Sunday, February 3, 2013
Big changes proposed for 42-year-old local landmark.
The Kennedy Center has announced plans for a $100 million expansion to its now 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 …
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 …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Musical adaptation of Judy Blume novel debuts Oct. 6
BlackRock will stage its first Saturday children’s matinee of the season, “Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great,” a musical based on the Judy Blume novel. Showtime is 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, preceded by a free pre-show party with arts and crafts and a snack, according to BlackRock. The show was produced by ArtsPower, a New Jersey-based touring company that specializes in kid-friendly shows. Through music, the play chronicles the ups and downs of 10-year-old heroine Sheila Tubman, who's on a journey of self-discovery. If you go … WHAT: “Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great,” musical show based on the Judy Blume novel, especially for ages 5 or older WHERE: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown WHEN: 1 p.m. …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Enter the online lottery to see "All's Well That Ends Well" for free.
WASHINGTON — Every summer the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, offers a free show before its regular season begins in the fall. The comedy "All's Well That Ends Well" opens Thursday night at Sidney Harman Hall (near the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop) and runs through September 5. Those who covet a ticket to this free play can enter an online lottery on the day before each performance, or stand in line outside the theatre to receive one of a limited number of give-away tickets. See the Shakespeare Theatre Company's website for more details about the schedule. The Free For All performance in 2011 was "Julius Caesar."
Friday, May 4, 2012
Patch chats with Stephanie Dulli, the Germantown blogger, writer and actress directing the Washington-area production of “Listen to Your Mother.” The show is Sunday, May 6, at the Synetic Theater in Arlington, Va.
Actor, stand-up comedian in Los Angeles — Stephanie Dulli’s identity used to be clear. “And then I had a baby,” said Dulli, who is a blogger, writer and stay-at-home mother. At the moment, Dulli is directing a production of “Listen To Your Mother,” a series of monologues written and performed by blogging mothers. The show is Sunday, May 6, at Synetic Theater at Crystal City, in Arlington, Va. Between play dates and rehearsals, Dulli chatted with Patch from her Germantown residence, where she spoke of motherhood and how blogging helped her redefine her identity, which she said was set adrift during her first pregnancy. The performance is part of a national movement launched in 2010 by Wisconsin actress, writer and mom, Ann Imig. Similar …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
BlackRock Center for the Arts presents the musical Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Ooh la la! BlackRock Center for the Arts presents "Madeline and the Bad Hat" Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Based on the beloved Ludwig Bemelmans book, the charming musical follows the resourceful Parisian heroine as she learns the importance of true friendship and that first impressions aren't everything. Tickets cost $12. Purchase online at www.blackrockcenter.org, by phone at 240-912-1058 or at the box office at BlackRock, 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Touring modern dance troupe makes stop at BlackRock.
Taylor 2 Dance Company will perform at BlackRock Center for the Arts’ studio theater Saturday, Oct. 22. The six-dancer touring wing of Paul Taylor Dance Company draws from Taylor's repertoire of modern dance. A spokeswoman for the dance company said Taylor 2 would perform “Airs,” “Runes” and “Esplande” at BlackRock. Tickets to the show cost $30; show time is 8 p.m. For more information, call BlackRock Center for the Arts at 301-528-2260, visit www.blackrockcenter.org or go to the box office at the theater, at 12901 Commons Drive between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or an hour before showtime.