Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Montgomery Hot Tickets: From Russia with love

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Strathmore presents the Moiseyev Dance Company.
Strathmore presents the Moiseyev Dance Company at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. The 70-year-old company is Russia’s official State Academic Ensemble of Popular Dance. Sixty-five of its 200-plus dancers will perform traditional and contemporary works from Russia and around the world. The performances will celebrate the life of the company’s recently deceased founder Igor Moiseyev, who choreographed all the dances on the program. Tickets range from$21 to $60. Call 301-581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Stitches in time

‘‘Stitched,” an exhibit of Maria Simonsson’s fiber vessels, is on view through Feb. 2 at Waverly Street Gallery (née Creative Partners), 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda. The artist integrates layers of fabric and stitching with a wire armature, exploring the bounds of shape, form and functionality. A reception is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.waverlystreetgallery.com.

Big gem

Folk singer Garnet Rogers will perform at the first Third Thursday Coffeehouse of the New Year at BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17. The nearly 6-1⁄2-foot-tall baritone, who sings about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday, is known also for his wit. Tickets are $27, $22 in advance, Call 301-528-2260 or visit www.blackrockcenter.org.

Premium blend

The Alexandria Kleztet will perform at an Institute of Musical Traditions concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Winners of 11 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies) between 2000 and 2006 in world music and jazz categories, the almost 10-year-old group plays ‘‘alternative klezmer,” the secular folk music of the Central and Eastern European Jews, blended with other genres. The program will feature creative re-imaginings of traditional material as well as original compositions with jazz roots by bandleader Seth Kibel, who plays clarinet, flute and sax, and bassist Scott Harlan. Helen Hausmann plays violin and mandolin, and Tim Jarvis, drums and percussion. Tickets are $17, $14 in advance. Call 301-754-3611 or visit www.imtfolk.org.

Family Pick: Whitten in Wheaton

The Wheaton in Winter family program of arts performances and crafts begins Sunday at the Mid County Regional Services Center, 2424 Reedie Drive in downtown Wheaton. During ‘‘Leap into Leap Year,” from 1 to 3 p.m., giant tree frog Flumpa and Parent’s Choice Award winning musician Wendy Whitten will perform original songs about frogs, the environment and treasuring the Earth. Hot chocolate and projects — creating fly catching frogs and outdoor frog thermometers, for example — will follow the show. Admission is free. Call 240-777-8100.

Opening

‘‘Alice in Wonderland,” opens Wednesday, Jan. 16, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, $8, 301-320-6668, www.thepuppetco.org.

‘‘Seascape,” opens Friday, Silver Spring Stage, $13-$18, $18, 301-593-6036, www.ssstage.org.

Last Chance

‘‘Fiddler on the Roof,” closes Sunday, Olney Theatre Center, $25-$46,half price for children, 301-924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org.

‘‘Twice Upon a Time: Dr. Seuss’The Lorax & The Emperor’s New Clothes,” closes Sunday, Imagination Stage, Bethesda, $10-$20, 301-280-1660, www.ImaginationStage.org.