JohnStone Reggae Band The D.C. reggae band performs as part of the weekly summer concert series in downtown Bethesda. 6 p.m. Veterans Park, Woodmont and Norfolk avenues, Bethesda. 301-215-6660. www.bethesda.org. Free.
“Clementine in the Lower 9” Forum Theatre performs Dan Dietz’s modern retelling of the Agamemnon myth, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through June 15. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100. www.roundhousetheatre.org. www.forum-theatre.com. $25, seniors $20, age 29 and younger $15; on Thursday and Friday, pay-what-you-can tickets will be available at the box office one hour before curtain.
“Ragtime” Kensington Arts Theatre mounts the musical about three groups of New Yorkers at the turn of the century, based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel. Friday-Saturday at 8:15 p.m. Closes Saturday. Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. 206-888-6642. www.katonline.org. $20, seniors $17, students $15, Kensington residents $13.
“The Sikhs: A Heritage of Valour and Devotion” A photography exhibit by New Delhi-based photojournalist Sondeep Shankar shows the heritage and traditions of Indian Sikhs. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through May 31. Gandhi Memorial Center, 4748 Western Ave., Bethesda. 301-320-6871. www.gandhimemorialcenter.org. Free.
Rockville Hometown Holidays This Memorial Day weekend celebration features 30 bands on five stages, children’s activities and carnival rides, and a “Taste of Rockville.” Bands play Saturday 2:30-10 p.m. and Sunday 2-10 p.m. On Monday, the Rockville Concert Band and Chorus performs at 9 a.m., followed by a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and parade at 10:30 a.m. Rockville Town Square, between Rockville Pike, East Middle Lane, North Washington Street and Beall Avenue, Rockville. 240-314-5000. www.rockvilletownsquare.com. www.facebook.com/rockvillehometownholidays. Free.
“Penguins’ Playground” Bob Brown Puppets turn the stage into the South Pole as part of the Tiny Tots at 10 series. 10 a.m. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. www.thepuppetco.org. $5.
“Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” A musical comedy starring Patrick Whalen and based on the best-selling romance novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” continues Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 7 and 10 p.m. Doors open one hour before showtime. Closes Saturday. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $29.50-$39.50.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Carlos Kalmar conducts the orchestra and pianist Jean-Philippe Collard in a performance of works by Narong Prangcharoen and Saint-Saens and selections from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.” 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. www.bsomusic.org. $31-$91.
Jake Starr & the Delicious Fullness The local garage rock band performs. With the Stents and Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman. 9:30 p.m. Quarry House Tavern, 8401 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-587-8350. www.facebook.com/pages/jake-starr-and-the-delicious-fullness. Free.
“Seven Variations and a Conversation” Seven artists from the Foundry Gallery show their paintings, mixed media and ceramics, as well as a group piece that will be auctioned off to benefit Edgemoor Children’s Center in downtown Bethesda. Closes Saturday. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda. 301-215-7990. www.bethesda.org. Free.
“James and the Giant Peach”
Roald Dahl’s book about a boy who travels across the Atlantic on a peach with insect companions is staged for ages 4-10. Saturday at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m., Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Closes Sunday. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. www.imaginationstage.org. $12-$25.
Washington Printmakers Gallery shows Two exhibitions close Sunday: Pennsylvania artist Robin Gibson’s landscape prints, “In My Nature,” and local artist Margaret Adams Parker’s etchings, drawings and sculptures, “Signs and Seasons.” A new show of prints, “Extraktions by Ron Meick,” including crumpled monotypes, lithographs on pebbles, distorted prints made on wet paper and more, opens Wednesday, along with the installation “The Listening Room: Refugee Art Project,” a collaboration between local artists and poets and refugees from Iran, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Sudan. Through June 30. Washington Printmakers Gallery, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-273-3660. www.washingtonprintmakers.com. Free.
Arts Entwine, Carol Bucklin, Ray Burns & Fran Stetina” An exhibit of oil paintings by Carol Bucklin and Ray Burns, photography by Fran Stetina, and metal sculptures and jewelry by Arts Entwine closes Sunday. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. Free.
“Big Nate” Lincoln Peirce’s cartoon strip about an average sixth-grader gets a turn on the stage. In this adventure, Nate’s band, Enslave the Mollusk, faces off with Rainbows and Ponies in hopes of winning a battle of the bands and the heart of his crush. Continues Thursday-Friday at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m., Sunday-Monday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Wednesday 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.
Afternoon Tea The event includes a light lunch and live music by pianist John Dassoulas (Tuesday) and harpist Jo Morrison (Wednesday). Tuesday-Wednesday at 1 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $23.
Rockville Art League show A juried exhibit of works by member artists closes Tuesday. Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8682. www.rockvillemd.gov. Free.
“Becky Shaw” Round House Theatre Bethesda stages the area premiere of Gina Gionfriddo’s Pulitzer Prize-finalist comedy about a disastrous blind date with life-changing consequences for the participants and the people who arranged it. Opens Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., with a pre-show lecture at 6:45 p.m. Through June 23. Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. 240-644-1100. www.roundhousetheatre.org. $26-$63, age 29 and younger $10-$15.
Rickie Simpkins The musician performs original and traditional bluegrass, gospel and Gypsy jazz melodies featuring fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and cello. He’ll be joined by artists in residence Wytold on electric cello and Daisy Castro on violin. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $15.
— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports