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High school senior sees her dystopian play open at Highwood Theatre

IMG 2350 copy dog must die 1Cast of five rehearses Highwood’s ‘The Dog Must Die’ COURTESY PHOTOMadison Middleton began studying at The Highwood Theatre at age 11, and, in her words, “has never left.”

Now nearly 18, she is not only a senior at DC's Fusion Academy but also a budding playwright who is about to see her second production open at Highwood.

That production – “The Dog Must Die” – is a dystopian drama that questions what happens when concrete columns have been built above ground to house and save society because life on earth is no longer sustainable.

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Exhibit pays tribute to laborers with extraordinary art

Woman Cleaning Shower“Woman Cleaning Shower” by Ramiro Gomez from National Portrait Gallery exhibit on work. COURTESY PHOTO  “The Sweat of their Face: Portraying American Workers,” an exhibit on view at the National Portrait Gallery, contains well-known, even iconic, images.

These include “Power House Mechanic,” a black-and-white photograph by Lewis Hine; “The Miner,” an oil painting by Pat Lyon; “American Gothic,” by Gordon Parks, oil on beaver wood; “Mine America’s Coal,” by Norman Rockwell, “Cotton Pickers,” oil, by Winslow Homer, and “Migrant Mother,” a print by Dorothea Lange.

Other images are less known and even surprising, such as daguerreotypes by Joseph T. Zealy of semi-dressed slaves. Richard Avedon, best known for his work with celebrities and fashion icons, portrays migrant workers in a series of photographs.

But co-curators Dorothy Moss and David C. Ward are hoping that regardless of the individual images, viewers understand the exhibit’s goal.

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Rockville Little Theatre Celebrates 70 years

ROCKVILLE — Montgomery County experienced a radical change in the aftermath of World War II. The population of Rockville and surrounding areas swelled as thousands of people moved to take jobs with federal government contractors, the county schools and government and technology companies. And during that time, people from various occupations have come to Rockville Little Theatre to watch and participate in the production of a wide variety of plays.

The community theater company inaugurated its 70th season Sept. 22 through Oct. 1 with a production of the play "Almost, Maine," by John Cariani, which was featured in last week’s review by The Sentinel’s Barbara Trainin Blank. Set in a quasi-mythical Maine town, the frequently-produced play features a series of interrelated vignettes in which characters attempt, with varying degrees of success, to achieve romantic connections.

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Folk Festival Draws Hundreds in Takoma Park

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TAKOMA PARK – Hundreds of Takoma Park residents gathered Sunday afternoon for the city's annual folk festival to celebrate cultural diversity.

"Today's event is terrific, one, we have perfect weather for it, second we have amazing organizers who have taken up the planning of the folk festival this year and they've done an amazing job," said Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart. "It appeals to all different tastes," she added.

Set on the grounds of Takoma Park Middle School, the festival attracted musicians, dancers, and artists from across the region who displayed their talents and crafts to an observant crowd that strolled between booths and stages.

"I think it's terrific, the music is good, people seem to be enjoying themselves, the weather is perfect, and hopefully next year it's going to be bigger, bolder, and stronger," said 40-year Takoma Park resident and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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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.

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Local artists gather for 46th annual Glen Echo Art Show at Spanish Ballroom

Glen Echo BallroomLocal artists gathered to display their work in the annual Glen Echo Art Show at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. COURTESY PHOTO 

GLEN ECHO – During the holiday weekend, local artists displayed their work at the Glen Echo Labor Day Art Show at the historic Spanish Ballroom.

Now in its 46th year, the show is a lightly-juried festival that displays artwork in a variety of different media.

A percentage of revenue from artwork sold at the show supports the park’s educational programs.

“There’s a long history in the show of artists who are affiliated with the park, and also sometimes they are instructors or resident artists or they take lessons here, and some are just community members,” said Meredith Forster, Education program manager for Glen Echo Park.

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Former police station in Silver Spring may become haven for artists


Old SS PD StationArtspace has plans for the old 3rd District Police Station on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring. COURTESY PHOTO 

The former 3rd District Police Station on Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring may soon become both an affordable place to live and work for artists.

ArtSpace Projects, Inc., a Minneapolis-based nonprofit company that creates affordable living and working space throughout the country, has submitted plans to convert the former police station into 30 artist studios amid an affordable housing development that will include up to 68 multifamily homes and 11 townhouses.

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Leventhal targets Executive Ball's balance

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For 30 years the Executive’s Ball has been a staple for raising money for the arts in Montgomery County, now it is part of a political controversy.

County Council member George Leventhal (D-At large) is asking the Executive’s Ball for four years of records from the charity ball.

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Davis honors musicians

BETHESDA – Local musicians are set to perform at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Friday in the first annual Thanks for the Memories concert to honor 67 world-famous musicians who died in 2015.

Gone but never forgotten is the theme of the tribute, as top musical artists in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area come together to pay homage to these artists.

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Black Rock Center offers arts for all

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Blac Rock Center For The Arts-Photo by Daryl NelsonBlack Rock Center for the Arts, at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown, is a one-stop-shop for performances, art exhibitions and creative expression. Audiences not only get to see a wide variety of shows – they also get direct access to the artist.

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