Arts & Entertainment

Winter Lights Festival

Through Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25): 6-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Seneca Creek State Park

The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival opens for a 19th season! This 3.5-mile drive through a winter wonderland of lights has become a county tradition. Admission is $12 per car Monday through Thursday, and $15 per car Friday, Saturday and Sunday. www.gaithersburgmd.gov

Watercolor and Kinetic Sculpture Exhibit

Through Jan. 25, 2015; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Artists’ Reception Tuesday, Dec. 15, 7-8:30 p.m., Arts Barn Gallery

Arts on the Green presents the watercolors of Nellie Chao and Bok Kim, along with the kinetic sculptures of Arts Entwine. Free. www.gaithersburgmd.gov

‘Sherlock Holmes & The Christmas Goose’

Dec. 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., Arts Barn

In partnership with Montgomery Playhouse, the Arts Barn presents “Sherlock Holmes & The Christmas Goose.” The world-famous sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, and his trusty sidekick Doctor Watson are at it again in a holiday caper mystery fit for the whole family! Where is the missing Blue Delilah Diamond? A tale of mystery, intrigue, humor, and “fowl” play await on the trail of this Christmas case. Based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s story “The Blue Carbuncle.” Tickets are $20 for adults or $12 for youth (14 and under). www.gaithersburgmd.gov

Salsa and Bachata Dance Party

Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts

A 45-minute dance lesson followed by a dance party. Tickets are $18. www.blackrockcenter.org

KDP Annual Tree Lighting

Dec. 5, 6 p.m., Kentlands Market Square

The annual Kentlands Downtown Partnership tree lighting features live music from local groups, hot chocolate, a business fair and a visit from Santa! Free. www.kentlandsdowntown.com

Foley Sound Effects Workshop

Dec. 6, 4 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts

Foley sound effects are the reproductions of everyday, ambient sounds added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality and reality of the piece. These reproduced sounds can be anything, from footsteps, telephones ringing, doors opening, and much more. In classic radio shows and plays, these sounds were created live during the broadcast. In this workshop, you’ll learn more about how artists create the sounds you hear on the radio, in cartoons, and in the movies! Free, but reservations are required. www.blackrockcenter.org

‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’

Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts

Inspired by the classic American film of the same name, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. A wonderful holiday tradition for all ages, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” premiered in 1996 at Stamford Center for the Arts in Stamford, Connecticut, and has since been produced around the country to critical acclaim. This show is produced by the Immediate Theatre Project. Tickets are $15-$32. www.blackrockcenter.org

Tree Lighting & Jingle Jubilee

Dec. 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Concert Pavilion

Watch the traditional tree lighting ceremony, enjoy holiday music and see Santa ride in on a fire truck! Free. www.gaithersburgmd.gov

Gaithersburg Chorus Holiday Concert

Dec. 6 & 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m., St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Gaithersburg

The Gaithersburg Chorus, directed by Hugh Harvey, III with co-director MaryLu Hartsell, presents its Winter Concert featuring Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and a selection of holiday carols. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. www.gaithersburgmd.gov

Wine Charms

Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m., Arts Barn

Create a set of four wine charms using crystals and charms. For ages 14 and up. A supply fee of $12 will be collected at the workshop. Fee is $36 for residents and $40 for non- residents. www.gaithersburgmd.gov

Holiday Open Microphone

Dec. 7, 2 p.m., Kentlands Whole Foods

Kentlands Acoustic Jam hosts this Holiday Open Microphone. Come sing and/or play your favorite holiday song. Acoustic instruments only. Free. www.reverbnation.com/kentlandsacousticjam.

Tuesday Topics—‘A Grizzly in the Mail & Other Adventures in American History’

Dec. 9, 7-8:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Community Museum

Tim Grove speaks about his book “A Grizzly in the Mail & Other Adventures in American History.” You’ll learn fascinating stories about well-known historical figures, including John Brown, Charles Lindbergh, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacagawea. Admission is $5. www.gaithersburgmd.gov

Gaithersburg Camera Club

Dec. 12, 2014 – Jan. 30, 2015

Opening Reception: Dec. 16, 7- 8:30 p.m., Kentlands Mansion

Kentlands Mansion will host the work of 26 artists who are members of the Gaithersburg Camera Club. This juried exhibit will display nature, landscape, architectural and abstract photography, along with some other types in which members of this camera club specialize. Free. More information on the Gaithersburg Camera Club is at www.gaithersburgcameraclub.org.

The Steel Wheels

Dec. 12, 8 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts

The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and powerful original songwriting, generating a truly magnetic revival. Tickets are $28. www.blackrockcenter.org

Glass Fusing for Adults With Artist in Residence Tony Glander

Dec. 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Arts Barn

Participants will learn the basics of melting glass together and experiment with inclusions between glass as well as melting glass over forms. There is a supply fee of $10 to be collected at class. For ages 16 and up. Fee is $36 for residents and $40 for non-residents. www.gaithersburgmd.gov

Bettye LaVette

Dec. 13, 8 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts

Legendary soul singer Bettye LaVette brings her distinct blend of rock, pop, gospel and R&B to BlackRock. Discovered at the age of 16 by legendary Motor City music raconteur Johnnie Mae Matthews, LaVette boasts a career that spans five decades. Tickets are $32. www.blackrockcenter.org

Creative Jewelry Making Class: Crown Jewels Bracelet

Dec. 14, 1-3 p.m., Arts Barn

Beginning beaders are invited to try their hand at making a simple, yet elegant bracelet using Swarovski crystals and seed beads. For ages 14 and up. A supply fee of $15 will be collected at the workshop. Fee is $36 for residents and $40 for non-residents.

‘Celtic Christmas with Seamus Kennedy’

Dec. 14, 3 p.m., Kentlands Mansion

Enjoy Celtic holiday music at the beautifully decorated Kentlands Mansion. Seamus Kennedy sings traditional and contemporary songs of Ireland and Scotland. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for youth (age 18 and under). www.gaithersburgmd.gov

Chanukah Fire Truck Parade

Dec. 18, 6 p.m., departure from RVFD on Hungerford Drive; stops at Falls Grove, Potomac Woods, Washingtonian Woods and Lakelands/Kentlands

Chabad Lubavitch of Upper Montgomery County and the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) present the annual Chanukah Fire Truck Parade. See the RVFD fire truck decorated with a 4-foot menorah, the fire chief’s car and a music van all festively lit with flashing lights as they make stops throughout the communities. At each stop, there will be a 10-minute show that includes acrobats and jugglers. Children will receive goodie bags. For more information, visit www.OurShul.org.

Swing Dance Party

Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., BlackRock Center for the Arts

A 45-minute dance lesson followed by a dance party. Tickets are $18. www.blackrockcenter.org

Kentlands Community Foundation Caroling

Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m., meets outdoors at Kentlands Mansion

Everyone is invited to this holiday sing-a-long, sure to spread cheer throughout the community. kentlandsusa.com

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