Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Montgomery Hot Tickets: Daft for daffs

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Courtesy of Brookside Gardens
A host of golden daffodils will be on view at the Washington Daffodil Society’s Daffodil Show on Saturday and Sunday at Brookside Gardens.
The Daffodil Show, sponsored by the Washington Daffodil Society, will be open Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Brookside Gardens’ Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Information on growing daffodils will be available. Don’t forget to check out the Welcome Spring Conservatory Display, which runs daily through April 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to both is free. Call 301-962-1400 or www.brooksidegardens.org.

The British are coming!

The BSO at Strathmore’s Explorer Series will focus on The British Isles at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. The concert is part of the BSO’s ‘‘Year of the Composer,” featuring works by 11 contemporary composers, paired with all nine Beethoven symphonies. Scottish conductor-composer James MacMillan will lead the orchestra in performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 as well as two of his own works — ‘‘Stomp,” drawn from traditional Irish dance, and Piano Concerto No. 2, played by British pianist Rolf Hind (right), which mixes drinking songs and musical quotations from Tchaikovsky and Mozart with technical wizardry. For tickets, ranging from $21 to $84, call 877-BSO-1444 or visit BSOmusic.org.

Creative spirits

Some 400 fine artists and craft designers from around the country will show and sell their creations this weekend at the 33rd annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Middle Earth Studios will entertain children at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. daily. Admission is $8, $7 via Sugarloaf’s Web site, free for ages 12 and younger. Tickets are good for all three days. Call 1-800-210-9900 or log on to www.SugarloafCrafts.com.

Once in love with Amy

Amy Speace & the Tearjerks will perform at Focus Presents Vic’s Music Corner at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in O’Brien’s Barbecue, 387 East Gude Drive, Rockville. The singer-songwriter, a Baltimore native now based in New York, has a new album, ‘‘Songs for Bright Street,” that shows off her commanding voice, distinctive melodic sensibility and knack for nailing complex emotions in illuminating yet accessible songs. Admission is $15, $12 for Focus members. Call 301-275-7459 or visit www.focusmusic.org.

Golden aging

‘‘The Art of Aging,” a mixed-media exhibit by contemporary artists from Israel, England and North America, opens today and runs through May 31. The exclusive Washington area show, sponsored by The Jewish Council for the Aging, is open 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays in the Misler Adult Day Center, 1801 East Jefferson St., Rockville. The works explore the diverse aspects of aging, including creativity and vitality, memory, anxiety, wisdom, physical change, loss, intergenerational interaction, responsibility and optimism. Admission is $5. Call Andrea Glazer, 301-255-4241, or e-mailaglazer@AccessJCA.org.

OPENING

‘‘Lord of the Flies,” opens today, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, $25-$60, 240-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org.

‘‘The Mollusc,” opens Friday, Quotidian Theatre, Writer’s Center, Bethesda, $15-$20, 301-816-1023, www.quotidiantheatre.org.

Last Chance

‘‘Marie Ringwald, NEW,” closes Saturday, Gallery Neptune, Bethesda, 301-718-0809, www.galleryneptune.com.

Eric Finzi’s ‘‘My Double Life: Musings on Sarah Bernhardt,” closes Sunday, Heineman Myers Contemporary Art, Bethesda, 301-951-7900, www.heinemanmyers.com.