January 15, 2015

Maryland Arts Day
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Miller Senate Building
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD
Early Bird Registration: $25 until January 30;
$50 from January 31 to February 6

Keynote Speaker is Freeman A. Hrabowski, III. 

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF's Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation's Academic Leadership Award(2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the "Human Condition." 

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, and shuttle ride to the President's Conference Center at the Miller Senate Building. Following the morning speakers and information session, the main purpose of the day will be to discuss with lawmakers the importance of a strong arts community to the economic and cultural vitality of Maryland. Maryland Arts Day needs your participation! For more information and to register, go to http://www.mdarts.org.
Henry E. Lackey High School Masqued Chargers
Friday, January 16, 6:30 pm
Saturday, January 17, 1:00 pm* and 6:30 pm
Sunday, January 18, 2:00 pm
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Tickets:  $8 Adults, $7 Students/Seniors/Military, 
$6 Thespians

Based on the works of Dr. Seuss.

*Special lunch with the characters at 11:30 am, before the Saturday matinee. Tickets are $14, which include the lunch and show. Children under 3 are free! Reservations required.

For more information, call 301-934-7473.

Port Tobacco Players
The Dixie Swim Club
January 16 - February 1
Fridays - Saturdays 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $17 Adults; $14 Seniors (60+), Military, 
and Youth (to 18)

(Comedy) Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of these weekends - a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever. For more information and to order tickets, go to http://www.ptplayers.com, or call 301-932-6819.

Maryland Community Theatre One Act Festival

Saturday, January 17

9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Three Notch Theatre

21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park, MD

Tickets:  $15 per Session, $25 for both Sessions,

$25 Awards Banquet


See seven shows from around Maryland and the District of Columbia area!


SESSION I - 10:00 am

  • The Newtowne Players - "Yes Means No" by Howard Emmet Rogers
  • Silver Spring Stage - "Matched" by Kat Meads
  • The Montgomery Playhouse - "Fight or Flight" by Kryss Locovaro and Natalie Brunelle

SESSION II - 2:00 pm

  • Port Tobacco Players - "Superhero Sanitarium" by Scott Haan
  • Chevy Chase Players - "The Actor and the Assassin" by Steven Lloyd
  • Thunderous Productions - "How Much is Shipping" by Kelly Canavan
  • Colonial Players - "Tough Cookies" by Brett Hursey

Awards Banquet  7:00 pm, The Tides Restaurant

46580 Expedition Drive, Lexington Park, MD 20653



For more information, visit http://www.newtowneplayers.org.


Port Tobacco Players
William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
Saturday, January 17, 10:00 am
Monday, January 19, 7:00 pm
Callbacks, if necessary, Wednesday, January 21
Main Stage,  508 E. Charles Street, La Plata

One of Shakespeare's best loved comedies follows Prince Don Pedro and his officers, Benedick and Claudio, as they arrive in Messina after a successful battle. Auditions will consist of a monologue and cold readings from the script.  The monologue should be between 80 - 160 words. You will be allowed to have a printed copy of your monologue on stage during your audition.  Performance dates are May 22 to June 7, 2015.  For additional information, contact the producer at migraine_boy98@hotmail.com.

Charles County Youth Orchestra and Encore Strings Concert
Sunday, January 18, 4:30 pm
Westlake High School, 3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf
Free Admission
The Orchestra will perform "Summer" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, (Alyssa Raqueno soloist,) "Czardas" by Monti, "Andante Cantabile" from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, and "Into the Storm" by Robert. W. Smith. Encore Strings will perform "Let it Go," "Jupiter" from The Planets by Holst, an arrangement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, a medley of Russian pieces, and "Deep Sea Fandango," which sounds a lot like "Jaws!"

Charles County Youth Orchestra is comprised of advanced high school level string, wind, brass and percussion players by audition. Encore Strings is a strings-only orchestra of middle school level musicians, open to any age by audition.  

Auditions, Saturday, January 24.  Contact the director at annempatterson@aol.com to schedule an appointment, or go to Auditions for more information about requirements and fees

Kids Crossing Productions
and Grace Lutheran Church
Call for Actors, Writers, Musicians and Stage Production Assistants
Open Auditions For Actors
Sunday - Monday, January 18 - 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, Room 116, 1200 Charles Street, 
La Plata Md

Actors, make-up artists, writers, costumers, graphic artists, musicians and stage crew are needed to produce a new sketch comedy television series that will air locally. Actors must prepare a 1 to 2 minute comedic monologue for the audition.

Go to their website at www.kcptv.org for more information and applications for writers, actors, stage crew and musicians.

The Newtowne Players
Auditions for William Inge's Classic Drama Picnic
Thursday, January 22, 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 24, 10:00 am
Callbacks, January 24, 1:00 pm
Lobby of the Newtowne Players
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park

Play synopsis: Emotions ignite when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of their Labor Day picnic. Auditions will generally consist of cold readings from the script where your ability to act and take directions will be evaluated. Show Dates: April 17 - May 3, 2015. For detailed information about the characters, go to the website at www.newtowneplayers.org or call 301-737-5447.
College of Southern Maryland
Open Auditions for Ages 10 and Up
Monday - Tuesday, January 26 - 27, 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata








Open auditions for:

  • All Out

Prepare a one-minute monologue.  Performances will take place between March 5 and 14, 2015.  For more details, please contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or bxoffc@csmd.edu.


College of Southern Maryland Cause Theatre
Adult American Males by Graham Gordy
Thursday, January 29, 2:30 pm
Prince Frederick Campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road

Friday, January 30, 8:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus, 22950 Hollywood Road

Thursday, February 5, 7:30 pm
Friday - Saturday, February 6 - 7, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road
Tickets: $5 all ages, production may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Four all-American, hard-drinking, tough-talking guys make a surprising discovery. This production contains strong adult language and content. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit  www.csmd.edu/Arts.


College of Southern Maryland Children's Theatre
Treasure Island
Friday, January 30, 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 31, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road
Tickets: $7 Adults/Seniors, $5 Youth

Treasure Island is the story of a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. At the center of it all are young Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero/villain of all time. For more information and to order tickets call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit www.csmd.edu/Arts.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
High School "Seven Up" Art Show
January 16 to February 8
Reception and Awards: Sunday, January 25, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658

A showcase of the best works of art students from the seven Charles County public high schools. The Gallery and Gift Shop are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm For more information, call 301-743-5159, or go to www.mattawomanart.org.

Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery

Erin Wiersma

Liminal Territories 

January 26 - March 20

Gallery Talk and Reception:  Thursday, January 29, 5:30 pm

College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD

Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm  

Erin Wiersma's current work explores what exists beyond the edges of the surface, beyond the image itself. In these new drawings she seeks to address the liminal within her work to reconnect with the performance of making, seeking a confluence between the spiritual and material aspects of being. In doing so, she cultivates a sense of mutual seeing and revelation in the process of creating. "What intrigues me in the notion of looking is this gaze, this emotive interaction, between me and the work, the work and the viewer, the viewer and me."  The results are pieces that could be perceived as ganglions of tiny alien veins and capillaries or other micro organic systems, mapping explicit gestures and patterns. They may also be perceived as minute diagrams of synapses or of the myriad of complex activity going on constantly in the universe and within us.  For more information, go to http://www.csmd.edu/Arts.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo)

6x6x2015 Call for Artists

All entries must be postmarked no later than April 18




Rochester Contemporary Art Center's (RoCo), international art show is coming up in June and is a great opportunity for artists and art lovers of all ages to participate in a unique global exhibition!  All mediums are encouraged and there is no entry fee! The exhibition includes thousands of artworks made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU. 

Each artwork must be 6x6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6x6 board, signed only on the back, and exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted; exhibited in the gallery and online, and offered for sale to the public for $20 each (in the gallery and online for global purchasing) to benefit RoCo.  Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through July 12, 2015. Sold Out artists' names will be revealed next to their work online on July 3. Artists may enter up to 4 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D) and there is no fee to enter. Limit 4 artworks per elementary, middle, or high school.


Mail your 6x6 artworks directly to:
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
137 East Ave.
Rochester, NY 14604

Go to http://www.roco6x6.org for complete details.


Cox Art Center
Located at  32 Cox Road in Huntingtown, MD, Cox Art Center was launched in 2013 to provide significant enrichment and experience in all aspects of visual arts.  They provide a wide variety of art education courses and the sale of art objects produced by some of the finest artists in southern Maryland.  Click here to learn more about course offerings.  For more information, contact the Center at 410-535-0014, or visit their website a www.coxartcenter.com.

BookNuts BookStore
Customer Appreciation Sale Extended!
4459 Crain Highway, White Plains, MD
Hours:  11:00 am - 8:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday;
12:00 noon to 5:00 pm, Sunday and Monday

BookNuts BookStore is closing its doors and offering all books for $1 (some are only 25 cents).  Book purchases are also available through their website at BookNutsBookStore.com. Thousands of books are on sale, with new arrivals never offered before.  For more information, call 301-836-6236.

Life Journeys Writers Club
Big Quarterly Gathering
Saturday, January 17, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Life Jurneys Writers Club
Come to network, get informed, inspired and come to hear great reads and critiques! Find out what the LJWC is all about! For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 301-705-8972.

Charles County Arts Alliance

2015 Scholarship Program is Now Open!


Deadline to Apply is February 28, 2015


Each year the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) awards $1,000 scholarships to one outstanding graduating senior from each high school in Charles County and one graduating student from the College of Southern Maryland, who plan to continue studying the arts (performing, visual or literary) at a four-year college or university. 


The completed application and all required documentation must be postmarked by noon, February 28, 2015, and mailed to CCAA, PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695. For more information, send an email to scholarship.ccaa@gmail.com or click here to go to the CCAA website to download an application.  Charles County Public School Seniors may also see their high schools' College and Career Advisors for a copy of the application.  


The Charles County Arts Alliance was founded in 1987 with the goal of stimulating, promoting, encouraging, and providing recognition of the arts and the creative spirit in Charles County, MD. For 27 years, the Arts Alliance has worked toward this goal by providing a variety of events, workshops, and services designed to help Charles County artists and arts organizations succeed and thrive, including:  the ArtsFest countywide festival, school and community grants, and the management of three public art galleries.


For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or info@charlescountyarts.org.

Adult Discussion Book Groups
Writers of Color Book Club
A book club for all who enjoy reading books by authors of the African diaspora who write contemporary fiction. The Club meets bi-monthly at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Click here to register for the next discussion. For more information, call 301-645-1395.
January 22:  The Good Lord Bird by James McBride.   Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town-with Brown, who believes he's a girl. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Meeton the fourth Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, at the Senior Center, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head, MD.  Call 301-375-7375  for more information or to place a copy of a book on hold.

January 28:  Dear Life: Stories by Alice Monroe.   Alice Monroe illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking.  Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

Jane Austen Book & Film Club
Meets six times a year from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, on the last Thursday of the month at the P.D. Brown Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf, MD. To join, call 301-645-2864, with your library card number to place a copy of the book on reserve for you.

January 29:  Persuasion by Jane Austen.  First published in 1818, Persuasion was Jane Austen's last work.  Set in Somersetshire and Bath, the novel revolves around the lives and love affair of Sir Walter Elliot, his daughters Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary, and various in-laws, friends, suitors, and other characters  While essentially a touching love story, Austen nonetheless expresses her profound concerns about the pressures and choices facing the young women of her day.

Waldorf Senior Center Afternoon Book Club
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, at the Waldorf Senior Center, 3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf. For more information, call 301-638-4420.

February 4: Songs of Willow Frost: A Novel by Jamie Ford.  Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s of Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls: a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past, both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Meets at 1:00 pm, on the first Thursday of each month at the Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles Street, La Plata, MD.  For more information, call 301-934-9001. 
February 5:  The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion.  The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the "Wife Project" to find his perfect partner.  Meet Rosie Jarman who has her own "Father Project" to locate her biological father.  When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie--and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don't find love, it finds you.  

Waldorf Adult Book Discussion Group
Meets on the first Saturday of every month from 9:30 - 10:30 am, at the P.D. Brown Memorial Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf, MD.   To join, call 301-645-2864, and reserve a book with your library card.  

February 7:  The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.  "My darling Cecilia, if you're reading this, then I've died. . ."  Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret, something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive!  Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses, and ultimately ourselves. 

Chicks for Lit Book Club 
Meets on Saturdays from 10:00 - 11:00 am, at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603. Pre-registration is required; click here to register for this discussion. For more information, call 301-645-1395.

February  7:  The One & Only by Emily Griffin.  Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas, a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker's legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.  But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea's comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she's chosen is really enough for her. Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Meets at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of every month at the La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD. Call 301-934-9001, for more information.
February 12:  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist--books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

Charles County Library Schedule
For January and February

Get a copy of the January/February brochure to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are computer classes, book discussions, craft programs, preschool story times, games, and lots of other activities for every interest and age! 

For more information, call 301-934-9001 or go to http://www.ccplonline.org.

The Charles County Public Library offers book discussion groups at all of their branches and online too!  Click the link to sign up.

Nanjemoy Community Center

The Nanjemoy Community Center offers a wide variety of programs and services designed to fulfill the needs of the Nanjemoy community for all ages from tots to senior adults.  Click here to get a copy of their January newsletter. For more activities and events, get a copy of the January edition of The Scoop, Charles County's Senior Center News.

The Center is located at 4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662.  For more information, call 301-246-9612301-934-5423, 301-753-1647, or click here to go to their website.  The Center is open Monday and Wednesday - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
In This Flash
Maryland Arts Day
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Literary Arts
CCAA Scholarship Program
Book Discussion Groups
Community Arts
Thanks to Our Sponsors
CCAA Member Organizations & Businesses
January Arts Insider Newsletter
Join the CCAA
Thanks to Our Sponsors
National Endowment for Arts

The Maryland State Arts Council
County Seal

E L Sanders Insurance

CCAA members receive the monthly newsletter, The Arts Insider, on the first of each month.
The Newsflash is published everyThursday.  If you would like your event included, contact the CCAA office by email at info@charlescountyarts.org or phone 301-392-5900, no later than the Monday before your event.

The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.  All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
CCAA Board of Directors
Robert Rausch, President
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Cindy Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Ronald Brown
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Roy Jenkins, PhD
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Shane Seremet
Mark Walker

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart

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About the Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.


The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit.  Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes ALL the arts in Charles County:  music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.

The CCAA is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) of the State of Maryland.  In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the "umbrella" organization for the arts community in Charles County.  The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals, provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs, sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community, provides arts scholarships, and ensures the Charles County's underserved population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities, and senior citizens have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County.