Oct. 18 | 5 Things You Need to Know About “Hotel California” Before Seeing it Live

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.

3 | The album is still celebrated today.

In 2012, Rolling Stone listed “Hotel California” as number 37 on their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The praise didn’t stop there, though; Rolling Stone also gave the album’s title track the number 49 spot on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. Some musicians even started tribute bands to perform the entire album for audiences live… and that’s where you come in!

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.

Now that you’re prepared, you can catch “Hotel California” in its entirety live with Classic Albums Live on October 20!

See you at the theater!

Oct. 13 | Talking 72 Film Fest with Clark Kline

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!

Oct. 4 | Top 12 Events This October

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 down to 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

See you at the theater!

September 20 | What We’re Most Excited For This Season

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!

August 29 | Setting Up Your Online Profile

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new ticketing system, Spektrix! In this updated system, you’ll be able to access your information, ticket history, and any applicable member benefits in a comprehensive patron profile made just for you.

Have you purchased tickets with us before? Your profile is ready to be set up! Simply select the blue “Reset here” button at the bottom of this login page, enter the email address you’ve used to purchase tickets in the past, and select a new password. (Have multiple patron profiles? Contact the Box Office at 301.600.2828 or boxoffice@weinbergcenter.org for help in merging them!)

Are you a new customer? Setting up your patron profile takes only a few moments! Select the blue “Register now” button on this login page, enter your information and contact preferences, and you’re good to go.

Once logged in, there’s plenty to explore. You can update your personal details, addresses, and contact preferences at any time. Access any special offers that we may send your way, view and print your Print at Home tickets, and even see past orders.

Are you a Weinberg member? Once you’ve reset your password, you can see your membership level, start date, and expiration date on this page. And the best part is that Spektrix automatically recognizes your status as a Weinberg member… meaning that any special benefits you receive, including early access to tickets, won’t require an access code.

Don’t forget… You can access your account profile at any time by clicking the “My Account” button in the upper-right corner of any Weinberg Center webpage.

Have questions about your patron profile? Feel free to contact the Box Office at 301.600.2828 or boxoffice@weinbergcenter.org. Be sure to keep an eye out for further functionalities as we roll out additional login experiences later this season. See you at the theater!

August 3 | The 2017-2018 Season is Here!

Hooray! Our complete 2017-2018 season has been announced. This year we are proud to bring you thoughtful speakers, uproarious comedians, and captivating live music — plus family favorites, powerful plays, and classic films galore.

“Putting together a season is always an adventure, as our goal is to present a diverse list of events,” says John Healey, our Executive Theater Manager. “The upcoming season presents some old favorites, but quite a few newcomers that help us fulfill our mission.”

Our 39th season of live entertainment kicks off on September 29 with powerhouse singer Storm Large, best known for her work with the band Pink Martini. From there, our Live! Series will feature “America’s Got Talent” comedian Tape Face, rock n’ roll icon Darlene Love, Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer, veteran movie-riffers Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu, and a ton more. They will be joined by dozens of other talented performers, from celebrated favorites like Mandolin Orange to fresh faces like Alicia Olatuja.

We will once again host the Frederick Speaker Series, which is celebrating six seasons of bringing world-class leaders into the community. As previously announced, the lineup features Dr. Temple Grandin, Ted Koppel, Mitch Albom, and Rita Moreno. Word on the street is that tickets for these inspiring events will be the first to go… you’d better move quickly!

Our 2017-2018 Family Series will feature familiar and new characters alike in performances appropriate for all ages. Acrobats swing from the rafters, magicians make the impossible possible, and beloved TV characters jump to life on stage. Make it a family outing when you see Champions of Magic, Flip FabriQue: Catch Me!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – LIVE!, Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas, and Catapult.

As part of our commitment to keeping the arts affordable, we’ll continue to showcase emerging artists in our pay-what-you-want Tivoli Discovery Series. The 2017-2018 lineup includes Bailen, The Commonheart, Cyrille Aimée, New Breed Brass Band, and Dead Horses. Take a chance and you just may discover your new favorite artist!

Honoring our roots as the former Tivoli movie palace, we’ll continue to present our beloved Silent Film Series, featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ. The series begins November 4 with a screening of 1925’s stop motion spectacle “The Lost World.” The popular Flying Dog Film Series returns September 27 with “Tombstone” and will feature films such as “The Princess Bride” and “Dirty Dancing.”

Tickets to all shows are available to Weinberg Center members as of Thursday, August 10. Tickets will become available to the general public on Thursday, August 17 at 10am. Not a member? Join today for as little as $50 (or $35 if you’re under the age of 35)!

So, make your list and mark your calendars! Just a few days until those coveted tickets can be yours. See you at the theater!

July 27 | Meet Your 2018 Speakers

We are pleased to announce the complete lineup for the 2018 Frederick Speaker Series! The celebrated series is entering its sixth year, and its willingness to bring poignant and thought-provoking speakers and their stories to Frederick shows no signs of slowing. From inspirational topics to sensational perspectives, you’ll find it all in the 2018 Frederick Speaker Series. Here’s who’s who this season:

Dr. Temple Grandin is living proof that an individual can thrive against tough odds. Dr. Grandin was diagnosed with autism at a young age and did not even speak until she was four, but her parents fought to keep her out of institutions and in school. Though adversities and challenges were prominent in her adolescence, Dr. Grandin eventually thrived, developing a love for animals. Now, having been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2011, she has revolutionized the livestock industry by designing cattle facilities and working with heavy-hitters such as McDonald’s on animal welfare guidelines. The author of numerous books and the subject of an award-winning HBO film, Dr. Temple Grandin is ready to bring her inspirational story to the citizens of Frederick.

Ted Koppel is best known as the editor and anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” from 1980 to 2005. He continues to be one of the most trusted names in journalism and has won eight George Peabody Awards, 11 duPont-Columbia Awards (television’s equivalent of the Pulitzer), and 42 Emmys. With his trademark wisdom, wit, and warmth, Koppel takes the Weinberg stage to share his observations on the state of the U.S. and the world, providing unmatched analysis of the important foreign policy and political headlines of the day — and, of course, the people behind the scenes.

Mitch Albom is an internationally-renowned and bestselling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. From “Tuesdays with Morrie” to “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” his books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, have been published in 45 languages, and have been made into Emmy award-winning television movies. A mainstay in American sports journalism, Albom will take his bow in Frederick by weaving personal stories and anecdotes with a captivating message about the potential in all of us for a giving, meaningful life.

Rita Moreno is one of the busiest actresses, singers, and dancers in show business. With star-making turns in “West Side Story,” “The Ritz,” and “The Electric Company” under her belt, the entertainment icon belongs to an elite group of only eight living performers to have won all four of the industry’s most prestigious awards: the Emmy, GRAMMY®, Oscar, and Tony. A Kennedy Center honoree for lifetime contributions to American culture and a recipient of the coveted Presidential Medal of Freedom, Moreno represents the intersection of selfless service and professional achievement. Appearing in Frederick for the first time, the feisty entertainer brings a sense of humor and wealth of personal stories to the stage, exploring the value of diversity, the power of language, and getting older without getting old.

Tickets for the 2018 Frederick Speaker Series will go on sale with the remainder of the Weinberg Center season. Members can gain early access to tickets on August 10 before they’re available to the general public on August 17. (Not a member? Awesome benefits, including early ticket-buying privileges, can be yours for as little as $35!)

These four distinguished guests will join the likes of past speakers that include Dr. Michio Kaku, Cal Ripken Jr., General Colin Powell, Jane Fonda, Tom Brokaw, Bryan Stevenson, George Takei, Bill Nye, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Will you be there, too? See you at the theater!

June 20 | Frederick’s Favorite Films

Since the dawn of movies in the 1890s, people have flocked to theaters and shelled out their cash in the hopes of escaping to a different world, if only for a few hours. Even though most movies provide that craved escape, they may not be particularly memorable or worth re-watching. But some films transcend time and circumstance. They are so moving — or funny, or shocking, or unique — that we carry them with us through our lives and look to them for comfort when we need them most. The art of storytelling through film, when executed masterfully, has the power to captivate audiences generations apart. Let’s take a look at some of Frederick’s favorite movies, and why people consider them to be “classics:”

Rona Mensah, Maryland Ensemble Theater and Weinberg Center for the Arts
“I love Raising Arizona. It’s so quirky. Holly Gunter yelling at Nicholas Cage always makes me laugh. It’s just so different, and I love it.”

Colin McGuire, Frederick News-Post
“My favorite classic movie is also my favorite movie of all time: Casablanca. Humphrey Bogart’s cynicism and wit is unmatched in any form of any era of American cinema ever and he’s at the absolute top of his game here. Meanwhile, Ingrid Bergman plays the One Who Always Gets Away with the perfect amount of charm, seduction, ambivalence and strength. Plus, it’s a love story. And who doesn’t like love stories?”

Marlene England, Curious Iguana
“I love The Sound of Music. When I was in fourth grade I played the role of Marta in my town’s production — I still remember the words to the songs!”

Keri Amorosi, Celebrate Frederick
“A classic movie to me is one that no matter at one point I wonder across it I just have to watch it.  For me that is The Shawshank Redemption. I have always been a fan of watching a book or short story adapted to big screen and Shawshank did not disappoint. An intriguing driving story set against amazing locations and memorable score make this not so short movie one of my favorites.”

Whitney Hahn, Digital Bard
I would have to say that the movie I have probably watched (and quoted) the most is the The Princess Bride. I love the action, the comedy and the characters. For pure looks, it would have to be Blade Runner. Dystopian movies are fairly common now, but in 1982, it was edgy, and the world Ridley Scott created was so rich, gritty and real.”

Melissa Joseph Muntz, Visit Frederick
“If I had to pick a favorite classic movie, I don’t think I could choose between Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz. I have easily watched both of these movies more times than I can count and I still love everything about them. The music, the costumes, the nostalgic feeling they evoke. I also love the fascinating stories behind the making of these classics. There is something to be said for films that are so brilliant that they don’t need modern technology to impress audiences over 50 years later.”

Grace Cassutto, New Spire Arts
My favorite classic movie is Raiders of the Lost Ark. I love Raiders because Indiana Jones is a Nazi-punching, whip-wielding, artifact-saving archeology professor. Add in a bada** love interest, a John Williams score, and a Wilhelm scream and you’ve got a perfect classic movie.”

Leigh Adams, Ausherman Family Foundation
“One of my favorite movies is Hook starting Robin Williams as Peter Pan. I think I could quote the entire movie!”

Branden McGee, Flying Dog Brewery
“One of my favorite classic movies is Good Will Hunting.  How can you not like the line ‘Do you Like Apples? Yeah. Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?’”

Tom England, Dancing Bear Toys
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is my favorite classic film. It’s just such a bizarre movie and I’ve always appreciated Dick Van Dyke’s acting.”

Leeann Dickerson, Downtown Frederick Partnership
I’ll watch Under the Tuscan Sun anytime, anywhere, with anyone. Accidentally moving to Tuscany, then buying (and restoring) a villa has to be the single greatest accident a person can make. I don’t think it’s possible to watch this movie without at least a slight desire to pack your bags and head out on the next ‘Gay Tour of Italy.’”

Bob Miller, WFMD
Raiders of the Lost Ark would have to be my favorite classic movie. It combines everything I like in a movie. It has a throwback feel of your Saturday matinees. It also combines humor, adventure, and great special effects. It’s a great curl under the blanket with a bucket of popcorn movie.”

Stacey Collins, PNC Bank
1999’s The Matrix. The movie that gave action movies a futuristic makeover. And, it opened up a whole new perspective on the time space continuum and what could be possible. Favorite quote: ‘Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.’”

This year, we’ll play host to the Frederick Film Festival yet again. The event aims to provide access and exposure to the art of film, and to cultivate film appreciation through exhibition of films and other film-related educational activities. Come join us from June 23-25 and get a look at the best up-and-coming film directors. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see work by someone who is destined to direct a “classic.”

See you at the theater!

June 13 | A Day in the Life: Manager of Development

What does a Manager of Development do all day? What even IS a Manager of Development? Here at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, Rebecca O’Leary handles memberships, sponsorships, grants, and other fundraising duties in an effort to generate dollars in support of our mission and programming. We couldn’t present the world-class live events that we do without our members and sponsors… or without our Manager of Development! Sneak a peek as Rebecca shares her typical day.

9:00am: When I arrive at the Weinberg Center, I chat for a few minutes with Ashley, the Manager of Marketing and Jef, the Box Office Manager, before checking my email and voice messages. Today I have a request from a member to update their email address on file. Maintaining up-to-date contact information for our members is really important so that members receive communications from us, such as thank you letters, greeting cards, and renewal notices. In addition, members enjoy special perks – such as early access to new shows! – and their access codes are communicated to them via email.

10:00am: Speaking of thank you letters, I have a lot to get into the mail today! Thank you letters and receipts go out once a week for folks starting a new membership or renewing an old one. It’s really extraordinary that so many great folks want to support the arts in Frederick, and the Weinberg Center – so, I want to make sure that they know they are a valued part of the Weinberg Center family.

12:00pm: Mail call! Several membership renewals have come in the mail today. Membership renewals are processed once a week, so I take the renewals that came in today’s mail and make any necessary updates in our database before placing them in a folder with renewals that came in the mail earlier in the week. Tomorrow, I’ll process them all through our system.

1:00pm: Part of the funding that makes it possible for the Weinberg to present quality arts programming comes from grants, and one of our grant applications is due today. I double check that the application is completely filled out and that all of the signatures are in place, and that all of the attachments (such as our budget, proof of being a non-profit, and a list of our Board of Directors) are included. Fortunately, the foundation administering the grant is located in downtown Frederick, so I get to enjoy a walk in the beautiful spring weather and hand-deliver the grant package. On the way back, I meet Ashley at Rex’s to grab a huge chicken Caesar salad – it’s been a busy first part of the day, and I’ve worked up an appetite!

2:00pm: After spending all winter doing research, writing a script, and training tour guides, we’ve recently launched free backstage tours of the Weinberg Center that let visitors take a look at areas that are normally off limits to the public. There are over 40 people gathered in the lobby for today’s tour! While I’m upstairs checking out the number of participants, I notice that the invitations for an upcoming Tivoli Society pre-show reception have arrived, after being designed and sent to the printers last week. I grab the box and head back downstairs to start stuffing and addressing the invitations.

3:00pm: While I’m getting Tivoli invitations ready for the mail, our intern is hard at work alphabetizing autographed photos from many of the famous faces who have graced the Weinberg stage over the years. When he finishes alphabetizing, the photos will be placed in chemically inert polyester sleeves and housed in an archival binder, thus ensuring that they will be preserved for generations of future Weinberg visitors to enjoy. This is a process we began almost a year ago, and has been made possible by a kind grant from the Community Foundation of Frederick County.

4:00pm: After the Tivoli invitations are ready to go out in tomorrow’s mail and Ashley and I head over to Voila to take our (almost daily) tea break, I take on the final project of the day: brainstorming sponsor pairings for next season. The Weinberg Center is also very fortunate to have a number of generous corporate donors as well as individual members and foundation gifts. With the current season winding down, and the next quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to start thinking about which shows on the calendar our corporate partners might be interested in sponsoring. This part of my job is a little bit like matchmaking!

5:00pm: At the end of the workday, I answer any final emails and head out the door. I want to catch a group class at the gym before heading to my electric bass guitar lesson. After that, it’s home to cook dinner with my husband and catch up on some reading, or maybe some Netflix binging.

See you at the theater!

June 9 | We Want to Hear From You!

Our season is drawing to a close, and we’d love to hear from you about which series of shows you enjoyed the most. Here’s a quick refresher…

Live! Series

Our Live! Series brought a variety of entertainment to the Weinberg stage, with shows ranging from a performance of Dark Side of the Moon to William Shatner himself! Mandolin Orange, Straight No Chaser, The Sicilian Tenors, David Sedaris, and more world class acts graced our stage (and signed our green room wall!) this past season with the Live! Series.

Family Series

Wholesome entertainment for the entire family is brought to the Weinberg stage in our Family Series. From Disney favorite Choo Choo Soul to our perennial Tuba Christmas, the entire family was enjoying our shows this season, which also included Dinosaur Zoo Live, The Aluminum Show, and Seussical! Our Family Series was a well rounded delight to young and old!

Tivoli Discovery Series

Your favorite genres, emerging artists, any price to enter. Our pay-what-you-want Tivoli Discovery Series highlights up and coming artist and brings them to the Weinberg stage! In a more intimate setting, patrons are able to discover a new favorite artist or style of music as some of you did this season with the Quebe Sisters, Zora String Quartet, or Girls Guns and Glory. Our Tivoli Discovery Series is sure to keep bringing unknown yet extremely talented artists to the Weinberg!

Frederick Speaker Series

The Frederick Speaker series is an open door to thought-provoking conversation, fresh ideas, and entertaining evenings. This past year we were very fortunate to welcome Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elizabeth Smart, Dr. Bennet Omalu, and of course, Bill Nye! The Frederick Speaker Series has been and will continue to be a highlight amongst the Frederick community in seasons to come.

Silent Film Series

Accompanied by our mighty Wurlitzer organ, classic silent films are shown at the Weinberg, harkening back to our original days as a silent movie theater. This season we showed silent classics such as The Freshman, The Iron Mask, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Halloween with a costume contest in tow! We even celebrated our 90th anniversary with the same film that was screened on opening night in 1926: The Strong Man!

Flying Dog Film Series

A good time is in store for anyone attending our Flying Dog Film Series! Screenings of “cult classic” films such as Top Gun, Happy Gilmore, Fargo, and Footloose are held and we partner with Frederick’s own Flying Dog brewery for a pre-film happy hour!

There it is! Which of the series did YOU enjoy the most? Let us know your thoughts here and stay tuned to find out what we have in store for you in our upcoming season!

See you at the theater!