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‘Shutdown Blues’ as BlackRock Offers Discounts on Entertainment for Furloughed Feds

In response to the partial government shutdown and the fact that this Friday marks the first pay period for which some federal workers will not receive a paycheck, BlackRock Center for the Arts is offering $5 General Admission tickets for this weekend’s performances for any guests that presents a federal employee or federal contractor ID.

Employees with the “Shutdown Blues,” can enjoy a performance by blues legend Johnny Rawls, a veteran of the blues circuit for over 50 years and for whom the sub-genre “soul blues” was coined. The concert starts at 8:00 pm in BlackRock’s Studio Theater.

On Saturday, the blues will broaden into a full spectrum rainbow, as two ensembles of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC take the Main Stage. Choral ensembles Potomac Fever (a cappella pop harmony) and The Rock Creek Singers (choral sounds) will come together in a performance at 8:00 pm to create a kaleidoscope of music and story that will bring pride to all.

In addition, BlackRock is presenting a number of free events this weekend, for anyone feeling the pinch in their pocketbook. Prior to the Gay Men’s Chorus performance, at 6:00 pm on Saturday, there will be a free LGBTQ Meet/Greet Soiree with LGBTQ artists/artisans, local civic organizations, light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, hosted by legendary DC drag queen Tula, who will headline Tula’s Cabaret at BlackRock later in April.

Prior to the Soiree, BlackRock opens its first gallery exhibit of 2019, a dual science-inspired exhibition by regional artists Michal Gavish and Stephanie Garon. Gavish’s Nano Portraiture showcases works inspired by biological structures in the human body, such as DNA sequences and cellular structure. Garon’s Nature/Nurture features sculpture modeled after things found in nature, using man-made materials, as a metaphor for mankind’s frailty in the face of nature. BlackRock’s galleries are always free to visitors, and Saturday’s opening also features a free “Meet the Artists” reception from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes in the arts are offered for all ages.

Photos courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts

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