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The Comedy & Magic Society returns to Gaithersburg’s Arts Barn for an evening of silliness and sleight of hand this evening. Magicians Mark Phillips, Bob Sheets, Barry Wood, and Brian Curry aim to entertain with a quirky roster of characters, meeting periodically at the Gaithersburg venue, 311 Kent Square Road. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for residents, $15 for non-residents. For more information, including upcoming society meetings, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn.

On Saturday, acclaimed pianist Santiago Rodriguez will kick off the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition & Festival with an 8 p.m. recital at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park. The first-place winner in the 1975 Kapell International Piano Competition has performed at Carnegie Hall and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and is a former member of the UMD School of Music piano faculty. Rodriguez serves as chair of the international jury for 2012 Kapell Competition. The evening’s program will feature works by Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. For more information, visit www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

Finally, in Frederick, Zachary Smith and the Dixie Power Trio will bring its Louisiana-variety sound to the Summer Concert Series at the Baker Park Bandshell. Founded in 1992, the self-proclaimed “four-piece trio” specializes in New Orleans jazz, zydeco, Cajun and street parade-style funk. Show time is 7 p.m. Sunday. All Summer Concert Series performances are free to the public, but patrons are encouraged to bring a canned food item in lieu of admission. All items collected benefit the Frederick Food Bank. For more information, visit www.CelebrateFrederick.com.