Entertainment Calendar: Potomac

Entertainment Calendar: Potomac

Editor’s Note: Be aware that many events could be cancelled as precaution to the spread of COVID-19. Please check before heading to events.

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Kindergarten Orientation. Wednesday/April 29. Potomac Elementary School is holding Kindergarten Orientation on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020 are eligible for enrollment for the upcoming school year. Parents/guardians should notify the school at 240-740-4360 to receive enrollment information and to set up an appointment to participate in the Orientation Program.

Urban Blues. Now thru April 4. At Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Featuring pastels by Geoff Desobry. Regular hours are Wednesday thru Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Mondays thru April 27

Sentimental Journey Singers. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At Bender Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral organization for adults over 55, will start its second choir for adults diagnosed with early to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and other memory struggles. Participants will learn vocal techniques and three-part harmony while singing familiar songs and new pieces in a social group setting under the leadership of conductor Dr. Mary Ann East, also a performer and teacher and founder of Capital Harmonia, and pianist Rachel Thompson, a board-certified music therapist who works with adults with cognitive impairments and dementia. The program will culminate in a performance, Saturday, May 2 at 1 p.m., at the JCC Social Hall. Tuition is $104 and $25 for care partners. Registration is open now at www.encorecreativity.org

Thursday/March 19

WeTHRIVE Women Entrepreneurs' Conference. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. At Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring. A full day of learning for women entrepreneurs whether in the early stages of business, ready to scale or managing later stage growth. Cost is $125. This event, while held in Silver Spring, MD, is sponsored by SCORE DC, Arlington Economic Development BizLaunch and Montgomery County. Visit the website: https://wethrive2020.eventbrite.com/?aff=20200225cal

Friday/March 20

Garden After Dark: Wild at Home with Hilton Carter. 6:30-8:30 p.m. At Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Looking for ways to bring the benefits of nature into your home and liven up your décor? Enjoy an evening with plant-stylist, designer, author and social influencer Hilton Carter. He'll discuss the basic 101 of house plant care, share his wild journey in greenery - discussing how he got started, finding his way via social media and eventually writing his book Wild at Home: How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants. Learn how to style your at-home jungle while sipping botanical cocktails and enjoying a hearty selection of appetizers and desserts. Wild at Home will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the talk. You’ll also enjoy an exotic selection of tropical houseplants for sale at the gift shop. Cost: $40 / FOBG: $36; registration required.

Alfio’s Live Music. 7-10 p.m. At Alfio’s Restaurant, 4515 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase. Featuring Robert Boguslaw performing, free valet parking. Call 301-657-9133.

Saturday/March 21

Alfio’s Live Music. 7-10 p.m. At Alfio’s Restaurant, 4515 Willard Ave., Chevy Chase. Featuring Wayne Wilentz performing, free Valet Parking.

March 27-28

Photographer Amy Toensing. At Photoworks Gallery at Glen Echo Park. Photoworks will host acclaimed National Geographic photographer Amy Toensing for a weekend of public events. Toensing is a photojournalist and filmmaker committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth and known for her intimate stories about the lives of ordinary people. Toensing's work will be the subject of a solo exhibition in the Photoworks Gallery opening March 27 from 5-7 p.m. and hanging through April 26. Toensing will speak on March 27 beginning at 6 p.m.

Tuesday/March 31

Coco Montoya Performs Live. 8 p.m. At AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. Legendary blues-rock guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya, touring in support of his latest Alligator Records release, Coming In Hot, will perform. Ticket price: $24–$38. Visit the website: www.ampbystrathmore.com

Saturday/March 28

VisArts in Bloom. 6-10:30 p.m. At 155 Gibbs Street, Buchanan Room, Rockville. Help VisArts transform artists with disabilities through the visual arts. Join VisArts and more than 100 members of the community for a casual, fun-filled night of cocktails, cuisine and painting. Cost is $150.

Celebrating Food. 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. At The Universities at Shady Grove 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville. The 12th Salute to Women in Gastronomy. Register for this educational all day food-centric symposium. Featuring Dame Amy Brandwein, Executive Chef/Owner Centrolina and Piccolina; Dame Ruth Gresser, Executive Chef/Owner Pizzeria Paradiso; Dame Christianne Ricchi, Executive Chef/Owner Ristorante I Ricchi. Cost is $155 after Feb. 28 (Cost includes parking fee.) Visit the website https://celebratingfood.org/

”Beauty & The Beast.” 3 p.m. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Young Artists of America presents “Beauty & The Beast” with special guest, composer Alan Menken. At 1:30 p.m., meet the enchanted characters in the Bernard Family Foundation Pavillion; kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character. At 2:15 p.m., pre-concert performance in Lockheed Martin Lobby. Post VIP champagne reception. At 5:45 p.m., meet and greet with Alan Menken. Cost is $48 for adults, $24 for kids - (both a ticket to the event and a ticket to the VIP reception are required, a ticket to the VIP reception will NOT gain access to the Beauty and the Beast concert).

Stand-Up Silver Spring. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. At Cissel-Saxon American Legion Post 41, 8110 Fenton Street (blue awning off Fenton Street parking lot). Come on out for Brian Parise, Gigi Modrich, Jelani Wills and Jenny Cavallero. Guaranteed laughs at the very chill and supremely hospitable Post 41. Seating at Post 41 is theatre style and general admission. Arrive early for your favorite seats. Post 41 has a full bar and light concessions (movie snacks). You can also bring in your own food to the venue. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Tickets: $10 - 25. Visit the website: https://www.improbablecomedy.com

Sunday/March 29

A.J. Croce. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. At AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., Bethesda. This special Croce Plays Croce show features A.J. performing his father Jim Croce’s songs, his own material and songs that influenced both of them. Tickets $32-$48. Visit


Monday/March 30

The Bumper Jacksons Duo. 7:30 p.m. At Sain Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Roots jazz rhythms and country swing harmonies vignetted by stories and sounds of Appalachia. Tickets are $25 door/$20 adv | Students with ID / Children $20 door/$15 adv. Visit the website: www.imtfolk.org

Saturday/April 4

Glen Echo Park Rentals Open House. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom and Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Sample caterers' specialties, view table designs and meet vendors.

6821 Quintet Concert. 8 p.m. At Westmoreland Church, One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. Named for the distance from Tokyo to Washington, DC, the 6821 Quintet will perform works commissioned for the National Cherry Blossom Festival as part of the Conservatory Concerts series. The program, sponsored by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation, includes Michael Djupstrom: Songs of Spring, Mamiko Hirai: Portraits of Sakura, Kunihiko Murai: Sakura on the Potomac, and Clancy Newman: Cherry Blossom Fantasy. Free with $20 suggested donation. Guests are invited to attend Wine & Words after the concert for complimentary beverages and an informal Q & A with the performers.

Monday/April 6

Vance Gilbert. 7:30 p.m. At Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. With 10 critically acclaimed albums, Vance Gilbert continues to refine his unlikely union of humor, virtuosity, and the unexpected. Whether with classic, original songwriting or ageless interpretations of covers, his is a presentation steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy. Tickets are $25 door/$20 adv | Students with ID / Children $20 door/$15. Visit www.imtfolk.org

Saturdays, May 16 and May 23

Free Boating Classes. 1-5 p.m. At Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Montgomery County Public Libraries is partnering with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer an introductory course on boating and boating safety. The beginner boating course will provide residents with information on how to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Other topics include introduction to boating, boating law, boating safety equipment, safe boating, navigation, boating problems, trailering, storing and protecting your boat, fishing, river boating and other issues. Registration is required and limited. Register at https://montgomerycountymd.gov/library/programs/contemporary-conversations.html. Contact Maggie Nightingale at 240-773-9550, Marilyn J. Praisner at 240-773-9460, Twinbrook at 240-777-0240 and Davis at 240-777-0922.

Camps, Classes & Workshops

Art Explorers Open Studio. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Candy Corner Studio, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Art activities for parents and children. Activities change weekly and there is no pre-registration; $10 per child. Visit www.glenechopark.org/saturday-art-explorers for more.

Ceramic Classes. Various dates and times. VisArts, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. An opportunity to try the new ceramic workshops. Visit www.visartsatrockville.org/ceramics for a list of class dates, times.


Weekly International Folkdancing. Thursdays, 7:30-11 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Drive, Bethesda. Circle and line dances from Eastern Europe. Lesson at 7:30, followed by requests. Glen Echo Folkdancers welcome beginners of all ages; no partner needed. Wear comfortable shoes. $7. Call 301-466-3018 or visit www.dancingplanetproductions.com.

Thang Ta. Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. at Sutradhar Institute of Dance and Related Arts, 1525 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring. Learn the ancient art of the sword and spear. $25. Visit www.dancesidra.org.

Weekly Blues Dance. Thursdays 8:15-11:30 p.m. in the Back Room Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Capital Blues presents rotating DJs and instructors with beginner workshop 8:15-9 p.m., no partner necessary. $8 for all. capitalblues.org

Weekly Swing Dance. Saturdays, 8 p.m.-midnight. The DC Lindy Exchange presents a swing dance with live music in the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Beginner swing dance lesson at 8 p.m., followed by dancing. Admission $16-$18, age 17 and under $12. Visit www.glenechopark.org.

Argentine Tango with Lessons. Most Sundays, 6:30-11 p.m. in the Back Room Annex at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Argentine Tango lessons followed by a Milonga most Sunday evenings. Beginner lesson 6:30-7:30 p.m. and intermediate lesson 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $15/lesson and includes the Milonga. For just the Milonga, cost is $10 and the open dance with DJ runs 8:30-11 p.m. No partner required. www.glenechopark.org, 301-634-2222.

Contra and Square Dance. Fridays and Sundays 7-10:30 p.m. in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contra and Square dances are taught, no partner necessary. Lessons at 7 p.m., followed by the called dance with live music at 7:30. $13 for nonmembers, $10 for FSGW members, $5 ages 17 and under. www.glenechopark.org, 301-634-2222.

Live Music & Dancing. Fridays and Saturdays, 7-11 p.m. in Margery’s Lounge, Normandie Farm Restaurant, 10710 Falls Road, Potomac. Dance to the music of Barry Gurley. Call 301-983-8838 or visit www.popovers.com.

More Ongoing

Pups on the Patio. 4-7 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 26 at Silver, 7150 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. Pups on the Patio provides happy hours with menu specials, bar specials including craft cocktails, “pup” associated drinks and pet-friendly giveaways and surprises. Guests can enjoy drinks, appetizers and dinner with their pets outside on Silver’s patio. Visit www.eatatsilver.com for more.

Children's Storytime. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda Listen to employees read children’s stories. Free. Visit www.store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4824850-21.

VisArts Cocktails and Canvas Class. at VisArts in the Painting & Drawing Studio, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. Price $40. Visit www.visartsatrockville.org/cocktails-and-canvas for more.

Drop in Art Activities. Every Saturday 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Candy Corner Studio at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., parents and children can explore a new art form or theme. $10/child, parent combo. Drop-in only. www.pgip.org.

Mommy & Me (& Daddy, Too). Third Tuesday each month. 10 a.m. at Rockville Town Square. Meet for a morning out with active learning and creative play with lunch specials, story time, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, prizes and more. rockvilletownsquare.com/events/mommy-and-me.

Chocolate Factory Tours. Fridays and Saturdays, 2-5:45 p.m. at SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier, 360 Main St., Gaithersburg. Take a short tour of The Truffle Factory facilities. Free. www.spagnvola.com.

Glen Echo Park Films. Saturdays and Sundays. Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Films about the Park’s history are shown on rotation in the lobby. Free. Visit www.glenechopark.org for more.

SilverWorks Studio & Gallery. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. SilverWorks Studio & Gallery is a working silversmith studio and includes an ongoing exhibition, as well as sales of the work of artist-in-residence Blair Anderson. Free. Visit www.silverworksglenechopark.com.

Art Glass Center at Glen Echo. All day Wednesdays; Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Art Glass Center, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Ongoing exhibitions feature work of resident artists. Sculpture, vessels, functional art and jewelry for sale. Classes are taught year-round for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Visit www.artglasscenteratglenecho.org for more.

Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery. Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. The Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery presents free exhibitions of emerging artists' work. Each weekend features the work of a different artist. Most artwork is also for sale. www.yellowbarnstudio.com.

Potomac Games Group. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at Potomac Community Recreation Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac. The world is in the midst of a Golden Age of new board and card games for players of all ages. Free. Contact event host Randy Hoffman at 412-983-5411 or wrandyhoffman@gmail.com.