ACOUSTIC ROMANCE -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Acoustic and piano music in a romantic setting. Bollino's Italian Ristorante & Lounge, Fox Chapel Shopping Center, 19741 Frederick Rd., Germantown. No cover charge. 301-540-8310.

CAFE PROMENADE -- 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturdays. Singer Helen Day performs jazz, standards and Broadway music on keyboard. 5225 Pooks Hill Rd., Bethesda. No cover charge. 301-897-5020.

SERENITY -- 7 p.m. Saturday. Serenity, made up of members of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Arlington, performs African American spirituals, anthems and gospel and talks about the history of the music and the role it played in supporting blacks in the past 200 years. Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

PIANO SERIES -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Haskell Small performs works by J.S. Bach as part of the Washington Conservatory Bluthner Piano Series. Briggs Memorial Church building, 5144 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-2770.

CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES -- 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Violinist Chee-Yun performs as part of the Polinger Artists of Excellence Series. Yun performs Stravinksy's "Suite Italienne," Franck's Sonata in A Major and Brahms's "Sonatensatz." Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $40; $33, seniors and students; $28, JCC members. 301-230-3775.

ROCKVILLE SINGERS -- 3 p.m. Sunday. The Rockville Singers perform a selection of folk, pop and spirituals. Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. Free; donations accepted. 301-942-0383.

CHAMBER PLAYERS -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Classical music by the Rock Creek Chamber Players. Christ Lutheran Church, 8011 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. 202-337-8710.

MANSION MUSIC -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Strathmore's Music in the Mansion concert series features the Baltimore Mandolin Quartet. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $24. 301-530-0540.

"JOYFUL NOISE!" -- 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The 100-voice youth choir of Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church presents "Concert for Compassion." Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church, 3425 Emory Church Rd., Olney. $5. Proceeds go to the Christian child care development organizations of Compassion International and United for Children. 301-570-0576.

MENDELSSOHN QUARTET -- 4 p.m. Sunday. The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences' Chamber Music Series presents the Mendelssohn Quartet performing works by Beethoven and Mozart. Landon School Performing Arts Center, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-7976.

MUSICAL TRADITIONS -- 8 p.m. Sunday. Folk music by singers Archie Fisher and Garnet Rogers. Institute of Musical Traditions, Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, 10309 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 301-754-3611.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- 8 p.m. Tuesday. Baroque symphony concert, including works by Bach and Corelli, performed by a members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 7 p.m., pre-concert lecture by Wayne Wold, music professor at Hood College. Maranatha Community Church, 123 Byte Dr., Frederick. $23; $8, students. 301-228-2828.


COUNTRY WESTERN -- 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Country western line dancing. 7:45 p.m., dance instructions. Casey Community Center, 810 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. $5. 301-258-6350.


MARIN-PRICE GALLERIES -- 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. "Undressed," a celebration of the human figure by gallery artists. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-718-0622 or

ART AFTER HOURS -- 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays. All galleries in Strathmore will be open. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. 301-530-0540 or

SENIOR ARTISTS -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, through Monday. Three-dimensional artwork and paintings by the Senior Artists Alliance on display in the lobby and gallery. Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville. Free. 301-951-3560.

"WOMEN OF FAITH" -- 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Juried art exhibition "Women of Faith" features more than 100 pieces representing women of all faiths. Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-942-0103.

"FRIPPERY" -- Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Fashion accessories from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. $3; $2, seniors and students. 301-762-1492 or

HEALTH CARE -- 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday. "Theatre of Operations: A Look at Health Care in the U.S.," an exhibit about U.S. health care workers, conditions they face at work and how those conditions affect patient care. George Meany Memorial Archives. 10000 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-431-5451 or

FRASER GALLERY -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Prints by gallery and invited printmakers from the United States, Latin America and Europe. 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda. Free. 301-718-9651.

YELLOW BARN ART -- Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Artwork by Jane Ferguson relating to children at play and still life. Also, artwork by Donna Baron relating to patterns of light in nature, including the waters of Great Falls. Yellow Barn Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. 301-371-5593.

LANDOW FAMILY GALLERY -- 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Artwork by Susan Due Pearcy titled "35 Years of Art." Landow Family Gallery, Landon School, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-320-3200.

CHINESE ART -- 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy. Activity Center at Bohrer Park, Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6394.

GLENVIEW MANSION -- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Rockville Student Art Show with varied media. 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8682.

KENTLANDS MANSION -- By appointment. Watercolors by local artists Bonnie Lundy, Debra Halprin and Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz. Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6425.

STRATHMORE HALL -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition "Photography," by father and son John and Bill Crandall. Also, "The Circle of Life," the 24th biennial juried exhibition of the Creative Arts Council, which features more than 120 works of art. Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. 301-530-0540.

CREATIVE PARTNERS GALLERY -- Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. "Folds and Fire," a glass and textiles exhibition by Kari Minnick and Ellouise Schoettler. 4600 East West Hwy., Bethesda. Free. 301-951-9441.


CONVERSATION CLUB -- 1:30-2:30 p.m. Mondays. New English-speakers can practice at this weekly meeting. No registration required. Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Free. 301-565-7689.

For Children

BAPA'S IMAGINATION STAGE -- 12:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday. Imagination Stage presents the classic "Rapunzel," a musical. White Flint Mall, second level, next to Bloomingdale's, 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $7.50; $6.50 per ticket for groups of 10 or more. 301-881-5106.

NADA BRAHMA -- 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. An interactive world music and dance performance by Nada Brahma explores the role that music plays in many world cultures. Part of the Family Series at the Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Free. 301-565-7689.

THE PUPPET CO. -- 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The classic tale "Pinocchio." For children in pre-kindergarten to fourth grade. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo. $6; group rates available. 301-320-6668.

ADVENTURE THEATRE -- 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A production of "Walking the Winds." Seven American folk tales from different cultures. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo. $6; group rates available. 301-320-5331.


"SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Kensington Arts Theatre presents "Songs for a New World," a production that moves the audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet an array of characters. Kensington Town Center, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. $15; $13, seniors and students. 301-547-7101.

OLNEY THEATRE -- 8 p.m. today-Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The production "Dames at Sea" is about Ruby, a young tap dancer from Utah who seeks to make it big on Broadway. She falls in love with a sailor from her hometown and lands a part in a new Broadway show. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $15-$35. 301-924-3400 or


"IT'S CHILI SKATE" -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A street skate competition for beginning and advanced in-line skaters and skateboarders. There also will be a moon bounce and entertainment by local bands. Activity Center at Bohrer Park, Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. $15, competition registration. 301-258-6350.

TEA ROOM -- 1 p.m. Tuesday, Becky Dukes, piano. 1 p.m. Wednesday, Carol Rose Duane, harp. Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $17; reservations required. 301-530-0540.

CLARA BARTON HOUSE -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Guided tours of the building are given on the hour. The building was the first permanent headquarters of the American Red Cross, as well as the last home of its founder, Clara Barton. Groups of 10 or more should make reservations. Clara Barton National Historic Site, MacArthur Boulevard and Goldsboro Road, Glen Echo. Free. 301-492-6245.

Plan Ahead

BLACKROCK -- 8 p.m. April 4. "On the Bedpost Overnight," bedtime stories for adults focusing on the human cycle of love, sex, marriage and birth. $20. 8 p.m. April 5, a performance by Iona, a pan-Celtic band playing traditional music, featuring drums, bagpipes, a highland dancer, flutes and strings $16. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260.

CHILDREN'S THEATRE -- 10:30 a.m.-noon. April 5. Children's Theatre Association of Baltimore presents a play about the history of Maryland. Silver Spring Library, 8901 Colesville Rd. Free. 301-565-7689.

BLACK MEMORABILIA -- 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 12. D.C. Black Memorabilia and Collectible Show, featuring exhibitors selling and showcasing historical artifacts, toys, autographs, art, postcards, political memorabilia and much more. Also, a collection of slavery artifacts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 15 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. $5; free for children 12 or younger. 301-216-0876 or

TONGUE & GROOVE -- 4 p.m. April 12. Class Acts' Kaleidoscope Performance Series presents the company Tongue & Groove, featuring step dancing, American clogging, tap dancing, hambone and contemporary body percussion, with a live band. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration auditorium, 1301 East West Hwy., Silver Spring. $6, in advance; $8, at the door. 301-588-4475 or

BETHESDA BIATHLON/TRIATHLON -- 7 a.m. April 13. The third annual Bethesda Biathlon/Triathlon, benefiting the Cure Autism Now Foundation and the Bethesda Chevy Chase YMCA's Bethesda Youth Services. $75, biathlon; $100, triathlon. To register for the race visit or 202-249-9036. To volunteer, send an e-mail to

-- Mark Jones

The Montgomery Extra entertainment calendar lists events as space permits. Mail announcements and photos -- noting date, time, address, cost and phone number -- to Mark Jones, Montgomery Extra, The Washington Post, 51 Monroe St., Suite 500, Rockville, Md. 20850. You may also e-mail announcements to or fax them to 301-279-5665. Deadline is 14 days before publication.