TodayEXHIBIT Something to Whet the Appetite Strathmore's 16th annual member-artist juried show, opening today, is "Food for Thought," a multimedia exploration of all things edible. The exhibition, with more than 100 pieces, was juried by actual foodies, including chefs. Free. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Through March 31. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5200. TomorrowTHE SCENE Catch a Silent StealThe Friends of Brookside Gardens host a silent auction tomorrow to raise cash to improve the gardens' entryway; besides the predictable garden wares, the booty will include vacations, art and dining vouchers. Free. 1-4 p.m.; bidding ends at 3:15 p.m. 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-933-7423.

WednesdayCONCERT Virginia's Own: The Clipse The brothers from Virginia Beach made many a best-of list last year with their chilled-out, grooving record "Hell Hath No Fury." The record drops many a reference to cocaine and street life and reminds us of a younger, less corporate Jay-Z. They're at Sonar on Wednesday. $20; $16 in advance. 8 p.m. 407 E. Saratoga St., Baltimore. 202-397-7328 or 410-327-8333.

EXHIBIT "Mining in Montgomery"The Montgomery County Historical Society's latest exhibition explores the history of mining and quarrying in the county, a story that includes a real live gold-mining operation at Great Falls. The show opens Wednesday. $3 for adults; $2 for seniors and children. Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Through Sept. 23. The Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. 301-762-1492.