Sandy Spring Museum celebrates Southern Indian heritage in Montgomery County with two months of exhibit and programs. The exhibit features work by local artists Shanthi Chandra Sekar and her daughter Aishwaria Chandra Sekar and includes paintings, drawings, mixed media installations. Other programs to highlight the rich cultural traditions include series of films, live musical performances, dance and drumming lessons, kolam painting workshop, and a panel discussion to explore and promote this artistry.
January 11: Children's Storytelling Festival about traditional Indian festivals ($)
January 17: Introduction to Mridangam Drum with BalajeeShanmugam. ($)
January 24: Bharatanatyam Dance and Music with Natybhoomi and Balajee Shanmugam ($)
January 29: Indian Film Festival of Gandhi with guest moderator ($)
Jan 21 - Feb 8
Washington Revels present:
Carpe Diem Community Sing on January 21: Liberty and Justice themed evening begins at 6:30 pm with a Community Sing for the whole family. Social time starts at 7:45 pm with refreshments and from 8pm to 8:30 is the Music Jam session.
Pub Sing at McGinty's on January 25: A pub Sing at McGinty's Public House, a traditional Irish pub and restaurant. Singing begins at 7pm on the second floor bar area. Purchase tickets in advance. ($)
Jubilee Voices House Concerton February 8: Hear the songs and stories that helped lead a people from enslavement to freedom at 4 pm at Washington Revels Studio Space. Jubilee Voices will sing a program of traditional African American spirituals, punctuated with spoken word from historical figures such as Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Paul Lawrence Dunbar and more. ($)
Feb 1 - Feb 28
National Capital Trolley Museum
In recognition of Black History Month, the National Capital Trolley Museum presents a special exhibit "Jim Crow on the Streetcars." Learn about the nature of segregation aboard the cars in 19th century New York, efforts to block the practice as it developed across the South, and eventual success in opening employment opportunities.
Special program on Saturday, February 21: Eric Madison presents "Jim Crow Practices on Streetcars," a story of the varied regulations of and opposition efforts to racial segregation on transit at 1:30pm.
Ukrainian and Russian Relations
Sandy Spring Museum's February Salon Lunch features historian Andrew Sorokowski for a discussion and historical overview of Ukrainian-Russian relations and the war that began with the Annexation of the Crimea. Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided. From 12noon to 1pm.
Growing Legacy film
Montgomery Countryside Alliance's documentary "Growing Legacy" will be screened at Montgomery County Planning Department at noon. Public is invited to attend and participate in the question and answer session following the screening. The documentary, partially funded by a Heritage Montgomery Mini-Grant, tells the story of the County's Agricultural Reserve and profiles the challenges of growing food and cities in harmony.
The History of Valentines
Gaithersburg Community Museum invites families to learn about the history and tradition of exchanging valentines. Part of Discovery Days at the museum you learn about Valentines Day and get to make your own. Suitable for ages 3 plus. Drop-in activity runs from 11 am to 2 pm.
Community Cornerstones on MPT
Heritage Montgomery's video documentary Community Cornerstones: African American Communities in Montgomery County, Maryland will air on Maryland Public Television at 6pm. The documentary presents reminiscences by elders from five historic African American churches and illustrates life in segregated times.
To purchase a copy of this documentary and the accompanying musical CD, Songs of Praise: The Choirs of Community Cornerstones click here.
Feb 7 - Feb 28
Celebrate Black History Month 2015
Montgomery Parks offers special programs at the Josiah Henson Park every Saturday in February during Black History month. The park is on the historic Isaac Riley Farm in North Bethesda where the Reverend Josiah Henson lived and worked as a slve from 1795 to 1830. Reverend Henson's 1849 autobiography, inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's landmark novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Free guided tours will be offered and Time Team America's documentary, The Search for Josiah Henson will be shown.
On Saturday, 28th February, join Spoken Word Poetry Event - Lyrical Rhythms: The Sound of Freedom - a special event to close out the month. Create and share your own "sounds of freedom" in the form of original poetry. The event will take place from 3-4 pm ending with a light refreshment. Free to all.
Parking: No parking on site. Park at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center at 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda.
Black Rock Center for the Arts brings back Comedy Night on Valentine's Day! DC's District Comedy brings a laugh-filled night of the unexpected and hilarious with urban edginess. At 8:30pm. ($)
Community Cornerstones at Aspen Hill Library
In commemoration of Black History Month, Heritage Montgomery's Community Cornerstones will be Aspen Hill Library at 1:00pm.
Green Matters Symposium
Montgomery Parks presents Protecting our Pollinators: We cannot survive without pollinators. An astonishing 80% of the world's plant species require a pollinator to reproduce: plants that will not only feed and shelter us, but are absolutely essential within Earth's ecosystems. This relationship between flora and fauna is being challenged on all sides by habitat loss, pesticides, invasive species, and more. Come together with the experts at this year's Green Matters to learn what you can do - at work or at home - to protect our pollinators! This year's event will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
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