The opening reception for the Edgar Allan Poe and William Shakespeare-inspired exhibit Poe and Puck is tonight at 7 at the Strathmore in North Bethesda. This is the Strathmore’s 27th annual juried exhibit, and features works such as Game of Quills by Caroline Lewis, as well as pieces from over 40 other artists. The art in Poe and Puck takes inspiration from two of the most acclaimed and eccentric writers of the past five centuries.
Children and adults can enjoy educational, guided tours of Poe and Puck Saturday, Jan. 27, followed by a hands-on art project. Poe and Puck offers other kid-friendly and educational activities as well, such as the puppet show Shakespeare for the Young: The Tiniest Tempest, on Feb. 3. This rendering of Shakespeare’s iconic comedy makes the 17th-century play fun and understandable even for the youngest children. Similarly, on Feb. 24, the Pocket Change Theatre Company will present The Poe Show: Once Upon a Midnight Cheery alongside Poe and Puck to help educate children and their families about Poe’s life and his literary works.
For adults looking for a supplement to their Poe and Puck experience, the soundtrack from the musical Nevermore, composed by Matt Conner and first presented at Signature Theatre, will be performed live at the Mansion at Strathmore on Feb. 15 in conjunction with the exhibit. This dark and haunting music will allow the audience to gain context and insight about Poe’s life to augment the Poe and Puck experience.
Poe & Puck: The 27th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition, Mansion at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, through March 4; Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m., closed Mondays; free.