Feb. 21 | 5 Fast Facts about Elizabeth Smart

The fifth annual Frederick Speaker Series continues tomorrow with abduction survivor, bestselling author, and motivational speaker Elizabeth Smart. Though she was taken from her Salt Lake City home at the age of 14, Smart has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and national legislation. We’ve compiled a few facts about Smart to prep you before she takes the stage.

Fact 1: Smart found that her family was the ultimate motivator.

Smart was held captive for nine grueling months before ultimately being returned to her family in March 2003. As she mentioned in an interview with Frederick Magazine, Smart said it would have been “so easy to have given up, but I always came back to the idea that despite all that had been taken away from me, I still had a family that loved me and I knew that would never change.”

Fact 2: She is the founder of The Elizabeth Smart Foundation.

Smart’s experience inspired her to create a nonprofit foundation, which seeks to prevent future crimes against children. The foundation partners with organizations like radKIDS, which trains children in personal safety education.

Fact 3: Smart is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where she studied music and harp performance.

She began playing harp at the age of 5, and by the time she reached middle school, she was frequently performing at local weddings, funerals, and recitals – including opening for the Utah Symphony.

Fact 4: She’s written one bestselling book… and is working on a second.

Smart’s memoir “My Story” was released in October 2013 and explores her abduction and time spent held captive in detail. She told Frederick Magazine her upcoming book will tell the stories of “people well-known and not so well-known” who have faced their own difficulties.

Fact 5: Her advocacy has taken her from the courtroom to the stage, the screen, and beyond.

Elizabeth Smart has become a champion for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional group that helps state and local law enforcement agencies respond to cybercrimes against kids. She’s also brought her insight to the small screen, as a regular contributor for ABC News.

Want to meet Smart for yourself? Meet-and-greet tickets are still available… and all of the proceeds benefit children’s programming at Frederick County Public Libraries. See you at the theater!

Quotes by Elizabeth Smart in her recent Frederick Magazine interview, 2/1/17, "A Survivor's Story."

Feb. 13 | Last-Minute Ideas for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day may be just around the corner, but have no fear! We’ve rounded up a few last-minute gift ideas that are sure to make even Cupid jealous. The best part? There’s no worrying about whether that tie will fit or if she already owns that perfume… a night spent at the theater is one-size-fits-all fun for both of you!

Idea 1: Skip the hubbub of the 14th and make the 15th into a night to remember! Folk icon Arlo Guthrie is set to take the stage for a musical road trip through time… so sit back and reminisce with your Valentine as you enjoy the sound that shaped a generation.

Idea 2: Plan multiple date nights at once! Tickets to one show are great… but how about two or three shows? Build your own subscription and give the gift of multiple evenings out on the town. (Our suggestion? Gear up for St. Patty’s Day early with three unique Celtic performances: We Banjo 3, Teelin Irish Dance Company, and Scythian!)

Idea 3: Make your Valentine’s dreams come true with a meet-and-greet. Why just see a show when you can meet your favorite speaker… or even a dinosaur? Snag a meet-and-greet ticket to take your theatergoing experience to the next level.

Idea 4: Take advantage of our special dining offers and visit one of our restaurant partners before or after your next show. Whether your significant other loves Italian, Greek, or just a good ol’ fashioned burger, you’re sure to impress when you turn your Weinberg Center date night into dinner-and-a-show.

Idea 5: Still unsure what to give your sweetie? Weinberg Center gift certificates are the perfect solution! They come in multiple denominations and never expire… plus, they can be used towards any performance of the recipient’s choice. (Fingers crossed that you’ll be the lucky guest when they exchange that gift certificate for tickets!)

If you’re in need of further suggestions, our friendly Box Office staff has got you covered. Simply give us a call and let us know what events you and your sweetie usually enjoy, and we’re happy to make a suggestion or two. Valentine’s Day just got easier! See you at the theater!


Feb. 9 | 5 Things to Know If You Want to Have “It”

You may have heard women and girls like Kendall Jenner, Blake Lively, or Jennifer Lawrence described as “It” girls, but did you know the original “It” girl, Clara Bow, starred in the movie that started it all? We can’t wait to screen the 1927 silent romantic comedy “It” this Saturday. Read on to learn five things you’ll need to know before you go!

1. “It” began its life as a novel written by British author Elinor Glyn, who explained, “To have ‘It,’ the fortunate possessor must have that strange magnetism that attracts both sexes…In the animal world, ‘It’ demonstrates in tigers and cats – both animals being fascinating and mysterious, and quite unbiddable. ‘It’ is self-confidence and indifference as to whether you are pleasing or not.” Elinor Glyn makes a cameo appearance as herself in the film.

2. Clara Bow appeared in six films in 1927 for Paramount, the year she made “It.” One of those films was “Wings,” a World One epic rewritten to include her since she was Paramount’s biggest star. “Wings” would go on to win the first ever Academy Award for Best Picture.

3. Clara Bow would appear in another adaptation of an Elinor Glyn book in 1928. That film, called “Red Hair,” is considered lost, which means no known prints of the film exist. However, we do know that “Red Hair” was screened here at the Tivoli – it appears prominently in a 1928 program in our collection, which you can see in one of the memorabilia cases in the inner lobby.

4. Victor Fleming, director of “The Wizard of Oz,” “Gone With the Wind,” and other cinema classics, dated Clara Bow during the 1920s. He used this experience to create one of his best comedies – a 1933 film called “Bombshell” starring Jean Harlow (arguably the “It Girl” of the 1930s) as a beleaguered actress named Lola Burns based on Bow. In “Bombshell,” Lola Burns is known to fans as the “If Girl.”

5. Clara Bow retired from acting in 1933. Although she had made very successful talking films that received critical acclaim beginning in 1929, she was very insecure about her Brooklyn-accented voice and suffered nervous attacks and breakdowns, becoming known as “Crisis-A-Day-Clara.” She later married Rex Bell (a future lieutenant governor of Nevada) and died of a heart attack in 1965 at the age of 60.

If you’re looking for further historical context before you see “It” on the big screen this weekend, you can read up on the history of our mighty Wurlitzer organ, which will accompany the film. See you at the theater!