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Local Writer's Showcase: Poetry Contest

02-07-2020

Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership at Bethesda Urban Partnership
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 15 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 16 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 12:00 am + 52 more dates and times

Wed, Dec 18 @ 12:00 am Thu, Dec 19 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 12:00 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 12:00 am Sun, Dec 22 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 23 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 24 @ 12:00 am Wed, Dec 25 @ 12:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 27 @ 12:00 am Sat, Dec 28 @ 12:00 am Sun, Dec 29 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 30 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 31 @ 12:00 am Wed, Jan 01 @ 12:00 am Thu, Jan 02 @ 12:00 am Fri, Jan 03 @ 12:00 am Sat, Jan 04 @ 12:00 am Sun, Jan 05 @ 12:00 am Mon, Jan 06 @ 12:00 am Tue, Jan 07 @ 12:00 am Wed, Jan 08 @ 12:00 am Thu, Jan 09 @ 12:00 am Fri, Jan 10 @ 12:00 am Sat, Jan 11 @ 12:00 am Sun, Jan 12 @ 12:00 am Mon, Jan 13 @ 12:00 am Tue, Jan 14 @ 12:00 am Wed, Jan 15 @ 12:00 am Thu, Jan 16 @ 12:00 am Fri, Jan 17 @ 12:00 am Sat, Jan 18 @ 12:00 am Sun, Jan 19 @ 12:00 am Mon, Jan 20 @ 12:00 am Tue, Jan 21 @ 12:00 am Wed, Jan 22 @ 12:00 am Thu, Jan 23 @ 12:00 am Fri, Jan 24 @ 12:00 am Sat, Jan 25 @ 12:00 am Sun, Jan 26 @ 12:00 am Mon, Jan 27 @ 12:00 am Tue, Jan 28 @ 12:00 am Wed, Jan 29 @ 12:00 am Thu, Jan 30 @ 12:00 am Fri, Jan 31 @ 12:00 am Sat, Feb 01 @ 12:00 am Sun, Feb 02 @ 12:00 am Mon, Feb 03 @ 12:00 am Tue, Feb 04 @ 12:00 am Wed, Feb 05 @ 12:00 am Thu, Feb 06 @ 12:00 am Fri, Feb 07 @ 12:00 am - less dates and times

Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, February 7, 2020

Awards (Adult)
First Place - $350, published on The Writer's Center's "First Person Plural" blog, and a...

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Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, February 7, 2020

Awards (Adult)
First Place - $350, published on The Writer's Center's "First Person Plural" blog, and a free class and membership to The Writer's Center.
Second Place - $250
Third Place - $150
Honorable Mention - $75 (Up to three Honorable Mentions will be selected)
Online Application for Poetry Contest - Adults 

Awards (High School)
Young Poet: $75 (Up to three Young Poets will be selected)
Online Application for Poetry Contest - High School

All winning poems will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and The Writer's Center websites and will be honored at a special event during the Local Writer's Showcase in April 2020.

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Local Writer's Showcase

01-17-2020

Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership at Bethesda Urban Partnership
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 15 @ 9:00 am Mon, Dec 16 @ 9:00 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 9:00 am + 31 more dates and times

Wed, Dec 18 @ 9:00 am Thu, Dec 19 @ 9:00 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 9:00 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 9:00 am Sun, Dec 22 @ 9:00 am Mon, Dec 23 @ 9:00 am Tue, Dec 24 @ 9:00 am Wed, Dec 25 @ 9:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 9:00 am Fri, Dec 27 @ 9:00 am Sat, Dec 28 @ 9:00 am Sun, Dec 29 @ 9:00 am Mon, Dec 30 @ 9:00 am Tue, Dec 31 @ 9:00 am Wed, Jan 01 @ 9:00 am Thu, Jan 02 @ 9:00 am Fri, Jan 03 @ 9:00 am Sat, Jan 04 @ 9:00 am Sun, Jan 05 @ 9:00 am Mon, Jan 06 @ 9:00 am Tue, Jan 07 @ 9:00 am Wed, Jan 08 @ 9:00 am Thu, Jan 09 @ 9:00 am Fri, Jan 10 @ 9:00 am Sat, Jan 11 @ 9:00 am Sun, Jan 12 @ 9:00 am Mon, Jan 13 @ 9:00 am Tue, Jan 14 @ 9:00 am Wed, Jan 15 @ 9:00 am Thu, Jan 16 @ 9:00 am Fri, Jan 17 @ 9:00 am - less dates and times

The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor essays and short stories. All Essay and Short Story Contest winners will be published on the...

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The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor essays and short stories. All Essay and Short Story Contest winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and honored at a special event during Local Writer's Showcase in April 2020.
Essay Contest
Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, January 17, 2020

Awards (Adult)
First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mentions: $75
Online Application for Adult Essay Contest

Awards (High School)
First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mentions: $25
Online Application for High School Essay Contest
Short Story Contest
Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, January 17, 2020
Online Application for Short Story Contest

Awards (Adult)
First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $75

Awards (High School)
First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mention: $25

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

01-05-2020

Presented by Imagination Stage at Imagination Stage, Bethesda
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 15 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 1:30 pm + 22 more dates and times

Sat, Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 1:30 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 4:00 pm Mon, Dec 23 @ 11:00 am Mon, Dec 23 @ 1:30 pm Tue, Dec 24 @ 11:00 am Tue, Dec 24 @ 1:30 pm Thu, Dec 26 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 1:30 pm Fri, Dec 27 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 29 @ 1:30 pm Sun, Dec 29 @ 4:00 pm Mon, Dec 30 @ 11:00 am Mon, Dec 30 @ 1:30 pm Tue, Dec 31 @ 11:00 am Tue, Dec 31 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Jan 04 @ 3:30 pm Sat, Jan 04 @ 6:00 pm Sun, Jan 05 @ 1:30 pm Sun, Jan 05 @ 4:00 pm - less dates and times

Original concept by Kathryn Chase Bryer, David Palmer, Janet Stanford, and Septime Webre

Libretto and lyrics by Janet Stanford with additional lyrics by Bari Biern

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Original concept by Kathryn Chase Bryer, David Palmer, Janet Stanford, and Septime Webre

Libretto and lyrics by Janet Stanford with additional lyrics by Bari Biern

Music by Matthew Pierce

Directed by Janet Stanford

Choreographed by David Palmer

Leap through the wardrobe and into a winter wonderland in this dance-based adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s treasured novel from the Chronicles of Narnia. A remount of Imagination Stage’s Helen Hayes award-winning 2012 production, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of four siblings who journey from war-torn England to a magical land frozen in eternal winter, where the powerful lion Aslan leads them on a journey to discover their destiny. Music, modern dance, and breathtaking puppetry tell a story of love, sacrifice, and redemption.

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The Nutcracker

12-29-2019

Presented by the Puppet Co. at the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 15 @ 11:30 am Sun, Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Dec 16 @ 10:00 am + 21 more dates and times

Mon, Dec 16 @ 11:30 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 11:30 am Wed, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 18 @ 11:30 am Thu, Dec 19 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm Fri, Dec 20 @ 11:30 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 11:30 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 11:30 am Sun, Dec 22 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Dec 26 @ 11:30 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 1:00 pm Fri, Dec 27 @ 11:30 am Fri, Dec 27 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 11:30 am Sat, Dec 28 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Dec 29 @ 11:30 am Sun, Dec 29 @ 1:00 pm - less dates and times

A Washington tradition for 30 years, \"The Nutcracker\" is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy....

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A Washington tradition for 30 years, \"The Nutcracker\" is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters

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Metropolitan Ballet Theatre's 31st Annual Production of The Nutcracker

12-15-2019

Presented by Metropolitan Ballet Theatre at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre has been presenting the full-length traditional staging of The Nutcracker since 1989. Year after year audiences are enchanted by MBT's...

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Metropolitan Ballet Theatre has been presenting the full-length traditional staging of The Nutcracker since 1989. Year after year audiences are enchanted by MBT's performances which feature student and professional dancers, fabulous costumes, and beautiful scenery including a Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, magical dancing dolls, marching toy soldiers, giant mice, a dazzling blizzard with dancing snowflakes and a land of luscious sweets.

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker is a fun family tradition that will lift your spirits this holiday season!

*Friday, Dec 6th, 5:30 pm: Special Working Dress Rehearsal Performance (Ticketed at a separate link. See website for details.)

*Saturday, Dec 7, 1pm & 5pm
*Sunday, Dec 8, 1pm & 5pm
*Saturday, Dec 14, 1pm & 5pm
*Sunday, Dec 15, 1pm only

(MBT's shorter-length The Nutcracker Suite will be performed Dec 7-8 & 14-15 each day at 10am. Tickets are sold separately. Senosory-friendly performance Dec 8, 10am.)

Attention Girl Scouts! Earn your Nutcracker Patch by attending one of our special "Chats" for Girl Scouts and other students after the 1pm performance on December 8 and after the 5pm performance on December 14. Stay in your seats after the performance for our "Patch Chat"! MBT Commemorative Nutcracker patches (3.5" round patches) are available for $3 at the gift table in the lobby or in advance by calling 301-762-1757.

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Gardens of Lights Exhibit

12-31-2019

Presented by Montgomery Parks at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm + 27 more dates and times

Mon, Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm Tue, Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm Tue, Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm Wed, Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm Wed, Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm Thu, Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm Thu, Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm Fri, Dec 20 @ 5:30 pm Fri, Dec 20 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Dec 23 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Dec 23 @ 5:30 pm Thu, Dec 26 @ 5:30 pm Thu, Dec 26 @ 5:30 pm Fri, Dec 27 @ 5:30 pm Fri, Dec 27 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 29 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 29 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Dec 30 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Dec 30 @ 5:30 pm Tue, Dec 31 @ 5:30 pm Tue, Dec 31 @ 5:30 pm - less dates and times

Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and...

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Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, sparkling fountains, and whimsical winter scenes. Since 1997, the Garden of Lights has been a Baltimore/Washington DC area family holiday tradition.

The night wouldn’t be complete without a visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy watching G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitor Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly live musical performances. $25 Advance Sale Tickets will be available at the gift shop 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily beginning November 15, 2019.

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Gallery Exhibit - Maryland Photography Alliance

01-21-2020

Presented by City of Gaithersburg Arts and Events at The Activity Center at Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Dec 16 @ 8:00 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 8:00 am Wed, Dec 18 @ 8:00 am + 34 more dates and times

Thu, Dec 19 @ 8:00 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 8:00 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 8:00 am Sun, Dec 22 @ 8:00 am Mon, Dec 23 @ 8:00 am Tue, Dec 24 @ 8:00 am Wed, Dec 25 @ 8:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 8:00 am Fri, Dec 27 @ 8:00 am Sat, Dec 28 @ 8:00 am Sun, Dec 29 @ 8:00 am Mon, Dec 30 @ 8:00 am Tue, Dec 31 @ 8:00 am Wed, Jan 01 @ 8:00 am Thu, Jan 02 @ 8:00 am Fri, Jan 03 @ 8:00 am Sat, Jan 04 @ 8:00 am Sun, Jan 05 @ 8:00 am Mon, Jan 06 @ 8:00 am Tue, Jan 07 @ 8:00 am Wed, Jan 08 @ 8:00 am Thu, Jan 09 @ 8:00 am Fri, Jan 10 @ 8:00 am Sat, Jan 11 @ 8:00 am Sun, Jan 12 @ 8:00 am Mon, Jan 13 @ 8:00 am Tue, Jan 14 @ 8:00 am Wed, Jan 15 @ 8:00 am Thu, Jan 16 @ 8:00 am Fri, Jan 17 @ 8:00 am Sat, Jan 18 @ 8:00 am Sun, Jan 19 @ 8:00 am Mon, Jan 20 @ 8:00 am Tue, Jan 21 @ 8:00 am - less dates and times

MPA’s panel of distinguished judges for this competition included Tom Berrault, Bob Leonard & Leo Howard Lubow. Berrault is a Professor of Photography at Prince...

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MPA’s panel of distinguished judges for this competition included Tom Berrault, Bob Leonard & Leo Howard Lubow. Berrault is a Professor of Photography at Prince George’s Community College. Leonard has been honored by the Photographic Society of America (PSA) with many distinction awards and has extensive judging expertise in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Lubow is a writer, educator and award-winning professional photographer. Judging was based on four categories: abstract, black & white photography, Maryland architecture, and still life. Three winners were selected in each category, with honorable mentions as well.

About the Maryland Photography Alliance
Founded in 2017, the mission of the Maryland Photography Alliance (MPA) is to promote collaboration, cooperation, and the sharing of resources among member clubs. Through a strong alliance, individual club members have greater access to photographic enrichment opportunities. MPA’s goal is to encourage the understanding & appreciation of photography through a statewide photo competition, gallery exhibitions, a one-day “Odyssey of Light” seminar with nationally known professionals, the judge certification program, and the MPA grant.

The Alliance strives to be a cultural stimulus that fosters artistic creativity. The rich & diverse photographic culture of Maryland has benefited from the Maryland Photography Alliance. There are currently nineteen clubs in the MPA. For more information, visit www.MDPhotoAlliance.org or e-mail MPA@MDPhotoAlliance.org.

Please note that all images are copyrighted by the artist and most of the artwork is for sale.

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Captured Light: Current Photographic Processes

12-21-2019

Presented by BlackRock Center for the Arts at BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Dec 16 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am + 3 more dates and times

Thu, Dec 19 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Captured Light: Current Photographic Processes is a regional juried photography exhibit featuring a wide range of genres, capture types, formats, and processes. The 86...

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Captured Light: Current Photographic Processes is a regional juried photography exhibit featuring a wide range of genres, capture types, formats, and processes. The 86 works on display were selected by juror Nate Larson who is a contemporary artist and the Chair of the Photography Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. The goal of the Captured Light exhibit is to highlight the broad spectrum of work being done by photographers from across the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show

12-31-2019

Presented by Sandy Spring Museum at Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Dec 16 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am + 12 more dates and times

Thu, Dec 19 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 10:00 am Sun, Dec 22 @ 11:00 am Mon, Dec 23 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 24 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 27 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 28 @ 10:00 am Sun, Dec 29 @ 11:00 am Mon, Dec 30 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 31 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
*Closed Christmas Day

Ditch the big-box stores and do your...

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
*Closed Christmas Day

Ditch the big-box stores and do your holiday shopping locally this year! The annual Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show features one-of-a-kind pieces including, jewelry, quilts, pottery, and other fine arts and crafts – handmade by local artists. Every item for sale is unique and individually crafted by an artist who puts their heart and soul into making something special for everyone on your gift list.

Featured Artists
Lauren Kingsland – Quilting
Girl Scouts – Ornaments
Clare Margiotta – Jewelry, Drinkware, Scarves
Phil Valencia – Hand Blown Glass
Victor Almeida – Hand Blown Glass
Beth Heiler – Ornaments
Eun Ju Lee (Resident Artist) – Silversmithing-Jewelry
Julie Smith (Resident Artist) – Acrylic, Mixed Media Collage
Karen Blynn (Resident Artist) – Pottery
Jean Fletcher (Resident Artist) – Ceramics
Pamela Reid (Resident Artist) – Pottery
Robin Ziek (Resident Artist) – Pottery
Loretta DiPanda (Resident Artist) – Metalsmithing-Jewelry
Belinda Russel (Resident Artist) – Paintings
Patricia Kessler (Resident Artist) – Paintings, Textiles & Natural Dyes
Barbara Abrams (Resident Artist) – Watercolor Paintings
Dalis Davidson – Knit Scarves & Shawls
Bobbi Premack Gorban – Jewelry & Pins
Larry Reader – Hand Carved Decoys
Matt Szychowski – Illustrated Prints
Tawa Ayeloj – Soaps, Skincare, & Candles

Featured Local Authors
Alyscia Cunningham –  I Am More Than My Hair and Feminine Transitions: A Photography Celebration of Natural Beauty
Michael V.M. Stein – The Quest for Legendary Beer
J. David Wonderling – Living History of the Civil War
Karen Yaffe Lottes & Dorothy Pugh – In Search of Maryland Ghosts Montgomery County
Dr. Hattie N. Washington – Driven to Succeed & Aunt Hattie’s Cookbook
Fleming, Forston, Pointer & Withers – From Acorn to Mighty Oak It Can Be Done
Thomas Y. Canby – Crooked Furrow
Dr. George McDaniel, Larkin Rogers, Sarah L. Rogers – African American Heritage Cookbook
Edward Allen Faine – Little Ned Stories (ages 4-8); More Little Ned Stories (ages 6-8); How-To Cowboy (ages 8-12); More How-To Cowboy (ages 8-12); Going Places by Boat, Plane and Train (ages 2 and up)
Perry Koons – Comet Saves the Day

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December First Friday Gallery Openings and Open Studios

12-20-2019

Presented by Artists & Makers Studios at Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Dec 17 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 19 @ 10:00 am + 1 more dates and times

Fri, Dec 20 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Teresa Jarzynski shares textural still life paintings in Be Still My Life, Vladimir Zabavskiy’s gem-like paintings sparkle in May Beauty Follow, and Jenny Nordstrom...

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Teresa Jarzynski shares textural still life paintings in Be Still My Life, Vladimir Zabavskiy’s gem-like paintings sparkle in May Beauty Follow, and Jenny Nordstrom offers some of her favorite images from a long-term project in Doors of Distinction. Pike District sponsors a very special December First Friday and celebrates North Bethesda’s Urban Core – and all there is to see, do, visit and try here. There’s something new behind every door in the Pike District. These exhibits will open for First Friday festivities on December 6th between 6pm and 9pm and will showcase artists’ open studios for browsing and shopping.

Visit A&M1 Parklawn and enjoy the gorgeous gallery exhibits, along with open studios, a perfect time for shopping and gift-giving, or for finding a treasure for yourself. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments, and rich and varied art for browsing and buying - all in one location. These exhibits at A&M1 Parklawn open Friday, December 6th, and continue through Friday, December 20th, 2019.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.  ***Still Life Open Drawing and Painting with exhibiting artist Teresa Jarzynski in the Main Gallery on December 7th, 14th, 21st (Saturdays) 12-3pm. All are welcome and the events are free. Bring your art supplies - and easels, tables and chairs, and snacks will be provided.***

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The Velveteen Rabbit

01-01-2020

Presented by Adventure Theatre MTC at Adventure Theatre MTC, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 20 @ 11:00 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 11:00 am + 25 more dates and times

Sat, Dec 21 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 4:30 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm Mon, Dec 23 @ 11:00 am Mon, Dec 23 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Dec 24 @ 11:00 am Tue, Dec 24 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Dec 24 @ 4:30 pm Thu, Dec 26 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 2:00 pm Fri, Dec 27 @ 11:00 am Fri, Dec 27 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 11:00 am Sat, Dec 28 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Dec 29 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm Mon, Dec 30 @ 11:00 am Mon, Dec 30 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Dec 31 @ 11:00 am Tue, Dec 31 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Dec 31 @ 4:30 pm Wed, Jan 01 @ 11:00 am Wed, Jan 01 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Jan 01 @ 4:30 pm - less dates and times

A World Premiere Play

The Velveteen Rabbit
November 15, 2019–January 1, 2020
Directed by Jenna Duncan
Based on the book by Margery Williams
Adapted by Patrick Flynn
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A World Premiere Play

The Velveteen Rabbit
November 15, 2019–January 1, 2020
Directed by Jenna Duncan
Based on the book by Margery Williams
Adapted by Patrick Flynn
All performances held in Glen Echo Park
Recommended for all ages

Margery Williams's classic toy story gets a vibrant retelling in this brand new adaptation. When the Child gets the Rabbit for Christmas, she is at first disappointed in her gift. But as the two quest and adventure through her storybooks, both Rabbit and Child grow and care for each other. And they discover that love is the greatest force in the Universe and can make impossible things Real.

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Holiday Boutique

12-21-2019

Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership at Triangle Art Studios
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm

Downtown Bethesda's Triangle Art Studios will host a December exhibition from Dec. 6 - 21 featuring resident artists Jill Newman, Maruja Quezada, Barbara Siegel & Clare...

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Downtown Bethesda's Triangle Art Studios will host a December exhibition from Dec. 6 - 21 featuring resident artists Jill Newman, Maruja Quezada, Barbara Siegel & Clare Winslow, plus guest artists Kristine DeNinno, Mark Hill, Marla Rudnik & Robin Ziek. Gallery hours are Friday & Saturday, 1-5pm.

Special December events include: Holiday Boutique hours, Friday, Dec. 13, 12-9pm; Saturday, Dec. 14, 12-6pm; Sunday, Dec. 15, 12-5pm.

Sip & Create, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6-8pm Enjoy a free holiday craft, hors d'oeuvres & wine.

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Maryland Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker

12-26-2019

Presented by Maryland Youth Ballet at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm + 7 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 22 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Dec 23 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Dec 24 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 3:00 pm Thu, Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm - less dates and times

Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets take the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Set...

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Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets take the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, the incredible dancing and dazzling costumes bring to life the story of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince. Join us for the full-length classic with all new choreography by Artistic Director, Olivier Muñoz.

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Sugar Plum Tea Party at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre

12-21-2019

Presented by Metropolitan Ballet Theatre at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 21 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 2:00 pm

Want to meet the SugarPlum Fairy from The Nutcracker? You are cordially invited to join us at our SugarPlum Tea Party in December! Please call or click for tickets. These...

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Want to meet the SugarPlum Fairy from The Nutcracker? You are cordially invited to join us at our SugarPlum Tea Party in December! Please call or click for tickets. These will sell out quickly!

-Meet the SugarPlum Fairy and other characters from The Nutcracker!
-Enjoy a ballet class and a craft
-Enjoy a snack and a sweet treat

Each child needs a ticket; parents are admitted free of charge. This event is age-appropriate for children ages 3-7.

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Holly Trolleyfest

12-29-2019

Presented by National Capital Trolley Museum at National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 12:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 29 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

Holly TrolleyFest celebrates the season with toy trains and Santa aboard the streetcars from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Santa will not be available after christmas, however, there...

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Holly TrolleyFest celebrates the season with toy trains and Santa aboard the streetcars from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Santa will not be available after christmas, however, there are streetcar rides and seasonal toy trains set up.

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Family Paint Night

12-21-2019

Presented by CREATE Arts Center at CREATE Arts Center, Silver Spring
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 21 @ 6:30 pm

Grab a paint brush and create new memories with your family, by learning how to paint a masterpiece under the expert and lively guidance of one of CREATE's experienced...

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Grab a paint brush and create new memories with your family, by learning how to paint a masterpiece under the expert and lively guidance of one of CREATE's experienced teaching artists.

This December 21st, join artist Jeannette Talavera as she leads you along the process of painting a beautiful beach sunset that will take your mind off this chilly season!

All materials included. No prior experience necessary. Minimum recommended age of child participants is 7 years old. Ticket price includes 1 adult and 1 child (additional child and adult participants can be added at checkout).

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Family Chanukah Party

12-23-2019

Presented by Bender JCC of Greater Washington at Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washingt..., Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Dec 23 @ 4:30 pm

Celebrate the fifth night of Chanukah by bringing your family to the Bender JCC for a candle lighting ceremony with latkes and donuts, crafts, storytime and more.

Candle...

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Celebrate the fifth night of Chanukah by bringing your family to the Bender JCC for a candle lighting ceremony with latkes and donuts, crafts, storytime and more.

Candle lighting ceremony
Chanukah Storytime
Chanukah Arts & Crafts
Latkes & Donuts provided

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Discovery Day: Archaeology

01-04-2020

Presented by Gaithersburg Community Museum at Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jan 04 @ 10:00 am

The Montgomery Parks Archaeology Office takes over the museum with many hands-on activities to introduce you to the glamour of archaeological work. Among the things...

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The Montgomery Parks Archaeology Office takes over the museum with many hands-on activities to introduce you to the glamour of archaeological work. Among the things visitors can try are: Archaeology Site-In-A-Can, Tin-Smithing, Marble making, Seed Identification, and Ceramic Mending. Try out these skills while learning what archaeology teaches us about the past. This program is free and open to visitors of all ages.

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BSO Presents Movie with Orchestra: Amadeus

01-04-2020

Presented by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jan 04 @ 8:00 pm

Experience the multi-Academy Award winning 1984 motion picture, Amadeus, on a giant HD screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live by the Baltimore...

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Experience the multi-Academy Award winning 1984 motion picture, Amadeus, on a giant HD screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live by the Baltimore Symphony, joined by the BSO Symphonic Chorale.

Amadeus LIVE is an Avex Classics International production

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
BSO Symphonic Chorale, Edward Polochick, director
Lura Johnson, piano

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Abstracted Art Exhibition Opening Reception

01-09-2020

Presented by Takoma Park Arts at Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jan 09 @ 7:00 pm

Please join us for a free opening reception for ABSTRACTED, a group exhibition featuring a diverse range of abstract artwork by Seemen Hashem, Steve Wanna, Elroy Williams,...

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Please join us for a free opening reception for ABSTRACTED, a group exhibition featuring a diverse range of abstract artwork by Seemen Hashem, Steve Wanna, Elroy Williams, and students from the VisAbility Art Lab.

Hashem transforms discarded musical instruments, bicycle parts, and other found objects into unique sculptural forms. Wanna will display mixed-media work and a site-specific suspended installation that incorporate elements of "controlled randomness."

Williams' large abstract paintings convey his passion for life and perseverance in the face of adversity. The VisAbility Art Lab in Rockville teaches art workshops for adults with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Cover image: Quartet by Seemen Hashem

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Poetry from Behind Bars

01-16-2020

Presented by Takoma Park Arts at Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm

In "the land of the free," the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, but the people behind bars are more than just inmate numbers. In a unique...

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In "the land of the free," the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, but the people behind bars are more than just inmate numbers. In a unique poetry reading, Poet Ambassadors from the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop will read poetry they wrote while incarcerated in the D.C. jail or federal prisons across the country. Their words reveal the human costs of imprisonment and the power of poetry to provide a voice and offer healing.

The poetry reading, which is sponsored by the Takoma Park Arts series, is free and no tickets are required. Donations will be accepted to support Free Minds, and a reception will follow the reading where the audience can meet the poets. For more info about Free Minds, go to https://freemindsbookclub.org/

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Local Writer's Showcase: Poetry Contest

02-07-2020

Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership at Bethesda Urban Partnership
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 15 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 16 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 12:00 am + 52 more dates and times

Wed, Dec 18 @ 12:00 am Thu, Dec 19 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 12:00 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 12:00 am Sun, Dec 22 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 23 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 24 @ 12:00 am Wed, Dec 25 @ 12:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 12:00 am Fri, Dec 27 @ 12:00 am Sat, Dec 28 @ 12:00 am Sun, Dec 29 @ 12:00 am Mon, Dec 30 @ 12:00 am Tue, Dec 31 @ 12:00 am Wed, Jan 01 @ 12:00 am Thu, Jan 02 @ 12:00 am Fri, Jan 03 @ 12:00 am Sat, Jan 04 @ 12:00 am Sun, Jan 05 @ 12:00 am Mon, Jan 06 @ 12:00 am Tue, Jan 07 @ 12:00 am Wed, Jan 08 @ 12:00 am Thu, Jan 09 @ 12:00 am Fri, Jan 10 @ 12:00 am Sat, Jan 11 @ 12:00 am Sun, Jan 12 @ 12:00 am Mon, Jan 13 @ 12:00 am Tue, Jan 14 @ 12:00 am Wed, Jan 15 @ 12:00 am Thu, Jan 16 @ 12:00 am Fri, Jan 17 @ 12:00 am Sat, Jan 18 @ 12:00 am Sun, Jan 19 @ 12:00 am Mon, Jan 20 @ 12:00 am Tue, Jan 21 @ 12:00 am Wed, Jan 22 @ 12:00 am Thu, Jan 23 @ 12:00 am Fri, Jan 24 @ 12:00 am Sat, Jan 25 @ 12:00 am Sun, Jan 26 @ 12:00 am Mon, Jan 27 @ 12:00 am Tue, Jan 28 @ 12:00 am Wed, Jan 29 @ 12:00 am Thu, Jan 30 @ 12:00 am Fri, Jan 31 @ 12:00 am Sat, Feb 01 @ 12:00 am Sun, Feb 02 @ 12:00 am Mon, Feb 03 @ 12:00 am Tue, Feb 04 @ 12:00 am Wed, Feb 05 @ 12:00 am Thu, Feb 06 @ 12:00 am Fri, Feb 07 @ 12:00 am - less dates and times

Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, February 7, 2020

Awards (Adult)
First Place - $350, published on The Writer's Center's "First Person Plural" blog, and a...

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Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, February 7, 2020

Awards (Adult)
First Place - $350, published on The Writer's Center's "First Person Plural" blog, and a free class and membership to The Writer's Center.
Second Place - $250
Third Place - $150
Honorable Mention - $75 (Up to three Honorable Mentions will be selected)
Online Application for Poetry Contest - Adults 

Awards (High School)
Young Poet: $75 (Up to three Young Poets will be selected)
Online Application for Poetry Contest - High School

All winning poems will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and The Writer's Center websites and will be honored at a special event during the Local Writer's Showcase in April 2020.

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Local Writer's Showcase

01-17-2020

Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership at Bethesda Urban Partnership
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 15 @ 9:00 am Mon, Dec 16 @ 9:00 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 9:00 am + 31 more dates and times

Wed, Dec 18 @ 9:00 am Thu, Dec 19 @ 9:00 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 9:00 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 9:00 am Sun, Dec 22 @ 9:00 am Mon, Dec 23 @ 9:00 am Tue, Dec 24 @ 9:00 am Wed, Dec 25 @ 9:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 9:00 am Fri, Dec 27 @ 9:00 am Sat, Dec 28 @ 9:00 am Sun, Dec 29 @ 9:00 am Mon, Dec 30 @ 9:00 am Tue, Dec 31 @ 9:00 am Wed, Jan 01 @ 9:00 am Thu, Jan 02 @ 9:00 am Fri, Jan 03 @ 9:00 am Sat, Jan 04 @ 9:00 am Sun, Jan 05 @ 9:00 am Mon, Jan 06 @ 9:00 am Tue, Jan 07 @ 9:00 am Wed, Jan 08 @ 9:00 am Thu, Jan 09 @ 9:00 am Fri, Jan 10 @ 9:00 am Sat, Jan 11 @ 9:00 am Sun, Jan 12 @ 9:00 am Mon, Jan 13 @ 9:00 am Tue, Jan 14 @ 9:00 am Wed, Jan 15 @ 9:00 am Thu, Jan 16 @ 9:00 am Fri, Jan 17 @ 9:00 am - less dates and times

The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor essays and short stories. All Essay and Short Story Contest winners will be published on the...

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The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor essays and short stories. All Essay and Short Story Contest winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and honored at a special event during Local Writer's Showcase in April 2020.
Essay Contest
Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, January 17, 2020

Awards (Adult)
First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mentions: $75
Online Application for Adult Essay Contest

Awards (High School)
First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mentions: $25
Online Application for High School Essay Contest
Short Story Contest
Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, January 17, 2020
Online Application for Short Story Contest

Awards (Adult)
First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $75

Awards (High School)
First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mention: $25

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

01-05-2020

Presented by Imagination Stage at Imagination Stage, Bethesda
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 15 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 1:30 pm + 22 more dates and times

Sat, Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 1:30 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 4:00 pm Mon, Dec 23 @ 11:00 am Mon, Dec 23 @ 1:30 pm Tue, Dec 24 @ 11:00 am Tue, Dec 24 @ 1:30 pm Thu, Dec 26 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 1:30 pm Fri, Dec 27 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 29 @ 1:30 pm Sun, Dec 29 @ 4:00 pm Mon, Dec 30 @ 11:00 am Mon, Dec 30 @ 1:30 pm Tue, Dec 31 @ 11:00 am Tue, Dec 31 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Jan 04 @ 3:30 pm Sat, Jan 04 @ 6:00 pm Sun, Jan 05 @ 1:30 pm Sun, Jan 05 @ 4:00 pm - less dates and times

Original concept by Kathryn Chase Bryer, David Palmer, Janet Stanford, and Septime Webre

Libretto and lyrics by Janet Stanford with additional lyrics by Bari Biern

Music...

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Original concept by Kathryn Chase Bryer, David Palmer, Janet Stanford, and Septime Webre

Libretto and lyrics by Janet Stanford with additional lyrics by Bari Biern

Music by Matthew Pierce

Directed by Janet Stanford

Choreographed by David Palmer

Leap through the wardrobe and into a winter wonderland in this dance-based adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s treasured novel from the Chronicles of Narnia. A remount of Imagination Stage’s Helen Hayes award-winning 2012 production, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of four siblings who journey from war-torn England to a magical land frozen in eternal winter, where the powerful lion Aslan leads them on a journey to discover their destiny. Music, modern dance, and breathtaking puppetry tell a story of love, sacrifice, and redemption.

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The Nutcracker

12-29-2019

Presented by the Puppet Co. at the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 15 @ 11:30 am Sun, Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Dec 16 @ 10:00 am + 21 more dates and times

Mon, Dec 16 @ 11:30 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 11:30 am Wed, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 18 @ 11:30 am Thu, Dec 19 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm Fri, Dec 20 @ 11:30 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 11:30 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 11:30 am Sun, Dec 22 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Dec 26 @ 11:30 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 1:00 pm Fri, Dec 27 @ 11:30 am Fri, Dec 27 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 11:30 am Sat, Dec 28 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Dec 29 @ 11:30 am Sun, Dec 29 @ 1:00 pm - less dates and times

A Washington tradition for 30 years, \"The Nutcracker\" is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy....

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A Washington tradition for 30 years, \"The Nutcracker\" is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters

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Metropolitan Ballet Theatre's 31st Annual Production of The Nutcracker

12-15-2019

Presented by Metropolitan Ballet Theatre at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre has been presenting the full-length traditional staging of The Nutcracker since 1989. Year after year audiences are enchanted by MBT's...

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Metropolitan Ballet Theatre has been presenting the full-length traditional staging of The Nutcracker since 1989. Year after year audiences are enchanted by MBT's performances which feature student and professional dancers, fabulous costumes, and beautiful scenery including a Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, magical dancing dolls, marching toy soldiers, giant mice, a dazzling blizzard with dancing snowflakes and a land of luscious sweets.

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker is a fun family tradition that will lift your spirits this holiday season!

*Friday, Dec 6th, 5:30 pm: Special Working Dress Rehearsal Performance (Ticketed at a separate link. See website for details.)

*Saturday, Dec 7, 1pm & 5pm
*Sunday, Dec 8, 1pm & 5pm
*Saturday, Dec 14, 1pm & 5pm
*Sunday, Dec 15, 1pm only

(MBT's shorter-length The Nutcracker Suite will be performed Dec 7-8 & 14-15 each day at 10am. Tickets are sold separately. Senosory-friendly performance Dec 8, 10am.)

Attention Girl Scouts! Earn your Nutcracker Patch by attending one of our special "Chats" for Girl Scouts and other students after the 1pm performance on December 8 and after the 5pm performance on December 14. Stay in your seats after the performance for our "Patch Chat"! MBT Commemorative Nutcracker patches (3.5" round patches) are available for $3 at the gift table in the lobby or in advance by calling 301-762-1757.

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Gardens of Lights Exhibit

12-31-2019

Presented by Montgomery Parks at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm + 27 more dates and times

Mon, Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm Tue, Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm Tue, Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm Wed, Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm Wed, Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm Thu, Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm Thu, Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm Fri, Dec 20 @ 5:30 pm Fri, Dec 20 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Dec 23 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Dec 23 @ 5:30 pm Thu, Dec 26 @ 5:30 pm Thu, Dec 26 @ 5:30 pm Fri, Dec 27 @ 5:30 pm Fri, Dec 27 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 29 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 29 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Dec 30 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Dec 30 @ 5:30 pm Tue, Dec 31 @ 5:30 pm Tue, Dec 31 @ 5:30 pm - less dates and times

Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and...

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Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, sparkling fountains, and whimsical winter scenes. Since 1997, the Garden of Lights has been a Baltimore/Washington DC area family holiday tradition.

The night wouldn’t be complete without a visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy watching G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitor Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly live musical performances. $25 Advance Sale Tickets will be available at the gift shop 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily beginning November 15, 2019.

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Gallery Exhibit - Maryland Photography Alliance

01-21-2020

Presented by City of Gaithersburg Arts and Events at The Activity Center at Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Dec 16 @ 8:00 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 8:00 am Wed, Dec 18 @ 8:00 am + 34 more dates and times

Thu, Dec 19 @ 8:00 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 8:00 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 8:00 am Sun, Dec 22 @ 8:00 am Mon, Dec 23 @ 8:00 am Tue, Dec 24 @ 8:00 am Wed, Dec 25 @ 8:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 8:00 am Fri, Dec 27 @ 8:00 am Sat, Dec 28 @ 8:00 am Sun, Dec 29 @ 8:00 am Mon, Dec 30 @ 8:00 am Tue, Dec 31 @ 8:00 am Wed, Jan 01 @ 8:00 am Thu, Jan 02 @ 8:00 am Fri, Jan 03 @ 8:00 am Sat, Jan 04 @ 8:00 am Sun, Jan 05 @ 8:00 am Mon, Jan 06 @ 8:00 am Tue, Jan 07 @ 8:00 am Wed, Jan 08 @ 8:00 am Thu, Jan 09 @ 8:00 am Fri, Jan 10 @ 8:00 am Sat, Jan 11 @ 8:00 am Sun, Jan 12 @ 8:00 am Mon, Jan 13 @ 8:00 am Tue, Jan 14 @ 8:00 am Wed, Jan 15 @ 8:00 am Thu, Jan 16 @ 8:00 am Fri, Jan 17 @ 8:00 am Sat, Jan 18 @ 8:00 am Sun, Jan 19 @ 8:00 am Mon, Jan 20 @ 8:00 am Tue, Jan 21 @ 8:00 am - less dates and times

MPA’s panel of distinguished judges for this competition included Tom Berrault, Bob Leonard & Leo Howard Lubow. Berrault is a Professor of Photography at Prince...

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MPA’s panel of distinguished judges for this competition included Tom Berrault, Bob Leonard & Leo Howard Lubow. Berrault is a Professor of Photography at Prince George’s Community College. Leonard has been honored by the Photographic Society of America (PSA) with many distinction awards and has extensive judging expertise in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Lubow is a writer, educator and award-winning professional photographer. Judging was based on four categories: abstract, black & white photography, Maryland architecture, and still life. Three winners were selected in each category, with honorable mentions as well.

About the Maryland Photography Alliance
Founded in 2017, the mission of the Maryland Photography Alliance (MPA) is to promote collaboration, cooperation, and the sharing of resources among member clubs. Through a strong alliance, individual club members have greater access to photographic enrichment opportunities. MPA’s goal is to encourage the understanding & appreciation of photography through a statewide photo competition, gallery exhibitions, a one-day “Odyssey of Light” seminar with nationally known professionals, the judge certification program, and the MPA grant.

The Alliance strives to be a cultural stimulus that fosters artistic creativity. The rich & diverse photographic culture of Maryland has benefited from the Maryland Photography Alliance. There are currently nineteen clubs in the MPA. For more information, visit www.MDPhotoAlliance.org or e-mail MPA@MDPhotoAlliance.org.

Please note that all images are copyrighted by the artist and most of the artwork is for sale.

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Captured Light: Current Photographic Processes

12-21-2019

Presented by BlackRock Center for the Arts at BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Dec 16 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am + 3 more dates and times

Thu, Dec 19 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Captured Light: Current Photographic Processes is a regional juried photography exhibit featuring a wide range of genres, capture types, formats, and processes. The 86...

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Captured Light: Current Photographic Processes is a regional juried photography exhibit featuring a wide range of genres, capture types, formats, and processes. The 86 works on display were selected by juror Nate Larson who is a contemporary artist and the Chair of the Photography Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. The goal of the Captured Light exhibit is to highlight the broad spectrum of work being done by photographers from across the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show

12-31-2019

Presented by Sandy Spring Museum at Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Dec 16 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 17 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am + 12 more dates and times

Thu, Dec 19 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 10:00 am Sun, Dec 22 @ 11:00 am Mon, Dec 23 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 24 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 27 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 28 @ 10:00 am Sun, Dec 29 @ 11:00 am Mon, Dec 30 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 31 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
*Closed Christmas Day

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
*Closed Christmas Day

Ditch the big-box stores and do your holiday shopping locally this year! The annual Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show features one-of-a-kind pieces including, jewelry, quilts, pottery, and other fine arts and crafts – handmade by local artists. Every item for sale is unique and individually crafted by an artist who puts their heart and soul into making something special for everyone on your gift list.

Featured Artists
Lauren Kingsland – Quilting
Girl Scouts – Ornaments
Clare Margiotta – Jewelry, Drinkware, Scarves
Phil Valencia – Hand Blown Glass
Victor Almeida – Hand Blown Glass
Beth Heiler – Ornaments
Eun Ju Lee (Resident Artist) – Silversmithing-Jewelry
Julie Smith (Resident Artist) – Acrylic, Mixed Media Collage
Karen Blynn (Resident Artist) – Pottery
Jean Fletcher (Resident Artist) – Ceramics
Pamela Reid (Resident Artist) – Pottery
Robin Ziek (Resident Artist) – Pottery
Loretta DiPanda (Resident Artist) – Metalsmithing-Jewelry
Belinda Russel (Resident Artist) – Paintings
Patricia Kessler (Resident Artist) – Paintings, Textiles & Natural Dyes
Barbara Abrams (Resident Artist) – Watercolor Paintings
Dalis Davidson – Knit Scarves & Shawls
Bobbi Premack Gorban – Jewelry & Pins
Larry Reader – Hand Carved Decoys
Matt Szychowski – Illustrated Prints
Tawa Ayeloj – Soaps, Skincare, & Candles

Featured Local Authors
Alyscia Cunningham –  I Am More Than My Hair and Feminine Transitions: A Photography Celebration of Natural Beauty
Michael V.M. Stein – The Quest for Legendary Beer
J. David Wonderling – Living History of the Civil War
Karen Yaffe Lottes & Dorothy Pugh – In Search of Maryland Ghosts Montgomery County
Dr. Hattie N. Washington – Driven to Succeed & Aunt Hattie’s Cookbook
Fleming, Forston, Pointer & Withers – From Acorn to Mighty Oak It Can Be Done
Thomas Y. Canby – Crooked Furrow
Dr. George McDaniel, Larkin Rogers, Sarah L. Rogers – African American Heritage Cookbook
Edward Allen Faine – Little Ned Stories (ages 4-8); More Little Ned Stories (ages 6-8); How-To Cowboy (ages 8-12); More How-To Cowboy (ages 8-12); Going Places by Boat, Plane and Train (ages 2 and up)
Perry Koons – Comet Saves the Day

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December First Friday Gallery Openings and Open Studios

12-20-2019

Presented by Artists & Makers Studios at Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Dec 17 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 19 @ 10:00 am + 1 more dates and times

Fri, Dec 20 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Teresa Jarzynski shares textural still life paintings in Be Still My Life, Vladimir Zabavskiy’s gem-like paintings sparkle in May Beauty Follow, and Jenny Nordstrom...

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Teresa Jarzynski shares textural still life paintings in Be Still My Life, Vladimir Zabavskiy’s gem-like paintings sparkle in May Beauty Follow, and Jenny Nordstrom offers some of her favorite images from a long-term project in Doors of Distinction. Pike District sponsors a very special December First Friday and celebrates North Bethesda’s Urban Core – and all there is to see, do, visit and try here. There’s something new behind every door in the Pike District. These exhibits will open for First Friday festivities on December 6th between 6pm and 9pm and will showcase artists’ open studios for browsing and shopping.

Visit A&M1 Parklawn and enjoy the gorgeous gallery exhibits, along with open studios, a perfect time for shopping and gift-giving, or for finding a treasure for yourself. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments, and rich and varied art for browsing and buying - all in one location. These exhibits at A&M1 Parklawn open Friday, December 6th, and continue through Friday, December 20th, 2019.  Viewing hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.  ***Still Life Open Drawing and Painting with exhibiting artist Teresa Jarzynski in the Main Gallery on December 7th, 14th, 21st (Saturdays) 12-3pm. All are welcome and the events are free. Bring your art supplies - and easels, tables and chairs, and snacks will be provided.***

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The Velveteen Rabbit

01-01-2020

Presented by Adventure Theatre MTC at Adventure Theatre MTC, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 20 @ 11:00 am Fri, Dec 20 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 11:00 am + 25 more dates and times

Sat, Dec 21 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 4:30 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm Mon, Dec 23 @ 11:00 am Mon, Dec 23 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Dec 24 @ 11:00 am Tue, Dec 24 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Dec 24 @ 4:30 pm Thu, Dec 26 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 2:00 pm Fri, Dec 27 @ 11:00 am Fri, Dec 27 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 11:00 am Sat, Dec 28 @ 2:00 pm Sun, Dec 29 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm Mon, Dec 30 @ 11:00 am Mon, Dec 30 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Dec 31 @ 11:00 am Tue, Dec 31 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Dec 31 @ 4:30 pm Wed, Jan 01 @ 11:00 am Wed, Jan 01 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Jan 01 @ 4:30 pm - less dates and times

A World Premiere Play

The Velveteen Rabbit
November 15, 2019–January 1, 2020
Directed by Jenna Duncan
Based on the book by Margery Williams
Adapted by Patrick Flynn
All...

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A World Premiere Play

The Velveteen Rabbit
November 15, 2019–January 1, 2020
Directed by Jenna Duncan
Based on the book by Margery Williams
Adapted by Patrick Flynn
All performances held in Glen Echo Park
Recommended for all ages

Margery Williams's classic toy story gets a vibrant retelling in this brand new adaptation. When the Child gets the Rabbit for Christmas, she is at first disappointed in her gift. But as the two quest and adventure through her storybooks, both Rabbit and Child grow and care for each other. And they discover that love is the greatest force in the Universe and can make impossible things Real.

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Holiday Boutique

12-21-2019

Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership at Triangle Art Studios
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm

Downtown Bethesda's Triangle Art Studios will host a December exhibition from Dec. 6 - 21 featuring resident artists Jill Newman, Maruja Quezada, Barbara Siegel & Clare...

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Downtown Bethesda's Triangle Art Studios will host a December exhibition from Dec. 6 - 21 featuring resident artists Jill Newman, Maruja Quezada, Barbara Siegel & Clare Winslow, plus guest artists Kristine DeNinno, Mark Hill, Marla Rudnik & Robin Ziek. Gallery hours are Friday & Saturday, 1-5pm.

Special December events include: Holiday Boutique hours, Friday, Dec. 13, 12-9pm; Saturday, Dec. 14, 12-6pm; Sunday, Dec. 15, 12-5pm.

Sip & Create, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6-8pm Enjoy a free holiday craft, hors d'oeuvres & wine.

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Maryland Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker

12-26-2019

Presented by Maryland Youth Ballet at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm + 7 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 22 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 5:00 pm Mon, Dec 23 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Dec 24 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 26 @ 3:00 pm Thu, Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm - less dates and times

Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets take the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Set...

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Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets take the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, the incredible dancing and dazzling costumes bring to life the story of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince. Join us for the full-length classic with all new choreography by Artistic Director, Olivier Muñoz.

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Sugar Plum Tea Party at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre

12-21-2019

Presented by Metropolitan Ballet Theatre at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 21 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 21 @ 2:00 pm

Want to meet the SugarPlum Fairy from The Nutcracker? You are cordially invited to join us at our SugarPlum Tea Party in December! Please call or click for tickets. These...

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Want to meet the SugarPlum Fairy from The Nutcracker? You are cordially invited to join us at our SugarPlum Tea Party in December! Please call or click for tickets. These will sell out quickly!

-Meet the SugarPlum Fairy and other characters from The Nutcracker!
-Enjoy a ballet class and a craft
-Enjoy a snack and a sweet treat

Each child needs a ticket; parents are admitted free of charge. This event is age-appropriate for children ages 3-7.

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Holly Trolleyfest

12-29-2019

Presented by National Capital Trolley Museum at National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 28 @ 12:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 29 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

Holly TrolleyFest celebrates the season with toy trains and Santa aboard the streetcars from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Santa will not be available after christmas, however, there...

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Holly TrolleyFest celebrates the season with toy trains and Santa aboard the streetcars from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Santa will not be available after christmas, however, there are streetcar rides and seasonal toy trains set up.

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Family Paint Night

12-21-2019

Presented by CREATE Arts Center at CREATE Arts Center, Silver Spring
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 21 @ 6:30 pm

Grab a paint brush and create new memories with your family, by learning how to paint a masterpiece under the expert and lively guidance of one of CREATE's experienced...

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Grab a paint brush and create new memories with your family, by learning how to paint a masterpiece under the expert and lively guidance of one of CREATE's experienced teaching artists.

This December 21st, join artist Jeannette Talavera as she leads you along the process of painting a beautiful beach sunset that will take your mind off this chilly season!

All materials included. No prior experience necessary. Minimum recommended age of child participants is 7 years old. Ticket price includes 1 adult and 1 child (additional child and adult participants can be added at checkout).

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Family Chanukah Party

12-23-2019

Presented by Bender JCC of Greater Washington at Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washingt..., Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Mon, Dec 23 @ 4:30 pm

Celebrate the fifth night of Chanukah by bringing your family to the Bender JCC for a candle lighting ceremony with latkes and donuts, crafts, storytime and more.

Candle...

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Celebrate the fifth night of Chanukah by bringing your family to the Bender JCC for a candle lighting ceremony with latkes and donuts, crafts, storytime and more.

Candle lighting ceremony
Chanukah Storytime
Chanukah Arts & Crafts
Latkes & Donuts provided

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Discovery Day: Archaeology

01-04-2020

Presented by Gaithersburg Community Museum at Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jan 04 @ 10:00 am

The Montgomery Parks Archaeology Office takes over the museum with many hands-on activities to introduce you to the glamour of archaeological work. Among the things...

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The Montgomery Parks Archaeology Office takes over the museum with many hands-on activities to introduce you to the glamour of archaeological work. Among the things visitors can try are: Archaeology Site-In-A-Can, Tin-Smithing, Marble making, Seed Identification, and Ceramic Mending. Try out these skills while learning what archaeology teaches us about the past. This program is free and open to visitors of all ages.

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BSO Presents Movie with Orchestra: Amadeus

01-04-2020

Presented by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jan 04 @ 8:00 pm

Experience the multi-Academy Award winning 1984 motion picture, Amadeus, on a giant HD screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live by the Baltimore...

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Experience the multi-Academy Award winning 1984 motion picture, Amadeus, on a giant HD screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live by the Baltimore Symphony, joined by the BSO Symphonic Chorale.

Amadeus LIVE is an Avex Classics International production

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
BSO Symphonic Chorale, Edward Polochick, director
Lura Johnson, piano

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Abstracted Art Exhibition Opening Reception

01-09-2020

Presented by Takoma Park Arts at Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jan 09 @ 7:00 pm

Please join us for a free opening reception for ABSTRACTED, a group exhibition featuring a diverse range of abstract artwork by Seemen Hashem, Steve Wanna, Elroy Williams,...

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Please join us for a free opening reception for ABSTRACTED, a group exhibition featuring a diverse range of abstract artwork by Seemen Hashem, Steve Wanna, Elroy Williams, and students from the VisAbility Art Lab.

Hashem transforms discarded musical instruments, bicycle parts, and other found objects into unique sculptural forms. Wanna will display mixed-media work and a site-specific suspended installation that incorporate elements of "controlled randomness."

Williams' large abstract paintings convey his passion for life and perseverance in the face of adversity. The VisAbility Art Lab in Rockville teaches art workshops for adults with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Cover image: Quartet by Seemen Hashem

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Poetry from Behind Bars

01-16-2020

Presented by Takoma Park Arts at Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm

In "the land of the free," the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, but the people behind bars are more than just inmate numbers. In a unique...

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In "the land of the free," the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, but the people behind bars are more than just inmate numbers. In a unique poetry reading, Poet Ambassadors from the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop will read poetry they wrote while incarcerated in the D.C. jail or federal prisons across the country. Their words reveal the human costs of imprisonment and the power of poetry to provide a voice and offer healing.

The poetry reading, which is sponsored by the Takoma Park Arts series, is free and no tickets are required. Donations will be accepted to support Free Minds, and a reception will follow the reading where the audience can meet the poets. For more info about Free Minds, go to https://freemindsbookclub.org/

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