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Space — the final frontier.

These are the voyages of the Takoma Park Community Center, which will host Space Day beginning at noon Saturday with a visit from NASA Associate Administrator for Education and two-time space shuttle astronaut Leland Melvin. Melvin and his outreach team will discuss how pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education can lead to exciting careers. Then, at 2 p.m., singer and songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman will perform selections from her new astronomy-inspired CD, “The Mighty Sky.” Each track on the album makes often subtle nods to foundational celestial facts, providing an glimpse into the expansive universe beyond. For tickets, visit www.imtfolk.org.

From red dwarfs to Big, Red Dogs, “Clifford” bounds his way onto the Frederick stage at the Weinberg Center for the Arts today. Presented as part of the Weinberg’s SMARTS series, show time is at 12:15 p.m. Following the mid-morning barks and bow-wows will be the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. this evening. Conducted by Ignat Solzhenitsyn, the program will feature Mozart’s “Requiem.”

For ticketing information, visit www.weinbergcenter.org.

Cast and crew are hoping for good reception when “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Sarah Ruhl’s quirky tale of organ trafficking and true love, opens at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland tonight. The comedy runs to March 9, with post-performance talk backs scheduled for March 1 (with cast and director) and March 7 (with scholar panel) at the Kay Theatre. For more information, visit http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.