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Actor, social justice activist, and social media mega-power

George Takei, a Japanese American who—from age 4 to 8—was unjustly imprisoned in two US internment camps during World War II, is an outspoken supporter of human right issues and a passionate community activist.

“To Be Takei,” a Jennifer M. Kroot documentary on Takei’s life and career, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 to audience and critical acclaim. “Takei’s Take,” produced by AARP, is a new YouTube series where Takei explores the world of technology, trends, current events, and pop culture.

Takei and Tony recently developed “Allegiance – A New American Musical” for Broadway, an epic story of love, family and heroism during the Japanese American internment. After being seen by over 120,000 attendees, the musical, which also starred Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, ended its Broadway run this past February. “Allegiance” premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012 to a packed house—the theater ended up extending the musical’s run, twice.

Takei’s on-camera television credits include guest appearances on “Lost Girl,” “The Neighbors,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “The New Normal,” “Supah Ninjas,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Scrubs,” “Miami Vice,” “MacGyver,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Mission: Impossible,” “My Three Sons,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and “The Twilight Zone.”  He has appeared on “The Big Bang Theory,” “Psych,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” and “Will & Grace.”

In addition to a busy acting career, Takei regularly appears on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM satellite radio show.

Adding to his resume, Takei has provided narration on many projects including the 2009 PBS series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” the 2006 Peabody Award-winning radio documentary “Crossing East,” centered on the history of Asian American immigration to the United States, and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (cassette) which garnered Takei a Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album.

Takei has brought his voiceover talent to hundreds of characters in film, television, video games, and commercials during his prolific career.  In film, Takei can be heard voicing characters in such films as “Mulan,” “Mulan II” and “Batman Beyond: The Movie.” “Free Birds,” a 2013 computer-animated 3D comedy film, features the voice of Takei along with Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson. Takei is also featured in the 2011 comedy film “Larry Crowne,” starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, released by Universal Pictures. He has voiced characters for numerous animated series including “The Simpsons,” “Transformers: Animated,” “Kim Possible,” “Futurama,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “Spider-Man,” “The Smurfs” and George Lucas’ “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

George Takei is an accomplished author having co-written the science-fiction novel “Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe” with Robert Asprin, and published his autobiography “To the Stars.” Takei also authored “Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back” and “Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet,” released in paperback and e-Book in 2012; the latter ranked #10 on The New York Times e-Book nonfiction list.

Takei, who is openly gay, has long been a passionate advocate for social justice. He has served as the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign “Coming Out Project,” and was Cultural Affairs Chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League.  He is also chairman emeritus and a trustee of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. He was appointed to the Japan-US Friendship Commission by former President Clinton and the government of Japan awarded Takei the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contribution to US-Japanese relations. The decoration was conferred by His Majesty, Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.  In 2007, Asteroid 7307 Takei—located between Mars and Jupiter—was named in the performer’s honor in appreciation for his social work.

Takei lives in Los Angeles with his husband Brad.

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Academy of St. Cecilia Youth Orchestra


Symphonic Band, Youth Orchestra

The Academy of Saint Cecilia Youth Orchestra (ASCYO) is a non-profit organization that offers five performing ensembles​, three orchestras, one band​, and a beginning brass, woodwind and percussion program for aspiring young musicians.

Founded in 2001, the Academy of Saint Cecilia Youth Orchestra’s mission is to serve the community by providing opportunity for young musicians to attain musical excellence through instruction, rehearsal and public performances of the great musical compositions of the past and present. The objective of the Academy is to foster a holistic and wholesome environment where music and the arts are connected to the other areas of life in a balanced setting. The services provided to young people in music are given without regard to sex, race, religion, or national origin.


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May 7, 2016 7:30 pm FREE EVENT - no ticket required
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An Acoustic Evening with John Hiatt

“He prowls the stage, delivering the bluesy stuff in a whiskey-burn howl, shouting the rock stuff and fronting a formidable band that can turn on a dime, from ballads to bombast.” -The Tennessean

Over forty years after the release of his debut album, John Hiatt remains one of America’s most respected and influential singer/songwriters. His prolific songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, and Rosanne Cash. With his distinctive fusion of rock, country, and blues, the GRAMMY®-nominee takes the Weinberg stage for a concert event celebrating the release of his newest album, “Terms of My Surrender.”

Additional tickets are also available through Ticketmaster.com. An Acoustic Evening with John Hiatt is sponsored by Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival.

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2015-2016 SEASON, All Performances, Announcements, Blues, LIVE Series, Music, Vocalist
May 13, 2016 8:00 pm Buy Tickets Tickets on-sale to members 2/19; on-sale to public 2/26
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Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center

MMPAC – We Live Dance!

Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center presents

$13.50 per Ticket (all Ages 2 & Up)
Special Price for show C if you buy shows A & B – $10.00 per Ticket

Buy ALL 3 Shows using this link

(same # of Tickets per Show ONLY, for differing # of seats please contact the box office at 301-600-2828)




Limit of 10 tickets per Purchase per Performance.
ON SALE DATE: April 16, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

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May 21, 2016 1:00 pm Buy Tickets
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May 25, 2016 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

YMCA of Frederick County

YMCA Dancing Through the Seasons

YMCA School of Dance presents Dancing Through the Seasons

All Tickets $12.00

If you are receiving a COMP Voucher, you must present it at the Box Office at time of purchase.  There are no refunds for tickets purchased.

Ages 2 & Under do not require a ticket but do not get a seat

(If you would like a seat for your child Age 2 & under, you must purchase a ticket for them.)


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May 29, 2016 1:00 pm Buy Tickets
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24/7 Dance Studios

24/7 Dance – Pride 2016 Recital

24/7 Dance Studios presents


Ages 3+ require a ticket

(Children under the Age of 3 may sit upon a lap and do not require a ticket)

$12.00 – Matinee (1 PM Shows)

$16.00 – Evening (6 PM Shows)

Recital News
We are proud to announce that the theme for our Annual Recital this year will be “24/7 P.R.I.D.E.”. All information regarding the recital will be available on March 15 in the recital booklet. All the forms
necessary to make your recital experience as smooth as possible will be in the booklet. PARENTS OR STUDENTS 16 YEARS AND OLDER must come into the studio and sign out your booklet and forms.
Costumes are arriving daily and we are doing our best to get them out to you in a timely manner. Your teacher will let you know at the beginning of class if your costumes have arrived and the last 10-15 minutes of class will be dedicated to trying on costumes to ensure that there are no issues. We will address costume issues as they present themselves.
IMPORTANT: There will be a label on your child’s costume bag that will give you pertinent dates and information for  their recital piece.


2015-2016 SEASON, All Performances, Announcements, Community Event, Dance
June 4, 2016 1:00 pm Buy Tickets
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Dance Unlimited

Dance Unlimited Annual Recital


Dance Unlimited is well known for providing quality instruction for the past 25 years in all dance styles, tiny tots thru adult. Poised and well trained dancers are the hallmark of Dance Unlimited, under the Direction of Donna B Grim. 70+ classes are offered, plus recreational and competitive teams, acting and voice classes, musical theatre workshops, and main stage productions. A triple threat facility (sing, dance, act) DU, housed at the Performing Arts Factory, boasts 4 studios, a 100+ seat theatre for student performances, snack bar, homework room,  parent observation lounge, affordable family rates, family discounts* and end of the year recital at the Weinberg Center.


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June 12, 2016 2:00 pm Buy Tickets
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Elower-Sicilia Productions

June 18, 2016 4:00 pm Buy Tickets
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99.9 WFRE – Free Country Rewind presents

Ronnie Milsap in Concert

“Nashville’s own performer.” -The Country Music Encyclopedia

Ronnie Milsap ranks as the pre-eminent country soul singer of his generation. He also represents much more than any two-word definition can convey: a humble, overtly friendly fellow with a talent as vast and multi-dimensional as the American South. Milsap provided country music with one of its most important voices, as the genre was moving beyond its rural roots into the mainstream of modern entertainment. Country music couldn’t have found a man more suited to lead the charge. Steeped in the mountain music of the North Carolina hills and schooled in classical piano, Milsap early in life found inspiration in a wide variety of music. Even as he mastered Beethoven and Mozart, his heart belonged to hardcore country and rhythm-and-blues — music he heard beamed from powerful radio stations located in Nashville. Those earthy sounds about life and love provided a young, impoverished blind boy with a connection to a world beyond the harsh reality of his daily existence.

Awards: Named male vocalist of the year by the Country Music Association, 1974, 1976, and 1977; album of the year awards from Country Music Association, 1975, 1977, and 1978; named entertainer of the year by the Country Music Association, 1977; Grammy Awards 1986, for “Lost in the Fifties Tonight,” and 1987 (with Kenny Rogers) for best country vocal duet.

2015-2016 SEASON, All Performances, Announcements, LIVE Series, Music, Vocalist
June 26, 2016 7:00 pm Buy Tickets
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