FOLK ETC. -- 6:30 p.m. today. David Reid LaFleur performs folk, bluegrass and blues on the dobro, dulcimer, guitar and mandolin. Win Harvest, 114 Market St., Gaithersburg. 301-869-4008.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY -- 8 p.m. today. The orchestra performs with conductor Andrew Constantine and guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $21-$73. 301-581-5100 or

HANDEL'S "MESSIAH" -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Performance by the National Philharmonic. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $25-$80; children, free. 301-581-5100 or

CHAMBER MUSIC -- 2 p.m. Saturday. The National Institutes of Health's NIH Chamber Singers perform. Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr., Potomac. Free. 301-983-4475.

CLASSICAL -- 4 p.m. Sunday. Piano Society of Greater Washington performs Chopin, Mozart and Schmitt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-309-2470.

"AZALEAS BLOOM IN WINTER" -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Concert featuring area musicians. Sangha, 7014 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park. $10. 301-891-3214 or

Theater and Film

"OLIVER!" -- 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through Dec. 30. Lionel Bart's musical, adapted from Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist." Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $29-$39. 301-924-3400 or

"THE COCKTAIL HOUR" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. 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

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL -- 7:20 p.m. Saturday. Festival includes AFI Silver Theatre showing of "La Petite Jerusalem," followed by "The Last Mitterand." Kicks off today in the District. 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $10; $9, students and seniors; $6, matinees. 202-518-9400, Ext. 376, or


ETHIOPIAN CULTURAL NIGHT -- 6:45 p.m. tomorrow. A discussion about Ethiopian culture, followed by a dinner. Discussion, Kefa Cafe, 963 Bonifant St., Silver Spring. Dinner, Addis Ababa, 8233 Fenton St., Silver Spring. 301-589-9337. Free, except for dinner. 301-589-9337.

ARTS MARKET -- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Fine arts and crafts by members of Congregation Beth El. 8215 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-652-2606.


"THE NUTCRACKER" -- 7 p.m. tomorrow, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Metropolitan Ballet performance. Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $18 in advance; $20 at the door. 301-279-5301 or

WALTZ -- 3-6 p.m. Sunday. Featuring the ensemble band Fiddlestyx. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 301-634-2231 or

BLUES -- 7-10:30 p.m. Sunday. Open dance for all levels. Stone Tower, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $14, including lesson. 301-634-2222 or


"A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD" -- 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 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 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.

"THE NUTCRACKER" -- 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, through Dec. 23. The Puppet Co. performs the classic story. Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-6668.

"SEUSSICAL" -- 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sundays, 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.-4 p.m. Mondays-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.

PAINTINGS -- 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Jeremiah Stermer's surreal paintings. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-718-0622.

CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY AND PAINTING -- 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday. A reception and demonstration for works by Bertrand Mao. Rockville Arts Place, 9300 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-869-8623 or

JUDAIC ART -- 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Jewish Community Center hosts a Hanukkah show and reception, featuring decorative home items, gifts, jewelry, photography and sculpture. Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Free. 301-881-0100 or

SCULPTURE -- 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Reception for Paul Downs's "Whisper of the Woods" exhibit of mixed media sculptures, which use found natural materials. The Spectrum Center for Natural Medicine, 8830 Cameron St., Suite 501, Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-2700.


HERMAN'S HERMITS AND CHAD AND JEREMY -- 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Sixties pop musicians Peter Noone, Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde perform their hits. Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $40; $38, seniors and students. 301-279-5301 or

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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