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2014 Calendar

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You may also reach Priscilla Walker, Administrative Aide, during business hours at 240-567-5780


Please note that there are many events presented by other departments in the college and also the greater community at the Cultural Arts Center. 
These events are not listed here, and you must seek information about those events directly from the presenters themselves.

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Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in the Cultural Arts Center theatres or galleries of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center.  Please reserve tickets to free events online and plan to arrive early.  Unclaimed reservations for free events will be released to the general public 30 minutes prior to curtain.


Upcoming Events (Title color indicates primary type of show: Theatre, Dance, Family, Music, Art & Exhibitions, Film)



Reader's Theatre Production: Notes on the Cold War in Kansas


Directed by Perry Schwartz

February 28, March 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15, 8:00 PM

March 2, 9, 16 2:00 PM

Cultural Arts Center Theatre 2

FREE for students, $5 other. Reserve/purchase tickets here.

Stories render unforgettable views of Kansas while simultaneously capturing widespread American yearnings, disappointments, and triumphs.  Reader’s Theatre is a hybrid form of theatre in which actors read narration from a given short story, acting out the character dialogue with scripts on music stands, all set against a black backdrop.  Each actor portrays different characters in the various stories and sometimes several characters in one story.  Reader’s Theatre allows the audience to see the events in their minds as the narrators and characters perform the words on stage.

Culture Matters Forum Series

International Women's Day Recognition Event

Fatal Promises: Film and Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

fatal promises web

Thursday, March 6 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Film, 2:00-3:15 PM Panel

Cultural Arts Center Theatre 2

FREE for students.  Reserve your seat here.

In the era of globalization one of the most exploited commodities is human life- bought, sold and discarded.  Filmmaker Kat Rohrer presents Fatal Promises: An Account of Human Trafficking in the Era of Globalization.  Panel to follow with Kat Rohrer, documentary filmmaker; Robert Giron, Professor of English and LGBTQ Coordinator for MC-TPSS; and Deborah Grubb, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, MC-Rockville. Co-sponsored by the Cultural Arts Center Program, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and MC Pride and Allies.  Please be aware that the content of this film is not suitable for children.

Main Stage Series

Masters of Tradition: Celebrating Irish Music in Its Purest Form
Masters of Tradition, band & singer

Thursday, March 27 7:30 PM (Lobby opens at 6:30 PM)

Cultural Arts Center Theatre 1

Online reservations available here. Advance tickets $15/$20/$25 and $30

at the door.

Masters of Tradition, piper
Masters of Tradition is an ensemble of some of Ireland’s most gifted traditional musicians. The concert performance is made up of solos, duets, trios, and full ensemble, with uilleann pipes, fiddles, guitars, accordion, and sean nós song. Renowned fiddler Martin Hayes is artistic director of the ensemble. He is joined on stage by six of the most compelling artists in Irish music today: vocalist Larla Ó Lionáird, fiddler Cathal Hayden, guitarists
Dennis Cahill and Seamie O’Dowd, Máirtín O’Connor on accordion, and uilleann piper David Power. Hayes chose these musicians for the original contributions they’ve made to Irish music. Concessions available.

Once Supon a Time: The Designs of Supon Creative

February 7-March 13, open during events

Cultural Arts Center Gallery

Creative Director Supon Phornirunlit and his team of graphic designers have won over 1,000 industry awards in every design category including identity, print, digital media, advertising and packaging.  One Supon a Time offers insight into the innovative creative process and communications strategies that have made Supon one of the country’s iconic graphic designers.



King Street Cultural Arts Night Celebrations

Thursday, April 3, 6:00-8:00 PM

FREE Event, no reservations required.

Join the Cultural Arts Center and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center for the King Street Cultural Arts Night Series, featuring gallery exhibitions and receptions.  This reception will feature two exhibitions, Plantbot Genetics (please see description below) and Radical Elements: Contemporary Quilts.  Radical Elements is an exhibit of quilts made by members of the Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA).  SAQA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art of quilting through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications.  The exhibit will be held in conjunction with SAQA's annual conference held in the Washington, DC, area during the first week of May.

Plantbot Genetics

March 24-May 3, open during events

Reception: Thursday, April 3, 6:00-8:00 PM

Cultural Arts Center Gallery


The Plantbot Genetics Corporation parodies and satirically comments on the aggressive and misleading practices of biotech companies.  This interactive exhibit will include plants grafted onto remote controlled robotic bases as well as many other intriguing objects.

Communication and Performing Arts Department Showcase Series

Cheick Hamala Diabate

Co-Sponsored by Alliance Francaise

Saturday, April 5, 8:00 PM

Cultural Arts Center Theatre 2

FREE for students, $5 for other.  Reserve/purchase seats online here.

The Diabate family has a centuries-old history of West African griot oral tradition.  Be prepared to listen to these joyous grooves, bright and full of life!

Main Stage Series

Tomáš Kubínek: Certified Lunatic & Master of the Impossible

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Saturday, April 12, 7:00 PM (Lobby opens at 6:00 PM)

Cultural Arts Center Theatre 1

Online reservations available here. Tickets $15/$20/$25 in advance, $30 at the door.

A collision of theatre and music hall, this exuberant one-man show is equal parts comic brilliance, virtuosic vaudeville, and irresistible charm.  Balancing the absurd and the profound, his outrageous antics may defy description, but he'll make you laugh 'til you cry as he takes you under his hypnotic spell.  The performance is only suitable for adults and children over six. This performance runs 80-90 minutes without an intermission.  

Around the World Passport Series

Galapagos George

Presented by Barefoot Puppet Company


Sunday, April 13, 2:00 PM

Cultural Arts Center Theatre 1

Online reservations will be available soon here.  Tickets $5 kids/$10 adults.

Based on the true story of “Lonesome George,” Barefoot Puppets tell the tale of a truly one-of-a-kind tortoise from the Galapagos Islands.  Described by The Smithsonian as “an uplifting eco-fable,” this engaging theatrical piece shares an important lesson about man’s impact upon the environment.  This show’s creation was funded in part by the Puppeteers of America Endowment Fund and was awarded UNIMA Citation of Excellence in 2005.  Make your own George at the post-show arts table (free with ticket)!  Healthy concessions will also be available.  

Communication and Performing Arts Department Showcase Series

Student Performing Arts Showcase

Wednesday, April 30, 6:00-8:00 PM

Cultural Arts Center Theatre 1

FREE Event, online reservations will be available soon here.

Join us for an evening showcasing our students’ work.  Enjoy student performances in dance, theatre, and music as well as the presentations of short student films.



Juried Student Exhibition

May 22-September

Reception: Thursday, May 22, 5:00-7:30 PM

This annual exhibition showcases the best work completed by students in the Department of Visual Arts and Design over the past year.  Artworks from all classes are displayed in the galleries and all around the Cafritz Center.  



Masterwork Festival Performance 2014

Pablo Saelzer, Music Director

Mahler Symphony No. 1


Saturday, June 28, 7:30 PM

FREE Event.


In the spirit of Montgomery College’s mission—endless possibilities—our vision is to grow Orchestras at MC to regional prominence by attracting individuals who desire to make music at the highest possible artistic level.  The ensembles create collective opportunities for musicians to make music and enrich the college and community with outstanding performances.



National Philharmonic Summer Choral Institute Performance


Friday, July 18, 7:30 PM

FREE Event.

The Summer Choral Institute is produced through a partnership between the National Philharmonic and MC, and is led by distinguished faculty from area universities and choral groups.  This is the final concert, held with the National Philharmonic’s High School, College and Adult Summer Choral Institutes.  


Date                                      Event  / Location 
CAC= Cultural Arts Center (CU on campus maps),  CA= Cafritz Arts Center (CF on campus maps)

January 18                            ALTA Awards & Sweet Heaven Kings Concert CAC
January 25                            Hot Peas ’N Butter (songs in Spanish & English) CAC

February 7 & 8                      Company E CAC
February 9                             Avanti Orchestra conducted by Pablo Saelzer CAC
February 13                           Les Lutins du Court-Métrage (Leprechauns of Short Film)
                                              French Short Film Festival CAC
February 15                           West African Trickster Tales Puppet Show CAC
February 20                           King Street Cultural Arts Night CAC & CA
February 27                           Maryland Band Directors Band CAC
February 28                           Reader’s Theatre CAC

March 1 & 2                           Reader’s Theatre CAC
March 6                                 Fatal Promises: Film & Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking CAC
March 7, 8, 9                         Reader’s Theatre CAC
March 14, 15, 16                   Reader’s Theatre CAC
March 27                               Masters of Tradition: Celebrating Irish Music CAC

April 1                                    Alliance Française Event TBA CAC
April 3                                    King Street Cultural Arts Night CAC & CA
April 5                                    Cheick Hamala Diabate CAC
April 12                                  Tomáš Kubínek: Certified Lunatic & Master of the Impossible CAC
April 13                                  Galapagos George Puppet Show CAC
April 30                                  Student Showcase CAC & CA

May 2                                    African Student Association Event CAC



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