Bill Hurlbut as Laurence Olivier and Michael Kharfen as Orson Welles in Silver Spring Stage “Orson’s Shadow.” (Harvey Levine)
THU 15

“Force Majeure” Swedish director Ruben Ostlund will be on hand for a question-and-answer session following the screening of his dark comedy about a couple whose marriage is shaken after a family ski trip is ruined by an avalanche. Selected by Sweden for the 2014 Oscars, the film kicks off the series “In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Ostlund,” which continues through Feb. 17. In Swedish and English with English subtitles. 7:15 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $12, seniors $10, children $7.

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. Through Jan. 31. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Terrace Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.

“Your Memories, Your Sentiments, Your Wishes, Your Secrets” Painter Jim Condron combines painting and sculpture, often small and influenced by 15th- and 16th-century Italian art, while painter Kristen Liu depicts city life, sex and violence. Opens Thursday, reception Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with music by Terraplane. Through Feb. 28. Adah Rose Gallery, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-922-0162. www.adahrosegallery.com. Free.

FRI 16

“Circus!” Puppets, some more than 50 years old, depict a circus with clowns, acrobats and animals. Opens Friday with shows at 10 and 11:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Through Feb. 15. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. www.thepuppetco.org. $10, younger than 2 free.

Cameo The funk band behind the ’80s hit “Word Up!” celebrates its 33rd year. 7 and 10 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $65-$125.

“Go Back for Murder” Rockville Little Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s play about a young woman trying to prove her mother innocent of poisoning her father. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Jan. 25. Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8690. rockville.ticketleap.com/go-back-for-murder-rlt. $22, age 62 and older and students $20.

“Orson’s Shadow” Silver Spring Stage presents Austin Pendleton’s comedy about Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier working together to stage Eugene Ionesco’s play “Rhinoceros.” Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through Jan. 31. Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-593-6036. www.ssstage.org. $20, seniors and students $18.

Gil Shaham The violinist performs Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 202-785-9727. www.washingtonperformingarts.org. $30-$75.

“The 39 Steps” A cast of four actors portrays more than 150 characters in this comedy produced by the Sandy Spring Theatre Group. Friday-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.

SAT 17

“Cinderella” Students in first through sixth grades perform the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Presented by Bravo Productions. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Randolph Road Theatre, 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring. 301-438-8682. www.bravoproductions.org. $15.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Led by conductor Günther Herbig, the BSO performs Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 with pianist Alon Goldstein. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 877-276-1444. www.strathmore.org. $32-$95.

Jessica Osborne For the “Shostakovich Project II,” the pianist performs pieces by Prokofiev and Shostakovich as part of the SFZ Salon series coordinated by the Arts Barn and Kentlands Mansion. With pianist Alex Peh, who gives a background overview to stimulate discussion. 8 p.m. Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov. $25, age 18 and younger $12.

Redmond, Langosch and Cooley Singer-songwriter Mary Ann Redmond, winner of 23 Washington Area Music Awards, is joined by bassist Paul Langosch and pianist Jay Cooley, with whom she recorded the jazz album “Compared to What.” 8 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $20.

“The Silk Work of Diane Tuckman” Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture presents Tuckman’s silk art. Opens Saturday. Through March 1. Glen Echo Park, Partnership Office Gallery, Arcade Building, second floor, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222. www.glenechopark.org. Free.

SUN 18

Step Afrika! The professional company dedicated to stepping performs for Martin Luther King Weekend with six step teams. A pre-performance panel discussion at 2:30 p.m. in the Mansion will explore the relationship between step dance and fraternities and sororities at historically black colleges. 4 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $25-$35.

Soul Serenaders Soul singers Billy Price and Tommy Lepson are joined by Dan Hovey (guitar), Pete Ragusa (drums), Jan Zukowski (bass), Bruce Swaim (tenor saxophone) and Lepson’s Hammond organ. With the Blues Warriors, featuring Mark Wenner from the Nighthawks on harp and vocals. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $20.

“Happy Not Sappy” Works by eight modern artists attempt to make the viewer happy. Closes Sunday. VisArts at Rockville, Kaplan Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. www.visartsatrockville.org. Free.

“William Peirce: Re-Arrangeable” Wood sculptures and laminated bowls make up this solo exhibition. Closing Sunday. VisArts at Rockville, Common Ground Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. www.visartsatrockville.org. Free.

MON 19

“King: A Filmed Record . . . Montgomery to Memphis” This 1970 documentary about Martin Luther King Jr., co-directed by Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz, highlights the Montgomery bus boycott, the “I Have a Dream” speech and more with narration and commentary from Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman and others. 1:45 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. Free tickets will be distributed the day of the show on a first-come, first-served basis, limit four per person.

Rockville MLK Celebration The 43rd annual event features speaker Patrice Gaines (a former Washington Post reporter), multicultural performances by Soul in Motion and Vision Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Urban Artistry hip-hop dancers, Kiamsha theatrical group, Arte Flamenco, Glorystar Children’s Chorus and awards for Rockville community members recognized as carrying on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. A reception will follow. 10 a.m. Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8316. www.rockvillemd.gov/mlk. Free.

Montgomery County MLK Celebration Montgomery County and the City of Gaithersburg join together for a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. 3:30-5 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 240-777-2570. www.strathmore.org. Free, tickets required.

“Color and Chaos” The first solo show of 91-year-old Bethesda artist Gladys Lipton continues through Jan. 31. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797. www.friendshipheightsmd.gov. Free.

Group exhibition A show of mixed-media works by artists Amy Jackson, Eric Garner, Bing-Jib Huang, Michael B. Stevenson Jr. and James Meade closes Monday. Bohrer Park Activity Center, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350. www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Free.

TUE 20

“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. Through Jan. 31. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Main Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.

WED 21

Darrian Ford The singer pays homage to Sam Cooke in “The Cooke Book” with hits such as “Chain Gang” and “Twistin’ the Night Away.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $30.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan

from staff reports