Stand-up Comedy Show Featuring Military Comics and Veterans to Take Place on Friday, November 11

Per Montgomery County: “Improbable Comedy,” a stand-up comedy show featuring military comics and veterans in a tribute to Veterans Day, will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. The Gaithersburg Arts Barn is located at 311 Kent Square Rd. in Gaithersburg. Tickets for the show are $22. Discounted tickets of $20 are available for students 15-21. The show is recommended for ages 15 and older. Purchase tickets online here, in person at the Arts Barn box office or by calling 301-258-6394. Improbable Comedy presents a lineup of comedians who have served in all branches of the military or who support their military spouse.

Improbable Comedy is a Silver Spring-based production group that is celebrating 10 years of presenting stand-up comedy to audiences all over Montgomery County. The group works hard to bring underrepresented voices to the stage in its signature shows. Learn more about the group at www.improbablecomedy.com. The show will be hosted by Sharon Kang (Army National Guard) and will feature Doug Bennett (Marines), Demi Chang (Marines), Patrice DeVeaux (Air Force), Pete Bergen (Army) and Sherry Priester (Navy spouse). More background on each:

  • Doug Bennett, known as “Mr. Perspective,” hails from Alexandria and is a stand-up comedian, actor and radio host. Doug specializes in speaking from a universal perspective, representing thoughts that sometimes invoke criticism and pointed conversations. When not on stage, he can be found hosting the radio show “Conversations with Comedians” and the “Nempathy” show on Twitch, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Demi Chang got her start in life and comedy in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. She has performed at venues across the country and has been featured on the “Kill Tony” podcast and “The Secret Show” in Austin, Tex. As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and first-generation immigrant, Demi offers audiences diverse and unconventional perspectives.
  • Patrice DeVeaux is a writer, producer and creative curator from Richmond. Patrice has traveled all over the country doing standup and has appeared on several TV shows including “News One Now with Roland Martin,” “Kill Tony” and “Revolt TV.” She has been featured on Kenan Thompson’s “Ultimate Comedy Experience.” Patrice has a comedy album available on all streaming platforms called “No Laugh Tracks Vol. 1.”
  • Pete Bergen has opened for and performed with Patton Oswalt, Rory Scovel, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Koechner, Carmen Lynch, Kelsey Cook, Chris Gethard and Chris Kattan. He has appeared at venues such as the DC Improv, Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, Magooby’s Joke House, Church Of Satire, QED Astoria, DC Comedy Loft, and The Drafthouse Comedy Theater. He has more than 18 years in recovery and is in demand for 12-step conventions. Pete also can be seen as a contributor on Fox 5’s “Like it or Not” and “The Final 5.”
  • Sherri Priester is a Navy wife who has performed in clubs throughout the Southeast and has appeared on “Coast Comedy Live,” CBS and UBSN on Roku, and serves as a comedy instructor for the Armed Services Arts Partnership.

For more information about the show, visit gaithersburgmd.gov. The Arts on the Green Theater series is funded in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). To discover more about MSAC grants and how they impact Maryland’s arts sector, visit www.msac.org.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.

LIVE PERFORMANCES By: CULTURE Feat. Kenyatta Hill, EXCO LEVI, IMAGE BAND, RAS LIDJ REGG'GO with Special Guest SUGAR BEAR FROM E.U. & MORE! & MORE!

MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

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