Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd in “This Gun for Hire,” part of the Noir City DC film festival. (Everett Collection/EVERETT COLLECTION)
THU 18

Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival Although the schedule continues for a few more days with a screening of “The American Scream” (Saturday at midnight), the official closing night event for this B-Horror fest is Thursday at 7 p.m.: Two short films, “Velvet Road” and “Dinner at My Place,” are followed by the U.S. premiere of the Brazilian film “Nervo Craniano Zero,” about an experimental brain implant to cause nonstop creativity. Director Paulo Biscaia Filho fields questions after the movie. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. $11.50.

“P.Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical” A computer-game designer creates a “son” in this updated version of “Pinocchio.” Closes Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-961-6060. 301-280-1660. $12.

Guido’s Ear The classical ensemble specializes in works from the Renaissance and baroque periods. 7:30 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $30.

Sloan Wainwright The folk/rock/jazz/blues singer performs as part of the Third Thursdays concert series. With the Kennedys. 7:30 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. $26.

FRI 19

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” Montgomery Playhouse stages a musical about four girls at a prom full of hits from the ’50s and ’60s. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-
258-6394. $18, Gaithersburg residents $16.

Strathmore Speaker Series Author Fran Lebowitz and former New York Times columnist Frank Rich talk about the road to the White House on Friday, followed by a talk by humorist and author David Sedaris on Tuesday. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 28. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $45-$75.

SAT 20

“Stories and Songs From Latin America” Felix Pitre shares stories and songs from his native Puerto Rico. 11 a.m. Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 240-567-
5301. $7; seniors, students and children $6.

Howl-o-Wine pet costume contest and wine tasting This benefit for Wags for Hope features tastings of three wines and a dog costume contest just in time for Halloween. Awards will be given for best couple or ensemble, cutest dog, funniest dog and more. Noon-5 p.m. Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard and Winery, 18125 Comus Rd., Dickerson. 301-990-1117. Wine tastings $10; dog costume contest entry $10 for the first dog, $5 for a second dog (limit two dogs).

Sandy Spring Museum 2012 Historic Homes Tour The annual self-guided driving tour features residences and other 18th- and 19th-century properties of the Hawlings River Valley. The event will include plein-air artists painting in various media. An optional box lunch may be ordered in advance and picked up at the museum. Noon-4 p.m. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. 301-774-0022. $35, lunch $16.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain The eight-member ensemble adds comedy and surprise to its concerts. 2 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. $18-$48.

“Double Aspect Bright and Fair” Part of Erik Ehn’s Soulographie Project, this touring show uses puppets to address 20th-century America’s relationship to genocides at home and abroad. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. American Dance Institute, 1570 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. 301-984-3003. $30, seniors $20, students $15.

“Holly Down in Heaven” In this comedy presented by Forum Theatre, a 15-year-old Christian girl secludes herself in her basement after discovering that she is pregnant. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Closes Saturday. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100. $25, seniors $20, age 30 and younger $15.

Noir City DC AFI Silver’s latest festival features noir’s favorite tough guys and femmes fatales, such as Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum and Rita Hayworth. One of this week’s highlights is the Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake espionage flick “This Gun for Hire,” above, celebrating its 70th anniversary (Sunday at 11 a.m., Tuesday at 5 p.m.). Festival opens Saturday. Through Nov. 1. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. $11.50, seniors $9, children $7, six-ticket packages $55.

SUN 21

Smokey Glen picnic Storybook characters Curious George and Maisy Mouse will make special appearances at this fall event with hayrides, square dancing, pumpkin painting, mini golf and barbecue. Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County. Noon-4 p.m. Smokey Glen Farm, 16407 Riffleford Rd., Gaithersburg. 240-777-0020. $20, ages 3-12 $15, 2 and younger free; registration required.

World of Montgomery Festival This multicultural celebration showcases the food, music, dance, art and stories of El Salvador, Ethi­o­pia, India and China. An international village area is especially geared toward children and includes lots of hands-on activities. Noon-5 p.m. Wheaton Triangle, 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton. Free.

“Over the Tavern” A rebellious 12-year-old takes on all authority figures, including a nun, in his attempts to have fun in the area premiere of Tom Dudzick’s dramatic comedy. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400. $39-$54.

TUE 23

Alanis Morissette The Grammy-winning Canadian rock star stops by on her Guardian Angel tour. With Souleye. 7 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. $42.50-$52.50.

WED 24

“Big, the Musical” A boy wishes to grow up and wakes up the next morning as a 30-year-old man. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m., Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m. Through Oct. 28. Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2270. $19.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports