Things to See and Do in the Bethesda Area in September and October
Our picks for live music, festivals and more
Back To The Future
Aiming to inspire people to build a better future, KID Museum’s FutureFest combines two festivals previously organized by the STEM-focused learning center—KIDfest and the World of Montgomery Festival. FutureFest celebrates the many cultures of local residents, along with creativity, innovation and a maker mindset. Kids can learn computer coding, use tools to construct unconventional wooden houses, “grow” textile trees, and design spinning light “gardens.” Vibrant cultural music and dance performances are also planned. The festival takes place in the Silver Spring Civic Building, outside in Veterans Plaza and along Ellsworth Drive.
Noon to 5 p.m., free, downtown Silver Spring, kid-museum.org
Sept. 18-Oct. 13
Queens of mean
Fresh from a nearly $9 million renovation, Round House Theatre in Bethesda kicks off its 2019-2020 season with the off-Broadway hit School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, a comedy that follows a group of “frenemies” vying for a pageant title at Ghana’s Aburi Girls Boarding School in the 1980s. As the subtitle implies, it’s a take on the American “mean girl” genre, centering on a familiar dynamic between “queen bee” Paulina and Ericka, the new transfer student who captures a pageant recruiter’s attention—but in a setting and culture that may be unfamiliar to many American theatergoers.
$30 and up, Round House Theatre, Bethesda, roundhousetheatre.org
Sept. 26 through mid-2020
Art That Stirs The Pot
Viewing art at a gallery doesn’t usually involve eating, but visitors at Rirkrit Tiravanija’s exhibition “Fear Eats the Soul” will be served a bowl of soup to taste. It’s one way the artist, whose work often involves serving food, blurs the line between art and life. In addition to the soup, made from recipes by the artist, the exhibition in Glenstone’s original gallery building will include an installation with ceramic sculptures representing the artist’s first gallery show in New York and other interactive elements, such as a silk-screening T-shirt workshop and a graffiti piece that local artists will contribute to over time.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, free, reservation required, Glenstone Museum, Potomac, glenstone.org