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Events for People with Great Taste!

Mar 31, 2016 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
What’s Up? always features events for people with great taste! These upcoming events are sure to satisfy all of your senses. Talbot County Restaurant Week kicks off in Easton on the Shore. It’s Opening Night of the Annapolis Film Festival! You’re invited to the PR Bazaar! Visual arts events are happening on both sides of the bridge. Fun fundraisers are featured. And… the first annual Light City Festival is in Baltimore! Annapolis Beer Week starts April 1st. Plus, we have incredible giveaways up for grabs this week!

Celebrate Talbot: Sample Sip & Savor: Talbot County Restaurant Week Kick-off Party

Sunday, April 3rd at 2 p.m. Chefs from local restaurants and food businesses offer generous tastings of their finest dishes. See our What's Up? For Grabs for a chance to win tickets.

Social & Style Editor, Becca Newell Goes Inside the Event!

Talbot County Restaurant Week

Sunday, April 3rd through Saturday, April 9th, Times and locations vary in Downtown Easton. Talbot County’s Chefs and Restaurateurs invite residents and visitors on a culinary journey of discovery as they showcase their finest dishes and most creative cooking. Food lovers have the opportunity to try new restaurants and revisit favorite dining spots. Participating restaurants will treat lucky guests to special prices and menus.

It’s Opening Night of the Annapolis Film Festival!

Editor’s Picks of Must-See Films
15 Minutes with… The Annapolis Film Festival

4th Annual Annapolis Film Festival

Thursday, March 31st through Sunday, April 3rd, Times and locations vary in Downtown Annapolis. More than 70 independent films from many different countries including France, Mexico, Singapore, the UK, and the United States will be screened. Narrative and documentary films, signature showcases and shorts programs cover a world of subjects including the African African, Jewish, and LGBT experiences. 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.

You’re invited to the 13th Annual PR Bazaar

Monday, April 4th and Monday, April 11th at 6:15 p.m. Learn from the media pros how to get your story in the news. Panelists include What's Up? Media's own Community Events Editor, Melissa Lauren, and many more from local media outlets.

Visual Arts Events include…

Funky Brush Strokes to Dance To

April 1st through April 30th at 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar, & Gallery features paintings by Landis Expandis, bandleader (lead singer and drummer) of the local favorite funk rock group, the All Mighty Senators. He explains the title of his show, “as a musician and songwriter, I see painting as a series of musical textures, beats, and lyrics. The composition is meant to give the viewer a sense of narrative rhythm and the color arrangements, a feeling of music. Photo courtesy of Landis Expandis Thursday Evening, Acrylic on Wood, 30”x38”, 2015 by Landis Expandis.

Chestertown RiverArts Art of Stewardship Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, April 1st at 5 p.m. The third annual Art of Stewardship Exhibition is a joint effort between Chestertown RiverArts and the Chester River Association, with the support of the Carla Massoni Gallery and the Art of Stewardship Project led by Greg Mort. The exhibition, in the RiverArts Galleries, will feature works that express and exemplify the importance of being good stewards of the earth. Pictured: The Realms of the Large and Small, Mixed Media by Greg Mort, Courtesy photo.

Fun Fundraisers include…

Summit School’s Dancing for the Stars Annual Gala

Friday, April 1st at 6:30 p.m. This fun fundraiser will transport you back to 1920’s Chicago – a time when gangsters ruled the streets, Babe Ruth dominated baseball and the Ford Model T was the cat’s meow. The event includes live music. casino-style gaming tables, and a live auction. Summit offers a highly individualized academic program for bright students with dyslexia and other learning differences.

Effective Medspa’s Bikini Body, Barre and Botox: Lunch & Learn Charity Event

Saturday, April 9th at 12 p.m. Free to register; early registration strongly suggested. Get an express Pure Barre workout while also learning about the most advanced non-surgical medspa treatments and medical-grade skincare to look and feel your best for beach season! Fabulous raffles will benefit The House of Ruth Maryland. Refreshments and supercharged smoothies by Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

The City of Baltimore had a Bright Idea! The first-ever Light City Festival is Happening Now!

Light City: A Festival of Light, Music & Innovation, Now through Sunday, April 3rd, Times and locations vary in Downtown Baltimore. Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States, homegrown in Baltimore. Light City will provide a backdrop for the celebration of ideas, ingenuity and creativity through art, music and innovation.

Annapolis Beer Week Starts Friday, April 1st!

Beer Week is April 1st—April 8th, a fun week of events supporting local charities. Events include the 4th Annual Beer Run on Saturday, April 2nd. Beer and Bands at Stan & Joe’s West on Sunday, April 3rd, the Craft Beer Pub Crawl on Thursday, April 7th and many more events. Dates, times, and prices vary. View editor's pick of events here.

What’s Up? for Grabs Giveaways


Check out the E-Newsletters each week for new giveaways up for grabs!

(Only Events E-Newsletter Subscribers are eligible. Please make sure you are available to attend the event before you enter the contest. Thank you.) Subscribe now. Good luck!

This Week's Prizes

Prize #1: A Pair of tickets to see Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at the 9:30 Club in D.C. on Sunday, April 3rd. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tracing their roots back to 1993, the Innocent Criminals (percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward) were involved in most of Harper's projects before going on hiatus in 2008. The band toured the globe nonstop, earning legions of fans thanks to explosive live performances and a succession of acclaimed studio albums including Fight For Your Mind, The Will to Live, Burn to Shine, Diamonds on the Inside and the GRAMMY® nominated Lifeline, their last studio album together in 2007. The Innocent Criminals also backed Ben and The Blind Boys of Alabama on the two-time GRAMMY® winning collaborative album There Will Be A Light in 2004. Call It What It Is, the new album from Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals is an incisive, bold, poetic statement that could only come from these long-time band mates and close collaborators, one of popular music's most essential, cohesive and dynamic ensembles. Christopher Paul Stelling opens the show. This prize has a $116 value!

Prize #2: A Pair of Tickets to Celebrate Talbot: Sample, Sip, & Savor at the Tidewater Inn in Easton: Talbot County Restaurant Week Kick-off Party

Sunday, April 3rd, 2 p.m. Restaurant Week begins with “Celebrate Talbot! Sample Sip and Savor,” a fabulous launch party at The Historic Tidewater Inn in Easton. Chefs from local restaurants and food businesses offer generous tastings of their finest dishes. This prize has a $90 value! 

Final Day of Best Of Beauty and Fitness Voting

Let your voice be heard. Voting ends today at midnight (March 31, 2016). Vote for your favorite local health and beauty related businesses. Have a favorite bootcamp class? Know somewhere that offers the best massage services? We want you to let us know! Results will be published in the September 2016 issues of What's Up? Magazines.

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What’s Up? Events: #TBT Photo Contest

What’s Up? Events Throwback Thursday Contest (#TBT Photo Contest) is an engaging way to interact digitally with your local community. We all love reflecting back on fun times. Now will be your chance to share these moments with your local community. Did you learn about a cool happening from What’s Up? Did you document the good times? Share the photo of your memory at the event and you could be a winner! One photo will be selected to be chosen each week and featured in our weekly What’s Up? Events E-Newsletter, website, and social media pages. What do you win? You get to bask in the limelight of your 15 seconds of fame, you win bragging rights, and who knows? The photo may even make it into a future issue of our print magazines in the Out and About section, which features the month’s most notable events. Details on how to submit your photo here.

Be Our On-The-Scene Food Critic!

Have you dined at a delicious new spot or want to rave about your favorite restaurant? We want you for your restaurant review! Send your short and sweet tasty reviews by using the quick form here. Winners will win a $50 gift certificate to a local eatery. Plus, the winner’s review will be printed in a future Readers' Restaurant Guide in What’s Up? Magazine. 


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