"SILVER SPRING SWINGS" -- 7 p.m. today. Contemporary jazz with Marcus Johnson. Silver Plaza, Ellsworth Drive between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street. Free. 301-565-5864.

"FRIDAY STREET STUFF" -- Noon-2 p.m. tomorrow. Alternative grunge with Bittersweet Manics. Silver Plaza, Ellsworth Drive between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street. Free. 301-565-5864.

STARLIGHT CONCERTS -- 7 p.m. Saturday. Variety band music with Retrospect as part of the summer concert series. City Hall Concert Pavilion, 27 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6350.

BLACKROCK CONCERTS -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Bluegrass with Country Current, a Navy ensemble, as part of BlackRock's summer concert series. 8 p.m. Saturday. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. Free. 301-528-2260.

"OUT TO LUNCH WEDNESDAYS" -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. Latin jazz and Afro rhythms with the Lovejoy Group. Rockville Town Center, East Montgomery Avenue, Rockville. Free. 240-314-5000.

MUSIC TIMELINE -- 6 p.m. Wednesday. A performance by the Skylighters that celebrates the 1981 reopening of the Birchmere, part of the Strathmore Hall and Washington Area Music Association concert series. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. For reservations, call 301-530-0540.


FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS VILLAGE -- Call for viewing hours. Artwork by watercolorists from Chevy Chase. Friendship Gallery, Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free, but registration required. 301-656-2797.

"VITREOUS ENAMEL" -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Work by members of the National Enamelist Guild. Rockville Arts Place, 9300 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-869-8623.

SPECTRUM CENTER -- 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. "New Limited Edition Prints" by Sara Steele. Spectrum Center for Natural Medicine, 8830 Cameron St., Suite 501, Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-2700.

"BEEN THERE! DONE THAT!" -- 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. An exhibition featuring more than 80 ink and watercolor drawings by Halcy Bohen. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. Free. 202-364-0962.

"1944" -- 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, 10-4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. An exhibition that showcases how Montgomery County residents lived in 1944. The History Resource Center at the Waters House, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown. Free. 301-515-2887 or

CREATIVE PARTNERS GALLERY -- Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. "New Visions of You" features glass and mirror sculptures by Karl Metsch. Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy., Bethesda. Free. 301-951-9441 or

CITY HALL GALLERY -- Call for viewing hours. Oil paintings with an Asian influence by Christopher Nelson. City Hall Gallery, second floor, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6310.

GLENVIEW MANSION -- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. "Works by 17 Artists," a fiber exhibition juried by Sue Pierce; "Ribbons of Wood," sculpture by Len Harris; and "Journeys," polymer clay by Carol S. Zilliacus. Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8660.

FINE ARTS -- 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. More than 150 works in all media, including drawing, paintings and sculpture in the annual student art show. Pavilion of Fine Arts, Montgomery College, 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-650-1368.

STRATHMORE GALLERIES -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. "Common Bond IX" exhibition in Strathmore's first-floor galleries and "Beasts and Bugs" exhibition in the Invitational Gallery. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. 301-530-0540.

CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Immersion exhibition illustrating the medical story of the Civil War. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. $6.50; $6, seniors; $4.50, ages 10-16; free, 9 and younger. 301-695-1864.


IMAGINATION STAGE -- 10:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. "Merlin and the Cave of Dreams" is about a young boy named Arthur who embarks on a journey of self-discovery to the other world after learning that the people he thought were his birth parents and brother are not. Arthur, accompanied by the wizard Merlin, gets glimpses of the future and his greatness to come. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Balcony seating, $7.50; groups of 10 or more, $9; general admission, $12. 301-280-1660 or

"THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE" -- 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 3:30 p.m. Saturday. A tale about a lazy apprentice who loves to use his master's magic. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Balcony seating, $7.50; groups of 10 or more, $9; general admission, $12. 301-280-1660 or

ADVENTURE THEATRE -- 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. "The Adventures of Paddington Bear." Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-5331.

THE PUPPET CO. -- 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday. "Dreamosaurus" is a musical that begins in the bedroom of Nelson, a little boy who is afraid to go to sleep. The Dream Weavers troupe and baby dinosaurs sing songs that help Nelson conquer his fears and sleep well. Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-6668.

Theater and Dance

NIGHT DANCING -- Dance under the stars to live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays this month at the Bethesda Metro Center. Tomorrow, swing, big band, rock and Motown with Music Unlimited Big Band and Cityscape. Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda. Free. 301-652-4988.

SUNDAY TEA DANCE -- 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. "Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance" with DJ Jack Scates. Hollywood Ballroom, 2126 Industrial Pkwy., Silver Spring. $12. 301-622-5494.

"COPENHAGEN" -- Call for times. A play based on German physicist Werner Heisenberg's trip to Copenhagen in 1941 to see Danish counterpart Niels Bohr. Why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen and what he wanted to discuss with his friend are two questions the production tries to answer. The physicists, who had collaborated on the development of quantum theory, were on opposite sides during World War II. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. Call for prices. 301-924-3400 or


"WEDNESDAY WIZARDY" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. A program featuring magicians Alain Nu, Mark Phillips and Bob Sheets. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. $15, Gaithersburg residents; $18, nonresidents. 301-258-6394.

APPRAISAL CLINIC -- Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday. An appraisal clinic sponsored by the Antique Dealers Association of Maryland, benefiting the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health. West Howard Antiques District, Howard Avenue west of Connecticut Avenue, Kensington. 301-530-1183.

BAYOU WINE FESTIVAL -- Noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A wine festival featuring music by Zydeco Craze and Junkyard Saints, wine tastings and guided winery tours. Berrywine Plantations and Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Rd., Mount Airy. $10. 301-831-5889.

CLIMBING EVENTS -- 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Participants can scale a 20-foot wall, trying different routes. Instructors are available. Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. $10 per climber. 240-314-8643.

ROCKVILLE SKATE PARK -- Noon-8 p.m. daily. A 10,300-square-foot area for inline skaters, skateboarders and freestyle bikers. Welsh Park, Martins Lane and Mannakee Street, Rockville. Call for prices. 240-314-8625.

Plan Ahead

TAKOMA PARK FOLK FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Enjoy music and dance from around the world on seven stages. Some performances are designed for audience participation. Free. Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Pkwy. 301-589-3817.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTGOMERY COUNTY! -- Noon-4:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Celebrate Montgomery County's 228th birthday with history and fun for all ages at this free community event featuring crafts, talks, living history, exhibits, activities and more. Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Avenue, Rockville. 301-762-1492 or

SPIRIT OF ROCKVILLE/TASTE OF ROCKVILLE -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 18. Celebrate Rockville with music, dancers, children's activities and a farmers market. Sample food from various restaurants. Rockville Town Center, Middle Lane and Maryland Avenue. 240-314-5022.

OLDE TOWNE GAITHERSBURG DAY -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19. Entertainment on six stages, children's activities, food and select offerings from artists, craftspeople and local merchants. East Diamond and Summit avenues. 301-258-6350, or

-- Compiled by MARK JONES

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