Matthew Simmons as Peggy the Peg-Leg Ballerina and Paul Festa as Stringendo in Festa's silent-film comedy “The Glitter Emergency.” (Photo courtesy of Paul Festa/Apparition Film)
THU 09

Festival of New Spanish Cinema The festival opens Thursday at 7:15 p.m. with a screening of Daniel Monzón’s thriller, “The Kid (El Niño),” about two teen wannabe drug dealers and two police officers fighting the drug trade. In Spanish with English subtitles. Festival organizer Marta Sánchez will be present for a Q&A session and a post-screening reception sponsored by Spain Arts & Culture. Film repeats Saturday at 5 p.m. Festival continues through Sunday. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6700. $12, seniors $10, children $7.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds The Texas blues and rock band featuring singer and harmonica player Kim Wilson performs. With the Cathy Ponton King Band. 7:30 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. $35.

FRI 10

Blackberry Smoke The Southern rock band from Atlanta stops by on its Holding All the Roses Tour. With the Temperance Movement and the Ben Miller Band. Doors open at 7 p.m. concert at 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesvill Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. $22.

“Next to Normal” Rockville Musical Theatre stages the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt exploring the effect of mental illness on one suburban family. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through April 26. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. $22.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Led by director and playwright-in-residence Didi Balle and conductor Marin Alsop, the BSO performs Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony in a staged “Off the Cuff” concert with actors exploring the composer’s forbidden love, failed marriage and a secret patron. Friday at 8:15 p.m. Alsop conducts the symphony again Sunday at 3 p.m. in a program with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Kevin Puts’s Flute Concerto, featuring flutist Adam Walker. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 877-276-1444. Friday $41-$101, Sunday $28-$91.

SAT 11

Gas and Steam Engine Show Tractors, gas and steam engines, and antique cars and trucks are displayed at the 19th annual festival, featuring live country music, hayrides, craft vendors, parades, tractor-driving contests and more. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Agricultural History Farm Park, 18400 Muncaster Rd., Derwood. 301-253-2673. Free.

Black Memorabilia and Collectibles Show The largest such show in the country features Negro League baseball players, educational exhibits and vendors of collectibles ranging from slavery artifacts to posters. Saturday at 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. 301-649-1915. $7, students free.

“Passion Play”Sarah Ruhl’s play follows groups from three eras as they stage the Easter story. Continues Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Closes Saturday. Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-588-8279. $30-$35; pay-what-you-can at the door.

Capitol Movement Project The dance company premieres new works in its 10th-anniversary show, “Unbreakable.” 7:30 p.m. Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 240-375-4505. $45.

“Tie It Into My Hand” The On Screen/In Person film series concludes with Paul Festa’s film, in which actor Alan Cumming, filmmaker Barbara Hammer, critic Harold Bloom and others give violin lessons to Festa, shown with his short film “The Glitter Emergency,” about a disabled ballerina. 8 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 240-912-1058. $5.

Brasil Guitar Duo Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora perform as part of the Marlow Guitar series. Lecture at 7:15 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., followed by a wine reception. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. 301-654-6403. $25, one youth ticket free per ticketed guest, additional youth tickets $12.50.

SUN 12

Takoma Park Family Fun Festival The event features live music, food, children’s activities and entertainment. Noon-5 p.m. Washington Adventist University, 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park. 301-891-4034. Free.

Beijing Guitar Duo Classical guitarists Meng Su and Yameng Wang perform. 3 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 240-912-1058. $26, seniors $24, age 25 and younger $15.

Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee The married pianists perform four-hand arrangements and solo piano works in this Polinger Artists of Excellence concert. 7:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-348-3779. $30-$40.
“My Little Town”
A juried group exhibition about the District closes Sunday. Glen Echo Park, Photoworks Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2274. Free.

MON 13

“Rosaline Moore” The artist displays her latest works, mostly painted in Maine. Through April 23. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-718-0622. Free.

TUE 14

Annual student art show An exhibition of juried work by art students at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus. Opens Tuesday with a reception 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Through May 15. Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 240-567-5115. Free.

WED 15

“Carousel” In the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, a well-intentioned bank robber gets a second chance. Opens Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through May 10. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400. $30-$75.

Engelbert Humperdinck The British pop star known for hits “Release Me” and “The Last Waltz” performs. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $38-$88.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports