Best of the 48 Hour Film Project Audiences can see the top films created during the frantic competition held earlier this month, which gave filmmakers just 48 hours to write, edit, shoot and score a short movie. Organizers selected the 26 entries that will screen, with half showing at 7 p.m. and the other half at 9:30 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver.
. $11, seniors $9.
Art at BlackRock This mixed-media exhibit of works by Jessica Beels, Carl Dahlke and Leila Holtsman features paper sculpture, photography, prints and other pieces. Closes Thursday. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Terrace Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.
Films of Alfred Hitchcock The second part of AFI Silver’s retrospective of the director focuses on his early Hollywood movies. Among this week’s offerings is “Strangers on a Train” (1951), a thriller about men agree to trade murders (Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2:45 and 9:45 p.m., Monday at 9:45 p.m., June 2 at 7 p.m.); and “Rope” (1948), an ambitious attempt to present a film about covering up a murder as if it were one unbroken shot (Saturday at 1 p.m., Tuesday at 9 p.m., Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., June 2 at 9:10 p.m.). Through June 30. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $11, seniors $9.
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars The name isn’t a joke: this group’s members met in a refugee camp after fleeing the country’s civil war in the late 1990s. The act released “Rise and Shine” last year. 8 p.m. Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 240-567-5301.
. $18, seniors and students $16.
“George and Martha: Tons of Fun” This musical about the adventures of two best friends is based on the “George and Martha” series of children’s books by James Marshall. Kathryn Chase Bryer directs Joan Cushing’s adaptation. Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., closes Saturday at 4 p.m. Imagination Stage, Lerner Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. www.imaginationstage.org. $10-$22.
Rockville’s Hometown Holidays The annual three-day Memorial Day celebration gets funky this year with headliner George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic (Sunday at 6:30 p.m.). Folk rocker Bob Schneder, Silver Spring rock band the Lloyd Dobler Effect and local dance groups are also scheduled to perform. Visitors can also try food at Taste of Rockville on Saturday and Sunday (1-10 p.m., taste tickets $1.25); check out an arts and crafts festival on Saturday and Sunday (1-8 p.m.); and watch a ceremony and parade on Memorial Day (ceremony at 9:30 a.m., parade at 10:30 a.m.). Visit the Web site for a complete schedule. Saturday-Sunday 1-10 p.m., Monday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Rockville Town Square, between Rockville Pike, East Middle Lane, North Washington Street and Beall Avenue. 240-314-8620. www.rockvillemd.gov/events. Free admission.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Violinist Karen Gomyo joins the ensemble for Sibelius’s “Violin Concerto.” Pieces by Mahler and Walton are also on the program. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $28-$80.
“Jekyll and Hyde” Kensington Arts Theatre presents a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s book about a doctor who unwittingly creates an evil persona. With music by Frank Wildhorn and book by Leslie Bricusse. Friday at 8 p.m., closes Saturday at 8 p.m. Kensington Arts Theater, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. 206-888-6642. www.katonline.org. $20, seniors and students $17, Kensington residents and age 13 and younger $13.
“Strangers on a Train” The Montgomery Playhouse presents an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel about two men who plot to commit the perfect murders. Alfred Hitchcock’s film based on the story is also playing this week at AFI Silver. Friday at 8 p.m., closes Saturday at 8 p.m. Asbury Methodist Village’s Rosborough Center, 409 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-977-5751. www.montgomeryplayhouse.org. $16, $14 seniors and students.
“The Day John Henry Came to School” An unmotivated young student named Johnny brings his ancestor, John Henry, to show-and-tell at school so Henry can recount his race against the steam engine. This comedy is written by Eric Pfeffinger and directed by Janet Stanford. For age 7 and older. Sunday at 1:30 p.m., closes Sunday at 4 p.m. Imagination Stage, Lerner Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. www.imaginationstage.org. $10-$22.
“Farragut North” Beau Willimon’s off-Broadway drama about political foul play follows a hotshot young press secretary as he deals with a close race, older operatives and an intern named Molly. Post critic Nelson Pressley said the production has “verve and energy, and every actor is razor sharp.” Thursday-Friday at 7:45 p.m., Saturday at 1:45 and 7:45 p.m., Sunday at 1:45 p.m., closes Sunday at 7:45 p.m. Olney Theatre Center, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400. www.olneytheatre.org. $26-$54.
“Jenny Freestone: New Prints” A solo exhibition of new etchings and lithographs by Freestone. Closes Sunday. Washington Printmakers Gallery, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-273-3660. www.washingtonprintmakers.com. Free.
David Daniels A show highlighting recent watercolors by the Silver Spring-based artist. Closes Monday. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Terrace Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.
“Young Photographers 2011” The juried competition and exhibit has pieces by more than 50 elementary, middle and high school students. Closes Monday. Glen Echo Park, Photoworks Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2274. www.glenechophotoworks.org. Free.
William Woodward An exhibition of abstract works by Woodward, who is known for murals and representational works. Closes Tuesday. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-718-0622.
Pam Parker Quartet The singer and her band play jazz, blues, swing, folk and rhythm and blues tunes. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, Mansion Galleries, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $15.
“Wasteland” Eric Celarier used computer boards from various appliances to create the quilts in this exhibit. Opens Wednesday. Through June 30. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Terrace Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.
— Compiled by Mark Berman
from staff reports