CLASSICAL -- 8 p.m. Saturday. The National Philharmonic performs Haydn's "The Creation." Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $25-$80; Students 17 and younger are free. 301-581-5100.

OPERA -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Cantate Chamber Singers perform. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church. 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. $25; $12, students 18 and younger. 301-986-1799 or

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.

"COMPANY" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Kensington Arts Theatre presents a musical about a single man learning about relationships from five married couples. 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. $13-$17. 301-547-7101 or

"HONK" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Rockville Musical Theatre presents a musical inspired by the tale of the ugly duckling. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. $15; $8, children and seniors. 240-314-8690.

"MORNING'S AT SEVEN" -- Various times, through Sunday. 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

"ISLAND OF LOST SOULS" -- 6 p.m. today. The National Institutes of Health presents the 1933 classic horror film about human and animal experiments. A panel discussion featuring NIH representatives will follow. National Institutes of Health, Lister Hill Center Auditorium, Building 38A, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Free admission and parking. 301-594-5983.

"A FRESH OF BREATH AIR" -- 8 p.m. Saturday. One-woman show featuring actress Dale Stein. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr, Germantown. $22 in advance; $27 at the door. 301-528-2260 or


BIRD WALK -- 8 a.m. Saturday. 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.

POTOMAC DAY -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Children's safety program, scarecrow making and face painting at Potomac Place Shopping Center. River and Falls roads in Potomac. Free. 301-279-0006.


CONTRA DANCE -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. tomorrow. Dance to the live music of Crowfoot. Free lesson, 7:30-8:15 p.m. at the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10. 301-634-2222 or

MODERN DANCE -- 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The American Dance Institute presents a modern dance performance at the institute, 1570 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. $20; $15, seniors and children 12 and younger. 301-984-3003 or

SWING DANCING -- 8 p.m-12:30 a.m. Saturday. Featuring the Boilermaker Jazz Band. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $18. 301-634-2222.

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 Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10, nonmembers; $8, society members. 301-926-9142 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. Saturday and Sunday. 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

"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.


BURMESE CULTURAL NIGHT -- 6:45 p.m. Nov. 4. Artist Kyi May Kaung talks about Burma and her exhibit of abstracts and painted exhibits. Kefa Cafe, 963 Bonifant St., Silver Spring. Free. 301-589-9337.

BEN FOLDS -- 8 p.m. Nov. 10. Pianist and pop singer Ben Folds performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $34-$87. 301-581-5100 or

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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