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

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

JAZZ/SOUL -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Saucy Bills, winner of Montgomery County's Battle of the Bands, performs. Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. Free. 240-773-9403.

Theater and Film

"THE BEGINNING OF SUMMER" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 20. Quotidian Theatre Company performs playwright Horton Foote's dramatic tale of a shattered marriage in 1955 Texas. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. $20; $15 seniors and students. 301-816-1023.

"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 Philadelphia and Chicago avenues, Takoma Park. Free. 301-650-1368.

"THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. 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" -- Various times, through Oct. 30. A play about four elderly 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, through Nov. 6. Absurdist play about a couple who host an imaginary reception for invisible dignitaries. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $30-$40. 240-644-1099 or


LIFE AND DEATH ON THE C&O -- 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday. Costumed park rangers and volunteers reenact historic scenes of strife and death during the 96-year history of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac. Advance registration and payment required. $6; $4, seniors and children, ages 4 to 14; free, children 3 and younger. 301-767-3714.

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

FIELD OF SCREAMS -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. today, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Thirty minute "haunted" forest walk and play area with haystack, pumpkin painting and moon bounce. Olney Boys and Girls Community Park at Freeman Fields, 4501 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney. $10 for the trail; $5 for the children's play area. 301-570-7049 or

WALKING TOUR -- 1 p.m. Saturday. Guided tour of the National Park Seminary Historic District, formerly Walter Reed-Forest Glen Annex. Tour begins at Linden Lane and Woodstock Avenue, Silver Spring. $5. 301-654-3924 or

THORNTON FALL FEST -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Fourth annual John Sarvey 5K run/walk and flea market, featuring music, food and pumpkins. Thornton Friends School, 13925 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. $20 for the run. 301-384-6672.


CONTRA AND SQUARE DANCE -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. tomorrow. Dancing to the live music of Phantom Power, a high-energy band that plays New England fiddle tunes. Free lesson, 7:30-8:15 p.m. at the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 301-634-2222 or

CONTEMPORARY DANCE PERFORMANCE -- 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Performance by contemporary dance company ODC/San Francisco. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $22 in advance; $27 at the door. 301-528-2260 or

SWING DANCING -- 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Featuring the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $13; $7 kids, 13 and younger. 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


"PORTRAITS OF LIFE" -- 7 p.m. today. Reception and photograph exhibit of local Holocaust survivors, taken by Montgomery College faculty and students. Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville. Free. 240-777-6530.

PAINTING -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Reception and exhibit for Venetian painter Elio Lazzari. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-718-0622 or

BETWEEN A HARD AND SOFT PLACE -- 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Reception and exhibit for four woodworkers and a quilt-maker. Rockville Arts Place, 9300 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-869-8623.


"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. Saturday; 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday. 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


RURAL MONTGOMERY FESTIVAL -- 2-5:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Live music, hayrides, pumpkin coach, inflatable farm train, bonfire and marshmallow roast, and pony rides at the program, which honors the Agricultural Reserve. Butler's Orchard, 22200 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown. Free. 301-652-8799 or

BIRD WALK -- 8 a.m. Oct. 29. A bird expert leads a walk through the bird-rich Blue Mash Nature Trail in Laytonsville. Tour starts at the Backyard Naturalist, 17910 Georgia Ave., Olney. Free. 301-924-0024.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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