AMS Planning and Research has reviewed and organized the public feedback received on the draft strategic plan. This included over 300 comments in the survey instrument, several documents, memos e-mailed to the Center and comments received in person at the hearing on July 6, 2022. All input received will be available as an addendum to the plan.
The MCC Governing Board hopes to address the plan again in September 2022 based on input from the community and MCC staff. The extra time will allow board members and the public to review all of the materials that have been produced over nearly a year of hard work by the Community, Staff, Board and AMS.
Sunday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.
McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd, McLean, Va., 22102
For all ages. Old-school funky, foot-stomping R&B saxophone. Lil’ Maceo’s musical roots in funk,pop, dance and contemporary jazz will get you off your butt and partying.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m.
The Sons of Mystro are brothers who use their violins to interpret reggae classics and American pop songs by such artists as Al Green, LMFAO, Bob Marley and Dua Lipa. They are winners of the Emerging Artist Under 21 Years Old Award from the International Reggae and World Music Awards.
“The band dazzled alongside each other, their chemistry drawing the crowd out of the shade and into the open lawn, dancing their way to the stage.” - TropiCult (covering SunFest)
The Boy Band Project transports you back to a time when the boy band phenom dominated pop culture and TRL was appointment television. Delivered with their own special mix of handsomeness, tongue-in-cheek humor and talent from Broadway’s “Wicked,” “Hairspray” and “Mamma Mia” (and more), these boys recreate the sounds and choreography of your favorite boy bands, from NKOTB to One Direction.
Laurie Hernandez is known as the “human emoji.” She is the first U.S.-born Latina to make the U.S. Olympic team since 1984 and brought home the gold and silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, But the road to get there wasn’t easy--she endured year of rigorous training, intense sacrifices and verbal and emotional abuse from her coach causing an eating disorder and depression. She learned to take charge of her mental health by challenging the myths and stereotypes surrounding mental health issues.
Shaquem Griffin made history as the NFL’s first-ever one-handed player. Now he inspires others to overcome adversity and persevere. Griffin was born just minutes after his twin, Shaquill. Both boys went on to become remarkable athletes in high school and college at the University of Central Florida, and both play in the NFL after being drafted by the same team—but Shaquem did it all with just one hand.
Christine Brennan was first woman sportswriter at The Miami Herald, the first woman to cover Washington’s NFL team as a staff writer at The Washington Post and is now the most widely read female sports columnist.
For the last 32 years, The Peking Acrobats® have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their technical prowess at such arts as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They push the limits of human ability, defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Everybody at every age will be thrilled and delighted by The Peking Acrobats®.
“... At no time have we seen anything like the Peking Acrobats. Feats of clowning, dexterity, grace, strength and coordination rippled from the stage in a series of pleasurable waves. One was left waterlogged in wonder.” - Chicago Tribune
Photo: Tom Meinhold Photography
These McLean locals, Six Pack Rodeo, will rock you with their special brand of “country with a kick”— original music, classic rock and even country favorites.
George Emilio Sanchez's solo performance work is the second installment of the “Performing the Constitution” series. The performance revolves around the landmark Supreme Court rulings that have diminished the Tribal Sovereignty of Native Nations in the U.S. Part historical, part autobiographical, this piece interlaces Sanchez’s experiences growing up in an Ecuadorian immigrant household navigating generational trauma and indigenous identity. It is Sanchez’s intention to affirm how the voice and experience of Indigenous people and communities of color have the greatest impact on the story of who we are as a nation.
“In the Court of the Conqueror is in the first rank of productions communicating the legal and emotional complexity at the heart of indigenous rights issues in the United States. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” - Lindsay Robertson, Faculty Director, Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Photo: Maria Baranova
District5 is a daring, Washington D.C.-based wind quintet that specializes in new music and new transcriptions. They are recipients of a 2016 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant with composer Evis Sammoutis and have recently performed at "The REACH" at the Kennedy Center, Dumbarton Oaks, U.S. Department of State, Library of Congress, Barns at Wolf Trap, DC Kosciuszko Foundation and the Anderson House. In 2014, they gave the U.S. premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's ROTARY Woodwind Quintet.
“The Joyfully Jolly Jamboree” has the look and feel of a classic 1950s TV holiday special—complete with 11 original songs, hand-crafted puppets, fake commercial breaks, a hilarious singalong, video projections and incredible choreography. This show oozes with nostalgia and charm for the whole family. Hosted by award-winning puppeteer and Ambassador of Joy, Joshua Holden.
“Joshua is the human embodiment of sunshine” - Audience Member