Information in the calendar is subject to change or cancellation. If your organization changes or cancels an event listed in the What’s NXT calendar, please notify us immediately by emailing [email protected] or calling 301-791-6024. To submit an event, email it to the calendar at [email protected] at least 2 1/2 weeks before the event.
Sunday, Jan. 9
Lost in Yonkers
Sunday, Jan. 9 – 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.
Old Opera House
204 N. George St.
Charles Town, W.Va.
Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon tells the story of a family coping with the challenges of keeping together during World War II and the struggles to balance love and trust with tough times.
Characters include Jay Kurnitz (about 15), Arty Kurnitz (about 13), Eddie Kurnitz (middle-aged father), Bella Kurnitz (30s), Grandma Kurnitz (70s), Louis Kurnitz (30s/40s), Aunt Gert (30s)
Continues through Monday, Feb. 28 – Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Frederick Arts Council Art Center
5 E. Second St.
“Creative Gateways: Expressing Frederick’s Distinct Identity — An Ideas Exhibit” will be on display. Go to www.frederickartscouncil.org.
Photography by Thom Potts
Continues through Monday, Feb. 28 – Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; reception, Sunday, Jan. 16 – 2 to 4 p.m.
South Jefferson Public LIbrary
Library Meeting Room
49 Church St.
Summit Point, W.Va.
Photographs by Thom Potts will be on display. Call 304-725-6227 or go to www.sojeffersonlibrary.com.
No Way Cabaret
Saturday, Jan. 8 – 8 to 10 p.m.
Potomac Playmakers Performing Arts Center
17303 W. Washington St.
The one-night performance will feature singers who perform songs from musicals that they have always wanted to be in but never had a chance. Tickets cost $10. Go to Potomacplaymakers.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 11
The Secret Paris of the 1930s: Vintage Photographs by Brassaï
Continues through Sunday, Jan. 30 – Hours are10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
The exhibition presents Hungarian-French photographer Brassaï’s (1899-1984) iconic photographs of night-time Paris during the 1930s and ’40s. His photographs feature colorful characters from the streets, dancehalls, bars and theaters of after-hours Paris. His work engages with a diverse range of themes, including avant-garde visual and performing arts, social class relations, gender and sexuality.
William Brish Planetarium Programs
Tuesday, Jan. 11 – 5:30 to 8 p.m.
William Brish Planetarium
820 Commonwealth Ave.
“Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda” for elementary-age and general audiences will be presented from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.; “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity” for general audiences will be presented from 7 to 8 p.m. Tickets on sale now. Programs are limited to 32 attendees. Doors open 30 minutes before the program begins. No late admissions. All patrons are required to wear face masks at all times. Tickets cost $3.75; $2.50 for ages birth to 18 years; free for Gold Card holders (call the planetarium at 301-766-2898 for a coupon code). All tickets must be purchased in advance at wbp.booktix.com. Tickets are non-refundable.
Wednesday, Jan. 12
Annual Members’ Exhibit
Continues through Saturday, Feb. 19 – Hours are Wednesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Berkeley Art Works
116 N. Queen St.
How Weather Forecasts are Made
Wednesday, Jan. 12 – 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Mark Fresch of the National Weather service will give an in-depth look at how a weather forecast is made, including sources of weather data, basics of how satellites and radar work, how radars “see” birds, basics of a weather model and different types of weather models. Hosted by the Potomac Valley Aubudon Society. For a Zoom link, go to www.PotomacAudubon.org. Free. For information, call 681-252-1387 or email [email protected]
How to Become a Certified Master Naturalist Open House
Wednesday, Jan. 12 – 6 to 7 p.m.
Hospice of the Panhandle
330 Hospice Lane
If you want to learn about and share your appreciation of West Virginia’s natural wonders find out how to become a Certified West Virginia Master Naturalist. Masks will be required. For information or to download an application, go to www.pvmn.org.
Thursday, Jan. 13
Thursday, Jan. 13, through Thursday, Feb. 24 – classes Monday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.; showcase Thursday, Feb. 24 – 7 p.m.
Apollo Civic Theatre
128 E. Martin St.
For students in sixth through 12th grade. Participants in this workshop will learn story structure, play formatting, storytelling, character development, stage direction and more to create a 10-minute play. On the last day of the workshop, each student’s work will be performed by actors on the Apollo main stage in a showcase for parents and friends to enjoy. $200. For information, call 304-263-6766, email [email protected] or go to apollocivictheatre.org. For tickets, go to tix5.centerstageticketing.com/sites/apollocivictheatre6/
Three Exhibits — Washington County Arts Council
Continues through Tuesday, Feb. 1 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; view the exhibits virtually through Tuesday, Feb. 1
Washington County Arts Council
34 S. Potomac St., Suite 100
The exhibits include Dusty Graham: COVID Bash and Stash Scrappy Quilt Projects; Bonnie Zuckerman: Natural Reflections: and Jamie Hardges: Color Me. Free. Social distancing and wearing masks is required for all visitors. Call 301-791-3132 or email [email protected]
Friday, Jan. 14
Friday, Jan. 14 – 10 to 11 a.m.
Washington County Master Gardeners will offer an online class on winter sowing. University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Tina Webster will teach participants how to start seeds and grow transplants, including vegetables and native plants, outdoors in winter. Participants will learn how to produce seedlings without grow lights and with little cost and after care, and get step-by-step instructions on creating a mini greenhouse from a recycled container. Advance registration is required. Go to tinyurl.com/mvde36bk
Continues through Sunday, Jan. 30 – Fridays and Saturdays – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays – 1 to 5 p.m.
480 Highland Ave.
“Winter Wonderland” is an exhibit by members of Valley Art Association. Free. Call 301-797-2867 or go to www.valleyartassoc.com.
Christmas at the Roundhouse
Continues through Sunday, Jan. 30 – Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum
296 S. Burhans Blvd.
Displays include the Trains of Christmas, Midwood Junction, O-scale, HO-scale and kids trains, railroad artifacts and trains for kids to run. $6; $1, children ages 4 to 15; free for ages 3 and younger. The museum will be closed Call 301-739-4665 or go to www.roundhouse.org.
Continues through Saturday, March 5 – Friday and Saturday, doors open 6 p.m.; matinees on the first, third and fifth Sunday of each month, doors open 12:30 p.m.
Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
5 Willowdale Drive
The sisters have been given an all-expense-paid trip on the “Faith of All Nations” cruise. The cast of the ship’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” become ill and the sisters are asked to put on a revue. Tickets for Friday evenings and Sunday matinees cost $52; tickets for Saturday evenings cost $55. For tickets, stop by the theater or call 301-662-6600.
Saturday, Jan. 15
Maryland Community Theatre Festival Association 2022 Festival
Saturday, Jan. 15 – 3 to 10 p.m.
Potomac Playmakers Performing Arts Center
17303 W. Washington St.
The MCTFA is the official state organization of the American Association of Community Theatre. The festival will be a regular play festival and a celebration of original scripts. Tickets cost $15. Go to Potomacplaymakers.org.
Sunday, Jan. 16
Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club Holiday Open House
Sundays, Jan. 16 – noon to 4 p.m.
Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club
440 Nelson St.
Z-, N-, TT-, HO-, S-, O-, G- and Standard-gauge and T-scale, Thomas the Tank Engine and Lego layouts. Free admission; handicap accessible. For information, call 717-360-6991 or 717-263-6447.
Monday, Jan. 17
Monday Night Bingo
Monday, Jan. 17 – doors open, 5 p.m.; early birds, 6:15 p.m.
Community Volunteer Fire Company of District 12
18002 Tilghmanton Road
Bingo. Food will be sold.
‘History of Firefighting in Hagerstown and Surrounding Areas’
Monday, Jan. 17 – 7 p.m.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
53 N. Main St.
Keedysville Historical Society will host Justin Mayhew, retired Battalion Fire Chief of Hagerstown and curator of the Hagerstown Fire Museum. Mayhew’s topic will be “History of Firefighting in Hagerstown and Surrounding Areas.” Masks and social distancing required. Parking and entrance is at the back of the church. The meeting will be canceled if there is a snow event or if COVID regulations cancel group meetings. For information, call Sue Gemeny at 301-432-8216.
Tuesday, Jan. 18
Tuesday, Jan. 18 – 10 a.m. to noon
Cool Spring Preserve
1469 Lloyd Road
Charles Town, W.Va.
Krista Hawley will lead a wellness walk exploring the trails of Cool Spring. Free, registration is required. Registration and other information such as COVID guidelines and directions are available at www.potomacaudubon.org/event/wellness-walk-at-cool-spring-preserve-2.
‘The Forgotten Stories of the Second Great Awakening’
Tuesday, Jan. 18 – 7 p.m.
Smithsburg Branch Library
66 W. Water St.
Author Chris Grahl will explore how our region of Western Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania helped shape several religious faiths in America. One of these faiths was that of the German Methodists. The event is sponsored in part by Smithsburg Historical Society. Free. Call 301-824-7722 to register.
Wednesday, Jan. 19
Play ‘Nature Trivia’ with Kingfisher Kahoot
Wednesday, Jan. 19 – 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Join Master Naturalist Roy Boyle for a fun night of nature trivia from the comfort of your own home using the online learning platform, Kahoot. Learn about West Virginia’s natural history and practice identification skills online in a game show-like format. Free. Registration is required and is limited to 25 participants. Register at www.potomacaudubon.org/event/lets-play-trivia-with-kingfisher-kahoot-2/. Call 681-252-1387 or email [email protected]
C&O Canal Winter Bird Survey
Wednesday, Jan. 19 – 8 a.m. to noon
Three-mile stretch of C&O Canal Towpath (MP 71, 72 and 73)
Participants should gather across the Potomac River from Shepherdstown at the large National Park Service parking area on Canal Road, past the railroad bridge at 8 a.m. sharp. Registration is required and limited to nine participants. Email [email protected] Binoculars will be available for those who need them; however, bring binoculars if you have them. Call 408-966-8895 or email [email protected]
Friday, Jan. 21
Friday, Jan. 21, and Saturday, Jan. 22 – 7:30 p.m.
The Maryland Theatre
21 S. Potomac St.
Authentic Community Theatre will present “Cabaret.” The production includes sexual content and is recommended for mature audiences only. Tickets cost $25 plus fees. Go to www.themarylandtheatre.com/act#cabaret.
This article originally appeared on The Herald-Mail: Trains, theater, comedy can be found around Washington County, Md.