Quick Hits: Weekend picks for Montgomery, Frederick and Prince George’s counties -- Gazette.Net


The Silver Spring Stage version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” comes to a close this weekend, with performances at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. This shortened version of the family classic was adapted by Michael Hardwick and is directed by Pauline Griller-Mitchell. For more information, and tickets, visit www.ssstage.org.

Indie folk-pop artists Bombadil will perform live in concert at Frederick’s Cafe Nola at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Founded by Duke University alumni Daniel Michalak, Bryan Rahija and Stuart Robinson, and named after the free-wheeling J.R.R. Tolkien character, the band channels “influences that range from Cake to The Kinks, to Kanye and the ‘Cool Runnings’ soundtrack.” Inspired by the indigenous folk music of Bolivia, where some of the founding members first met, Bombadil’s music incorporates international instruments and styles, pairing them with other muses such as Piedmont blues, psychedelic rock and even classical piano. Admission is $3. For more information, visit www.cafe-nola.com.

Also on Saturday, the sounds and spirits of Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard and Jerry Garcia combine when The U-Liners close out Woody Guthrie's Centennial year of celebration, while honoring Greenbelt's 75th anniversary, with a special engagement at the New Deal Cafe. For more information, visit www.newdealcafe.com or www.uliners.com.

On Sunday, The Frederick String Initiative will present its annual student winter recital at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center on South Carroll Street in Frederick. The Frederick Harp Ensemble and solo harp performances will be held at 2:15 p.m., followed by violin and viola solo performances at 4:45 p.m.

The Frederick String Initiative was founded by William and Astrid Stapp, and offers instruction to students ages 6 to adult. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.frederickstringinitiative.com.