Special Columbia Events Edition | June 2019

Loving the Arts!

The Arts in Columbia! This special edition of our newsletter focuses on the many artistic endeavors that are happening in Columbia, just in the next two weeks! I clearly recall when we first moved here 31 years ago traveling on weekends to D.C. and Baltimore for cultural events and good restaurants. Now Howard County offers the best of both right here in our backyards. I Iove the arts and know that this was also an area of great interest to my predecessor, Mary Kay Sigaty. I am sure that you will see both of us out and about over the next two weeks attending as many events as we can fit into our schedules. So take advantage of staying in town and look below at all the fun things there are to do right here in Columbia!
Where Arts, Culture, and Community Come Together

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June 14 & 15, 10am-12pm; doors open at 9:30am

Join Julia McCready, preschool music educator extraordinaire, for a dance party on the Chrysalis stage. Come early for playtime with Imagination Playground, and the tot-sized dance party. Snacks will be available for sale, but picnics are welcome (no glass or alcohol).

Free tickets available here .
June 30, 5-7:30pm; doors open at 4p.m 

Join the Columbia Orchestra for its third annual free summer pops concert. This concert is part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts, in partnership with Howard County, Columbia Association, Downtown Columbia Partnership, and more.
Columbia Festival for the Arts
This arts festival features four weekends of music, theater, cinema and more.

Visit here  for a schedule of events and ticket information.
June 14-16
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Three days of live music, arts and crafts, food, performances, and kid activities at the Lakefront. Visit the here for a schedule of events and parking information.
Featured artists:

Stoop Story Telling
June 20, 7pm
Howard Community College, Smith Theater
General admission tickets: $18
In partnership with the Horizon Foundation, the Stoop Storytelling Series presents seven-minute personal stories from a pediatrician, marriage counselor, Episcopal priest, and an artist as the topic “On Purpose: Stories about living in line with your unique values.” Ticket info
Rene Marie
June 21, 8pm
Howard Community College, Smith Theater
Tickets: $25-35

Jazz and blues vocalist Rene Marie draws from the past to sing for the present. Her album Sound of Red was nominated for the Grammy’s Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2017. Ticket info
The Second City
June 22, 8pm
Howard Community College, Smith Theater
Tickets $28-38
Chicago’s famous sketch comedy troupe presents The Cure for the Common Comedy. Ticket info
Sundance Shorts on Tour
June 24, 1pm
Monteabaro Hall, $15
Short films spanning fiction, documentary, and animation from around the world. Ticket info
Soulful Symphony
June 29, 7.30-11pm
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Merriweather’s resident symphony delivers a unique remix of American roots music.   Ticket info
L’Homme Cirque
June 20-23
Merriweather District
David Dimitri, dubbed the “Lord of the Wire,” brings his acrobatics and high wire act to an intimate stage. 
Mimosa & Music
June 22, 11.30am-2.30pm
Cured Table & Tap
10487 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD
Tickets: $60-plus
Enjoy fine food, live jazz, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Columbia Festival of the Arts.    Ticket info
Selected Shorts
June 23, 6pm
Howard Community College, Smith Theatre
Story time for grownups: this National Public Radio series takes great pieces of fiction read aloud by great actors.
Columbia Film Festival
June 27-29
Multiple Locations
Local, national, and international films bring the backyards and the beyond to the silver screen. Ticket info
June 30, 2.30pm
Howard Community College, Smith Theatre
Celebrate the anniversary of the Columbia Film society and HoCoPoLitSo with an afternoon honoring the education of girls. Ticket info
Howard County Arts Council
June 16, 11am -3pm
MD AIR Studio , 10960 Grantchester Way, 5th Floor, Columbia
Merriweather District's Artist-in-Residence program will host this workshop to imagine innovative uses for common human-made materials

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Abstract Landscape + Your Visual Language Workshop
June 16, 1-4pm
MD AIR Studio , 10960 Grantchester Way, 5th Floor, Columbia
During this workshop, Katherine will teach you abstractionism techniques, as well as creating multi-layered patterns on your own landscape painting. Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann is a Washington D.C.-based mural and installation artist who incorporates her previous training as traditional Chinese landscapist and personal motifs to create unique and mesmerizing abstract landscapes.

Click here for more.

Live music, family movies, and dancing — this schedule has something for everyone and is sure to please!

The Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival is sponsored by Columbia Association and held on the lawn at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront, located off of Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Admission is free. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises.
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Merriweather Movie Nights
Enjoy Howard County's very own concert venue with summer movies for all ages.

July 7 - Small Foot
August 16 - Woodstock, the Movie
Howard County Library System: Central Branch
Classes and activities -- from free afternoon snacks for children to English Conversation clubs -- are held throughout the summer

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Howard County Recreation & Parks Summer Concerts Series

July 13, 10am         
Children’s Music      
The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway

July 26, 7pm
Jimmy Buffet tribute band
Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland

August 4, 10am
Children’s Music
The Chyrsalis, Symphony Woods, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway

August 9, 7pm
North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel

Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission (DCACC) is the non-profit organization that assumed ownership of Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2016. DCACC presents Movie Nights at Merriweather.
The Columbia Festival of the Arts has hosted the Columbia Festival of the Arts for 31 years. The annual Festival begins with June’s free 3-day LakeFest at Lake Kittamaqundi and is followed by outstanding ticketed events at Howard Community College and at other venues in Howard County.
Inner Arbor Trust operates 22 acres of Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, including the Chrysalis, and is developing all 51 acres of the park as an arts and culture park. Events include the free Community Concert Series and Chrysalis Kids family series.
Downtown Columbia Partnership (DCP) is a coalition of downtown Columbia businesses, including Howard Hughes, that come together to present such wonderful festivals as the Books in Bloom festival, Festive Friday in December, and after-work Downtown Cocktail Crawl s.  
Merriweather Post Pavilion is the outdoor concert venue owned by the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission.

Howard County Arts Council has fostered the arts, artists and arts organizations and connected people to the arts. The Arts Council, in partnership with Howard County Government, the Maryland State Arts Council, and corporate and individual donors, provides nearly $700,000 in grants to arts organizations and in awards, honoraria and scholarships to artists each year.  

Columbia Association (CA) is a non-profit membership organization that owns and operates multiple recreation and community facilities, including the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. CA also hosts the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival , which features live music, family movies, and dancing under the People Tree.

Toby’s Dinner Theatre  in Downtown Columbia offers 8 shows weekly of award-winning Broadway and original musicals with buffet-style dinners. Now in its 40th season, it has received over 100 Helen Hayes Award nominations. 

 Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School is a 747-seat theatre with 12,500 sq. ft of performance space. It is rented to community groups on a space-available basis. 
The Soundry is the 200 seat (300 standing) music venue facing Lake Kittamaqundi in Downtown Columbia. The Soundry presents bands and performers doing everything from ABBA covers to zydeco.