Chelsey Green The violinist, a former Strathmore artist in residence, performs the world premiere of a new work by composer Robert Miller, commissioned by Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $20.
The Films of Olivier Assayas A survey of the French director’s work over the past few decades begins with an exclusive advance screening of his new film, “Something in the Air,” about a ’70s Parisian high school student whose heart is in art despite his circle of friends, who are only interested in politics. In French with English subtitles. Thursday at 7:15 p.m. Series continues through July 1. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $11.50, seniors $9 , age 12 and younger $7.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Time for Three Marin Alsop conducts violinists Zachary DePue and Nicolas Kendall and double bassist Ranaan Meyer in John Adams’s “Shaker Loops,” Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto 4-3 (composed specifically for these players) and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 4. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. www.bsomusic.org. $31-$91.
“Big Nate” Lincoln Peirce’s cartoon strip about an average sixth-grader gets a turn on the stage. Suggested for age 5 and older. Opens Friday at 7 p.m., continues Saturday-Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Through June 2. Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2270. www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. $19.
Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom The New York jazz drummer leads her band, named one of National Public Radio’s 2012 Top 5 Bands to Discover. She celebrates the release of her third album, “No Morphine, No Lilies.” 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $25.
Creative Crafts Council 29th Biennial A juried collection of crafts from regional artists includes ceramics, enamel, glass, fiber, metals, mixed media, polymer clay and wood. Opens Saturday. Through June 13. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. Free.
“Charlotte’s Web” The tale of friendship between a spider and the lucky pig she saves is spun. Opens Saturday with shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., continues Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Through May 19. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. $16, Gaithersburg residents $14, children through grade 12 $9.
“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. Saturday at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. (special ASL interpreted performance), Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Through May 19. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. www.imaginationstage.org. $12-$25.
A-RTS at Rockville Town Square The weekend-long arts festival will turn the square into an outdoor gallery with more than 170 national and international artists, plus live music on an outdoor stage and more. On Saturday, Wytold, Paul Pfau and King Soul perform. On Sunday, the Susan Jones Trio and Jamison & Double O Soul take the stage. Saturday at 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rockville Town Square, between Rockville Pike, East Middle Lane, North Washington Street and Beall Avenue, Rockville. 202-248-5843. www.rockvilletownsquare.com. Free.
Family Day Festival at Glen Echo The Dentzel carousel’s reopening is celebrated with face-painting, art activities and performances including storytelling, Taiko drumming, a singalong, magic show and dancers. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222. www.glenechopark.org. Free. Carousel rides $1.25.
“Seeking the Abstract in Photography” Barbara French Pace explores shape, line, and color in photography. Closes Saturday. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. www.waverlystreetgallery.com. Free.
Shelter Walk ’n’ Roll This one-mile walk to combat homelessness includes live music, raffles, games and face-painting. Proceeds will benefit Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. 1-3 p.m. Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, 1800 Piccard Dr., Rockville. 301-917-6654. www.mcch.net. $30, age 25 and younger $20. Registration required.
Takoma Park house and garden tour The 40th annual self-guided tour showcases 12 homes — Victorians, bungalows, brick Colonials and modern homes homes east of Carroll Avenue. 1-5 p.m. Tickets and tour maps available at Old Town Takoma Gazebo, 7035 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. 204-393-6060. www.historictakoma.org. $18 in advance, $20 day of event.
Bach Sinfonia The ensemble is joined by guitarist Richard Savino and soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani in a performance of Mexican and South American baroque music. 3 p.m. Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-362-6525. www.bachsinfonia.org. $30, seniors $27, students $15, age 14 and younger free.
Collector’s View Series Organized by Transformer, these tours of private collections take visitors off-site to collectors’ homes and businesses. View 3 will be in Potomac, at the home of Deborah Kalstein and Carlos Bachrach. The collection features young Peruvian artists Denise Mulanovich, Jessica Schneider and Fito Espinoza, French sculptor Jacques LeNantec, Mexican artists Byron Galvez and Rafael Coronel, photography by Spanish artist Alberto Font and Washington-based artist Val Prudkii, lunchboxes by Peruvian natives Huanchaco, Cusco artist Roger Farfan and graffiti artist Aaron Lopez. Light fare served. 4-6 p.m. www.transformerdc.org. $50, advance registration required.
“How to Write a New Book for the Bible” A mother and son rewrite their relationship when the son becomes the caregiver in Bill Cain’s play, based on his own experiences. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. 240-644-1100. www.roundhousetheatre.org. $26-$63, age 30 and younger $10-$15.
“Cap Shots” Braughan Morrison uses bottle caps to create large-scale portraits of iconic figures. Closes Sunday. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. www.visartscenter.org. Free.
“Wings of Fancy” The popular live butterfly and caterpillar exhibit reopens Saturday. Through Sept. 22. Brookside Gardens Conservatory, 1500 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. www.brooksidegardens.org. $6, ages 3 to 12 $4.
Baltimore Watercolor Society Members exhibit their watercolor paintings. Through May 30. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.
Daisy Castro The 16-year-old violinist and Strathmore artist in residence will play Gypsy jazz standards and originals, including her Strathmore-commissioned nouveau tango composition, “Insomnia.” Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., repeats May 22. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $15.
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