JEWISH FOLK MUSIC -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Hasidic, Sephardic and Eastern European traditional music. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. 301-528-2260.

PIANO -- 4 p.m. Sunday. The chamber music series of the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at the National Institutes of Health presents Steve Osborne on piano performing Beethoven and Schubert. Landon School Mondzac Performing Arts Center, 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. $22; $10, students. 301-496-7976.

JAZZ -- 7 p.m. Sunday. The Buck Creek Jazz Band performs. Knights of Columbus Rosensteel Hall, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. $20. 301-340-7399 or

CHAMBER SINGERS -- 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Cantate Chamber Singers perform holiday songs. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $15-$26. 301-581-5100 or

FOLK MUSIC -- 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. Chris Chandler, Lori Kelley, Cletus Kennelly and Dulcie Taylor perform. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. $19 in advance; $24 at the door. 301-528-2260.

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 GREAT WATER" -- 10 a.m. Sunday. Cinema Art Bethesda presents a film about a Macedonian orphanage. $14. Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-365-3679 or


GARDEN OF LIGHTS -- 5:30-9:30 p.m., today through Sunday, Wednesday through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30. Brookside Gardens displays 650,000 twinkling lights for the holidays. No vehicles admitted after 8:30 p.m. 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $15 a car, minivan or van. 301-962-1411 or

SINGALONG -- 10 a.m. Saturday. The Friends of Little Falls Library presents its annual holiday singalong. Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-320-4880.

ICE SHOW -- 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Ice skating students perform at Cabin John Ice Rink, 10610 Westlake Dr., Rockville. Free. 301-365-2246 or

TURKISH BAZAAR -- 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Turkish Women's Association will host this event to benefit Turkish children. Crafts, food and rugs on hand. Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr., Bethesda. $1. 301-530-3654.

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE -- 1-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 1-7 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 18 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. 10401 Armory Ave., Old Town Kensington. 301-933-7933.

GAITHERSBURG WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL -- 6-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 31, except for Christmas day. Seneca Creek State Park hosts its annual winter lights festival, with themed areas such as Teddy Bear Land and Victorian Village, and trolley rides. 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. $10 a car Sunday through Thursday; $12, Fridays and Saturdays. Discount coupons available at Lakeforest Mall. 301-258-6350 or

BOUTIQUE -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The Children's Learning Center holiday boutique features home accessories, ceramics, jewelry and more. 4511 Bestor Dr., Rockville. 301-871-6600 or


CHRISTMAS SINGLES DANCE -- 9 p.m. Saturday to 12:30 a.m. the next day. Catholic Alumni Club of Washington is host at the Knights of Columbus, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. $16. 301-530-6288 or

WALTZ -- 3-6 p.m. Sunday. Featuring the La Salle Dance Orchestra. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 301-634-2231 or


HOLIDAY PARTY -- 9-11 a.m. Saturday. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life hosts a children's holiday party at Montgomery General Hospital, 18101 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. 301-774-8882 or 301-570-7201.

SUGAR PLUM EXTRAVAGANZA -- noon-1:30 p.m. Sunday. An interactive introduction to "The Nutcracker" for children ages 3 through 8. 1570 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. $25 a child. 301-984-3003 or

"A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD" -- 7 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, through Dec. 18. 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. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 18. A Chinese emperor nearly dies of sadness but then 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

"CHARLOTTE'S WEB" -- 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 18. Kensington Arts Theatre presents the tale of a pig who befriends a spider. $8, city residents; $10, nonresidents. 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394 or

GIFT WORKSHOP -- 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Children can create holiday gifts. Rockville Arts Place, 9300 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg. $15 a child. 301-869-8623 or


CONTEMPORARY ART -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 6-8 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.

ARTISANS STUDIO TOUR -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Visit up to 12 artisan studios in cottages around Sugarloaf Mountain and buy handcrafted gifts. Tours start at various places. Free. 301-972-8089, 301-972-7564 or

HOLIDAY SHOW -- 6-9 p.m. tomorrow. Reception for 21 local artists includes exhibit of paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy., Bethesda. Free. 301-951-9441 or

DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Reception for artist Noy Davis. Washington Studio School, 4505 Stanford St., Chevy Chase. 301-718-7210 or

WINTER ART EXHIBITION -- 6-9 p.m. tomorrow. Art exhibit featuring Joseph Barbaccia, Albert Schweitzer, Jacquie Shane and Erwin Timmers. Gallery Neptune, 4808 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-718-0809.

CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY AND PAINTING -- 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday. An artist's talk about works by Bertrand Mao. Rockville Arts Place, 9300 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-869-8623 or

PRINTS, DRAWINGS, FUSED GLASS -- 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Reception and exhibit for Tai Hwa Goh. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 240-912-1057 or


"THE NUTCRACKER" -- 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 17, 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18. The Maryland Youth Ballet performs. Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 301-652-2232 or

POINTER SISTERS -- 8 p.m. Dec. 16-17. The Grammy award winners perform their rhythm and blues and soul hits. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $23-$65. 301-581-5100 or

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN

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