Jan. 24 | 5 Years of the Frederick Speaker Series

The Frederick Speaker Series is turning 5! With the 2017 lineup kicking off in just a few short days, we’re taking a moment to look back on four seasons of illuminating insights, spirited conversations, and stimulating ideas.

Untitled design (2)The Frederick Speaker Series launched in 2013 with Cal Ripken Jr., a favorite of many O’s fans in our community and beyond. The baseball legend spoke about his work in youth baseball, the night he broke Lou Gehrig’s major league record, and the 1983 World Series (hint: the Orioles won!). Over the past four years, the series has brought 17 prominent individuals to Frederick – including a 2-for-1 last season with long-time friends and actors Marlee Matlin and Henry Winkler, who engaged in poignant and hilarious conversation in both English and ASL that made for quite the memorable night!

Untitled design (3)From sports icons (like Ripken and former Ravens head coach Bryan Billick) to scientific minds (like pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku), the series aims to engage audiences via a diverse, timely range of topics and ideas. NBC journalist Tom Brokaw mused on the past, present, and future, weaving current events with personal anecdotes and his hopes for the millennial generation. “Star Trek” alum George Takei advocated for LGBTQ equality and delved into his time spent as a child in Japanese internment camps. No matter the topic, we hope you agree that Frederick Speaker Series events continue to bring new viewpoints and conversations to the Frederick community.

So, what’s next for the celebrated series? The fifth season kicks off this Thursday with NBA all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who’s since launched a career off the court as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador, author, and activist. Abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart, real-life “Concussion” doctor Bennet Omalu, and Bill Nye the Science Guy make up the rest of the dynamic 2017 lineup.

Untitled design (4)Meet-and-greets remain a beloved facet of the Frederick Speaker Series experience, with 100% of the profits benefitting children’s programming at Frederick County Public Libraries. If you’re a fan, there’s nothing quite like snapping a picture with your favorite speaker…  all for a good cause! Just remember, these exclusive tickets sell quickly, so grab yours before they’re gone.

Perhaps Takei himself summed it up most succinctly, in a Frederick News-Post interview prior to his speaking engagement: “Our society… seems to divide when we have so much that is common ground. Life can be so much more engaging if you see that common ground.” And there’s no doubt that the Frederick Speaker Series and its sponsors are proud to foster conversation and common ground, right in your backyard. Over 14,000 patrons have attended a Frederick Speaker Series event… now all we need is you!


Jan. 19 | 4 Backstage Necessities

Ever wonder what it takes to make a theater like the Weinberg Center for the Arts tick? Well, wonder no more – here are four little backstage necessities that help make the shows on our stage run seamlessly.

1. Lightbulbs – They’re everywhere! The Weinberg Center for the Arts had a number of chandeliers, wall sconces, overhead lights, a marquee and more. If you’re a Producer’s Circle member, your membership just about covers the cost of all the lightbulbs needed for a full year.

2. Handheld microphones – Many Weinberg artists depend on handheld mics (often supported by stands) to project their voices to our 1,200 seat house. If you’re a Marquee Club member or a Director’s Guild member, your membership covers the cost of one typical handheld microphone.

3. Lighting gels – Our technical staff uses sheets of colored polyester or polycarbonate to adjust the colors of stage lights and create various textures and moods for our stage lighting. Gels can fade (or even melt!) very quickly, so they have to be changed quite often. If you are a Corporate Leadership Club member, one year of your membership will almost cover gels for the Weinberg for a season.

4. Gaffer’s tape – It’s like duct tape, but better! Gaffer’s tape doesn’t leave any residue when removed or do any damage to the surface it is applied to. Our stage technicians use gaffer’s tape to tape down cables, attach microphone packs, as a temporary fix for broken equipment, and endless other tasks. If you’re a Tivoli Society member, one year of your membership will cover enough gaffer’s tape to get us through a whole season.

It’s true that you can make a difference, big or small, when you become a Weinberg Center member. See you at the theater!


Jan. 10 | 90 Years of Memories

Missed our 90th anniversary celebration? We’re dedicating this week’s post to a blast from past! Check out a part of our collection of never-ending memories at our theater with these neat finds:

Parade 9-3-45

During one of the many Frederick parades, you can see the Tivoli theater standing tall and proudly advertising the wildly sought-after air conditioning.

Weinberg Auditorium3

Look familiar? From light fixtures to exit signs, most of our theater today is still in its pristine original condition.

Historic Interior Lobby Space Weinberg Center--Converted

The comedy/tragedy masks have always been a staple to our iconic Frederick theater.

Weinberg Auditorium

If you look closely, you can see where the Tivoli stage accommodated live performances with its orchestra pit.

Can’t get enough of our landmark theater’s history? Check out this video recap our friends at Digital Bard created… or, visit us for an upcoming performance or two and see our beautiful building for yourself. See you at the theater!


Jan. 3 | Top 5 Things Happening this Month

With the weather stuck in chilling temperatures, our list of things to do indoors this month couldn’t come any sooner! Check out our top five picks for January:

1 | 1964: The Tribute is back by popular demand

All you need is love… and the best Beatles tribute on Earth! 1964: The Tribute kicks off the month of January as a perennial favorite on the Weinberg stage. January 13 at 8:00pm

2 | Kathleen Madigan will make you LOL

In the mood to laugh? Award-winning funnywoman Kathleen Madigan returns to Frederick mid-month as a part of her Bothering Jesus national tour. January 14 at 8:00pm

3 | Kareem kicks off the fifth annual Frederick Speaker Series

Basketball legend AND inspirational speaker? We’re already excited to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on our stage.  Recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his activism, Abdul-Jabbar is sure to make us think when he takes the stage as part of the Frederick Speaker Series. January 26 at 7:30pm

4 | Spend a Saturday afternoon with favorite cartoons

The marathon of cartoon classics commences! Animations from the infamously known Tex Avery (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, etc.) will be shown back to back in this year’s Cartoon Fest—and tickets are only $5-$7. January 7 at 2:00pm

5 | Family Series continues with Seussical

Have you ever imagined what would happen if Dr. Seuss’ best stories collided? Seussical is the perfect chance to see this impressive feat in musical form. Both educational and enjoyable, this theatrical caper is one for the whole family! January 21 at 11:00am

See you at the theater!