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WE ARE TAKOMA offers a range of programming featuring the talents of local, regional and international performers. Sponsored by the City of Takoma Park, WE ARE TAKOMA events are free to the public and are held at the Takoma Park Community Center. For more information on our upcoming events visit TAKOMA PARK COMMUNITY CENTER 7500 Maple Avenue 301-891-7119


FALL 2013

Visual Arts
MADe IN TAKOmA PARK Gallery Opening Thursday, September 12, 7 9 pm Opening reception for our new exhibit, Made in Takoma Park, featuring artists from Azalea City. Meet the artists and have a nosh while you enjoy the talents of Takoma Parks finest. Featuring the work of John Guernsey (etchings and acrylics), Karin Abromaitis (pottery), Lindsay Abromaitis-Smith (sculpture and puppets) and Sheila Blake (pastels). Exhibit runs September 12 November 3. Seeing is Believing by John Guernsey AUtUmN ARt Gallery Opening Thursday, November 7, 7 9 pm Enjoy the beauty of autumn as we celebrate the work of the Takoma Park Watercolor Group, Fran Abrams (polymer clay), Helene Baribeau (giant gloves- mixed media), and Amy Jackson (acrylic and pastel paintings). Exhibit runs November 8 January 5. HOLIDAY ARt SALe Saturday, December 14, 10 am 4 pm THe MOSAIc COmmUNItY Book Talk and Mosaic Workshop Sunday, September 22, 2 4 pm

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Give original, hand-made gifts to your loved ones this holiday season. The City of Takoma Parks annual juried art sale features the work of Azalea Citys finest artists and crafts folk. Painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, textiles, glass and more.

Honoring Takoma Parks tradition of mosaic, Rachna Rikhye will hold a kids workshop to explore this ancient art. Her book, The Mosaic Community, documents the stories of children living in Takoma Park who came together to create the mosaic by the computer learning center. The event features artists who worked on the outside wall of the Takoma Park Library, including the murals designer Arturo Ho. Participants will learn how to make their own mosaic.

Oculus by Karin Abromaitis


FALL 2013

TAKOmA ENSemBLe Saturday, October 19, 7:30 pm The Takoma Ensemble makes its debut performance under the baton of conductor Victoria Gau, Associate Conductor of the National Philharmonic, in a concert of string music including Griegs energetic Holberg Suite and Tchaikovskys passionate Serenade for Strings. Suggested donation - $20. MR. GABe AND tHe CIRcLe TIme ALL-StARS Saturday, November 2, 4 pm


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Mr. Gabes repertoire combines classic childrens folk songs and nursery rhymes with child-friendly pop songs and a smattering of originals. Throughout his performances, Gabe encourages the audience children and grown-ups to sing, shout, stomp, dance, and make animal and car noises. Suggested donation $8. DOVetAIL ENSemBLe Friday, November 15, 7:30 pm The Dovetail Ensemble brings together musicians and dancers from diverse traditions, including Grammy nominee Andrea Hoag (Swedish fiddle) and blues harmonica virtuoso Phil Wiggins. Each concert is fresh and surprising, inviting audiences into the collaborative process. DC LABOR CHORUS Saturday, December 7, 7:30 pm The DC Labor Chorus is a musical ensemble representing union members from the Washington, DC area. Some members are professional musicians but most are union members and activists who just love to sing! The DC Labor Chorus sings for rallies, demonstrations, and picket lines and will be performing their annual holiday concert in Takoma Park.

WASHINgtON ImpROV THeAteR PeRFORmANce Friday, October 25, 8 pm The regions premier improv organization will bring some of their shenanigans to Takoma Park. Ensembles from Washington Improv Theater (WIT) use audience suggestions to inspire comedic performances that they create on the spot. WASHINgtON ImpROV THeAteR WORKSHOp Saturday, October 26, 3 5 pm Discover a new sense of freedom and play. Get away from the grind of the scripted city at this free introductory improve workshop in Takoma Park lead by top instructors from Washington Improv Theater.

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THIRD THURSDAY Poetry Reading Series Thursday, September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 19, 7:30 pm This popular monthly series, hosted by Martin FitzPatrick, showcases the work of some of the finest poets in the region with three to four poets featured at each reading.

MONeY & LIFe Thursday, September 12, 7:30 pm This essay-style documentary explores the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity. A post screening discussion will follow with producer Susan Belchamber.

Hispanic Heritage Month

MeXIcAN INDepeNDeNce DAY A Dance Celebration Saturday, September 14, 7:30 pm

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Celebrate Mexican-Independence Day with folkloric dance performances from various regions in Mexico. Dancers will mingle prior to the show so that the audience can see their colorful costumes up close. RHYtHm AND SONg A Latin American Music Journey Saturday, October 5, 4 pm

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Her Red Father HeR ReD FAtHeR Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 pm Bernard Ades was a lawyer, radicalized by the Great Depression of the 1930s. This film follows his story from confronting systemic racism in Maryland to fighting fascism with the International Brigades in Spain. A discussion with filmmaker Tova BeckFriedman will follow the screening. Presented in partnership with Docs in Progress. DOcS IN PROgReSS FILm FeStIVAL Thursday, November 14, 7:30 pm Featuring work-in-progress shorts (five 10 minute films) shot in and around Takoma Park. Discussion with the individual filmmakers will follow the screening. LeD ZeppLIN PLAYeD HeRe Thursday, December 12, 7:30 pm 1969. Man lands on the moon. Half a million strong at Woodstock. Sesame Street makes its debut and Led Zeppelin performs in the gym of the Wheaton Youth Center on Georgia Avenue in front of 50 confused teenagers. Or did they? Led Zepplin Played Here features interviews with rock writers, musicians, and fans, and several who claim they were there witnessing history that night. Discussion with filmmaker Jeff Krulik will follow the screening.

Coral Cantigas will present an interactive concert featuring choral music from Latin America and opportunity for audience participation. The concert will include traditional music from Venezuela, Argentina, and Puerto Rico, with special kid friendly selections.