Here’s our guide to arts and entertainment in Montgomery County, Feb 13-17.
Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival: The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (MAJF) returns to Rockville at the Hilton Hotel at 1750 Rockvlle Pike. The Festival includes amazing jazz performances by top performers and school band competitions. Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16. Click here for more information.
Jake Shimabukuro and Sierra Hull: Ukulele virtuoso Shimabukuro shares the stage with mandolin prodigy Hull. Hawaii-born Shimabukuro melds elements of pop and jazz into his ukulele performances. Hull has been garnering critical acclaim since the age of 11. Although her roots are in bluegrass, her inspired works defy genres. Bring your uke and join Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer for a pre-show community strum-along from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at Strathmore Music Center, located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Click here for more information. $28-$58.
Miss You Like Hell: This new musical, based on the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, tells the story of Beatrix and her 16-year-old daughter Olivia on a road trip from Philadelphia to California. The two must face the hard truth of Beatriz’s undocumented status and pending deportation to Mexico. Directed by Lisa Portes, choreographed by Breon Arzell, and music direction by Walter McCoy. Olney Theatre Center from now through March 1 at various times. Click here for more information. $37-$84
Play Date: In partnership with Best Medicine Rep, Gaithersburg Arts on the Green presents this original farce by local playwright John Morogiello. While the children get together for a morning of fun, it’s the parents who misbehave in the next room. Play Date is a fast-moving comedy with two actors playing six parents. Recommended for ages 15 and up. From Feb. 7 through Feb. 23, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg. Click here for more information. $18/$20.
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.: AMP by Strathmore celebrates Valentine’s Day with an evening of love songs performed by America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda. Click here for more information. $28-$45.
Spring Awakening: This Tony-winning musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 19th-century drama tells the story of teenagers discovering their sexuality. Music was written by Duncan Sheik and lyrics by Steven Stater. The musical contains mature themes, sexually explicit content, and suicide. A post-show discussion on the rehearsal process, background on the play, and how a script is transformed into the performance will follow Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s 2 p.m. shows. Various dates and times now through Feb. 23 at Roundhouse Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Click here for more information. $42-$78
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