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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2011 08:42PM • 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.

Forget Dinner and a Movie…

Bring back the Dancing Date!

What's Love Got to Do with It?

Can't say today was one of my best ever, and my sour mood had me thinking of the opposite of love: which is, of course, anti-love. That had me wondering, as I dutifully typed in all of the upcoming romantic Valentine's Day events, what will be going on on the big day for those who are not currently coupled. Luckily, I came across an event that fills the bill perfectly: the Cupid Is Stupid party. This celebration of sorts will take place at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Monday night, starting at 8 p.m. It's specifically for those who are looking for love in all the wrong places, or just looking for a place to have a good time and get their minds off of the whole dance. Drink specials include "heartbreaker" shots for just $3 a pop. A live fortune teller will be in the bar from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. to tell patrons exactly what their romantic futures will bring; like it or not.

Playing in the dirt

I look outside and see the snow mostly gone, and in its place the brown and dead grass. That makes me think of one thing: mud … all that deliciously squishy muck that will be making its appearance right around the first of March – and probably stick around (literally) for quite some time. That makes the months of March, April and May the perfect times to run through it, preferably while wearing a Viking helmet. And it’s even better when you can do so while meeting new people and having a crowd to cheer you on. This year seems to be the year of the mud run. These aptly named events not only feature pits filled with gallons and gallons of mud, but also other obstacles, such as cargo nets, walls, tubes and, in some cases, open flames. They’re the ultimate cure for the ordinary race. Who wants to simply run on a road when you can sink your sneakers into a pond and trudge across it? As a veteran runner, I can tell you that miles of asphalt broken up only by the occasional water stop, and the even more occasional unsanctioned beer stop, can get a little dull. That’s why I can’t wait to try my hand – well, feet – at the Warrior Dash in May. According to the Baltimore Sun, along with me, over 30,000 other extreme racers are already signed up. Thankfully, the race takes place on two days: the 21st and 22nd, and there are different wave times, so no one is bumping into one another. If you’re not into Viking helmets, there are tons of other similar races you can try: the Rebel Race, the Muddy Buddy, RunAmuck, the Spartan Race … and the mud run to top all other mud runs: the Tough Mudder. All are coming this spring, and all are within a short driving distance from Annapolis and the Shore. Time to lace up your Gore-Tex running shoes and train.

I told myself I wouldn’t cry …

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” Playing in Annapolis

“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?

Happy New Year! Friday Events Roundup.

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.

Beyond Therapy

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.

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.