Violinist Mark O'Connor celebrates an Appalachian Christmas on Thursday at Strathmore. (Christopher McLallen)
THU 13

“Seasons of Light” Different winter holidays and traditions are highlighted in this Smithsonian Associates show for ages 5 to 10. Thursday-Friday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100. $8, children $6.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Denson (a jazz singer, flutist and saxophonist) and his band are joined by Kyle, Og and Dela of Slightly Stoopid in a tribute to the Beastie Boys. 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. $25.

Mark O’Connor Strathmore’s Storied Strings series continues with an Appalachian Christmas program by this Grammy-winning fiddler. O’Connor speaks about string method for teachers at 2 p.m., delivers a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. and performs at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $25-$55.

“The Royal Tenenbaums” Gene Hackman stars as the father of three child prodigies who have grown up to be less successful adults. Rated R. 9 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. $11.50, seniors $9, age 12 and younger $7.

FRI 14

Takoma Park Singers A Christmas program dubbed “From Africa to Scotland and in Between” will be accompanied by piano, flute and percussion. Proceeds will benefit Shepherd’s Table. 7:30 p.m. Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church, 33 E. University Blvd., Silver Spring. 301-681-9498. Free, donations suggested.

“James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ ” Quotidian Theatre Company stages a musical version of Joyce’s short story set at a holiday dinner party, starring opera singer Janice Hall as Gretta Conroy. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-654-8664. $30, seniors and students $25.

“Miracle on 34th Street” The Arts Barn and Montgomery Playhouse present a stage show based on the film of the same name about a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real thing, set as an old-fashioned radio broadcast with vintage commercials. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394.
. $16.

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Singer Tony DeSare, a young Sinatra-esque crooner, joins the 70-piece orchestra for a holiday pop concert under the direction of Jose-Luis Novo. 8 p.m. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. 410-263-5544. $45.

SAT 15

“The Arkansaw Bear” In Aurand Harris’s play — combining music, magic, dance and humor — a girl whose grandfather is near death escapes to a fantasy world that includes an aging dancing bear. Continues Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday at 11 a.m. Through Dec. 23. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-
6394. $16, Gaithersburg residents $14, children and teens $9.

American Dance InstituteSee the full-length version of “The Nutcracker” Saturday at 2 p.m.). American Dance Institute, 1570 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. 301-984-3003. Tea party: $50 includes one adult and one child ticket, additional tickets $25. Regular “Nutcracker” tickets: $30, seniors $20, students $15.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio Theatre” The stage show of George Bailey and his guardian angel returns, set as a ’40s radio show with dozens of characters played by five actors. 8 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. $29-$32.

SUN 16

“The Princess and the Sprout” The British Players’ performance features song and dance, buffoonery and audience participation in “The Princess and the Pea.” Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., closes Sunday at 1 p.m. Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. 301-838-0042. 301-949-2424. $20, age 11 and younger $12.

Rockville Concert Band Christmas, Hanukkah and snow-themed songs make up the program for the band’s Holiday on Ice concert. 3 p.m. Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8690. $5 suggested donation.

“Colors at Play: Quilts and Kaleidoscopes”Quilts by resident artist Lauren Kingsland are paired with kaleidoscopes by self-taught Damascus artist Charles Karadimos. Images from the kaleidoscopes are projected onto walls. The exhibit continues through Jan. 3, with a reception Sunday 6-9 p.m. and a lunchtime talk by both artists Wednesday at noon. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022. $5, seniors $3, students and children free, Wednesdays free. Reception free, but e-mail reservations to

“A Quiet Field of Surfaces” Jessica Drenk’s sculptures are created from, among other things, cotton swabs and coffee filters, while Brie Husted’s minimalist sculptures are inspired by music. Closes Sunday. Adah Rose Gallery, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-922-0162. Free.

MON 17

Rockville Town Square’s Ice Rink Montgomery County’s largest ice rink offers skate rentals, lessons and season passes. Thursday noon-10 p.m., Friday noon-11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Through March 13. Rockville Town Square, between Rockville Pike, East Middle Lane, North Washington Street and Beall Avenue, Rockville. $8, age 12 and younger $7, skate rentals $3.

TUE 18

Washington Symphonic Brass A holiday concert of tunes from Europe and the United States includes a rendition of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” with the National Philharmonic Chorale. 7:30 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $24-$48, children free.

WED 19

R5 Siblings Ross, Riker, Rocky and Rydel Lynch, plus drummer Ellington Ratliff, form this young California-based pop band. Concertgoers might recognize Ross from his starring role as Austin on the Disney Channel show “Austin & Ally,” or Riker from his role as a Warbler on “Glee.” 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. $15.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports