OPERA -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Bel Cantanti performs "Hansel and Gretel." $20; $10, students 11 and younger. Asbury Methodist Village, Rosborough Center, 409 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-438-8682 or

BROADWAY -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley performs Broadway standards. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $22-$60. 301-581-5100 or

AFRO-CARIBBEAN -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Workshop and concert celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Bethesda United Methodist Church, 8300 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. $20; $18 seniors; $16 students. 301-424-8296 or

Theater and Film

"A LAND TWICE PROMISED" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Storyteller Noa Baum performs her one-woman show looking at life on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Discussion follows. Black Box Theatre, Communication Arts Center at the corner of Philadelphia and Chicago avenues, Takoma Park. Free. 301-650-1368.

"THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 23. Comedy about an unfulfilled, middle-aged housewife who reconnects with a vivacious childhood friend. Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $11-$15. 301-593-6036 or

"MORNING'S AT SEVEN" -- 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, various times Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 30. A play about four sisters who live within a few blocks of each other. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $15-$39. 301-924-3400 or

"THE CHAIRS" -- Various times, tomorrow through Nov. 6. Absurdist play about a couple who hosts an imaginary reception for invisible dignitaries. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $30-$40. 240-644-1099 or


FIELD OF SCREAMS -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Thirty-minute "haunted" forest walk and play area with haystack, pumpkin painting and moon bounce. Olney Boys and Girls Community Sports Association, 4501 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. $10 for the trail; $5 for kids play area. 301-570-7049 or

CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW -- 1-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Horticulture and design exhibits at Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-384-5731.

HAUNTED HAPPENINGS -- 6-9 p.m. Monday-Oct. 30. Wheaton Regional Park celebrates Halloween with a carousel ride and a haunted train. 2000 Shorefield Rd., Wheaton. $5. 301-942-6703 or

HORSE FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Equestrian demonstrations, tours, children's games. Great Strides Therapeutic Riding, 26771 Howard Chapel Dr., Damascus. Free. 301-253-1166 or

ARTS FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Art showcase, food, music and entertainment to benefit NIH Children's Charities. Woodmont and Bethesda avenues and Elm Street, east of Arlington Road, Bethesda. Free. 301-816-6958 or

BETHANY HOUSE BAZAAR -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Seniors fundraiser featuring a thrift shop, crafts and food. 199 Rollins Ave., Rockville. Free. 301-881-0700.

AUDITIONS -- 7-9 p.m. tomorrow and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Damascus Theatre Company holds auditions for "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," to be performed Dec. 3-11. Damascus Performing Arts Center, 9815 Main St., Damascus. Free. 301-253-6210.


SALSA -- 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Salsa dance show and live band. Free lesson, 8-9 p.m. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $13. 301-492-6229 or

WALTZ -- 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday. Waltz, swing, tango and polka to live music. Free lesson, 3 p.m. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 301-634-2222 or

BLUES -- 8:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday. Slow blues dancing. Lesson, 7-8:30 p.m. Stone Tower, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $6; $14 with lesson. 301-634-2222 or

TEA DANCE -- 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Hollywood Ballroom, 2126 Industrial Pkwy., Silver Spring. $12, including lunch. 301-622-5494 or

CONTRA AND SQUARE DANCE -- 7-10:30 p.m. Sunday. The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents contra and square dancing, country mixers and waltzes to live music. Free lesson, 7-7:30 p.m. at the Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10, nonmembers; $8, society members. 301-926-9142 or


TRIBAL COMBS -- 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through Oct. 22. Mixed-media exhibit of African combs, a cultural symbol. Graphiti Gems Art Gallery, 8737 Colesville Rd., L202, Silver Spring. Free. 301-585-9161 or

PAINTING -- 6-9 p.m. tomorrow. Reception and exhibit for painter Joe Louis Ruffin. Gallery Frame Avenue, 4919 Cordell Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-654-7700 or

BOTANICAL STONE CARVINGS -- 6-9 p.m. tomorrow. Reception and exhibit for stone sculptor John Jayson Sonnier. Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East- West Hwy., Bethesda. Free. 301-951-9441 or


SONGS AND STORIES -- 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Artful songs and stories for children. Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6394 or

HONEYBEE HOEDOWN -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Discovery Creek Children's Museum offers square dancing, scavenger hunts, live animals and horse-drawn hayrides. $50; $35, children. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 202-337-5111.

HAUNTED FOREST -- 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Camp Calleva, an outdoor adventure company, offers a dimly lit forest trail and 11 gruesome Halloween scenes. Near Route 107 and Martinsburg Road, Poolesville. $10. 301-216-1248 or

"CINDERELLA" -- Various times through Nov. 6. Imagination Stage presents "Cinderella," by British playwright Charles Way. The play is set in Mannheim, Germany, and uses the music of Mozart. 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10-$15. 301-280-1660 or

"THE LITTLE WITCH OF WICHITA" -- 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 30. Adventure Theatre presents a play about Katrina, the Little Witch of Wichita, who wants to be taken seriously. Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-5331 or

"YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN" -- 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturdays; 1 and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 23. Break-A-Leg Theater Company presents a musical based on Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip. Randolph Road Theater, 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring. $16; $13, children. 301-527-1645, Ext. 14 or

"THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF" -- 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 18. Puppet Co. Playhouse presents a story about three brothers and a troll. North Arcade Building, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-6668.

WEDNESDAY WIZARDRY -- 8 p.m. Wednesday. Magicians perform at Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. $15 residents; $18 nonresidents. 301-258-6394 or

"THE GIRL WHO CAPTURED THE MOON" -- Various times, tomorrow through Oct. 29. A girl tries to save her hometown. Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. $8 residents; $10 nonresidents. 301-258-6394 or


FOLK, ROCK, JAZZ -- 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Chicago band Sons of the Never Wrong perform. Black Rock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $19 advance; $24 at the door. 301-528-2260 or

KENNY ROGERS -- 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Country music star performs his greatest hits. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $27-$84. 877-276-1444 or

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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