The 2015 Oscar-Nominated Shorts

The Frederick Film Festival will be presenting “The Oscar® Nominated Short Films 2014” at the Weinberg Center on February 20, 2015. This will be the only time audience members in the Frederick area will be able to see all of these nominated short films in one theater and just two days before the 87th Academy Awards® ceremony on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

The Frederick Film Festival was fortunate enough to be one of only a few hundred presenters nationwide bringing the short film program to a theater. “The Oscar® Nominated Short Films” showcase the Live Action and Animation nominees as two separate theatrical events.  The nominated Animated films will show at 7:00pm and the nominated Live Action films will screen at 9:00.

A fast-growing genre of film entertainment, the Oscar® Nominated Short Films theatrical release has become a key fixture of the awards season while breaking box office records for the genre with each year. These short films are generally the audience favorites while, ironically, being the most difficult to see in a theater since most studios do not release short films theatrically.

This year’s nominated short films will be announced on January 15, 2015.


More information about this program can be found at:

The Frederick Film Festival is committed to bringing innovative, underscreened, and independent film to the Frederick region. Primarily this is undertaken during the Festival in June, however over the last six years, as the Festival has grown, they have striven to make film available at different times of the year and in different settings. Feeling there is no art form or genre in which film cannot assist in the reaching of an audience, the Frederick Film Festival is proud of their partnerships across the arts and proud of the level of film they have exposed the movie-going populace to. More information about the Frederick Film Festival can be found at the organization’s website:

Maryland International Kids FilmFest

The Maryland International Kids FilmFest (MIKFF) welcomes you to our 5th annual festival held on January 17 at the beautiful Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Maryland. You will be amazed at the wide-ranging films for the young and the young at heart presented at this event. Nearly 50 films over the course of the day as well as animation workshops, and special feature in the early evening.

The MIKFF is committed to providing quality, entertaining fim programming for young people. This festival is the only film festival in the region aimed entirely at the younger set. Programs will be organized by age to insure that presentations are age-appropriate.

Do not miss this opportunity to see world-class children’s film in as gorgeous a setting as the Weinberg Center.

Jesse Cook

Known for his captivating blend of rumba, flamenco, and salsa guitar, Juno Award-winning musician Jesse Cook is a charismatic entertainer with a global fan base, thanks in part to a recent PBS Television special titled “Jesse Cook, Live at Bathurst Street Theatre.” Don’t miss the live show that has audiences begging for encores from this celebrated Canadian musician!

Artist Bio
Jesse Cook has been a leading proponent of his genre since bursting onto the world music scene in 1995. Born in Paris and now a resident of Toronto, he was the 2008 recipient of the Players’ Choice Awards’ silver medal from Acoustic Guitar magazine. He is also a recipient of a Juno Award sponsored by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. His latest album One World is due out April 2015.

Comedy & Magic SPECTACULAR

The YMCA of Frederick County presents

the 6th Annual Comedy & Magic SPECTACULAR!

World-renowned entertainers take center stage at the Weinberg Center on Saturday, March 21st as the YMCA of Frederick County presents the 2015 Comedy & Magic Spectacular, a family-friendly entertainment tapestry of talent now celebrating its sixth year in Frederick.

“It’s a fun-packed, fast-paced, entertainment carousel of variety, clean comedy, magic, juggling, music and a chance to be with the whole family,” according to Chris Colville, Executive Director of the Frederick YMCA.  “Many local businesses and supporters of the Y join us to host the evening that helps us provide special programs and activities for the kids and families in the Hillcrest/Waverly Communities, and many of those kids join us for this special evening.”

This year’s show features:

Scott and Jenny Alexander

These two full time professionals have been performing together for the past fifteen years.  Their show is a playful mix of comedy, magic, mystery and music. They have been seen on television and on most major stages worldwide from the prestigious Le Plus Grande Cabaret Du Monde in Paris, to the wildly popular hit NBC-TV show “America’s Got Talent.” As headliners in Las Vegas at the world famous Caesars Palace, they have performed over four thousand shows to astonished audiences and rave reviews. Scott and Jenny perform as a duo, but also as solo artists as well.  Jenny had the distinct honor of being one of the only female magicians to ever star in her own production in Las Vegas.  Scott is a creative magic designer who has developed his own original magical inventions, which are sought after and performed by fellow world-renowned magicians. Their magic has been seen on the SyFy Channel, Discovery Network and on the iconic “Oprah Winfrey Show.” They are married and are the proud parents of three young children who they describe as their best magic yet!      

Jonathan Burns

Jonathan always thought he was special.  He was the kind of kid who would put his leg over his head at the family reunion or perform musical armpit noises to impress the girls. In 2004, contorting his body and impressing people with his unusual talents became his full time job.  Since then, he has performed at over 300 colleges and universities, at festivals around the globe, and was recently featured on the “Tonight Show” and the “The CBS Late Show.” When he is not performing, he can usually be found in an airport terminal–on his way to another big gig; or spending time with his lovely wife and daughter (Seems the armpit noises worked!).



Adam Ace  

Adam has been making audiences laugh as a full time professional comedian since 1997. In that time, he has performed in 49 of the 50 states, appeared onstage in 27 countries, entertained at 11 military bases, been seen on over 35 different cruise ships and entertained on over 500 college campuses nationwide. Adam has headlined casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, headlined comedy clubs in Los Angeles and was selected to perform at the White House.  In addition to all this, he has 3 times, been named “College Comedian of the Year”. He is a former contestant on the TV shows, “America’s Got Talent,” and “30 Seconds to Fame.” He is also the author of the book, “Funny Quotes by Not So Funny People” Adam has entertained crowds of all ages and all shapes and all sizes. A few words used to describe his contagious personality and high energy, are “Refreshing,” “Different”, and “Original”. What sets him apart is his interaction with the audience and quick wit that make each presentation different, special and extremely memorable.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Y’s engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

Menopause The Musical

GFour Productions Presents

Menopause The Musical® – COME JOIN OUR SISTERHOOD!

Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 13 years!

It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®

Group Rate: $8 OFF for Groups of 8 or more!  Call the Box Office to purchase at 301-600-2828.  

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In the Mood – 1940s Big Band Song & Swing Dance Revue

To the delight of Hepcats, Lindy Hoppers and lovers of Swing Jazz, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical revue, IN THE MOOD is coming to Frederick in celebration of 20+ years of touring.

Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and you’ll soon be “In the Mood” to hear some great musicians “Sing, Sing, Sing.” Much more than just a concert, IN THE MOOD is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and the big band greats of the ’40s. Complete with authentic costumes and choreography, In The Mood pays homage to America’s greatest generation, when people listened and boogied to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced to intimate ballads. Experience the swing, the rhythm and the jazzy, brassy, patriotic, sentimental music of this pivotal time in America’s history.

IN THE MOOD has a cast of nineteen on stage with the hypnotic String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra plus the six-member In the Mood Singers & Dancers with sizzling choreography, sassy costumes and over forty unforgettable hits – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B), Tuxedo Junction, Well Get It, Lili Marlene, On The Sunny Side of the Street and many more.

Now in its 21st season of sold-out performances across the United States, Canada and England, IN THE MOOD wowed Australia and New Zealand with a 16-city tour during August and September of 2011.

IN THE MOOD takes a look at the life and times of America’s Swing Era when everyone listened and danced to the same style of music. Swing music ranged from mellow intimate ballads to up-tempo big band rhythms, where the waltz and fox trot competed with the wild, acrobatic jitterbug and jive, and when boogie-woogie crazed hepcats crowded the dance floors.

Swing Music inspired America with a vision for the future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. The music moved the Nation’s spirit and helped to sustain the nation’s morale during World War II, the pivotal event of the 1940s. IN THE MOOD recreates the rhythmic, jazzy, brassy, sentimental, romantic and patriotic music of this important time.

Creator and producer Bud Forrest is a Juilliard trained pianist and conductor who served as accompanist for the Air Force chorus The Singing Sergeants. He compiled the greatest music from the swing era into a review that tells the story of the WWII years in a moving tribute to those who fought the war. IN THE MOOD captures the feel of the 1940s in part because of the involvement of the late Vic Schoen as the show’s primary arranger. Mr. Schoen created the musical arrangements for the entire career of the
legendary Andrews Sisters. He was one of the seminal creators of the swing-era sound which he imbued into IN THE MOOD.

The National Archives in Washington, DC brought IN THE MOOD to their audiences as part of their commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of WWII, and the response was extraordinary, with crowds lining up for hours before curtain time. Thousands attended an out-of-doors performance on Constitution Avenue, and many stayed to dance the night away. As a result, IN THE MOOD, in affiliation with the USO, began a series of tours which played to audiences across the United States during the 50th Commemoration of WWII.

The band and singers were selected to be part of the entertainment for the 53rd Presidential Inauguration Ball. IN THE MOOD was the National Touring Event for the celebration Spirit of ’45, a national project that recognizes the people who fought WWII and their legacy of a rebuilt Europe and Japan and The United Nations, and salutes those who laid the foundation for America’s peace and prosperity.

IN THE MOOD is constantly being revamped and updated. While there are a number of permanent Swing-Era songs in the show, many are rotated out and replaced with selections from the huge body of Swing-Era music. Bud Forrest greets the audience after every performance and is constantly taking suggestions from patrons of songs they’d like to hear in the show. Likewise, Mr. Forrest recently engaged stage director and noted Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez to re-choreograph the show’s jitterbug dances and production numbers. Thus, IN THE MOOD maintains a fresh, dynamic, ever-changing perspective on the culture of the Swing Era. Patrons who have seen the show two or three times are never disappointed as the production constantly evolves.

72 Film Fest

72 Film Fest is a time based film competition where teams have 72 hours to make a movie. Over 270 Movies have been made in the first 8 years.

Friday Night WORLD PREMIERES: Block 1: 6:30 PM, Block 2: 8:30 PM

Saturday Night MAIN EVENT: 7:00 PM followed by Awards and After Party

Buy your Two Day Pass here:

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2014-15 Season

Click on the events below to learn more about the exciting 2014-15 season. Use the “season tickets” button to purchase your Season Subscription and save 20%* off the regular ticket price.

Weinberg Center for the Arts 2014-15 Season

Select 5 or more events and receive 20%* off the regular ticket price.

An Evening with Gregory Porter October 16, 2014
David Sedaris October 18, 2014
Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody October 19, 2014
Mary Black October 23, 2014
Vienna Boys Choir October 24, 2014
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn October 25, 2014
1964 – The Tribute November 1, 2014
Anne Frank, A Life in the Shadows November 7, 2014
Voca People November 9, 2014
The Touré-Raichel Collective November 19, 2014
Golden Dragon Acrobats November 22, 2014
The Last Waltz Tribute November 23, 2014
The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show November 28, 2014
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! November 30, 2014
Wizards of Winter – A Trans Siberian Experience December 4, 2014
Eileen Ivers’ An Nollaig – An Irish Christmas December 5, 2014
John Pizzarelli December 6, 2014
Deanna Bogart December 27, 2014
Jim Henson’s Sid The Science Kid: LIVE! January 22, 2015
Brahms’ Violin Concerto (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)* January 23, 2015
Ivy + Bean, The Musical January 31, 2015
Arlo Guthrie: Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour February 5, 2015
Beethoven’s Eroica (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)* February 21, 2015
Mnozil Brass – YES YES YES Tour February 27, 2015
Fred Hersch Trio March 4, 2015
Cherish The Ladies March 8, 2015
The Americana Festival March 27, 2015
The Americana Festival March 28, 2015
Reduced Shakespeare Co. – The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) April 11, 2015
Take 6 April 16, 2015
2CELLOS April 23, 2015
A Night at the Opera (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)* April 24, 2015

*Subscription tickets for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are 10% off the regular ticket price.


Frederick Speaker Series (15% off regular ticket price)
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Jane Fonda January 16, 2015
Dave Barry February 11, 2015
General Stanley McChrystal March 11, 2015
Dr. Michio Kaku April 15, 2015

Led Zepplica – the Led Zeppelin Experience


… a replica of the original

Imagine this. You are transported back 30 years and you are one of the lucky few to experience a live concert by Led Zeppelin at a local venue. This is what Led Zepplica is all about. The chemistry, the magic, and the legendary performance up close and personal. We invite you to relive it all over again.”

Led Zepplica has toured nationally and internationally making it one of the most successful Led Zeppelin tribute bands on the planet. The band has headlined arenas and concert halls throughout the USA and Canada making it the biggest touring Led Zeppelin band working today.

For more information about the nation’s #1 Led Zeppelin tribute band, visit


Kevin James

KEVIN JAMES was the producer, co-writer and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) and Zookeeper (2011) and Here Comes The Boom (2012). He also starred in Columbia Pictures’ blockbuster Grown Ups (2010) along with Adam Sandler; previously, James and Sandler worked together on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007).

James broke into the film world in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ Hitch starring opposite Will Smith, but his comedy career started well before that as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom.

The King of Queens, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world.

In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff, a one-hour special for Comedy Central. In 2005, Kevin James and Ray Romano executive produced and starred in the HBO Sports Special Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach; a documentary about the Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament that was nominated for a Sports Emmy.

Aside from his on-camera work, James’s voice has been featured in the animated films Barnyard (2006) for Nick Movies, as well as Monster House (2006) and Hotel Transylvania (2012) for Sony Pictures Animation.

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