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BlackRock Center for the Arts kicks off its 2013-14 season this week with Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Germantown venue. A long-time acoustic leader in the Jersey rock scene, Southside Johnny and The Poor Fools continue to perform an eclectic range of music, inspired by luminaries from Dylan to Muddy Waters. Tickets are $42. For more information, visit www.blackrockcenter.org.

In Prince George’s County, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will welcome the China National Orchestra, the North Carolina International Orchestra, and Chinese national award-winning soloists for an East-meets-West concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Dekelboum Concert Hall. Tickets for the Trans-Pacific Melodies concert are $10-$50, with VIP tickets available for $100. The concert hall is located at the University of Maryland, College Park. Guests are encouraged to allow extra time for travel, as a soccer game is scheduled this evening at the nearby Ludwig Field. For more information, visit http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

In Herndon, Va., NextStop Theatre Company will present its 2013-14 season premiere production, “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps,” this weekend, with a preview performance tonight followed by the show’s official opening Saturday at the Industrial Strength Theatre.

The Tony Award-winning adventure comedy, directed by NextStop artistic director Evan Hoffmann, is a hysterical hybrid of Hitch’s famed spy thriller, with more than a dash of slapstick. Heightening the madcap suspense? A cast of four brings to life a roster of more than 140 roles.

Tickets are $25-$27. The show runs to Oct. 20. For more information, visit www.nextstoptheatre.org.