A detail of Mariah Anne Johnson’s site-specific installation “Keep Everything” at BlackRock. (Mariah Anne Johnson/Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts)
THU 14

Oh Susannah! The children’s band entertains preschoolers at the JCPenney Court near the kids’ play area. 10:30 a.m. Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-840-5840. www.shoplakeforest.com. Free.

“Keep Everything” and “A Breed of Their Own” Mariah Anne Johnson’s site-specific installation of quiltlike fabric assemblages, shown along with her works on paper, and Brad Blair’s solo show of beastly ceramic and mixed-media sculptures continue through Jan. 30. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.

FRI 15

VisArts reception Greg Minah’s paintings are made by pouring, tilting and layering paint in “Wash: New Paintings”; Thanasi Papapostolou’s solo exhibition of contemporary and classical figurative sculptures, “Eikona/Image,” asks, “Who are we?” and “Who do we wish to be?”; Baltimore artist Ben Piwowar’s installation “Against Weather” combines drawing, painting and salvaged materials; and Light Switch Dance Theatre combines contemporary dance, visual art, music and film to explore the idea of home and homelessness in “Nest: Every Human Deserves a Home.” Opening reception for all four with artist talks 7-9 p.m. Through Feb. 14. VisArts at Rockville, Concourse Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. ­301-315-8200. www.visartsatrockville.org. Free.

“Humble Boy” Silver Spring Stage mounts Charlotte Jones’s comedy about an astrophysicist whose recently widowed mother decides to make a fresh start with a family friend. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Jan. 30. Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-593-6036. www.ssstage.org. $25, seniors and students $22.

“Lend Me a Tenor” Rockville Little Theatre mounts this production of Ken Ludwig’s farce in which an assistant stands in for a famous opera singer he assumes to be dead. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Jan. 24. Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8690. www.rockvillemd.gov/theatre. $22, seniors and students $20.

T.I. The Grammy Award-winning rapper from Atlanta performs. With DJ Young Music. 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $55.

SAT 16

Joe Clair & Friends The WPGC morning show host anchors two sets of stand-up. 7 and 10 p.m. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $25 in advance, $30 day of show.

National Philharmonic Piotr Gajewski conducts the orchestra and violinist Colin Sorgi in Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and works by Mozart, Britten and Grieg. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $19-$79, ages 7-17 free.

SUN 17

Step Afrika! The professional step company presents “Step Xplosion,” a showcase honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with performances by regional youth step groups K.A.O.S.S. Entertainment Inc. (Kids Always on the Same Step), Dem’ Raider Boyz Step Squad and the Herndon High School Step Team, plus Howard University’s QuaDrew Step Team and New York’s Crimson Inferno. 4 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $25-$40.

Christian Scott The jazz trumpeter performs. 8 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.ampbystrathmore.com. $30.

MON 18

New Orchestra of Washington The ensemble performs two family concerts of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” featuring narration and props with Michael Boudewyns from Really Inventive Stuff theater ensemble at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with a storytelling and craftmaking session at 10:30 a.m., pizza lunch at 12:15 p.m., and instrument petting zoo at 12:45 p.m. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite animal. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Kreeger Auditorium, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-348-3872. www.jccgw.org. $10; optional $7 lunch must be ordered in advance.

“King: A Filmed Record. Montgomery to Memphis” Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s documentary includes footage of the Montgomery bus boycott, the “I Have a Dream” speech and more. Noon. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6700. www.afi.com/silver. Free tickets available at the box office at 11 a.m. day of show, limit four per person.

TUE 19

Grainger Jam Gary Grainger and friends lead a massive jam session for players and singers from the metro area. 6 p.m. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $5.

WED 20

Brian Cunningham Project The D.C.-area band plays smooth jazz, gospel and R&B. 8 p.m. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $15.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports