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Explore the arts! The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County


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Welcome to Explore the Arts! The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, Arts & Cultural Heritage Division is thrilled to unveil a number of fresh exciting arts activities for those of all ages who live, work and visit Prince George’s County. This brochure highlights selected programs and events from February through June 2013. Our wonderful facilities feature exhibitions, performances, lectures, workshops, classes, camps, and unique spaces for meetings and social events. For a detailed listing of our program offerings, please visit arts.pgparks.com. Enjoy! — Arts & Cultural Heritage Division Staff

ARTS & CULTURAL HERITAGE FACILITIES Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center 10701 Livingston Road Fort Washington, MD 20744 301-203-6070; TTY 301-203-3803

Oxon Hill Manor 6901 Oxon Hill Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-839-7782; TTY 307-446-6802

Billingsley House 6900 Green Landing Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301-627-0730; TTY 301-446-6802

Prince George’s Ballroom 2411 Pinebrook Avenue Landover, MD 20785 301-341-7439; TTY 304-446-6802

Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center 3901 Rhode Island Avenue Brentwood, MD 20722 301-277-2863; TTY 301-446-6802

Prince George’s Equestrian Center/ The Show Place Arena 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301-952-7999 (event information); 301-952-7900 (other information); TTY 301-952-7998

Montpelier Arts Center 9652 Muirkirk Road Laurel, MD 20708 301-377-7800; TTY 301-490-2329 Newton White Mansion 2708 Enterprise Road Mitchellville, MD 20721 301-249-2004; TTY 301-446-6802

Prince George’s Publick Playhouse 5445 Landover Road Cheverly, MD 20784 301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312 Snow Hill Manor 13301 Laurel-Bowie Road Laurel, MD 20708 301-725-6037; TTY 301-446-6802


Black History Month Exhibition Fighting on Two Fronts: Black Military Service in the U.S. Through February 26, 10 am – 5 pm, Daily This exhibition highlights African American service and support of the U.S. military from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. During this 200-year period, African Americans have fought, worked and sacrificed in support of their country. Fighting on Two Fronts explores their efforts in the changing face of discrimination. All ages; FREE; Montpelier Arts Center

The Black History Month Biannual Fine Art Exhibit Winston Harris: Printmaking in 2 and 3 Dimensions Through March 16, Monday– Friday, 8:30 am– 5 pm The work of Mr. Harris is an innovative combination of traditional and non-traditional, abstract printmaking techniques that are utilized to produce compelling two dimensional and three dimensional mono prints. Through experimentation and working with established painters, sculptors and printmakers as well as working under the tutelage of Sam Gilliam, Jr. and Michael Platt, Mr. Harris has been able to expand his printmaking into the third dimension. All ages; FREE; Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center

Black Artists of DC: Show Me What You’re Working With! Through April 6, Monday–Friday, 10 am – 7 pm Saturday 10 am–4 pm; Closed Sunday Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16, 5 – 8 pm Artists’ Talk: Saturday, March 9, 2 –4 pm In celebration of Black History Month the Brentwood Arts Exchange presents Show Me What You’re Working With! an exhibition of artworks by members of Black Artists of D.C. (BADC). The exhibition is specifically intended to give artists a chance to present themselves as who they are and what they do, rather than limiting or interpreting work to fit a specific theme. It’s a chance to see what each artist considers his/her best work, how they see the world, in a celebration of the many voices and visions that comprise The Black Artists of D.C. All ages; FREE; Brentwood Arts Exchange

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Major Charity E. Adams leading African American members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, ca 1945. —Courtesy of the National Archives for Black Women’s History


explore dance

Thursday, February 14, 8 pm

Valentine Bluez Party Bring your sweetheart and dance in the aisles to Big Daddy Stallings’ fabulous big blues band. All ages; Tickets: $10/person; Prince George’s Publick Playhouse Saturday, February 16, 8 pm

John Amos in Halley’s Comet The famous actor of stage and screen presents a warm, humorous and dramatic one-man performance spanning a lifetime of love, family and war in a thought-provoking journey through the American experience. All ages.Tickets: $25/person; $20/seniors, students and groups of 15 or more Prince George’s Publick Playhouse Thursday, February 21, 6:30 – 8 pm

Night of Doo Wop Celebrate Black History by looking into the past. Doo Wop originated in the 1940s in the African American community and was one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the time. Join us for a fun evening of doo wop music and light refreshments. All ages; FREE; Oxon Hill Manor Tuesday, February 26, 10:15 am & 12 noon, and Wednesday, February 27, 10:15 am & 12 noon

GEICO Gecko Series Production* Bella Under the Bullying Big Top Behind the scenes at the circus, a new monkey would rather bully performers than build friendships. Ringmaster Bella works with the audience to come up with anti-bullying tools to help stop this bad monkey business through teamwork, compassion and respect. Recommended for grades Pre-K-5. Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more Prince George’s Publick Playhouse * Free/Prince George’s Title 1 schools on a first-request, as-available basis.


Friday, March 1, 7 pm

Prince George’s Best Dance Crew Competition Bust a move with the Prince George’s Dance Crew Competition. Watch as ten teen crews battle it out for $1000 in prizes and the title of “Prince George’s Best Dance Crew.” All ages. Tickets: $3/person. Prince George’s Publick Playhouse Saturday, March 2, 9 am–2 pm

Love 2 Dance Summit for Teens Teens ages 12-18, share your excitement about dance with other teens. Enjoy a fun, informative day of dance workshops, performances, and interactive sessions with professional dancers and choreographers. Try a variety of dance styles to broaden your expertise, learn how dance contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Fee covers all classes, lunch, and a souvenir t-shirt. Fee: $15/person; $10/person in groups of 5 or more Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier 20712 301-699-1819; Fax 301-699-1818 Saturday, March 2–Thursday, March 28, 10 am–5 pm, Daily Public Reception: Sunday, March 10, 2–4 pm

Artists on the Rise: Teen Juried Competition This juried exhibition showcases area teens and their talents in the visual arts. All ages; FREE; Montpelier Arts Center Sunday, March 3, 4 pm

Love 2 Dance Teen Showcase Talented dancers from area schools and dance studios perform modern dance, ballet, world dance, and more, with a special guest appearance by a local dance celebrity. All ages; Tickets: $10/person; $5 students & seniors; Prince George’s Publick Playhouse Tuesday, March 12, 10:15 am & 12 noon

The Butterfly Story Hudson Vagabond Puppets bring their larger-than-people dancing butterflies for a beautiful science lesson. Follow the monarch on its incredible 1,500-mile journey to Mexico as it metamorphoses from caterpillar to pupa to adult butterfly. Recommended for grades K-2; Tickets: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more; Prince George’s Publick Playhouse


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Wednesday, March 13, 10:30 am

KIDS’ DAY OUT: Rockcreek Steel Drums “The Birth of Steel Drum Music” Rockcreek Steel Drum’s Band, Bermuda Blue takes the audience on a journey through the development of the modern steel drum instrument. Bermuda Blue demonstrates different types of steel drums and other Caribbean instruments while playing Calypso music. Students join the band to play steel drums and tamboo bamboo. All ages; Tickets: $5/person; Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center Saturday, March 16, 11 am

Family Fun at Montpelier! Rhythms and Rhymes for Wise Young Minds David Foreman, aka ‘Jali-D’ is an accomplished percussionist and spoken word artist who simultaneously combines his talents into an art form he calls “Rappercussions.” His intelligent and creative rhymes have entertained and educated both children and adults nationwide. All ages; Tickets: $5/person; Montpelier Arts Center Friday, March 22, 7–11 pm

Wine & Chocolate Wine and chocolate, what a pair! Join us for a lovely evening of decadence while our sommelier enlightens you on the best wine and chocolate pairings. Sample some of the best local wines and bring home a few bottles of your favorites. Discover new and unique chocolate flavors, plus tips on tasting, buying, and storing wine and chocolate. To cap off the evening, nothing pairs better with wine and chocolate than live jazz. You won’t want to miss this performance by a local group. Pre-registration required; space is limited. Ages 21 & up; Tickets: Resident $30; Non-Resident $37; Oxon Hill Manor Monday, April 1, 1–2 pm

Easter Monday FUN-day Children and parents are invited to join us for a fun activities and games at our annual egg hunt on the grounds of Oxon Hill Manor. Pre-registration required. Ages 2-10; Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3; Oxon Hill Manor


Thursday, April 4, 9:30 am & 11:30 am

Animala Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets investigate the fascinating natural world of animals, and large and small insects. Through storytelling, beautiful scenery and life-like puppets that may wander into the audience, this is a unique experience for kids of all ages! Recommended for grades pre-K-2; Tickets: $3/child; $4/adult Prince George’s Publick Playhouse Saturday, April 6, 8 pm

CONCERT: Indigo Love: “An Evening with Sarah Vaughn” Indigo, a naturally gifted performer has been described as “easily captivating and able to capture an audience with her extraordinary talent, honest emotions and flawless delivery, a truly gifted and all around performer.” Indigo’s sound is sultry, at times sexy and most definitely versatile. Her mesmerizing style includes everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughn and she is a consummate storyteller, with an ability to relate to her audience. Indigo, the recipient of Delta Sigma Theta’s 1992 Young Artist Award, and in 2003, semi-finalist in Baltimore’s 14th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, has performed at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Carter Barron, Twins Jazz Lounge and Manhattan’s Sugar Bar. All ages; Tickets: $30/general admission; $25 students & seniors Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center Friday, April 12, 10:15 am, 12 noon & 7 pm

Rumpelstiltskin Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati brings their madcap version of the classic fairy tale, with a troll coming to the rescue and lots of audience participation. Recommended for families and grades K-5. Tickets: $6/person; $5/person in groups of 15 or more; Prince George’s Publick Playhouse Friday, April 12, 8 pm

LIVE at Montpelier! Odean Pope Philadelphia saxophone legend Odean Pope integrates several musical influences — including the church choir of his youth, Philadelphia jazz and R&B of the 1950s, and classical woodwind chamber music—to create a sound all his own. Famed for the husky sounds he produces on the sax, Pope spent more than two decades as a member of the Max Roach Quartet and has received acclaim around the globe, including Best Tenor Saxophone Player at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors; Montpelier Arts Center


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Wednesday, April 17, 10 am–1 pm

Kids’ Day at Billingsley Local history bears repeating to the young and the young at heart.  Kids’ Day includes storytelling, hands-on opportunities for creative play and crafting. A local author/artist will be reading from her book and sharing tales of local history. Each child will leave with a craft and a bag of goodies. Pre-registration required. Ages 3-5; FREE; Billingsley House Monday, April 22 – Saturday, April 27 Monday– Friday, 10 am–7 pm; Saturday, 10 am–4 pm Closing Reception: Saturday, April 27, 5 – 8pm

Corcoran College of Art and Design 2013 Graduates, a Pop-up Exhibition For more than 120 years, the Corcoran College of Art and Design has been a leading force cultivating and driving the visual arts in the Washington metropolitan area. Their students are among the best and brightest, and their alumni number among the most distinguished artists in the canon of American art. This one-week, pop-up show invites the 2013 graduating class to take over the Brentwood Arts Exchange Gallery for experimentation and showcasing their BFA-culminating visual and performance-based art works. All ages; FREE; Brentwood Arts Exchange Saturday, April 27, 10 am– 5 pm (held rain or shine)

Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea & the Arts Celebrate spring at this fun festival for the entire family! Listen to music, visit the resident artists’ studios, watch demonstrations, paint the bird and enjoy children’s activities. Visit the Mansion and stroll the beautiful grounds where you may purchase art, crafts, plants and more. All ages; FREE admission; Montpelier Arts Center Saturday, May 4, 10 am –7 pm

14th Annual Harlem Renaissance Festival The Harlem Remembrance Foundation returns for its 14th Annual Harlem Renaissance Festival. This year’s theme pays tribute to “The Great Migration: A Story of Courage and Change.” This event is a wonderful display of the rich heritage of the Harlem Renaissance era. Bring your blanket, lawn chair and a good attitude! All ages; FREE admission; Prince George’s Ballroom Wednesday, May 8, 10:15 am & 12 noon

Food Play There’s lots of audience participation when the Emmy awardwinning TV show brings its juggling, motivational rap messages, music and magic to the Publick Playhouse. Recommended for grades K-5; Tickets: $5/person; Prince George’s Publick Playhouse


Thursday, April 25, 10:15 am

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Lecture/Demo Dallas Black celebrates its 10th year in residence at the Publick Playhouse with an inspiring lecture demonstration. Recommended for grades 1 and up. Tickets: $7/person; $6/person in groups of 15 or more Prince George’s Publick Playhouse Thursday, April 25, 12 noon & Friday, April 26, 11 am

Platinum Series Live: Dallas Black Dance Theatre Dallas Black presents a special anniversary performance for senior citizens. Ages 60 & up; Tickets: $7/person; $6/person in groups of 15 or more Prince George’s Publick Playhouse Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27, 8 pm, and Sunday, April 28, 4 pm

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Just back from a European tour, the internationally renowned modern dance company has planned a special program in celebration of their 10th anniversary in residence at the Publick Playhouse. All ages; Tickets: $25/person; $20/person in groups of 15 or more, seniors & students & DancePass members; Prince George’s Publick Playhouse

Thursday, May 9, 6–10 pm

Ladies’ Night: Out in Style Fashion comes and goes, but style never fades. Discover new fashion trends and explore your individual style. At Ladies Night, you and your gorgeous gal pals will enjoy discovering unique and emerging designers, one-of-a-kind jewelry, refreshments and a groovy goodie bag. Bring Mom for an early Mother’s Day treat! Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Ages 21 & up; Tickets: Resident $10; Non-Resident $12; Oxon Hill Manor Friday, May 10, 10:15 am & 12 noon

GEICO Gecko Series Production* Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible No Good Bad Day Poor Alexander…everyone’s been there, and TheatreworksUSA makes this popular book a wonderful musical showing that bad days can be hilarious. Recommended for grades Pre-K-4; Tickets: $5/person; Prince George’s Publick Playhouse * Free/Prince George’s Title 1 Schools on a first-request, as-available basis


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Friday, May 10, 8 pm

LIVE at Montpelier! Guy Davis He’s a musician, composer, actor, director and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories and his own original works. Davis, the son of actors/writers Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis, has recorded nine studio albums with Red House Records and has appeared as a guest artist on numerous albums, videos, films and television shows. Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors; Montpelier Arts Center Saturday, May 11 – Saturday, June 29 Monday–Friday, 10 am– 7pm; Saturday 10 am–4 pm; Closed Sunday Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 5–8 pm

Allen Linder, Benedict Oddi, Christina Osheim Ceramic sculptor Christina Osheim, painter Benedict Oddi and sculptor/draftsman Allen Linder exhibit together for the first time. Although working in different forms and media, each artist shares sensibilities in their exploration of imagination and 21st century inheritance of early-mid 20th century surrealism. Allen Linder, widely known as a sculptor and represented by galleries across the U.S., will show recent drawings and 2-dimensional work. Benedict Oddi is the head of the Painting Department at Tennessee Technological University, and will be exhibiting in the metro area for only the second time. Christina Osheim received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy in 2012, and is currently a studio artist at the regional visual arts powerhouse Red Dirt Studios. All ages; FREE; Brentwood Arts Exchange

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Friday, May 17, 10:15 am & 12 noon

Nai Ni Chen Dance Company Lecture/Demo The wonder of traditional Chinese festival dances and amazing costumes combines with modern dance to take the young audience on a cultural adventure spanning centuries. All ages; Tickets: $5/person; Prince George’s Publick Playhouse


Saturday, May 18, 8 pm

Nai Ni Chen & The Ahn Trio Concert Performing to live music, Nai Ni Chen surprises and captivates with an exciting mix of sleek contemporary and colorful traditional Asian dance. All ages; Tickets: $25/person; $20/person in groups of 15 or more, seniors, students, DancePass members; Prince George’s Publick Playhouse Thursday, June 13, 9:30 am & 11:30 am

Magpie’s Living Planet Sing and dance along with Magpie, learn some sign language and have a wonderful time discovering differences in animals around our world.Recommended for grades pre-K-2 Tickets: $3/child; $4/adult; Prince George’s Publick Playhouse

Thursday, June 13-Sunday, August 18, 10 am-5 pm, Daily Public Reception: Friday, June 14, 7-9 pm Artist/Talk and Luncheon: Sunday, June 16, 12 noon*

32nd Annual Montpelier Sculpture Exhibition: DC Glassworks DC Glassworks will show contemporary work that uses processes such as blown and cast glass. Core members and instructors include David D’Orio, Steven Jones, Megan Van Wagoner, Joseph Corcoran, Matt Deal, Leo Lex, Karyne Messina and Patrick Burke. burke; glass wrench fogged

All ages; FREE; Montpelier Arts Center * Advanced reservations required

Friday, June 21, 6:30–8:30 pm

Demonstration at DC Glassworks In conjunction with the exhibition at the Montpelier Arts Center, the artists at DC Glassworks and Sculpture Studios will give a live demonstration of blowing glass in the Venetian style to make contemporary pieces. Using 2,300 degree molten glass from a 600 pound furnace, watch the artist work in teams to create a variety of works in clear and color. All ages; FREE DC Glassworks, 5346 46th Avenue, Hyattsville 20781 301-927-8271

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the Arts The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. arts.pgparks.com The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation. Printed with environmentally friendly ink on ECF certified paper manufactured with 55% recycled content including 30% post-consumer fiber. PR-ACHD 2/13


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