March-April 2020

Things to see and do in the Bethesda area in March and April

Our picks for theater, art, music, festivals and more

Photo courtesy of Q Brothers

April 17-18

That’s a Rap

Before Lin-Manuel Miranda was rapping about Alexander Hamilton, the Q Brothers were creating “add-RAP-tations” of classic plays. Their first, The Bomb-itty of Errors, a hip-hop retelling of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, garnered acclaim when it debuted off-Broadway in 1999. Now they’re presenting Othello the Remix, their version of Shakespeare’s story of love, jealousy and revenge. In what is basically a hip-hop opera, much of Shakespeare’s original language is rapped over hip-hop beats provided by a DJ onstage. In this condensed telling, Othello is a rap star who marries Desdemona, a singer in his chorus, while Iago and Cassio are part of his entourage.

8 p.m., $30, $25 faculty and staff, $20 students, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville,

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April 18

For the Record

Aficionados, novices, collectors and historians will celebrate the unique cultural significance of the vinyl record at Vinyl Day, an annual event presented by the Friends of the Library Montgomery County. The all-ages gathering features discussions, workshops, listening sessions and hands-on demonstrations. Thousands of records from all genres of music, including punk, jazz, rock, classical, hip-hop, funk and R&B, will be for sale, along with a few rare items. Participants are encouraged to bring their own records to play. Kids can get hands-on experience playing records, and supplies will be available to turn old, unusable records into unique items such as clocks, cupcake holders and decorations.

Noon to 4 p.m., free, Silver Spring Library, Silver Spring,

April 25

Broadway, Off the Cuff

During Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, a talented group of improv artists takes suggestions from the audience for song titles and makes up a Broadway-style musical on the spot—complete with music, lyrics and choreography. The show is divided into two parts. During the first, the cast makes up different songs based on audience suggestions and presents them in a theatrical awards show, like the Tonys. Then, after the audience votes on the best one, the group launches into a full-blown musical centered on the winning song.

3 and 8 p.m., $20-$38, AMP by Strathmore, North Bethesda,

Photo courtesy of City of Gaithersburg

April 26

Fun Unleashed

Think you and your dog could be twins? See if others agree at Paws in the Park, a festival celebrating man’s best friend. Gaithersburg teams up with the Montgomery County Humane Society for the annual event, which features a 1-mile dog walk and pet contests with prizes for best dressed, best trick and best dog-owner lookalike. Dogs can also participate in agility competitions. There will be food vendors and giveaways for humans, too. The event raises money to help homeless and abandoned animals in the county.

Noon to 4 p.m., $15 in advance, $25 day of the event, free for children younger than 12, Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg,