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A What's Up? Weekend 12/15/16

Dec 15, 2016 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

The One-Man Wonder: An Interview with Local Jazz Musician Slim Man

Written by Robyn Bell

Whether he’s belting his heart out on stage, creating a recipe in the kitchen, or writing his next blog post, Slim Man is a fellow of many talents.

A long way from his childhood home in Baltimore Maryland, Slim now lives in Palm Springs, CA and most recently won the 2016 Best Jazz Vocalist award at the Coachella Valley Music Festival.

He has also recently published a one of a kind cook book, Slim Man Cooks, which combines personal stories, family recipes, and even specific music tracks and videos to go along with each recipe. Drawing from his Italian heritage, the 52 recipes showcase a talent that can only be learned through tradition.

In addition to the cookbook and music performances, Slim also manages to find the time to write a thoroughly entertaining newsletter that not only gives insight on a personal level but also provides more than a few laughs and thought provoking topics.

As a die-hard traditional artist, Slim Man took a few moments to explain his relation to music, and what is important to him in the big picture: “Too much focus is concentrated on tweeting and Facebooking and it takes time away from the most important thing, which is to create.”

Get in the holiday spirit at Slim Mans Christmas Show. He will be performing at Rams Head On Stage Wednesday, December 21st, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $22.50.

Read the Full Interview Here

The What's Up? Weekend Rundown

Anne Arundel County

Gingerbread Man Decorating Class
Thursday, December 15th, Friday, December 16th, Saturday, December 17th 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the season at Whole Foods in Annapolis! Decorating a gingerbread man is a wonderful tradition for kids to grow up with. Best of all, it lets us adults rekindle that magic! For this popular holiday class, you'll decorate a Gingerbread Man from our Bakery and we'll provide all the trimmings, lite snacks, apple cider and festive music. All ages welcome.

Eleventh Hour
Thursday, December 15th, 6 p.m.
On this day, stores along Main Street, State Circle/Maryland Avenue, and inner West Street stay open late to help last-minute shoppers check the final names off their holiday shopping list. Enjoy musical performances as well as food and refreshments at many stores. Enjoy the uniqueness that makes downtown Annapolis so appealing at this magical time of year.

Thursday, December 15th, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cross off your gift list with a fun Alpaca event! You are cordially invited to the First Annual Shop, Wine, Give event to benefit Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. Enjoy champagne and an informal modeling show while shopping from a Luxurious Collection of Garments and Accessories made from 100% Alpaca Wool. Perfect gifts for this Holiday!

Illuminated London Town
Friday, December 16th, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Experience the magic of a winter evening at Illuminated London Town! Sip hot cider beside a roaring fire in the Lord Mayor’s Tenement. You can even roast s’mores in the gardens, illuminated with festive holiday lights. Discover colonial nighttime and holidays at a candlelit William Brown House, decorated for the season. Bring the family to celebrate wintertime and the holidays with us at Illuminated London Town!

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 17th, 9 a.m.
Don't miss your chance to see your child smile as they have breakfast with Santa at the Broadneck Grill!!

Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 17th, 4 p.m.
Spend the holidays with Historic Annapolis! Visit both the William Paca House and Hogshead for a variety of activities to celebrate the holiday season with a touch of history. At Hogshead, Heritage Chocolates will be giving demonstrations and tastings; sweet bags and greenery will be available to make and share; and a fiddler will bring holiday sounds to this cozy atmosphere. On Prince George Street, interpreters in colonial garb will fill the William Paca House, and games, music, and sweet treats will abound. It’s a celebration not to be missed.

The Nutcracker Tea
Sunday, December 18th, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Fill your tea cup with holiday cheer as you experience the beauty and magic of Christmas at the holiday decked Loews Annapolis. Enjoy a delicious high tea as you watch a mini performance from The Nutcracker come to life on stage. Don't forget story time with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 18th, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Sit down to Breakfast and enjoy the holiday cheer as you can tell Santa all you want for Christmas this year at the Chesapeake Beach Resort!

Bykes 2 Tykes
Saturday, December 17th, 12–3 p.m.
Remember how exciting it was to find a brand-new bike nest to the Christmas tree? Here's your chance to give a less fortunate child that same Christmas smile! Bykes 2 Tykes is partnering with local community organizations to look for people, organizations, and companies, with great Christmas spirit, to sponsor a BIKE for a less fortunate child. The goal is 50 Bikes for 50 Kids! This is a great way to share the Christmas spirit at Greene Turtle Annapolis.

11th Hour with Brandon Hardesty and Holiday Spirit Garden
Thursday, December 15th, 9:30 p.m.
Your last chance to get those holiday gifts in downtown splendor. Then chill out with the laid back acoustic pop/reggae sounds of Brandon Hardesty. Outside in Red Red Wine Bars Holiday Spirit Garden they’ll be pouring Mulled Wine, Champagne and Beer!

Wine Glass Decoration with Wine & Design
Saturday, December 17th, 11 a.m.
Join the Wine & Design team at Red Red Wine Bar to decorate your own wine glass for the holidays. You'll never wonder which glass is yours at a party again! Pre-registration required.

Eastern Shore

36th Luminaria Night Celebration
Saturday, December 17th, 5 p.m. –9 p.m.
The sparkle from the 1,500 luminaries lining the streets of Vienna will await visitors. Ride the free tram, visit Santa, enjoy entertainment at the churches, and find treats and the button factory at the Vienna Heritage Museum.

Santa Chase
Sunday, December 18th, 3:30 p.m.
This third annual Santa Chase is a two-mile walk, run, or jog with holiday magic! Candle luminaries and Christmas lights mark the park-based trail. Special family of four discounts, dog friendly walk or run, and a costume challenge judged by Santa himself (dog reindeers included)!


Dan + Shay
Thursday, December 15th, 8 p.m.
Critically acclaimed duo Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) hit No. 1 on Billboard's Country Albums Chart with their first album Where It All Began, which was released last year. Racking up more than 26 million YouTube views, they are the only new country duo in SoundScan recorded history to debut at No. 1. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the country duo perform at Rams Head Live!

Ugly Sweater 5K
Saturday, December 17th, 9 a.m.
Rummage up the Ugliest Sweater you can find and celebrate the Holidays by participating in the Merriest 5K of the year. If you’ve never participated in a 5K, this is a perfect way to burn some calories, have some fun and immediately replace those calories with a warm hot chocolate, and a Kahlúa cocktail. All you have to do is register! The run is approximately 3.1 miles, through city streets and scenic parks. The start line includes massive inflatables, photo stations, games and the most cheerful holiday music. Join us at the finish line and ride our new mechanical reindeer, take a family photo in a larger than life snow-globe, run through our fake snow and so much more! We have everything your five-year old self could want with a few perks of adulthood. Awards for Best Ugly Sweater, Best Kids Sweater, Best Pet Attire and Best Real/Fake Mustache/Beard will be declared. Register now and join us for a truly unforgettable tradition!

Breakfast with Santa & Friends
Saturday, December 17th, 8:30 a.m.
Join the Maryland Zoo for holiday cheer and celebration while enjoying a buffet breakfast on the Zoo’s Mansion House Porch, creating unique seasonal crafts, and meeting with some of Santa’s feathered friends (think penguins!) When you hear the jingle bells begin to jingle, Kris Kringle is on his way!

Pet Photos with Santa
Saturday, December 17th, 11 a.m.
Santa is returning and just loves taking pictures with the pets and their families at the Humane Society of Charles County! Join us with your family pets and have your picture taken with the real Santa Claus. Santa will be available starting at 11 a.m. and is hoping that all who come to visit him will donate $5 to have a professional photographer capture the moment. Santa also just loves taking selfies! So, make sure to bring your cell phone!

What's Up? Weddings Bridal Expo 2017


What to Expect

A perfect event for all of you brides-to-be ready to take action. Browse and talk to the best local vendors that can help from start to finish of the big day. From the venue, to the invitations, cake and catering, photography, and honeymoon travels -- we have you covered all in one location! Oh, and not to mention, there will be complimentary champagne, appetizers, and raffle giveaways to add some fun to your planning.

Door Prize Giveaways

Win incredible prizes from the What’s Up? Weddings 2017 Bridal Expo vendors! Must be present at the event at the time of drawing to win, so be sure to stay for all of the giveaways! Check back soon for list of giveaway items.

Time & Ticket Info

Sunday, January 29, 2017
1-4 pm at Loews Annapolis Hotel
Online: $15 per ticket; At the Door: $18 per ticket

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