Nolen Strals, left, and Bruce Willen of the Baltimore design team Post Typography. (Photo courtesy of Post Typography)
THU 16

Black Rock art Missouri artist Tamryn McDermott’s installation “Forma Reliquas” fashions a first-century Roman peristyle garden out of silk, wax and handmade paper in the Main Gallery through Feb. 1. Bethesda artist Caroline Thorington exhibits her lithographs spanning a 10-year period in the Terrace Gallery through Feb. 28. BlackRock Center for the Arts, Terrace Gallery, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. Free.

Tea Dance This midday dance is open to singles and couples. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Hollywood Ballroom, 2126 Industrial Pkwy., Silver Spring. 301-326-1181. $6.

Post Typography The professional design association AIGA DC hosts a night of design and music. First, the Baltimore design duo Post Typography (Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen) talk about their creative process and some of their projects that didn’t work out. After the lecture. the designers perform with their bands Peals (an instrumental duo) and Pure Junk (punk band). Earplugs will be given to the first 100 guests. Copies of the team’s book “Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces” will be sold and signed. A portion of this event’s proceeds will fund scholarships through AIGA DC’s Continuum Fund. 7 p.m.-midnight. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. $14 in advance, $16 at the door.

Duo Sonidos The guitar and violin duo performs Ibero-American music. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $28.

FRI 17

“Miss Nelson Is Missing” Based on the book by Harry Allard, this stage production shows what happens when a bad class loses its nice teacher and the strict substitute, Viola Swamp, takes charge. Opens Friday at 7 p.m. with a post-show pajama party, continues Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday at 11 a.m., Monday-Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Through March 9. Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2270. $19.

“Blame It on Beckett” Montgomery Playhouse stages John Morogiello’s comedy about an innocent publishing intern who attempts to improve bad script submissions in an office full of cynics. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Jan. 26. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. $16, Gaithersburg residents $14.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” Shakespeare’s sonnets and 37 plays are crammed into this two-hour show by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Feb. 1. Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-593-6036. $20, seniors and students $18.

Motown & More: A Tribute to Motown and Soul Legends A 10-piece ensemble led by singer Gene McBride plays music by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Sam Cooke, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Temptations, the Supremes, the Jackson 5 and more. 8 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. $20.

SAT 18

Kupinski Guitar DuoProfessor Larry Snitzler from George Mason University leads a 7:15 p.m. lecture before the Polish duo gives a classical recital. Concert at 8 p.m. A reception will follow. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda. 301-654-6403. $25, students 18-22 $12.50, age 17 and younger free with paid ticket holder.

“Meena’s Dream” In Forum Theatre’s musical, an Indian American girl struggles with her mother’s sickness by escaping into her dreams, where Hindu god Krishna needs her help. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Closes Saturday. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100. $10 in advance, pay what you want at the door.

National Philharmonic Victoria Gau conducts the orchestra, soloists and the National Philharmonic Chorale in a performance of Mozart’s Divertimento in D, K. 136, Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $28-$84, children free.

The 9 Songwriters Series Nine singer-songwriters from various genres share one bill. 8 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. $22.

“With These Hands: The Robert and Sharon Buchanan Collection” An exhibit of ceramics, prints, sculptures and paintings from the collection closes Saturday. VisArts at Rockville, Kaplan Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. Free.

SUN 19

Cellist Pei Lu The Chinese cellist, winner of the National Cello Competition in China and Peabody Conservatory’s Gregor Piatigorsky Award, will be accompanied by pianist Rhoda Jeng. The concert begins with an informal interview with the musicians. 3:30 p.m. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022. $23, students $10.

MON 20

King: A Filmed Record . . . Montgomery to Memphis” Documentary footage of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is accompanied by narration and commentary from Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Charlton Heston, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Clarence Williams III and others. Tickets available at the box office on the day of show only, limit four tickets per guest. 11:30 a.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. Free.

Black Hill family day Volunteer naturalists will lead short nature walks with hands-on activities and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at (Course No. 257158).
1-4 p.m. Black Hill Regional Park Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. 301-528-3492. Free, registration required.

TUE 21

Air Force Band Chamber Music Concert Series The men’s chorus performs. 7 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-881-0100. Free.

WED 22

VisArts exhibitions Curated by printmaker and Litho Shop owner Brian Garner, “Hoi Polloi” features works by emerging and established printmakers. Oil painter Sumita Kim, who depicts beauty in imperfection, has a simultaneous solo show. Both open Wednesday. Through Feb. 23. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. Free.

Christie Dashiell The jazz singer gives a workshop on the history of jazz as part of her residency at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. Free, tickets required.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports