"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" stars Patrick Whalen as Hugh Hanson (the Christian Grey-like character). (Aaron Cobb)
THU 16

The Walkaways The D.C. alt-country band performs as part of the weekly summer concert series in downtown Bethesda. 7:30 p.m. Veterans Park, Woodmont and Norfolk avenues, Bethesda. 301-215-6660. www.bethesda.org. Free.

Fishtank Ensemble The California quartet performs Gypsy jazz and was hailed by LA Weekly as “one of the most thrilling live acts on the planet.” 8 p.m. Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 240-567-5775. www.montgomerycollege.edu/cac. $25 in advance; $30 at the door; seniors, military and students $20; Montgomery College students $15; age 13 and younger $10.

FRI 17

“Big Nate” In the stage show based on Lincoln Peirce’s cartoon strip about an average sixth-grader, Nate’s band Enslave the Mollusk faces off with Rainbows and Ponies in hopes of winning a battle of the bands and the heart of his crush. Continues Friday at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Through June 2. Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2270. www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. $19.

“The Unclear Family: A Repertory” Pinky Swear presents three plays that focus on the imperfect family. On Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., “Benched” by Allyson Currin, about a friendship threatened by life changes, is shown with “Bleed,” by Renee Calarco, about a couple playing a game that has influenced their marriage. Saturday-Sunday at 8 p.m., Rachel Axler’s play “Smudge” deals with imperfect children. Series ends Sunday. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 and 8 p.m. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 703-338-7522. www.pinkyswear-productions.com. $20.

“I See” A solo show by Sandy Spring artist Courtney Miller Bellairs features mixed-media works inspired by objects from the Sandy Spring Museum collection and architectural paintings of buildings from the community. Reception 7 p.m. Exhibition continues through June 28. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022. www.sandyspringmuseum.org. $5, seniors and students $3, age 11 and younger free.

SAT 18

Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra “Alive at Twenty-Five” is the Washington-based Russian folk orchestra’s 25th anniversary concert, featuring Alexander Tsygankov and Andrei Saveliev. 7:30 p.m. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. 301-365-2850. www.balalaika.org. $25, seniors $20, students $15, age 12 and younger free.

Kathleen Battle The opera singer, accompanied by pianist Cyrus Chestnut and the Heritage Signature Chorale, sings African American spirituals in the concert “Underground Railroad: An Evening With Kathleen Battle.” Howard University Associate Professor Sais Kamalidiin will lead a 6:30 p.m. lecture about the program in the Education Center Room 402, which is included with concert tickets. 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $55-$95.

“Revealed” Takoma Park artist Joseph Holston exhibits his cubist paintings. Opens Saturday. Through June 13. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-718-0622. www.marin-pricegalleries.com. Free.

SUN 19

Baltimore Watercolor Society Members exhibit their watercolor paintings. Artist reception 1 p.m. Exhibit continues through May 30. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. Free.

Bluebirds Forever Festival The annual event features bluebird trail hikes, story time, games, music, bluebird box building and more. 1-4 p.m. Black Hill Regional Park, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. 301-528-3483. www.blackhillnature.org. Free.

Celebrate Takoma A new festival focusing on the diversity of Takoma Park features international music, dance and storytelling onstage, as well as food, games, crafts and exhibits. Bring a lawn chair. 1-5 p.m. Takoma-Piney Branch Neighborhood Park, behind Piney Branch Elementary School, 7510 Maple Ave., Takoma Park. 301-891-7290. www.takomaparkmd.gov. Free.

Jim Ritter and the Creole Gumbo Jazz Band The local jazz band plays in the New Orleans style. 2-5 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. 703-323-0314. www.prjc.org. $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door, youth and students free.

Collector’s View Transformer’s series of visits to private collections continues with a look at Ann Luskey’s Bethesda “eco-pad” and her display of contemporary art focusing on themes of nature and conservation by aboriginal African artists and emerging artists Avy Claire, Eric Aho and Christine Guinness, as well as established artists Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, Keith Haring, Spencer Tunick, Stephan Balkenhol, Tony Oursler and Joel Shapiro. 4-6 p.m. Call for location. 202-483-1102. www.transformerdc.org. $50, registration required.

“Honest Abe: The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln” Sandy Spring Theatre Group presents Bill Spitz in an original, one-man play in which Lincoln ponders the events of his lifetime while composing his second inauguration speech. Suggested for age 10 and older. A question-and-answer session follows each performance. 7:30 p.m. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. www.sandyspringmuseum.org. www.sandyspringtheatregroup.org. $15.

MON 20

“Hellboy” AFI’s Guillermo del Toro retrospective continues with Ron Perlman as a demon fighting for good, based on the comic book by Mike Mignola. Saturday at 10:20 p.m., Sunday at 4:15 p.m., Monday at 9:10 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $11.50, seniors $9, age 12 and younger $7.

TUE 21

“Energy. Ecstasy. Edge.” An exhibit of abstract paintings by Alison Rash and Chris Trueman continues through June 16. Adah Rose Gallery, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-922-0162. www.adahrosegallery.com. Free.

WED 22

“Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” A musical comedy based on the best-selling romance novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” opens Wednesday. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Through May 25. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $29.50-$39.50.

Daisy Castro The 16-year-old violinist and Strathmore artist in residence returns with Gypsy jazz standards and originals, including her Strathmore-commissioned nouveau tango composition, “Insomnia.” 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org. $15.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan
from staff reports