Natalie Cole has a Thursday show at Strathmore. (Strathmore)
THU 01

“A Chorus Line” The musical follows hopeful dancers as they audition for a spot. Suggested for audiences 13 and older. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 1. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400. $38.50-$63.50.

Hand Painted Swinger The Arlington pop/alternative band plays outdoors on the plaza. Part of the Fair Hill summer concert series. 6 p.m. Fair Hill (formerly called Olney Town Center), 18169 Town Center Dr., Olney. 240-453-3000. Free.

Taikoza Japanese drummers and dancers introduce children to their culture. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Strathmore Backyard Theater, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $8, age 2 and younger free.

Ryan Buckle and Friends The children’s entertainer plays songs from his debut CD, “Swamp Stomp Boogie,” about things at the zoo. 10:30 a.m. Gaithersburg City Hall, Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350. Free.

Natalie Cole The nine-time Grammy-winning singer recently released a new album, “Natalie Cole en Español,” following in the footsteps of her father, Nat King Cole. Pre-concert lecture (free with concert ticket) at 6:30 p.m. in Education Center Room 4028. Concert at 8 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $33-$92.

FRI 02

“Circus!” Christopher and MayField Piper use puppets to bring a big top to life with clowns, acrobats and other circus performers. Opens Friday at 10 a.m., continues Saturday-Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Through Sept. 1. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. $10.

Summer Slaughter Tour New Jersey mathcore act Dillinger Escape Plan headlines. With Aeon, Animals as Leaders, Cattle Decapitation, Norma Jean, Periphery, Revocation, Rings of Saturn, the Ocean and Thy Art Is Murder. 3:20 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. $28.

Debonaire Rio’s Sizzlin’ Hot Summer concert series continues with Motown, R&B and funk. 6 p.m. Washingtonian Center, on the patio by the paddle boats, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg. Free.

Ruthie and the Wranglers The D.C.-based roots rock and country band led by Ruthie Logsdon has won 30 Wammie Awards. 6:30 p.m. Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Lane, Rockville. www.rockvilletownsquare.
. Free.

Puppet Slam Strathmore and the Puppet Co. of Glen Echo present a short-form puppet theater showcase aimed at adults. Interludes include music by ukulele duo the Sweater Set. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $15.

Dennis Crayon, Mary Exline, Kenneth Gwira and Mary Jo Torrey An exhibition of oil paintings by Crayon, acrylics by Exline, woodwork by Gwira and an invitational gallery featuring Torrey’s work opens Friday. Through Sept. 29. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. Free.

SAT 03

Cactus and Succulent Show This display and sale is sponsored by the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. Free.

Gary and the Groove The Maryland band plays oldies, Motown and classic rock. 6 p.m. Washingtonian Center, on the patio by the paddle boats, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg. Free.

“Coppelia” Rockville Civic Ballet performs the comic ballet in which an engaged man attempts to woo a life-sized doll on a balcony. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8690. $17, seniors and children $13.

Rolling Stones tribute BandHouse Gigs presents a tribute concert featuring Julia Nixon, Tommy Keene, Mary Ann Redmond, Jon Carroll, Randy Thompson, Colin Thompson, Scott Kurt, Laura Tsaggaris, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Linwood Taylor, Tommy Lepson, Billy Coulter, Levi Stephens, Abaad Behram, Janet Emma Garbe, David Kitchen, Tom Lofgren and Big Yankee Dollar. 7:30 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. $20-$25.

SUN 04

“Mouse on the Move” The moon is cheesy and cat-free, prompting two young mice decide to travel there in this show for ages 1-5. Saturday-Sunday at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Closes Sunday. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. $12.

Rodrigo y Gabriela Mexican guitarists Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero conclude their U.S. tour blending metal, jazz and world music. With Zach Heckendorf. 7 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $55-$78.

MON 05

“Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat” Adventure Theatre presents a play based on Dr. Seuss’s book. Continues Saturday-Sunday at 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m., Monday at 10:30 a.m. Through Sept. 2. Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2270. $19.

TUE 06

Reptiles Alive! Live reptiles are showcased to teach children facts about the cold-blooded creatures. 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Participating restaurants on the square offer free kids’ meals 5-9 p.m. Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Lane, Rockville.

WED 07

Carlos Nuñez The Spanish musician known as “the Seventh Chieftain” plays jigs and reels from the Spanish region of Galicia, which shares traditions with Celtic folk. He plays a bagpipe called the gaita and is touring the United States and Canada with his brother Xurxo on percussion, Pancho Alvarez on Brazilian viola and step dancer Jon Pilatzke on fiddle. 7 p.m. Strathmore, Gudelsky Outdoor Concert Gazebo, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301-581-5100. Free.

“The Avengers” Movies on the Square continues with a film about a group of superheroes trying to save the world, including Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and more. 8:30 p.m. Series continues through Aug. 21. Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Lane, Rockville. 301-998-8178. Free.

Three new VisArts exhibitions The gallery hosts a retrospective show for Neena Birch (drawings, paintings, sculptures and prints), a mixed-media installation made from books by Ching Ching Cheng, and paintings and installations by Marty Weishaar. All three open Wednesday and close Sept. 8. Reception for all three Aug. 9 7-9 p.m. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. Free.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan

from staff reports