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There are some terrific things to do around town, we'll share some of them here and remember you can add events to our calendar.

Weekend's Best Bets: Art Cars, Sandbars and Comedy Stars

Well, the weekend is upon us once more. Let's take this opportunity to turn off the computer, get up from the desk, and head out the door. In Annapolis: Have you heard about the Annapolis Comedy Festival? It's taking place this weekend! Comedians from New York, Chicago and Charleston are making their way to Naptown to bring you improv, sketches and stand up. Tickets range from $15-$33, and performances last from 8 p.m. on Thursday to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Find out more at the festival's website. On the Eastern Shore: Last July, the Sassafras River Association celebrated its namesake with Sassafest River Jam! This Saturday, they're doing it again. Come to Harbor View at Georgetown Yacht Basin in Galena at noon for a free day of exhibits, races, poker runs and live music culminating in a 5 p.m. performance by the Shore's sweethearts, Chester River Runoff. In Baltimore:If you've never been to Artscape, now's your chance to get in on the fun. Running from noon on Friday through 8 p.m. on Sunday, Artscape 2011 is America's largest free arts festival. And, as you wander through Bolton Hill and the Station North Arts District, you'll get to soak up exhibitions by 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople. Enjoy musical performances by stars such as American Idol winner, Fantasia, bluesy hip-hop artists G. Love and Special Sauce and American Hasidic Jewish reggae phenom Matisyahu. And, make sure you stop to see the festival's legendary art cars. You'll see the photos later, and wind up kicking yourself if you don't. Trust me. Artscape photo credit: Leslie Furlong

Rock of Ages Review

Touted as a musical-concert hybrid, Rock of Ages, definitely delivers on both accounts.

KIFA Annual Photography Show

  For more than 15 years, the Kent Island Federation of Arts (KIFA) in Stevensville has hosted its Annual Photography Show displaying the works of more than 100 amateur and professional photographers.

Estrada Design Chesapeake Beer Madness 2011

Last year's Beer Experts

"Rock of Ages" Director Kristin Hanggi

Are you ready to rock?

Running Amuck For Real

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 After completing the Warrior Dash a few weeks ago, I was really looking forward to attempting the Run Amuck in Quantico over the weekend. I thought it would be similar to the Dash, but it was actually quite different. First of all, it was much warmer outside. Second of all, it was super supremely organized, which I should have expected since it was set up by the Marine Corps. They had waves of runners starting at precisely every three minutes.

Playing Their Role in History

There are those among us who aren’t what they seem.

Friday Events Roundup: Balloons, Wearable Art, and the New Bob Dylan

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Hunting for the Post, or Something Like That

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I get way overexcited every year when my idol comes to DC for the Washington Post Post Hunt; excited enough to plug another publication on my blog. This Hunt, of sorts, consists of running around about six blocks of downtown D.C. trying to solve a set of five clues that straddle the border between stupidly easy and completely impossible. When me and my team arrived at the Hunt this year, we were told right away that this one would be harder than in previous years. Since we had lost in the three previous years, we were not too excited about this. But then, we figured, maybe the clues were just too easy for our superior intellects to comprehend. Yes, let’s run with this. At the start of the event, we were told to get a goodie bag. This bag contained a coupon for Papa John’s pizza, a ping pong ball, a yellow pipe cleaner, a piece of paper that looked like an unfinished Wheel of Fortune puzzle, and a grid with a bunch of numbers on it. I was wondering what exciting shape we would have to sculpt with the pipe cleaner (I’m pretty good at making snails) when we were told the coordinates we would need to go to using our handy Washington Post Magazine. The first puzzle we got to made absolutely no sense. This would soon become a theme. There were presenters on stage that were from different government agencies. We were invited to ask them questions. It was pretty obvious which agencies they were from due to their answers. For example, when asked what is your perfect first date? the first answered the day after she files her tax returns, the next said spending the day in a government provided trailer, and the final said hanging out in a hay pile. Obviously, they represented the IRS, FEMA and the USDA. Put these acronyms into the Wheel of Fortune puzzle and you get FIRST FEMALE PLUS DATE. So, okay, the first female had a number on her shirt. But what date are you supposed to use? We tried 6/5, which would equal 11. Then 6+5+2011. No go. Moving on. For the second puzzle, we got a scratch off card. It had a bunch of letters and pound signs on it. I figured out, since I’m awesome, that if you read the letters vertically you got a bunch of words, which were separated by said pound signs. They included such works of prose as “uniforms” and “switches.” The instructions on the paper said “Scratch ONLY where needed.” One of my teammates immediately decided that meant he should scratch all the Os, Ns, Ls and Ys. He got a serious of numbers and dialed them on his cell phone. He was greeted with a 9 cent per minute charge for making an international call. Moving on. Third puzzle: we got to a lovely display of an antique vase, vanity, book and some other random stuff. It matched up with a feature in the magazine that day. Yea, okay. So what is the point? No idea. Moving on. Fourth, we came upon a contortionist. There were so many people there (in the thousands total) that we couldn’t see to figure out what she was doing. Instead, we decided what she was doing couldn’t be super important. Instead, we focused on what she said. She told us to put on our thinking caps and text “lemons” to 98999. When you did that, you got the answer “sorry, it’s not that easy.” Then I texted the word “caps” and got subscribed to Washington Capitals ice hockey updates. Super. Finally, I realized she was standing on her head when she said that, so you needed to text the word lemons upside down (snow37). I got the answer “we” back. We decided it was time to get lunch. After an awesome hummus wrap from Cosi, the Hunt was back on. I figured out we had to go to 3M on the map and we made the hike to discover a 61, which, of course, was 19 upside down. First correct answer of the day. Bolstered by not being complete morons, we headed to the final clue site. It was a bunch of black what Dave Barry calls monoliths. They were way tall, so I told my 6’ 4” teammate to tell me what it looked like from above. He replied back that he wasn’t THAT tall. After much hemming and hawing, I convinced him to draw a grid. He drew two straight rows of squares. I insisted that the squares weren’t in two straight rows but were in fact staggered. He tried to convince me otherwise. I don’t convince easily. I told him to look again. He goes “oh, yea, and actually there are three rows. I missed one.” Ha! I win. With the correct drawing, I figured out that the monoliths represented a computer keyboard. Some were marked with numbers, and if you typed those keys in the particular order it spelled out “fifteen.” Awesome. We had 10 minutes to get back to the start for the final clue. We didn’t know three of the answers to fill in our grid yet. Whoops. However, with the answers we did have, we were able to fudge what the picture was supposed to be: an outhouse. Dave read the clue, which was four Beatles songs. One was “two for tea and tea for two.” My other teammate and I headed for T2 on the map, looking for some random outhouse sitting on the street corner. On the way up there, we saw disappointed teams slowly walking back to the start. We just figured we were smarter than they were. We weren’t. The cell phone call came shortly telling us someone had already finished the Hunt. Cheaters.

David Wilcox releases his 17th album

David Wilcox is now the ripe old age of 50. Or maybe it’s the ripe young age of 50. At any rate, not many musicians can boast 17 albums of original music to their name and still be going strong, touring the country from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Plymouth, Massachusetts and points in between.