BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- 7 p.m. today. A performance by folk singer Richie Havens. 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. 301-528-2260.

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

BACH SINFONIA -- 8 p.m. Saturday. The Bach Sinfonia performs Bach's Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2 and 6 and Telemann's "Du Aber Daniel, Gehe Hin." The Washington Conservatory of Music, 5144 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. $26; $18, seniors; $14, college students; free, 14 and younger. 301-362-6525 or

"BASICALLY BRITISH" -- 3 p.m. Sunday. The Rockville Concert Band performs works by Arthur Sullivan, Kenneth Alford, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Marvin Hamlisch. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. Free, but tickets are required. 240-314-8690.

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


ROCKVILLE ARTS PLACE -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 12. "Minimum/Maximum" features silk-screened canvases and oils by Jo Smail and Paloma Crousillat. 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. Monday-Saturday, 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.

BROOKSIDE GARDENS -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Jan. 8. "Magnificent Mums and Other Fall Colors," an exhibition by the Washington Metropolitan Artists Society. 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. today and tomorrow. "Toyland," an adaptation to 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

Theater and Dance

ROCKVILLE MUSICAL THEATRE -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. "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 real 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 younger. 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

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

OLNEY THEATRE CENTER -- "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, through Dec. 31. 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 who is 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 Nov. 12-Dec. 11


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

GARDEN OF LIGHTS -- 5:30-9 p.m. beginning Saturday. 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 much more. Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. Call for prices. 301-258-6350.

KENSINGTON 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.

CEPHAS AND WIGGINS -- 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 4. A performance by blues artists John Cephas and Phil Wiggins. Black Box Theater, Montgomery College, 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park. $15; $10, seniors; $5, Montgomery College students and faculty. 301-588-4475.

-- Compiled by MARK JONES

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