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Montgomery County Public Libraries To Host Lunar New Year Celebrations

Montgomery County Public Libraries  To Host Lunar New Year Celebrations

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will welcome the Year of the Golden Rabbit with a variety of programs in January and February marking the New Lunar Year 4709.

 Lunar New Year, which starts with the new moon on the first day of the New Year, falls this year on February 3.

Musical Evening Series: Ariel Quartet with Roger Tapping

Musical Evening Series: Ariel Quartet with Roger Tapping

Friday, January 28 at 8 p.m.

Presented in Partnership with the Embassy of Israel

The Ariel Quartet has performed extensively in Israel, Europe, and North America, at such venues as the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Kaisersaal in Frankfurt (“…a tour de force…” –Frankfurter Allgemeine), Neue Galerie in New York City, and Jordan Hall in Boston. Master violist Roger Tapping, a member of the Grammy-Award winning Takács Quartet for 10 years, joins the group for the performance of a Mozart quintet.

Program: Beethoven, String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3; Alban Berg, String Quartet,Op. 3; Mozart, Viola Quintet in D Major, K. 593 with Roger Tapping.

Fore more information, please visit http://programs.corcoran.org/products/musical-evening-series-ariel-quartet-with-roger-tapping.

DC Bartender wins National Model Search

DC Bartender wins National Model Search


What Sport Makes The Best Movies?

What Sport Makes The Best Movies?

A recent preview of the new Marky Mark film The Fighter provoked a discussion among many of my friends that generated the question, "What is the best kind of sports film?" Many people have ranked sports movies over the years, and have done so in various ways: some by the individual sport, some lump all sports together, and some by sports movies starring Kevin Costner. I am a fan of both sports and movies and am therefore, by the transitive property, a fan of sport movies. To paraphrase Crash Davis:

Musical to be performed at Potomac Middle School

Musical to be performed at  Potomac Middle School

The Potomac Middle School Drama Club is presenting the musical “Dear Edwina” on Thursday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. The musical is the culminating event of an after school residency program from a grant the school received, Art for a Change, from the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center.

“The residency program provides young performing artists an opportunity to audition for and rehearse a musical theatre production over the course of nine weeks,” said Caren Hearne, arts education program specialist at the Workhouse. “The program provides students with the opportunity of working with professional performing artists and instructors to not only expand their theatrical knowledge, but also implement life skills such as organization, time management and problem solving that are inherent in everyday life.”

The DMV Indie Film Showcase

In my first blog here I wrote about the exciting but under-the-radar local film scene. So I'm thrilled to do my part in putting some local filmmakers on the radar by announcing The DMV Indie Film Showcase, which will highlight some of the D.C. Area's brightest filmmaking talent. The event will take place Thursday December 2 and Sunday December 5 at 7PM at the Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax.

My production company, Ciscovaras Pictures, is hosting the event and we are very fortunate to have a program of short films selected by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins of Cinema A La Mode. Sydney-Chanele sees hundreds of films every year and she has picked some of the best to screen at the DMV Indie Film Showcase. Here are some of the shorts from the program, which include several Rosebud winners:

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It’s a Phone – It’s a Camera – It’s a Winner!

Photographs are not limited to cameras anymore.  The theme of FotoWeek DC’s mobile phone image contest is “Picture the Potomac,” so any and all Potomac River images -- monuments, picnics, boats, joggers, fishermen, commuters – have equal opportunity to capture the prize.  The contest, which runs from now until November 13, aims to highlight awareness of the city's stunning and ever-changing waterway and to challenge the creativity of both professional and amateur photographers of all ages.