Friday, March 28, 2008

Call For Performers: South Silver Spring Block Party

Call For Performers: Performance opportunities for musicians, dancers, spoken word artists.

From: The South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association
For: 2008 Exhibition at the South Silver Spring Block Party

When: Sunday, June 8, 2008 -- 11-5 pm
Where: Kennett St. & Newell Ave. in Silver Spring, MD

What: The Second Annual South Silver Spring Block Party is an event organized by the South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association with assistance from Montgomery County and area sponsors. The event is a community building party for the 3,000 plus residents within a 2block radius of Kennett St and Newell Ave in South Silver Spring.

The Block Party will consist of arts, retail and food vendors including an interactive children's art area, emergency vehicles, food and clothing drive, stage w/approximately 10 performing arts acts and retail business vendors. Over 5,000 flyers will be distributed to the nearby condo and apartment communities in addition to notices in local newspapers and community listservs, notice boards and blogs. Each selected artist will also be featured on the event's website.

Last Year: During the First Annual South Silver Spring Block Party, nearly 2000 people from the community attended. There were 10 performers, 40 retail and food vendors, a children's area, emergency vehicles on display, a historical tour and a tree planting ceremony with several top Montgomery County officials. This year we're doubling the space and the number of vendors and are looking forward to another outstanding turnout from the community. After last years amazing event, the neighbors are already looking forward to this year and we hope you'll be joining us!

How: There are 10 performance times available. If you are interested visit and check out their "online audition." Be prepared to provide the following information: •Please submit 3 samples of your work •Include: Genre and group size •Include: Your Name, address and phone number

Submission Deadline: April 15th, 5pm

Jurors will make decisions based on quality of work, but preference will be given to artists located within the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District. Each artist will be given approximately 20 minutes and will not need to bring their own equipment as everything will be supplied for you. There will not be payment for the performance, but you will be able to sell your products.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Date Change - Mayorga Community Conversation

We've had to change the date of the next Silver Spring Town Center "Community Conversation."

It's now scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2008 at the Mayorga Coffee Factory on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

The jazz ensemble "Aire Lune" will perform!

For more information, contact the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. @ or at

See you there.

Monday, March 17, 2008

YouTube: The Silver Spring Town Center. Inc.

The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. has a new YouTube page.

Check out some memorable arts and entertainment events in Silver Spring and Montgomery County!

The featured video is the trailer for Walter Gottlieb's acclaimed documentary on the B&O Railroad Station in Silver Spring, "Next Stop: Silver Spring."

Visit the SSTCI's YouTube page!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Leggett Solicits Applicants for Arts & Entertainment Committee in Silver Spring

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants for the new Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee.

The group will advise the Executive on community issues related to arts and entertainment venues in Silver Spring.

“Throughout the recent process to bring a new entertainment venue to Silver Spring, we told residents that this type of committee would be established. It’s important that their input continues to be received in matters relating arts and entertainment venues in their community,” Leggett said.

Resumes should be submitted – no later than Friday, March 21 – to Gary Stith, Director, Silver Spring Regional Services Center, 8435 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, 20910; or email

For additional information, contact Gary Stith at 301-565-7300.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

next community conversation at mayorga!

The next Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. "Community Conversation" is set for Thursday, May 1st at the Mayorga Coffee Factory, Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring!

Entertainment will be provided by jazz artists "Aire Lune."

Our partner will be the South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association.

Cash bar, but the rest of it is free!

David Fogel Elected to Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. Board of Directors

At its March 12th meeting, the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. Board of Directors elected David Fogel of Silver Spring as a member of the Board.

The other members of the SSTCI Board of Directors are Don Berkemeyer, Jr., Alan Bowser, Sheryl Brissett-Chapman, Theresa Cameron, Estefany Carrillo, Bryant Foulger, Jack Hewitt, Graciela Jaschek, Mark Kozaki, Jon Lourie, Aurelia Martin, Laura Steinberg, Wanda Whiteside, Beth A. Wong and Mary Ann Zimmerman.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ceviche Friends!

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Aire Lune at Ceviche

The jazz quartet "Aire Lune" performed at the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.'s first "Community Conversation" at the Ceviche Restaurante in downtown Silver Spring. The band members are: Don Berkemeyer, Jr. (woodwinds, bass), Mattias Rucht (drums), Willard Morris (violin, bass) and Justin Lockman (keyboards).

SSTCI Presents: A Community Conversation!

On February 20, 2008, the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. held its inaugural "Community Conversation" about the new Silver Spring Civic Building and Veterans Plaza at the Ceviche Restaurante in downtown Silver Spring! The jazz quartet "Aire Lune" performed.

The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. (SSTCI) is sponsoring a series of community concerts in Silver Spring over the period January 2008 to June 2009. The concerts will be free to the public.

Drawing on voluntary contributions by local artists and local merchants, the SSTCI seeks to engage the Silver Spring community by providing opportunities for local artists to perform or exhibit their work to a wide audience in Silver Spring. We expect to feature jazz, blues, classical, Salsa, and world music in a variety of entertainment venues in the community, including South Silver Spring, Long Branch, and downtown Silver Spring.

Our goal is to foster greater appreciation for the arts, stimulate dialogue and networking between residents, and to support local businesses. We expect to increase the exposure of local artists and bring new customers to local businesses.

We want to develop key partnerships with local artists, performers and businesses so as to support the SSTCI mission of providing community based entertainment and educational program for the new Silver Spring Civic Building and Veterans Plaza.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Civic Building Plaza at Night!

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