We Love Weekends: Montgomery County Planner for Feb. 26-March 1

Here’s our guide to arts and entertainment in Montgomery County, Feb 26-March 1. Strathmore Artist in Residence Niccolo Seligmann:  Seligmann is fascinated by obscure folk instruments and early music. He plays over 20...

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Long Branch Library Will Temporarily Close for Refresh Project

Long Branch Library in Silver Spring will close on March 14 at 6 p. m. due to the interior and exterior renovations under the County’s award winning Library Refurbishment initiative. The library will be closed for an...

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Musical Tribute to Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Saturday in Rockville

The Rocky Twyman Chorale and other artists pay tribute to Civil Rights icon John Lewis Saturday in Rockville. As part of the Montgomery County Public Libraries’ celebration of Black History Month, the program is free and...

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We Love Weekends: Montgomery County Planner for Feb. 19-23

Here’s our guide to arts and entertainment in Montgomery County, Feb 19-23. Invoke: This string quartet weaves multiple American musical traditions, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism into...

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Rockville Hosts Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

The annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival took place this past weekend at the Hilton Hotel in Rockville. The festival, originally founded in 1992, showcased different jazz performances Friday through Sunday. Some of the featured...

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Libraries Accepting Submissions for ‘Make Music Montgomery’ Contest

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) third annual “Just for the Record –  A Vinyl Day” takes place Saturday, April 18 at the Silver Spring Library. For the second year, the event will include a live music...

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February 6, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Navarro Takes Issue with ‘Stereotypes and Caricatures’ in Controversial ‘American Dirt’ Book

Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro has weighed in on the controversial book “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins. Cummins, a graduate of Gaithersburg High School, will participate in a city-wide “Gaithersburg Reads” book discussion on March 31. The book has come under fire from Latinx authors who say Cummins uses stereotypes to portray Mexican characters fleeing […]

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January 31, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Artist Jean Kim Was Inspired by Car Parts after a Serious Accident

Jean Jinho Kim is a Korean-American artist, whose exhibition “The Big Leap” is on display until April 19 at the 355 Pod Space in Rockville Town Square. Kim said she was inspired by utilitarian materials like car parts and downspouts after she had a serious car accident and saw perfectly good parts strewn around a […]

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January 29, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

‘American Dirt’ Author Still Coming to Gaithersburg Despite Book Tour Cancellation

The rollout of “American Dirt,” the critically acclaimed novel by Gaithersburg High School alumna Jeanine Cummins, has become so controversial, that Bob Miller—the president of Flatiron Books—has announced the cancellation of Cummins’ book tour. This cancellation does not, however, affect Cummins’ appearance at the Gaithersburg Reads community book discussion scheduled on March 31 at Gaithersburg […]

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January 29, 2020 | Michelle Queen

We Love Weekends: Montgomery County Planner for Jan. 30-Feb. 2

Here’s our guide to arts and entertainment in Montgomery County, Jan 30-Feb 2. Beijing Guitar Duo:  The Beijing Guitar Duo is composed of the gifted young guitarists Meng Su and Yameng Wang. Winners of many international guitar competitions, they first met while studying at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, with the acclaimed Professor Chen […]

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January 27, 2020 | Staff Writer

‘Abundance of Caution’ Leads Rockville to Cancel Lunar New Year Celebration

Community Concerns Result in Cancellation Rockville announced today they are canceling the Lunar New Year celebration scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1 at Rockville High School. The decision to cancel the event was made out of an abundance of caution in response to concerns about the coronavirus expressed by the community, according to a press release. […]

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January 24, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

How Poetry Gave Voice to Three Men Who Grew Up in Prison

For three Washington, D.C. men who were incarcerated during their youth, poetry is a powerful means of self expression. Nokomis Hunter, Shannon Battle, and Cliff Yarborough all grew up in the criminal justice system, where they were introduced to Free Minds Book Club. Hunter, Battle, and Yarborough all participated in The City of Takoma Park’s […]

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January 23, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery County Celebrates Chinese New Year With Numerous Events

Update (Jan. 27): The city of Rockville has cancelled the Lunar New Year celebration scheduled for Feb 1. Original:  The Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is a centuries-old celebration of the new calendar year. The new lunar year will last from Jan. 25, 2020 to Feb. 11, 2021. The new year […]

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January 22, 2020 | Michelle Queen

We Love Weekends: Montgomery County Planner for Jan. 23-26

Here’s our guide to arts and entertainment in Montgomery County, Jan 23-26. Paul Galbraith and Antonio Meneses:  Strathmore’s Inspired Pairings concerts continue with master classical guitarist Paul Galbraith paired with master cellist Anotnio Meneses for a concert in The Mansion. Enjoy an evening of Brazilian and classical music performed with breathtaking skill. Thursday, January 23 […]

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January 21, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Oprah Picks ‘American Dirt’ By Gaithersburg High Grad For Book Club

It looks like Oprah and Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman have similar taste in books. Oprah Winfrey announced Tuesday morning that she’s selected “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins — an alumna of Gaithersburg High School — for Oprah’s Book Club. “American Dirt” follows the story of Mexican migrant who flees her home with her son from a […]

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January 15, 2020 | Michelle Queen

We Love Weekends: Montgomery County Planner for Jan. 16-20

Here’s our guide to arts and entertainment in Montgomery County, Jan 16-20. Art Exhibit Receptions:  Strathmore’s 29th annual juried exhibit titled Home explores the sturctural, communal, and emotional aspects of the spaces that make our homes. The second exhibit, Coastal by artist David Scheirer includes whimsical watercolor illustrations of coastal wildlife. From the Eastern Shore […]

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