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A What's Up? Weekend 11/17/16

Nov 17, 2016 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

photo courtesy of Nick Eckert

Taking the Stage with Artistic Director Dianna Cuatto

When you know what you want, you can’t be afraid to go after it. That’s exactly what Dianna Cuatto, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTOM) Artistic Director, did when she was just three years old. She always knew being a dancer was her calling and over the years she developed countless experiences and knowledge that she would later bring to the BTOM in 2003.

Over the last 14 years, Cuatto has taken the ballet to all new heights. Having very little staff at the ballet, Cuatto’s responsibilities extend from choreography and scheduling to fundraising and marketing. Balancing more responsibilities than most directors, Cuatto admits that in the end, it’s always rewarding.

The Nutcracker will be performed at three different locations this holiday season: at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts , December 10th and December 17th (7 p.m.) and December 11th and December 18th (1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.); at Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, December 3rd and December 4th (1 p.m. & 5 p.m.); and at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, November 26th (7 p.m.) and November 27th (2 p.m.). Get Tickets online Here.

Check out a What's Up? Exclusive interview with Dianna here

The What's Up? Weekend Rundown

Anne Arundel County

Severn Town Club’s Annual Holly Ball
Friday, November 18th, 6–11 p.m.
Come out and join Severn for the annual Holly Ball including cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour with keyboard player, dinner, an open bar, dancing, and live music by the Oracle Band. Also included will be silent and live auctions, and a 50/50 raffle. The proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, which provide a safe haven and exceptional programs year-round for more than 2,200 youth.

Bountiful Harvest 
Friday, November 18th, 7–10 p.m.
Make plans to celebrate The Light House at the annual Bountiful Harvest Gala. Be sure to wear blue to support The Light House. Anything will do: blue jeans, a blue tuxedo, and even blue suede shoes! Enjoy music, cuisine from local chefs and restaurants, an open bar, and live and silent auctions.

AAMC Lights on the Bay
Saturday, November 19, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (AAMC) 22nd annual holiday light show, Lights on the Bay, will open to the public on Saturday, November 19 and run through January 2, 2017. Taking place at Sandy Point State Park, the event features a two-mile scenic drive along the Chesapeake Bay with approximately 70 animated and stationary displays illuminating the roadway.

Rubix Kube at Union Jack’s Annapolis
Saturday, November 19, 9:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
RUBIX KUBE is taking the universe by storm as the most original ‘80s tribute band of all time. The KUBE is more than just a cover band - it's a totally awesome, true '80s Experience! Every super-charged show takes it to the max and guarantees to set the roof on fire and burn down the house. (Metaphorically speaking of course).

Presidential Election and World Events with NBC’s Tom Brokaw
Sunday, November 20th, 4–6 p.m.
St. John’s College invites you to a special conversation about the presidential election and world events featuring Tom Brokaw, veteran NBC Nightly News anchor and award-winning author of The Greatest Generation, and Admiral Mike Mullen, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mr. Brokaw and Admiral Mullen welcome ticketholders for a book signing and wine and cheese reception after the event.

Eastern Shore

An Evening with Public Radio Host Krista Tippett
Thursday, November 17th, 7 p.m.
Experience a live conversation led by On Being radio host Krista Tippett, journalist, author and National Humanities Medal winner. Onstage at the Avalon Theatre, Tippett will interview Anil Dash, an entrepreneur, activist and advocate working to make technology and the tech industry more humane, inclusive and ethical. This conversation will be recorded for broadcast. On Being is a top iTunes podcast, airs on over 400 national public radio stations and is distributed by PRX (Public Radio Exchange.)

Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Friday, November 18th, 6 p.m.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a call-to-action that transforms film-goers into committed activists dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet. We show environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities around the world are doing to protect the environment. Special guest appearance from photographer Jay Fleming with a short film about his brand new photographic book, Working the Water, which chronicles the production stages of Chesapeake Bay seafood.

Dancing for the Future
Saturday, November 19th, 7–11 p.m.
Dancing for the Future is the premier fundraising event which benefits students in all fifteen of Queen Anne’s County public schools! In cooperation with Mid-Shore Community Foundation, funds raised over the last few years have identified financial needs within our educational community that fall outside the scope of traditional Board of Education funding focusing on technology, cultural arts, and athletics. This year’s event will be held at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Please join us at this great event and cast a vote to determine the three “People’s Choice” disco ball trophy winners and the grand prize “Judge’s Choice” winner!

31st Annual Turkey Trot
Saturday, November 19th, 8 a.m.
Don’t miss this seasonal opportunity to win free gifts and get some exercise before the big feast. This event is a two mile walk, run, or jog for all ages from Denton Elementary School to Martinak State Park and back. The event includes free gifts to the first 100 registrants and everyone is entered in the free turkey raffle. Registration check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the event begins at 9:30 a.m. The fun day will also include a Turkey Dinner Relay, games, crafts, and refreshments. Don’t miss the Lil’ Pilgrim Wee Walk for kids ages two through five. It’s a mini-mile course that includes balloons and ribbons for all participants plus a free gift to the first 10 registrants!

Thanksgiving Parade of Classic Cars
Saturday, November 19th, 10:30 a.m.
The Classic Motor Museum is hosting the Third Annual Thanksgiving Parade of Classic Cars on Sat., Nov. 19. Beginning at 9 a.m. cars will line up at the Perry Cabin Ball Fields. At 10:30 the parade will proceed down Talbot St. and finish at E. Marengo St. at the Classic Motor Museum where refreshments will be enjoyed.


Where Beauty Begins– Peel Party Brunch & Learn
Thursday, November 17th, 10–11 a.m.
Join at Effective Medspa & Wellness Center for brunch or LIVE via Facebook while owner, Laura Hardnett chats with Effective Medspa Aesthetician, Halley Smith to debunk the top chemical peel myths. Learn how and why chemical peels are the first step towards transforming your skin! Get all your questions and concerns addressed during the LIVE Q&A.

Murder Mystery: Dinner and Show
Friday, November 18th, 6:00 p.m.
Don’t miss this spine tingling experience you’re not likely to forget...that is, if you make it out alive! New plot at every show! Ticket price includes light appetizers, dinner, dessert, coffee & cash bar.

Brew and Bourbon Classic
Saturday, November 19th, 12–5 p.m.
The Brew and Bourbon Classic is a fun-filled afternoon of beer tasting, bourbon sipping and, of course, pulse-pounding Thoroughbred racing at Laurel Park. Choose your favorite from over 60 different beers and bourbons which will be poured as the races unfold. Great food and music will round out the day. Admission gives you all you care to taste beer and bourbon in a souvenir glass, access to special VIP race viewing area, free admission to the track, music, and all of the exhibits.

The Zaching Running Festival
Saturday, November 19th, 8:30–12 p.m.
The Zaching Running Festival, which includes a 10k race, 5k race and one mile Family Fun Walk, will be held on the scenic course through the beautiful Turf Valley Resort Golf Course. A celebratory finish line party features oysters, great food, Bloody Marys, beer, and the Dixon Ulmer band - all under a heated tent! The festival is hosted by, and benefits, the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation. The Zaching Against Cancer Foundation provides support, strength, inspiration and positive influences to cancer patients and their support networks through scholarships, support services, research and outreach.

Holiday Bazaar and Gift Sale
Saturday, November 19th, 9–1 p.m.
It’s Christmas time at Bargains of the Bay Thrift Shop! Crafters who make unique one-of-a kind items will be displaying their handiwork just in time for the holidays. If you have crafts to display, please call us to reserve a table.

Colonial Holiday Celebration
Sunday, November 20th, 3–6 p.m.
Stroll through historic Belmont Manor tasting fine wine and craft beer, sample food from local restaurants/caterers, and enjoy the historic manor house’s beautiful rooms, each decorated by a local community organization. The event will also include colonial reenactors, madrigals, live dulcimer and harp music. Free with the purchase of each adult ticket is a colonial history program for children in the nature center.

Dazzle Dash Fun Run/Walk and 5K
Sunday, November 20th, 4p.m.
Dazzle Dash celebrates the opening of the 22nd Symphony of Lights, including the magical lighting ceremony! Dazzle Dash friends and families gather to walk or run through the magical outdoor display of lights at the fun run/walk (one mile) or the new 5K race (3.1 miles). Come and experience the excitement as the holiday season begins! Enjoy entertainment, music, glowing giveaways, children's activities, light refreshments, and more!

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