“Ground Cover: Roots of Liriope” Israeli American sculptor Dalya Luttwak’s painted steel installation, which mimics a root system spreading from the ground to the walls at VisArts’ front entrance, is part of the “InSight” series of site-specific installations in non-traditional exhibition spaces such as halls, atriums, and lobbies. Reception 7-9 p.m. Exhibition continues through August 2013. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. www.visartscenter.org. Free.
Patty Reese The local roots rock singer has been awarded 11 Washington Area Music Awards. 7:30 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. $26.
“Fashion Victim” Contradiction Dance presents a world-premiere production combining dance, theater, high fashion and singing. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 240-644-1100. www.roundhousetheatre.org. www.contradictiondance.com. Thursday pay-what-you-can, other shows $15.
“A Quiet Field of Surfaces” Jessica Drenk’s sculptures are created from, among other things, cotton swabs and coffee filters, while Brie Husted’s minimalist sculptures are inspired by music. Through Dec. 16. Adah Rose Gallery, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-922-0162. www.adahrosegallery.com. Free.
“Before and After the Derecho” Printmaker Yolanda Frederikse witnessed the intense summer storm that hit Washington in June. Her generally idyllic landscapes are paired with images of the destruction. Through Nov. 25. Washington Printmakers Gallery, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-273-3660. www.washingtonprintmakers.com. Free.
“Beauty and the Beast” Half-life-size marionettes bring the children’s classic to life. Thursday-Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Closes Friday. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. www.thepuppetco.org. $10.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival Four hundred artisans gather for the three-day festival of fine art, crafts, specialty foods, entertainment, artist demonstrations and children’s activities. Demonstrations include pottery, wood turning and metal spinning. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. 800-210-9900. 301-963-3247. www.sugarloafcrafts.com. $10, $8 in advance, age 11 and younger free. Admission is good for all three days of the festival.
“All Shook Up” A hip-shaking, guitar-playing bad boy shows up in town and sings Elvis songs in Rockville Musical Theatre’s show. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8690. www.r-m-t.org. $20, seniors $18, students $16.
“Crimes of the Heart” Sandy Spring Theatre Group performs Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy about three sisters whose lives didn’t turn out as they had hoped. Parental guidance is suggested. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn.
$16, Gaithersburg residents $14.
“James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ ” Quotidian Theatre Company stages a musical version of Joyce’s short story set at a holiday dinner party, starring opera singer Janice Hall as Gretta Conroy. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Dec. 16. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-654-8664. quotidiantheatre.org. $30, seniors and students $25.
Timeflies The rap/electro/rock duo stops by on its One Night Tour. With the Jane Doze. 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $20.
Montgomery County Thanksgiving parade ABC 7 meteorologist Brian van de Graaff emcees the 15th annual event, featuring 120 parade units, including a “Young Robin Hood” sword fight scene by Round House Theater, the Maryland Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” marching bands, beauty queens, clowns, firetrucks, pilgrims, turkeys and Santa’s sleigh. 10 a.m. Route begins at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in Silver Spring and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue. 240-777-6821. www.montgomerycountymd.gov. Free.
“Bunnicula” Chester the cat and Harold the dog suspect their family’s new pet bunny might be a vampire when all the vegetables are drained of color in this musical based on the book by James and Deborah Howe. Suggested for age 5 and older. 1 and 3 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260. www.blackrockcenter.org. $14.
“Seussical” The Cat in the Hat narrates this Dr. Seuss-inspired musical about Horton the elephant, who takes up the responsibilities of caring for an abandoned bird egg and an entire village of tiny Whos, who live on a speck of dust. Suggested for ages 4-12. Previews Saturday at 1:30 and 4 p.m., regular shows Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m., Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Through Jan. 6. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-961-6060. 301-280-1660. www.imaginationstage.org. Previews $10, regular showings $12-$25.
Lamb of God The Richmond heavy metal band performs. With In Flames, Hatebreed and Sylosis. 7 p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $35.
“Meet Me in St. Louis” Damascus Theatre Company stages the musical based on the movie about a loving family at the 1904 World’s Fair. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-253-6210. 301-924-3400. www.damascustheatre.org. $20; seniors, students and children $18.
Rockville Concert Band The program “Ciao! Italia!” features Italian composers such as Rossini, Puccini and Respighi. 3 p.m. Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8690. www.rocknet.org/leisure/band . $5 suggested donation.
Brass Magic A brass quintet led by trombonist David Kanter plays music from different time periods as part of the Living Arts Concert Series. Magician Mark Philips shares the bill. A reception will follow. 7 p.m. Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Rd., Burtonsville. 301-520-8921. www.resurrectionadw.org. $20 donation requested.
“No Paint. No Ink. Only Paper. The Papercut Art of Craig Tinsky” The images displayed in this exhibit look so much like engravings, viewers might need to look up close to confirm they are all made of paper, cut with surgical blades and painstakingly assembled with glue. Closes Sunday. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-348-3770. www.jccgw.org. Free.
“The Pâté Painters” An exhibit by eight artists who get together to paint while drinking wine and eating pâté includes watercolor, guache, acrylic, pastel, pencil, oil, tinted papers and fabric. Closes Sunday. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. www.gaithersburgmd.gov/
“Lines of Light: Barbara Liotta” The local sculptor’s work is displayed. Through Nov. 29. Montgomery College, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, 930 King St., Silver Spring. 240-567-1380. www.montgomerycollege.edu. Free.
European Union Film Showcase Now in its 25th year, this popular festival highlights the best of current European films. This year, there are more than 40 to choose from, including multiple award winners. Highlights include “Hyde Park on Hudson,” a comedy that stars Bill Murray as Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Saturday at 8 p.m.), and the Cannes Grand Prix winner “Reality” (Friday at 9 p.m., Saturday at 10 p.m.). Festival closes Tuesday. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $12 each, or $10 each when bought as a package of eight or more. All-access passport $175.
“The Amazing Night-Time Adventure of Little Hawelmann” German puppeteer Ruth Brockhausen of Theater der Nacht performs a show about a little boy who makes a sail from his nightshirt and flies around the world instead of going to bed. Suggested for ages 3-6; sponsored by the German Embassy. Thursday-Sunday and Tuesday-Wednesday at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. www.imaginationstage.org. $12.
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