The New Adventures of Alice in Wonderland

Other Voices, Inc. happily trips down the rabbit hole Easter weekend with a vibrant version of a family favorite, The New Adventures of Alice in Wonderland.  The production casts returning Frederick theater icons, Joann Lee and Julie Herber, as the quarreling Red & White Queens. They are joined by other well-known adult actors from the Frederick area in featured roles as the Mad Hatter (Jeremy Trammelle), White Rabbit (Shawn Nakia) and every audience’s favorite, the Cheshire Cat (Susan Thornton).

This original musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic tale entertains children of all ages with high energy dance sequences, fantastical scenery and costumes, and show stopping musical numbers.   It is the perfect addition to your Easter holiday weekend entertainment. Choreography by Donna Grim and Directed by Susan Thornton.   The Friday evening performance will be an American Sign Language interpreted performance, partially enabled by a grant from the Frederick Arts Council.

7th Annual Frederick Film Festival

The 7th Frederick Film Festival comes to town this year featuring a spotlight on short films. Over 100 international shorts will be screened, filmmaker guests, live music, and other special events happening over the course of one film-filled weekend.

The 7th F3 promises to be as exceptional as the previous six—with thought provoking and entertaining films from around the world. With a slate of films that includes renowned documentaries, narrative features and scores of short films, the F3 has something for everyone.

This year’s F3 will shine a spotlight on the SHORT FILM. While feature-length films will be shown, the SHORT is king this year with the majority of time spent screening thematic blocks of great international shorts.  The Frederick Film Festival will screen short films from nearly every continent on earth. (Sorry, Antarctica.)  You certainly won’t want to miss this uncommon opportunity to see these rarely screened gems. They are always audience favorites.


If you want access to the entire festival, weekend passes are available. The purchase of an F3 weekend pass includes access to every film screening and entry to the Opening Night After-party at Brewer’s Alley.

Tickets are $10 for all day Friday or all day Sunday, $20 for all day Saturday, or $30 for the entire Weekend Pass!  Tickets for individual Movies are available as well: $7 for Adults, and $5 for Seniors / Students.

Please Note:  The Sunday portion of the Frederick Film Festival is NOT held at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.  It is instead hosted at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center.

The 2015 F3 promises to deliver more film entertainment than ever before. For more details go to

Hidden in Plain View




Fifty years ago, Historian and founder of Hayden Historical Tours, Mr. Bobby Hayden was one of “The Magnificent Seven” – the first African-Americans to integrate the presidential honor guards. He served for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.


From Alabama to Carnegie Hall, the Huntsville Spiritual Chorale is noted for their sublime performances and authentic preservation of the Negro Spiritual song tradition which continues to enthrall audiences nationwide.

A Williams and Hayden Family Investments Production or 301-846-0434.

The Frederick Music Showcase

Ladies and gentlemen. Children of all ages. Come one, come all. Frederick Playlist is about to take the next step in its evolution (whatever that means) by organizing the first-ever Frederick Playlist Presents … Frederick Music Showcase. We are taking some of the best Frederick musicians/bands and putting them all under one roof for one night in February. And that one roof, friends, will be the roof of the Weinberg Center for the Arts.

In addition to the bands performing on the Weinberg stage, there will be live acoustic music going on in the lobby between acts. Thus, the music never stops.

The full spectrum of Monocacy Brewery Beers. will also be available for purchase. Each ticket holder will also be offered a commemorative pint glass. There will be a handful of events both leading up to the concert and immediately following the concert. You’ll have to check back to find out exclusive details as they become available. And, of course, free beer koozies for all.


7-7:30: Hard Swimmin’ Fish

7:45-8:30: The Knolly Moles

8:45-9:30: Heavy Lights

9:45-10:30: Old Indian

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Ralphie May

Ralphie May will perform at the Weinberg Center on Wed Feb 25th at 7:30pm, as part of his 2015 tour. Weinberg Center Members may purchase tickets starting Tuesday, January 13th at 10 AM.  Tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, January 15th at 10 am at by calling 410-547-SEAT or by visiting the Weinberg Center’s box office.

Ralphie May was voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” and has released, a record-setting, four one- hour comedy specials and will be releasing two more this year, proving that his relatable comedic genius is in higher demand than ever. In addition, he recently started his new line of barbecue sauce called “Fat Baby Jesus.” Lovable enough to get away with anything, Ralphie continues to capture the hearts of thousands on his sold out tours and promises to make you gleefully uncomfortable.

Since his debut on season one of “Last Comic Standing,” audiences can’t get enough of the larger than life comedian. Ralphie has a proven track record of selling out multiple shows in 1,500 to 3,000 seat venues. He has a no nonsense point of view and the ability to connect with a diverse audience by pointing out society’s hypocrisies. Ralphie doesn’t shy away from touchy topics or ethnic jokes, nor does he bite his tongue when society suggests, because he sincerely believes that as long as what he’s saying is true, people need to hear it.

Born on February 17, 1972 in Chattanooga, Tennessee and raised in Clarksville, Arkansas, Ralphie was one of four kids raised by his single mom. At the age of seventeen he won a contest to open for his idol, Sam Kinison. He later moved to Houston to develop his comedy routine, at Kinison’s suggestion. “All the comics I’ve ever admired, whether it be Kinison, Lenny Bruce, Buddy Hackett or Richard Pryor, all share a commonality,” says May. “They’re a tour de force. When they speak, there’s no room for rebuttal. They’ve thought it all out. Even the pros and cons of their argument, they raise openly and debate in the midst of their conversation and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.”

On the small screen, Ralphie has worked as a writer and producer on ESPN’s “Mohr Sports” starring Jay Mohr and performed stand-up on numerous late night talk shows including four appearances on CBS’s “The Late Late Show w/ Craig Kilborn” as well as eleven appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

He has appeared on “The Man Show” and MTV’s “Bash” as well as guest- starred on NBC’s “Whoopie.” As if that’s not enough, he’s also one of a handful of comedians to have received a standing ovation on “The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno.”

When he’s not on the road, Ralphie divides his time between Nashville and Los Angeles with his beautiful wife Lahna, their wonderful dog Hoochie Mama, and their two children, April June May and August James May. He contributes much of his time and energy to helping others. Since establishing a residence in Nashville, he has been actively involved with the 100 Club of Nashville, various youth organizations and the Humane Society.

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American Conservation Film Festival – “Best of Fest”

February 28, 2015

The American Conservation Film Festival presents its first Best of Fest of 2015!

6pm – reception with music from Randy “Windtalker” Motz, a multimedia show set to the haunting sounds of Native American Flute.
7pm – ACFF 2014 Audience Choice Award Winner “DamNation,” chronicling America’s history of dam construction and efforts to remove obsolete dams to allow rivers to come back to life. 94 minutes.

Discussion to follow with representatives from the Dept. of Natural Resources and American Rivers.


9pm – ACFF 2014 Student Award Winner “We Are The Land.” Amidst national controversy surrounding the potential dangers of ‘fracking,” environmental activist Pauline Matt stand alone to protect her native homeland, the Blackfeet Reservation of northern Montana.  14 minutes

9:15pm – “Sticky” is a delightful animated short film that tells a positive Australian conservation success story, celebrating the persistence of life, the adventure and passion embedded in science, and the little creatures underfoot.  20 minutes.

About ACFF

The American Conservation Film Festival is an annual event held in Shepherdstown, WV, a vibrant arts community just 30 miles west of Frederick, MD. ACFF features films from a diverse group of conservation filmmakers from around the world. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization addresses conservation through the lens of film, providing a platform for education and dialogue about more sustainable ways to live.  By presenting outstanding conservation films ACFF programming promotes solutions to pressing conservation issues, respect for world’s natural and cultural heritage and passion for conserving our resources.  Since 2003, the Festival has screened some 400 films to 32,000 audience members, and has inspired countless individuals and organizations to help make the transformation toward better ways to live, work, and play. More information can be found at www.conservationfilm.orgFollow ACFF on Facebook and Twitter.

The 2015 Oscar-Nominated Shorts

The Frederick Film Festival will be presenting “The Oscar® Nominated Short Films 2015” 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.

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

Block 1: 10:00am-11:00am (ages 5-8)
Block 2: 11:15am-12:15 (ages 8-11)
Block 3: 12:45pm – 1:45pm (8-14)
Block 4: 2:00pm-3:00-pm (all ages) ZVVIKS Studio Program
Block 5: 3:15pm-4:15pm (10 and up)

for a Full Listing of Films, click here

At 4:30 PM, there will be a single showing of the special feature film: 

THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF JOJO (and his annoying little sister Avila)

The film tells the tale of  a six-year-old boy named Jojo who wakes up from a car crash deep within the woods. He reluctantly pulls his baby sister from the wreckage, plops her into his backpack, and together they try to make it home alive; encountering hobos, wolves, and raging rivers along the way. This was an adventure film shot in the back woods and canyons just north of Yosemite national park.

This film has been described as “scandalously riveting for children while HORRIFYING to parents; a uniquely HARROWING, OUTRAGEOUS COMEDY.”  ( ) The filmmakers have noted that with childhood obesity growing at an alarming rate, and children spending more and more time indoors playing video games; this film tries to harken to an era of when kids were allowed to be more adventurous. Instead of worrying about children getting hurt climbing trees, parents should encourage their kids to get outside and explore. Teaching children how to manage risk allows the children to learn how to deal with dangerous situations better, and allows them to be safer in the long run.

The film runs for 79 minutes. It stars Joseph-Joseph Ogando as Jojo and Avila vonGoosebottom as Avila, and is starting to play infestivals nationally and internationally, and has has even won the award for BEST FEATURE at the Boston International Kids Film Festival. It is the first feature film from Treehouse Mafia Productions.

The festival admission also includes Animation Workshop for Kids!

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm (for ages 9-12)
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (for ages 8 and under)

Come and experience the magic of animation and see your drawings come to life! Learn the basics of classical and stop action animation and the fundamental skills that all the classic animated films are based upon from animator Rowland Cooney. This is a beginner workshop and you will get a glimpse into the art of animation. You will be making your own flipbook that you can take home and continue to build upon, using the skills you have learned! Seating at the workshops is limited to 20 participants. There is no other fee beyond the normal festival ticket for the workshops. Signing up for the workshops as soon as possible after purchasing tickets to the event is strongly recommended, email: with the student’s name and age.

About MIKFF:

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.

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.