Dec. 27 | Five Fast Facts Before the 2018 Cartoon Fest

2018 is almost here, and that means our annual Cartoon Fest is right around the corner! This year we’re celebrating the beloved Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones, who gathered 8 nominations and 3 awards from the Academy Awards, as well as an Honorary Academy Award in 1996 for his decades-long work in the animation field.

1 | He’s the man behind several of Looney Tunes’ fan-favorites!

Jones didn’t just expand on a large part of the Looney Tunes cast, but he also created several characters of his own! We have Jones to thank for classic characters like Pepe Le Pew and Penelope Pussycat, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Marvin the Martian and K-9, and – maybe the most notable – Elmer Fudd. He was also responsible for minor characters like Hugo the Abominable Snowman, Henery Hawk, Bookworm, Sam Sheepdog, Hubie and Bertie, Sniffles, and so many more!

2 | Jones was honored with his own NYC museum exhibit.

In 2014, the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City opened up a new exhibit exclusively for Jones’ artwork over the course of his career. The exhibit was called “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones.”

3 | His work didn’t end with Warner Bros.

After Warner Bros. Cartoons’ studio closed 1963, Jones started an independent animation studio, Sib Tower 12 Productions, where he and his team would go on to create new Tom and Jerry cartoons and adapt original Tom and Jerry features for television. He also went on to direct and produce the classic Christmas TV special “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” in 1966.

4 | He went back to his roots for his final Looney Tunes piece in 1997.

From Hare to Eternity” was the last Looney Tunes cartoon from Jones. It followed Yosemite Sam as he tries to steal buried treasure from Bugs Bunny. Jones dedicated the cartoon to Bugs’ creator, Friz Freleng, who died two years before.

5 | There’s lots more to be learned about Jones!

Whether you’re looking to learn more about Jones’ life, buy original pieces of art, or even find an original ACME Anvil (who doesn’t want one?), Chuck Jones’ website has something for every fan of his.

See you at the theater!

Dec. 19 | Sitting Down With Deanna Bogart

Why wait until New Year’s Eve to start the party when you can dance the night away with a Weinberg favorite? Deanna Bogart is back on stage December 30! Winner of more than 20 Washington Area Music Awards, this pianist and saxophone star is ready to jam with a unique fusion of 1930s-style boogie piano blues and contemporary sound. We got the chance to talk with Deanna about her music, her shows, and what audiences can expect to see next weekend.

1. How did you first start playing music?

There was a baby grand piano in the house from the day I was born and I started exploring on it at age two.

2. You have a strong following in the D.C. area. How long did it take to build up your fan base?

If that’s true, then I feel very lucky. I don’t think about those things. My intention has always been to keep growing as a musician and a person and and see what that means for both.

3. You’ve played with famous artists such as BB King, Paul Reed Smith, James Brown, and many more over the years. Is there any moment specifically that felt like a highlight for you?

That’s a book in itself. So many magic moments over the years and I’m excited for the ones yet to come. Although Jimmy Buffet taking off his shirt to mop up a spill on my piano from one of his rabid fans does come to mind.

4. What’s next for you? “Just a Wish Away” came out in 2014; do you have anything new in the works?

I’m writing as we speak….so yes, I’m looking forward to having a new recording within the year. I’ve been traveling more then ever these last few years and going to all kinds of wonderful places I’d never been before, so all of life is inspiring me at this time. It’s a nice space to be in.

5. What albums or musicians have influenced you the most over the years?

That’s a toughie. If we were playing the desert island game, I’d have to choose 10 so… Glenn Gould, Ella, Ben Webster, Jay McShann, Joe Jackson, Monk, Dorothy Donegan, The Meters, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac… I need a bigger island.

6. Blues has been around a long time and has had a profound impact on different genres. What do you think is the next big trend in the world blues?

I don’t know…but art always finds a way and the blues will always be a part of it.

7. You’ve played at the Weinberg Center as a New Year’s celebration several times. What can audiences expect of your upcoming performance?

I love this gig… and part of it is that we can all expect the unexpected, but we will have a monstrous horn section with us this go-round, maybe not in size but in musicianship.

Born in Detroit, Deanna Bogart spent her early years in Phoenix and New York City, climbing on any available piano bench to plunk and play with preternatural panache. As a bandleader/singer/songwriter/producer/pianist/sax player, Bogart combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country, and jazz into a splendid blend she calls “blusion.” This unique sound has garnered her three consecutive Blues Music Awards as Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009, and 2010, and an endorsement contract with Rico Reeds. She has won, at last count, more than 20 “Wammies,” the music awards for the hotly contested Washington, D.C., region. She is also a featured player in the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue, jamming with Tommy Castro and Magic Dick (founding member of the J. Geils Band), as well as prominent guitar slingers.

Bogart has also lent her talents to play for U.S. troops in Iraq, Kuwait, and Egypt as part of the “Blues on the Nile” tour, including performances at Cairo University, the Cairo Opera House, and even a historic concert at the Great Pyramids. Her latest ventures include Blind Pig Record’s “Pianoland,” a newly minted DVD called “Everybody Has a Story,” and “11th Hour,” a CD released on Vista Records, a company she co-founded.

See you at the theater!

Clint Black

Just announced!

Clint Black surged to superstardom as part of the fabled Class of ’89, reaching #1 with five consecutive singles from his triple-platinum debut, “Killin’ Time.” Best known for more than three dozen chart hits including “A Better Man,” “When My Ship Comes In,” “A Good Run of Bad Luck,” and “Like the Rain,” Black has multiple GRAMMY® nominations, over 20 million records sold, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Don’t miss this country icon as he comes to Frederick in celebrating of his latest release, “On Purpose.”

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Sawyer Brown

Just announced!

Sawyer Brown’s energetic shows have earned them the nickname “the Rolling Stones of country music.” The travelin’ band has played over 4,500 shows, bounding onto the stage night after night to deliver its own unique brand of enthusiastic entertainment. With 23 albums, more than 50 chart singles, and multiple CMA, ACM, and CMT awards, these country music trendsetters take the stage at the Weinberg Center for a concert event you won’t want to miss.

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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.”

Dec. 7 | ‘Tis the Season to Give!

‘Tis the season for giving, and here at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, we are forever grateful for the love and support of our community. In the spirit of the season and with an eye on preserving the cultural landscape of Frederick, here are just a few ways that you can give back this holiday season…

Combined Federal Campaign (CTC)

As one of the largest workplace giving campaigns in the world, the CTC provides over $8 billion for charitable organizations. It is the only authorized petition of federal employees in their workplace on behalf of official charities. Through this campaign, federal workers can choose from a list containing thousands of certified charities to support. To donate to the Weinberg, you can make a payroll deduction gift – or, you can make a one-time pledge if you click here and use the Weinberg Center’s 5-digit organization code (78651).

Maryland Charity Campaign

The Weinberg is inordinately proud to be a part of the MCC. Much like the CTC, the Maryland Charity Campaign is a workplace campaign which allows state employees and eligible retirees to contribute to charities using the convenience of payroll deduction. Serving over 900 charities, the MCC strives to impact communities, both far and wide  and bring relief to those in need through educational, environmental, human service and local, state, national and international health organizations. Their goal is to raise $3 million in 2017 to benefit the welfare of Marylanders and support arts organizations, like the Weinberg. To donate to the Weinberg through the MMC, please click here and use our EIN number #52-1900511 to find us.

Community Investment Tax Credits Program

This program offers certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations like the Weinberg an apportionment of state tax credits to make our organization more attractive to potential donors that wish to support the many projects and events here at the Weinberg. In providing our non-profit with tax credits, those of you that donate to our approved projects can earn tax credits equal to 50% of the value of the donation. The tax credits this program offers are in addition to the deductions on federal and state taxes as a result of a charitable contribution.

Frederick County Bank Matching Challenge

The Weinberg Center has a multitude of membership experiences for those interested that come with considerable benefits. If you are considering becoming a part of the Weinberg family, now is a great time — because the Frederick County Bank has offered us a generous challenge gift so long as we can raise $2,500 between now and December 31! To help us meet our goal you can: Become a new member for as little as $50, make a mid-season upgrade of your existing membership, or, if you’re under the age of 35 you can join our Under 35 club for (you guessed it) $35.

Every donation is appreciated here at the Weinberg Center, because it is through your dedication that we are able to do all that we set out to accomplish. This holiday season, we would like to thank you for your years of support. With your help we can continue to bring about many more years of entertainment and education. From our family to yours, happy holidays!

See you at the theater!

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)