We Love Weekends: Montgomery County Planner for March 1-March 3

Here are some suggestions for entertainment around the county this weekend.

Friday, March 1

Young Artist Award Concert: The City of Gaithersburg and the Kentlands Community Foundation present the annual Young Artist Award, a juried competition culminating in a concert for the top prize winners. Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m at Rosborough Cultural Arts Center at the Asbury Methodist Village, 301 Odendhal Avenue, Gaithersburg. Click here for more information. $10-$15

Rosanne Cash & Band:  Grammy award winner Rosanne Cash performs selections from the musical Norma Rae she is writing with her husband, John Leventhal, based on the 1979 popular film. Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m. The Music Center at Strathmore. Click here for more information. $35-$75.


Once:  Set in contemporary Dublin, a street guitarist is about to give up on his dreams when he meets a curious woman who wants to know all about him. The two embark on a remarkable music-making journey that includes a group of unlikely companions. This musical is based on the 2006 film which won an Oscar for Best Original Song. Runs through March 10 at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. For more information, click here.  $64-$84.


Saturday, March 2

Saturday Day Jam Session:  Junior music aficionados spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. Strathmore’s kid-friendly series features renowned jazz singer Rochelle Rice and multi-instrumentalist Seth Kibel. Odetta Holmes’ music and commitment to civil rights influenced many artists who came after her. Kids learn the music of Odetta and explore the role that music plays in major social justice movements. This performance is sensory-friendly. Saturday, March 2 at 10:15 a.m. The Mansion at Strathmore. Click here for more information. $10-$12.

Kids Sing America with LEA:  Renowned vocalist LEA performs “Vote for Me!”, a new high-energy children’s show that gets kids signing about voting, community service, inclusion and democracy. Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Avenue. Click here for more information. Free.

Farmers Markets Kensington’s farmers market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kensington Train Station, 3701 Howard Ave. Click here for more information. Gaithersburg’s Main Street Farmers and Artists Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Main Street Park and Pavilion, 301 Main St. Click here for more information. Silver Spring’s Freshfarm Downtown Market runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ellsworth Drive and Veterans Plaza. Click here for more information.

Tim Whalen Quintet:  Jazz pianist Tim Whalen and his quintet bring a night of jazz to the Arts Barn stage. Tim is an in-demand jazz pianist, composer & arranger living in Washington, DC. The quintet features Whalen (piano), Xavier Perez (saxophone), Paul Pieper (guitar), Tom Baldwin (bass), and Shareef Taher (drums). Saturday, March 2 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road. Click here for more information. $15-$25.

Tribute to The Beatles by RAIN: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road,  RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles performs the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all the early Beatles favorites.  Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. The Music Center at Strathmore. Click here for more information. $49-$89.

Téada: A traditional Irish band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada performs Saturday, March 2 from 8 to 10 p.m. At BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. For more information, click here. $25-$45.


Reykjavik: Rorschach Theatre presents this play by Steve Yockey, directed by Rick Hammerly about James who is visiting Reykjavik for the Northern Lights, but the lights are not there. Instead he ventures into the 24-hour dark of the Icelandic winter and finds himself entangled with dangerous strangers, suspicious lovers, malevolent birds and the mysterious Huldufólk. Through March 3. Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. For more information, click here. $20-$30

National String Symphonia: The National String Symphonia presents Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 8 in D, Barnett’s String Transparencies and Retablos, Schoenberg’s Ten Early Waltzes for Strings, Leroy Anderson’s Fiddle-Faddle and Lullaby for Strings by George Gershwin.  Saturday, March 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Forcey Christian School, 2130 East Randolph Road, Silver Spring. For more information, click here. $12-$20.

Sunday, March 3

Farmers Markets Takoma Park Farmers Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Laurel Avenue. Click here for more information.

The Gondoliers: The Victorian Lyric Opera Company presents this Gilbert & Sullivan story of two gondoliers who discover that one is actually the king of the far-off land of Baritaria. But they don’t know which one is the king. March 1 & 2 at 8 p.m. | March 3 at 2 p.m. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre at Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. For more information, click here. $20-$28.

American Girl Live:  This original musical celebrates the power of girls and strength of friendship. The story follows five campers and their fearless counselor at Camp American Girl, an overnight camp in the North Woods.  The campers learn that they can overcome anything and achieve their dreams, so long as they stay true to themselves and support one another. Sunday, March 3 at 2 and 6:30 p.m. The Music Center at Strathmore. Click here for more information. $30-$76.







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