Wednesday, May 7, 2008

JazzFest moves to Old Takoma

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The 13th annual Takoma Park JazzFest is moving from Jequie Park to Old Takoma this year to begin what the event’s organizers hope is a significant expansion of performances and musical offerings at the festival.

‘‘We’re trying to get bigger, more popular, and we’re trying to benefit the people of Takoma Park,” said Bruce Krohmer, the festival’s producer and co-founder. The move was the idea of the Old Takoma Business Association, which wanted to bring more people to see the merchants in the area and allow organizers to begin expanding the event.

‘‘There’s no place for a second stage in Jequie Park,” Krohmer said. ‘‘The foot traffic [in Old Town] will help, too.”

The theme this year is New Orleans, and 12 acts will perform on two stages. The main act, Louis Ford, is a clarinet and saxophone player from Louisiana whose father played with Fats Domino. A booth also will be set up to collect money for the Tipitina’s Foundation, which works to raise money for displaced and homeless musicians throughout Louisiana.

Krohmer said the festival this year also will feature music outside of what is traditionally considered jazz.

‘‘We’re making it more approachable,” he said. ‘‘We have several artists that follow the title of roots, or blues, more than strictly jazz. ... A lot of people think jazz is so intellectual that it doesn’t reach out to people.”

The festival will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 15.

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Arts on the Block opening

An art opening and reception for exhibit ‘‘Incredi-Bowls: The Art of the Pun Made Visi-Bowl” will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Kirsten’s Cafe, 9326 Georgia Ave. The opening will be put on by Arts on the Block, an organization that targets creative youth who feel underserved by the arts offerings in their communities. The exhibit will be on display through September. Visit for more information.

‘Trees in Sligo Creek’ exhibit

An exhibit ‘‘Reflected Glories: Trees in Sligo Creek,” will be on display through the end of May in the Atrium Gallery at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave.

The exhibit is made up of work from photographer Julius Kassovic, who was inspired by the images reflected in the water flowing through Sligo Creek.

For more information, contact the Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission at 301-891-7224 or

Take a hikewith Northwood High

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club student trail stewards from Northwood High School in Silver Spring will lead hikes to educate the public about the wilderness ethics of the organization, Leave No Trace, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Hikes will take place in Northwest Branch Park and on the Rachel Carson Greenway, and will start in the parking lot at the dam across from Trader Joe’s, which is located at 10741 Columbia Pike. Leaders are juniors and seniors from Northwood.

E-mail Jennifer Chambers at for more information. To learn more about Leave No Trace, visit

Film Fest sneak preview

The Takoma Park Film Festival will hold a one-night screening of ‘‘A Thing as Big as the Ocean” 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 14 at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave. The film is by Maryland filmmaker Joe Cashiola, and was shot over five weeks. It records the travels of two people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The event is free and open to the public.

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Northwood seeks alumnito celebrate reopening

Northwood High School in Silver Spring is commemorating the first graduation at the school since the site reopened in 2004 with a celebration that will honor alumni from the years it originally opened.

Administrators hope the graduation ceremony, ‘‘Continuing the Legacy,” will include alumni from each of the graduating classes between 1959 and 1977, but they are still looking for alumni to represent the following years: 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969 and 1977.

Alumni interested in participating may call Ruschelle Reuben at 301-649-8288. Northwood is located at 919 University Blvd. W.

See ‘Local Color’in Sligo-Branview

A ‘‘Local Color” arts and crafts show will be held at 9322 and 9327 Ocala St. in the Sligo-Branview neighborhood of Silver Spring 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Organizers hope the event, which will raise money for the renovation of the Old Blair Auditorium, will become an annual occurrence. The event will feature work from local artists, original music, a children’s craft table and a wine tasting. Call Linda Blackbourn at 301-562-0316.

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