January-February 2021

Best bets

Our picks for things to see and do in the Bethesda area in January and February

share this
Getty Images

Through Feb. 28

Let it snow

Bethesda’s Imagination Stage presents its version of The Snow Queen, the famous Hans Christian Andersen winter fairy tale that was the inspiration for Disney’s Frozen. In this adaptation, which is best for kids ages 5 and older, the icy Snow Queen causes trouble for best friends Gerda and Kai. The online presentation includes a live pre-show prequel over Zoom—during which kids can meet and interact with the characters and get background knowledge about the story—and a private link and password to view the filmed professional performance of the show.

$25-$29, virtual event, imaginationstage.org

Jan. 14

Country for a cause

If country music is your thing, check out An Evening with Trey Taylor. The 22-year-old Colorado native is playing a virtual concert to benefit the Montgomery County Humane Society. The performance will be streamed via Facebook Live from the Cambria hotel in Rockville. Taylor is a rising country music star who’s equally inspired by classic country artists such as Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, and soulful singer-songwriters such as James Taylor and Lionel Richie. Those influences come through in his music, which puts a unique spin on the current Nashville sound.

7:30 p.m., $20, virtual event, mchumane.org/events

Jan. 25 through Feb. 28

Hindsight is 2020

Lots of people wonder who could have predicted the global coronavirus pandemic and the economy-crushing fallout from fighting it. Well, virologist Nathan Wolfe could have. In 2018, Wolfe, who researched HIV and Ebola, launched the idea of pandemic insurance, which would have paid businesses or countries in a global pandemic. But no one bought it. Wolfe is the subject of the world premiere play The Catastrophist, which Bethesda’s Round House Theatre is presenting as an interactive online event. Written by Wolfe’s wife, playwright Lauren Gunderson, the play tells the story of his life and work, and how his predictions intersected with reality once COVID-19 hit. After you purchase a ticket, you can watch the production as often as you’d like during the show’s run. A box will be shipped to you that contains interactive items for use during the performance, so buy tickets early to ensure that the box arrives in time.

$32.50, virtual event, roundhousetheatre.org

Getty Images

Feb. 14

Music of the heart

For a socially distanced Valentine’s Day date, tune in to the National Philharmonic’s Amore & Mozart concert. The program includes the orchestral premiere of composer Henry Dehlinger’s Amore e ‘l Cor Gentil Sonouna Cosa. Dehlinger wrote the piece for his friend’s wedding, where it was performed by husband and wife duo Kerry Wilkerson and Danielle Talamantes. The two will sing it again for this performance accompanied by musicians from the National Philharmonic. The orchestra will also perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds in E-flat Major. Led by conductor Piotr Gajewski, the musicians will take the stage at The Music Center at Strathmore and the concert will be streamed for free on the National Philharmonic’s website.

2 p.m., free, virtual event, nationalphilharmonic.org