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A What's Up? Weekend 04/27/17

Apr 27, 2017 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

Photo Courtesy of Michael Kaminskas

“Magic is about the People and the Memories”: What’s Up? Interview with Magician Michael Kaminskas

By Aaron Kilbourne

Magician Michael Kaminskas is regarded by critics and peers alike as one of the top sleight-of-hand artists in the world today. He has authored several books, as well as created numerous effects and instructional DVD's for the professional magician. His work and talent has earned him numerous awards from within the professional magic community and has even been featured on the cover of MUM, the trade periodical of the oldest magic organization in the world.

Kaminskas has carved a niche out for himself, touring the tradeshow circuit as a Corporate Magician. Blending old-school magic with modern flare and business acumen, Kaminskas is a multifaceted entertainment expert. His previous one-man show entitled Imagine, went completely sold out for three years straight. He is set to double that success with his new show, Parlour Tricks!

Don’t miss out on the mysticism and catch Michael Kaminskas perform Parlour Tricks on Thursday May 20th, 7:30 p.m. at the Federal House Bar and Grille. Tickets are $50.


Rob Compa of Dopapod: Making it Up as They Go

Photo by Dani Brandwein


By Aaron Kilbourne

Dopapod is known for composing music live, onstage. It takes an incredible amount of musicianship to play as a cohesive whole on the fly and that is exactly Dopapod’s specialty. Hearing them find their footing and queue into a jam is as exhilarating as the song progresses almost like a story.

A Dopapod show is a unique experience and worth attending even if just for the spectacle of it all. Dopapod will be performing at Baltimore Sound Stage Saturday, April 29th, 8 p.m. Tickets are $14.30 in advance and $16.50 day of show.


The What's Up? Weekend Rundown

Anne Arundel County

Art 4 A Cause
Thursday, April 27th, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Shar Gogerdchi is hosting the first Art 4 A Cause event at the Premier Planning Group. Shar is passionate about supporting the Annapolis communities, where he grew up. He embraces the local arts scene and supports its vibrancy. Art 4 A Cause creates an opportunity for clients and guests to network with the community while learning about local visual and/or musical artist(s) and a deserving non-profit. The artists get to select a non-profit of their choice. A portion of the proceeds from wine tastings, art and/or music sold will be donated to the non‐profit.

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
Friday, April 28th–30th, 10 a.m.
Spend a spring day by the Annapolis city dock with friends and family in enjoy a party atmosphere. Climb aboard daysailers, high-tech race boats, and luxury cruising yachts. Wander the docks and shop booths from around the world. Whether you are a seasoned sailor, a soon-to-be sailor, or a sailor for the day, this is the show you don’t want to miss. Featuring intensive cruising seminars, sailing lessons for beginners, live music, a grand prize, entertainment, and tasting venues.

Canines & Cocktails for a Cause
Friday, April 28th, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Mingle with fellow animal-lovers at Homestead Gardens’ Canines & Cocktails for a Cause. Fetch raffle tickets for a chance to win great prices and sip refreshments. All proceeds from raffles and refreshments are donated to the featured charity. Well-behaved people & dogs are invited!

Privateer Party
Friday, April 28th, 6–9 p.m.
What is a privateer’s favorite thing to do? Why, pARRR'ty, of course! Join Historic London Town and Gardens for its annual benefit supporting the public programs, historic site, and beautiful gardens. The Privateer Party is an opportunity to enjoy food from 10 caterers, dance the night away, bid on amazing auction prizes, enjoy great drinks including a tasting table with Blackwater Distillery, and raise funds for a good cause. Come dressed as a pirate or in cocktail attire and get ready for a fun evening against a garden backdrop along the South River.

Bay Bridge Paddle
Saturday, April 29th, 8 a.m.
Water enthusiasts of all ages and expertise are invited get your paddle on at the Bay Bridge Paddle at Sandy Point State Park. Paddling any part of the Chesapeake Bay waters is a thrilling experience and launching from Sandy Point State Park is no different. With a beautiful sandy beach on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, you are provided with expansive views overlooking the Bay Bridge. Awards and celebrations will take place all day long including live music and beach games for the entire family!

27th Annual Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 29th, 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Get ready for spring! There will be a great selection of native plants, pollinator plants, trees, shrubs, house plants, annuals, flowering perennials, hanging baskets, herbs, vegetables, and much more at the Bowie Library. Bring the kids for displays and activities for children. New this year will be a gardening-themed flea market. Master Gardeners will be available. Proceeds benefit the Bowie Food Pantry, UMD agricultural scholarships, and Bowie schools' green programs.

Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage
Saturday, April 29th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Historic Annapolis is partnering with the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage to host a tour that will combine the new and the old, feature exquisite town homes, and waterfront estates with stunning gardens that showcase the architectural diversity, historical significance, and geographic beauty of Anne Arundel County. Don't miss your chance to tour these magnificent homes!

Cruisin’ 4 Critters
Saturday, April 29th, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
The third annual Cruisin' 4 Critters motorcycle show and pet adoption event at Anne Arundel County Animal Control in Millersville will feature adoptable animals from the shelter and some of its rescue group partners as well as a popular motorcycle show, live music from Genghis Kahn, food and product vendors, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle.

Fourth Annual Car, Truck, and Tractor Show
Saturday, April 29th, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Come out to the Greene Turtle of Edgewater and help raise money for college scholarships and grants for the students enrolled in the Agriculture Science Program and FFA Chapter at Southern High School.

13th Annual South River on the Half Shell Live and Silent Auction
Saturday, April 29th, 6–10 p.m.
Feast on oysters, sip champagne, and be part of the river scene at the 13th annual South River on the Half Shell Live & Silent Auction to benefit the South River Federation at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Help heal the South River in one generation to where it was two generations ago.

Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, April 30th, 8 a.m.
The Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk will be held at Harford Community College in Bel Air. The race honors the memory of Adam Thompson, a first-year Harford Community College student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. Proceeds from the race will benefit scholarships supporting students attending Harford Community College. Participants may run as individuals or organize themselves as part of a team. Prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women finishers as well as to the first to cross the finish line in various age categories. T-shirts will be given to the first 400 registrants and all participants will receive refreshments after the race.

SPCA Walk for the Animals
Sunday, April 30th, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Please join the SPCA of Anne Arundel County for its 26th Annual Walk for the Animals at Quiet Waters Park. Prefer to run? Register for a dog-friendly 5K beginning at 7:30 a.m. This premier fundraising event invites both humans and their animal friends to enjoy the springtime atmosphere with other like-minded animal lovers. There will be over 100 vendors and several food trucks for your perusal. In addition, the SPCA will be showcasing many of their adoptable animals, both at the SPCA Waggin' Tails Mobile Unit, and at their Agility Course. Don't have an animal of your own? Come on down, you may just find your new best friend!

72nd Annual Flower Mart 2017
Sunday, April 30th, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Four Rivers Garden Club will hold their annual Flower Mart at Hopkins Park in the Market Space in downtown Annapolis. An assortment of cut flowers will be offered for purchase. Club members will also have prearranged baskets of flowers for sale and will also custom arrange baskets for your May day celebration. The Club's mission to encourage the knowledge and love of gardening and floral design is supported by this wonderful annual event in Historic Downtown Annapolis. Proceeds support community gardening projects throughout Anne Arundel County.

Bee City USA Pollinator Awareness
Sunday, April 30th, 12–2 p.m.
Don't miss the annual Bee City USA Pollinator Awareness event at Homestead Gardens. Help celebrate with tasty treats and fun activities courtesy of the pollinators. There will be a presentation by Carl Guerci, President of the Anne Arundel Bee Keepers Association. In addition, the event will feature other educational exhibits and fun activities for everyone!

29th Annual Vocal Competition
Saturday, April 29th, 10 a.m. (semi) & Sunday, April 30th, 3 p.m. (Finals)
For over 28 years, Annapolis Opera’s Vocal Competition has given opera students and young professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region the opportunity to hone their craft by performing for a blue-ribbon panel of judges comprised of respected music educators and opera performers. At the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, competition is fierce with the eight finalists selected from more than 100 outstanding applicants! Prizes total more than $10,000, with each finalist receiving from $500 to $3,500.

Simple Girl Designs Trunk Show
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Join Scout and Molly's Boutique for their Simple Girl Designs Trunk show! Designer Nadine Naskoviak will be in the store to feature all of her latest jewelry designs! Simple Girl Designs is a lovely little jewelry line handmade and designed by Nadine Naskoviak. beautifully handcrafted pieces with the use semi-precious stones, sassy colors, charming ribbon, and vintage elements! Enjoy light bites, bubbly, and shop new spring arrivals!

Eastern Shore

RiverArts 8th Annual Paint the Town
Thursday, April 27th–30th, 12 p.m.
If you love art, watching the creative process unfold, spending time in charming historic Chestertown and the surrounding Kent County countryside, and being outdoors in the spring, then be sure to come to the Chestertown RiverArts eighth annual Paint the Town, a four-day Plein Air Festival. Artists paint the local scene for three days and make their paintings available for sale.

Rock Hall Restaurant Week
Saturday, April 22nd–Saturday, April 29th, 5 p.m.
Rock Hall Restaurant Week is an annual event designed to promote positive publicity and additional business for the local restaurants in the Rock Hall area. Some of the finest food including signature seafood dishes are available in this region. Rock Hall Restaurant Week is designed to boost commerce in a traditionally slow period for business. From Saturday to Saturday, each participating restaurant offers its own unique specials. The campaign, which spans across the entire small waterfront town boast nearly all of its restaurants.

Fifth Annual Chicone Village Day
Saturday, April 29th, 10 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance is sponsoring the fifth annual Chicone Village Day at Handsell on Indiantown Road in Vienna, Dorchester County. All are welcome to come to Handsell on this special day designed to honor the history and culture of the Eastern Woodland Native People who resided on this location. This year, newly designed trail brochures will be available to visitors, thanks to the generous donation of an anonymous donor.

WineFest at St. Michaels
Saturday, April 29th–Sunday, April 30th, 12–5 p.m.
Now in its eighth year, WineFest is Maryland’s premiere wine event, featuring nearly 400 wines from around the globe. Experience hundreds of highly-rated International, U.S. and Maryland wines at tasting venues located throughout the town of St. Michaels. All attendees will be able to “walk St. Michaels” using their WineFest map as their guide or take shuttle busses provided by WineFest. Regional food specialties, artisans, and renowned jazz musicians will be participating in the event. For those who love beer, award-winning craft beers will be offered at St. Michael’s own Eastern Shore Brewing.

A Tahitian Paradise Spring Benefit
Saturday, April 29th, 5:30 p.m.
Join the Benedictine school for a festive, fun-filled French Polynesian inspired evening to raise funds for the kids and adults served by Benedictine at the Tidewater Inn. Enjoy sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and an open bar during the Tahitian sunset cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet dinner, live auction, and awards at the Bora Bora Moorea Tamaaraa. End the night at the Polynesian Paradise After-Party with an open bar, DJ music, dancing, dessert, and coffee!

Draw for Sight Bicycle Poker Run
Sunday, April 30th, 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Chestertown Lions Club welcomes cyclists to Draw for Sight Bicycle Poker Run Ride. The tour consists of a 36 or 60 mile rolling to flat course. The route takes in the scenery of the heartland of Upper Kent County including farmlands, old country homes, quaint towns, and great country stores. The ride goes through historic Chestertown. Route starts and ends at Betterton Volunteer Fire Company.

Race2Erase PTSD
Sunday, April 30th, 9:30 a.m.
This is the third race raising awareness for those who suffer from PTSD and will take place at Gootee’s Marine, Inc. in lower Dorchester County. Runners will experience ten gorgeous, flat miles through woods and marshy waterways over small bridges, on flat, fast roads. The course is remarkable, a true snapshot of the natural beauty of the area.


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Out of this World 
Thursday, April 27th–Saturday, April 29th. Times vary
Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun! Launch into the future with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents: Out Of This World. Children of all ages can take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn. Your entire family will be amazed by this cosmic voyage as you discover the wonders of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless daredevils and humorous clowns.

Homerun for Recovery
Thursday, April 27th, 6–9 p.m.
The Baltimore Station will host its 25th Annual Homerun for Recovery fundraiser at PBR Baltimore in Power Plant Live! Presented by Fortego, LLC, the sports-themed event will benefit The Baltimore Station’s residential treatment center and therapeutic programs for veterans and others who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency. Homerun for Recovery features a wide variety of gourmet fare, local wines, and micro brews for guests to enjoy responsibly. Great music and live and silent auctions will run throughout the evening. All proceeds from ticket sales and auctions benefit The Baltimore Station and its residents in recovery.

Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017
Friday, April 28th, 10 a.m. & Saturday, April 29th–Sunday, April 30th, 9:15 a.m.
All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of friendship and family fun. Children everywhere can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into the B&O Railroad Museum. Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends™ themed activities. Attendees will be able to participate in events that encourage and celebrate friendship including photo opportunities, crafts, and a fun activity that invites kids to collect passport stamps throughout the day to receive a trio of Day Out With Thomas friendship bracelets.

Johns Hopkins Spring Fair
Friday, April 28th, 12–8 p.m. Saturday, April 29th 10 a.m.–8 p.m. & Sunday, April 30th, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
As America's largest student-run three day festival, The Johns Hopkins Spring Fair is about bringing the greater Baltimore area the best of the best each and every year. There will be an extensive number of events right on the Johns Hopkins university campus which include but are not limited to carnival rides, games and contests, an ever-expanding food court, and beer garden. This is shaping up to be the best Spring Fair weekend Hopkins has seen yet!

Fourth Annual Be A Hero Gala
Friday, April 28th, 7 p.m.
Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC) will hold its fourth annual Be A Hero gala at the historic Lord Baltimore Hotel. The event honors members of the Baltimore community for their commitment to keeping children safe from sexual abuse, trauma, other Adverse Childhood Experiences, and raises the necessary funds for BCAC to continue its important work in the community.

ROAR for Kids
Saturday, April 29th, 7 a.m.
Kennedy Krieger Institute will once again bring the community together for its annual fundraiser now called ROAR for Kids, presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and taking place at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville. Families, friends, and supporters will come together to run, walk, and gather with a united “ROAR” to raise awareness and funds for research and 16 different programs to help kids at the Institute. After running or walking, participants will enjoy the family festival, featuring music, face painting, a balloon artist, coloring station, a bean-bag toss, oversized croquet, refreshments, and the always-popular Mascot Challenge!

Wine and Food Festival
Saturday, April 29th–Sunday, April 30th, 12–6 p.m.
Join in the excitement of the ninth annual Wine and Food Festival at the National Harbor! All guests will enjoy over 150 different international and local wines, beers, and spirits in an all-you-care-to-taste affair. Guests will also have the opportunity to taste and buy great food from some of DC’s hottest restaurants and food trucks; witness local, regional, and nationally recognized chefs perform demonstrations, offer meet and greets, and book signings; and a special craft beer tasting beer garden that will give guests something they don’t get at any other local wine festival!

Brigance Brigade Foundation Annual 5.7K Race
Sunday, April 30th, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
The Brigance Brigade Foundation is hosting its fourth annual 5.7K Championship Run & 1.57 Mile Family Run/Walk at the Canton Waterfront. This family-friendly event will not only celebrate the kick-off of ALS Awareness Month, but also the 10 year anniversary of Founder O.J. Brigance’s ALS diagnosis. The event will feature three running events in honor of Baltimore Ravens player O.J. Brigance’s jersey number (57) – a timed 5.7K run, a 1.57 mile family run/walk, and a Kid’s Fun Run for youth ages eight and under. A Celebration Village with food, beverages, music, and a Kid’s Fun Zone will follow the races.

First Annual Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, April 29th, 12–6 p.m.
Come to the white sand beaches of the Chesapeake Bay Beach Resort and Spa for the first annual Craft Beer Festival! There will be 25 breweries represented from both local and national brands. They will be offering over 50 incredible craft beers and a wide variety of delicious foods from the buffet. This event will also raise money for The Arc of Southern Maryland.

Charm City Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, April 29th, 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
The fifth annual Charm City Bluegrass Festival is hosting an all-day celebration of bluegrass in Druid Hill Park with three stages, 14 bands, and 12 hours of family-friendly festivities including local food, limited release beer from Union Brewery, artists, kid’s games, crafts, spontaneous jam sessions, and more. The music lineup features a range of traditional to progressive bluegrass, with artists like The Long Below and Chris Jacobs while the food lineup features The Cardinal Tavern, The Local Oyster, The Charmery, Center Cut Doughnuts and more. Continuing its dedication to supporting the Baltimore community, $2 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens and the festival will feature a raffle to benefit Believe in Music—a nonprofit aimed to giving Baltimore students a multifaceted music education.

Baltimore Humane Society Black Tie & Tails Gala
Saturday, April 29th, 6–10 p.m.
Bring a friend! Bring your pup! Join us for the most unique gala event of the year at the Grand Lodge! Support the animals at the Baltimore Humane Society by joining us for this can’t-miss black tie gala event. The evening, hosted by WMAR-TV ABC2 News anchor, Jamie Costello, will feature an elegant seated dinner catered by Santoni's, Graul's dessert, open bar, live music by New Legacy Jazz Band, dancing, wine wall, bourbon tasting bar by Twin Valley Distillers, magic by William Gross, silent auction, and live auction hosted by A.J. Billig, Bark! Store goody bags and many more surprises!

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