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.

"BLAST FROM THE PAST" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Winston Churchill High School presents its 14th annual student production, featuring music, dances and rock-and-roll. Sunday. 11300 Gainsborough Rd., Potomac. Call for prices. 301-469-1243.

MANSION MUSIC -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Strathmore's Music in the Mansion concert series features a performance by the Sumi guitar duo. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $24. 301-530-0540.

SYMPHONETTE -- 5 p.m. Saturday. Classical music by the Landon Symphonette, Richard Weilenmann conducting. Finalists of the 2003 Competition for Young String Performers will perform works by Mozart, Wieniawski and Mendelssohn. Mondzac Performing Arts Center, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-320-1090.

BRASS QUINTET -- 5 p.m. Saturday. The Five Guys Brass Quintet performs classical music, including works by Bach and Holborne. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2206 Briggs Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-942-7188.

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.

PREMIERES PLUS -- 3 p.m. Sunday. The Eclipse Chamber Orchestra presents premiere performances, featuring soloist and cellist David Teie and violist Jennifer Cline, performing works of Teie, Johann Stamitz, John Ireland and W.A. Mozart. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. $20; $15, seniors, $5, full-time students with identification. 703-256-2956.

ORGAN RECITAL -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Organist Terry Nace performs on the console of the restored Morton-Wicks Theatre Organ, which is presented by the Free State Organ Society, Rice Auditorium, Spring Grove Hospital Center, Catonsville. Free. 410-592-9322.

WASHINGTON CONSERVATORY -- 7 p.m. Sunday. Classical music by violinist Maria Bessmeltseva, performing Beethoven's Sonata No. 9, Mozart's Sonata in E Minor, "Chaconne" by Vitali, Brahms's Scherzo and Bartok's "Hungarian Dances." The Washington Conservatory of Music, Westmoreland Circle, 5144 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-2770.


ARMINIUS DANCING -- 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. The Arminius Social Club presents social dancing with the Edelweiss Band. Women's Club of Bethesda, 5500 Sonoma Rd., Bethesda. $20. 301-649-3212.

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.

WALTZES -- 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Millbrae ensemble will provide a mix of folk waltzes with other couple dances, including hambo, schottische, swing, tango and polka. Half-hour introductory lessons begin at 3 p.m. Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $5. 301-492-6282.


WAX-RESIST PAINTINGS -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Artwork by Bernice B. Duvall, featuring wax-resist paintings on watercolor paper. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. Free. 301-774-0022.

MARIN-PRICE GALLERIES -- 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. today-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

"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.

YELLOW BARN GALLERY -- 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Artwork by Justin Pyles, featuring landscapes, master copies and flower paintings. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, artist reception. Yellow Barn Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. 301-371-5593.

"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 -- 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Bethesda International Photography Competition, an exhibition of 45 photographers from around the world, curated by Philip Brookman, curator of photography at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda. Free. 301-718-9651.

GLENVIEW MANSION -- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. "Claiming Space," by artist Susanne McDougall Carmack, mixed media paintings. "The Past Recaptured/Le Temps Retrouve," by artist Michelle Rogers, photography and triptychs. 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, an artist talk. 10 a.m. April 11, a guided tour. 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8682.

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 Circle of Life," the 24th biennial juried exhibition of the Creative Arts Council, featuring 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. "Color and Spirit of the Andes," pastel paintings and bronze sculptures by artist Roberto Mamani Mamani. "Folds and Fire," a glass and textiles exhibition by Kari Minnick and Ellouise Schoettler. 4600 East West Hwy., Bethesda. Free. 301-951-9441.


BLACKROCK -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. "On the Bedpost Overnight," bedtime stories for adults focusing on the human cycle of love, sex, marriage and birth. $20. 8 p.m. Saturday, 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.

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.

CHILDREN'S THEATRE -- 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Children's Theatre Association of Baltimore presents a play about the history of Maryland. 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.


INTERNATIONAL FILMS -- 2 p.m. Tuesday. The International Education Program at Montgomery College's Rockville Campus presents works by Brazilian and Persian filmmakers. "Behind the Sun," set in the Brazilian badlands, is about two families locked in a generations-old deadly conflict. On April 30, "A Time for Drunken Horses," about a Kurdish family living near the Iran-Iraq border. Science West building, Room 122, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St.. Free. 301-251-7404.


MONTGOMERY PLAYHOUSE -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. "Communicating Doors," a comic thriller about two women who were murdered in 1998 and travel back in time to 1978 to try to rewrite history to prevent their murders. Montgomery Playhouse at Asbury, 409 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. $12; seniors, $10. Group discounts available. 301-977-5751 or


TEA ROOM -- 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. A special Japanese-style tea and bento lunch, featuring the Azuma Koto Ensemble playing Koto music. Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $22; 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

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, e-mail

-- Mark Jones

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