New African Films Festival The ninth annual roundup of films from Africa includes 11 titles, beginning with the Kenyan “Nairobi Half Life,” by David “Tosh” Gitonga, about a young would-be actor who becomes immersed in a life of crime when he moves to the capital to chase his dreams. In English and Swahili with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception. Festival continues through Tuesday. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $11.50, seniors $9, age 12 and younger $7.
Montgomery Philharmonic The orchestra performs works by Saint-Saens, Mozart, Holst and Tchaikovsky. Proceeds will benefit the Watkins Mill High School instrumental music program. 7 p.m. Watkins Mill High School, Timothy O’Shea Theater, 10301 Apple Ridge Rd., Gaithersburg. 240-398-8870. www.montgomeryphilharmonic.org. $10, seniors and students $5, age 11 and younger $1.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre Two African American-themed shows incorporate different styles such as jazz, ballet and street dancing. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. $30-$32.
Cirque Ziva Danny Chang, artistic director of Golden Dragon Acrobats, brings a new acrobatic troupe to the stage. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $25-$45.
Bethesda Art Walk Six galleries showcase paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, fiber, glass, ceramics and other media for this after-hours event. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Bethesda. 301-215-6660. www.bethesda.org. Free.
Heavy Breathing Strathmore’s Friday Night Eclectic series continues with a D.C. rock band that employs a sequencing and sampling machine. Doors at 8 p.m., concert at 9 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $20 online, $22 at the door.
IDOBI Meltdown Festival Indie rock bands Circa Survive and Minus the Bear headline this lineup with the Menzingers; I Am the Avalanche; Kevin Devine; Vinnie Caruana; the Front Bottoms; Now, Now; Koji; Diamond Youth; Coasta; Laura Stevenson and the Cans; Markets and Dwellers; the Soviet; and Brick + Mortar. 11 a.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $27-$50.
“Sleeping Beauty” and “Gershwin Times Three” The Rockville Civic Ballet performs two shows for the price of one. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8690. www.rockvillemd.gov/arts/ballet. $16, seniors and age 12 and younger $12.
Dance Bethesda The ninth annual event showcases seven area companies selected from a pool of 50 contenders: Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (contemporary), Furia Flamenca (flamenco), Jason Garcia Ignacio (contemporary), Karen Reedy Dance Company (contemporary), Silk Road Dance Company (Central Asian), Teelin Irish Dance Company (Irish) and the Washington School of Ballet (ballet). Although the main event happens Saturday at 8 p.m. at Round House Theatre, there will also be an Open Studio Night featuring free lessons, demonstrations and parties Friday 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at several Bethesda dance studios: Dance Bethesda Dance Studio, Dansez! Dansez!, Du-Shor Dance Studio, Joy of Motion Dance Center, and the Mindfulness Center. 8 p.m. Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. 301-215-6660. www.roundhousetheatre.org. www.bethesda.org. $20, age 12 and younger $10.
“Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs” The villain of both fairy tales — B.B. Wolfe — raps his defense. Thursday-Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Closes Sunday. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. www.thepuppetco.org. $10.
“Anime Momotaro”A boy born from a peach must protect his adoptive family and their town in Japan from giant ogres. Saturday-Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Closes Sunday. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. www.imaginationstage.org. $10-$25.
“Spring Awakening” The Tony Award-winning rock musical follows the exploits of youth in love. Recommended for ages 16 and older due to 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. Closes Sunday. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400. www.olneytheatre.org. $31-$63.50.
“Madama Butterfly and Miss Saigon” Both iconic scores are combined into one semi-staged story by the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonic Orchestra and more than 50 singers from Young Artists of America. The resulting tale follows an orphaned girl who falls in love with an American soldier and sacrifices her own life for their child’s future. 4 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $20-$40.
National Philharmonic Piano Trio Violinist Jody Gatwood, cellist Lori Barnet and pianist Brian Ganz perform Thomas Benjamin’s “Aperitif,” Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 3 in C Minor and Brahms’s Piano Trio Op. 8 in B. 7 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. $29-$32.
Borromeo String Quartet The world-famous ensemble plays an all-Beethoven program. 7:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-881-0100. www.jccgw.org. $40, seniors and students $35.
Dan Tepfer and Ben Wendel The jazz duo of pianist Tepfer and saxophonist Wendel celebrate the release of their new CD, “Small Constructions.” Arrive early for a free talk with the musicians and WPFW-FM’s Rusty Hassan at 6:30 p.m. in the Mansion. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $20.
The Saw Doctors The Irish rock band performs. With the Latchikos. 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $27.50.
Rockville Town Square’s Ice Rink Montgomery County’s largest ice rink offers skate rentals, lessons and season passes. Closes Wednesday. Rockville Town Square, between Rockville Pike, East Middle Lane, North Washington Street and Beall Avenue, Rockville. www.rockvilletownsquare.com. $8, age 12 and younger $7, skate rentals $3.
Anne-Sophie Mutter The violinist performs works by Mozart, Schubert, Lutoslawski and Saint-Saens with pianist Lambert Orkis as part of the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Celebrity Series. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 202-785-9727. www.strathmore.org. www.wpas.org. $40-$85.
Integriti Reeves The singer interprets jazz standards. Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., through March 27. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $15.
— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports