Coming Attractions: Eric Byrd Trio returning to Carroll Arts Center

The Eric Byrd Trio will be perform “A Tribute to Nat King Cole" at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The Eric Byrd Trio will be perform “A Tribute to Nat King Cole" at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

It’s dark. It’s cold. But it doesn’t have to be depressing.

Lift your spirits and do away with your January doldrums at the Carroll Arts Center. We have a wide array of films, live shows, exhibits and classes over the next two months. You can find out more at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.


Now Playing

On Friday, our documentary film series, presented by Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC), finishes with everyone’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, in “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” sponsored by JeannieBird Baking Company. Show times are 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each week, with captioning at the 1 p.m. show. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.

We keep the movie momentum rolling with the Foreign Film Festival in February, again sponsored by JeannieBird Baking Co. We have a fabulous offering every Friday of the month, beginning with “A Fantastic Woman” from Chile on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The following week, we are showing “Truman” from Spain/Argentina. On Feb, 15, you can view “Dukhtar,” a film from Pakistan, and we close out the festival with the classic “Cinema Paradiso” from Italy. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, or purchase tickets for all 4 films for $22.


If you saw them for A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas, you won’t want to miss the Eric Byrd Trio on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. for “A Tribute to Nat King Cole.” Cole’s artistry as a singer is honored by this talented group of musicians who play all of his classics with authentic style, including “Unforgettable,” “Straighten Up & Fly Right,” “Love” and more. Guitarist Dan Vogel joins the trio for this engagement, which is sponsored by a Touring Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m., we are presenting an amazing one-woman show entitled “Harriet Tubman:  The Chosen One.” 

Come support Carroll County high school students Monday, Feb. 4 for the African American Read-In. Carroll County Public Schools, Carroll County Chapter of the NAACP, and Carroll County Public Library partner to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. All CCPS high schools, plus students from Silver Oak Academy, are participating in this free event that is open to the public. A reception with jazz music will be held from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Readings and performances of African American literature will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m., see what the buzz is about when you view the Oscar Nominated Shorts! You’ll see all the live action and animated shorts before the awards are presented later that evening at the Academy Awards. Wear shorts and get a free small popcorn. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Thanks to Double Diamond Construction for sponsoring this event.

A View from the Gallery

Come see our exhibits of local artists! In the Tevis gallery, experience “Elements,” as local artists explore the role of earth, air, fire and water in their creative lives. Artists include representatives from The Art of Fire, working in glass; Maggie Ball, using found objects from nature; Nicole Diem and Alex Simms working in ceramics; Charlotte Laslo, metalsmithing; Virginia Vincent Sperry, rust photography and sculpture; and Thomas Sterner, wood.

In the Community Gallery, we have “Inspired by Pearls,” where 24 quilters from the Four County Quilters Guild, which includes Carroll and surrounding counties, were challenged with the theme of a pearl. This exhibit features their interpretations in quilted fiber embellished with mixed media and pearls.

I know that spring and Easter feel like a very long time away, but here at the Carroll Arts Center, PEEPshow is right around the corner! Our annual celebration of sugar-covered marshmallow art is April 12-23. If you are interested in participating in Carroll County’s largest event and creating a marshmallow masterpiece for this year’s exhibit, please register online beginning Feb. 1.

Behind the Scenes

We have two series of Make It and Take It art classes beginning in February. This is more than just “refrigerator art.” Students will create properly-mounted artwork that can be hung on a wall or used as décor. Ages 5–8 will meet for 6 Tuesdays beginning Feb. 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and ages 9–12 will meet 6 Thursdays starting Feb. 7. Registration is $120, and members of the Carroll Arts Center get a 10 percent discount.

If you have enjoyed programs at the Carroll Arts Center would like to volunteer, click the “Volunteer Sign Up” button on our website at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

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