Weekend Planner, November 3-5

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Montgomery Parks has numerous events planned this weekend to celebrate the day Maryland abolished slavery with a new constitution, Maryland Emancipation Day.

Numerous historical sites are open, including Josiah Henson Park, Woodlawan Manor Cultural Park, Woodlawn Museum, Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park, and the Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center.

Take a hike along the Underground Railroad, tour log cabins dating back to the 1800s, visit a museum dedicated to the legacy of slavery, and interact with living history demonstrations. The events on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public. Visit the Montgomery Parks website for more information and a list of events.



Olney Theatre’s production of Our Town

Winter Glow 2017 Indoor fine art and craft show and sale featuring original paintings, drawings, photography, prints, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, and woodcarving created by members of the Art League of Germantown (ALOG). Nov. 1-5. Artists demonstrations and reception Nov. 4 & 5 at BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. blackrockcenter.org.

“Sent & Received” Artwork by service members, veterans and military caregivers that explore the tradition of care packages. Exhibit includes “combat paper,” works on paper made from military uniforms. Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership, the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and Community Building Art Works. Exhibit runs through Nov. 4. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda. ­bethesda.org. Free.

Lessans Family Literary Festival This annual festival includes events with best-selling authors, Jennifer Weiner and Abigail Pogrebin, workshops, storytelling and more. Nov. 2-5 at Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. benderjccgw.org. Ticket prices vary.

White Christmas Rockville Musical Theatre presents Irving Berlin’s musical based on the book written by David Ives and Paul Blake. The production is directed and choreographed by Duane Monahan with musical direction by Marci Shegogue. Oct. 27-Nov. 12 at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville.  fscottfitzgeralds.showare.com. Tickets $20-$22.

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.

Our Town This American classic gets a new look from director and adapter Aaron Posner. In this new production seven actors portray the key characters in the story set in the American hamlet of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. The actors manipulate and animate Bunraku-style puppets to represent the rest of the townspeople. Olney Theatre Center Artistic Associate Jon Hudson Odom plays the Stage Manager. Through Nov. 12 at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney Sandy Srping Road, Olney. olneytheatre.org. $45-$80.

An Evening with Jesse Colin Young and Band  Singer-songwriter and founding member and lead singer in the 1960’s group the Youngbloods performs with his band Nov. 3, 8 p.m. at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club, 7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda. bbjlive.com. Tickets $35.

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 and beyond. 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.



“Shel” We Dance  Presented by Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble, the poems of Shel Silverstein come to life through dance. Meet the performers, complete a craft and have a snack after the dance. Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg.  gaithersburgmd.gov. Tickets $12.

The Amazing Max Family magic show that is appropriate for all ages. Participate in a magic lesson  prior to each show. Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. blackrockcenter.org. $9-$27.

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 Blvd., 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.

“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.

Ethel New York City-based contemporary music quartet performs in the Studio Theater. Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. blackrockcenter.org. $24-$28.

Danny Rouhier, Stand-up Comedy  Enjoy the humor of Danny Rouhier in this fast-paced act that includes dozens of impersonations. Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. at Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg.  gaithersburgmd.gov. Tickets $18-$20.



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Rockville 10K/4K Race  This race takes at King Farm Village Center and runners can choose from a 5- or 10-kilometer race. Children can take part in the Kids 1-Mile Fun Run. The race will be followed by a post-race brunch at the finish festival, along with a DJ and prizes. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. at King Farm Village Center, King Farm Blvd. and Pleasant Dr., Rockville. rockville10k5k.com. $34-$45.

Western Grove Urban Park Ribbon-Cutting  Celebrate the opening of Western Grove Urban Park with family-friendly activities, live music and fall bulb planting. Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. Western Grove Urban Park, 5409 Grove Street, Chevy Chasel. montgomeryparks.org Free.

Two Blue Lines Film Screening  A moderated discussion will follow the screening of this documentary film that examines the human and political situation of the Palestinian people and the dispute among Israeli citizens about their government’s occupation of Palestine. This is the third film in the Montgomery County Voices from the Holy Land film series. Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 9801 Centerway Road, Gaithersburg. voicesfromtheholyland.org. Free.

Washington Performing Arts: Joshua Bell Violinist Joshua Bell performs with pianist Alessio Bax. Program includes Mendelssohn’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major; Grieg’s Sonata No. 3 in C minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 45; Brahms’ Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78. Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. strathmore.org. $75-$110.

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