Monday, November 23, 2015

FENTON STREET MARKET: EVOLVING PLACEMAKING IN SILVER SPRING

FENTON STREET MARKET: EVOLVING PLACEMAKING IN SILVER SPRING

Recently the highly successful Fenton Street Market announced they will be moving on from Silver Spring's Veterans Plaza next year.  As Megan Moriarty, Owner/Operator of the FSM put it in their announcement, "We moved down from Fenton Village [to Veterans Plaza] when the Civic Building opened to help activate the new public space. And it worked! FSM helped turn a hardscape plaza into a community gathering place. Now, the Plaza is hopping all the time and it is time for FSM to take its model to new places in Silver Spring." (FSM is one of the State of Maryland few "B" Corporation, a private company with a stated public purpose.)

The pressure for activities other than Fenton Street Market on Veterans Plaza on Saturdays has increased dramatically the last couple of years. Additionally, the Fenton Street Market's commitment to Silver Spring has not changed - if anything it has increased. They will now be able to more effectively activate other parts of Silver Spring with their innovative approach to community building through local commerce.

The Fenton Street Market on Veterans Plaza served a great purpose during the start-up phase of this amazing public space. They were instrumental in demonstrating that Veterans Plaza could become a gathering place for people from all walks of life. The demand for the space on Saturdays - particularly over the last couple of years - has put a continuing stress on the commitment to the Fenton Street Market to use the space on almost every Spring / Summer / Fall Saturday. Being relieved of that commitment will provide us the opportunity to satisfy a growing demand from other community initiatives that are seeking to use the space - and it will provide the FSM the opportunity to do new ventures.

Silver Spring's downtown is changing dramatically. The renovated Citiplace - now renamed Ellsworth Place - is bringing not only new stores like Michael's, Ross, T.J. Maxx and various new restaurants, but it will also be home to the entertainment venue Dave and Busters. This new level of activity, coupled with the increasing success of Peterson Co.'s Downtown Silver Spring, The Fillmore, and the growing number of restaurants in the area, are bringing additional new life to the core of downtown Silver Spring. Plus, the FSM is not going far! Indeed, we are working with them to spread the success of the core of Silver Spring to other areas throughout downtown.

Veterans Plaza has been so successful that there are more groups wanting to access Veterans Plaza than there are non-winter Sundays in the year. So, freeing up Saturdays will ensure that even more groups are satisfied and can participate in 'building community' in Silver Spring.

We are thankful to the Fenton Street Market for their amazing entrepreneur leadership and their community commitment to make Veterans Plaza a truly successful public realm. We look forward to continuing working with them as they help us spread this success to other areas of downtown Silver Spring and beyond.

Reemberto Rodriguez

Thursday, November 5, 2015

BUSY GRAHAM's INCREDIBLE LIST OF ARTS IN - AND NEAR - SILVER SPRING

BUSY GRAHAM (artstoyou@gmail.com) IS THE AUTHOR OF THIS AMAZING LIST. 

SEND HER AN e-MAIL DIRECTLY TO GET FUTURE ISSUES.

TRULY AN INCREDIBLE LIST OF "ALL THINGS ART" IN - AND NEAR - SILVER SPRING.

THANK YOU BUSY!

Reemberto


ARTS HAPPENINGS IN SILVER SPRING/TAKOMA PARK & METRO DC AREA THIS WEEK & BEYOND

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SEE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 LISTINGS BELOW THEATER LISTINGS

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A R T   E X H I B I T S
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Thursday, November 19, 7:00pm (Art exhibit through November 25)
ARTIST TALK with CYNTHIA FARRELL-JOHNSON
ART 4 ALL – THINK JAZZ
Glenview Mansion Art Gallery  
Rockville, MD

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through December 4
ART EXHIBIT rise + fall – work of Adjoa Burrowes and Lendeh Sherman
Opening reception on Sept 18, 6:30-8pm
Betty Mae Kramer Gallery (open 9am-6pm Mon-Fri)
Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD
(Parking at 801 Ellsworth Dr., across the street)
The Betty Mae Kramer Gallery is pleased to present rise + fall,  an exhibition of new works by Adjoa Burrowes and Lendeh Sherman.  Organized by Kramer Gallery Curator Amina K. Cooper, rise + fall addresses current social and environmental issues through exploratory mixed media processes and installation based works.  Kramer Gallery is managed by the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  
Visit www.creativemoco.com/riseandfall for more information about the exhibit

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T H E A T E R   R U N S
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Thurs/Fri/Sat, November 19-21 (7pm Nov 19-20 and 2pm and 7pm on Nov 21)
IN THE HEIGHTS – MUSICAL THEATER PRODUCTION
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Bethesda, MD
Don’t miss out on this unique musical experience!
In the Heights centers on a community of characters living in the neighborhood, El Barrio, of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon, and dreams of escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi’s, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for her. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of Washington Heights get a dose of what it really means to be home.
TiCKETS/INFO: www.bccdrama.com

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Thurs/Fri/Sat: November 19-21, 7:00pm
SWEENEY TODD with a punk twist on the Sondheim Classic
Walt Whitman High School—Daryl L. Shaw Auditorium
7100 Whittier Blvd
Bethesda, MD
Graffiti artists, punk rockers, and a lobotomy patient or two will scale a scaffold set to present Walt Whitman High School’s imaginative interpretation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: A Musical Thriller!  Sweeney Todd features a live orchestra, three dozen singer-actors, and an accomplished technical crew numbering more than 50, plus vocal direction by Jeffrey Davidson and music direction by Terry Alvey. Following the story of a homicidal barber seeking revenge on a corrupt judge, Whitman’s ambitious production of Sweeney Todd is a haunting examination of mankind’s morality … or lack thereof … revealing a community consumed by love, vengeance, and despair. Director Christopher Gerken, a Tony nominee for excellence in theatre education, shifts the Sondheim musical from its traditional setting in Victorian England to the 1980s punk scene. The result is at once shocking and enchanting, as the bone-chilling classic score melds impeccably with the London punk/goth counterculture.
TICKETS: $10 for students/general admission, $15 for adults/general admission, $20 for reserved seats. whitmandrama.ticketleap.com 
For ticket questions or special requests contact whitmandramatickets@gmail.com.
Visit www.whitmandrama.com for more information.

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through November 22
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Damascus Theater Production
Olney Theater
Olney, MD
November 19, 20 and 21 at 8 pm
November 22 at 2 pm
TICKETS: $20 general admission / $18 for seniors and students

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through November 29
UNEXPLORED INTERIOR: THIS IS RWANDA
THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF THE EARTH
By Jay O. Sanders – Directed by Derek Goldman
Inaugural production of Mosaic:
New theater company founded by Serge Seiden and Ari Roth (formerly of Theater J)
Atlas Theater
H. St. NE
Washington, DC
Mosaic Theater launches its inaugural season with a world-premiere epic about the madness and majesty of Rwanda. Raymond, an African film student at NYU enthralled with the mysteries of Alfred Hitchcock, is compelled by a mentor's death to return to Rwanda to uncover a deeper horror story: the roots of violence that have destroyed his family in the 1994 Rwandan genocide -- including his beloved grandfather, a Tutsi master storyteller whose legacy Raymond seeks to redeem. The ghosts of King Leopold and Mark Twain (played by John Lescault) intertwine with other plotlines Raymond pursues as a Hutu government minister falls in love with a Tutsi woman and the head of UN peacekeepers, haunted by those he was unable to save, struggles with his own will to live. Staged by Derek Goldman (Our Class, In Darfur) and featuring an A-List cast including Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Erika Rose (In Darfur), Caroline Clay (Broadway’s Doubt, The Blood Quilt) and Michael Anthony Williams (Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…). 
https://atlasarts.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0Si0000007RFegEAG
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Friday, November 20, 6:00-8:00pm
VANNY @ EL GOLFO
El Golfo
8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Join us for our next Performance at El Golfo featuring the very talented VANNY -- an 18 year-old singer/songwriter from the Washington D.C area. Performing both cover songs and original music, she counts Layrn HIll, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder among the top artists who inspire her.  Her musical repertoire ranges from Pop, Indie Pop, R&B, Classic Rock, Reggae to Jazz Fusion. She has been singing since the age of 8 and playing guitar since the age of 11. With a dad from Guyana and a mom from Namibia, Vanny draws on a rich cultural tradition.  For this event, she will be singing some of our favorite songs from the 70's and 80's, including hits by Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, the Jackson 5, Bob Marley and more.
FREE And everyone welcome.  Enjoy fine Latin cuisine, cocktails and more while listening to some of Vanny's signature songs by Michael JJackson, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and more.
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Friday, November 20, 7:50pm
KIMBERLEY ROSE WILLIAMS: SHORT FILM & AWESOME ART
ARTOMATIC
8100 Corporate Dr.
Hyattsville, MD 20785
FREE ADMISSION

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Friday, November 20, 8:30-11:30pm (7:30pm lesson)
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE @ GLEN ECHO
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD
Lesson included with admission at 7:30.
Dinner and snacks are available at the Glen Echo Café adjoining the ballroom.

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Saturday, November 21, 11:00am, 12 noon, 7:00pm
ANDES MANTA
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD
11am: Family Show -- $5 MC ID & Children; $10 regular
12 noon: Panpipe-Making Workshop -- $10
7:00pm:  Evening Concert -- $20 regular/ $30 door / $15 MC ID
From the lyrical sound of the quena Andean flute to the haunting tones of the six-foot panpipes, Andes Manta presents their acclaimed stage performance with sheer beauty by interweaving traditional and original music with folklore of the Andes – an experience that never fails to bring audiences to their feet.

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Saturday, November 21, 6:30-9:00pm (21st of every month)
REVELS-CARPE DIEM COMMUNITY SING
Revels Studio Space
531 Dale Dr.
Silver Spring, MD
November theme: American Indian Heritage
·  6:30-7:30pm – Songs for Families
·  7:30-8:00 – Birthday songs for November; social time, refreshments
·  8:00-9:00 – Harmony singing from diverse song traditions – for teens and adults
Bring refreshments, instruments and songs to share if you wish.
Free admission. Donations appreciated.
Parking info: www.RevelsDC.org
Presented by Washington Revels and Carpe Diem Arts

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Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm
AL PETTEWAY & AMY WHITE – DOUBLE CD RELEASE & HOMECOMING CONCERT
Institute of Musical Traditions
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al Petteway and Amy White offer a well conceived blend of musical styles. Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic and Appalachian influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and evocative vocals. Before moving from the Washington, DC area to the mountains of Western NC, the duo won 50 WAMMIE awards. They have since won an INDIE, and Petteway won a GRAMMY as well as being voted one of the Top 50 Guitarists of all time by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Petteway will be performing selections from his spring release, “Dream Guitars Volume II: Hand Picked”, a solo guitar recording featuring his own arrangements expertly played on some of the finest guitars ever crafted: rare and special guitars that were chosen by Petteway and “Dream Guitars” owner Paul Heumiller from their own personal collections and from the walls of that world famous guitar boutique.
TICKETS: $20 advance, $25 door: Students with ID and Children: $15 advance, $20 door. All tickets are general admission.
INFO>:  301-960-3655 / www.imtfolk.org
www.AlandAmy.com  

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Saturday, November 21, 8:00pm
CYBERTRAD with MATTHEW OLWELL – FSGW MONTHLY CONCERT
Seekers Church
276 Carroll St. NW (across from Takoma metro—plenty of free parking in metro lot)
Takoma, DC
CyberTrad is a musical experiment that combines melodic sensibilities from traditional Irish and Breton music, and blends them with rhythmic elements of contemporary Quebecois, funk, and Hip Hop. The project features Matthew Olwell on flute, vocals, and percussion, Dominic “Shodekeh” Talifero on human Beatbox, and Aimee Curl on vocals. Original compositions and arrangements by Matthew Olwell make CyberTrad both familiar and intriguing.  MATTHEW OLWELLhas been performing and teaching at festivals and theaters across North America and Europe since 1996. He grew up in a family of wooden flute instrument-makers, immersed in a world of music, dance, and theatre, and performed for nine years with the Maryland-based Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. A co-founder of Good Foot Dance Company, Matthew is a multimedia artist who ascribes to his grandfather’s definition of a dilettante: “one who delights in many things.” You could call SHODEKEH (a.k.a. Dominic Earle Shodekeh Talifero) a beatboxer or a vocal percussionist, if you want to feel a little more refined about it. But what the Baltimore-based musician seems to be more than anything is a chameleon, breathing out entire rhythm and bass tracks and blending them into a borderless range of performance situations. Shodekeh has moved from Beatboxing’s Hip Hop roots to explore innovative collaborations with a wide range of traditional artists, including Tuvan Throat Singing, Lithuanian Folk Music, Experimental, Funk, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Ballet & various forms & techniques of Modern Dance.  Singer AIMEE CURL grew up singing in church and with her family. In her early teens, she learned the lap dulcimer and joined her first band. She met other musicians, started singing more, and began experimenting with other instruments such as guitar, fiddle, and bass. She left home and spent the next ten years playing the electric bass and touring the country with a band named ThaMuseMeant before studying at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC where she picked up the upright bass fiddle. As a singer, she has a most distinctive voice with emotion and sincerity that makes even the most hardened listener soften and swoon. 
TICKETS: $10 members / $20 non-members

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Saturday, November 21, 7:30-10:00pm
ANNETTE WASILIK & KEVIN DUDLEY with special guest Grey Jacks
Zed’s
8225 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Sunday, November 22, 5:00-7:00pm
WEEKEND PARTICIPATE: PRE-THANKSGIVING SQUARE DANCE
Janine Smith, calling to the music of Leah WeissKate BrettKevin EnochGary Wright
Enjoy an energetic evening of traditional Appalachian music and square dancing at the Pre-Thanksgiving Square Dance. Leah Weiss (fiddle), Gary Wright (guitar), Kate Brett (banjo), and Kevin Enoch (bass) rock the dance tunes, and Janine Smith teaches and calls the figures from 5–7 pm. You’ll be square dancing before you know it!
FREE admission.

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Sunday, November 22, 7:30 - 10:30 pm (beginner lesson at 7 pm)
FSGW SUNDAY CONTRA
Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD
Admission: $10/members; $13.00/General Public; $5.00 for Student/Child.  

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Monday, November 23, 7:30pm
JOE HILL’S LAST WILL with JOHN McCUTCHEON
Institute of Musical Traditions (IMT)
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
John McCutcheon's friend, fellow musician and playwright Si Kahn wrote this one man show for McCutcheon.  It is an imagined version of the last night of Swedish/American labor organizer and musician Joe Hill's life as he awaits death in a Utah prison cell.  McCutcheon performs the show in costume and character as Hill, telling stories and singing Hill's songs. McCutcheon released an album on May 1 (Labor Day in most of the world's countries) of this year also called “Joe Hill's Last Will”.
GRAMMY award winner John McCutcheon is folk music’s renaissance man: master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author.  Besides his usual circuit of major concert halls and theaters, McCutcheon is equally at home in an elementary school auditorium, a festival stage or at a farm rally. He is a whirlwind of energy packing five lifetimes into one. A multi instrumentalist who performs on instruments as diverse as hammered dulcimer to fiddle, McCutcheon reaches people of every generation and background when he takes the stage with what critics describe as "little feats of magic," "breathtaking in their ease and grace...," and "like a conversation with an illuminating old friend."
TICKETS: TBA
INFORMATION: call 301-960-3655 and visit www.imtfolk.org
ARTISTS’ WEBSITE: folkmusic.com 

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Wednesday, November 25, 7:30-9:30pm (LAST WEDNESDAY of every month)
Greater U. Street Jazz Collective
El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Cover charge: $5 – gives you free Margarita or any other drink, or dessert

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Friday, November 27, 8:30-11:30pm (7:30pm lesson)
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE @ GLEN ECHO
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD
Lesson included with admission at 7:30.
Dinner and snacks are available at the Glen Echo Café adjoining the ballroom.

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Sunday, November 29, 7:30pm
CHUCK BRODSKY: SINGER SONGWRITER AND STORYTELLER EXTRAORDINAIRE
Focus Music Concert Series
Tikvat Israel Congregation
2200 Baltimore Road
Rockville, MD
Chuck Brodsky, is performing in Rockville, hosted by Focus Music. He lives in Asheville, NC. Enjoy baseball songs, poignant social and political commentary, as well as vivid descriptions of interesting characters, one about GPS, and songs of mirth and merriment for the holidays.
MORE INFO: chuckbrodsky.com

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Sunday, November 29, 7:30 - 10:30 pm (beginner lesson at 7 pm)
FSGW SUNDAY CONTRA
Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD
Admission: $10/members; $13.00/General Public; $5.00 for Student/Child.  

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Thursday, December 3, 5:45 and 6:30pm (two 25-minute shows)
JUMP START WITH THE ARTS -- FAMILY FUN NIGHT OUT AT EL GOLFO
featuring THE GRANDSONS JR!!  
Upbeat American mix of rock, swing, New Orleans R&B, country, and Latin music
El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Wammie Award Winners!  Best Children’s Artists of the Year
Presented by Silver Spring Day School and Class Acts Arts
With support from El Golfo Restaurant and Carpe Diem Arts
$5 cover charge for adults: includes a ticket for a free dessert or drink (including Margaritas!)
Children FREE
15% of food and drink sales will benefit Silver Spring Day School

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Thursday, December 3, 7:30-11:00pm
BENEFIT EVENT @ FILLMORE for Montgomery County Renters Alliance
featuring WEST AFRICAN MUSIC: CHEICK HAMALA DIABATE
Fillmore
8656 Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD
The Renters Alliances celebrates 5 years of service to the renter community – promoting the cause of renters rights and community health and stability.
TICKETS: SAvailable at all levels including $25 "affordable housing" tickets and free tickets for those who cannot afford to pay. Everyone is invited to attend. Proceeds from the event will help support the Renters Alliance outreach, education and advocacy work.
A Jpeg of the Invitation Face is also attached should you choose to use it as a graphic.

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Friday, December 4, 8:30-11:30pm (7:30pm lesson)
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE @ GLEN ECHO
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD
Lesson included with admission at 7:30.
Dinner and snacks are available at the Glen Echo Café adjoining the ballroom.

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Saturday, December 5, 11am and 1pm
CATHY FINK & MARCY MARXER with special guest BILL HARLEY!
WINTER FAMILY CONCERT – 30th ANNUAL
Seekers Church
276 Carroll St. NW
Takoma, DC (across from Takoma Metro, near Busboys & Poets)
TICKETS:  Tickets: $12 advance, $15 door.
All tickets are general admission.

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Saturday/Sunday, December 5-6 and December 12-13 -- 2:00pm and 7:00pm shows
SHAKESPEARE’S “AS YOU LIKE IT” c/o LUMINA STUDIO THEATRE
Directed by David Minton
Music direction: Wendy Lanxner
Saturday, 12/5 -- 2PM Green Cast -- 7PM Blue Cast
Sunday, 12/6 -- 2PM Blue Cast -- 7PM Green Cast
Saturday, 12/12 -- 2PM Blue Cast -- 7PM Green Cast
Sunday, 12/13 -- 2PM Green Cast -- 7PM Blue Cast
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets -- Search As You Like It!

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Saturday, December 5, 11:00am-4:00pm
SOUK AND OLIVE HARVEST FESTIVAL
The Jerusalem Fund
2425 Virginia Ave, NW
Washington, DC  20037
Bring your friends and family to soak in the ambience of a traditional Middle Eastern souk, stock up on Palestinian kefiyyehs, organic olive oil and zaatar, listen to the soothing sounds of qanun music, get your hand painted with intricate designs in henna, and choose from among hundreds of lovely items galore to buy for holiday gifts or simply to gift yourself while eating sumptuous Middle Eastern delicacies.
INFO: 202.338.1958

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Saturday, December 5, 5:30-7:30pm
JOURNEY TO WORSHIP: THE MUSICAL -- by David Griffiths
Nineteenth Street Baptist Church
4606 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
Attend this premiere of an original musical by David Griffiths, and enjoy the celestial voices of
Dante Pope, Monique Griffiths, Marlissa Hudson, Helen Lee and GaryNelson, just to name a few – with 30 community voices – with stage direction by Nicole Morgan, a remarkable author and playwright. Conducted by Patrick D. McCoy, Minister of Music at Trinity Presbyterian and noted classical music critic.
Musical direction by Edmond Charles.  NOTE from playwright and artistic director David Griffiths: “Over 20 years ago I received a scholarship from Professor Ramsey at University Of Maryland to continue my study of the Korean Language.  She challenged me to use my unique perspective of being an African American who has spent time in Korea and studied the language to help bring our cultures together.  This is my opportunity finally to do just that.”
TICKETS: General Admission $25 advance / $30 at the door. VIP tickets: $45

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Saturday, December 5, 7:00pm
CORAL CANTIGAS: A CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL with special guests: Beltway Brass Quintet
Latin Songs and Beltway Brass
Bethesda United Methodist Church
8300 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814
Bask in the contagious rhythms of the Caribbean parranda and the Mexican posada that are part of the 12-day Epiphany celebrations. The concert features Sonia Morales’s Christmas song Brillará una Estrella, for choir and brass quintet; popular bilingual sing-alongs; and American classics with The Beltway Brass Quintet. 

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Saturday, December 5 through Sunday, December 13
(Family Friday Dec 11—25% off youth tickets)
Lisner Auditorium
Washington, DC
WASHINGTON REVELS presents THE CHRISTMAS REVELS:
A MEDIEVAL CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE
Revel with us and with our beloved king, a mysterious woodland queen, a pair of fools, and an unexpected guest. As the Winter Solstice calls us all together, meet us in a special place that straddles the majestic and the mythical realms. The townspeople gather with court and forest folk, new and old traditions find common ground, and a deeper community emerges. Join us and find the true heart and spirit of the holiday season as we bid goodbye to the old year and celebrate the birth of the new.
Amidst it all, enjoy rousing traditional music, powerful medieval songs, ethereal chants, seasonal carols, rollicking tunes on early instruments, familiar rounds, folk and courtly dances, a madcap “12 Days of Christmas,” the eerily hypnotic Abbots Bromley horn dance, a topsy-turvy “Lord of Misrule,” and an evocative mummers’ play.
Join our cast of over 100, ages 8 to 85, for this one-of-a-kind evening of seasonal celebration and merriment. Sing along and dance in the aisles with us, and join the over 10,000 people who make our Christmas Revels part of their holiday tradition each December!
Washington Revels’ flagship production, The Christmas Revels, is a festive celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day.” Through music, dance and drama, it draws on traditions and rituals from many lands, peoples, and eras — medieval, Renaissance and Victorian English, French, Russian, Roma (Gypsy), African-American, Scandinavian, American Appalachian, Native American, Renaissance Italian, Québécois, medieval Andalusian (Sephardic, Arabic and Spanish), southern Balkan (Bulgarian, Greek and Thracian Turkish), Irish, and more.
TICKETS: www.RevelsDC.org

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Sunday, December 6, 7:30 - 10:30 pm (beginner lesson at 7 pm)
FSGW SUNDAY CONTRA
Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD
Admission: $10/members; $13.00/General Public; $5.00 for Student/Child.  

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Monday, December 7, 6:00pm
MONTGOMERY COUNTY EXECUTIVE’S BALL FOR THE ARTS & HUMANITIES – 30th ANNUAL
North Marriott Conference Center
Rockville, MD

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Monday, December 7, 7:00-10:00pm (fundraising dinner starts 5:00pm)
KARAOKE KIDS EVENING AT EL GOLFO
Benefit for New Hampshire Estates Elementary School & Oak View Elementary School
El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD

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Thursday, December 10, 7:30-10:00pm (7:00-7:30 intro workshop)
SILVER SPRING CONTRA DANCE – SECOND THURSDAYS
Band: Terpsichore (Elke Baker, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon)
Caller: Clinton Ross
Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Free parking at 801 Ellsworth Dr. (across the street)
No need for a partner, and no experience necessary. All ages welcome.
Great combination of fun and exercise!  Refreshments provided.
FREE TO FIRST-TIMERS AT SS DANCE
$10 general admission
$8 FSGW, BFMS, CDSS members & Revels
$5 students and those with no income
Bob Mathis: talibob@starpower.net  / Jeff Kenton: jmkenton@verizon.net 
Presented by Carpe Diem Arts c/o Class Acts Arts -- in partnership with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW), Silver Spring Town Center Inc. (SSTCi) and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s “Be Active Montgomery” initiative.

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Friday, December 11, 7:30pm (doors open 7:00pm)
SIOBHAN QUINN & MICHAEL BOWERS, LEA MORRIS, JOY IKE
Carroll Café @ Seekers Church
276 Carroll St. NW DC (across from Takoma metro)
Our holiday gift for you: three world-class acts for the price of one! LEA is one of the region's best vocalists, songwriters and recording artists. Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers paint dynamic and colorful stories with rich original, contemporary and traditional music; and Joy Ike's percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. This promises to be a soulful and electrifying evening. 
TICKETS: $18 advance / $20 door

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Friday, December 11, 8:30-11:30pm (7:30pm lesson)
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE @ GLEN ECHO
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD
Lesson included with admission at 7:30.
Dinner and snacks are available at the Glen Echo Café adjoining the ballroom.

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Saturday, December 12, 2:00-5:00pm
TAKOMA PARK BOOK FAIR
Trohv
Takoma Park, MD
Details TBD

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Saturday, December 12
SAM GLEAVES AND SI KAHN – with special guests Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and Rickie Simpkins
Seekers Church
276 Carroll St. NW
Takoma, DC (across from Takoma Metro)
Sam & Si are 50 years apart, but share a love of Appalachian music, songwriting and social justice. They both write powerful songs. Sam's new CD, AIN'T WE BROTHERS has just been released and has garnered some great attention on NPR.
TICKETS: $20 advance, $25 door. Students (with ID) & Children: $15 advance, $20 door.

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Saturday, December 12, 8:00pm
DAR WILLIAMS IN CONCERT
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Washington, DC

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Sunday, December 13, 4:00pm
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: CELEBRATING THE HOLYDAYS
Opening set c/o Strathmore Children’s Chorus
Strathmore Music Center
N. Bethesda, MD
The internationally renowned and locally beloved all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock returns to Strathmore with a one-of-a-kind holiday concert -- lending their “luminous, virtuosic” voices (The New York Times) to familiar African-American spirituals along with music influenced by Latin, Chinese, African, and Hebrew cultures, the ensemble honors the holiday spirit and its universal message of peace and hope. This concert will feature an opening set by the Strathmore Children's Chorus.
NOTE: Drop off a coat for our coat drive and earn a $10 ticket voucher!

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Sunday, December 13, 7:30 - 10:30 pm (beginner lesson at 7 pm)
FSGW SUNDAY CONTRA
Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD
Admission: $10/members; $13.00/General Public; $5.00 for Student/Child.  

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Wednesday, December 16, 1:00-3:00pm (3rd Wednesday every month)
SONG CIRCLE
Schweinhaut Senior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD
All are welcome. Feel free to come when you can and leave when you wish. 
Presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and Carpe Diem Arts.

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Friday, December 18, 7:30pm
DOWNWIRE @ EL GOLFO
Featuring Roger Coleman, Tom Kaufman, Bob Hirshon & Bruce Allen
Bring your dancing shoes!
Great Rock ‘n Roll and Soul!
Fabulous food too!
El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD

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Saturday, December 19, 9:00am-3:00pm
FENTON STREET MARKET
Cynthia Farrell-Johnson will have a booth there
Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD

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Monday, December 21, 6:30-8:30pm
REVELS-CARPE DIEM COMMUNITY SING
531 Dale Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
December theme: Celebration of the Solstice and the Season
·  6:30-7:30pm – Songs for Families
·  7:30-8:00 – Birthday songs for November; social time, refreshments
·  8:00-8:30 – Harmony singing from diverse song traditions – for teens and adults
Bring refreshments, instruments and songs to share if you wish.
Free admission. Donations appreciated.
Parking info: www.RevelsDC.org
Presented by Washington Revels and Carpe Diem Arts

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Monday, December 21, 7:00-10:00pm (fundraising dinner starts 5:00pm)
KARAOKE KIDS EVENING AT EL GOLFO
Benefit for Eastern Middle School
El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD

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Sunday, December 27, 7:30pm
TRIBUTE TO HANK WILLIAMS – 19th ANNUAL
Featuring Robin & Linda Williams, Cathy  & Marcy, Robbie Fulks,
Rickie Simpkins, Dave Chappell, Mark Schatz
The Birchmere
3701 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22305
It's a sell-out show. Buy TIX early. 
TICKETS: $29.50  

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Wednesday, December 30, 7:30-9:30pm (LAST WEDNESDAY of every month)
Greater U. Street Jazz Collective
El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Cover charge: $5 – gives you free Margarita or any other drink, or dessert

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Thursday, January 7, 2016 -- 5:45 and 6:30pm (two 25-minute shows)
JUMP START WITH THE ARTS -- FAMILY FUN NIGHT OUT AT EL GOLFO
featuring ERIC MARING: Music-Making and Fun with Mr. M!
El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Presented by Silver Spring Day School and Class Acts Arts
With support from El Golfo Restaurant and Carpe Diem Arts
$5 cover charge for adults: includes a ticket for a free dessert or drink (including Margaritas!)
Children FREE
15% of food and drink sales will benefit Class Acts Arts/Jump Start outreach to low-income preschools

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Friday, January 8, 7:30pm (doors open 7:00pm)
BUMPER JACKSONS
Carroll Café @ Seekers Church
276 Carroll St. NW DC (across from Takoma metro)

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Thursday, January 14, 7:30-10:00pm (7:00-7:30 intro workshop)
SILVER SPRING CONTRA DANCE – SECOND THURSDAYS
Band: David Wiesler and David Knight
Caller: April Blum
Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Free parking at 801 Ellsworth Dr. (across the street)
No need for a partner, and no experience necessary. All ages welcome.
Great combination of fun and exercise!  Refreshments provided.
FREE TO FIRST-TIMERS AT SS DANCE
$10 general admission
$8 FSGW, BFMS, CDSS members & Revels
$5 students and those with no income
Bob Mathis: talibob@starpower.net  / Jeff Kenton: jmkenton@verizon.net 
Presented by Carpe Diem Arts c/o Class Acts Arts -- in partnership with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW), Silver Spring Town Center Inc. (SSTCi) and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s “Be Active Montgomery” initiative.

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Wednesday, January 20, 1:00-3:00pm (3rd Wednesday every month)
SONG CIRCLE
Schweinhaut Senior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD
All are welcome. Feel free to come when you can and leave when you wish. 
Presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and Carpe Diem Arts.

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Wednesday, January 20, 7:00-8:30pm
TAKOMA FREE MINDS SATELLITE WRITE NIGHT
Seekers Church
276 Carroll St. NW DC (across from Takoma metro and BusBoys & Poets)
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 “Satellite Write Night.”
Presented by Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop in partnership with Carpe Diem Arts, Project Youth ArtReach/Class Acts Arts, with support from the Takoma Foundation.
And in MBHS (Blair High School) award-winning Silver Chips newspaper—by Mariam Jiffar:
RSVP: Sandy Moore -- sanmoore@earthlink.net -- so we have an idea of how many tables and chairs to set up, and refreshments to bring.

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Thursday, February 4, 5:45 and 6:30pm (two 25-minute shows)
JUMP START WITH THE ARTS -- FAMILY FUN NIGHT OUT AT EL GOLFO
featuring THE UNCLE DEVIN SHOW! A dynamic cross between Fat Albert and Schoolhouse Rock
El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Presented by Silver Spring Day School and Class Acts Arts
With support from El Golfo Restaurant and Carpe Diem Arts
$5 cover charge for adults: includes a ticket for a free dessert or drink (including Margaritas!)
Children FREE
15% of food and drink sales will benefit Class Acts Arts/Jump Start outreach to low-income preschools

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Thursday, February 11, 7:30-10:00pm (7:00-7:30 intro workshop)
SILVER SPRING CONTRA DANCE – SECOND THURSDAYS
Band: Triple Helix (Alexander Mitchell, Colleen Kennedy, and Keith Gillis)
Caller: Andrea Nettleton
Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Free parking at 801 Ellsworth Dr. (across the street)
No need for a partner, and no experience necessary. All ages welcome.
Great combination of fun and exercise!  Refreshments provided.
FREE TO FIRST-TIMERS AT SS DANCE
$10 general admission
$8 FSGW, BFMS, CDSS members & Revels
$5 students and those with no income
Bob Mathis: talibob@starpower.net  / Jeff Kenton: jmkenton@verizon.net 
Presented by Carpe Diem Arts c/o Class Acts Arts -- in partnership with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW), Silver Spring Town Center Inc. (SSTCi) and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s “Be Active Montgomery” initiative.

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Friday, February 12, 7:30pm (doors open 7:00pm)
VICTORIA VOX with the UNIFIED JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Carroll Café @ Seekers Church
276 Carroll St. NW DC (across from Takoma metro)

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Wednesday, February 17, 1:00-3:00pm (3rd Wednesday every month)
SONG CIRCLE
Schweinhaut Senior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD
All are welcome. Feel free to come when you can and leave when you wish. 
Presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and Carpe Diem Arts.

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Friday, February 26, 2016, 8 p.m.  (Group tickets available now!)
SWIMMING IN DARK WATERS: OTHER VOICES OF THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Featuring RHIANNON GIDDENS of the Carolina Chocolate Drops
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
The folk-singer, the protest singer, the singer-songwriter has become an icon of American resilience – but too often that voice is assumed to be white. There is a history of protest, subversion and resistance from musicians of color through U.S. history.  Led by Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, this concert will explore the old and new songs of resistance of the South, protest songs from Leyla McCalla’s Haiti and Louisiana, and the outsider-looking-in observations of Bhi Bhiman.
TICKETS: $35 (plus $4 service fee if not bought at box office).
Group tickets: $29.75 (plus $1 service fee)--e-mail Fred (fstollnitz@comcast.net) if interested.
INFO: <http://lisner.gwu.edu/swimming-dark-waters-other-voices-american-experience>.

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Thursday, March 3, 5:45 and 6:30pm (two 25-minute shows)
JUMP START WITH THE ARTS -- FAMILY FUN NIGHT OUT AT EL GOLFO
featuring MR. DAVE – DC area’s rock star of kids’ music  
El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Presented by Silver Spring Day School and Class Acts Arts
With support from El Golfo Restaurant and Carpe Diem Arts
$5 cover charge for adults: includes a ticket for a free dessert or drink (including Margaritas!)
Children FREE
15% of food and drink sales will benefit Silver Spring Day School

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SILVER SPRING CONTRA DANCE – SECOND THURSDAYS      
Band: Sugar Beat (Elke Baker, Marc Glickman and Susan Brandt)
Caller: Greg Frock
Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Free parking at 801 Ellsworth Dr. (across the street)
No need for a partner, and no experience necessary. All ages welcome.
Great combination of fun and exercise!  Refreshments provided.
FREE TO FIRST-TIMERS AT SS DANCE
$10 general admission
$8 FSGW, BFMS, CDSS members & Revels
$5 students and those with no income
Bob Mathis: talibob@starpower.net  / Jeff Kenton: jmkenton@verizon.net 
Presented by Carpe Diem Arts c/o Class Acts Arts -- in partnership with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW), Silver Spring Town Center Inc. (SSTCi) and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s “Be Active Montgomery” initiative.

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Friday, March 11, 7:30pm (doors open 7pm)
TRET FURE – CD RELEASE CONCERT
Carroll Café @ Seekers Church
276 Carroll St. NW DC (across from Takoma metro)

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Saturday, March 12, 7:00pm
CORAL CANTIGAS: CROSSING BORDERS—ON OUR WAY TO CUBA
First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Guest Artists:  Anamer Castrello, Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano
Carlos Feliciano, Puerto Rican tenor
Celebrating the increasing US-Cuba understanding, Cantigas presents a sampling of Cuba’s rich and diverse choral traditions. Savor the works of contemporary, Cuban composers Beatriz Corona, Roberto Valera, and Calixto Alvarez; traditional and folk music; and reverent Santeria chants. Cantigas also explores connections between English and Spanish poetic traditions with two choral suites inspired by iconic poets Shakespeare and Cervantes: Three Elizabethan Songs by R. Vaughan Williams and Three Epitaphs (For the Tomb of Don Quixote, For the Tomb of Dulcinea, and For the Tomb of Sancho Panza) by Spanish composer Rodolfo Halffter. 
For more information, please contact: Magalie Salas, Executive Director301-230-1361.
For interviews, please contact: Diana Saez, Artistic Directordsaez@cantigas.org

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Wednesday, March 16, 1:00-3:00pm (3rd Wednesday every month)
SONG CIRCLE
Schweinhaut Senior Center
1000 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD
All are welcome. Feel free to come when you can and leave when you wish. 
Presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and Carpe Diem Arts.

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Thursday, April 14, 7:30-10:00pm (7:00-7:30 intro workshop)
SILVER SPRING CONTRA DANCE – SECOND THURSDAYS      
Band: Sugar Beat (Elke Baker, Marc Glickman and Susan Brandt)
Caller: Greg Frock
Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Free parking at 801 Ellsworth Dr. (across the street)
No need for a partner, and no experience necessary. All ages welcome.
Great combination of fun and exercise!  Refreshments provided.
FREE TO FIRST-TIMERS AT SS DANCE
$10 general admission
$8 FSGW, BFMS, CDSS members & Revels
$5 students and those with no income
Bob Mathis: talibob@starpower.net  / Jeff Kenton: jmkenton@verizon.net 
Presented by Carpe Diem Arts c/o Class Acts Arts -- in partnership with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW), Silver Spring Town Center Inc. (SSTCi) and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s “Be Active Montgomery” initiative.

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Thursday, May 12, 7:30-10:00pm (7:00-7:30 intro workshop)
SILVER SPRING CONTRA DANCE – SECOND THURSDAYS      
Band: Karen Axelrod on piano, Rachel Bell on accordion and Eric Martin on violin and viola 
Caller: Jeremy Child, caller from the UK (pending committee approval)
Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Free parking at 801 Ellsworth Dr. (across the street)
No need for a partner, and no experience necessary. All ages welcome.
Great combination of fun and exercise!  Refreshments provided.
FREE TO FIRST-TIMERS AT SS DANCE
$10 general admission
$8 FSGW, BFMS, CDSS members & Revels
$5 students and those with no income
Bob Mathis: talibob@starpower.net  / Jeff Kenton: jmkenton@verizon.net 
Presented by Carpe Diem Arts c/o Class Acts Arts -- in partnership with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW), Silver Spring Town Center Inc. (SSTCi) and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s “Be Active Montgomery” initiative.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7:00 pm
A CUATRO VOCES: Cantigas’s 25-Year Farewell Celebration
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
6301 River Road
Bethesda, MD  20817
Guest Artists: Javier Farías, composer and classical guitarist
Orlando Cotto, Puerto Rican percussionist
The Strings Avenue Quartet
Francesca Dugarte and Luis Torres, dancers from The Washington Ballet
Cantigas presents the world premiere of La sangre derramada, a composition for mixed choir and classical guitar by Chilean composer Javier Farías, commissioned for this 25thAnniversary.  The composition is based on Federico García Lorca’s poem Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías.  Cantigas also performs excerpts from Romancero Gitanocomposed by Castelnuovo Tedesco for chorus and classical guitar, also based on poetry by Federico Garcia Lorca.  Mr. Farías will accompany Cantigas in the guitar in the performance of his own composition and in Romancero. 
This grand finale also features songs for choir and string quartet: El Tren by Puerto Rican composer Jorge Figueroa, commissioned by Cantigas in 2013; and El viento en la islacomposed in 2014 for Cantigas by tenor and composer Terrance Johns. Other favorites include Libertango and Adios Nonino by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla.
There will be a farewell reception to celebrate Cantigas’s extraordinary journey of cultural ambassadorship and musical excellence. 
CONCERT TICKETS: www.cantigas.org or call 301-230-1361
$30-$20. Free niños, 12 and under
Student, senior & group discounts
FAREWELL RECEPTION TICKETS: $20.00

* * * * *NOTE: To all groups presenting events in downtown Silver Spring: please submit your listings on the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District website: www.SilverSpringDowntown.com

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LOCAL ARTIST NOTES / NEW RELEASES
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Mary Amato's novel, Get Happy, celebrates the joy of music-making and songwriting and a teenager’s life-saving discovery of the ukulele!
Other recent release, Guitar Notes, is about two teens who discover a profound connection
through songwriting. The novel includes eight original songs and graphics
of the drafts and revisions to show the songwriting process.
References the House of Musical Traditions!
For more, see http://thrumsociety.com/

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STRATHMORE – View the Entire 2014-2015 Season

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IMT CONCERTS AND HMT WORKSHOPS

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KENNEDY CENTER MILLENNIUM STAGE CONCERTS
365 days a year – FREE TO THE PUBLIC

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED MUSIC & DANCE CAMPS / RETREATS

www.DancingPlanetProductions.com (international music & dance c/ Jamie & Betsy Platt)
http://www.nfo-usa.org/pourparler2014.htm (Pour Parler international dance gathering at Folklore Village in Wisconsin, Nov 13-16)
www.berea.edu/ccds (Christmas Country Dance School, Dec 26, 2014 to Jan 1, 2015)
http://www.danceholiday.net (Terpsichore Dance Holiday, Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV)

and for other arts retreat offerings, visit:
Numerous offerings for one day or multi-day retreats/arts workshops.

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REPEAT OFFERINGS – OPEN MIC’S, FARM MARKETS &
SONG CIRCLES/COMMUNITY SINGS, WEEKLY DANCES, WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
Mark your calendars!

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21st of every month
WASHINGTON REVELS / CARPE DIEM SING IN SILVER SPRING & TAKOMA PARK
Washington Revels Community Room
531 Dale Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
FREE admission
NOTE: Includes potluck supper @ 6:00pm on Equinoxes & Solstice dates (March, June, Sept, Dec)
6:30-7:45pm – Community Sing (different theme and song leaders each month)
7:45-8:00pm – Social Time, Birthday Cake, Candles and Songs
8-8:45pm – Ukulele jam session (BYOU)
www.CarpeDiemArts.org (under reconstruction)

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Sundays through September 2014, 7:00-10:00pm
MILONGA A LA LIBERTAD – WEEKLY TANGO EVENT (FREE)
Freedom Plaza
14th St and Penn Avenue NW
Washington, DC
Near Federal Triangle Metro station
FREE admission
Please bring snacks and beverages to share

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Tuesdays (every week) -- 7:00-10:00pm
OPEN MIC hosted by DAVID ROTHMAN & COOKING WITH GAS
Primarily blues, but all types of music is welcome, electric or acoustic
VFW 350
6420 Orchard Ave.
Takoma Park, MD

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Tuesdays (every week) – music other nights too
OPEN MIC @ GYPSY SALLY’S VINYL LOUNGE
3401 K. St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

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Wednesday (every week) -- 5:30pm
UNO-DOS-TRES CON ANDRES!
Andres Salguero
Bloombars
3222 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tickets: $7 per kid, $3 per adult

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SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC IN ADAMS MORGAN
Hosted by Zachary Ryan Parkman
Chief Ike’s Mambo Room
1725 Columbia Rd NW,
Washington, DC 20009
This month we have folkster Phil Fox, crooning singer/songwriter Juels Bland, at least 1/3rd of the hooligan jug band Snakehead Run - new page(Dennis Buck) and yours truly. Come join us at the greatest little dive bar in Adams Morgan.

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2nd Wednesdays of every month (occasional 3rd Wed)
NOTE:  Check web site to confirm dates
YSAYE BARNWELL Community Sing
Levine School (usually)
2801 Upton St. NW DC

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LAST WEDNESDAY of every month – 7:30-9:30pm
Greater U. Street Jazz Collective
El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Cover charge: $5 – gives you free Margarita or any other drink, or dessert

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2nd Thursdays of every month, 7:00-7:30pm free intro workshop / dancing 7:30-10pm
CARPE DIEM COMMUNITY DANCE – CONTRAS AND SQUARES
Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD
Sponsored by Carpe Diem Arts c/o Class Acts Arts, Folklore Society of Greater Washington, and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation -- BE ACTIVE MONTGOMERY 

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Monday, September 29 – 4 week sessions begin
BELLY DANCE CLASSES IN TAKOMA PARK
Saffron Dance at Takoma Park
Roda Movements
7014 Westmoreland Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
What do a N.A.S.A. engineer, corporate lawyer, stay-at-home-mom and your local barista all have in common? They spend their evenings at Saffron Dance learning something you might not expect: Belly Dance. If you haven’t belly danced before, now is the perfect time to begin. To mark Saffron Dance’s 8th year as a hub for Middle Eastern dance, Saffron is offering FREE introductory “teaser” classes through September 28th. These teaser classes give students a taste of Saffron’s signature 4-week Belly Dance Crash Course program. Created for individuals who are coming to belly dance for the very first time, Saffron’s Crash Courses are structured and easy to follow — absolutely no dance experience necessary! They are perfect for students to learn the basics of Belly Dance. Each week, a new movement is introduced and drilled, building on and incorporating elements from the prior weeks. Particular focus is given to developing correct posture alignment, flexibility, arm positions and paths, fundamental shimmies, basic hip accents, introductory undulations, easy to follow traveling steps and combinations. The program culminates in a performance opportunity so students can share their new hobby with family and friends.
Learn more about Saffron Dance and sign up for 4-Week Crash Courses starting September 29 at www.SAFFRONDANCE.com

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ART ON 8th   Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May-October 2014
FREE EVENTS IN BROOKLAND
Enjoy music, dance, visual arts and crafts on the Arts Walk at Monroe St. Market

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EVERY THURSDAY
International Folkdancing w/ Jamie Platt
Glen Echo, MD
Info: contact Jamie Platt, dancingplanet@erols.com

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EVERY FRIDAY: DANZA LATINA!
8:30-9:30 Salsa Lesson / 9:30pm DANCE!
El Golfo
8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Cover charge: $10

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EVERY NIGHT, 6-7pm
FREE PERFORMANCE AT MILLENNIUM STAGE
Kennedy Center

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EVERY THURSDAY, 6-7:30pm
DIASPORA DANCE WITH MESI WALTON
Explore dance and cultural traditions of the African Diaspora including, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Guinea, Mali and The U.S.
Bloombars
3222 11th St NW DC

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FRIDAYS (2nd Friday usually) -- 8:00pm
INWOOD COFFEEHOUSE
10921 Inwood Ave. (off University Blvd)
Wheaton, MD 
Each month Leslie & Steven Choy bring in a professional band for the 1st set and then the 2nd set is an open mic with the residents of Inwood. A very lively group of people and a good time is had by all!  A neighborhood gem.
Only $5 admission.

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FRIDAY NIGHTS IN SOUTHWEST DC, 6-9pm
JAZZ NIGHT IN SOUTHWEST
Food and beverages available 5:30-8:45pm c/o SW Catering Company
Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I. St., SW 
Washington, DC 20024
$5 admission (free for children and teens under 16)
Parking in the church lot, neighboring commercial garages, or on the street.

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FRIDAY NIGHTS IN GREENBELT, 8:30 - 10:45 pm
INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING: Line, Circle, and Couple Dancing from the Balkans, Europe, Scandinavia, etc.
Dance teaching until approximately 9:00 or 9:15 then request dancing until 10:45.
Greenbelt Community Center - Dance Studio
15 Crescent Rd. - Greenbelt, MD
(in case of inclement weather, call 301-474-0646 or 301-397-2208)

1st Friday-of-the-Month LIVE MUSIC PARTIES:  $12.00 / Other Nights $7.00
(Students & Seniors: Half Price except on Live Music nights)
First-timers are free (except on Live Music nights or otherwise noted)
Newcomers and beginners are welcome
Adults - $15.00 / Children 12 & under - free
(subject to change - check for updates!)
For information:  Larry Weiner (301) 565-0539 / larry@larryweiner.com

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THIRD SATURDAYS -- 7:30-9:30pm
ANNETTE WASILIK & KEVIN DUDLEY
Zed’s Café
8225 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
Annette and Kevin join forces in singing their award-winning originals peppered with cool covers. Zed’s is among the best little listening rooms in all of DC. Good eats too!
No cover but donations gratefully accepted.

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SOME MONDAYS PLUS OTHER DAYS – Institute of Musical Tradition Series
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
Rockville, MD

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EVERY MONDAY, 6-9pm 
BLUE MONDAY BLUES
Food and beverages available 5:30-8:45pm c/o SW Catering Company
Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I. St., SW 
Washington, DC 20024
$5 admission (free for children and teens under 16)
Parking in the church lot, neighboring commercial garages, or on the street.

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21st of every month – 7-11pm
"21st at 21" is a regular event held on the 21st of every month except Nov & Dec 21
21 Gessford Ct. SE DC
A musically-rich evening with a mix of the jazz-oriented 21 Gessford Court players and any jazz/blues/rock
performers who'd like to jam with us.  A BYOB evening. Attendees asked to put a minimum of $10 into the hat. The net proceeds are shared among the co-sponsoring Corner Store, Arts Center and the house musicians.
Refreshments provided – and any food or drink contributions greatly appreciated. 
"21st at 21" is held under the auspices of the Corner Store Arts Center on Capitol Hill. 

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HAPPENINGS AT THE HARMAN – c/o SHAKESPEARE THEATRE
Forum of Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
All performances are FREE and reservations are not required. 
Performances will last less than an hour.

WEDNESDAYS @ 12 noon & HAPPY HOURS @ 5:30pm
September through June
Every “Happening” features a different type of locally grown performance:
musicians, dancers, actors, puppeteers and genre-mixers.
Email Us to learn more or join the Happenings mailing list.
FREE -- Reservations not required.

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CHECK THE WEB SITE FOR OPEN MIC POETRY AND OTHER EVENTS

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1st Tuesdays every month
NEW OLD JAMBOREE WITH RUTHIE & THE WRANGLERS AND FRIENDS
New Deal Cafe
113 Centerway
Greenbelt, Maryland
NO COVER. 

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THIRD FRIDAYS COFFEEHOUSE (doors open 6pm)
All ages, alcohol-free, safe venue
Fine music, tasty snacks, great company, affordable fun.
Ascension Church
633 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD
$5 admission
For more info contact: Anne LeVeque at maleveque@cs.com

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SECOND SUNDAYS, 3-5pm
FSGW FAMILY DANCE
Usually held at the Glen Echo Town Hall from November through April and the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park from May through October, except in August and December, when there is no dance.  You can check www.fsgw.org (click on "Family Contra") for details of a particular dance, and to be sure nothing has changed.  If you suspect a dance at Glen Echo Park may be cancelled due to bad weather, call the park at 301-320-2330

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Tuesday Concert Series, 12:10pm (weekly)
Church of the Epiphany 
1317 G Street, NW DC. 
Lunchtime series: mostly classical, but with occasional performances of folk and traditional music
FREE

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TWILIGHT TUESDAYS on the Plaza, 7-9pm (SUMMER TIME)
Silver Spring, MD

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WEDNESDAYS (first and third) -- 7:30pm Open Mic / 10:30pm Open Jam
OPEN MIC @ McGINTY’S with WENDY LANXNER AND AMY FREEDMAN
McGinty's Public House
911 Ellsworth Dr.
Silver Spring, MD
Sign up in advance at: http://amyandwendy.com/openmic.html

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THURSDAYS, 7-9pm
OPEN MIC -- SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON
New Deal Café
113 Centerway
Greenbelt, MD
David Weaver & Lynn Hollyfield, co-hosts
Great sound by Frank Kayser!

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FRIDAYS, 8-10:30pm (arrive 7:30pm to sign up)
Modern Times Unplugged Open Mic

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave., Washington, DC
A great opportunity for local musicians of all ages to step out and network in a comfortable, welcoming setting. Performances are unplugged and typically packed with some of the area’s most talented and most supportive musicians – forget what you thought you knew about Open Mics and come check it out! Hosted by Maureen Nelson and often featuring special guest sets by local and visiting musicians. All styles of music, poetry, and performance are welcome.
To get to know some of the musicians that have performed at the Unplugged Open Mic, please visit  MySpace and Facebook.

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SATURDAYS
FRESH FARM MARKET
9 am to 1 pm (April to Dec.)
10 am to 1 pm (Jan. to March)
Ellsworth Drive between Fenton St & Georgia Ave.

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SATURDAYS, 10am-4pm
FENTON STREET MARKET
Corner of Fenton & Ellsworth
Silver Spring, MD

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SUNDAYS, 10am to 2pm
Takoma Park Farmers Market
On Laurel Ave.

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Sunday Evenings, 5pm
DC/TAKOMA PARK SONGWRITING CIRCLE
The Electric Maid located at 268 Carroll St NW Washington, DC. 
All are welcome if you have a song you are working on and/or would like to share. 
Please bring printed copies of the lyric sheet if you can. 

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SUNDAY EVENINGS, 7pm
SNAFU -- ACOUSTIC SINGER/SONGWRITER SHOWCASE
Pure Wine Café
8210 Main St., Ellicott City, MD.  
FREE and open to the public
SNAFU is a weekly acoustic singer/songwriter showcase hosted by David Morealle, featuring two singer-songwriters each week.  

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FIRST MONDAYS, 7-10pm
SALSA DANCING IN THE GREAT HALL
Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD
Presented by After-School-Dance-Fund/Baile for Life in partnership with Carpe Diem Arts, with support from the Department of Recreation: BE ACTIVE MONTGOMERY

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MONDAY EVENINGS, 7:00-10:00pm 
LUISA ROSE Y SUS AMIGOS KROON KARAOKE EN ENGLISH & ESPANOL
Over 30 thousand songs to choose from.....Ingles y Español!
El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Ave
Silver Spring, MD
Free Parking / no cover charge
Presented by Ida Villatoro, Gourmet Restauranteur and Empresario of Music! 
Enjoy Multi-Talented Luisa Rose & D.J./Keyboardist Ken Sleeman of Luisa & the Reverbs 
Delicious Latin American Cuisine, Family Dining, Vegan & Veggie Cuisine Too! 
White Table Cloths & Fresh Flowers, The Ada Touch!

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BELLY DANCE CLASSES IN TAKOMA PARK
Saffron Dance at Takoma Park
In Residence at Roda Movements
7014 Westmoreland Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
What do a N.A.S.A. engineer, corporate lawyer, stay-at-home-mom and your local barista all have in common? They spend their evenings at Saffron Dance learning something you might not expect: Belly Dance. If you haven’t belly danced before, now is the perfect time to begin. To mark Saffron Dance’s 8th year as a hub for Middle Eastern dance, Saffron is offering FREE introductory “teaser” classes from September 15th to September 28th. These teaser classes give students a taste of Saffron’s signature 4-week Belly Dance Crash Course program. Created for individuals who are coming to belly dance for the very first time, Saffron’s Crash Courses are structured and easy to follow — absolutely no dance experience necessary! They are perfect for students to learn the basics of Belly Dance. Each week, a new movement is introduced and drilled, building on and incorporating elements from the prior weeks. Particular focus is given to developing correct posture alignment, flexibility, arm positions and paths, fundamental shimmies, basic hip accents, introductory undulations, easy to follow traveling steps and combinations. The program culminates in a performance opportunity so students can share their new hobby with family and friends.
Learn more about Saffron Dance and sign up for 4-Week Crash Courses starting September 29 at www.SAFFRONDANCE.com
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NOTE:  Check out the schedule of upcoming theater productions at area high schools:
Remarkable productions (at bargain prices!) -- highlighting the talents of area students and directors. 

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SUMMER ARTS CAMPS AND RETREAT OPPORTUNITIES
Sampling of dates & offerings
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August 17-21, 2015
August 24-28, 2015
CARPE DIEM ARTS FRENCH IMMERSION CAMP @ SEEKERS
Rising 2nd-5th graders (co-ed)
9:30am-3:30pm -- with before and after-camp care options
Seekers Church
Takoma, DC

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The SLIGO CREEK HEDGE SCHOOL - An Irish Music and Culture Camp for Youth
Since 1998, the Sligo Creek Hedge School has been dedicated to helping youth experience the joy of Irish music, poetry and culture.  Learning Irish traditional music is the heart of the Sligo Creek Hedge School - singing, pennywhistle, bodhran (the Irish drum), even harp and accordion!   But we do much more –  a daily Tea & Poetry Time, Celtic crafts, lunches at Sligo Creek (perfect for wading), and field trips.  We might visit a local instrument builder, stroll with Irish wolfhounds, try the Uilleann (rhymes with "willin") bagpipes, and much more.  Our days are filled with fun! 
For more details and to register visit the website:
Karen Ashbrook, Director Sligo Creek Hedge School

NOTE: Register by March 17 and receive a free pennywhistle lesson!

2015 Sligo Creek Hedge School CAMPS

Sprouting Celts  - Ages 6-8
August 10-14, 3:00-5:30 pm
Let your budding Celt experience Irish music and fun! COST: $160 before April 15* ($185 after)

Irish Music & Arts for All – Ages 9-14 July 20-24, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
(drop-off time 9-9:30)  (formerly “Intro” Week)
No music experience needed! Learn to play the Irish drum, pennywhistle, harp and sing Irish songs.  Celtic crafts, field trips and fun poetry for children! This is an excellent introduction to Irish culture and music.   COST $360 before April 15*  ($420 after)

Musicians’ Week  - Ages 9-14
July 27-31, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
 (drop-off time 9-9:30.)  Audition required.
Must already be playing a few Irish tunes. We’ll have daily music sessions, learn new tunes, harp, crafts, poetry, field trips and more! COST $375 before April 15* ($435 after)

Teen Celtic Band Week  - Ages 13-22
June 28-July 3** (6 days), 10:00 am – varied ** (6/28 Sun.  meets 1-6 pm)(drop-off  9-10 am.)
Audition required.  Co-taught by Paul Oorts, for teens already seriously involved in music. This 6-day intensive camp works on developing ensemble skills, presenting traditional and contemporary Celtic music for concert audiences. Campers will make a CD. **NOTE: Campers stay late for evening performances Tues, Wed and Fri.
COST $465 before April 15* ($515 after)

Inquire about Family Discounts & aftercare!

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CREATE ARTS CENTER
Art camps offered during Winter and Spring breaks,
And from early June until the end of August.

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TAKOMA GROOVE CAMP 2015
Session 1: July 6-10
Session 2: July 13-17
Session 3: July 20-24
Session 4: July 27-31
Takoma Groove Camp is a musical, summer day camp for pre-teens and teens who are advanced beginner to advanced musicians and are looking to gain experience playing in a band setting with their peers. Takoma Groove Camp focuses on composing, improvisation, jamming and musicianship and strives to make the young player an all-around better musician. We write original music, play improv games, take field trips, learn how to play in a band with others, be productive and have the most fun possible. Every session culminates in a concert put on by the musicians that proves to be awe-inspiring and loads of fun! See you at Takoma Groove Camp this summer!
Brian Weber, Director

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July 2015 (dates TBA)
CCE MAD WEEK – Celtic Music & Dance
Cedar Lane Unitarian Church
Bethesda, MD
In its 10th year, MAD Week will feature world-class teaching in fiddle, flute, guitar accompaniment, bodrhan (Irish drum), singing, piano accompaniment, banjo and mandolin, concertina and button accordion. There will also be three types of dancing at MAD Week:  Sean-nos (Old-style), set dancing (Irish social), Appalachian flatfooting (Celtic roots in Appalachia), and Irish step dancing.   

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late June to late August (two-week sessions)
SYNETIC STUDIO’S OLYMPIANS SUMMER THEATRE CAMP
Synetic Theater
2611 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington | VA | 22202
Early registration prices apply to single tickets for spring break (April 14-18) or summer camps.  
Perfect for students in elementary and middle school between the ages of 7 and 13.  Camps are divided into two groups, Young Artists (7-9), and Thespians (10-13).  Students work on individual and group art projects related to the camp themes and topics, train in the methods of physical theatre including dance, mime, tumbling, and pantomime while developing valuable social skills in problem solving, collaboration, leadership, listening, focus and physical discipline through creative play.
Early registration closes February 24th, and camp sessions are filling up fast so register today!

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ROUND HOUSE THEATRE SUMMER CAMPS
Grades K-6 in Silver Spring / Grades 7-12 in Bethesda

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CHECK OUT OTHER EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
Please let me know of any arts organizations or groups I have missed: busygraham@gmail.com  

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