Musician and singer-songwriter Joe Jackson scored a true hit with “Is She Really Going Out With Him” in 1979. On Saturday evening at Strathmore, he reaches a bit farther back when he and his Bigger Band pay tribute to the big-band sounds and stylings of Duke Ellington. Jackson will perform selections from his upcoming album, “The Duke,” which honors the legendary jazz composer with original, playful interpretations. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org.
Rudyard Kipling’s snake-stomping hero “Rikki Tikki Tavi” comes to life courtesy of the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s Fun Company and some innovative puppetry. Opening Saturday, the tale of a mongoose who defends a human family from devious cobras infringing upon their home maintains its excitement and charm, while being adapted to tailor to a younger crowd. The show runs Saturdays to Oct. 17 at the theater, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. For more information, visit www.marylandensemble.org.
While the forecast promises fair weather outdoors this weekend, the crew at the Laurel Mill Playhouse has been busy bunkering down to weather “The Tempest.” Opening tonight, the Shakespearean classic finds the magician Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda, stranded for 12 years on an island, until he conjures a storm in hopes of bringing salvation ashore. Produced by Maureen Rogers and directed by Joshua McKerrow, “The Tempest” runs to Sept. 23 at the theater, 508 Main St., Laurel. For more information, visit www.laurelmillplayhouse.org.