Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Takoma Ensemble: Peanut Butter & Jam Session

Takoma Ensemble: Peanut Butter & Jam Session

January 30, 2016 at 4:00pm
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

We are excited to present the next installment in our series of Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions with Becky Linafelt as part of the WE ARE TAKOMA Series.

Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions are designed for children ages 1 1/2 to 7 and their accompanying grown-ups. These informal concerts encourage young children to become active and enthusiastic listeners through music, movement, and games.

In this session, we will explore FEELINGS. For the young child, navigating and understanding feelings can be quite a complicated task! Our feelings range from great excitement and joy to sadness and anger and all that’s in between.

Join a String Quintet from the Takoma Ensemble and Kindermusik educator, Becky Linafelt, on a musical journey through the varied landscape of FEELINGS.

Stay for snacks after the performance!

A $10 per child donation is suggested.
There are no advance tickets or reservations available for this event, so please come early as it is VERY POPULAR!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Three for a Song present "Cocktails for Three: A Collection of intoxicating melodies of the 1920s and 30s"

Three For a Song
"Cocktails for Three: A Collection of Intoxicating Melodies of the 1920 and 30s

Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7:30pm

Germano's Piattini and Cabaret
300 S High St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Just back from an appearance at The National Archives and exciting feature on BBC Worldwide, THREE FOR A SONG brings a show of boozy, bold, and beautiful melodies of the 20s and 30s guaranteed to “Go to your head, like a "sip of burgandy brew."

Pianist extraordinaire, Alex Hassan, recreates the styles of the golden age of 1920s/30s Tin Pan Alley; sublime, acclaimed East Coast based singers Doug Bowles and Iyona Blake are versatile performers who bring the songs of the Era to life with humor and heart.

An "outstandingly talented" trio, according to Michael Feinstein, they have performed to standing ovations at venues such as the Kennedy Center Jazz Club and the Library of Congress. The trio presents a delightful evening of recently discovered, never performed, breathtaking melodies from stage and film of the 1930's; with clever lyrics, bouncy rhythms, and hot tempos. Woven between the songs, you'll hear hilarious, heartwarming and surprising anecdotes about the songs and songwriters, with listeners left to wonder how on earth these melodies didn't become standards! With over 45,000 pieces of sheet music in his repertoire, Hassan and his colleagues invite you to join them as they present their new cabaret, “Cocktails for Three: A Collection of Intoxicating Melodies of the 20s and 30s”

$15 Cover Charge - BUY TICKETS
Doors open at 6pm for Dinner
(buy your tickets, then make a reservation in the Cabaret for dinner)

Plough Sunday Sword Dancing in Old Town Alexandria - January 10, 2016

Foggy Bottom Morris Men
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
January 10, 2016

Dances: Ampleforth and Papa Stour

If wet or excessively windy: Alexandria Circuit Court arcade (two blocks east of Murphy's between St Asaph & S. Pitt)

If dry: Market Square, corner of King Street and Royal (four blocks east of Murphy's between Royal and Fairfax)

Both if time permits and enthusiasm from the crowd wins the day

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Union Street North of King
Inside - Ground Floor near chimney stairs

Waterfront behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center (weather permitting) as the Sun sets.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Winter Solstice Celebration 12/17/15 in Takoma Park, MD - Foggy Bottom Morris Men

Join the Foggy Bottom Morris Men as they continue a long-standing tradition!

From their Facebook Event Page:

Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
Thursday, December 17, 2015

6:00pm Takoma Park Gazebo
7:30pm Takoma Park Library

We'll begin at the Takoma Park Gazebo (corner of Westmoreland and Carroll Avenues) around 6 pm to celebrate the Shortest Day; highlights include the Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance and a Mummer's Play!

If you'd prefer to watch us inside, at 7:30 pm we'll also be at the Takoma Park Library (corner of Maple and Philadelphia Avenues [a.k.a. Maple Ave. and East West Hwy at the Takoma Municipal Center Building]) for an encore performance. This is part of the library's popular annual Winter Solstice Celebration in the Children's Room beginning at 6:30 with a drumming session.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

"Family Friday" at the Christmas Revels, 12/11 at 7:30pm

Washington Revels present the Christmas Revels through Sunday, December 13 at Lisner Auditorium. Five shows, evenings and matinees.

FAMILY FRIDAY NIGHT: 25% off Youth tickets on December 11 at 7:30pm
Save money and bring the whole family on Friday night!!
Please Note : Discounted Youth tickets do not count toward 10-ticket and 20-ticket thresholds for purposes of group discounts.

This year is a Medieval Celebration with a beloved king, a mysterious woodland queen, a pair of fools, and an unexpected guest. 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 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. Tickets $12-60,

Details about the show and tickets here.

Reviews and Recommendations:
* Best 2015 Holiday Concerts

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Edge of the Universe Players 2 -- Entertaining Mr Sloane

The Edge of the Universe Players 2


Entertaining Mr Sloane

by Joe Orton
directed by Stephen Jarrett

Runs through Sunday, December 13, 2015
at the Writer's Center in Bethesda

Washington Post: ..."McGee’s mercurial Sloane is a winning gambit for this effective production of Joe Orton’s 1964 propriety-flouting play."

From among a multitude of very different scripts suggested by various directors, our Board chose this dark comedy from the 1960’s. It’s British playwright Joe Orton’s tale of people desperately searching for love, but weaving an outrageous tangle of lust, deceit, and violence in its place. We find it a commentary on morality and pragmatism in the worst sense. The story leads to questions about the structure of civilization. It’s also hilarious in many places.

The cast:
    Claire Schoonover as Kath
    Matthew Aldwin McGee as Sloane
    David Bryan Jackson* as Kemp
    Jim Jorgensen* as Ed

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

For the schedule and tickets, click here.

Entertaining Mr Sloane will be at the Allan B. Lefcowitz Theatre at Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md. It’s in downtown Bethesda, just east of Wisconsin Avenue, within walking distance from the Bethesda METRO and across the street from a large parking lot.

For more info on the cast, designers, director, and others, click here.

Read the review from the Washington Post.

Entertaining Mr Sloane is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

The Edge of the Universe Players 2