CLASSICAL -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Hans Graf conducts and violinist Baiba Skirde performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $21-$78. 877-276-1444 or

CLASSICAL -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Brian Ganz performs on piano with the National Philharmonic. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. $11-$25. 240-314-8690 or

COUNTRY ROCK -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Artist-in-residence John Jennings performs an original piece commissioned by Strathmore. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $10. 301-581-5100 or

FOLK -- 8 p.m. Wednesday. Focus Music presents Chuck Brodsky and Nick Annis. O'Brien's Pit Barbecue, 387 E. Gude Dr., Rockville. $15; $12 for members. 301-340-8596 or

Theater and Film

"OLIVER!" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; through Dec. 30. Lionel Bart's musical, adapted from Charles Dickens's tale of an orphan. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $29-$39. 301-924-3400 or

"THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. 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" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 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


FROSTY FRIDAY IN FREDERICK -- 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. tomorrow. Downtown Frederick Partnership hosts an all-day shopping promotion, featuring performers and carolers. Market, Patrick, East and Carroll streets, Frederick. Free. 301-698-8118.

GARDEN OF LIGHTS -- 5:30-9:30 p.m., tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. No vehicles admitted after 8:30 p.m. Brookside Gardens displays 650,000 twinkling lights for the holidays. 1800 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton. $15 per car, minivan or van. 301-962-1411 or


CONTRA DANCE -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. tomorrow. Dance to music performed by Laura and the Lava Lamps. Free dance lesson, 7:30-8:15 p.m. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 301-634-2222 or

SWING DANCE -- 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Featuring the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. Free lesson, 8 p.m. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $13; $7, children 13 and younger. 301-634-2231 or

WALTZ DANCE -- 3-6 p.m. Sunday. Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-634-2231 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. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Society members $8; nonmembers $10. 202-518-1299 or


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

"A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. 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.

"THE NUTCRACKER" -- 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday; through Dec. 23. 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" -- 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday; through Jan. 15. Imagination Stage performs a musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss. 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10-$15. 301-280-1650 or


CONTEMPORARY ART -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 16. Montgomery College hosts an exhibit of wearable sculptures, vessels and objects. Rockville Campus Art Gallery, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Free. 301-279-5000.

GLENVIEW MANSION EXHIBITIONS -- 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Bronze sculptures of human figures make up "Pole People," featuring works by Judy Sutton Moore. Also on display are works inspired by the letter S, by sculptor Nancy Sanford Salome; and pieces that look like "strange plants," by Laura G. Thorne. Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. Free. 240-314-8682.

PAINTINGS -- 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. A reception for Rulei Bu and an exhibition of the artist's works. Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394 or


JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL -- 7:20 p.m. Dec. 3. The 40-film festival kicks off with an AFI Silver Theatre showing of "La Petite Jerusalem," followed by "The Last Mitterand." 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $10; $9 for students and seniors for films after 5:30 p.m.; $6 for matinees. 202-518-9400, Ext. 376 or

WINTER WONDERLAND -- 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11. The Bethesda Urban Partnership presents a live ice sculpture demonstration, carolers, holiday storytelling, music, arts and crafts. Downtown Bethesda, including Norfolk, Woodmont and Fairmont avenues. Free. 301-215-6660 or

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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