Going Out Guide for Montgomery County, Feb. 14-20

Photo courtesy of Strathmore - Virgil Wong’s "Alchemy" is featured in “Pulse: Art and Medicine” at Strathmore.

THU 14

“Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs” The villain of both fairy tales — B.B. Wolfe — raps his defense in a puppet show for children in pre-K through sixth grade. Opens Thursday at 10 and 11:30 a.m., continues Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Through March 10. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. www.thepuppetco.org. $10.

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“Letter From an Unknown Woman” AFI Silver’s Screen Valentines: Great Movie Romances series of romantic comedies and dramas from every decade continues with Max Ophuls’s tragic 1948 film about a woman’s years-long crush on a concert pianist. 9:15 p.m. Series continues through March 14. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $11.50, seniors $9, age 12 and younger $7.

“Spring Awakening” The Tony Award-winning rock musical follows the exploits of youth in love. Recommended for ages 16 and older because of mature themes, language and nudity. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.,Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through March 10. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400. www.olneytheatre.org. $31-$63.50.

Allstar Weekend The pop band from California performs. With Cute Is What We Aim For and Tiffany Alvord. 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $18-$68.

FRI 15

“Next to Normal” Kensington Arts Theatre stages a rock musical about a bipolar mother. Friday-Saturday at 8:15 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through Feb. 23. Kensington Town Hall, Kensington Arts Theater at Kensington Town Center, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. 206-888-6642. www.katonline.org. $20, seniors $17, students $15, Kensington residents $13.

Mario Bonds The blind Lanham native who was featured on Oxygen’s “The Glee Project” performs hits by Katy Perry, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and others in a benefit concert in support of Imagination Stage’s Access and Inclusion programs for disabled students. He’ll be joined by high school students from Imagination Stage’s musical theater program for select songs. 7 p.m. Imagination Stage, Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. www.imaginationstage.org. $25-$40.

“Cosi Fan Tutte” Bel Cantanti Opera performs Mozart’s comic opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Randolph Road Theatre, 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring. 301-266-7546. www.belcantanti.com. $40, seniors $35, students $15.

Ra Ra Rasputin The D.C. electronica band performs with Miyazaki as Strathmore’s Friday Night Electric series continues. Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. www.strathmore.org. $10 online, $12 at the door.

SAT 16

Rockville Lunar New Year Celebration A pan-Asian festival starts with a 10:30 a.m. parade beginning and ending at VisArts (155 Gibbs St.), followed by music, dancers and a market at Rockville Town Square and cultural activities at VisArts until 3 p.m. Then from 3-5 p.m., the mayor and council of Rockville host more performances served up with light refreshments at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building (101 Monroe St.). www.rockvillemd.gov/events/lunar-new-year. Free.

Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater The Spanish dance company in residence at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago performs two shows Saturday: “Tales of Spain,” Flamenco dramas for children, at 11 a.m. ($15, children $10); and “Flamenco Passion” at 8 p.m. ($25; seniors, military and students $20; Montgomery College faculty, staff and students $15; children $10; reservations required). Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 240-567-5775. cms.montgomerycollege.edu.

Gaithersburg Lunar New Year Celebration Lion dances, martial arts demonstrations and other activities celebrate the Lunar New Year. Saturday-Sunday noon-5 p.m. Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-670-0599. www.shoplakeforest.com. Free.

Quentin Tarantino retrospective On the heels of the director’s Oscar-nominated “Django Unchained,” this series includes films from throughout the director’s career, including the spaghetti westerns that inspired “Django.” This week’s offering, “Reservoir Dogs,” about a robbery gone awry, will be screened Saturday at 9:30 p.m., Sunday at 7:20 p.m., Monday at 9:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 9:20 p.m. Series continues through April 13. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $11.50, seniors $9, age 12 and younger $7.

Kenneth Martin and Roslyn Logsdon “Sculpture and Casework,” a collection of sculptures and furniture by Martin, and “People and Places,” wall hangings by Logsdon, closes Saturday. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. www.visartscenter.org. Free.

“Pulse: Art and Medicine” Multimedia works by eight artists (two of them radiologists) include a paper collage with human ash, blown-glass bacteria, X-rays scans of toys, a 13-foot double helix, paper fiber sculptures of cellular structure and medical illustrations supplied by Johns Hopkins University. Opens Saturday. Through April 13. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. Free.

SUN 17

“9 Circles” Forum Theatre mounts the area premiere of Bill Cain’s play in which a soldier returns from Iraq and finds himself on trial for war crimes. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through March 2. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100. www.roundhousetheatre.org. $25, seniors $20, students $15.

MON 18

Family Fun Day Sandy Spring Museum hosts a day of craft activities, musical and storytelling performances, tours, games and blacksmithing demonstrations. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022. 301-774-0022. www.sandyspringmuseum.org. Adults free, $3 per child.

Discover Strathmore At the Music Center, children’s entertainment includes Justin Roberts & the Not Yet Ready for Naptime Players Trio, Aaron Nigel Smith and a go-go show by Mambo Sauce, plus arts and crafts and face painting. Meanwhile, the Mansion at Strathmore offers a slew of street performers including Katie Balloons (star of TLC’s “The Unpoppables”), clowns, acrobats and a musical saw. Throughout the day, professional musicians will give kid-oriented concerts in a variety of genres. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. Free.

Pentatonix The five-member a cappella group from Arlington, Tex., won the third season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $25.

TUE 19

“Glengarry Glen Ross” Round House Theatre Bethesda presents David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a group of desperate Chicago real estate salesmen. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through March 3. Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. 240-644-1100. www.roundhousetheatre.org. $26-$53, 29 and younger $10-$15.

WED 20

“World on a String” Bob Brown Puppets present animals from other countries performing tricks as part of the Tiny Tots at 10 series. 10 a.m., through June 22. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. www.thepuppetco.org. $5.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports

 
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