Weekend to Weekend 3/30/17: Laramie Project, Willy Wonka, Civil Rights & Birds

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Open studios, reception, artist talks, and a performance
Friday, March 31, 2017
VisArts Open Studios, 6 – 7 PM
Reception, Artist Talks, Performance, 7 – 9 PM
VisArts, 155 Gibbs St
“Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group dancers, along with musicians Gary Rouzer and Nate Scheible, respond to the paintings of Kevin Labadie with improvisational movement and sound at 8 PM.”

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, An Epilogue
March 31 and April 1, 2017, 7 PM
Richard Montgomery High School Auditorium
The Black Maskers will perform this 2009 sequel to the original, The Laramie Project, which is based on the true story of Matthew Shepard, the young college student who was beaten and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998. The Matthew Shepard story garnered national attention, and focused the country’s attention on hate crimes and hate crime prevention. Ten years after the Tectonic Theater Group went to Laramie the first time, members  returned to see how the community had changed since Shepard’s murder. The play, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later is made up entirely of the interviews the theatre company conducted when they were there. The Black Maskers have worked hard on this show. Seven years ago, they presented the original Laramie Project, and the club says it has been “a powerful experience to revisit this story.”
TICKETS ordered in advance: Adults $13, Students $5. ($1 more at the door)

Willy Wonka
March 31 @ 7 PM, April 1 @ 1 PM & 7 PM
Rockville High School auditorium
Rockville HS Drama presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka musical. Tickets: $10/Student, $15/Adult. *D/HOH Interpreters will be provided at the March 30th performance

Breakfast with the Bunny
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Thomas Farm Community Center
The Bunny makes a special trip to Rockville! For ages 2 and up. Activities include a D’s magic show, spring crafts, games, an opportunity to meet, greet and pose with the Bunny and an egg hunt. Bring your camera.
Pre-registration required for breakfast, course #57781. The cost is $12R/$14NR for all activities. A light continental breakfast will be served. Fee applies to each person attending. (However, for $6 at the door you can watch the 11:45 AM magic show and participate in the egg hunt.)

Green Your Backyard
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10 – 11:30 PM
Twinbrook Community Recreation Center and Annex
“Learn about RainScapes Rewards and other city programs designed to help you green your back yard and reduce pollution in this free information session. Topics will include rain barrels, conservation landscaping, tree planting, pavement removal and other environmental tips for your home and community. Rockville residents will be eligible to enter into a free raffle for a rain barrel. REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Morning Bird Walk
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8 – 10 AM
Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Rd
“Spring is migration time for birds, and the Hayes Forest Preserve plays host to several interesting species. Join Pete Givan from Rockville’s Wild Bird Center for a walk in the woods to learn about the birds that make their home at Croydon Creek and perhaps discover some others that are just passing through.” Limited supply of binoculars, so bring your own if you have them. For ages 14 years and up.
REGISTER at Rock Enroll with course number #59216.

Thurgood Marshall and William Gibbs: Civil Rights in Rockville
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10 AM
Grand Courtroom of the Historic Red Brick Courthouse
“Part of Peerless Rockville’s Emancipation to Integration series – come hear the story of an early Civil Rights victory in Rockville.
In 1937, renowned Civil Rights attorney and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall represented William Gibbs, a Rockville principal suing for equal pay for black teachers. Honorable Patrick L. Woodward will discuss the case and Professor Larry S. Gibson will explain how this local civil rights hero helped set the stage for Marshall’s further legal work against discrimination.
Featuring Larry Gibson, University of Maryland Law Professor and Historian and Honorable Patrick L. Woodward, Maryland Court of Special Appeals Judge. Sponsored by Heritage Montgomery.”

Chinese-American pianist Eric Lu joins the National Philharmonic
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8 PM
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman La
Led by Maestro Piotr Gajewski. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major. The concert, showcasing the genius of Mozart, also features the humorous and satirical A Musical Joke and the popular Symphony No. 40 in G minor. “Lu brings a youthful energy and special musicality,” said Maestro Gajewski. “We are excited to have him perform with the Philharmonic.” Lu, now 19, is rapidly building an international reputation as a young pianist with a distinctive musical voice. A native of the Boston, Massachusetts area, he is the 1st prize winner of the IX Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists and the 2015 National Chopin Competition in Miami, Florida, where he also received the best concerto prize. In October 2015, at just 17 years old, Eric won the 4th prize at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw, becoming one of the youngest laureates in the history of the competition. The New York Classical Review has described Lu as a musician of “exceptional musical sensitivity.”
INFO AND TICKETS ($23-$78 and are free for young people age 7-17)

8th Annual “Choose Respect” Montgomery Health Teen Dating Conference
Sunday, April 2, 2017
12 – 1 PM, Red Carpet and Resource Fair
1 – 4:30 PM, Healthy Teen Relationships Conference
Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr
Free pizza at the end of the event, Amazing raffle prizes, Separate, interactive, age-appropriate workshops for middle and high school students on healthy relationships, Workshops for parents, educators, and youth service providers as well, Hosted by Toby Knapp (Hot 99.5) and Sabrina Conte (97.1 WASH-FM).

Gallery Opening and Concert
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 1:30 / 2 PM
Glenview Mansion Art Gallery
Olivia Castriota, a Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter, will provide entertainment at 2 PM in the Mansion’s living room. “Last summer, Castriota released her debut album, “All At Once,” which peaked at No. 2 in the R&B/soul category of the iTunes U.S. new album release charts. The exhibition opens earlier at 1:30 PM and features the work of four artists. In “Delicious Moments” Jennifer Kahn Barlow immortalizes life’s precious instances – family, friends, a great view or delicious treat – and has a passion for painting food and confections. Sara Leibman’s “Seasons of Trees” depicts the beauty of the earth primarily in oils, but sometimes incorporating media that includes collage and yupo paper. Coriolana Simon will present a body of photographs that reinterpret classic still-life paintings of the 17th century Dutch golden age in “Time’s Mirror.” Barbara Bell’s “In Plain Sight” is about understanding our place in the natural world and our connections to its rhythms and cycles. Bell’s watercolors attempt to capture elements of a world often overlooked by the casual observer. Free.

Spring Fling Networking Happy Hour
Monday, April 3, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
VisArts, 155 Gibbs Street
Enjoy a fun night of networking, shopping, viewing beautiful art exhibits, sipping, nibbling and mingling at our April Networking Event at VisArts; located in Downtown Rockville! VisArts is a beautiful event venue and art studio; also offering creative, fun camps for children (think Spring Break!). Not a Housewife? That’s okay. EVERYONE is welcome to attend our Networking Socials! *Our vendors will be doing giveaways and raffles all night! 🙂 Look out for updates on door prizes, giveaways, delicious specials and samples from local vendors and our charity sponsors. *Swag bags for the first 50 guests and raffle opportunities for all!
REGISTER: As always: it’s FREE to attend, but please register your ticket via Eventbrite.

Montgomery County 2018 Operating Budget Hearings
April 4 (7 PM) , April 5 (1:30 & 7 PM), and April 6 (1:30 & 7 PM)
Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave, Third Floor Hearing Room
More than 150 people are expected to express views about specific items, and the general structure, of the budget. County Executive Ike Leggett presented his recommended operating budget to the Council on March 14. Over the next two months, the Council and its six committees will analyze the recommendations and will adopt the FY18 County budget in late May. The budget will take effect on July 1.

Looking ahead …

“Discreet Objects”, “Friend or Foe”, “Finding My Own Voice 2” Opening Reception
Friday, April 7, 2017, 6-9 PM
Artists & Makers Studios, 11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Bonus! Three additional exhibits at Artists & Makers Studios 2 at 12276 Wilkins Avenue, just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location. “Cabinets of Curiosity” with Melissa Burley, “have a cow or a dog or a bunny or a frog – come meet Seena and her animal kingdom” with resident artist Seena Sussman Gudelsky and “Spring Forward” with the Montgomery County Camera Club, exhibits in New Master’s Gallery, Gallery 209, and artists’ open studios.

3rd Annual Library After Dark
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30 PM
Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave
In honor of their 35th Anniversary, Friends of the Library Montgomery County will celebrate how they have helped Libraries Open Doors.

Rockville Chess Club
April 8 and 22, 2017, 11 AM – Noon
Rockville Memorial Library, Large tables near entrance
If you know the rules of chess and would like to play, you’re invited to join a group. The plan is to meet and play every other week (unless there is a demand to play every week). No age requirement but players need to know the rules. Led by Josh Moss.

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