun.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 9

<cal2>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 Wór 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. 7:30-9:30 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>Friday/Oct. 22

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

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 23

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

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 27

<cal2>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>Saturday/Oct. 30

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

<cal1> Nov. 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.

<cal1>Nov. 24-Jan. 9

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

<cal1> 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-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-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-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-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.