UPDATED Weekend Planner, May 19 – May 21 (VIDEO)

Here are some of our picks for arts and entertainment this weekend:


Pebble Beach by Mike McConnell
PHOTO | BlackRock

  • Strathmore Mansion currently has two exhibits on display through this weekend, the 31st Biennial of the Creative Crafts Council and The Space Between. Admission is free; hours are posted, here.
  • The Rockville Art League Juried Members’ Show is on exhibit at Glenview Mansion from May 21 through June 28. The opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, May 21 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Blues musician James Mabry to perform in the Conservatory at 2 p.m.
  • Gallery B’s “May Daze and Abstract Nights” exhibit runs through May 27. The exhibit features the works of artists from Be Dot Gallery.
  • BlackRock Center for the Arts hosts two exhibits this month. In the Kay Gallery works by Mike McConnell are on display through June 10. Alexandra Chiou’s mixed-media paintings are on display in the Terrace Gallery through June 3. Both artists will talk about their work and conduct a gallery tour, Saturday, May 20 from 2 to 3 p.m.
  • The Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association presents a collection of multimedia works at Kentlands Mansion through July 7. This is a juried exhibition.
  • The “Modern Surrealists” exhibit is on display at the Arts Barn Gallery now through July 4 and features the works of Marco Cuba-Ricsi, John Duke and Thomas Germer.
  • Artist & Makers Studios present three exhibits at their Wilkins Avenue location and two exhibits at their Parklawn location. All exhibits are on display now through May 25.
  • Waverly Street Gallery’s new exhibit, Textures in Glass is on display through June 3. The artist, Jill Tanenbaum, will be at the gallery Saturday,  May 20 and 27 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • The Glen Echo Park Partnership operates three galleries with ongoing art exhibits. Find more information about their schedule by visiting the website, here. During the months of May through September, Glen Echo hosts Art Walk on the first Friday of the month with open studios and demonstrations throughout the park. Each month the event features different activities. The next Art Walk is scheduled for June 2.


  • The Gaithersburg Book Festival returns Saturday to the grounds of City Hall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Washington Spirit take on the FC Kansas City Saturday, May 20 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. Last week the National Women’s Soccer League announced forward Mallory Pugh, who played on the U.S. Olympic team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, would be joining the Washington Spirit as the youngest player in league history. It is expected Pugh will play during Saturday’s match.
  • The Puppet Co. Playhouse production of Cinderella continues through June 11 at Glen Echo Park.
  • Adventure Theatre’s production of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp closes this weekend on Sunday.
  • Imagination Stage’s production of The Jungle Book continues in Bethesda through May 28.
  • Brookside Garden’s live butterfly and caterpillar exhibit, Wings of Fancy, runs now through Sept. 17. The exhibit will be closed during extreme heat, as the greenhouse is usually ten degrees warmer than outside temperatures.

  • Strathmore’s family jazz session scheduled for Saturday, May 20 focuses on improvisation. Recommended for 3-8 year-olds.
  • Coming up: Imagination Stage’s Summer Sunday Fun-days begin July 9. The workshops are designed for 1 to 5 year-olds and include dramatic play, movement, music and visual art based on a popular children’s book.
  • Explore the amazing food at Taste the World in Fenton Village Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Theater & Film:

  • Olney Theatre’s production of Proof runs through June 18. This drama explores a family experiencing mental illness.
  • Montgomery Playhouse’s production of the comedy An American Daughter opens Friday at Gaithersburg Arts Barn and runs through May 28.
  • Silver Spring Stage production of Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson opens May 19. The play is based on the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt.
  • Coming up: Montgomery College’s Monday Night Film Series returns June 5 with The Bad Sleep Well. All the films explore the 1960’s. Films are free and open to the public. Films are shown at the Parilla Performing Arts Center on the Rockville Campus.


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