Entertainment (87)

Center Stage: Getting on the “Hot Beat” at Smithsonian American Art

WASHINGTON — An exhibit of Gene Davis’ work “Hot Beat” is currently running at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. At “Hot Beat,” visitors can view Davis’ signature art, which is defined by his unprecedented use of multi-colored, rhythmic stripes.

The title of Davis’ exhibit is also the namesake of one of his artworks. “Hot Beat”, like many of his other paintings, has a repeating motif of one color surrounded by colors that pop out and play with the notions of the viewer.


Center Stage: Mormon Temple site for spectacular “Festival of Lights”

KENSINGTON — The Washington, D.C., Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints held its annual “Festival of Lights” from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1. Each night, a different musical performance from different cultures was held at the Temple visitor center.

The annual festival is very popular. According to Sister Fowler, the crowd can reach up to 10,000.


Seneca Creek offers New Year’s activities

SENECA CREEK — Seneca Creek State Park is opening the new year by holding several outdoor activities for people of all ages.

Last weekend, the 13-mile park conducted its First Day Hike, a state park service that is organized by park rangers across the nation every year.

“First Day Hike is all about getting outdoors and getting a fresh start on the New Year,” said Ranger Erik Ledbetter of the Maryland Park Service.


Center Stage: A faithful rendition of “Beauty and the Beast” at Imagination Stage

beauty and the beast photo 2Jessica Lauren Ball and Matthew Schleigh as Beauty and the Beast.       COURTESY PHOTO

BETHESDA — A production of “Beauty and the Beast” is currently running at Bethesda’s Imagination Stage. The play is based on the Disney adaptation of the fairy tale and features song numbers from the movie.


Center Stage: "Children of Eden" adaptation is kinder version

children of eden photoSebastian Amoruso as Japheth in “Children of Eden.” COURTESY PHOTO  

WASHINGTON D.C.  — Last weekend, a production of “Children of Eden” ran at the Levine School of Music. The play, an adaptation of the story of Adam and Eve, their descendants, and Noah and his ark, is a gentle interpretation of God’s relationship to mankind.

The Levine School of Music is a non-profit community music center that accepts students of all ages regardless of their theater background. As a result, “Children of Eden” was a diverse production of actors. 


Strathmore Music Center gets $10 million tune up

xStrathmore renovation rendering 2Artist's conception for the renovation at Strathmore. COURTESY PHOTO  

The Music Center at Strathmore will undergo a $10 million renovation that will enable concertgoers to enjoy dinner at the Bethesda venue but will not change at all the concert hall. 

When the Center celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2020, the Montgomery County venue that features concerts by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic, the Washington Performing Arts and many popular musicians will be 5,000 square feet larger.


Family completes goal to visit all Rockville parks

Downs family photoMelissa Downs with husband Tony and daughters Alyson and Madelyn at Potomac Woods Park, one of many public parks in Rockville.  COURTESY PHOTO  

ROCKVILLE—On Sunday, Melissa Downs and her family achieved a goal they had set for themselves one year ago. With just under three weeks to spare, within the space of a calendar year, they managed to visit every public park and open space maintained by the city of Rockville.

Downs, a longtime Rockville resident, said that the inspiration for this challenge came from her daughters, Madelyn, who just turned seven, and Alyson, who is about to turn four. She said that her daughters would always ask when they could visit a playground whenever they passed one in their car. After learning that the City of Rockville had 65 parks and open spaces, she proposed the challenge of visiting all of them in 2016 to her daughters and husband Tony, who agreed.


Reflecting on the impact of Artomatic with founder

artomaticGeorge Koch, founder of Artomatic. COURTESY PHOTO  

POTOMAC — Artomatic 2016, a five- to six-week event showcasing local artists’ work, performances, and music is in its final week.

It is ending with a presentation on creative entrepreneurship, a musical performance, a closing party, and a fire performance this Thursday and Friday.

George Koch, founder and emeritus of Artomatic, created the yearly event in 1999 when he was the president of “A. Salon”, an art cooperative in the Takoma Park area of Washington, D.C.

It all started when his landlord offered him space for his organization.

“I said, ‘We have enough responsibility with what we’ve got, but show me,’ and before we knew it, we had 300 artists in a 90,000 square foot area and it all spread by word of mouth,” said Koch.


Center Stage: Morella’s adaptation of “Christmas Carol” is a feast

Paul Morella in A Christmas CarolPaul Morella from Olney Theatre's "A Christmas Carol." COURTESY PHOTO

OLNEY — Alongside its smash hit production of “Mary Poppins”, the Olney Theatre Center is also running “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas” for the holiday season.

Paul Morella, one of Olney Theatre’s favorites, returns from his role as Otto Frank from his previous Olney show “The Diary of Anne Frank” to perform “A Christmas Carol” entirely by himself.

Although “A Christmas Carol” is popularly performed by a cast of characters, the Olney Theatre is unique for offering the experience “the way Dickens intended” by having one person narrate and act out the story himself.

As a result, Olney’s production retains much more of the dialogue and literary imagery described by Dickens in his novel.


Center Stage: Stuart Davis leaves lasting artistic impressions

stuart davisAn example of artwork created by modernist painter Stuart Davis, from the "Stuart Davis: In Full Swing" exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. COURTESY PHOTO  

WASHINGTON – An exhibit of the early 20th century American modernist painter Stuart Davis just opened to the public at the National Gallery of Art.

Entitled “In Full Swing”, this exhibit is a comprehensive examination of Davis’ career, including 5 rooms of his artwork and a short documentary created by the museum.

Davis, as described in the background summary adorning the entrance, was born to artists in New Jersey and dropped out of high school to study painting in Manhattan under Robert Henri.

Henri, among other things, encouraged his students to “find their own voices.”

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