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Last Updated: Jan 31, 2011 08:45PM • Subscribe via RSSATOM

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.

Interactive Photography Exhibit opening today at Kohl Gallery

A new interactive photography exhibit at the Gibson Center for the Arts at Washington College gives new—and positive—meaning to the phrase “phone it in.” The exhibit, “Photography Exposed,” provides QR Codes, or “Quick Read” matrix barcodes, that can be scanned by any iPhone, Android phone or new generation iPod (those with cameras).

I'm Chilling Out This Weekend

Last night's snow storm had me stuck in my house this morning when all I wanted to do was go out and see how everyone else was enjoying the weather. It also got me thinking about a certain chilly event that's coming up this weekend: the Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point. While you may know about this event, particularly due to the volunteers who have been dutifully putting up signs along Routes 3 and 2 for the past few weeks, did you know that thousands of others around the country are following in our chilly footsteps – and all for the Special Olympics?

Latin Quarter Art Show

Serving up more than their signature dirty rice and sangria, The Latin Quarter, located on West Street in downtown Annapolis, hosted its first ever art show that featured local artists James Cordle, Jessica Plummer, Sterling Schlegel, and Taj Vaccarella who collectively showcased more than 50 works.


Originally developed in the UK, the unique combination of percussion, movement, and visual comedy of STOMP has remained an international phenomenon for more than 20 years. STOMP has been performed in 36 countries worldwide and is currently on tour for a limited engagement at the Warner Theatre from January 25-30 in Washington, D.C. where What’s Up? was invited to attend its opening night performance.Being a STOMP rookie I anticipated performers to spend the two-hour show dancing with brooms and banging paint cans—boy, was I wrong. The eight-member cast used more than 20 props, which ranged from lighters to chairs to tractor tires, to create dynamic sounds in expertly choreographed routines that had the audience [and me] captivated. The musical performance is jam-packed with banging, clapping, slapping, snapping, beating, dancing, drumming, and yes, stomping, but sprinkled throughout were also comedic elements, which was an unexpected surprise and done with virtually no dialogue. STOMP creators, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, work to stay true to the original premise of the show, which is to create rhythmic music with instantly recognizable objects, and do it with an eccentric sense of character and humor. And I’d have to say that’s exactly what I experienced at this must-see fun and family-friendly show.D.C. tour performers include: John Angeles, Jaclynn Bridges, Donisha Brown, Andre Fernandez, Cammie Green, Michael Landis, Guy Mandozzi, Justin Myles, John Sawicki, Mike Silvia, Elec Simon, and Nicholas Young.Tickets for STOMP are available at the Warner Theatre Box Office, online at,, or via phone at 800-551-7328. {gallery}stomp{/gallery}

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly is a particularly moving account of an incredible journey with an unexpected outcome.

Premiere of "Shooting Star" at Everyman Theatre

If you are of a certain age and had the opportunity to have a face-to-face chat with an old lover, someone your broke up with over 20 years ago, would you want to have that conversation?

The Grascals and Friends

If you are a blue grass enthusiast and enjoy stamping your foot to the sounds of the banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, and fiddle played by expert musicians, you’ll want to get your hands on the latest CD just out from The Grascals entitled “The Grascals and Friends.”

Art with Attitude

The building is old, with seasoned oak floors and tall plastered ceilings, but the exhibits are fresh and controversial—designed to compel thought and conversation. The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore has remained true to its mission to produce thought-provoking exhibitions and innovative programs since its founding in 1989. During its first 10 years of existence, the museum had no permanent home, yet coordinated and produced events and exhibits in temporary locations. During this period, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Historical Society, Walters Art Museum, and Peabody Conservatory all housed exhibits on behalf of the Contemporary Museum. In 1999 the museum secured a permanent location in the historic Mount Vernon district, next door to the Walters Art Museum.

Plein Air Easton! The Tradition Continues

“Capturing the moment,” explains Easton  artist Nancy Tankersley,  “is the essence of Plein Air painting.  Usually done out-of-doors without the use of a camera, the subjects are done from life.”

2010 Award Winners Announced for Best of the Chesapeake Show at McBride Gallery

McBride Gallery proudly announced the winners of their Third Annual Best of the Chesapeake Show this past weekend. An awards ceremony was held on Sunday, September 12th, at the gallery’s show opening. The Best of the Chesapeake Show is an exhibition of paintings and sculpture featuring the Chesapeake Bay area, held annually in September. Although this is the third year of the show, it’s the first year that awards have been presented.



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