Frederick Speaker Series presents

Dr. Temple Grandin

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Accomplished Autistic Author and Leading Animal Welfare Expert

Dr. Temple Grandin was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Grandin’s achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. At age two she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Fortunately, her mother defied the advice of the doctors and kept her out of an institution. Many hours of speech therapy and intensive teaching enabled Grandin to learn speech. As a teenager, life was hard, but mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Grandin to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer.

Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974 she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989.

She has done extensive work on the design of handling facilities. Half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment she has designed for meat plants. Other professional activities include developing animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry and consulting with McDonalds, Wendy’s International, Burger King, and other companies on animal welfare.

Following her Ph.D. research on the effect of environmental enrichment on the behavior of pigs, she has published several hundred industry publications, book chapters, and technical papers on animal handling, plus 63 refereed journal articles and ten books. She is a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, where she continues her research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design. Her book “Animals in Translation” was a New York Times bestseller and her book “Livestock Handling and Transport” now has a third edition, which was published in 2007. Other popular books authored by Grandin include “Thinking in Pictures,” “Emergence Labeled Autistic,” “Animals Make us Human,” “Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach,” and “The Way I See It.”

Grandin has received numerous awards, including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute. She was named a Distinguished Alumni at Franklin Pierce College and received honorary doctorates from McGill University, University of Illinois, and Duke University. She has also won prestigious industry awards including the Richard L. Knowlton Award from Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine, the Industry Advancement Award from the American Meat Institute and the Beef Top 40 industry leaders, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism. Articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, People, Time, National Public Radio, 20/20, The View, and the BBC. She was also honored in TIME Magazine’s 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” In 2011, Grandin was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. In 2012, Grandin was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. HBO has recently premiered a movie about Grandin’s early life and career in the livestock industry. The movie received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award.

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Photo by Rosalie Winard.
2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, FREDERICK SPEAKER Series, Speaking Engagement
January 18, 2018 3:00 pm Sold Out Meet-and-greets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 301.600.2828 or during online checkout.
January 18, 2018 7:30 pm Sold Out
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Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II

“Thrilling!” –The Toronto Sun

During the 1970s, no other group came as close to selling as many albums as Led Zeppelin. Now, experience their groundbreaking second album performed note for note, cut for cut… live. It’s the guitar riffs, the drums, and the solos exactly as you recall, followed by a selection of the band’s greatest hits. Don’t miss a nostalgic rock ’n roll recital by the group the Toronto Sun calls “thrilling!”

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2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Classic Rock, LIVE Series, Music, Tribute Act, Tribute Band
January 19, 2018 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

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 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

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!

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

Silent Film Series

“The Woman Disputed” (1928)

In one of her final films, starlet Norma Talmadge dazzles as a woman who sacrifices love for justice. Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

In 1914, a girl of the streets is befriended by two dashing young officers, one an Austrian and the other a Russian. When both men fall in love with her, she picks the Austrian. But as the war begins, her town is invaded by Russians, led by the charming-turned-vengeful officer, who takes her prisoner and threatens death if she won’t marry him.

Directors: Henry King, Sam Taylor
Writers: Denison Clift, C. Gardner Sullivan
Starring: Norma Talmadge, Gilbert Roland, Arnold Kent
Duration: 108 min
Genre: Drama, history

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, SILENT FILM Series
February 17, 2018 3:00 pm Buy Tickets

Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire

Six seasons. Five actors. One dragon. Bloodthirsty musical theater comics leave no joke unturned in this hysterical parody of HBO’s “Game of Thrones!” From the crazed creators behind the Off-Broadway hit “Silence! The Musical” comes a sidesplitting theatrical send-up of your favorite and most despised characters. Sing and dance along with Daenerys, Tyrion, Joffrey, and more on a journey rife with (admittedly hilarious) violence, power struggles, manipulation, and – what else? – sex.

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2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, LIVE Series, Musicals, Plays
February 18, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets