Upcoming Arts Events in Silver Spring & Takoma Park, March 8, 2017
Wednesday, March 8,
THE GRAPEVINE STORYTELLING EVENING
Busboys and Poets
235 Carroll St NW DC (2 blocks from Takoma metro)
The Grapevine is home for first-rate storytelling and storytellers of all styles. Hosted by Tim Livengood, with featured tellers Noa Baum and Megan Wells. The program opens with up to three open-mic tellers with a 5-minute limit each. Food and drink available.
This madcap comedy follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole, and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre. As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they're whisked through a maelstrom of “good ideas” that offer unique solutions to the Three Sisters’ need to have life's deeper purpose revealed. Director: Erin Bone Steele. Producers: Jim Robertson and Alika Codispoti.
This award-winning play is a semi-biographical subversive comedy that tells the story of Sutter, who is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms and even nursing homes. The playwright weaves together scenes, sermons, sketches, and daring meta-theatrics to create a kaleidoscope that interconnects to portray growing up gay and black. Directed by David Rothman. NOTE: Bootycandy contains mature themes and explicit sexual language and is not suitable for audiences under 17 years of age.
Minas creates uplifting, subtle and complex beauty that transports listeners to another place and time combining Brazilian guitar and jazz piano, male and female vocals and English and Portuguese poetry. Doors open 7:00PM.
Enjoy the polyrhythmic percussion, guitars, melodious melodies and vocal harmonies of Yenobis Delgado and Reimy Pérez! Experience Cuban music, considered to be one of the richest and most influential musical styles in the world. Duo Blanco y Negro de Cuba have been playing their music professionally for 20 years now, wowing crowds wherever they go.
Life in Motion portrays beautifully crafted characters of depth and integrity, combining virtuoso manipulation, humor, and classical music to celebrate the richness of life. All tickets $15. Click here to purchase tickets and here for more information.
Saturday, March 11, 2:00 PM
THE CASHORE MARIONETTES: SIMPLE GIFTS
Inspiring STEAM potential for families.
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Simple Gifts is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes set to stunning music by world renowned composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi and Strauss. Please note: Groups are assigned seating prior to arrival; all other patrons have open seating. All tickets $15. Purchase tickets here and learn more here.
Saturday, March 11, 7:00pm
CHRISTYLEZ BACON & WYTOLD
Debut Album: Live Concert in Studio
Airshow Mastering Studio
Takoma Park, MD
Must purchase tickets in advance. See below.
Only 12 tickets remaining as of 7:30am today 3/8/17.
After 5 years of collaborating and 3 concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra, Christylez Bacon and Wytold are recording their very first duo album, and you can be part of the experience! They will be mixing classical music with the live audience interaction of Go-Go classical music at Airshow Mastering in Takoma Park, MD to record their new debut CD. So... It's a concert and a studio session at the SAME TIME! :)
Buy tickets now to be featured in the recorded call and responses, hear their newest classical and hip-hop arrangements, and help fund their album so that audiences across the country can hear their unique and exciting collaboration. Doors 7pm, Performance/recording 7:30pm.
FREE for Members (donation requested) $15-20 for non-members
The Starry Mountain Singers are eight alumni of the Northern Harmony and Village Harmony ensembles: Stefan Amidon, Zara Bode, Avery Book, Gideon Crevoshay, Jeff Fellinger, Emily Miller, Nathan Morrison, Suzannah Park. Members have performed with the Revels and on Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion. They bring riveting harmonies to American and international folk music including gospel, shapenote, Appalachian, Bulgarian, Corsican and Georgian songs.
Led by Levine artist-in-residence Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock, this fun, energetic program will have you singing gorgeous five-part harmonies in no time. The only prerequisite is a love of music and song! Tickets: $5
Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, a local non-profit dedicated to “empowering young inmates to write new chapters in their lives,” invites the community to participate in the Free Minds Satellite Write Night in Takoma. Read poems written by incarcerated youth and provide them with encouraging words. Hear from the Poet Ambassadors about the impact of writing and reading behind bars.
Saturday, April 1, 1:00-4:00PM Workshop; 7:30PM Concert
SINGING CIRCLE with the NATURAL RHYTHMS TRIO
Elise Witt, Becky Reardon and Terry Garthwaite
Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
10309 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20903
Join us in singing songs of celebration, ceremony, and community; songs celebrating the earth and our own spirit and creativity; songs of healing and passage; and songs of playfulness and joy. All are welcome, regardless of experience!
Combining three unique voices into a harmonious blend, the Natural Rhythms Trio cooks from the minute they hit the stage for their mad musical adventures. The concert will feature traditional songs and original compositions, with a generous helping of audience participation, plus special guests the UUCSS Sanctuary Singers.
Robert Flax, a multi-instrument musician, composer and educator, will share the stage with Washington, D.C. pop/rock band Round About. Roundabout combines clever lyrics with catchy melodies that are sometimes funky, sometimes rocking, jazzy, or even a little twangy, but always interesting and fun.
Actors learn vocal techniques, work on character development, line memorization tips and choreography. This camp produces a show that is more advanced than the Folk Tale camp which offers more challenges to the actors. Each day is spent playing theatre games, rehearsing, lunching and playing outside (weather permitting) and honing their acting skills.
June 19-July 7 (there is camp on July 4)
QUEST THEATRE (ages 12+)
July 17-August 5
NOIR THEATRE (Ages 12+)
Often written by Lumina’s playwright, David Minton, these original plays are a great way for actors to start their Lumina experience or improve their character development skills. Lumina’s summerstock camps for the older actors are full of fun, friendship and excitement! Producing an original, professional level show in 3 weeks takes teamwork and the desire to have fun while working hard.
These camps culminate with premiere performances at the Silver Spring Black Box Theater.
July 10-July 21
SIMPLY SHAKESPEARE (Ages 10-12)
Actors enjoy some of Shakespeare’s best loved works simplified and in modern language. An opportunity to focus on the fun of the core story.
July 24-August 4
FOLK TALE CAMP (Ages 8-11)
Lumina’s youngest actors have fun exploring a Folk Tale and turning it into a special performance. Actors receive direction for stage presence, vocal techniques and character development. Actors use their imagination to help create costumes, props or sets. Each day includes theatre games, art activities, outside play (weather permitting) and rehearsals. The camp ends with a performance.
June 26–July 7
DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING SUMMER CAMP
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave.
Takoma Park, MD
Every summer, Docs In Progress offers middle school and high school students ages 12-17 documentary filmmaking day camps which give youth participants the tools to express themselves through video in a fun and educational small group environment. We also offer train-the-trainer workshops and consultancies with schools and youth-serving nonprofits.
Thanks to support from the City of Takoma Park and the William and Karen Tell Foundation, we will be providing six subsidized spots in the camp so that FARMs-eligible students can benefit from a fun and educational summer activity.
An intimate Irish music & culture day camp for youth ages 6 and up. It meets in Silver Spring at the home of Karen Ashbrook, the Director. The camp day includes learning Irish tunes and songs, pennywhistle and bodhran (the Irish drum) instruction (Intro and Musicians' Weeks), Celtic art projects, playing at the creek, eating potatoes -- and a daily Tea & Poetry Break.
July 31-August 4, 9:30am-3:30pm (ages 9 and up: drop-off 9-9:30)
IRISH MUSIC AND ARTS FOR ALL
The children will sing, learn bodhran (the Irish drum), basic Celtic harp and pennywhistle in addition to learning about Irish culture, crafts and poetry. No music experience necessary! Inquire about after-care options. COST: $360 if registered before April 15 ($420 after April 15)
IRISH MUSICIANS WEEK
June 26-30, 9:30am-4:00pm (weekday drop-off 9-9:30)
For children ages 9 and up who already play some of the tunes in the Sligo Creek Hedge School's session book, or are ready to start learning. We will learn new repertoire and spend time jamming in addition to the above activities listed in the Irish Music and Arts For All Week. Audition required.
COST: $375 if registered before April 15 ($435 after April 15)
June 18-23 (Six days; ages 13 and up)
CELTIC BAND WEEK (formerly "Teen Celtic Band Week")
Sunday session meets 1-6pm; Mon and Thurs meets 10:00 am - 4:30 pm, Tues, Wed and Fri, 10:00 am - evening (Tues/Wed/Fri camp extends into the evening for performances.) (Mon-Fri drop-off time 9:00-10:00 am)
Co-taught by Paul Oorts, for teens already seriously involved in music. This 6-day camp works on developing ensemble skills, presenting traditional and contemporary Celtic music for concert audiences. Layering, dynamics, creating intros, bridges, endings, and crafting performance arrangements will be the focus of the camp. The group will record a CD of their newly created arrangements. There will be several evening activities during the week, including running children's Irish music sessions, performing at a retirement home and giving a public concert. During the year there will also be a few public performances at festivals and at Brookside Garden's Festival of Lights. Audition required.
COST: $465 if registered before April 15 ($525 after April 15)