OPERA BEL CANTANTI -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The Arts at Westmoreland presents Opera Bel Cantanti, featuring Verdi's "Rigoletto." Donations accepted. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Free. 301-229-7768.

BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- 8 p.m. Saturday. A new age piano performance with Robin Spielberg. 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $22, balcony; $25, orchestra. 301-528-2260.

"COLLEGE RHYTHM" -- 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Swing and jazz music featuring Doug Bowles and the SingCo Rhythm Orchestra, a 12-piece swing band. Theatre Arts Arena, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $20. 301-279-5209 or

WASHINGTON MUSICA VIVA -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. "Still Worth Singing About," features a classical concert and reading. BannerArts Studio, 4233C Howard Ave., Kensington. $15. 301-493-5729.

VETERANS DAY CONCERT -- 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Montgomery Village Community Band performs patriotic tunes to commemorate Veterans Day. Hebrew Home, 6121 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-948-0110.

CLASSICAL MUSIC -- 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Russian chamber group Brahms Trio will perform Rachmaninoff's Elegiac Trio No. 1 in G Minor, the Ravel Trio and the Brahms Trio in B Major, Op. 8, as part of the Polinger Artists of Excellence Series. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $42; $35, seniors and students; $30, JCC members. 301-348-3872.

FRIDAY MORNING MUSIC CLUB -- 4 p.m. Sunday. The Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra will perform Beethoven's Sonata in F Major, Op. 24, and works by American composers including Ernst Bacon, Peter Hurd, Richard Pearson Thomas and Simon Sargon. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. Free. 202-333-2075.

WASHINGTON CONSERVATORY -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. Pianist Alexander Paley will perform sonatas from Mozart. Briggs Memorial Baptist Church, 5144 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-2770.

MUSICAL TRADITIONS -- 8 p.m. Monday. The Institute of Musical Traditions presents a folk performance by Wayne Henderson and Robin Kessinger. Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, 10309 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. $17 in advance, $14 at the door. 301-754-3611 or

MUSIC TIMELINE -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. A performance by Deborah Bond that celebrates the music of rhythm and blues singer Toni Braxton. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $10. For reservations, call 301-530-0540 or visit


GOLDMAN ART GALLERY -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Sunday. "Jewish Fathers: A Legacy of Love" features a collection of stories and photographs about the lives of 58 contemporary American Jewish fathers. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-348-3773.

ROCKVILLE ARTS PLACE -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and tomorrow, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. "Material Matters" features sculptures made from organic materials by Mahasti Mudd and Marcia Wolfson Ray. Rockville Arts Place, 9300 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-869-8623 or

CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. 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.

CIVIL WAR MEDICINE -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23. Works by Jeff Fioravanti that showcase historical landscapes from the Civil War battlefields of Gettysburg, Sharpsburg and Manassas. 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.

FIBER ARTISTS -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, through Nov 19. "Fiberology" features embroidered works by artists Cyndy Barbone, Frank Connet, Jan Hopkins, Fuyuko Matsubara, Charlene Nemic-Kessel and Polly Stirling. Paul Peck Art Building, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Free. 301-279-5115.

BROOKSIDE GARDENS -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Jan. 8. The Washington Metropolitan Artists' Society showcases its exhibition, "Magnificent Mums and Other Fall Colors." On Sunday, an artist reception, 2-4 p.m. Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

CITY HALL GALLERY -- Call for viewing hours, through Dec. 12. "Horizons, Fences and Fogs" features abstract paintings by Kay Layne and Ron Cannon. City Hall Gallery, second floor, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6310.

"FRIPPERY" -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, through Feb. 14. An exhibition featuring fashion accessories women and men wore in the 19th and 20th centuries, including hats, shoes, gloves, fans, handbags and more. History Center at the Waters House, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown. Free. 301-762-1492 or

For Children

THE PUPPET CO. -- 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Nov. 21. "Toyland," an adaptation of Victor Herbert's musical production "Babes in Toyland." The Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-6668.

ADVENTURE THEATRE -- 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Dec. 5. "Molly's Pilgrim," about a girl who struggles to fit in and is teased by her classmates because she is different. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-5331 or

KALEIDOSCOPE FAMILY SERIES -- 4 p.m. Saturday. A performance by the American Indian Music and Dance Troupe, a six-member ensemble from the Kiowa and Comanche tribe. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Auditorium, 1301 East West Hwy., Silver Spring. $10 at the door, $7 in advance. 301-588-4475 or


LECTURE SERIES -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. "Camp Life of Confederate Soldiers" features a living history presentation on the daily life of Civil War soldiers by members of the 17th Virginia Infantry Regiment, Company H. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. $6.50; $6, seniors; $4, 10-16; free, 9 and younger. 301-695-1864.

ETHICS LECTURE -- 2 p.m. Saturday. "The Future of Punishment in the Criminal Justice System: Voices From Philosophy, Religion and Hip Hop," a lecture featuring Paul Butler, a law professor at George Washington University. Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. $10; free, students. 301-493-8300.

Theater and Dance

ROUND HOUSE THEATRE BETHESDA -- Call for times, through Dec. 12. "The Diary of Anne Frank" is about a Jewish teenage girl who writes about her feelings and the changing face of Europe as she and her family hide from the Nazis in Amsterdam during the Holocaust. 7501 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Call for prices. 240-644-1100 or

KENSINGTON ARTS THEATRE -- Call for times, Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 20. "The Rocky Horror Show," a cult musical that celebrates the horror films of the 1950s and 1960s. Kensington Town Center Armory, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. Call for prices. 301-547-7101 or

ROCKVILLE MUSICAL THEATRE -- 8 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 20. "Ragtime," based on an E.L. Doctorow book, focuses on three families who address the issues of wealth, poverty, freedom, prejudice, hope and despair with historical figures such as Houdini, William Howard Taft, J.P. Morgan and Sigmund Freud. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. $15; $8, ages 18 and older. 240-314-8690.

QUOTIDIAN THEATRE COMPANY -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 28. In Conor McPherson's play "The Weir," two men at an Irish pub try to impress a woman with scary stories, but she tells one of her own. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. Call for prices. 301-816-1023 or

SUNDAY DANCING -- 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday. The La Salle Dance Orchestra will play a blend of early swing, waltz, tango, foxtrot and Latin music. Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7, but dance lessons are free at 3 p.m. 301-299-8728.

OLNEY THEATRE CENTER -- starts Wednesday, through Dec. 31. "Carousel," a musical about romance featuring Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's works "If I Loved You," "June Is Busting Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone." Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. Call for times and prices. 301-924-3400 or

SILVER SPRING STAGE -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 11. In "Proof," a young woman devoted to her mathematician father eventually discovers romance and her own identity. Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Call for prices. 301-593-6036 or


VETERANS DAY -- 11 a.m. today. A wreath-laying ceremony by local American Legion posts, Fleet Reserve Association, Disabled American Veterans and the Rockville Elks Lodge honors those who served in the military. Veterans Park, Veirs Mill Road and Route 355, Rockville. 240-314-5022.

BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow. A performance with comedian Bob Somerby. 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $20. 301-528-2260.

TRAIN SHOW -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.The Rockville Lions Club presents its 14th annual Modular Train Display Show. Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville. $4; $2, 12 and younger; free, 2 and younger; $7, family maximum. 240-314-8800.

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 in-line skaters, skateboarders and freestyle bikers. Welsh Park, Martins Lane and Mannakee Street, Rockville. Call for prices. 240-314-8625.

Plan Ahead

MUSIC IN THE MANSION -- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Pianist Pei Yao Wang and violinist Nicolas Kendall perform the works of Fritz Kreisler, Franck, Greig, Tchaikovskyand Schoenfield. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $26; $23, seniors; $15, students. 301-581-5100 or

THANKSGIVING PARADE -- 10 a.m. Nov. 20. The annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade. Georgia Avenue and Sligo Street to Fenton and Ellsworth streets. Free. 301-565-7300.

GARDEN OF LIGHTS -- 5:30-9 p.m. beginning Nov. 20. The "Garden of Lights" at Brookside Gardens features more than 600,000 colored lights in various displays, including a persimmon tree, a kaleidoscope caterpillar walkway, an animated flying cardinal and more. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $15, cars and vans, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; $10, cars and vans on other days. Buses must register in advance. Call 301-962-1453 or visit for days of operation.

WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL -- 6 p.m. daily Nov. 26-Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 25). Take a drive through a 31/2-mile lights display featuring grazing deer, teddy bears, snowmen, polar bears, arches of lights, toy soldiers, candy canes, snowflakes and more. Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. Call for prices. 301-258-6350.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS -- Beginning Dec. 3. More than 300,000 colored lights illuminate the grounds of the Washington Temple. Nativity scenes are from 6 to 9 p.m. daily. Regional music groups perform holiday music from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. There also are 15 10-foot trees decorated in scriptural themes, international Nativity scenes and video presentations. Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

-- Compiled by MARK JONES

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