Weekend Planner, November 17-19

With Thanksgiving next week, the Holiday season is in full swing. Check out our Holiday Celebrations around Montgomery County for lots of suggestions for arts and entertainment this holiday season.

Here are some of our picks for arts and entertainment around the county this weekend.

Friday, Nov. 17

Fool in Love: The Frankie Lymon Story Written and directed by Thomas W. Jones II, presented by Live Garra Theatre with music directed by William Knowles. Before there was Michael Jackson, there was Frankie Lymon, a teenage musical comet. “Fool in Love” chronicles the life of Lymon and includes hits Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Goody Goody, and Little Bitty Pretty One. “Fool in Love” is the musical soundtrack of Frankie Lymon’s life. Through Nov. 19 at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. silverspringblackbox.com $30-$40.

Art Night Out: Wine & Improv  Theatre professional, Stephanie Phelan, leads an evening of improvisation. No experience needed, just come and enjoy a wine or beer and an evening of laughs. Must be 21 or older. Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. gaithersburgmd.gov. Tickets $35-$40.

Annie Based on the book by Thomas Meehan. Directed by Jason King Jones, this is the classic tale of Annie, an orphan during the Great Depression in New York City. When billionaire-celebrity Oliver Warbucks requires the presence of an orphan to soften his image, Annie unexpectedly finds a way into his heart. Along the way, Warbucks attempts to help Annie find her lost parents. Recommended for ages 5+. Through Dec. 31 at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney Sandy Srping Road, Olney. olneytheatre.org. $47 and up.

Doubt: A Parable This drama is set in 1964 in the Bronx and focuses on the principal of a Bronx school, Sister Aloysius. She takes matters into her hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Doubt is a story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior that is less about scandal than about questions of moral certainty. Nov. 10 through Nov. 19 at Montgomery College Cultural Art Center, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. montgomerycollege.edu. $10.

The Little Mermaid  Presented by The Damascus Theatre Company. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film that was produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker and written and directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. damascustheatre.org. $10-$20.

The Blues Beatles  This band formed in 2013 when five musicians discovered mixing the Blues and Beatles songs created an amazing sound. The members of the band include Marcos Viana, Gerson Lancaster Ferreira, Flavio Naves, Bruno Falcão and Fred Barley. Nov. 17, 8 p.m. at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club, 7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda. bbjlive.com. Tickets $20.

DakhaBrakha  An “ethno-chaos” quartet from Ukraine, DakhaBrakha creates new music. Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. strathmore.org. $28-$58.

Omnium Gatherum  A domestic artist and perfect hostess invite an assortment of opinionated personalities to share a meal. The guests confront the global implications of September 11. Written by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and Theresa Rebeck. Oct. 27-Nov. 18 at the Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. ssstage.org. $22-$25.

Saturday, Nov. 18

Over, Under, Through  This art exhibit features sculptures and site-specific installations by three contemporary sculptors whose work focuses on the manipulation of common materials to create new three-dimensional forms. On display Nov. 11 – Dec. 16 with Artist Talk and Tour Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. blackrockcenter.org.

Cedric Williams: Dereliction  Creating environments to support photographic images of sites found in a state of dereliction, Cedric Williams observes the ways in which buildings, surfaces and structures change upon abandonment in this art exhibit. On display Nov. 11 – Dec. 16 with Artist Talk and Tour Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. blackrockcenter.org.

Meditation class:   A class for beginners who want an introduction to meditation. 11 a.m.-noon. Meditation Museum, 9525 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. eventbrite.com. Free.

“Growth in Glass”  Resident Artist Paul Swartwood exhibits works in blown glass with artists Mark Hill, Allan Jaworski, Aimee Johns, Andrew Lang, Kevin Lurie, Connie McGuire, Bobby Pestronk, Bob Remes and Phil Valencia. On display Oct. 28 – Nov. 19 with Closing Reception Nov. 18 6-9 p.m. at Popcorn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo. glenechopark.org. Free.

“Objects and Images: Stone Sculptures and Oil Paintings This exhibition features oil paintings by Sandra Fritter and stone sculptures by James Natali. On display Oct. 28 – Nov. 19 with Closing Reception Nov. 18 6-8 p.m. at Stone Tower Gallery, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo. glenechopark.org. Free.

Washington Balalaika Society Fall Concert  The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra performs Russian folk music using traditional Russian folk instruments, including balalaikas, domras, gusli, bayan, and more.  Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. at Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. rockvillemd.gov. $15-25.

“Mosaics: One Piece at a Time”  This exhibition highlights the breadth of current work from a select group of mosaic artists from across the region.  Featured artists include Bonnie Fitzgerald, Yulia Hanansen, Ali Mirsky, Jane Pettit, Carol Talkov, Meghan Walsh and Roslyn Zinner. On display Oct. 28 – Dec. 9 with Artists’ Reception Nov. 18 6-8 p.m. at Park View Gallery, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo. glenechopark.org. Free.

Sammy Miller and the Congregation  A native of Los Angeles, Grammy® nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that feels good as a drummer, singer and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band, they are focused on sharing the power of community through their music—joyful jazz. Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. at BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. blackrockcenter.org. $21-35.

Sunday, Nov. 19

Wedding Vendor Showcase  Brookside Gardens hosts this annual event. Try samples from caterers, tour the garden, sign up for vendor discounts, and enter the door prize raffle for over $5,000 in prizes and services. Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton. montgomeryparks.org. Free, pre-registration is encouraged.

Back, Beethoven & The Boys  Rockville Concert Band performs a classic pops concert. Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. at Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Free and open to the public. A $5 donation is welcome.

Avanti Orchestra  Conducted by Pablo Saelzer and featuring pianist Yi-Yang Chen, the orchestra perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. and Dvorak Symphony No. 6. Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. fmmc.org. Free admission.

Klezmer & Swing with Seth Kibel Quartet  Enjoy an evening of Klezmer music and a few selections from the American Songbook. Cocktails and hors d’ouevres begin at 6 p.m. The concert follows at 7 p.m. with a dessert reception during intermission. Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. benderjccgw.org $36.

Community Stories Festival  Docs in Progress’ annual Community Stories Festival highlights the stories of people, places, and events from our  community. Meet both the filmmakers and people featured in the films. Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Sandy Spring Museum. sandyspringmuseum.org.  Free, registration requested.


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