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2018 is almost here, and that means our annual Cartoon Fest is right around the corner! This year we’re celebrating the beloved Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones, who gathered 8 nominations and 3 awards from the Academy Awards, as well as an Honorary Academy Award in 1996 for his decades-long work in the animation field.
1 | He’s the man behind several of Looney Tunes’ fan-favorites!
Jones didn’t just expand on a large part of the Looney Tunes cast, but he also created several characters of his own! We have Jones to thank for classic characters like Pepe Le Pew and Penelope Pussycat, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Marvin the Martian and K-9, and – maybe the most notable – Elmer Fudd. He was also responsible for minor characters like Hugo the Abominable Snowman, Henery Hawk, Bookworm, Sam Sheepdog, Hubie and Bertie, Sniffles, and so many more!
2 | Jones was honored with his own NYC museum exhibit.
After Warner Bros. Cartoons’ studio closed 1963, Jones started an independent animation studio, Sib Tower 12 Productions, where he and his team would go on to create new Tom and Jerry cartoons and adapt original Tom and Jerry features for television. He also went on to direct and produce the classic Christmas TV special “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” in 1966.
4 | He went back to his roots for his final Looney Tunes piece in 1997.
“From Hare to Eternity” was the last Looney Tunes cartoon from Jones. It followed Yosemite Sam as he tries to steal buried treasure from Bugs Bunny. Jones dedicated the cartoon to Bugs’ creator, Friz Freleng, who died two years before.
5 | There’s lots more to be learned about Jones!
Whether you’re looking to learn more about Jones’ life, buy original pieces of art, or even find an original ACME Anvil (who doesn’t want one?), Chuck Jones’ website has something for every fan of his.
Why wait until New Year’s Eve to start the party when you can dance the night away with a Weinberg favorite? Deanna Bogart is back on stage December 30! Winner of more than 20 Washington Area Music Awards, this pianist and saxophone star is ready to jam with a unique fusion of 1930s-style boogie piano blues and contemporary sound. We got the chance to talk with Deanna about her music, her shows, and what audiences can expect to see next weekend.
1. How did you first start playing music?
There was a baby grand piano in the house from the day I was born and I started exploring on it at age two.
2. You have a strong following in the D.C. area. How long did it take to build up your fan base?
If that’s true, then I feel very lucky. I don’t think about those things. My intention has always been to keep growing as a musician and a person and and see what that means for both.
3. You’ve played with famous artists such as BB King, Paul Reed Smith, James Brown, and many more over the years. Is there any moment specifically that felt like a highlight for you?
That’s a book in itself. So many magic moments over the years and I’m excited for the ones yet to come. Although Jimmy Buffet taking off his shirt to mop up a spill on my piano from one of his rabid fans does come to mind.
4. What’s next for you? “Just a Wish Away” came out in 2014; do you have anything new in the works?
I’m writing as we speak….so yes, I’m looking forward to having a new recording within the year. I’ve been traveling more then ever these last few years and going to all kinds of wonderful places I’d never been before, so all of life is inspiring me at this time. It’s a nice space to be in.
5. What albums or musicians have influenced you the most over the years?
That’s a toughie. If we were playing the desert island game, I’d have to choose 10 so… Glenn Gould, Ella, Ben Webster, Jay McShann, Joe Jackson, Monk, Dorothy Donegan, The Meters, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac… I need a bigger island.
6. Blues has been around a long time and has had a profound impact on different genres. What do you think is the next big trend in the world blues?
I don’t know…but art always finds a way and the blues will always be a part of it.
7. You’ve played at the Weinberg Center as a New Year’s celebration several times. What can audiences expect of your upcoming performance?
I love this gig… and part of it is that we can all expect the unexpected, but we will have a monstrous horn section with us this go-round, maybe not in size but in musicianship.
Born in Detroit, Deanna Bogart spent her early years in Phoenix and New York City, climbing on any available piano bench to plunk and play with preternatural panache. As a bandleader/singer/songwriter/producer/pianist/sax player, Bogart combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country, and jazz into a splendid blend she calls “blusion.” This unique sound has garnered her three consecutive Blues Music Awards as Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009, and 2010, and an endorsement contract with Rico Reeds. She has won, at last count, more than 20 “Wammies,” the music awards for the hotly contested Washington, D.C., region. She is also a featured player in the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue, jamming with Tommy Castro and Magic Dick (founding member of the J. Geils Band), as well as prominent guitar slingers.
Bogart has also lent her talents to play for U.S. troops in Iraq, Kuwait, and Egypt as part of the “Blues on the Nile” tour, including performances at Cairo University, the Cairo Opera House, and even a historic concert at the Great Pyramids. Her latest ventures include Blind Pig Record’s “Pianoland,” a newly minted DVD called “Everybody Has a Story,” and “11th Hour,” a CD released on Vista Records, a company she co-founded.
‘Tis the season for giving, and here at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, we are forever grateful for the love and support of our community. In the spirit of the season and with an eye on preserving the cultural landscape of Frederick, here are just a few ways that you can give back this holiday season…
Combined Federal Campaign (CTC)
As one of the largest workplace giving campaigns in the world, the CTC provides over $8 billion for charitable organizations. It is the only authorized petition of federal employees in their workplace on behalf of official charities. Through this campaign, federal workers can choose from a list containing thousands of certified charities to support. To donate to the Weinberg, you can make a payroll deduction gift – or, you can make a one-time pledge if you click here and use the Weinberg Center’s 5-digit organization code (78651).
Maryland Charity Campaign
The Weinberg is inordinately proud to be a part of the MCC. Much like the CTC, the Maryland Charity Campaign is a workplace campaign which allows state employees and eligible retirees to contribute to charities using the convenience of payroll deduction. Serving over 900 charities, the MCC strives to impact communities, both far and wide and bring relief to those in need through educational, environmental, human service and local, state, national and international health organizations. Their goal is to raise $3 million in 2017 to benefit the welfare of Marylanders and support arts organizations, like the Weinberg. To donate to the Weinberg through the MMC, please click here and use our EIN number #52-1900511 to find us.
Community Investment Tax Credits Program
This program offers certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations like the Weinberg an apportionment of state tax credits to make our organization more attractive to potential donors that wish to support the many projects and events here at the Weinberg. In providing our non-profit with tax credits, those of you that donate to our approved projects can earn tax credits equal to 50% of the value of the donation. The tax credits this program offersare in addition to the deductions on federal and state taxes as a result of a charitable contribution.
Frederick County Bank Matching Challenge
The Weinberg Center has a multitude of membership experiences for those interested that come with considerable benefits. If you are considering becoming a part of the Weinberg family, now is a great time — because the Frederick County Bank has offered us a generous challenge gift so long as we can raise $2,500 between now and December 31! To help us meet our goal you can: Become a new member for as little as $50, make a mid-season upgrade of your existing membership, or, if you’re under the age of 35 you can join our Under 35 club for (you guessed it) $35.
Every donation is appreciated here at the Weinberg Center, because it is through your dedication that we are able to do all that we set out to accomplish. This holiday season, we would like to thank you for your years of support. With your help we can continue to bring about many more years of entertainment and education. From our family to yours, happy holidays!
Are you ready for #CyberMonday? Whether you’re a seasoned shopping pro or this is the first you’ve ever heard of it, we put together a list of five easy tips to help you fight off the Monday-blues you’ll get from missing out on these deals.
1. Know the name of the game. What is #CyberMonday?
#CyberMonday works a lot like Black Friday, but the deals are available online, so you can avoid the masses of crazed shoppers! On Monday, November 27 only, many of our top shows will be deeply discounted. Check out all of our Cyber Monday deals here.
2. Come prepared, because these deals won’t last!
Our #CyberMonday deals will only be available from 12:00am-11:59pm on Monday, November 27… so you’ll have to act quickly! Lucky for you, we already posted our deals, so you have a week to plan out what shows you want to see.
3. You can only get these deals online!
The key word is “cyber” …these deals are only available online! So, when the time comes to start shopping, make sure that you’re near a computer or have your smartphone in hand. (Remember: These deals don’t apply to previous purchases or ticketing fees.)
4. No code, no problem.
With our #CyberMonday deals, you don’t have to worry about finding the right discount codes for the different shows you want. Just visit our#CyberMonday deal pageand hit the “Buy Now” button that will appear on November 27. Your discount will be automatically applied at checkout. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
5. Behind on holiday shopping? Get ahead, and save money too!
With the holiday season right around the corner, you don’t want to get overwhelmed trying to find the right gifts. With so many shows available at a deep discount on #CyberMonday, there’s something for everyone on your shopping list! Go the extra mile and turn your tickets into a gift pack with mugs, ornaments, and more with the help of our Holiday Gift Guide!
See how easy that was? Now nothing can hold you back when #CyberMonday arrives. Happy shopping!
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This month, we have three landmark silent films screening here at the Weinberg Center… all with live accompaniment on our mighty Wurlitzer organ! As works of art, the films can speak for themselves, but how many people know the stories behind the films? Here are just a few fun facts you should know before catching these classics on the big screen:
“The Lost World” was the first full-length feature film made in the United States that used stop motion animation for its monsters.
In 1922, before the film’s release, Willis O’Brien’s special effects were shown to the public in some test footage. The effects were so ahead of their time, The New York Times ran a front-page feature calling the film’s world and monsters “extraordinarily lifelike,” and that “if fakes, they were masterpieces.”
The film is considered to be the start of Hitchcock’s famous psychological-thriller style, which was so shocking at the time that its producer, Michael Balcon, almost shelved the film and ended Hitchcock’s career.
The film is based off of Marie Belloc Lowndes’ book of the same title, which was based off of a landlady’s anecdote about renting a room to the infamous killer Jack the Ripper.
Fall is in full swing and winter is just around the corner. That’s right, it’s already November… and over at the Weinberg, we’re all thankful for everything happening this month at the theater. Here’s just a few events that you won’t want to miss:
1 | Experience The Commonheart in this month’s pay-what-you-want performance
Gritty vocals, rocking riffs, and brass horns all come together with this month’s Trivoli Discovery Series act, The Commonheart! Don’t miss the massive 10-piece band as they blend the best of blues, soul, and gospel music. November 2 at 7:30pm
2 | Bask in an evening of bluegrass with Dailey & Vincent
One of America’s most exciting bluegrass duos, Dailey & Vincent, are coming to the Weinberg! Don’t miss out on the one-of-a-kind Grammy-nominated duo hailed by CMT as “the rock stars of bluegrass.” November 3 at 8:00pm
3 | Celebrate America’s veterans with “Pershing’s Own”
Celebrate Veteran’s Day with The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” as the 65-piece band honors veterans with an evening of classic music, as well as popular favorites and instrumental features. November 11 at 7:30pm
4 | Watch Simply Three bring two musical worlds together
5 | The MADS bring movie-riffing madness to the theater
“Mystery Science Theater 3000” madmen Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu team up once again to take on the worst movies ever made with live comedic riffing. You won’t want to miss this night of madness, or the free meet-and-greet after the show! November 18 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
6 | Catch the spirit of the season with Lightwire Theater
The “America’s Got Talent” take Frederick by storm with an electrifying holiday event. With dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms, and performing poinsettias, you won’t want to miss this magical show hailed by Rolling Stone as “absolutely incredible.” November 24 at 2:00pm
7 | Weinberg Winterfest is back!
The beloved Weinberg tradition is back!This year’s Winterfest features caroling along with our mighty Wurlitzer organ, a showing of the classic silent film “Soup to Nuts,” and we’ll even be joined by Santa and Mrs. Claus! November 25 at 3:00pm
8 | Ring in the holiday spirit with Chanticleer
Don’t miss Chanticleer – hailed by The New Yorker as “the world’s reigning male chorus” – as they kick off the holidays with old and new favorites. With their blend of classical and jazz, the “precise, pure, and deeply felt singing” of this choral group is not to be missed! November 28 at 7:30pm
9 | Edward Scissorhands is back on the big screen
Flying Dog’s film series continues with a viewing of the 1990 cult classic “Edward Scissorhands.” Tim Burton’s story follows a gentle man with scissors for hands who’s brought into a new community after a life lived in isolation. Don’t forget to come early for happy hour before the movie! November 29 at 7:30pm
10 | Finish off the month with a rockin’ night of holiday favorites
Your favorite holiday tunes are coming to the Weinberg, but with a new twist thanks to Ornament! The 11-piece orchestral tribute group faithfully reproduces the acclaimed sound, sights, and spectacles of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. November 30 at 7:30pm
Everyone knows The Eagles! They’re one of the most successful bands of all time, and plenty of people have heard their hit single “Hotel California” …but how many people have gotten to experience the whole album performed live? Here’s five fast facts you should know before Classic Albums Live takes the stage this Friday.
1 | “Hotel California” is widely considered to be the band’s commercial peak.
By the album’s release in 1976, The Eagles were already a well-established band with four platinum-certified albums under their belts. But with “Hotel California,” the band managed to reach a diamond certification, albeit its initially mixed reception by critics. For the band’s singer, Don Henley, the album marked the beginning of the end for The Eagles, claiming that the band started growing apart over the years following the album’s release. Not including compilation albums released in later years, the band only released one more album together in 1979 before regrouping without Henley for 2007’s “Long Road Out of Eden.”
2 | “Hotel California” is a concept album, exploring many darker sides of American culture.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Don Henley discussed the different themes running throughout the album as an “exploration of the dark underbelly of the American dream…illusion versus reality…and corruption in politics.” He explained that a lot of the ideas came from the peaceful mentality of the 60’s that he saw fading away through the 70’s.
4 | It isn’t just one of The Eagles’ most successful albums, but one of the most successful of all time.
In its first week of album sales, “Hotel California” was certified platinum with a million copies sold. Since the album’s release in 1976, it’s gone on to collect 16 platinum album certifications and a diamond album certification for 16 million copies sold in the U.S. alone. Worldwide, the album has sold around 32 million copies.
5 | The album rocked music charts all over the world.
In the album’s first week, it entered the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart at number four and later moved up to the number one spot, where it stayed for eight weeks. The album managed to reach the number one spot on charts in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, and New Zealand. It also peaked in both Japan and the United Kingdom at number two.
The days are closing in on our local filmmakers as everyone gears up for the 72 Film Fest, which kicks off tonight! With only 72 hours to create their films, the artists will compete with each other this Friday and Saturday. To gear up for the festival, we got to meet with the fest’s very own Clark Kline.
What pushed you to start the 72 Film Fest?
“Filmmakers, especially on the ground and local level, didn’t have a lot of places to screen their work. And a lot of artists, like me, need deadlines and inspiration to write (or make movies), so throw all that in the blender and we get 72. We enter one weekend with no movies, and on the other end we have 40-50 new shorts all screening at the historic Weinberg Center in front of hundreds of peers and film fans.”
Is there anything about the festival that usually ends up being the highlight for you each year?
“It’s like a reunion every year for the group of us that pull it off (including the hosts Doug and Mikael). It’s great having a team of friends and family working on it year after year. But the highlight is probably seeing how the teams interpret the criteria and develop or change up their style over the years. Watching all the movies, and seeing all the fun being had in the behind the scenes pics in the app…It’s cool being the impetus for so much creativity.”
What’s the most challenging part of putting together this festival every year?
“We’re a small team and we’re all volunteers with day jobs. This thing is a bit a beast to pull off partly because we add elements to it each year but haven’t really expanded our team (yet). While it takes loads of work to get us to the Launch Party when all the teams get their criteria, the hardest part for sure is the few days between when a team turns in their film on Sunday and we screen them all at Weinberg on Friday. Basically what would normally be done over weeks (or months) in a typical film event is compressed into just days. A handful of us tests 50+ movies which usually means watching them three times minimum, running two nights of judging, building out the program with the order of the films, the team bumps and award ceremony, promotions, work with teams over any issues, and edit any last minute stuff we’re doing with the hosts. This is just the stuff that can’t be done until we have the movies in our hands Sunday night…sometimes there’s straggling work to finish up from the preplanning as well. I’m getting stressed thinking about it but the teams are stressed all weekend while making the movies. That’s part of what makes it 72.”
How did you all decide on using constellations for this year’s theme?
“Last year we decided on tarot, and the idea for constellations came to us pretty much right after as it seemed like a logical next step. We have years 13 and 14 already figured out as well.”
Has anything made this year’s festival different from previous years?
“We always try to add something new each year, and this time we have a bit of a physical element to the criteria. Some years it’s a lot easier for the team to jump off and make a movie. One year was Hollywood mashups where each team chose two random VHS copies of movies and they were asked to combine them into a new movie. So as long as the team had seen, say, Home Alone and Terminator, they could easily jump in and make a movie around that. For this year, as well as for our fairytale year, it requires a little research on the team’s part. So Shae Yamrus designed and gave out a handmade envelope containing some excerpts from various books about the constellation that each team was assigned to help them get started.”
And finally, how did you first get started making movies?
“There’s a few filmmakers on the team, but I was more a writer plugging away on unfinished novels, then got involved in making movies back in mid 2000’s. I made a few shorts, helped write/direct a couple super-indie feature films that premiered at Weinberg Center. Then I moved into starting 72 Film Fest and haven’t really looked back outside of directing the comedy sketches with the hosts. This past year I’ve helped produce the feature film ‘Leda’ directed by Samuel Tressler IV, which will be going out to festivals early next year.”
If you’re looking to come out and vote for your favorite local films, head on over to our 72 Film Fest page for more info! See you at the theater!
It’s that special time of the year again! It’s pumpkin spice season…wait, we meant to say it’s finally the fall season here at the Weinberg! There’s something for everyone on our stage this month. To help you out, here’s the top 12 events you won’t want to miss:
1 | Experience the first pay-what-you-want performance of the season with Bailen
From New York City, the three Bailen siblings and their closest childhood friend bring their family jam sessions to the Weinberg stage. Don’t miss this pop-infused folk show with singers praised to “rival Simon and Garfunkel” by Entertainment Weekly. October 5 at 7:30pm
2 | Go back in time with rock n’ roll’s legendary Darlene Love
Relive the girl-group era glory days with Darlene Love as she rocks her way through dozens of chart-topping classics, as well as her latest hits. Don’t miss the legendary singer named “one of the greatest singers of all time” by Rolling Stone. October 6 at 8:00pm
3 | Test your luck on The Price Is Right Live™ alongside host Jerry Springer
Have you ever thought “I could do that” while watching The Price Is Right™ at home? Well here’s your chance! Share the stage with Jerry Springer as he hosts The Price Is Right Live™ and go the distance to win that vacation, appliance, or maybe even a new car. So come on downto the Weinberg and bring the whole family! October 8 at 7:00pm
4 | Support local filmmakers in the 12th annual 72 Film Fest
12 years in and still running strong, the 72 Film Fest is back at the Weinberg this October. Regional filmmakers had only 72 hours to make a movie, and now you get to vote for your favorites! With films premiering Friday night followed by Saturday’s main event, film buffs will want to clear their weekend schedules for this one! October 13 at 6:30pm and 14 at 7:00pm
5 | Bring the family out for a magical night with the Champions of Magic
Who doesn’t love magic? In mid-October, five world-class illusionists will bring their daring illusions, spectacular tricks, and even mysterious mind-reading to the Weinberg stage. Don’t miss out on the Champions of Magic’s “pulse-racing” show the Hereford Times called “slick, clever, funny, and amazing.” October 17 at 7:30pm
6 | Catch the spirit of fun with Flip FabriQue
The family fun doesn’t stop with magicians: Flip FabriQue continues the joy with their acrobatic tour de force, Catch Me! Hailed for their “irrepressible spirit of fun” by The New York Times, Flip FabriQue is a circus full of stunning, gravity-defying performances…and even popsicle-eating contests. October 18 at 7:00pm
7 | Enjoy the classic hits of “Hotel California”
One of the best-selling American albums of all time is coming to the Weinberg with Classic Albums Live’s tribute to The Eagles’ iconic record, “Hotel California.” Come hear the whole album performed live, including hits like “Wasted Time” and “New Kid In Town,” followed by other Eagles favorites. October 20 at 8:00pm
8 | Sit down and relax with road poet Martin Sexton
Heralded as “a soul shouter, a road poet, a folkie, and a rocker” by the LA Times, Martin Sexton is bringing his singer-songwriter trio to Frederick to celebrate his latest release “Mixtape of the Open Road.” You won’t want to miss this diverse cross-country show! October 21 at 8:00pm
9 | One of country’s most recognizable voices come to Frederick
Tracy Lawrence is one of the leading voices in country music today, and is on track to recording his career-defining album, according to Billboard. With eighteen #1 singles and nearly thirteen million album sales under his belt, you won’t want to miss the icon known for hits like “Paint Me a Birmingham” and “Alibis.” October 22 at 7:00pm
10 | Flying Dog’s film series continues with “A Few Good Men”
With Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, and more, “A Few Good Men” follows a military lawyer as he defends marines being accused of murder. Come enjoy the 1992 cult classic… and don’t forget about the happy hour before the show at 6:30! October 25 at 7:30pm
11 | Explore the intersection of African-tinged grooves and supple jazz
International songwriter Somi is bringing her distinct blend of social consciousness, jazz, and soul music to the Weinberg later this month. Named “the quintessential artist citizen of the world” by NPR, this musical powerhouse pays homage to her roots in an evening of melodic storytelling. October 26 at 7:30pm
12 | Industry legend Steven Curtis Chapman presents a night of musical worship
Hailed as “the Michael Jordan of Christian music” by TNT, Steven Curtis Chapman is the most-awarded Christian music artist in history. With thirty years of music and five Grammy awards to his name, you won’t want to miss him… live! October 29 at 7:00pm
Summer is winding down and winter is coming, which means things are winding up here at the Weinberg! Everyone at the theater is excited for the new 2017-2018 season, so we asked our staff what events they’re looking forward to the most. Read on for some insider knowledge!
Rebecca O’Leary | Manager of Development
I’m excited for a lot of our shows this season, but I’m ready for The MADS more than anything else! I’ve always loved Mystery Science Theater 3000 since I was a kid. Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu were both on the show when I was ten years old, and they capture that same movie-riffing madness so well in their show. I love not knowing what movies they are going to mock, it makes everything that much more exciting. My husband and I already have our tickets for both shows at the Weinberg, and we can’t wait!
Jef Cliber | Box Office Manager
I’m easily the most excited for Rhiannon Giddens. This will be her fourth time here, and she’s always amazing. This time around, she’ll be performing on her own, instead of as part of another act. Giddens is just an incredible musician and a powerhouse of a performer. I can’t wait.
Sarah Muir | Development Intern
We just announced Mark Ruffalo as part of the Frederick Speaker Series, and I think he’ll be awesome to see. I know all of my friends are excited too, so I think we’re all going to go see him together!
Ashley Birdsell Lewis | Manager of Marketing
Storm Large is our first show this season, and I couldn’t be more excited to see her. She’s just so different from what I think people are used to seeing at the Weinberg. She’s done some awesome stuff with Pink Martini and her shows are so raw and blend her cabaret style with adult humor. Her sets mix up classic songs everyone knows with some more unknown music, and she performs it all incredibly.
David Fitzwater | Box Office Assistant
That’s easy, the whole Trivoli Discovery Series! Every artist is brings something different to their show, and they’re all pretty exciting to see. All in all, you just get the most bang for your buck with the Tivoli Discovery Series shows!
Edward Smith | Marketing Intern
The Classic Albums Live concerts are some of my favorites at the Weinberg, and I’m most excited for the Led Zeppelin II event. I grew up listening to all the Zeppelin albums, and as a bass player and a drummer, John Paul Jones and John Bonham have both been major influences for me over the years. Whether it’s Bonham’s classic “Moby Dick” drum solo or the catchy riffs in “Livin’ Lovin’ Maid,” Led Zeppelin’s second album is one of my all-time favorites. I can’t wait!
What shows are you most excited for at the Weinberg? Let us know over at on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!See you at the theater!