Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone! As we enter the month of September, we have a lot going on at the Carroll Arts Center. Whether you are a film buff, a concert enthusiast, an art connoisseur or an avid class participant, you can find something to get you in the fall spirit. Find all our programming on our website at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
This weekend, come support September Song Musical Theater’s production of “Anything Goes,” held at the Carroll Arts Center. With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, this musical follows the madcap antics of a stowaway onboard an ocean liner from New York to London.
The performances run tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. with matinees at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. You can purchase tickets and find more information at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
On Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. we welcome back North Sea Gas, one of Scotland’s most popular folk bands. They return to our stage with a new show featuring songs from their latest album, along with their usual wit and good humor that audiences have come to love.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and members of the Carroll County Arts Council get a 10 percent discount.
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with us on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. Back for a second year, Bailes de mi Tierra (Dances of My Land) is a talented Mexican folk dance group who are dedicated to preserving and promoting Mexican traditions through music and dance.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Thanks to Joe and Becki Maurio for sponsoring this event.
For those who love the Barn Quilts of Carroll County, join us for a special screening of “Pieced Together,” the first documentary about the American quilt square trail movement Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1 and 7:30 p.m.
If you are inspired by the movie to explore your own creativity, mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 6, when we will be offering a class on Barn Quilt Painting, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get tickets for the documentary and register for the class at our website, www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
You’re invited to “Sinister Speakeasy,” a 1920s-themed murder mystery dinner party presented by Whodunnit for Hire and the Best Western Westminster, benefitting the Carroll County Arts Council.
As a guest, you will participate with local actors to search for clues, interrogate suspects, and solve the case. Three dates are available, beginning Friday, Sept. 21. Tickets are $75 and include a donation to the Carroll County Arts Council, entertainment, and a deluxe three-course dinner.
A view from the gallery
On Thursday, we unveil two new exhibits in our galleries, followed by a third on Sept. 13. In the Tevis Gallery, the show “Synergy” features three local artists — Tara Will, Michelle Tangieres, and Charlie Maioriana — whose work combines to create a complementary synergy between sculpture, abstract pastels, photography and painting using color as language.
In the Community Gallery, the Carroll Camera Club presents “The World Through Our Eyes.” This visual travelogue promises to be another popular exhibit by the Camera Club, who will have prints and cards of their work for sale.
On Sept. 13 in the Director’s Hall, we are “Showcasing Carroll County Public School Art Teachers.” Join us for the opening reception for these exhibits Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 pm. Meet the artists and enjoy the artwork in a more personal setting.
Behind the scenes
In September and October, we are offering “Make It and Take It” art classes for ages 5-8 and 9-12. For six consecutive Tuesdays students can experience their own creativity through projects they complete in class.
We also have several new offerings for adults. On Sept. 27, find out how to enhance your garden and outdoor spaces by making mosaic stepping stones with instructor Susan Williamson. Enjoy an evening of creating with broken china, colored glass, marbles and mementos. The class is $25 and goes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
We are also offering a Fall Art History series, covering topics as varied as presidential portraits, photography, and the influence of Art Deco in Carroll County. The series is also $25 and takes place once a month on a Tuesday afternoon, September through December, from 1 to 2 p.m.
You can find a complete listing of our classes and information on becoming a member at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org. Remember, Arts Council members get 10 percent off all our programming.