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Strathmore is getting ready to shine this weekend.

Friday Night Eclectic continues at the venue this evening with the electronic rock of Drop Electric. The Washington, D.C., and New York-based band aims to bedazzle at the Mansion with its cinema-inspired experimental rock. Doors open at 8 p.m., with concert at 9 p.m. Upcoming Eclectic concerts include jazz courtesy of THIEFS on March 1 and the electric rock of Heavy Breathing on March 8. Tickets are $10 online or $12 at the door.

Also at Strathmore this weekend is the glow-in-the-dark grandiosity of LUMA. Founded by circus performer and juggler Michael Marlin, this singular and illuminating brand of entertainment culls black light reactive streamers, elastic cords, projections and various props to create a transporting experience in which “darkness [is] the canvas and light [is] a brush.” The sparks begin to fly at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20-$40. For more information, visit www.strathmore.org.

In Frederick, The Comedy Pigs, the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s resident improv and comedy troupe, returns to the theater with its blend of hogwild hilarity at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The current roster — Gary Baker, Carly Ball, Tres Dillon, Courtney McLaughlin, Chris “C-Mo” Molloy, Anne Raugh, Franky Russell, Jeff Schnorr, Laura Stark and Julia Williams — hopes to elicit squeals of laughter from their fans. Tickets are $13.50. For more information, visit www.marylandensemble.org.

A pair of plays running the emotional gamut grace the stage this weekend in Prince George’s County. The farcical “It Runs in the Family,” courtesy of 2nd Star Productions, brings its comedy of errors and deception to the Bowie Playhouse through March 9. For ticketing information, visit www.2ndstarproductions.com.

Also beginning this weekend, The Tantallon Community Players tackle the dual beauty and brutality of Tennessee Williams with its adaptation of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The show runs to March 3 at Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington. For ticketing information, visit www.tantallonstage.com.

Laurel native and the first winner of ABC’s new series “Duets,” J Rome (Jerome Wayne), is scheduled to perform as part of Saturday’s Best of Soulful Symphony concert at Baltimore’s France-Merrick Performing Arts Center of the Hippodrome Theatre. Presented by the Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. (HFI), J Rome will perform as part of the 85-piece orchestra’s set paying tribute to Michael Jackson. For more information, visit www.france-merrickpac.com. Visit www.officialjrome.com.