Brookside Gardens will present the annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit April 18-September 16. As visitors enter the South Conservatory, they will be “surrounded by hundreds of brilliant live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia soaring among colorful flowers and going about their business of drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind. Visitors learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.”
Glen Echo Park will celebrate Carousel Day on April 28, with the opening of the beautifully-renovated, historic Dentzel Carousel.The event will offer a full day of FREE activities for throughout Park, including live music & other performances, face painting, storytelling, and carousel-themed crafts.
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park is presenting Beauty & the Beast – “the classic romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia," thru March 25. The show feature “imaginative settings and beautiful costumes in a large-scale marionette version of the story.The award-winning show has played to children and families nationwide & is recommended for Ages 5 to Adult."
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park will present Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs March 29-May 12.The production tells the classic tale - in rap - from the wolf's point of view.The show has been called “one of The Puppet Co.'s funniest productions,” and it includes lots of audience participation! The show is recommended for Ages 3 years old to Adult.
Image below: The poster for Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs
The Puppet Co. will present Sleeping Beauty at Glen Echo Park, May 17-June 24.The classic story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens will be told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects. The show “is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small!” The production is recommended for Ages: 3 1/2 – Adult.
Adventure Theatre MTC at Glen Echo Park is presenting Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, based on the book by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz & directed by Cara Gabriel, thru March 31.It’s the story of a boy who is having a very bad day in every way possible. The show is recommended for all ages.
Image below: The logo for "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"
Adventure Theatre MTC will present the world premiere of Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt, adapted for the stage by Allison Gregory & directed by Mitchell Hebert, April 20-June 3. The play is based on the books by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. It’s the tale of a third grade girl - Judy Moody – and her know-it-all little brother.
Imagination Stage will present Robin Hood, written by Greg Banks & directed by Janet Stanford, April 14-May 20. The story, which is based on traditional English folklore, will star Chris Dinolfo in the title role. It’s the classic tale of Robin Hood & his band of Merry Menand the lovely Maid Marian. Set in Sherwood Forest, there’s sword fighting, bows and arrows, and miraculous escapes!
Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Rockville will present Artspower’s newest musical titled Harry the Dirty Dog on March 24. The show is based on the classic book by Gene Zion, with illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham.
The Mansion at Strathmore is displaying Up in the Air, an exhibition that explores the artistry of kites in their “abundant color and sculptural design,” thru April 29.Kites were used for ceremonies, military campaigns, and scientific experiments before flying kites became a traditional pastime. The exhibition shows how modern-day kite makers use state-of-the art materials, complex construction, and intricate designs “to elevate kites into fine aerial art.”The exhibition was curated by Lesley Lundgren. Strathmore will present Kite Fly Dayon April 22.Visitors are invited to “grab your kites and head to Strathmore for a day of fun and spectacle! The event offers an opportunity to see these amazing artworks gliding on the breeze before Air Play in the Concert Hall. ”
The Mansion at Strathmore will present Pianist Jenny Lin - with26 vignettesby composers ranging from Tchaikovsky to Chick Corea -on April 28. The performance will feature props, storytelling, and projected illustrations from a book by Ms. Lin.
The annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival will take place in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues, on May 12 & 13. The festival will feature art created by 130 of the nation's best artists, plus live entertainment and special treats from Bethesda restaurants. Admission to the festival is free and free parking is available in the public parking garage on Auburn Avenue. The festival is presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership.
Image below: A view of a previous Bethesda Fine Arts Festival