Freedom Train

Recommended for grades 3-9 in connection with the FCPS social studies curriculum.

Explore the true story of Harriet Tubman and her journey to guide over 300 slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Featuring traditional African American spirituals like “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” experience a musical retelling honoring the power of the human spirit.

The smARTS Series presents weekday performances for students! All FCPS reservations must be made through the FCPS Elementary VPA office. Tickets are required for homeschool groups of less than 25 and the general public. Download a smARTS Series brochure.

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Educational, Plays, smARTS Series
January 22, 2018 10:00 am Buy Tickets
January 22, 2018 12:15 pm Buy Tickets

Silent Film Series

“Battleship Potemkin” (1925)

A dramatized version of a 1905 mutiny at sea, this film experimented with the influence of propaganda on political thought. Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

Based on historical events, a riot at the battleship Potemkin occurs in 1905 inspired by the ongoing revolution against the Russian imperialist government. What started as a protest strike when the crew was given rotten meat for dinner spirals into a full-blown riot, pitting crewmen against officers. The sailors’ riot spills overboard and brings the revolution to their home port in Odessa.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Writers: Nina Agadzhanova
Starring: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov
Duration: 66 min
Genre: Drama, history

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, SILENT FILM Series
January 26, 2018 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

Flying Dog Film Series

“Dirty Dancing” (1987)

Happy hour begins at 6:30pm!

Frances “Baby” Houseman, a priveleged daddy’s girl, spends the summer at a resort in upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains. Baby’s family expects her to go to college, join the Peace Corps, and marry a doctor. However, Baby becomes infatuated with the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle, a man whose means are vastly different from her own. Baby and Johnny’s lives entangle when she fills in as his dance partner — their chemistry is undeniable and they fall in love, but everything crumbles when Baby’s parents find out.

Directors: Emile Ardolino
Writers: Eleanor Bergstein
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
Duration: 100 min
Genre: Drama, music, romance
MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexuality and violence

Series sponsored by
Flying Dog Brewery

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, FLYING DOG MOVIE Series
January 31, 2018 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

Alicia Olatuja

“…a strong, lustrous tone and amiably regal presence onstage.” –The New York Times

“Olatuja posesses a special instument: a full-bodied tone, precise pitch and personal engagement at the lowest whisper or highest wail.” –Downbeat Magazine

“Breathtaking… fantastic… unreal.” –The View

Praised by The New York Times for her “strong, lustrous tone and amiably regal presence onstage,” Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences nationwide with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility, and captivating demeanor. With a knack for musical storytelling that floats effortlessly between jazz, soul, gospel, and more, you won’t want to miss this up-and-coming powerhouse in her Frederick debut.

This engagement of Alicia Olatuja is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

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2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Jazz, LIVE Series, Music, Vocalist
February 2, 2018 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County: 1st Annual Comedy Night

All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County!

Come laugh with comedians Anita Renfroe and Collin Moulton as they share their humorous perspectives on the highs and lows of parenting. With Anita’s unique brand of estrogen flavored musical comedy and blend of sass, edge and slightly offbeat takes on “All Things Female,” audiences at her comedy events enjoy her William Tell version of everything a Mom says. Collin will open with his electric story-telling style: his familiarity and energy engages and relieves the audience before he even speaks.

Learn more about Anita Renfroe: It’s been a wild decade going from “stay-at-home-mom” to “YouTube comedic Phe-mom-enon”…but Renfroe doesn’t mind. With her unique brand of estrogen-flavored musical comedy and blend of sass, edge and slightly offbeat takes on “All Things Female,” audiences at her comedy concert tours, viewers of “Good Morning America” appearances, and the YouTube masses would say that Renfroe just tells it like it is. She has appeared on “Dr. Phil”, Sirius XM’s “Oprah and Friends,” CBS’s “The Early Show,” “Fox and Friends,” “Inside Edition,” Nickelodeon’s “Mom’s Night Out,” and many more. Renfroe tours with her own comedy concerts and inspirational women’s conferences where she routinely packs out venues across the United States.

Learn about Collin Moulton: Moutlton is one of the most fun, personable, and sought after headliners today. He has had his own stand-up special on Showtime, and a brand new family-friendly special on Amazon. He’s been on Nickelodeon and was recently featured on “Last Call with Carson Daly.” Touring for over 15 years, Moutltonhas gained an ease and enjoyment on stage that makes every show worth watching.

Presented by

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Comedy, Community Event
February 3, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets

Eddie Izzard: Believe Me Tour

“Full of pathos, honesty and boomerang hippos, Believe Me is a wonderful show which gives a fascinating glimpse into what drives this remarkable man.” –Manchester Evening News

Over the course of his 30-year career, Eddie Izzard has proved himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting both the stage and screen with an unbelievable fervor. A self-proclaimed “action transvestite,” Izzard broke a mold performing in makeup and heels, delighting audiences with his brand of keenly intelligent humor that ranges from world history to politics, mad ancient kings, and chickens with guns. Now, meet the man behind the stand-up as he tours in support of his New York Times bestselling autobiography “Believe Me.”

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Comedy, LIVE Series
February 8, 2018 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

Pirate School: The SCIENCE of Pirates!

Recommended for grades K-5 in connection with the FCPS math and science curriculum.

Ahoy, matey! Seafarers have pushed science and technology forward throughout all of history. Now, swashbuckling and comedy converge on the high seas to explore math, engineering, and more through sailboat aerodynamics, nautical navigation, and – of course – the flight of a cannonball!

The smARTS Series presents weekday performances for students! All FCPS reservations must be made through the FCPS Elementary VPA office. Tickets are required for homeschool groups of less than 25 and the general public. Download a smARTS Series brochure.

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Educational, smARTS Series
February 9, 2018 10:00 am Buy Tickets
February 9, 2018 12:15 pm Buy Tickets

American Conservation Film Festival presents

ACFF: Best of the Fest 2018

The American Conservation Film Festival’s Best of the Fest returns to the Weinberg Center for the sixth year for a unique film event including live music, beer tasting, and discussion with filmmakers. The event kicks off at 6:00pm.

  • 7pm – Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water (2017 Student Film Award)
  • 7:30pm – Discussion with Potomac Riverkeepers and student filmmakers
  • 8pm – Wild Animals (Student Film) and Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants (2017 ACFF Foreign Film Award)

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Community Event, Special Film Event
February 10, 2018 6:00 pm Buy Tickets

Frederick Playlist presents

Frederick Music Showcase, Vol. 4

Featuring some of the top bands and musicians of Frederick County and the surrounding area, the Frederick Music Showcase is a celebration of local music at its finest. The fourth annual event will be headlined by Hagerstown-based bluegrass, string, and alternative folk band The Plate Scrapers. The perennial Weinberg favorites will be joined by two additional acts, to be announced at a later date!

You may also like: Mandolin Orange and Dead Horses

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Community Event, LIVE Series, Music
February 15, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets

FriendlyHart Productions presents

Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti

Just announced!

Italian-American crooner Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti first took the world by storm as a finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” earning the coveted Golden Buzzer from Heidi Klum herself. A former pizza delivery boy turned superstar, this old soul pays homage to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and all the Rat Pack favorites you remember. With a larger-than-life personality and flawless vocals, it’s a don’t-miss concert event sure to make you swoon.

Meet-and-greets

Meet-and-greets are available for an additional $40. A portion of the meet-and-greet proceeds will be donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Meet-and-greets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 301.600.2828 or during online checkout. Passes will be mailed to purchaser for all online purchases.

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2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, LIVE Series, Music, Opera, Vocalist
February 16, 2018 8:00 pm Buy Tickets