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.
Last night, right around 6:30 p.m., I found myself at No Place: the shoreside home of the Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Club of Maryland. The walls were hung with black and gold, the venerable golden kielbasa was on display, the Lombardi Trophy victory cake was ready to be cut, and for good luck Lefty (a kind of strange plush puppet) and the Steelers lawn gnomes were sitting on the head table. Yet, even with all of the preparation, my team came up just a little bit short. Here I sit with a broken heart, and just a week before Valentine’s Day. I decided not to cry, or to bury my sorrows in Ben and Jerry’s, but instead turn to the city that I love for some well deserved cheering up. I was able to find just what I needed: a few laughs. Luckily, the Knights of Columbus is putting on a show called My Funny Valentine, Too, this upcoming Saturday. The show will have three professional comedians – providing a perfect way to brighten up a dark week, for me anyway, and it’s right here in Naptown.
“Inventing Van Gogh,” by Steven Dietz currently playing at Colonial Players in Annapolis is a complex play that travels back and forth in time between the present, recent past, and distant past exploring the relationships between artists, art, and humanity. It explores the questions of where does an artist find their inspiration and how can one put a value on a painting?
In the Chinese lunar calendar, yesterday marked the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit. With that in mind, it’s time to hop into a brand new weekend of events. For the Kids … Ever thought about taking your children to the opera? My guess is probably not. It’s time to change your tune. The Annapolis Opera is putting on a performance of Hansel and Gretel at the Maryland Hall Main Stage. With fairies, a witch and a house made of candy, the little ones are sure to be enticed. And it’s only 7 bucks, so you can bring the whole brood for less than the cost of a movie. For the Grownups … If you’re looking for something a bit more adult, head to the Bowie Playhouse in White Marsh Park to check out Sordid Lives. This dark comedy is described by director John Nunemaker as “a bit racy.” The plot deals with the aftermath of the death of Peggy, the family matriarch, who dies in a tragic accident after tripping over her paramour’s wooden leg. Hilarity ensues in the name of infidelity, revenge and other family strife. It will make you feel grateful your family is not that crazy. For the Whole Family … Enjoy the slightly warmer weather and celebrate Black History Month by taking an African American Heritage Tour downtown courtesy of Watermark Cruises and the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation. If you’ve never noticed the memorial to the famous author of Roots at City Dock, it’s time you took this two-hour stroll to discover more about the city. You’ll also pay a visit to the Thurgood Marshall Memorial near the State House – something I need to check out myself. And don’t forget that next weekend’s Valentine’s Day. Gentlemen, it’s time to buy those tickets and make those dinner reservations so you can stay out of the doghouse for another year.
To appease fan requests as well as celebrate their 10th anniversary, The Bay Theatre Company in Annapolis decided to bring back its popular fall-out-of-your-chair-comedy production Beyond Therapy. This comical show, that appeared on Broadway in 1981, was the premiere production of BTC and has always been a fan (and actor) favorite ever since. It is running from February 11 through March 12.
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).
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?
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 Ticketmaster.com, Livenation.com, or via phone at 800-551-7328.
When Pigs Fly is a particularly moving account of an incredible journey with an unexpected outcome.
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?