Ok I do have to lament just a tad, the end of October means ghosts, ghouls and merryment -but I know that the good folks at Landless Theater will be packing up as I write this. If you’ve been following WesternMachines or read my FNP column on Thursday, you know that the Landless Theater is moving out and it’s a lost opportunity for the Frederick performing arts scene. (Stay with me after the jump, there be positive stuff to balance out the darkness…) Continue reading Landless & ESAC Going Landless redux + Funboys/Stitch Early @ Skystage + DEAD WILL RISE show @ MET
I was trying to conjure up those old B movie horror films with Dr Frankenstein yelling “IT’S ALIVE!” in faux German accent, but I can barely contain myself. Originally I was going to write an obituary, having initially been excited about the possibilities for the performing arts scene in Frederick with the Landless Theater moving into the old Hobbytown, a ginormous 12,000 sq ft space in east Frederick last summer. Then tragedy struck, hopeful revenue streams dried up and the newly dubbed East St Arts Center was set to go dark on Oct 1 (I wrote about the decision to close up shop in Western Machines here). Instead an 11th hour miracle: no moving out today! This happened late last night on Facebook:
The holidays come early for East Street Arts Center! Our landlord decided she wants to help us stick around, so we are in business through January and hopefully beyond! Time to start planning!
One alternative performing arts center comes alive; another alt venue starts winding down to a magnificent death – using artistic license to say the place is going dark. Birth / death, cycles within the Frederick performing arts scene all happening in the span of a day. Let’s start first with Landless’ Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, which looks like a hilarious take on the teen angst of the Peanuts gang following the death of Snoopy. From what I can tell, tonight (Sept 17th show) looks like the last hurrah event for the short lived East St Arts Center, the new-ish name for the space the Landless Theater has occupied since late June. Continue reading Skystage opens today + Landless Theater’s last stand at East St Arts Center
I hate to merge these two topics, one is incredibly positive news about Frederick indie rockers Middle Kid and their much anticipated & brilliant album release today for the public to wraps its ear around – the other a huge bummer, the brand new East Street Arts Center about to financially wipe out and go dark. The two do have something in common: Middle Kid is hosting a fabulous EP release show at the East End Theater on September 11, along with Bested, Tina and Cheshi! Very killer lineup. One more in the positive category: this art show is opening today at Artist Angle sort of beneath Gravel & Grind. Another? Luna and Goodloe Byron art at the Park. More on all that after the jump… Continue reading East Street Arts Center (aka Landless) about to go under + Middle Kid EP release!
Frederick, it’s summertime and there be ch-ch-ch-changes happening, particularly as the Landless Theater has touched down near downtown Frederick. You might know of Landless from the NYT and Wash Po articles detailing their prog-metal reimagining of Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd.” They’ve been operating in DC, pop up style. Just a few weeks ago, they quietly moved into where Hobbytown used to be on East St and already put on a production, “Ferdinand” in their new 12,000 ft space. They’re planning more stuff, but more importantly they’re inviting the community in to share the facility and turn it into a rad reincarnation the Cultural Arts Center that used to hold punk / indie rock shows alongside other eclectic live performances, from black box experimental theater to art shows. What does all this mean for the denizens of creative Frederick? Continue reading Landless Theater : the reincarnation of the Cultural Arts Center? [Updated 7.31.16]
Got to give a shout to Area 31 and their attempt to bring first run indie arthouse films to downtown Frederick, they’re showing a film by director Terrence Davies, to which count John Waters as a super fan -we’ll get to that in a moment but first let’s follow up on yesterday’s feature on the improvised-in-a-storage-unit all ages venue Junk Drawer. I got to go for a little bit but my kids were exhausted so I had to leave early -here’s a pic of Gloop during their set:
Last night’s show went on as scheduled but just as Empty Vessels from Connecticut was about to go on, this happened… Continue reading Junk Drawer shut down / John Waters [heart] Terrence Davies (Landless update)