Jewish Book Festival The 44th annual Lessans Family Book Festival begins with Marion Grodin performing at a comedy night Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by 25 authors over nine days including law professor Alan Dershowitz; Jane Gershon Weitzman, founding vice president of Stuart Weitzman retail; and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi. Events include lectures, breakfasts, luncheons, children’s events, a documentary about Phillip Roth and a bookstore. Through Nov. 17. Check the Web site for schedule and registration information. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-348-3840. www.jccgw.org. Author events $7-$45.
New Found Glory and Alkaline Trio The Florida rock band New Found Glory recently released its first live album, “Kill It Live.” It shares headliner status with Illinois punk act Alkaline Trio. With H20. 7:30 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $26.
“Cabaret Macabre IV” Happenstance Theater returns with another round of dark Victorian vignettes. Continues Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100. www.roundhousetheatre.org. $25, seniors and age 29 and younger $20.
“Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango” An all-Argentine cast of 14 dancers and an 11-piece orchestra trace the history of tango through music, dance and dramatic vignettes. The original 1994 run of this show played an unprecedented 92 weeks in San Francisco. In 1997, it became the longest-running tango show in Broadway history. 8:30 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $36-$78.
“Lila Asher: A Life With Line” Mythological, biblical and everyday people are depicted in this exhibition of linoleum and woodcut prints. Continues through Dec. 1. Washington Printmakers Gallery, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-273-3660. www.washingtonprintmakers.com. Free.
“God’s Favorite” Montgomery Playhouse stages Neil Simon’s comedy about a contemporary Job whose faith is tested. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Nov. 24. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. $16, Gaithersburg residents $14.
Cool Cow Comedy The weekly series continues with a visit from D.C. comedian Rob Maher, a two-time finalist in Comedy Central’s Laugh Riot Competition. 8 p.m. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 540-657-8811. www.visartscenter.org. www.coolcowcomedy.com. $15.
Jake Miller The Florida rapper is best known for his single “A Million Lives.” He stops by on his Us Against Them Tour. With Action Item. 7 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $25.
District Comedy Comedians Tommy Sinbazo, Pat Coffey, Hillary Scofield and David Tveite perform. Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. $15.
“Parade” The Tony Award-winning musical by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown follows the 1913 trial and lynching of Leo Frank, accused of murdering 13-year-old Mary Phagan. Continues Friday-Saturday at 8:15 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through Nov. 16. Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. 206-888-6642. www.katonline.org. $23, seniors $20, students and children $17, Kensington residents $15.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: “Off the Cuff” Marin Alsop conducts the orchestra and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in Holst’s “The Planets,” with scientific commentary from Mario Livio. 8:15 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. www.bsomusic.org. $44-$78.
Danish holiday bazaar The 50th annual event features Danish pastries, porcelain, jewelry, arts, crafts, music, raffles, and children’s activities. Sponsored by the Danish Embassy. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-881-1380. www.danishclubdc.org/bazaar.shtml. Free.
“Lost Childhood: A Concert Opera” Tenor Michael Hendrick and baritone Christopher Trakas join the National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, in an opera about a confrontation between a postwar German and a Jewish Holocaust survivor. The performance date coincides with the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass,” when Germany erupted in anti-Jewish riots. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. www.nationalphilharmonic.org. $37-$84.
Landau Murphy Jr. The West Virginia native and winner of “America’s Got Talent” sings the Great American Songbook with the James Bazen Big Band. 8 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $35.
“Winter Glow” A show of works by members of the Art League of Germantown closes Saturday. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.
Timeflies The Brooklyn pop duo of producer Rob Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro stop by on their Warning Signs Tour. 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $25.
“A Fine Line: Calligraphy, Language, and Symbol”An exhibit of traditional and contemporary calligraphy by sumi-e artists and members of the Calligrapher’s Guild closes Sunday. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. Free.
“Mathematics, Maps and Myths” An exhibit of abstract paintings by Joan Belmar and Lori Anne Boocks closes Sunday. Adah Rose Gallery, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-922-0162. www.adahrosegallery.com. Free.
“Hennesy and Hennesy” Father and son Gerald and Paul Hennesy specialize in oil and watercolor landscapes. Their exhibit continues through Nov. 25. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-718-0622. www.marin-pricegalleries.com. Free.
“Small Wonders” An exhibit featuring artwork 12-by-12 inches or smaller and 21 pieces by Page Turner of Roanoke continues through Nov. 25. Capitol Arts Network, 12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville. 301-661-7590. www.capitolartsnetwork.com. Free.
Blue Suede Bop The roots and rockabilly band plays a dance at 8 p.m., with a drop-in beginner swing lesson at 7:30 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $10.
“The Unmentionables” In this Bruce Norris comedy, American missionaries arrive in Africa with good intentions but end up causing trouble. Opens Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Nov. 17. Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 240-567-5301. www.montgomerycollege.edu/pac. $10, seniors and students $8. Wednesday tickets are two for one.
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