Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Montgomery Hot Tickets: Murder, he wrote

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Neil Edgell
Ryan Manning as Leopold, Robin Covington, Germaine, and Sam Ludwig, Loeb, in ‘‘Never the Sinner.”
John Logan’s 1985 courtroom drama ‘‘Never the Sinner” is on stage weekends through July 22 at Silver Spring Stage, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road. The ‘‘trial of the century” — the infamous 1920s Leopold and Loeb murder case, argued by defense attorney Clarence Darrow — explores the nature of mercy, capital punishment and the role of the media in society. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 to $18, $13 to $15 for seniors (65-plus) and juniors (18 and younger). Call 301-593-6036 or visit

Blues brother

The BlackRock Summer Concert Series presents blues singer⁄guitarist Tom Principato at 7 p.m. Saturday on the BlackRock Center for the Arts’ outdoor stage, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown.

In his 40-plus-year career, the D.C. native has performed on dozens of blues recordings and continues to make groundbreaking American music. He has won 22 WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association. Bringing chairs or blankets as well as picnic dinners (no alcohol) is suggested. Admission is free. Call 301-528-2260 or visit

Zeal for zydeco

Roy Carrier and the Night Rockers will provide an upbeat zydeco tempo as well as bluesy tunes at Crawfish Productions’ zydeco dance on Saturday night in Glen Echo Park’s Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Instruments include guitars, drums, accordion and rub-board and a frottoir, a corrugated metal vest played with spoons, bottle openers or other metal scrapers that produce an Afro-Caribbean rasping sound. A workshop for beginners starts at 8 p.m., followed by the dance from 9 to midnight. Admission is $15. Call 301-309-0895.

9 to thrive

Focus Inn Presents Vic’s Music Corner presents We’re About 9 (left and right), with Hannah Spiro opening, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at O’Brien’s Barbecue, 387 East Gude Drive, Rockville. We’re About 9 is a three-part-harmony-singer-songwriter-adult-alternative-contemporary-Americana-folk-niche-group. The trio – Pat Klink (vocals, guitars, djembe), Katie Graybeal (vocals, bass, acoustic guitar) and Brian Gundersdorf (vocals, acoustic guitar) — met at an open mic in Ellicott City. Admission is $15, $12 for Focus members. Call 301-275-7459 or visit

Family pick: Around the world

Strathmore Backyard Theater for Children presents Nada Brahma at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday on the Backyard Theater Stage, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tim Gregory and Tracey Eldridge’s lively interactive program explores the role of music in a variety of cultures from six continents on ethnic instruments including steel drum (Trinidad), didgeridoo (Australia), bamboo angklung (Southeast Asia), thumb piano (Sub-Saharan Africa) and Native American flute. Admission is $6, free for ages 3 and younger. Call 301-581-5100 or visit


‘‘Pygmalion,” Quotidian Theatre Company at The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, opens Friday,$15-$20, 301-816-1023,

One Act Festival, Montgomery Playhouse at Gaithersburg Arts Barn, opens Friday,$12-$14, 301-258-6394,

Last Chance

Artwork by Haimovicz Visual Arts Award winner Hannah Wides, to Friday, Montgomery College-School of Art & Design, Silver Spring, 301-565-3805.

‘‘In the Teeth of the Sun,” oil paintings by Sharon Wolpoff, to Monday, Visions Exhibition Space, Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, 301-565-3805.

Photo Courtesy of the artists