Bethesda Beat’s weekly roundup of local eventsANDREW METCALF AND JACOB BOGAGE
The Front Row – Today, Saturday – Bethesda Row
Bethesda Row’s fashion weekend offers a bevy of sales at local stores, and a fashion show featuring the latest spring, summer and fall styles. The fashion show starts at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine (there’s a large tent for the show if it rains). Seating is reserved, but standing room with clear views of the runway will be available. Before the fashion show, E! celebrity Maria Menounos will sign copies of her book in front of the restaurant Redwood on Bethesda Row from 5 to 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, Equinox Fitness will host a “Fashion Fuel” event on Bethesda Lane, with an outdoor exercise class complete with a DJ. Retailers will be offering sales on both days. You can find a full list of deals by clicking here.
Billy Coulter Band – Today (Friday) – Rockville Town Square
The Billy Coulter Band is the next act in Rockville’s “Friday Night Live” free summer concert series. The roots-rock group takes to the Dawson’s Market Stage in Rockville Town Square from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The temperature is expected to be in the mid-70s with a chance of rain.
John Prine – Today (Friday) – The Music Center at Strathmore
John Prine, a well-known folk and bluegrass artist, performs on the main stage at The Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda). Tickets are scarce, butavailable for purchase online or by calling 301-581-5100. Take the Metro to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on the red line to avoid a fee for parking.
RIPPLE: Cloth, Community and Connectivity – Opens Today (Friday) – VisArts at Rockville
Curator Susie Brandt has assembled a collection of fabric artists who make garments with connectivity built in. The free exhibit features workshops, documentary film displays and interactive electronics. RIPPLE opens Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at VisArts at Rockville (155 Gibbs St., Rockville) and runs through Aug. 17.
DC Caribbean Filmfest – Opens Today (Friday) – AFI Silver Theatre
Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month with a weekend film festival, beginning with “Poetry is an Island,” a documentary about Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott and the independence movement on the island of St. Lucia. Showings of other Caribbean films continue through the weekend at AFI Silver Theatre (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring). General admission ticketsto each show cost $12 with discounts for seniors.
George Gee Orchestra – Saturday – Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom
Learn to swing dance as the George Gee Orchestra plays classic tunes in Glen Echo Park’s historic ballroom (7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo). Arrive at 8 p.m. for an hourlong swing lesson. The concert and dance begin promptly at 9 p.m. Admission is $20.