Arts and Entertainment Briefs

‘Black & White’
Through May 12 • Arts Barn
Drawing, paintings, photography or sculpture. All black or all white or black and white.

Harmonious Art Group
Through June 23; Reception May 19 • Activity Center at Bohrer Park
Artists exhibit work in traditional and contemporary Chinese styles. See new techniques and styles that demonstrate the diversity of Chinese art. Free.

Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition
May 3-July 17; Reception & Awards Ceremony ;May 9, 7-8:30 p.m. • Kentlands Mansion
See the work of Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association members in this annual juried exhibition.

Crafty Hour
May 3, 7-9 p.m. • Casey Community Center
Learn to master DIY projects with tips and tricks of the trade. Need a sitter? Separate activities available for children 3+, with additional registration. The children’s crafts are suitable for ages 3 & up. Adult supervision required. Admission is $10 per person, plus a supply fee due upon entry. Concessions available for purchase (cash only).

Zumba in the Park
May 3 & 10, 7-8 p.m. • City Hall Concert Pavilion
Shake it to the Latin rhythms of Zumba, which features interval dance sessions that combine fast and slow rhythms to maximize fat burning. Free.

Art History Series: Forefathers of Abstraction
May 3, 7 p.m. • Arts Barn
Artist and City Gallery Curator Mary Weiss-Waldhorn will lead a discussion on the forefathers of Abstraction. Afterwards, participants have an opportunity to create an abstract painting. $50 for city residents; $55 for non-residents.

Main Street Farmers & Artists Market
May 4, 11 & 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. • Main Street Pavilion
Discover local meats and produce, prepared foods, cut flowers and potted plants, baked goods, arts and crafts and more.

Ask a Master Gardener Plant Clinic
May 4, 11 & 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. • Quince Orchard Library
Have a gardening question you’d like to ask a Master Gardener? Bring in your plant/soil samples or photos for identification and diagnosis. Get advice on weeds, pruning, vegetable gardening, insects, lawns, trees, etc.

Collage Techniques with Jeanne Sullivan
May 4, 1 p.m. • Arts Barn
Discover how to create interesting and unique collages. $10 material fee due to instructor at the workshop. $82 for city residents; $90 for non-residents.

Singer Songwriter Concert Series: The LYNNeS
May 4, 3 p.m. workshop & 7:30 p.m. concert • Arts Barn
Award-winning songwriters, The LYNNeS —Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson—fuse tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics and humor. Tickets are $25 for concert, $45 for concert and workshop.

La Milla de Mayo
May 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. • Olde Towne Gaithersburg
This one-mile run/walk ends with a celebration in Olde Towne Gaithersburg. You’ll enjoy music, food, Salsa dancing, and Cinco de Mayo festivities. Runners of all ages and levels are eligible to register for this event. Free Kids Fun Runs kick off the race. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for youth ages 5 to 10.

‘A Gift of Art’ Reception
May 5, 2-5 p.m. • Artists on Market, 201 Market St. W.
Meet the artists and enjoy wine, tea, light hors d’oeuvres, music and more.

Art Through the Lens: Photographic Composition with Craig Higgins
May 5, 1:30 p.m. • Arts Barn
Using the basic principles of design applied in all arts, beginning and continuing photographers are invited to join fine art photographer Craig Higgins as he leads a step-by-step workshop on solid photographic composition techniques. $54 for city residents, $60 for non-residents.

A Cinco de Mayo Partnership Fiesta
May 5, 3-11 p.m. • Botanero, Rockville
Hosted by Botanero Restaurant, ZamDance and Mattie’s Foundation, this fundraising event celebrates peace and acceptance. Enjoy music and dancing, food and drink specials and more. For information, visit

Active Aging Expo
May 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. • Activity Center at Bohrer Park
Enjoy educational sessions, demonstrations, preventative screenings, massages, manicures and a photo booth. Free.

Art Night Out: Wine & Shakespeare with Stephanie Phelan
May 10, 7 p.m. • Arts Barn
Leap into an evening of Shakespearean action and comedy. $35 for city residents, $40 for non-residents.

Yoga in the Park
May 7, 14 & 21, 7-8 p.m. • City Hall Concert Pavilion
Synchronize movement with breath as you awaken strength, energy and flexibility at this open-level class. Free.

‘Shrek The Musical JR.’
May 10-19, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays • Arts Barn
In partnership with Kensington Arts Theatre (KAT) Second Stage Family Theatre, Arts on the Green presents “Shrek The Musical JR.,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Tickets are $15.

DiverseCity Showcase
May 11, noon to 4:30 p.m. • Lakeforest Mall
Enjoy music, dance, storytelling and fashion, representing some of the many world cultures that enrich our lives in Gaithersburg. Demonstrations of Chinese and Arabic calligraphy and Indian henna tattoos will be featured. Free.

Seeing Flowers in New Ways with Martina Sestakova
May 11, 1:30 p.m. • Arts Barn
Create a unique floral painting on yupo paper. $45 for residents, $50 for non-residents, $10 supply fee.

Spring Astronomy Week
May 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m. • Observatory Park, 100 DeSellum Ave.
Enjoy live music with the Secret Society of Science Song Writers of Northwest High School, hands-on activities and telescope viewing. Free.

Marimba & Friends with Robert Schroyer
May 11, 8 p.m. • Arts Barn
Come hear the versatility of the marimba with Robert Schroyer, the New Orchestra of Washington’s principal percussionist. This prize-winning soloist plays Astor Piazzola, Anna Ignatowitcz and Kevin Puts. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for youth (18 and younger).

Family Workshop: Mother’s Day
May 12, 1:30 p.m. • Arts Barn
Artsy fun for the whole family. $15 per child; no charge for parent/guardian. For ages 3 & up.

Bike to Work Day—Kentlands Pit Stop
May 17, 7-9 a.m. • MD 119 & Orchard Ridge Dr./Kentlands Blvd.
This pit stop will have DJ music, raffle prizes and refreshments. Look for local businesses, too.

Art Night Out: Photo Mandalas with Martina Sestakova
May 17, 7 p.m. • Arts Barn
Learn about colors and shapes and how they interact visually in a mandala, a symbol of wholeness and harmony, then create one of your own using colorful photographs. $50 for city residents, $55 for non-residents.

Spring Chorus Concert
May 17, 7:30 p.m., Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church; May 21, 7:30 p.m., Rosborough Cultural Arts & Wellness Center
Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. All ages are welcome.

Photo | Gaithersburg Book Festival The 10th Annnual Gaithersburg Book Festival is Saturday, May 18 at Gaithersburg City Hall.

Photo | Gaithersburg Book Festival
The 10th Annnual Gaithersburg Book Festival is Saturday, May 18 at Gaithersburg City Hall.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • City Hall grounds
Look for author talks and book signings, writing workshops, story times, crafts, games and more. Free.

Tasty Books—‘Oliver’s Fruit Salad’
May 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Casey Community Center
Young book lovers enter the tasty world of a food-themed book using all five senses. Bring the story to life with make-your-own snacks, creative movement, and crafting. Admission is $5 per person.

Written Word Sunday: Art and Poetry with Jenny Klein
May 19, 3 p.m. • Arts Barn
In this workshop for 2nd and 3rd graders, read Concrete and Haiku poems and then discuss the craft of writing poetry in these formats. $27 for city residents, $30 for non-residents.

Photo | Submitted Billy MacLellan stars in “Maudie,” screened at the Arts Barn on May 19, 7 p.m.

Photo | Submitted
Billy MacLellan stars in “Maudie,” screened at the Arts Barn on May 19, 7 p.m.

Kentlands Film Society—‘Maudie’
May 19, 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:15 p.m. • Arts Barn
The Canadian film “Maudie” is an inspiring film biography of Canadian folk artist Maud Dowley Lewis (played by Sally Hawkins) and her romance with a fishmonger. The film is set in 1930s Nova Scotia. Wine is sold before the screening, and a discussion follows the film. Tickets are $9. Reserve by contacting