Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Montgomery Hot Tickets: Prize possessions

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Courtesy of the artist
Baby Martinez’s photo ‘‘Images from The New York Times are framed by the landscape in which they are re-photographed.”
The work of the 11 finalists for The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is on display from Tuesday through Sept. 28 in the Creative Partners Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Carol Trawick established the juried art competition in 2003 to honor the work of local artists; the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District produces it. Winners, to be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 5, include Best in Show, $10,000; second place, $2,000; third, $1,000, and Young Artist, $1,000. Winners will be announced on Sept. 5.

A public opening will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, 6 to 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Call 301-215-6660 or visit

Three’s the charm

Silver Spring Stage’s one-act festival culminates this weekend with five plays by local playwrights. Featured will be three dramas: Mark Scharf’s ‘‘Lizard Brains,” Brandon Mitchell’s ‘‘Pretty Good Year” and Russell Aiuto’s drama ‘‘Over and Over Again,” as well as Susanne Caviness’ comedy ‘‘Butch and Beauregard,” and Ivan Kovatchev’s translation of Nikolay Gogol’s ‘‘Shinel” (The Overcoat). The performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Silver Spring Stage, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road. Tickets range from $13 to $18. Call 301-593-6036 or visit

Cats up for musicians

Raddy and the Cats, a four-piece jazz ensemble led by New Orleans musician, Katrina evacuee and Grammy nominee John ‘‘Raddy” Lowery (right), will give a late-night performance on Saturday in New Orleans Bistro, 4907 Cordell Ave., Bethesda. Part of the proceeds will benefit Musicians Village in New Orleans, a Habitat for Humanity project. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. for the 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. show. The cover charge is $12 per person. An expanded appetizer and dessert menu and a full bar featuring New Orleans drinks will be available. Reservations are recommended; call 301-986-8833 or visit

Night & Day, day and night

The Night & Day Trio will live up to its name this weekend, performing jazz and blues literally night and day. First, Renée Tannenbaum, Mike Suser and a guest musician will play the trio’s regular 7 to 10 p.m. Friday gig at the Hollywood East Café on the Boulevard, 2621 University Blvd. West, Wheaton, 301-942-8282. Then, on Saturday, Tannenbaum, Suser and Glenn Harris perform from 7 to 10 p.m. in Sala Thai Restaurant, 4828 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 301-654-4676. Finally, the trio turns quintet, adding Eric Shramek, Dennis Johnson and Robbie Lebrick, from 2 to 3 p.m., for Sunday Swings at Farr Park, 5425 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Visit

Family pick: In living color

Flora and fauna are certain to fascinate the whole family at Brookside Gardens, 1500 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Orchids as seedlings, near blooming size, mounted and specimen size plants will be the focus of the newly formed Orchid Club’s first exhibit on Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Visitors Center Atrium. Admission is free. And the Wings of Fancy-World of Flight! live butterfly exhibit continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Sept. 16 in the South Conservatory. Admission is $5, $4 for ages 3 through 12. Call 301-962-1400 or visit


‘‘Dinosaur Rock,” closes Sunday, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, $8, 301-320-6668,

‘‘Winnie the Pooh,” closes Monday, Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, $8, 301-320-5331,

Last Chance

‘‘Treasures from My Attic,” art sale of donated items, opens Sunday, Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Art Gallery, Rockville, 301-348-3770,

Tuesday Quilters, opens Saturday, Friendship Heights Village Center, Chevy Chase, 301-656-2797.