Saturday, February 2, 2013
Big changes proposed for 42-year-old local landmark.
The Kennedy Center has announced plans for a $100 million expansion to its 42-year-old complex that stands as a landmark along the Potomac River in Washington, DC, according a Washington Post story. The current facility hosts 2,000 events annually, drawing crowds from the city, its suburbs and far beyond, and it is "pressed for space," according to the article. The new architectural plan seeks to connect the current complex with the waterfront with public green spaces, a video projection wall, classrooms, rehearsal facilities, multipurpose rooms for educational programs and most notably, a floating stage on the Potomac. Half of the funding will come from Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein, marking the largest single gift in the …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Kiersten Lyons -- who has appeared on 'Mad Men' and has a recurring role on 'The Neighbors' -- will perform 'Crushed' at The Arts Barn on Thursday and Friday; proceeds will go to Reece’s Rainbow
Television actress Kiersten Lyons, originally from Germantown, is bringing her one-woman show "Crushed" to Gaithersburg on Thursday and Friday to help raise money for a nonprofit that helps children with Down syndrome find adoptive homes, The Gazette reports. Lyons will perform at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg. Proceeds from Friday’s show will go to Reece’s Rainbow, an organization based in Gaithersburg, and two families who are adopting disabled children, according to The Gazette, which offers the full story on its website, Gazette.net. Reece’s Rainbow is an advocacy group and foundation involved in helping orphaned children with Down syndrome find homes, according to the organization’s website, ReecesRainbow.org. The organization, which …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Musical adaption of the children’s book hits the stage at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at BlackRock Center for the Arts.
Team Jacob? Team Edward? Nah. We’re on team Bunny. Bunnicula, a family-friendly musical based on the beloved book, bounces into to BlackRock Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 17, with matinees set for 1 and 3 p.m. The story is told through the household pets who suspect they may be dealing with a vampire rabbit when the vegetables in the house slowly become drained of color. The hour-long show is ideal for children age 5 and older. If you go … What: Bunnicula When: 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown Cost: $14 More: For further ticket information, call the BlackRock box office at (240) 912-1058 or go to www.blackrockcenter.org.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
PostSecret founder, a Germantown resident, gave Roundhouse Theatre a sneak peek of play in progress
PostSecret founder Frank Warren, a Germantown resident, is seeking financial backers for a web-to-stage adaptation for his public art project based on the confessions of anonymous secret sharers, The Gazette reports. The production hopes to present “a kaleidoscopic view” of PostSecret, relying on music, animation and live actors to bring the stories to the stage, according to the folks at RoundHouse Theatre Bethesda, which staged special performance of the developing play on Oct. 5. Warren tells The Gazette that he hopes to get financial backing to send the finished play on tour by 2013: “We’re reaching out to investors so that the play is fully funded so it can have the life we hope for it,” says Warren, who envisions the production …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Don't miss this annual showcase of short films at various arts locations in Washington, DC.
Most movie-goers are accustomed to spending at least an hour and a half in theaters. And then there are the movies like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, whose shortest installment clocks in at 178 minutes. Instead of watching one long movie, try watching a bunch of short ones together at the DC Shorts Film Festival, Sept.6 to Sept. 16. Choose from 16 showcases or wait until the end and watch the "Best Of DC Shorts" showcases after audience members have voted on their favorite films. Anyone interested in listening to the bare bones of a film that hasn't yet been made can get tickets to the screenplay competition on September 14. Judges have selected six scripts: actors will read them aloud, and the audience will choose the best one. Films …
Monday, November 14, 2011
Story of Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan to include sign language workshop.
Newly-appointed theater director for Wootton High School, Jessica Speck, is off to an innovative start. November 17-19, the school will present The Miracle Worker, the inspiring, classic story of Helen Keller, a deaf, blind and mute girl, and the teacher, Annie Sullivan, who struggled to bring her out of her shell and helped her to communicate. Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, Md. is one of four Montgomery County schools offering American Sign Language (ASL) courses as part of the curriculum. There will be a special pre-show workshop that will introduce the audience to ASL. “Our American Sign Language Ensemble has been instrumental in developing the actors’ representation of the characters, and they make sure the ASL being …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The final regular season weekend of Major League Baseball and a charity event highlight this weekend.
1. Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Where: Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St., SE Washington, DC 20003 When: Friday (7:05 p.m.), Saturday (1:05 p.m.), Sunday (1:35 p.m.) What: The Major League Baseball season is coming to a close and this is the last chance to see the Washington ballclub at home before the 2012 season. Pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the former No. 1 overall pick, takes the mound Friday night. Sunday is fan appreciation day. The Baltimore Orioles close their season next week against Boston. Price: Anywhere from $10 to $170, depending on availability. 2. Junior Detective Day for Young Crime Solvers Where: Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, Md. When: Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.…
Thursday, March 17, 2011
See the Mousetrap in Potomac for just $10 per ticket.
Free time is a rare gift for every busy mom. So don't let that time go to waste. Each week, we’ll tell you about one great idea to give you a much deserved break and make your life a little easier, maybe a whole lot easier. Get a babysitter for the kids, grab a girlfriend or spouse and drive down to Potomac for a night at the theater. Forget the stresses of everyday life and let yourself get distracted by an old-fashioned mystery. For the next two weekends, The Potomac Theater Company presents Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at the Blair Family Center for The Arts. Shows are at 8 p.m. on March 18, 19, 25 and 26 and at 2 p.m on March 20 and 27. Purchase your ticket through Goldstar for a 50 percent discount. Tickets are normally priced $20…
Monday, December 27, 2010
Paul Morella's "A Christmas Carol" is playing at The Olney Theatre Center until the new year.
"Several years ago, I had a director tell me that the greatest and most powerful sound one can experience in the theater is the sound of a beating heart," writes Paul Morella, actor and director of a one-person adaptation of Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Playing at The Olney Theatre Center's Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab through New Year's Day, Morella's "A Christmas Carol" grabs the audience by its corpuscles and delivers a heartfelt and riveting performance of this classic Christmas tale. A minimally-constructed set with carpets and books strewn irregularly on the floor, three candles- which remain lit throughout the performance- an old scrivener, a coat rack and some firewood next to an arm chair is the backdrop to Morella's captivating …