Things to See and Do in the Bethesda Area in January and February
Our picks for live music, theater and other entertainment
Haggis is a traditional Scottish food that blends together sheep organs, oatmeal, onions and spices. Enter the Haggis is a Toronto band that blends together bagpipes, a fiddle, rock music and soaring vocal harmonies. But unlike the questionably appetizing dish its name references, the quintet’s recipe yields a delectable mix of high-energy pop- and rock-tinged Celtic music. Formed more than 20 years ago, the group is a festival favorite. Get a taste at their North Bethesda show.
8 p.m., $27-$37, AMP by Strathmore, ampbystrathmore.com
Hope and Harmony
South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been spreading a message of hope, peace and love for nearly 60 years. The all-male group, which formed in the early 1960s, is known for its rich a cappella harmonies based on isicathamiya, the traditional Zulu singing style. Already successful in their home country, the group gained international acclaim after collaborating on Paul Simon’s 1986 album, Graceland, which has been credited with bringing world music into the mainstream. It’s a good bet the group’s upcoming Strathmore performance will include the song “Homeless,” written by Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala for that landmark album, along with other tunes from the five-time Grammy award winners’ 70-plus albums.
8 p.m., $29-$69, The Music Center at Strathmore, strathmore.org
Writing and staging a play can often take years, but six local theater companies will do it in 24 hours at Play in a Day, the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s annual theater competition. This year’s participants are Adventure Theatre MTC of Glen Echo, Flying V of Bethesda, Imagination Stage of Bethesda, The Keegan Theatre of D.C., Rorschach Theatre of D.C., and Happenstance Theater of Rockville. Each troupe will be given a theme and a prop to incorporate into a 10-minute play. Then it’s a race against the clock to write, rehearse and perform their piece in front of a live audience. A panel of judges determines winners for Best Use of Prop, Best Writing, Best Direction and Best Acting Ensemble. Winners receive $250. While some of the participants are children’s theater companies, some material may not be suitable for kids.
8 p.m., $15, Imagination Stage, bethesda.org