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BlackRock Center to Host Open House on Saturday, Sets Opening Headliners

Ahead of the official opening of the season in September, the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown will host its annual Open House on Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event is free and perfect for all ages. At the Open House members of the public will get a taste of all BlackRock has to offer, including sample art classes, a preview of performers coming to BlackRock and gallery exhibits on display. During the Open House, the Art League of Germantown will host a Fine Arts and Crafts sale on the BlackRock lawn.

The schedule for the Open House includes:

- A ‘Discover BlackRock’ scavenger hunt will take kids throughout the beautiful facility with guiding clues that will include various sample arts classes that explore the arts with a prize at the end of their journey.

- Music, games and face painting.

- Art exhibits in the two BlackRock galleries and on BlackRock’s front lawn.

- Focus on photography with Alexandra Silverthorne and D. B. Stovall as they lead Artists Talks and Demonstrations of old-school film cameras, including a large format view camera and processes used to create images in the exhibits in The Kay Gallery

- Hands-on art participation with artist Chee-Keong Kung. The artist describes his process in an Artist Talk, then works with patrons to create a Community Painting with the same tools and materials used in paintings for his “Line/Edges” exhibit in the Terrace Gallery.

- Meet local artists from the Art League of Germantown who will offer demonstrations and displays of fine art and craft techniques in a wide variety of media under tents on the lawn in front of BlackRock (weather permitting).

- A dynamic presentation that gives people a tour of the coming performance season and all that BlackRock has to offer the community.

Admission to BlackRock’s 2016 Open House is free. For more information, please visit blackrockcenter.org or call 301.528.2260.

Germantown’s arts center will officially open its season on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 4:00 pm with a screening of the film Sweet Dreams. The members of Rwanda's first and only all women's drum troupe, Ingoma Nshya—made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide — decide to partner with two young American entrepreneurs to open Rwanda's first ever ice cream shop.

BlackRock’s official performance season will begin the following weekend of September 23, 24, and 25 with three performances from three very different artists.

The BlackRock season kicks off with Zydeco music on September 23. BlackRock will present the award-winning Nathan Williams and Zydeco Cha-Chas from Louisiana on Friday, September 23 at 8:00 pm to kick off its season and celebrate the fast and furious accordion-driven dance music known as of zydeco.

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas have been performing uplifting, exhilarating Creole music for over 30 years. Founded in 1985, the group has been a tireless ambassador of Zydeco. Bringing their unique take on Zydeco music to all corners of the globe, making them one of the most influential Zydeco bands of all time. Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2005, Nathan Williams was honored with the Zydeco Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Cha-Chas have been voted the top Festival Band in the country and have won the coveted Big Easy Award for Best Zydeco Band for several years running. They have appeared in films like The Electric Mist and The Ki