IMPROV MUSICAL CHILDREN'S THEATER: NOW THIS! KIDS!-- Today at noon. Professional improv cast Now This! turns audience suggestions into songs, comic sketches and musical fairy tales. Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $6. 703 486-2345.
STRINGS N' THINGS: RHYTHMS AROUND THE WORLD-- Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The musical performance includes sounds from Japan, Spain and Argentina. Harmony Hall Regional Center, John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $5. 301-203-6070.
NATIONAL PIE MONTH-- Wednesday at 3 p.m. Ages 6-17. Taste pies in honor of the holiday created by the American Pie Council. College Park Youth Services Center, 4912 Nantucket Rd., College Park. Free. 301-345-4425.
GLOUGLOU: THEATRE DE QUARTIER-- Thursday-Friday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Ages 2-7. The Quebec troupe delivers a magical show. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $6, children $5. 202-357-3030.
CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS-- Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Ages 7-10. The author, who won a Newbery Medal for "Bud, Not Buddy," signs "Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission." Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
2006 PARKMONT POETRY FESTIVAL-- Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Students from last year's festival read their works. Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.
JOURNEY TO THE WORLD'S EDGE: A FOLKTALE IN THE IRISH TRADITION-- Opens Saturday. Through Feb. 11. Ages 5 and older. The Deaf Access Company performs a play filled with Irish folklore, quests and more. Imagination Stage, Christopher and Dana Reeve Studio Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10. 301-280-1660.
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE-- Saturday at 10 a.m. The Peculiar Purple Pieman tries to steal Strawberry Shortcake's dreams in the animated film. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5. 202-966-6000.