Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Montgomery Hot Tickets: Bohèmian rhapsody

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Alexandre Souvorov
Jessie Sutherland is Musetta and Bryan Jackson is Marcello in Bel Cantanti Opera’s production of ‘‘La Bohème.”
In commemoration of Giacomo Puccini’s 150th birthday, Bel Cantanti Opera will present his 1896 masterpiece ‘‘La Bohème” from Friday through June 1 in the Randolph Road Theatre, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring. The bittersweet love story of aspiring artists will be sung in Italian with English supertitles, fully staged and costumed, and accompanied by a pianist and a string quartet. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sunday and May 31; 3 p.m. May 24 and June 1; and 6 p.m. May 25. Tickets are $35, $30 each for groups of 10 or more, $25 for students. This Sunday only, student tickets will be $15. Call 301-438-8682 or visit

Philadelphia stories

The Philadelphia-based modern dance company Phildanco will perform highly athletic material rooted in jazz, modern, hip-hop and African traditions at 8 p.m. Friday in the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. At 6:30 p.m., Joan Myers Brown will discuss the company she founded 38 years ago to cultivate black dancers and choreographers. Admission is $5, free for Strathmore members. Tickets for the performance range from $18 to $38. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

Roll over Beethoven

The BSO at Strathmore’s Celebrity Series will present ‘‘Beethoven Reimagined” at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Conductor-composer Thomas Adès will lead violinist Anthony Marwood in the BSO debut of Adès’ Violin Concerto, a work composed especially for Marwood. The program begins and ends with symphonies by Beethoven, Nos. 1 and 4. Tickets range from $21 to $84. Call 877-BSO-1444 or visit

Creature comforts

The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will present an original musical puppet adaptation of ‘‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites” Saturday on Olney Theatre Center’s Historic Stage, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. These Family Entertainment Series performances begin at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $15, with $6 lap seats available for ages 3 and younger. Call 301-924-3400 or visit

Family Pick: Paws for a cause

The third annual Strut Your Mutt Dog Parade and Festival, a day of fun for owners and their dogs, families and dog lovers, is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda. The event is a fundraiser for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. In addition to the parade, led by Miss Maryland, Cassandra Tressler, contests and dog-related exhibitors, a dog adoption show, kiddie play area and raffle are planned. The registration fee is $25 per dog, which includes a T-shirt; log on to


‘‘Agnes of God,” opens Friday, Montgomery Playhouse at Gaithersburg Arts Barn, $12-$14, 301-258-6394,⁄artsbarn.

‘‘Zanna, Don’t,” opens Friday, Kensington Arts Theatre, Kensington Town Center,$13-$20, 240-396-4307,

Last Chance

‘‘1776,” closes Sunday, Olney Theatre Center,$25-$48, 301-924-3400,

Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association’s annual juried exhibit, closes Sunday, Kentlands Mansion, Gaithersburg, 301-258-6394,