The Rude Mechanicals, a Laurel-based theater group, perform "Pericles: Shakespeare vs. Wilkins," Fri. and Sat., Jan. 20 and 21, at 8 p.m., at the Black Box Theatre, at Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, in Ellicott City. Director Joshua Engel presents "Pericles" as a rambunctious farce where even the actors don't know how it's all going to turn out. Tickets, $15; $12, students and seniors. For tickets, go to http://www.vendini.com. http://www.rudemechanicals.com.
"It was a very good year," a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra starring Tony Sands, comes to Laurel for two shows, Sat., Jan. 21, at 8 p.m;. and Sun., Jan. 22, at 2 p.m., at Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. Combine the Sinatra tribute with dinner at Salute's restaurant next door. General admission for Sinatra show is $15; general show admission and dinner is $40, including tax and tip. Special menu of homemade meat lasagna or penne with vodka sauce, salad, dessert, bread, tea, coffee, soda. Reservations required. Contact Maureen Rogers, 301-452-2557 or call 301-617-9906 and press 2. http://www.laurelmillplayhouse.org.
The Living Arts Concert Series presents "Rendez-Vous with Francis Poulenc," Sun., Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., at Resurrection Church, 3315 Greencastle Road, in Burtonsville. Featured are sonata for horn, trumpet and trombone; oboe, bassoon and piano trio; "Litanies a la Vierge Noire," for women's chorus and organ. Reception follows concert. No ticket required, but $10 donation is suggested. Call Annick Kanter, 301-520-8921 or go to resurrectionadw.org.