January 22, 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.
Port Tobacco Players
The Dixie Swim Club
Now through 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.

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 15 and Up for All Out
Monday - Tuesday, January 26 - 27, 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata








Play synopsis: The stage is set for a television game show, but it's to be a game that goes to the essence of morality today. To what extremes will the contestants go to win a prize of $100,000? The show begins as a typical, enthusiastic, laugh-it-up contest. Then, peeling away layer by layer the exteriors of the various contestants, the sometimes debasing price of success begins to be revealed.


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


The Preparatory Choir of the Schubert Singers
Auditions for Children Ages 5 - 8
Tuesday, January 27, 6:00 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Piney Parish
4535 Piney Church Road, Waldorf

In the Preparatory Choir, the youngest singers are taught basic musical and rhythmic concepts using folk songs, movement, and games. These singers rehearse for one hour each week and perform 2-4 times during the year. Interested singers will participate in a short rehearsal, and then sing for the directors, who will be listening for the ability to match pitch.  

To register for auditions, contact by email at schubertsingers@gmail.com.

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.
Port Tobacco Players
Winnie the Pooh and the Birthday Tail
Saturday, February 7, 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
Sunday, February 8, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
All Tickets: $6 

(Family Musical) A very special Friend-and-Relation tells Christopher Robin a story of a Birthday Party very long ago (about last year) when Eeyore, the old gray donkey who lives by himself in the thistle corner of Hundred-Acre Wood, was absolutely miserable. It seems that he lost his tail! Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet get all of their friends to organize a search. There is a great deal of fun and excitement, plus delightful songs, in the adventure that follows. For more information and to reserve tickets, contact the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or order tickets online at www.ptplayers.com.


College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Eliza Garth
Sunday, February 8, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission; Donactions Accepted

Pianist Eliza Garth has achieved international distinction through her recordings and through her concert appearances in major cities in the US, Europe, and Asia. An artist with a passionate voice and an adventurous spirit, she has championed some of the most demanding works in the repertoire. Since graduating from The Juilliard School, Ms. Garth has performed nearly 200 new works, including many written for her. She is a member of the faculty of St. Mary's College of Maryland, and has been recognized twice by the Maryland State Arts Council with the Individual Artist Award.  For more information, go to http://www.csmd.edu/Arts.

Henry E. Lackey High School
The U.S. Air Force Strings
Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 pm
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head, MD
Free Admission
The Air Force Strings is the official string ensemble of The United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. It is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band. The Air Force Strings consists of 20 active duty Airmen musicians performing a wide range of musical styles, from classical symphonic selections and Broadway show tunes to classic rock, bluegrass and patriotic compositions. The ensemble often entertains audiences at high-level military and government events in a formation known as the Strolling Strings. Providing a multi-dimensional experience, the instrumentalists surround the audience performing from memory without the aid of a conductor. For more information, call 301-743-5431.


College of Southern Maryland
Showcase Recital Series
Dr. Robert Jefferson
Friday, February 13, 8:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Room 206
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD
Admission: $5 in Advance; $7 Day of the Concert

Performing his piano and voice lecture-recital: "A Spiritual Journey: from Slavery to Emancipation." 

For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
Music Teachers Association of Charles County
How Sweet It Is To Make Music With Others
Ensemble Festival
Saturday, February 14 (Snow Date Saturday, February 28)
Programs at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
Christ Church, 112 East Charles Street, La Plata, MD
Free and Open to the Public!

For more information, visit 
or contact Lucy Snell at ljsnell@comcast.net.                                               


Arts Alliance "Call for Artists"
for the Spring Art Show at Waldorf West Library

Waldorf West Library

Deadline to Submit is February 16!

Theme is "Artists Choice"

The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Spring Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from March 30 to June 26, 2015. The Library consists of four separate gallery spaces on two floors.

Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject, to the Charles County Arts Alliance for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com.

The email must include:
  • Artist's name
  • Artist's mailing address
  • Artist's email address
  • Artist's phone number
  • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
  • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
  • Title of artwork
  • Medium/materials used
  • Size/dimensions
  • Year created
  • Price, if applicable
Artists who have previously shown in the gallery are invited to submit new work for consideration. Selections will be made by the Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified at a later date in March.

On Saturday, May 2, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, at the Waldorf West Library's Main Gallery, to honor all the artists participating in the spring show. This reception immediately follows the Arts Alliance's Annual Membership Meeting, during which elections for the 2015-2017 officers will take place.

For more information, contact the Alliance at 301-392-5900, info@charlescountyarts,org, or www.charlescountyarts.org.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
High School "Seven Up" Art Show
Now through 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.


BookNuts BookStore
Customer Appreciation Sale
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.

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 and February editions 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
"Call for Artists" for the Spring Show
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.