The Weinberg Center is a showcase for performing arts in Frederick that enhances our area’s cultural life. Frederick’s historic 1926 movie palace is home to year-round quality entertainment: professional music, dance, and theater; classic movies, and family entertainment. The season begins in September each year and concludes the following May. For a complete listing of events, please visit WeinbergCenter.org. Free backstage tours are offered on a regular basis; more information can be found at WeinbergCenter.org/Tours.
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Over two “typical” days in the life of The Beatles, the boys struggle to keep themselves and Paul McCartney’s mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance. RATING: G RUNTIME: 1 hr, 27 min GENRE: Comedy, Music, Musical Sponsored by Flying Dog Brewery.
A Hard Day’s Night
Austin, TX’s resident rocker, Emily Wolfe, transcends the ranks of ordinary musicians. Her creative songwriting keeps her fans aglow thanks to her strong, powerful lead vocals and dominating guitar style. Wolfe has shared stages with the likes of Heart, The Pretenders, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons and Gary Clark Jr.
Arguably, no other drummer is more qualified than Ralph Peterson Jr. to lead a band with such depth. Thirty years ago, Peterson, then just 21-years-old, was chosen by Art Blakey to play in the 1983 version of the Jazz Messengers. Peterson remained the second drummer in the big band collective until Blakey’s passing in 1990. This group of musicians wishes to preserve, protect and honor the legacy of a man who was much more than a bandleader.
The Messenger Legacy – Art Blakey Centennial Celebration
After forging their own brand of roots music—one grounded in timeless tradition, crafted by top-shelf musicianship, and performed with jubilant comradery—Brittany Haas on fiddle, Paul Kowert on bass and Jordan Tice on guitar decided to add mandolinist Dominick Leslie to the mix. Reborn a foursome, their debut album confirms that this quartet has found its wings.
RATING: G RUN TIME: 2 hours, 31 minutes GENRE: Biography, Comedy, Drama The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein. Sponsored by: Wonder Book + Tenth Ward Distilling Company
From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing about his North Florida roots with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, at other times a blend of blues rock, soul music and southern rock.
JJ Grey and Mofro
A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess. Starring Douglas Fairbanks. Rating: N/A Runtime: 2 hr, 35 min Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy Sponsored by the G. Frank Thomas Foundation.
The Thief of Bagdad
The misadventures of Buster Keaton in three separate historical periods. Rating: N/A Runtime: 1 hr, 3 min Genre: Comedy Sponsored by the G. Frank Thomas Foundation.
Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time,” actor and comedian Sinbad has had audiences laughing for over three decades. Throughout his incredibly successful career as a standup comedian, Sinbad has starred in two Comedy Central specials and four HBO comedy specials. As an actor, Sinbad has been featured in leading roles in such films as JINGLE ALL THE WAY and GOOD BURGER, and on the FX super series, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Blasting into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour is just one of many accomplishments for the dynamic Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in space. A fierce advocate of a liberal arts education with a natural aptitude toward the sciences, Dr. Jemison addresses a myriad of topics from general motivation to science literacy, to technological and medical innovations, always inserting her sense of humor in each story she tells. A separately ticketed meet-and-greet reception will take place immediately following the event. For an additional $75 you can meet the speaker for a photo opportunity, a signing opportunity (whenever possible), and light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. All proceeds from the meet-and-greet reception will benefit children’s programs at Frederick County Public Libraries. Tickets can be purchased by members starting August 8th and by the general public August 15th. This Speaker is sponsored by:
Dr. Mae Jemison
FREDERICK, MD, July 25, 2019 – Entering its eighth year, The Frederick Speaker Series has developed a reputation for bringing world-class speakers to the Frederick community. The 2020 line-up includes; Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, first woman of color in space, scientist and physician, Dr. Mae Jemison, best-selling author and leading political satirist, P.J. O’Rourke and best-selling author and sustainable food advocate, Michael Pollan. All series events are held at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Tickets for all four speakers will go on sale to Weinberg Center members on Thursday, August 8 at 10:00 AM and to the general public on Thursday, August 15 at 10:00 AM. Tickets may be purchased online at weinbergcenter.org, by calling the Weinberg Center Box Office at 301-600-2828, or in person at 20 W. Patrick Street in Frederick, Maryland. For more information about becoming a Weinberg Center member and gaining early access to tickets, please visit weinbergcenter.org/support. A separately ticketed meet-and-greet reception will take place immediately following each presentation. These exclusive events provide a chance for fans to meet the speakers, take pictures, and obtain autographs. All proceeds from the meet-and-greet receptions will benefit children’s programs at Frederick County Public Libraries.
The Frederick Speaker Series
On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. RATING: R RUNTIME: 2 hr GENRE: Comedy, Drama Sponsored by Flying Dog Brewery.
Do The Right Thing
This exciting new group was just nominated for a Grammy for Best World Music Album. Named with the word meaning “exchange” in the Antillean Creole language spoken on vocalist Malika Tirolien’s Caribbean home island of Guadeloupe, Bokanté is one of the latest omnivorous conglomerations assembled by bassist and Snarky Puppy mastermind Michael League. Combining the Snarky Puppy guitar line and lap steel virtuoso Roosevelt Collier with a trio of percussionists including longtime Paul Simon hand drummer Jamey Haddad and Banda Magda/Snarky Puppy multi-instrumentalist Keita Ogawa, Bokanté brings a hugely dynamic multicultural musical approach that marries the electric blues of Led Zeppelin with Afropop and folkloric Caribbean styles, unified by the soaring vocals of Tirolien. Sung in Creole and French, Tirolien’s lyrics paint unflinching portraits of joy, protest, racism, triumph, heartbreak, crisis, hope, and finally, unity. In the words of League, “Unity was paramount in the formation of this group. Though the ensemble is multi-lingual, multi-cultural, and multi-generational, we all feel connected as musicians and people. And in combining our different accents I feel that there is a strangely common and poignant sound, one that can reach and relate to listeners around the world.” Bokanté’s debut album, Strange Circles, was released […]
One of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years, the multi-award winning We Banjo 3 combine super-group credentials with a breath-taking command of the emotive power of fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo. Any single member of this group could electrify a venue with a solo performance. Together, in the joyous musical alchemy of We Banjo 3, their passionate lead vocalist is like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftans. The result is truly unforgettable. Sponsored by Music & Arts.
We Banjo 3
Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their high energy, horn-driven signature sound features genre bending composition and unconventional covers. Every show is a social experience celebrating the joy of music. It’s impossible to sit still in your seat!
Hot off the release of his newest Netflix & Amazon Special, Stand-up comedian Matt Braunger is coming to the Weinberg Center on Friday, March 6th as part of Frederick’s 3rd annual anti-drunk driving fundraiser, The “Over the Limit Comedy Fest”, hosted by local charity SOS Safe Ride. Braunger, with his manic and often goofy quirkiness, will be headlining the evening which will also showcase performances by hometown Frederick County stand-up comedians Bryce Chevalier and Ashley Pontius. The event is hosted by Wayne Dorsey. Braunger has been a nationally acclaimed comedian since 2007 and an actor since childhood. Braunger starred on Fox’s MADtv, while also featuring in recurring roles on ABC’s Agent Carter, Netflix’s Disjointed, Fuller House, BoJack Horseman, @Midnight, CONAN, The Late Show, Comedy Central’s Live At Gotham, and much more! The Safe Ride Foundation is proud to welcome Matt Braunger as our 2020 Headliner of the “Over the Limit” Comedy Fest. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Safe Ride Foundation, a Frederick County nonprofit working to end drunk driving in our area. We hope to celebrate with you and Mr. Braunger for a hysterical night of hilarity for charity!
“Over the Limit” COMEDY FEST featuring MATT BRAUNGER
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Teelin Irish Dance Company Showcase celebrates the graceful beauty and thundering beats of Irish dance and music. Come experience the brilliant energy of Irish dance with cutting edge choreography of the Teelin Irish Dance Company that audiences have enjoyed for years.
Teelin Irish Dance Company Showcase
A bitter clown endeavors to rescue the young woman he loves from the lecherous count who once betrayed him. Starring Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, and John Gilbert. Rating: N/A Runtime: 1 hr, 35 min Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller Sponsored by the G. Frank Thomas Foundation.
He Who Gets Slapped
Combining the skill and discipline of an investigative reporter with a comedian’s sense of the absurd and the stupid, political humorist P.J. O’Rourke covers current events like no other. Known as a hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative, he in fact bashes all political persuasions. O’Rourke proves himself a savvy guide to national and global affairs. His razor sharp insights never fail to inform and entertain audiences. A separately ticketed meet-and-greet reception will take place immediately following the event. For an additional $75 you can meet the speaker for a photo opportunity, a signing opportunity (whenever possible), and light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. All proceeds from the meet-and-greet reception will benefit children’s programs at Frederick County Public Libraries. Tickets can be purchased by members starting August 8th and by the general public August 15th.
The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – and maybe live still today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
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