Things to See and Do in the Bethesda Area in January and February
Our picks for live music, theater and other entertainment
Jane of the Jungle
Before Jane Goodall was a household name as the world’s premier primatologist, she was a girl with a dream of studying chimpanzees in Africa. But in the 1940s, girls were not encouraged to become traveling international scientists. Through songs and dance, the musical Me … Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall tells the story of how Goodall pursued her ambitions. Recommended for ages 6 and older.
11 a.m., $7, $6 seniors 65 and older, $4 for children through high school and college students, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, mcblogs.montgomerycollege.edu/reppac
We Can Be Heroes
The MoComCon is returning to the Silver Spring Library for the third year of celebrating comics, superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy, video games and other topics. The convention will feature music by a quintet from the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Orchestra; escape rooms; video games; scavenger hunts; workshops on writing and publishing comics, sci-fi and fantasy-genre stories; and a cosplay contest in which participants come dressed as favorite characters—so get your cape ready.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., free, Silver Spring Library, montgomerycountymd.gov/library/programs/mocomcon
Jan. 18-March 10
Artists in Residence
Video and performances that convert negative thoughts into positive affirmations; a gallery in the form of a backpack carried by wandering docents; videos and photos that question the idea of home; and sound recordings, video and photos showing the evolution of Rock Creek Park are all part of the 2018 Bresler Resident Artists in Sound, Video, New Media and Photography exhibition at VisArts. The residency program selects three artists and gives them free studio space for four months to develop projects focused on social practice, community art and performance. The exhibition showcases the work of the 2018 residents, Heloisa Escudero, Kanat Akar and Liz Donadio. An opening reception and artist talk is scheduled for Jan. 25 from 7-9 p.m.
Free, gallery hours noon-4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Friday, VisArts, Rockville, visartscenter.org
Remembering the Dream
This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Tribute & Celebration will focus on the role that women played in the civil rights movement. The Montgomery County event will feature a presentation by Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a civil rights activist who was the first white student at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, and the first white member of the traditionally African-American Delta Sigma Theta sorority. During the 1960s, Mulholland participated in sit-ins and freedom rides, which challenged segregation on buses in the South. She was arrested for her activism and served time in jail. The two-hour event, which is presented annually by Montgomery County, will also include spoken word poetry and dance performances. Admission is free, but tickets, which are required, will be distributed on-site starting at 2:30 p.m.
3:30-5 p.m. (seating begins at 3 p.m.), free, The Music Center at Strathmore, strathmore.org