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.
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?
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
“Art for your life.” The newly minted motto for Easton’s Promise Art Gallery largely reflects the shared philosophy of its founders, husband-and-wife duo Pete and Carla Howell. The two have owned and operated Easton’s Promise Bed and Breakfast since 2003, and just recently made the decision to convert the bed and breakfast’s public spaces, namely the living room, dining room, and hallway space, into an exhibit area for the sale of local artwork.
General admission is $10, which includes the entry fee to the Jewelry Fair for the entire weekend. Tickets to Friday’s “Jewel Box Breakfast and Fashion Show” are $35. An “Opening Night Cocktail Party” will be held Friday evening in the Sculpture Court, 6–8:30 p.m.; tickets are $75. And all proceeds from admission sales will go back to the Walters many education programs. For all ticket inquiries, call 410-547-9000 x305 or visit the Women’s Committee website at Wamwc.org.
Chesapeake watermen are often sentimentalized as picturesque additions to the scenery, or quaint pieces of local color. Alternately, they are vilified as despoilers of the Bay, overfishing in the face of innumerable regulations intended to “save the Bay”—but not to save the watermen. Even efforts to preserve the watermen’s culture do not always extend to sustaining their economic viability.