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Going Out Guide for Montgomery County, Md., Oct. 28-Nov. 3

Karen Hansen, Sabrina Mandell and Mark Jaster in the Edward Gorey-inspired
Karen Hansen, Sabrina Mandell and Mark Jaster in the Edward Gorey-inspired "Cabaret Macabre," opening Friday at Round House Theatre/Silver Spring. (Happenstance Theater)
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Oct. 28

"AN EVENING WITH (THE GHOST OF) ELIZA POE" An actress portraying Edgar Allan Poe's late mother hosts a reading of some of her son's poems and stories, including "The Raven," "To My Mother" and "The Cask of Amontillado." She is joined by actors who read from one of Eliza Poe's plays. The family-friendly performance is part of the Big Read, a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts to encourage reading. Presented by the Georgetown Theatre Company. 8-9:30 p.m. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-654-8664. http://www.writer.org. http://www.georgetowntheatre.org. Free.

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Oct. 29

"CABARET MACABRE" Happenstance Theater's hour-long gothic show is a mix of melodramatic music and theatrical visuals. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Nov. 7. Round House Theatre/Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100. http://www.roundhousetheatre.org. $15, seniors and younger than 30 $10.

"THE PAJAMA GAME" Rockville Musical Theatre presents this story of employees at a pajama factory campaigning for raises. Directed by Michael Kharfen. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Satuday at 8 p.m. Through Nov. 14. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8690. http://www.rockvillemd.gov/theatre. $20, seniors $18, students $16.

DAVID CARTER AND MANUELA HOLBAN An exhibition of mixed-media pieces. Reception Friday 6-8 p.m. Through Nov. 13. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. http://www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.

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Oct. 30

"EGG AND SPOON" Percy and Mary, Mary Quite Contrary tend their garden in this play aimed at introducing young children to live theater. The focus isn't on the plot, but on interactions between actor Patrick Lynch and the audience. Thursday-Saturday at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m., closes Saturday at 1 p.m. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. http://www.imaginationstage.org. $10, children younger than 1 $5.

CATHY & MARCY'S 25TH ANNUAL FAMILY MUSIC PARTY Grammy Award-winning folk artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer are joined by children's musician Ella Jenkins, fiddler Bonnie Rideout and other performers. 1 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. http://www.strathmore.org. $15-$32.

FALL FROLIC This family-friendly outing has pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating around the park's studios and galleries, a costume parade, crafts and other activities. There will also be open galleries, artist demonstrations and works for sale throughout the day. 1-4 p.m. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222. http://www.glenechopark.org. Free; fee for some activities.

BRIAN CURRY'S HAPPY HALLOWEEN The magician's show is preceded by a party where families can come in costume. Party at 1 p.m., magic show at 2 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. http://www.blackrockcenter.org. $12.

HALLOWEEN ON SCREEN AFI Silver Theatre's annual series of spooky movies ends with a classic of the genre and a modern gem. The F.W. Murnau film "Nosferatu" (1922) is paired with a live score performed by the local duo Silent Orchestra (Friday at 10 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m., $15, younger than 12 $5). The scary movie template was upended by "Shaun of the Dead," Edgar Wright's 2004 fusion of comedy, horror and romance about zombies rising in London (Friday-Saturday at midnight). AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. http://www.afi.com/silver. $10, seniors $9.


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