Arts and the Brain lecture series
Strathmore’s five-part speaker series exploring the connections between arts and the brain continues with “Beauty and the Brain: Neuroscience of Sculptural Aesthetics.” Ed Connor of the Johns Hopkins University Department of Neuroscience and Gary Vikan, director of the Walters Art Museum, talk about visual processing and physical responses to
art. A wine reception follows. 7:30 p.m.
Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike,
North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $25.
John Hammond The Grammy-winning blues singer and guitarist was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame last year. He’ll also play harmonica. 7:30 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. $32.
“Big Love” Montgomery College theater students perform Charles Mee’s tragicomedy in which 50 brides try to get out of their arranged marriages. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 240-567-5301. 240-567-5301. www.montgomerycollege.edu/pac. $10, seniors and students $8.
Voca People The eight-member Israeli a cappella ensemble re-creates more than 70 songs from Beethoven to Madonna in a show about aliens who land on Earth and need to charge their ship’s engine with music. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $25-$65.
AFI Life Achievement Award Retrospective: Mel Brooks A showcase of films highlighting the director’s 60-year career begins with “The Producers,” about a scheme to create an intentionally unsuccessful play, shown with a four-minute short, “The Critic.” Friday-Saturday at 9:45 p.m., Sunday and Tuesday at 9:20 p.m. Series continues through July 2. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $11.50, seniors $9, age 12 and younger $7.
“Frost/Nixon” Peter Morgan’s theatrical version of talk-show host David Frost’s tense interview with the former president. Continues Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through April 27. Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-593-6036. www.ssstage.org. $20, seniors and students $18.
Music at the Mansion Clarinetist Jeremy Eig, cellist Kristen Wojcik, and pianist Alex Peh perform chamber works by Beethoven, Brahms and Weber. 8 p.m. Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/kentlandsmansion. $25, Gaithersburg residents $23.
Olly Murs The English pop star performs. 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $20 in advance, $23 at the door.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Marin Alsop conducts selections by Wagner as part of the Off the Cuff series. 8:15 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. www.bsomusic.org. $29-$62.
Joseph Sheppard The artist’s figurative paintings, landscapes and still-lifes are featured. Opens Saturday. Through May 10. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-718-0622. www.marin-pricegalleries.com. Free.
“Laura Ingalls Wilder” The musical follows the writer’s pioneer family’s eviction and her sister Mary’s scarlet fever. 1 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. $14.
“The Magic Finger” In this stage adaptation of one of Roald Dahl’s lesser-known works, a girl with a magic finger turns a family of hunters into ducks. For ages 5-10. Continues Saturday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Through May 19. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. www.imaginationstage.org.
“Record Paradise: The Musical Life of Joe Lee” Director Michael Streissguth and subject Joe Lee will attend a screening of this 2009 documentary about how Lee veered away from his family’s political aspirations and opened a record store, with rare archival footage. 8 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $5.
Michael Feinstein The singer and pianist pays tribute to George and Ira Gershwin and shares personal stories from his recent book, “The Gershwins and Me.” 9 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $40-$105.
Takoma Park Earth Day Festival The Old Takoma Business Association sponsors this event with environmentally friendly products, speakers, demonstrations, energy conservation tips, a native plant sale, games and other activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Grant Avenue between Carroll Avenue and Route 410, Takoma Park. 716-949-5125. www.tkpkearthday.org. Free.
Day of the Book The eighth annual book festival includes author and poetry readings, a street fair, a children’s stage and live music by the Nighthawks and Atomic Swing Club. Sponsored by the Town of Kensington and the Pauli Bellet Foundation Catalan Library. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 3700 block of Howard Avenue, Kensington. 301-949-9416. www.dayofthebook.com. Free.
Brookside Gardens Earth Day Festival This “green” festival features craft vendors, children’s activities, a community art project and tours. Noon-4 p.m. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. www.brooksidegardens.org. Free.
“James and the Giant Peach” Roald Dahl’s book about a boy who travels across the Atlantic in a giant peach with insect companions is staged for ages 4-10. Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m., through May 26. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. www.imaginationstage.org. $12-$25.
“Nunsense A-Men” Rockville Musical Theater stages a drag version of “Nunsense.” Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. $18, Gaithersburg residents $16.
“Madama Butterfly” Bel Cantanti Opera performs Puccini’s opera. Friday at 7:30 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 240-230-7372. www.jccgw.org www.belcantanti.com. $38 in advance, students $15; $40, students $15.
“Air Force” AFI’s Howard Hawks series continues with this 1943 black-and-white war film about Pearl Harbor. Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., Monday at 7:10 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $11.50, seniors $9, age 12 and younger $7.
Annual Members Juried Exhibition A show of prints, books and handmade paper by local artists continues through April 27. Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-608-9101. www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org. Free.
Isabelle de Leon The jazz drummer and winner of the 2013 Washington Women in Jazz Festival’s Young Artist Competition debuts six new compositions as part of her residency at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $15.
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