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Red Knight Productions brings its former Fringe Fest favorite “Medieval Story Land” to the Gaithersburg Arts Barn this weekend. Intended for all audiences, the action-packed trifecta of swords, sorcery and satire follows a simple elf who is granted a magic sword and sent on a dangerous quest. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays to Aug. 25 at the theater, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. Tickets are $16 for general admission, $14 for residents and $9 for students through grade 12. For more information, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/theater.

In Prince George’s County this weekend, “1001 Black Inventions — The Musical” makes its world debut at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. A collaboration between the Washington, D.C.,-based Pin Points Theatre and Quietfire Repertory Theatre, the musical explores the immortal efforts of brilliant men and women by showing an alternate reality in which a typical American family attempts to survive in a world without inventions by Africans and African Americans. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 9-18. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for students. For more information, visit http://www.pinp​oints.org.

Finally, in Fairfax, “American Idol Live” comes to the Patriot Center at George Mason University tonight. The event provides fans with an up-close experience with finalists from Season 12 of television’s musical phenomenon. Participants include Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor, Candice Glover, Curtis Finch Jr, Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Lazaro Arbos and Paul Jolley. Aubrey Cleland joins the Tour as the 11th finalist, as voted on by “Idol” fans. Show time is 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.patriotcenter.com.



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