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"All The World’s A Stage" + WU? Best of Voting

Jan 21, 2016 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
As the great Bill Shakes hath spoken, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts …” So live it up and have fun! Enjoy local and regional theater, films, and music. If you aren’t an artsy fartsy type, venture outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Magic happens on the stage when the lights go down and a spot shines on an actor who connects with their audience. There is nothing like it! It is a new year and that means it is time to vote for the best! Find details on What’s Up? Best of Voting. There are only 10 days left!

Anne Arundel County:

Venus in Fur at Colonial Players

Thursday, January 21st, 8 p.m. 
Now through Saturday, January 23rd.
Natalie Nankervis and Jeff Mocho are spellbinding as Vanda Jordan and Thomas Novacek in David Ive’s alluring and brainy comedy.

The Three Sisters at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Friday, January 22nd, 8 p.m. 
Now through Sunday, February 21st.
Chekhov's bittersweet comedy of love and miscommunication is adapted and directed by Donald Hicken, Helen Hayes Award-winning director and 2015 Tony Award finalist for the Theater Education Honor.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Compass Rose Theater

Friday, January 22nd, 8 p.m. 
Now through Sunday, February 28th.
This steamy southern drama, filled with characters whose lives are torn with passion and lies won a Pulitzer Prize and was one of Tennessee Williams’ favorite plays. From the cat-like Maggie, the repressed Brick, with his latent longings, to the shadows of Big Daddy and Big Mama, this powerful story twists and turns our hearts and stirs our own longings.



It is a new year and that means it is time to vote for the best! Find details on What’s Up? Best of Voting. There are only 10 more days to get your vote on. And it is an even playing field since there are ballots for Annapolis, West County, and Eastern Shore. Let your voice be heard. Vote for the Best in Food, Entertainment, Nightlife, Shopping, Services, Boating, and more! Be sure to check back in March for the Best of Beauty & Fitness ballots.

Every new year we ask our readers to let us know who they think is doing their best. Campaign! We’ve made it easy for you to promote your own business with customizable marketing materials to increase your chance of becoming one of this year’s winners. The results* are revealed in our June publications and the winners will be honored at the annual Best of Party on Thursday, June 23rd featuring awards, music, and delicious samples from the best of the best!

*What’s Up? Publishing reserves the right to eliminate the least-voted categories, as needed, in the final published results.

Wanna campaign for votes? Find more information here… READ MORE 



The Fourth Annapolis Film Festival, taking place in downtown Annapolis from March 31st to April 3rd, features more than 70 independent films from many different countries including France, Mexico, Singapore, the UK, and the United States. Narrative and documentary films, signature showcases and shorts programs cover a world of subjects including the African African, Jewish, and LGBT experiences. Programs are shown at several locations in Annapolis including Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, St. John’s College, Asbury United Methodist Church, St. Anne’s Parish Hall, and more. The Opening Night film screening will be held at Mitscher Hall in the United States Naval Academy. A four-day Festival pass giving unlimited access to all the film presentations and panels throughout the Festival in addition to the Opening Night party, after-party and Best of Fest marathon is $115. Tickets to individual screenings and student tickets are also available. For more information call 410-263 3444 or visit  
Stay tuned for the March issue of What’s Up? Annapolis Magazine for a behind the scenes look at The Annapolis Film Festival!

Eastern Shore:

This Changes Everything a film by Naomi Klein at Chesapeake College

Friday, January 22nd, 6 p.m.
Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, in partnership with Chesapeake College, Town Creek Foundation, and the Center for Leadership in Environmental Education (CLEEn), are proud to present This Changes Everything, a film written and narrated by Naomi Klein. An impressive gathering of 200 countries, COP 21 has created a historic agreement to limit global climate change to 2˚C. This film screening and discussion will be a great opportunity for the audience to hear first-hand from conference participants how to interpret the agreement and what it means to nations, economies, and global citizens.

Peter Pan at Easton Middle School

Friday, January 22nd, 7 p.m.
This production of Peter Pan includes over 40 students as well as Talbot County Public School faculty. The students will share the stage with an experienced canine theatre star, Bowdie whose credits include the Delaware Theatre Company and Peter Pan Live on NBC, music videos, and other television shows. See Bowdie as "Nana" in Easton Middle School's production of Peter Pan. Theatergoers who bring 4+ cans of cat or dog food or a bag of cat food or dog food to the show will be entered in a raffle for a special prize. The pet food will be donated to the Talbot Humane Society.


Under the Skin at Everyman Theatre

Saturday, January 23rd, 8 p.m.
Lou has a complicated relationship with his estranged daughter Raina. But when he needs a kidney transplant in order to survive, their lives are suddenly thrust back together. Filled with "heart and humor" (City Paper) Michael Hollinger's funny and moving new play explores the curious and often hilarious nature of family dynamics and the true meaning of giving a part of yourself away.

As You Like It Presented by Centerstage at Towson University

Tuesday, January 26th, 8 p.m.
Shakespeare’s crowd-pleasing comedy takes the stage by way of a new production that turns the Elizabethan tradition of all-male casts on its head. Performed by an all-female company of actors, As You Like It tells the story of lovers Rosalind and Orlando who, when forced to flee into the Forest of Arden, become ensnared in a game of romance and mistaken identity.

Congratulations to Justin Williams of Annapolis! He won the What's Up? Event E-Newsletter Ticket Giveaway Contest to see SWV perform at Rams Head On Stage. Stay tuned to the What's Up? Events E-Newsletter for more ticket giveaways and exciting news on events happening in the area. Don't forget to tell all your friends to subscribe so they always know What's Up!

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