Little Bo Peep uses her smarts to help Tom the Piper's son save the day in the Puppet Co.’s “Toyland.” (Christopher Piper/CHRISTOPHER PIPER)
THU 24

“Wake Up, Brother Bear” In Imagination Stage’s show for children 1-5, Brother and Sister Bear invite the audience to participate in their story with props. Thursday-Friday at 11:45 a.m., Saturday-Sunday at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. Through Feb. 3. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. $10-$12, younger than 12 months $5.

“Toyland” Near-life-size marionettes bring Victor Herbert’s music to life in the Puppet Co.’s latest show. Thursday-Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Through Feb. 10. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. $10.

“Hairspray in Concert” John Waters narrates a semi-staged version of his classic musical comedy set in Baltimore about a big girl with big dreams, with live music by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jack Everly. Thursday at 8 p.m. at Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 410-783-8000. ($31-$91). The show continues in Baltimore Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410-783-8100. ($29-$64).

“Deconstructed Dance” An exhibit of black-and-white prints by Madeline Smith, a sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, opens Thursday. Through Feb. 4. Glen Echo Park, Photoworks Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2274. Free.

FRI 25

“Expecting Isabel” In Lisa Loomer’s comedy, mounted by Silver Spring Stage, two New Yorkers chronicle their efforts to become parents. Continues Friday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Feb. 2. Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-593-6036. $20, seniors and students $18.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo This Grammy-winning South African vocal ensemble first gained worldwide recognition singing with Paul Simon on his landmark 1986 album “Graceland.” Since then, the group has seen the end of apartheid, released dozens of albums and even accompanied Nelson Mandela as he received the Nobel Peace Prize. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $25-$65.

Ivanna Matsuka, Robert Talbert, Maud Taber-Thomas, Elena Tchernomazova and Jamie Smith The selected artists show off their portraits, ceramics and digital art. Opens Friday. Through March 23. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. Free.

SAT 26

“Seussical” Dr. Seuss’s stories are blended together for a musical mystery recommended for age 4 and older. 11 a.m. Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 240-567-5301. $7; seniors, students and children $6.

“A Commedia Romeo and Juliet” Faction of Fools Theatre Company takes on Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. $22, Gaithersburg residents $20, students $9.

Jeff Maurer This stand-up comedian was a semifinalist on “Last Comic Standing.” With Tyler Richardson and host Rahmein Mostafavi. For age 18 and older. 8 p.m. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. $15.

“On Deck: Skateboard Art” Sixteen artists from across the country exhibit their custom skateboard decks. Closes Saturday. Foundation Gallery and Liveroom (FNDTN), 3762 Howard Ave., Kensington. 240-476-1561. Free.

SUN 27

Hot Society Sunday Afternoon Dance A cha-cha lesson is followed by a dance with music and dances from the 1920s-’40s. No partner or experience necessary. 3-6 p.m. Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222. $14.

“I Am Passing Through a Phase: I’m Changing to a Word” Three recent graduates of the Maryland Institute College of Art display their abstract works. Heather Day adds layers of fabrics to her architecture-inspired paintings; Joseph C. Parra deconstructs portraits combining printing, drawing, painting and sanding; and Theo Willis plays with the construction of a painting by cutting and layering canvas. Closes Sunday. Adah Rose Gallery, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-922-0162. Free.

“Professors of Print” Seven artist-professors are featured in this group exhibition presented by the Washington Printmakers Gallery. Closes Sunday. Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-273-3660. Free.

MON 28

“Fragility” Installations by glass artist Nancy Weisser and photographer Woody Woodroof make use of glass, fabric and cyanotype photograms (camera-less photography). Weisser lives in Kensington; Woodruff is a founder of the Red Wiggler Community Farm in Germantown, which provides therapy and training for developmentally disabled adults. Closes Monday. Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring. Free.

TUE 29

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., Monday-Wednesday noon-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.

WED 30

Federal Poets reading Alec McRae, Edna Small and Cary Kamarat, members of one of the oldest continuously operated poetry groups in the D.C. area, will read from their works. The program ends with an open reading limited to one poem per person, one page or shorter. 7 p.m. Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-949-9416. Free.

Deborah Bond The soul singer and new Strathmore artist in residence sings her new single, “Constant,” with her band Third Logic. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $15.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg The violinist performs Mendelssohn, Bach, Villa-Lobos and R. Strauss with the New Century Chamber Orchestra as part of the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Celebrity Series. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 202-785-9727. $35-$65.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports