Silver Spring Stage presents "Ravenscroft," a mystery set in an English country estate. A chauffeur's unexpected death sends a local detective on a search for the truth. 8 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 29 and 30, 2 p.m. Sunday. Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Call for prices. 301-593-6036 or www.ssstage.org.
Pianist Richard Goode will perform as part of the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences Chamber Music Series. Works will include Haydn's Sonata in C Major, Hob. 50; Schoenberg's Six Pieces, Op. 19; Bach's Partita No. 6 in E Minor; and Debussy's Preludes, Book 1. 4 p.m. Sunday. Landon School Mondzac Performing Arts Center, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. 301-496-7976. $25; $10, students. 301-496-7976.
The ninth annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference features lectures and workshops that will allow aspiring writers and avid readers to interact with award-winning authors, including short story writer Grace Paley, novelist Alice McDermott and book critic Michael Dirda. Other workshop presenters include authors Maxine Clair, Alan Cheuse, E. Ethelbert Miller, Patricia Elam and Ernest Joselovitz. There also will be a screening of "Enormous Changes," which was based on Paley's book, "Enormous Changes at the Last Minute." At 6 p.m., Paley will receive the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for outstanding achievement in American literature. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Theatre Arts Building, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $70; $50, seniors; $15, students. 301-309-9461 or www.peerlessrockville.org.