Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Montgomery Hot Tickets: Peeks at peeps

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‘‘People: A Painter’s Eye View,” oil paintings by Josh Holland of Takoma Park, is on view through Oct. 11 at the Visions Exhibition Space in the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda. After studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by a 33-year career in meteorology, Holland returned to art, with human figures as a primary focus, in 1981. He painted pedestrians he saw in Union Station, shopping mall food courts and from his loft. ‘‘If I don’t see it, I can’t paint it,” the artist insists. Call 301-565-3805 or visit www.creativemoco.com.

Brush gardens

Fifty-eight paintings by 23 members of the Sumi-e Society of America’s National Capital Area Chapter, are on display through Sept. 14 in the Brookside Gardens Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. The exhibit is titled ‘‘Flowers and Landscapes in the Oriental Brush Manner.” Admission is free. Call 301-962-1400 or visit www.brooksidegardens.org.

Environmentally correct

Marian Osher of Kensington explores environmental issues in ‘‘Earth Matters,” her exhibit of monotypes that opens Tuesday and runs through Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Washington Printmakers Gallery, 1732 Connecticut Ave. NW in the District. Osher hopes her ‘‘art will deepen the viewer’s personal connection with the importance of living in harmony with non-human creatures and the natural resources of our only earth.” Receptions are set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 9; artist’s talks for 2 p.m. Sept. 16 and noon Sept. 19. Call 202-332-7757 or visit www.washingtonprintmakers.com.

Standup & be counted

Roger Mursick’s credits include writing for the ‘‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and appearances on Comedy Central, HBO, Larry King and ABC Nightline. The Bethesda comedian stays home this weekend to headline the Laugh Riot at the Hyatt live standup comedy show on Friday and Saturday, 8 to 10 p.m. The shows, featuring five local comedians, are held in the Hyatt Regency Bethesda Hotel’s Cabinet Room, 1 Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave.) Afterwards, audience members can compete for a $25 prize in a joke contest. Admission is $10 (cash). Call 301-657-1234 or visit www.bethesda.hyatt.com.

Family pick: New takes on old tales

The Beale Street Puppets present ‘‘The Frog Prince,” Frank DeCostanzo’s puppet version of the classic tale, as part of the Children’s Repertory Theatre in the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. Shows begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. Remaining performances of Damascus Theatre Company’s ‘‘A New Pinocchio” start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12, $10 for Gaithersburg residents. Call 301-258-6394 or visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov⁄RecXpress.

Coming soon

‘‘Of Mice and Men” opens Sept. 26, Olney Theatre Center, $25-$41, 301-924-3400, www.olneytheatre.org.

‘‘A Lesson Before Dying,” opens Sept. 19, Round House Theatre-Bethesda, $25-$55, 240-644-1100, www.round-house.org

Last chance

Strathmore Celebrates Women in the Arts, Colored Pencil Society of America, Saturday, Mansion, North Bethesda, 301-581-5200, www.strathmore.org.

Chuck Bress, Sherrill Anne Gross, Josh Yavelburg, Glenview Mansion, Rockville, to Tuesday, 240-314-8660, www.rockvillemd.gov.