AFI European Union Film Showcase The 27th annual festival, showcasing more than 50 films from 27 of the 28 EU member states, continues. This week’s highlights include Germany’s 2014 Oscar selection “Beloved Sisters” about poet/playwright Friedrich Schiller’s relationships with his wife and sister-in-law, Saturday at 3 p.m.; Croatia’s 2014 Oscar selection, “Cowboys,” about a big-city director attempting to mount a community theater show in his home town with an unqualified cast, Monday at 9:20 p.m. and Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.; and the U.S. premiere of the U.K. film “Effie Gray,” starring Dakota Fanning, Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Through Dec. 21. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver/eushowcase. $13 per film.
Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival Seneca Creek State Park’s annual 3
Rockville holiday open house and tree lighting Aaron Gilchrist, NBC 4 Morning News anchor, will lead visitors in a tree-lighting countdown. The event also offers photos with Santa, music by Karen Lovejoy, strolling entertainment, balloon art, dancers and two ice-skating performances. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered in exchange for non-perishable foods or a $5 donation to Manna Food Center. 6:30-9 p.m. Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Lane, Rockville. 301-998-8178. www.rockvilletownsquare.com. Free.
“A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas” Paul Morella stars in the one-man show that uses only the words from Charles Dickens’s novella. Continues Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 28. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400. www.olneytheatre.org. $36, students and children $18.
“Aviary” Elyse Harrison’s bird-themed paintings and mixed-media wall sculptures are installed in this pop-up exhibit opening Thursday. Through Dec. 24. Peripoint Building, 5001 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. 301-718-0809. www.aviarybyelyseharrison.com. Free.
“Coffee & Critique Exposed” This exhibition showcases the best of a monthly photography peer review group that has been meeting at Photoworks for 10 years. Through Jan. 5. Glen Echo Park, Photoworks Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2274. www.glenechophotoworks.org. Free.
“Studio B Holiday Show” The studio’s first holiday show features paintings by local artists Linda Button, Judy Gilbert Levey, Steve Hay and Songmi Heart. Continues through Dec. 20. Studio B, 7475 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 301-215-7880. www.bethesda.org/bethesda/studio-b. Free.
“Little Women” The 20-year-old screen version of Louisa May Alcott’s holiday novel stars Winona Ryder, Trini Alvarado, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst as Civil War-era sisters and Susan Sarandon as their mother. Friday at 3 p.m., Sunday at 11:30 a.m., Monday at 3 p.m. Through Dec. 11. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $12, seniors $10, age 11 and younger $5.
“Intersection” Cathy Abramson, Lynne Oakes and Elroy Williams display their latest works through Friday. Kentlands Mansion, Gallery, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Free.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra The symphony will be busy Saturday at Strathmore, beginning with “Music Box: Jingle Bells,” featuring storyteller Maria Broom at 10 and 11:30 a.m. ($15); then a performance of Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker” under the direction of Ken Lam with dancers from Step Afrika! at 4 p.m. ($18-$36); and finally, Handel’s “Messiah” conducted by Edward Polochick with the Concert Artists of the Baltimore Symphonic Chorale at 8 p.m. ($31-$95). All programs will be at Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 877-276-1444. www.strathmore.org. www.bsomusic.org.
Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland Bethesda Urban Partnership’s seasonal event includes crafts, children’s activities, a special visitor from the North Pole, an ice-sculpting demonstration at 1 p.m., and a student concert starting at 2 p.m. 1-4 p.m. Veterans Park, Woodmont and Norfolk avenues, Bethesda. 301-215-6660. www.bethesda.org. Free.
“The Nutcracker” The Rockville Civic Ballet, under the direction of Claudia Mangan, mounts the holiday classic. Opens Saturday with shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m., continues Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Dec. 14. Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8690. www.rockvillemd.gov/theatre. $17, age 60 and older and age 12 and younger $13.
“It’s a Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio Theater” This ’40s-style live radio play, inspired by Frank Capra’s film, requires five actors to perform the dozens of characters and produce sound effects. A free foley sound-effects workshop is offered at 4 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. $32, seniors $30, youths $15. Workshop free, registration required.
Jingle Jubilee This traditional tree-lighting ceremony includes holiday music, a visit from Santa, costumed characters and giveaways. 6-7:30 p.m. City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350. www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Free.
Jewish Folk Arts Festival The 20th annual celebration of Jewish art, music and culture kicks off with a pre-festival Hanukkah concert dedicated to human rights, featuring storyteller Noa Baum, the Fabrangen Fiddlers, musician Jessi Roemer and members of Ezuz; cantor Larry Eschler and cantorial soloist Joshana Erenberg. Saturday at 8 p.m. Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd., Rockville. 301-349-2799. www.jewishfolkartsfestival.com. $25, seniors $15, youth $10.
Holiday vendor bazaar More than 25 vendors will be selling clothing, food, jewelry, candles and other items. Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tikvat Israel Synagogue, 2200 Baltimore Rd., Rockville. 301-251-0455. www.tikvatisrael.org. Free.
Holiday crafts show The eighth annual craft show will feature 50 local artists, crafters and authors. 1-5 p.m. Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John. 301-365-1311. www.friendsofclarabartoncommunitycenter.org. Free.
Jewish Folk Arts Festival The festival continues Sunday with an excerpt from Aviva Kempner’s latest historical documentary, synagogue choirs and cantors, Klezmer bands, art exhibits, university and youth a cappella groups, children’s craft activities, a teen lounge and music jam, Israeli dancing, kosher food and workshops. 1-6 p.m. Sunday at the Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville. 301-587-1739. www.jewishfolkartsfestival.com. $10, seniors and students $5, preschoolers free, family maximum $40.
Atlantic Guitar Quartet The AGQ performs holiday music and works by Brouwer, Satie, Josquin des Prez, Arvo Part and Fred Frith, along with seasonal tunes. 3 p.m. Calvary Lutheran Church, 9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-933-3715. www.musicalartsinternational.org. $15-$20.
Sandy Spring Museum Family Holiday Party Take photos with elves, see a gingerbread village, sip mulled cider and explore holiday traditions from different cultures and religions. Performers include gospel singers Massive Praise, Celtic musicians the Mighty Kelltones, the chorus Encore Singers and Ukrainian carolers from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church. There also will be seasonal crafts, storytelling, international foods, children’s activities and a children’s holiday shop. 3-6 p.m. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022. www.sandyspringmuseum.org. $10 per family.
“Michele Hoben: Footfalls” Abstract paintings by the D.C. artist are displayed through Dec. 19. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.
Holiday Show Twenty-four gallery artists display original artwork in an exhibition featuring jewelry, paintings, ceramics, mobiles, photography, prints and sculpture. Through Jan. 3. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Hwy., Bethesda. 301-351-9441. www.waverlystreetgallery.com. Free.
Openings at VisArts A two-person wood-sculpture exhibition by Jeffery Cooper and William Peirce and a display of recent large-scale paintings by Steven Pearson open Wednesday. Through Jan. 18. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. www.visartsatrockville.org. Free.
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