“From Beyond the Arch” This multimedia exhibition by students from Berman Hebrew Academy opens Thursday. A reception will be held Sunday 2-4 p.m. Through Jan. 28. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-881-0100. www.jccgw.org. Free.
“Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” Denis Sanders directed this documentary in 1970 as Elvis Presley performed his first full tour in 13 years. The 45-year old film is screened on Elvis’ 80th birthday. 7:15 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. www.afi.com/silver. $12, seniors $10, children $7.
“Coloring All the Angles” Paintings by Montgomery County artists Fran Abrams, Bob Elliott and Eric Garner are on display. The exhibition continues with an opening reception Friday 6-9 p.m. as part of the monthly Bethesda Art Walk. Through Jan. 31. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda. 301-215-7990. www.bethesda.org. Free.
Louis Weeks The local composer and songwriter’s debut record last January included a single, “Fold,” played heavily by NPR. He comes to Strathmore for a live performance mixing acoustic and electronic elements. 8 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $15.
Open mike at the Mansion Musicians, comedians, storytellers and poets are welcome to give an unplugged performance. A piano and piano accompanist are available and the bar will sell wine and beer. 8-11 p.m. Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov. $10.
“The 39 Steps” Four actors from Sandy Spring Theatre Group portray more than 150 different characters in this comic mystery adapted by Patrick Barlow. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Jan. 25. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.sandyspringtheatregroup.org. $20, age 14 and younger $12.
The Devil Makes Three The alt-country band from Santa Cruz, Calif., performs. With Joe Pug. 8:30 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $20.
“Sanathana: Beginningless and Endless” This kolam art exhibition of paintings, drawings and mixed-media works by the mother-and-daughter team of Shanthi and Aishwariya Chandrasekar is the centerpiece of a two-month event series co-sponsored by the Embassy of India that includes films, music, dance and drumming lessons and a workshop on kolam painting, which uses rice flour, chalk and powder in geometric patterns. The word “sanathana” means without beginning or end. Opens Saturday with a reception 11 a.m.-1 p.m. featuring artist talks, music and dance demonstrations, and Indian food and drinks. Through Feb. 28. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022. www.sandyspringmuseum.org/indianheritage. Free.
“Disney’s the Little Mermaid” Drawing from the Hans Christian Andersen fable and the animated Disney film, the play follows the adventures of a mermaid who falls in love with a prince. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7 p.m., Sunday at noon and 5 p.m. Closes Sunday. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400. www.olneytheatre.org. $32-$65.
Stephen Boocks The artist’s “Recent Works” exhibition features abstract acrylic paintings and works on paper that resemble sheet music and draw influence from minimalist composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Continues with an artist reception Saturday 3-5 p.m. Through Jan. 31. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Terrace Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.
“A Reverence for Cloth” Lorie McCown and Karen Schulz, winners of the “Tribute to Fiber Art” juried exhibition held at BlackRock last March, display their fiber artworks. Continues with an artist reception Saturday 3-5 p.m. Through Jan. 31. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Main Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org . Free.
Capitol Tap gala Capitol Tap celebrates its fifth anniversary with a family-friendly gala including dance performances, a live and silent auction, and hors d’oeuvres. 7-10 p.m. Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring. www.capitoltap.com. $50, ages 7 to 17 $25, younger $5.
National Philharmonic Led by conductor Piotr Gajewski, the ensemble performs works by Mozart and Haydn, including the latter’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with cellist Zuill Bailey. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $28-$84.
Robert J. Priore’s “Ascendance” CityDance Conservatory students, alumni and professional dancers perform this piece choreographed by Priore, the choreographer-in-residence at CityDance School and Conservatory. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 202-347-3909. www.citydance.net. $25.
Led Zeppelin 2 The cover band performs. 9 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $16.
“My German Friend” Cinema Art Bethesda screens the film about the daughter of Jewish German immigrants who falls for German man in 1950s Argentina. In Spanish and German with English subtitles. Admission includes post-film discussion, coffee and bagels. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., film at 10 a.m. Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-365-3679. www.cinemaartbethesda.org. $15.
“Richly Black and White” Photographers Jaree Donnelly, Craig Higgins, Timothy Lynch and Marge Wasson make up the photography group F/1.4, who showcase 25 black-and-white images in this exhibition, opening Sunday with a reception 1:30-3:30 p.m. Through Jan. 27. Glenview Mansion, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8682. www.rockvillemd.gov. Free.
“101 Dalmatians” Imagination Stage puts on a musical based on the 1956 novel by Dodie Smith, in which two dogs embark on a quest to save their puppies. Saturday at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m., Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Closes Sunday. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. www.imaginationstage.org. $12-$35.
“Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction From a Small Planet” Writers David Ebenbach and Susi Wyss discuss the anthology, which compiles 20 stories by 20 authors set in 20 countries. 2 p.m. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-654-8664. www.writer.org. Free.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Led by music director Marin Alsop, the BSO presents Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” Barber’s “Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance” and the BSO premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s “Rose of the Winds,” performed with Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato, klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and hyper-accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman. 3 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.bsomusic.org. $32-$95.
“Color and Chaos” Bethesda artist Gladys Lipton’s first solo show continues with a reception Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Through January 31. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797. www.friendshipheightsmd.gov. Free.
Fairy Gardens Create a one-of-a-kind planter to take home with miniature plants and tiny accessories. Additional accessories will be available for purchase through the Marylandica Gift Shop. For age 18 and older. Tuesday 10-11:30 a.m. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. www.brooksidegardens.org. $49, registration required at www.parkpass.org, Course No. 296449.
Slavery lecture Author and historian James Johnston will discuss “Differing Historical Perspectives on Slavery in Maryland and D.C.” 7 p.m. Gaithersburg Community Museum, 9 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6160. www.gaithersburgmd.gov. $5.
Seether and Papa Roach The South African rock band shares top billing with the California hard rock band, who have announced an album release later this month. With Kyng and Islander. 6:30 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $37.50.
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