Starring: Jason London, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Joey Lauren Adams, Adam Goldberg
Runtime: 105 Minutes
Rating: R for pervasive, continuous teen drug and alcohol use and very strong language
Like George Lucas’ American Graffiti, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a bygone era. While Lucas took aim at the conservative 1950′s, Linklater jumps ahead a generation to the bicentennial year of 1976 to celebrate the joys of beer blasts, pot smoking and Frampton Comes Alive. Set on the last day of the academic year, the film follows the random activities of a sprawling group of Texas high schoolers as they celebrate the arrival of summer, their paths variously intersecting at a freshmen hazing, a local pool parlor and finally at a keg party.
Imagine this. You are transported back 30 years and you are one of the lucky few to experience a live concert by Led Zeppelin at a local venue. This is what Led Zepplica is all about. The chemistry, the magic, and the legendary performance up close and personal. We invite you to relive it all over again.”
Led Zepplica has toured nationally and internationally making it one of the most successful Led Zeppelin tribute bands on the planet. The band has headlined arenas and concert halls throughout the USA and Canada making it the biggest touring Led Zeppelin band working today.
Join us for an evening of folk rock from this Connecticut-based quintet. With a love of people and storytelling, audiences will be captivated by their Americana sound and creative lyrics.
Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine) is a roots band with a grassroots ethos. The quintet prizes the human element that underpins their music, from songwriting to recording to album design and even choice of record label: Poor Old Shine releases its self-titled debut studio LP, recorded with Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Joy Kills Sorrow), Nov. 5 on Signature Sounds.
“You can’t have music without people, whether it’s electronic music or Delta blues,” singer and banjo player Chris Freeman says. “The people behind it are really important, and we always want to make sure that everything we do feels handcrafted and pure.”
Purity is subject to interpretation, of course, but the term certainly describes the band’s motives. Formed at the University of Connecticut, where Freeman met banjo and mandolin player Antonio Alcorn in a folk music club on campus, an early version of Poor Old Shine landed its first gig—opening for a friend’s band at the legendary New Haven club Toad’s Place—before the musicians had even decided what to call themselves. “We came up with our name a few hours before the show,” Freeman says. “It was a lot of fun and we figured, we might as well get another gig, and it went on like that for another year or so.”
Poor Old Shine’s LP is one of the most exciting roots albums of the year, from a self-assured young band that’s just now hitting its stride—and worked hard to get there. “The last two years feel very surreal and it’s hard to imagine what will come next,” Freeman says. “We’re just really excited by the opportunities we’ve had and the artists we’ve gotten to meet. We just want to keep living this dream.”
The Manhattans are a popular American R&B vocal group with a string of hit records spanning five decades. They will be performing their GRAMMY® Award-winning hit Kiss and Say Goodbye and Shining Star live at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on October 4, 2014 at 8 PM.
THE MANHATTANS were originally: Winfred “Blue” Lovett, Richard Taylor, Kenny Kelley, George “Smitty” Smith and Sonny Bivins. Blue and Smitty were out front as the group’s strong lead singers. Blue was also the group leader and an outstanding songwriter whose compositions with producer Joe Evans gave the group a string of hits on Carnival Records during the mid-1960s.
In the fall of 1970, Gerald Alston, whose style paid homage to the legendary Sam Cooke took over as lead singer, replacing Smith. More a pop singer than either Lovett or Smith, Alston’s incorporation into the group enabled THE MANHATTANS to break out of their mold as ”doo-woppers” and achieve major national success on Starday/King Records with a Teddy Randazzo love song entitled “A Million To One“. In 1972, Blue Lovett’s “One Life To Live” reached the top 20 R&B charts.
With Alston handling all lead vocals and Lovett providing smooth spoken introductions, THE MANHATTANS moved to Columbia Records in 1973 producing a string of hit ballads including, “There’s No Me Without You“, “We Never Danced To A Love Song” and “Hurt.” The most notable of these ballads was Blue Lovett’s “Kiss And Say Goodbye“, a platinum-selling #1 pop and R&B hit in 1976. In that same year, THE MANHATTANS teamed up once again with producer Randazzo to record “Feels So Good“, “You’re My Life” and “There’s No Good In Goodbye“.
In 1977, they performed at President Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Ball and since then have received their share of platinum and gold singles, albums, and other industry kudos; most notably a 1980 GRAMMY® Award for “Shining Star” written and produced by Leo Graham.
With their 30th anniversary approaching in 1994, it was the perfect time to reunite. So, along with new members Troy May and David Tyson, a reunion tour was born. On February 25, 1999 THE MANHATTANS were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame. In 2003, they released their first studio album in fifteen years featuring the beautiful ballad “Turn Out The Stars” which became one of the year’s best songs.
On August 15, 2012, THE MANHATTANS celebrated their 50th anniversary.
N A Chord is an American soul music vocal group that can perform R&B, Neo Soul, Doo Wop and Pop. They were formed in Gettysburg, Pa., in 2010 where they got together to perform at the Gettysburg Heritage Festival for the city of Gettysburg. This group is presently located in Frederick, Md., where they have their own personal rehearsal studio and office. They also have a 48-track recording studio where they produce original material.
Amazing feats for family audiences! John Lepiarz and Trent Arterberry present seemingly impossible circus tricks using boomerangs, bubbles, and beach balls to explain the science behind the magic: friction, inertia, ultra‐violet light, aerodynamics, and more!
Recommended for Grades 2-5 in connection with FCPS science curriculum.
2014 GRAMMY®-winner Gregory Porter has shared the stage with the likes of Van Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Nicola Conte and David Murray. Now catch him live at the Weinberg for an evening of music from the man hailed by The Huffington Post as “the brilliant new voice of jazz.”
At the start of 2010, the buzz about Los Angeles-born and now Brooklyn-based jazz/soul vocalist Gregory Porter was a strong, steady murmur, fueled by a growing crowd of fans who’d caught his performance in the Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated Broadway hit, It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues, or his weekly stints at the Harlem club, St. Nick’s Pub.
By the end of 2012, with his second CD, Be Good, having earned a Grammy®- nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance, the buzz had built to a roar, with the incredible accolades showered on Porter showing no sign of decreasing either in volume or enthusiasm. As the year drew to a close, Porter’s music topped an extraordinary number of “Best of 2012” lists in the US and the UK, including NPR’s “Best Music of 2012” and “100 Favorite Songs of 2012”; iTunes “Jazz Album of the Year”; and Soul Train’s “Top 10 Albums of 2012”. Be Good was also named Soul Tracks’ “Album of the Year.”
A disarmingly sincere performer, with a groove that never quits, a voice of incredible virtuosity and a seemingly universal appeal as a songwriter, Porter’s lyrics often speak as dreams do, in the languages of image and emotion, to communicate thoroughly though not always directly. His objective as a songwriter, he says, is “to create a sincere message about my feelings on love, culture, family and our human joys and pain.” Even in conversation he leans toward the poetic: “Just like the song ‘Painted on Canvas’ says, ‘I’m ‘made of the pigment of paint that is put upon’ …trying to be honest and organic in my colors that I show.” Be Good clearly attains that goal and also proves to have a wide palette of colors to show.
KEVIN JAMES was the producer, co-writer and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) and Zookeeper (2011) and Here Comes The Boom (2012). He also starred in Columbia Pictures’ blockbuster Grown Ups (2010) along with Adam Sandler; previously, James and Sandler worked together on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007).
James broke into the film world in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ Hitch starring opposite Will Smith, but his comedy career started well before that as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom.
The King of Queens, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world.
In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff, a one-hour special for Comedy Central. In 2005, Kevin James and Ray Romano executive produced and starred in the HBO Sports Special Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach; a documentary about the Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament that was nominated for a Sports Emmy.
Aside from his on-camera work, James’s voice has been featured in the animated films Barnyard (2006) for Nick Movies, as well as Monster House (2006) and Hotel Transylvania (2012) for Sony Pictures Animation.
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the funniest and most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages.
It’s time for the saucy book that caused a world sensation to get SPANKED!
It’s the hilarious new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this new imagining of the characters as they come to life with sharp-witted comedy, musical numbers, steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man, plus lots of surprises!
Get there early for pre-show cocktails, then stay to meet the cast after the show and pose for a photo with the fetching star himself.
Grab your girlfriends and don’t miss the funniest and most exciting girls’ night out of the year!
SPANK! is not associated with, nor authorized by, author E.L. James or Vintage Press.