JOHN MCCUTCHEON -- 7:30 p.m. today. Grammy nominee performs folk songs. 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $25 in advance; $20 at the door. 301-528-2260 or

FEMALE COMPOSERS -- 11 a.m. tomorrow. The D.C. Federation of Music Clubs will sponsor a concert of works by Washington area women at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Free. 301-581-5100.

RAFAEL PADRON -- 8 p.m. Saturday. South American music performed by the Cuban guitarist, followed by a reception. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. $20. 301-654-6403 or

CLASSICAL FAIRY TALES -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Conductor Kwame Ryan leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Ravel and Bartok. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $21-$78. 877-216-1444 or

WORLD MUSIC -- 3 p.m. Sunday. The group Flutar, composed of flutist Joseph Cunliffe and guitarist Giorgia Cavallaro, performs tangos, sambas, Peruvian melodies, and Native American and traditional American music. 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. 301-528-2266 or

Theater and Film

"THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE" -- 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 18. A Chinese emperor nearly dies of sadness until he hears a nightingale's song. Then the nightingale is stolen. Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-5331.

"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. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. 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.

"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. Sunday, 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. Silver Spring Stage, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $11-$15. 301-593-6036 or


SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today through Sunday. The Montgomery County Fairgrounds will host the 30th annual festival, with contemporary crafts by more than 500 artists, 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.

TAKOMA PARK FILM FESTIVAL -- Various times tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Forty works by local filmmakers will be screened in Takoma Park City Council Chambers, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park. Free. 301-891-7259 or

JEWISH FOLK ARTS FESTIVAL -- 6 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. 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

CRAFT SHOW -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. St. Andrew the Apostle School, Kemp Mill Road and Arcola Avenue, Silver Spring. Free. 301-649-3555.

VEGETARIAN POTLUCK -- 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The Vegetarian Resource Group will hold its annual pre-Thanksgiving potluck at Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 West Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore. $4; free for children. 410-366-8343.

DISCUSSION ON PERENNIALS -- 8 p.m. Monday. Brookside Gardens Visitors Center will host a lecture. 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-585-9098.


SWING DANCE -- 9-11:30 p.m. today. 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.

CONTRA DANCE -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. tomorrow. Dance to music performed by National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker. Free dance lesson, 7:30-8:15 p.m. at the Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 301-634-2222 or

SWING DANCE -- 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Featuring the Boilermaker Jazz Band. Free lesson, 8 p.m. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $13. 301-634-2231 or

SWING DANCE -- 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Featuring live music from Casey MacGill and the Spirits of Rhythm. Free lesson, 8 p.m. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $15. 301-634-2231.

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

WALTZ DANCE -- 3-6 p.m. Sunday. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 301-634-2222 or

BLUES DANCE -- 8:30-10 p.m. Sunday. The Stone Tower, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $6; $14 with lesson. 301-634-2222.

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. tomorrow. 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 Wednesday through Dec. 11. A musical about friendship. Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. $15-$50. 240-644-1100.


FINE ART IN MINIATURE -- Various times Saturday through Dec. 30. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. 301-581-5100 or


"THE NUTCRACKER" -- Various times Nov. 25 through Dec. 31. The Puppet Co. performs the classic Christmas Eve story. Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-6668.

"SEUSSICAL" -- Various times Nov. 25 through Jan. 15. Imagination Stage performs a musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss. 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10-$15. 301-280-1650.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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