We Love Weekends: Montgomery County Planner for May 17-May 19

Here’s our guide to arts and entertainment in Montgomery County, May 17-May 19.

Jeff Dwyer Benefit Concert: This concert benefits The After Dark Fund, a non-profit to help musicians who fall on hard times as well as promote local music with funds distributed to musicians to assist them with a range of expenses including medical bills, lost or stolen equipment and other hardships.  Friday, May 17 at 8 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave.  Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, click here. $60-$75.

Shrek The Musical Jr.: KAT-2nd Stage’s performance is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film about Shrek, the ogre, on an adventure to rescue a princess. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Through May 19 at various days and times at Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road. Click here for more information. $15.

Gaithersburg Book Festival:  Gaithersburg’s popular book festival features authors, workshops for aspiring writers, exhibits, a Children’s Village, onsite sales of new and used books, food, drink, ice cream and so much more. Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 South Summit Avenue. Click here for more information. Free.


BSO Brahms Violin Concerto: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Jonathan Carney performs Brahms Violin Concerto. Conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, “The Year 1905.” Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. The Music Center at Strathmore. Click here for more information. $10-$90.

Brahms Violin Concerto

Shostakovich Symphony No. 11, “The Year 1905”


Oslo:  Directed by Ryan Rilette this play by J.T. Rogers tells the story of the Oslo Peace Accords between Israelis and Palestinians that took place in 1993. Oslo runs from now through May 19 at various days and times. Round House Production at Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004.  roundhousetheatre.org  Tickets start at $51.

Mary Stuart: Based on the play by Friedrich Schiller, the story is set in the 16th Century. Queen Elizabeth I must decide whether to put her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots to death. Runs through June 9 at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. For more information, click here. $69-$74.

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

Taste the World in Fenton Village: Enjoy food from across the globe, while supporting locally-owned, small businesses and exploring the Fenton Village neighborhood in Silver Spring. More than 30 restaurants representing countries from five different continents will offer appetizers or small tasting plates at a cost of $3 to 5 apiece. Sunday, Mary 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. Fenton Village is located several blocks south of downtown Silver Spring between Wayne, Georgia and Sligo Avenues and Fenton Street. Click here for more information.


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