JAZZ -- 8 p.m. Saturday. David Leonhardt Jazz Group will perform works by George Gershwin. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 301-528-2260 or

NORDIC ART SONG -- 8 p.m. Monday. Classical and musical-theater selections performed by faculty members and artists from the Levine School of Music. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Free. Reservations required. 703-734-0319.

CHAMBER MUSIC -- 4 p.m. Sunday. The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences presents the Belcea Quartet performing works by Mozart and Schumann at the Landon School Mondzac Performing Arts Center, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. $22; students $10. 301-496-7976.

BEN FOLDS -- 8 p.m. Thursday. Pop singer and pianist Ben Folds will perform with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $34-$87. 301-581-5100 or

Theater and Film

"OLIVER" -- Various times, Wednesday through Dec. 24. Charles Dickens's tale of an orphan boy. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $29-$39. 301-924-3400 or

"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; seniors and students $15. 301-816-1023.

ACTS OF KINDNESS -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Imagination Stage's WINGS company presents an unscripted, improvisational storytelling and musical performance with the theme "Acts of Kindness." 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10. 301-280-1660 or

SCIENCE SHOW -- 1 p.m. Saturday. Mike Offutt's "Ultimate Science Show" featuring the egg in the bottle, the electric pickle and other demonstrations. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $10. 301-528-2260 or

"COMPANY" -- 8 p.m. today, 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

"THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 26. Three men perform a comedic compilation of all of Shakespeare's plays in a two-hour show. Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. Residents $10; nonresidents $12. 301-258-6394 or

"THE COCKTAIL HOUR" -- Various times, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 4. A comedy about a playwright seeking permission to reveal his family's past. $11-$15. 301-593-6036.


BROADWAY BALL GALA -- 5-9:30 p.m. Sunday. The Musical Theater Center will hold a fundraiser for its outreach activities and performing-arts training for youths. Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd., North Bethesda. Tickets $125. 301-251-5766 or

CRAFT BAZAAR -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Lake Marion Community Center will host a holiday craft bazaar. 8821 East Village Ave., Montgomery Village. Free. 301-948-8082.

CELEBRITY SPECS -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday. The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will host an exhibit and sale of spectacles that once belonged to celebrities, including Chevy Chase, Tony Hawk, Tommy Lee, Ruth Westheimer, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald R. Ford. Proceeds go to the society. Westfield Wheaton, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton. $10. 202-234-1010.

TRAIN SHOW -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Rockville Lions Club will host a display of model trains. $3-$10. 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8800.

BOOK FESTIVAL -- Various times today through Sunday. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington is holding a book festival featuring authors including Judith Viorst, Jack Klugman and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Prices vary. 301-348-3805 or


CONTRA DANCE -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. tomorrow. Dance to the live music of the Glen Echo Open Band. 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

CANTEEN SWING DANCE -- 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday. A fundraiser to honor veterans. Dance to the live music of swing band Lush Life. Free lesson, 8 p.m. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $13. 301-299-8728 or

ZYDECO -- 8:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Dance to the music of Dikki Du and the Zydeco Crew. Free lesson, 7:30 p.m. Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $13. 301-309-0895.

ART DECO BALLROOM TEA DANCE -- 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday. Free lesson, 2:30 p.m. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 301-299-8728 or

ARGENTINE TANGO/MILONGA -- 8-11 p.m. Sunday. Argentine tango from the 1940s to today. Free lesson, 7 p.m. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10. 301-299-8728 or

SWING DANCE -- 9-11:30 p.m. Thursday. Featuring live music from Blue Sky 5. Free lesson, 8:15-9 p.m. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $12. 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. Society members $8; Nonmembers $10. 301-926-9142 or


"THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF" -- 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 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.

"A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD" -- Various times, from Wednesday through Dec. 11. A musical about a friendship between two amphibians. Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. $15-$50. 240-644-1100.


PAINTING -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 25. Reception and exhibit for Joan Griswold. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-718-0622.

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

SURFING SILVER SPRING -- 6-9 p.m. tomorrow. An exhibit featuring the work of 20 artists who created work based on photographs of Silver Spring. Gateway Georgia Avenue's Heliport Gallery, 8001 Kennett St., Suite 3, Silver Spring. Free. 301-562-1400.

VETERANS SALUTE -- 8:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday. The Art Deco Society of Washington presents a Veterans Day gala. Woman's Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. $50, members; $60, nonmembers. 202-298-1100.

JEWELRY/METALWORK -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A collection of works by 17 area artists for display and sale. Woman's Club of Bethesda, corner of Old Georgetown and Sonoma roads. Free. 301-299-3497.

PRINTS -- 6-9 p.m. tomorrow. Reception and exhibit for Richard Lasner. Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy., Bethesda. Free. 301-951-9441 or

ACRYLIC AND MIXED MEDIA -- 6-9 p.m. tomorrow. A reception and exhibit for Joel E. Traylor III. Framer McGee's Gallery, Shoppes of Bethesda, 4936 Hampden Lane, Bethesda. Free. 301-656-4090.

ART FROM THE HEART -- 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday. The Women's Caucus for Art of Greater Washington will host a community party featuring art and creative activities. River Road Unitarian Church, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. $5; free for children 11 and younger. 703-522-5595 or 301-229-0400.

CAGED BY HISTORY -- 6-9 p.m. tomorrow. Reception and exhibit for Tim Tate at the Fraser Gallery, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda Plaza, Suite E, Bethesda. Free. 301-718-9651 or

BETHESDA ART WALK -- 6-9 p.m. tomorrow. A guided tour of Bethesda galleries, studios and their exhibits. Tour starts at Bethesda Metro Center, at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue. Free. 301-215-6660 or


JEWISH FOLK ARTS FESTIVAL -- 6 p.m. Nov. 19 and noon Nov. 20. Jewish music, storytelling, art, food, children's activities, and workshops on literature, poetry, fiber arts and drumming. Various locations and prices. 301-309-2310 or

THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- 9:30 a.m. Nov. 19. Montgomery County will hold its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring high school bands, floats and large balloons, starting at the intersection of Sligo Creek Parkway and Georgia Avenue and ending on Ellsworth Avenue between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street. Free. 301-565-7300.

SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 17-20. The Montgomery County Fairgrounds will host the 30th annual crafts festival, which will include contemporary crafts by more than 500 artists, craft demonstrations, children's entertainment and food. The fairgrounds are near the intersection of Route 355 and Perry Parkway in Gaithersburg. $7; free for children 11 and younger. 800-210-9900.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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