Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Montgomery Hot Tickets: A toast to ‘Tosca’

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David Chisham
Tenor Harry Dunstan (as painter Mario Cavaradossi) and soprano Kay Krekow (as celebrated singer Floria Tosca) will perform in Puccini’s opera ‘‘Tosca” on Saturday and Sunday in Rockville Christian Church.
A free reading of the Victorien Sardou play that inspired Giacomo Puccini’s opera ‘‘Tosca” will serve as preview for the American Center for Puccini Studies concerts set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday in Rockville Christian Church, 301 Adclare Road. A cast of seven will perform ‘‘Tosca,”along with the Puccini Festival Chorus, the Puccini Festival Children’s Chorus and accompanist Alfred Clark. Tickets are $25, $50 for priority seating, which includes beverages and light fare. Call 301-528-4305 or visit

Moosical fare

The Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District continues its free second Sunday of the month family-friendly concerts on Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m., on the grassy area near the Wheaton Triangle parking lot at Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive. Children and their parents can enjoy Alden Phelps’ interactive performance, ‘‘Moosic for All Ages,” and sing along with his far-fetched, funny original songs including ‘‘My Mommy’s A Pirate” and ‘‘Chocolate Pie.” They also may take part in group activities like limbo dancing, obstacle courses and circle games. Call 240-777-8115.

Grandsons & rock lovers

The Grandsons will take the stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, as part of the free Outdoor Summer Concert Series at Strathmore’s Outdoor Concert Gazebo, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Winners of the 2007 WAMMIE award for Artist of the Year as well as Best Roots Rock Recording, the group is celebrating its 21st year in the world of rock and roll. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

Free lily

A wide variety of exotic and colorful lilies will be on display in the Potomac Lily Society’s Lily Show on Saturday, 12:30 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Admission is free. Lily lovers also may check out Brookside’s Wings of Fancy Butterfly Live Butterfly Exhibit (admission $4-$5) in the South Conservatory, and the ‘‘Some Like It Hot,” Summer Conservatory Display (free admission). Call 301-962-1400 or visit

Triple Bill

Backyard Theater for Children will present Grammy Award winner, NPR commentator and storyteller-musician Bill Harley at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Thursday on Strathmore’s Backyard Theater Stage, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. His songs and stories — humorous and meaningful, serious and silly — ‘‘are guaranteed to tame even the wildest of children and makethe grumpiest grownup grin.” Admission is $6, free for ages 3 and younger. Call 301-581-5100 or visit


‘‘Long Day’s Journey into Night,” opens Friday, Quotidian Theatre Company at The Writers’ Center, Bethesda, $15-$20, 301-816-1023,

‘‘Defending the Caveman,” opens tonight, Bethesda Theatre, $37.50-$50, 301-657-STAR,

Last Chance

Common Bond IX & The Art of Edith Strange, close Saturday, Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, 301-581-5200,

‘‘Music & All That Jazz,” Edna Searles’ paintings, closes Tuesday, Visions Exhibition Space, Bethesda North Marriott, North Bethesda, 301-565-3805, ext. 26.

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