Friends Meeting School – THE LION KING JR.

Be inspired by the magic and mystery of The Lion King, Jr. and charmed by scenes presented by students from the Maryland School for the Deaf as young actors join together to take a bite out of hunger.  Enjoy quality family time while learning the values of courage, connection, and helping others.  All proceeds from this family-friendly benefit performance will go to the Frederick Food Bank.

Scenes performed by actors from the Maryland School for the Deaf will be interpreted for the hearing.  Actors from Friends Meeting School will perform The Lion King, Jr., a story that showcases the deep interconnection of all life and the courage needed to face one’s fears and make the right choice, wrapped up in wonderful costumes, scenery and inspirational music. The play will be interpreted for the hearing-impaired.

The performance is part of the Students Acting for the Community program, which has raised more than $4,500 and collected more than 3,700 pounds of food for the Frederick Community Action Agency’s food bank program since 2009.  The program, sponsored by Friends Meeting School, extends beyond the school.  “Home school groups, local businesses, dance troupes, a university, singers and scriptwriters, and other schools have united together in past performances  to help feed people in our area who often go to bed hungry,” said Brenda Yankaskas, Performing Arts Director.

Tickets are $10 plus a canned or boxed food item, and are available by calling 301-600-2828 or at the Weinberg Box Office.  Those interested in group ticket prices, can contact byankaskas@friendsmeetingschool.org.

The New Adventures of Alice in Wonderland

The New Adventures of Alice in Wonderland returns to the Weinberg Center for the Easter holiday weekend.  An eclectic cast of characters take over the stage once more, featuring the infamous Red and White Queens, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and everyone’s favorite, Cheshire Cat.  This lively musical theater event based on the Lewis Carroll classic tale will entertain children of all ages.

The Friday evening performance will be ASL-interpreted and is partially enabled by a grant from the Frederick Arts Council. The New Adventures of Alice in Wonderland is produced by Other Voices, Inc.

An Evening with Joan Baez

“Emotionally direct and unabashedly sentimental, her songs merge an earth-motherish resilience with a 1950’s-style romanticism.” -The New York Times

A central figure in the nation’s cultural and political life for over 50 years, folk music luminary Joan Baez stirred the masses during the American roots revival of the early 1960s. As a legendary songwriter and interpreter of great works, Baez fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, most notably helping to introduce Bob Dylan to the world. She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable – marching on the front lines with Martin Luther King, Jr., inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, and taking to the fields with Cesar Chavez. A GRAMMY® nominee and recipient of the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Baez brings her signature energy and passion to the Weinberg stage for one night only.

You may also like: The Del McCoury Band and Mandolin Orange

Chonda Pierce: Focus on the Funny Tour

Emmy®-nominated and best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce or “the country comic” as Billboard Magazine dubbed her, has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm. A stand up comedian, television hostess, and author, Pierce has channeled her life experiences into positivity, bringing laughter to audiences around the country, and recently brought her humor to the big screen with her first film, “Chonda Pierce: Laughing In The Dark.” As the RIAA’s best-selling female comedian, her hilarious take on life is easily relatable as she publicly opens up to her listeners about times of darkness and depression in her own life, drawing humor and good from every situation.

Pierce received five Daytime Emmy® nominations for her work co-hosting the talk show “Aspiring Women” on the Total Living Network and her first television special, “This Ain’t Prettyville!” on CMT (Country Music Television). She is ranked amongst Pollstar.com’s top-selling live performers and four of her DVD’s have been certified Gold by the RIAA, signifying sales of more than 50,000 units, and three have been certified Platinum, signifying sales of more than 100,000 units.

In addition to her accolades, Pierce is a frequent guest on famed “Grand Ole Opry” and has served as host of the Inspirational Country Music Awards and Christian Music Hall of Fame Awards and also co-hosted the GMA Dove Awards in 2012. She has also appeared on “The View,” “Fox News Channel,” “Wanda Sykes,” and her comedy is regularly featured on XM and Sirius satellite radio.

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Giving Tuesday

It’s #GivingTuesday, and we need your help!

Frederick County Bank has offered us a generous challenge gift if we can raise $2,500 in NEW MEMBERSHIPS or DONATIONS between #GivingTuesday (December 1st) and December 31st.  If you’ve ever considered becoming one of the valued members of the Weinberg Center for the Arts, or thought of upgrading your existing membership, now is a great time to do so.

BENEFITS INCLUDE:

  • Ticket-buying access before the general public (Secure the best seats in the house!)
  • Complimentary concessions coupons
  • Free tickets at higher membership levels

YOUR GIFT DOES EXTRAORDINARY THINGS

You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give back. #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things. Your gifts to the Weinberg Center make it possible for us to provide a showcase for both world-class international and up-and-coming artists that ticket sales alone may not cover. Your giving also helps us provide arts education programs for over 15,000 schoolchildren per year. You can help us continue to “pay-it-forward” for the next generation of artists.

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT

Every new or increased gift you make will double its impact through Frederick County Bank’s generous matching gift.  You can join the millions around the world who are giving back this #GivingTuesday and help us reach our goal of $2,500 by:

Thank you.  Without you, the show would not go on.

Questions? Please contact Manager of Development Rebecca O’Leary at roleary@cityoffrederick.com.

 

Straight No Chaser: The New Old Fashioned Tour

If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser are neither straight-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases.

THE NEW OLD FASHIONED TOUR comes to town on the heels of the release of their new album “The New Old Fashioned,” their fifth album release through Atlantic Records. The album features an eclectic array of songs that explore multiple influential musical eras highlighted by signature and singularly unique medleys. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music with a sense of humor. Don’t miss this incredible live concert event!

In the Mood: A 1940’s Musical Revue

“Seeing In the Mood isn’t an option. It’s a must!”
-BroadwayWorld

Celebrate America’s Greatest Generation with the music that moved the nation’s spirit! Now in its 22nd year, In the Mood features the timeless melodies and rhythms of the big band era, including “Tuxedo Junction,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and many more. With authentic arrangements, costumes, and choreography, the fabulous String of Pearls big band orchestra and In the Mood singers and dancers will have audiences aged 8 to 98 cheering for more!

Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience

“Rhiannon Giddens can summon the power of a field holler, Celtic quavers, girlish innocence, bluesy sensuality, gospel exaltation, or the pain of slavery.” -The New York Times

Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Bhi Bhiman, and Leyla McCalla

The protest singer-songwriter has become an icon of American resilience, with a strong but under-recognized history featuring many musicians of color. In honor of Black History month, Carolina Chocolate Drops member Rhiannon Giddens, cellist Leyla McCalla, and singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman explore the rich thread of protest songs throughout the South, bringing to life old and new stories alike.

Meet Rhiannon on CBS Sunday Morning:

72 Film Fest

72 Film Fest is a time based film competition where teams have 72 hours to make a movie. Over 300 Movies have been made in the first nine 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:

SCHEDULE:

Make a movie in 72 Hours.  All entries screen the following weekend at Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick Maryland.

October 1st 2015: Launch Party at Cafe 611
October 1-4, 2015: Make a Movie
October 9th-10th: 72 Film Fest 2015 at Weinberg Center!

All Movies premiere Friday Night with the Finalists, Awards and surprises on Saturday Night.  If you’re new to 72, we recommend coming Saturday Night. If you want to see everything, come out both!

For more information or to sign up your team, visit www.72fest.com

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