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Center Stage: Olney’s “Fickle” does commendable nod to French theater

xFickle photoPerformers in the production of “Fickle," now playing at the Olney Theatre. COURTESY PHOTO

OLNEY — An amusing production of “Fickle” is running at the Olney Theatre based on the French play “The Double Inconstancy.” In the play, a prince, his servants and countryside peasants interact together in a series of comical twists.

“Fickle” begins when a prince falls for for a peasant girl named Silvia (Kathryn Tkel) and kidnaps both her and her husband, Harlequin (Andy Reinhardt), bringing them to his castle.

The Prince, played by Christopher Dinolfo, is a naïve fellow who enjoys wearing costumes and thinks that impersonating others is the way to win over Silvia’s heart. Meanwhile, Harlequin as the starved peasant is played for laughs since he is obsessed with eating cheese throughout the play.

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“All the world is a stage”

And this theater group teaches local youths how to become empowered as players

Theater group 2Traveling Players Ensemble founder & director Jeanne Harrison. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA – Students who joined a theater program with the intention of learning to act said they received more than they expected.

Maereg Gebretekle, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School junior, and Jeremy Wenick, a Walt Whitman sophomore, said they had wanted to acquire theater experience outside what their high schools had to offer.

“It’s given me a lot of theater experience that I never thought I would get,” Gebretekle said after a rehearsal Friday. “I didn’t know theater was run this way because I only did one show and it wasn’t even that big of a deal in middle school,” she said, remembering her school play.

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Center Stage: An astounding “Avenue Q” at Montgomery College

ROCKVILLE — Absolutely astounding. Two words to describe Montgomery College Theatre’s production of “Avenue Q” last week.

It was intriguing to learn that “Avenue Q” was an homage to “Sesame Street,” and the opening seconds of the show were mindblowing.

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Rockville looks for police chief opportunity

New Rockville City Manager Rob DiSpirito said he intends to seek input from the Rockville community about police in the city prior to a national search for candidates to fill the vacant police chief position.

DiSpirito said he intends to become familiar with the interests and needs of the city, including residents, police officers and city employees, so he can be informed on what needs the chief should be able to address.

“I need to take time, as any manager would,” DiSpirito said.

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Juggling and ballet at Strathmore equal harmony

Screen shot 2017-02-08 at 3.16.16 AMGandini Juggling performed both ballet and juggling in their act. COURTESY PHOTO

BETHESDA — At Strathmore, Gandini Juggling, a British juggling group held a performance titled “4x4: Ephemeral Architectures.”

Juggling and ballet, two traditionally separate art forms, were combined to create a performance of both balance and precision as a live orchestral ensemble timed music to each movement.

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Bethesda business hosts ‘A Toast to Art’ showcase

BETHESDA — Two entrepreneurs held an open house art exhibit in their own Bethesda office entitled “A Toast to Art” on Tuesday.

Sean Saidi and Sabine Roy helm Saidi-Roy Associates, or SR/A, a private business that is partly architectural and partly interior design.

SR/A is contracted to design new multifamily homes and renovate old ones in the area. Saidi and Roy’s art exhibit showcases local work from artists they know personally.

“We talk to local artists to help Bethesda because there’s not enough exhibits, and the ones available are very expensive,” said Saidi.

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BlackRock features political and social art of local artists

blackrockOne of the artworks presented at BlackRock. PHOTO BY REECE LINDENMAYER  

GERMANTOWN — The BlackRock Center for the Arts opened their first day of the year with an art exhibit featuring the work of three local artists.

In the Kay Gallery, the work of Linda Colsh and Julia Dzikiewicz is on display. Colsh’s work, entitled “Seeing the Unseen” focuses on elderly subjects, whom she believes are marginalized in society.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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