“Feel-good party jazz, harking back to the ’20s and ’30s. It’s brassy, stomp your feet and dance music, and it’s got the raw uplifting vibe of a New Orleans street parade.” –The San Francisco Weekly
GRAMMY®-nominated drummer Sammy Miller and his five-piece ensemble The Congregation are on a mission to put the generosity and joy back into jazz with a unique style that entertains, enriches, and uplifts. Branded by The SF Weekly as “brassy, stomp your feet and dance music,” don’t miss the feel-good vibe and swinging sound of this stellar group in their first Weinberg appearance!
This engagement of Sammy Miller & the Congregation is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
This event is free. Tickets are required and will be available February 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM.
Internationally renowned chef, author and humanitarian José Andrés will serve as the 2018 speaker for Frederick Reads, discussing “Changing the World through the Power of Food.”
During his presentation, Andrés will discuss “Changing the World through the Power of Food.” He will address the community in two appearances:
Monday, March 19, 2018; 7 p.m.
Location: Weinberg Center for the Arts
FREE Event – General Admission
Tickets are required; limit of 4 per patron
Unclaimed seats are released to non-ticket holders after 6:45 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018; 11:15 a.m.
Location: Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College
In the interest of providing access to the event, 15 minutes before the show begins, ticket holders not present will forfeit their seats. Any unoccupied seats will be offered to non-ticket holders at that time.
Named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation and recognized as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, the team responsible for renowned dining concepts in Washington, DC; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami and Puerto Rico.
Often considered the unofficial Ambassador of Spain, Andrés is the Dean of the Spanish Studies program of the International Culinary Center, the first professional program of its kind that is dedicated to the cuisine of Spain. In November 2010, Spain’s Ministry of Culture recognized Andrés with the prestigious Order of Arts and Letter medallion, honoring his efforts to promote Spanish culture abroad.
In 2014, he was awarded Refugees International McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for his work combating hunger worldwide. In 2010, after traveling to post-earthquake Haiti, Andrés launched World Central Kitchen, which aims to create smart solutions to hunger and poverty. World Central Kitchen and Andrés garnered national attention for their recent work in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. In partnership with local organizations, World Central Kitchen served more than 2.5 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico.
ABOUT FREDERICK READS
Frederick Reads is a collaborative effort among Frederick County Public Libraries, Frederick Community College and Weinberg Center for the Arts. This partnership aims to bring acclaimed authors to Frederick and foster community conversations, events and a love of reading.
Wayne is still living at home and can’t seem to hold a steady job, but he does have his own public-access TV show.. A local station spots the show and decides to hire Wayne and his sidekick, Garth, to do their show professionally, but the two men find that the nature of their show changes with all of the studio’s red tape and product placements. Wayne falls for a bass guitarist and uses his contacts to help her career along, knowing that Ben Oliver, the sleazy advertising guy who is ruining their show, will probably take her away from him if they fail.
Directors: Penelope Spheeris Writers: Mike Myers Starring: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe Duration: 95 min Genre: Comedy, music MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sex-related dialogue
Clint Black surged to superstardom as part of the fabled Class of ’89, reaching #1 with five consecutive singles from his triple-platinum debut, “Killin’ Time.” Best known for more than three dozen chart hits including “A Better Man,” “When My Ship Comes In,” “A Good Run of Bad Luck,” and “Like the Rain,” Black has multiple GRAMMY® nominations, over 20 million records sold, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Don’t miss this country icon as he comes to Frederick in celebrating of his latest release, “On Purpose.”
The New Adventures of Alice in Wonderland – A Frederick Easter Tradition!
Alice in Wonderland is the perfect event to round out your Easter holiday weekend with 2 hours of family fun filled with high energy dance, music, and witty dialogue adapted from the Lewis Carroll original. In addition to Alice and her side-kick White Rabbit, you’ll enjoy a whimsical Tea Party, talking Flowers, tap dancing Red and Black Cards and more surprises including an aerial battle between the White Knight and Jabberwocky. Perfect for all ages with fantastical lighting and costumes to keep youngsters and adults alike entertained.
This annual Frederick event features theater goer favorites from the tristate area including, Julie Herber and Joanne Foltz (Red Queen and White Queen), Jeremy Trammelle (Mad Hatter), Adam Blackstock (March Hare), Shawn Nakia (White Rabbit), Taylor Knapp (Duchess), Susan Thornton (Cheshire Cat) and the Dance Unlimited Repertory Company with Laila Kenney as Alice.
Guest Artists for 2018 – NEW ALTITUDE AERIAL
Therese Keegan as the White Knight, Lizard Walker-Keegan as the Jabberwocky
“The way I see it, the future of the New Orleans brass band tradition is in their hands. I really believe that.” –Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
Laissez les bons temps rouler! The New Breed Brass Band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition. With influences ranging from Earth, Wind & Fire to Brass Construction, New Breed is united to one cause: rocking out and entertaining audiences to the max.
At just 82 years young, Rita Moreno remains one of the busiest stars in show business. In January 2014, Moreno received the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Her first book, “Rita Moreno: A Memoir,” instantly became a New York Times Bestseller. In 2011, she premiered her one-woman show, “Life Without Make-Up,” an original play about her life and appeared regularly as Fran Drescher’s mother in the TVLand series “Happily Divorced.” She has recently begun production on the Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom “One Day at a Time,” for Netflix. This creative diversity has been the hallmark of Moreno’s nearly 70-year career.
She belongs to an elite group of only eight living performers who have won entertainment’s grand slam of the industry’s most prestigious awards: an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy. Her Oscar win came in 1962 as spitfire Anita in the film version of “West Side Story,” for which she also won a Golden Globe. Her Tony win was for her 1975 comedic triumph as Googie Gomez in Broadway’s “The Ritz.” Moreno was awarded a Grammy for her 1972 performance on “The Electric Company Album,” based on the long-running children’s television series. She has won not one, but two Emmys: the first for a 1977 variety appearance on “The Muppet Show” and the following year for a dramatic turn on “The Rockford Files.”
Over the decades, she has collected dozens of other show business awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995. A favorite of Chicago audiences and critics, Moreno received the city’s coveted Joseph Jefferson Award in 1968 as Serafina in “The Rose Tattoo” and in 1985 was awarded the prestigious Sara Siddons Award for her hilarious portrayal of Olive Madison in the female version of “The Odd Couple.”
Moreno was born Rosa Dolores Alverio in Humacao, a small town near the Puerto Rican rain forest. At age 5, she moved with her mother to New York where she soon began dance lessons. She made her Broadway debut at just 13 in “Skydrift,” starring Eli Wallach. Then, in true Hollywood tradition, a talent scout spotted her and arranged for the teen to meet MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer, who signed her to a film contract.
Her Hollywood career advanced steadily, including early films with stars such as Richard Widmark, Esther Williams, Mario Lanza, Susan Hayward, Tyrone Power and Gary Cooper. She appeared in “Singin’ in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly and was featured as Tuptim in the classic “The King and I” with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. Although early roles sometimes found her typecast as a Mexican spitfire or Indian maiden, she also broke the Latina mold playing an Irish teacher, an Italian widow, a female evangelist, a proper Englishwoman and a Southern belle. After her Academy Award for “West Side Story,” Moreno was acknowledged as a major big-screen talent.
Other significant film appearances include: “The Night of the Following Day” with Marlon Brando in 1967, with James Garner in “Marlowe,” as Alan Arkin’s girlfriend in “Popi,” and in Mike Nichol’s production of “Carnal Knowledge.” She reprised the role of Googie Gomez in the film version of “The Ritz,” followed by Alan Alda’s “The Four Seasons,” Columbia Pictures’ acclaimed “I Like it Like That” and “Angus” with George C. Scott.
Her long stage career has included starring roles on both sides of the Atlantic. In London, she appeared in Hal Prince’s 1962 production of “She Loves Me” and in the 1997 West End run of “Sunset Boulevard.” In New York, she has starred in Lorraine Hansbury’s “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,” opposite Robert Shaw in “Gantry,” and with Jimmy Coco in “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” She received a Tony Award nomination for her role in “The National Health” in 1974.
Moreno has guest starred on a wide variety of television productions in the U.S. and abroad. She is proud to have been a featured artist for many years on “The Electric Company,” the highly regarded educational show for children. She starred in her own TV series based on the film 9” to 5.” In 2007, she starred in the CBS series “Cane” and most recently she was one of the leads in the highly acclaimed HBO series “OZ.” Moreno’s latest endeavor has been in cabaret. where she has met with great critical success.
She is involved with a number of civic and charitable organizations and events. Moreno has served on the National Endowment for the Arts and as a Commissioner for the President’s White House Fellowships. She has also served as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. At a White House ceremony in June 2004, Moreno was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. The medal is the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian and ranks only second to the Congressional Medal of Honor as the nation’s highest award. It is conferred on individuals for a lifetime of meritorious service. In 2007, Moreno was inducted into the California Hall of Fame by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2010, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama as well as the Here I Stand Award for activism in the arts and the HOLA Lifetime Achievement Award. In December 2016, she received a Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American culture.
Benefiting the Frederick YMCA Kids Unlimited Program
From your friends at the Y: “Each and every year, our loyal family audiences ask us at the Y, ‘How do you do it? A great show for all ages every year!’ Our show producer, Russell “RG” Smith spends hours upon hours of time reviewing acts and has another excellent show planned for 2018. Oh, and please bring a few new families to the show this year so they, too, can experience the best family-night out they can imagine.”
If you would like to support the 2018 Comedy & Magic Spectacular, please call Kim Selby at the YMCA of Frederick County at 301-418-6574 or email email@example.com.
“With their potent vocals, this 10-man a cappella outfit gives you plenty of reason to raise a glass.” –People
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis… think again. Neither straight-laced nor straight-faced, Straight No Chaser has emerged as an international phenomenon. Back by popular demand for the third straight year, don’t miss as ten unadulterated human voices come together to make extraordinary music with a sense of humor.
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 the night before is a mystery. Rife with humor and political jabs, The Mountaintop explores what may have transpired in those overnight hours between M.L.K. Jr. and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. Now, 50 years after his death, glimpse the human side of a civil rights legend in this Olivier Award winner for Best New Play, presented in a unique radio-theater style.