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Rockville looks for police chief opportunity

New Rockville City Manager Rob DiSpirito said he intends to seek input from the Rockville community about police in the city prior to a national search for candidates to fill the vacant police chief position.

DiSpirito said he intends to become familiar with the interests and needs of the city, including residents, police officers and city employees, so he can be informed on what needs the chief should be able to address.

“I need to take time, as any manager would,” DiSpirito said.

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Juggling and ballet at Strathmore equal harmony

Screen shot 2017-02-08 at 3.16.16 AMGandini Juggling performed both ballet and juggling in their act. COURTESY PHOTO

BETHESDA — At Strathmore, Gandini Juggling, a British juggling group held a performance titled “4x4: Ephemeral Architectures.”

Juggling and ballet, two traditionally separate art forms, were combined to create a performance of both balance and precision as a live orchestral ensemble timed music to each movement.

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Bethesda business hosts ‘A Toast to Art’ showcase

BETHESDA — Two entrepreneurs held an open house art exhibit in their own Bethesda office entitled “A Toast to Art” on Tuesday.

Sean Saidi and Sabine Roy helm Saidi-Roy Associates, or SR/A, a private business that is partly architectural and partly interior design.

SR/A is contracted to design new multifamily homes and renovate old ones in the area. Saidi and Roy’s art exhibit showcases local work from artists they know personally.

“We talk to local artists to help Bethesda because there’s not enough exhibits, and the ones available are very expensive,” said Saidi.

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BlackRock features political and social art of local artists

blackrockOne of the artworks presented at BlackRock. PHOTO BY REECE LINDENMAYER  

GERMANTOWN — The BlackRock Center for the Arts opened their first day of the year with an art exhibit featuring the work of three local artists.

In the Kay Gallery, the work of Linda Colsh and Julia Dzikiewicz is on display. Colsh’s work, entitled “Seeing the Unseen” focuses on elderly subjects, whom she believes are marginalized in society.

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Center Stage: Getting on the “Hot Beat” at Smithsonian American Art

WASHINGTON — An exhibit of Gene Davis’ work “Hot Beat” is currently running at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. At “Hot Beat,” visitors can view Davis’ signature art, which is defined by his unprecedented use of multi-colored, rhythmic stripes.

The title of Davis’ exhibit is also the namesake of one of his artworks. “Hot Beat”, like many of his other paintings, has a repeating motif of one color surrounded by colors that pop out and play with the notions of the viewer.

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Center Stage: Mormon Temple site for spectacular “Festival of Lights”

KENSINGTON — The Washington, D.C., Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints held its annual “Festival of Lights” from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1. Each night, a different musical performance from different cultures was held at the Temple visitor center.

The annual festival is very popular. According to Sister Fowler, the crowd can reach up to 10,000.

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Seneca Creek offers New Year’s activities

SENECA CREEK — Seneca Creek State Park is opening the new year by holding several outdoor activities for people of all ages.

Last weekend, the 13-mile park conducted its First Day Hike, a state park service that is organized by park rangers across the nation every year.

“First Day Hike is all about getting outdoors and getting a fresh start on the New Year,” said Ranger Erik Ledbetter of the Maryland Park Service.

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Center Stage: A faithful rendition of “Beauty and the Beast” at Imagination Stage

beauty and the beast photo 2Jessica Lauren Ball and Matthew Schleigh as Beauty and the Beast.       COURTESY PHOTO

BETHESDA — A production of “Beauty and the Beast” is currently running at Bethesda’s Imagination Stage. The play is based on the Disney adaptation of the fairy tale and features song numbers from the movie.

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Center Stage: "Children of Eden" adaptation is kinder version

children of eden photoSebastian Amoruso as Japheth in “Children of Eden.” COURTESY PHOTO  

WASHINGTON D.C.  — Last weekend, a production of “Children of Eden” ran at the Levine School of Music. The play, an adaptation of the story of Adam and Eve, their descendants, and Noah and his ark, is a gentle interpretation of God’s relationship to mankind.

The Levine School of Music is a non-profit community music center that accepts students of all ages regardless of their theater background. As a result, “Children of Eden” was a diverse production of actors. 

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Strathmore Music Center gets $10 million tune up

xStrathmore renovation rendering 2Artist's conception for the renovation at Strathmore. COURTESY PHOTO  

The Music Center at Strathmore will undergo a $10 million renovation that will enable concertgoers to enjoy dinner at the Bethesda venue but will not change at all the concert hall. 

When the Center celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2020, the Montgomery County venue that features concerts by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic, the Washington Performing Arts and many popular musicians will be 5,000 square feet larger.

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