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Joan Rivers

She is the consummate professional and, at 76 years of age, Joan Rivers is showing zero signs of slowing down. Rivers, who brings her comedy performance to the Avalon Theatre in Easton on April 23rd, has lived in the limelight for more than 40 years and is the exemplary “American working gal.”

Author Ellen Weber Libby

You’ve heard of the middle child, the one who gets lost in the shuffle. And you’ve heard of the only child, who may have a self-centered view of the universe. Birth order and the number of children in a family have long been recognized by psychologists as creating significant contributing factors in an individual’s emotional development.

Veteran News Anchor Tom Brokaw

Speaking to a packed house of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, legendary newsman Tom Brokaw certainly demonstrated his mastery of public speaking 101: know your audience. “If I was giving this speech at the Air Force Academy, I’d have to speak much more slowly and use much smaller words,” he said to thunderous applause.

Author, Gene Baur

Gene Baur is the cofounder and president of Farm Sanctuary, an organization that seeks to change the way people think about and treat animals. Farm animals found in inhumane conditions are rescued and transported to one of the organization’s two sanctuaries— in Watkins Glenn, N.Y. and Orlend, Ca.—where they’re held while awaiting adoption.

Ravens’ Running Back Ray Rice

The diminutive Ray Rice doesn’t look like he belongs in the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens’ running back is listed at 5’-8”, but that’s probably generous. Rice’s size, though, didn’t keep him from making the 2010 Pro Bowl at age 22. He weighs 210 pounds. He led all NFL backs in catches (74) and finished second in all-purpose yards (2,041) to Tennessee’s Chris Johnson (2,509). Rice credits Ray Lewis with helping him achieve that success in only his second season.

What's Up? Talks with TV Host Stacy London

What’s Up? had the exclusive opportunity to speak one-on-one with style guru, and co-host of TLC’s What Not to Wear, Stacy London this past weekend at the Westfield Style Tour at the Westfield Annapolis Shopping Centre.

Bleu comes to The NightCat in Easton

Singer/songwriter, producer, collaborator Bleu will perform in Easton to celebrate his new release Four at the Night

Author solves 12,000 year old mystery

Breaking new ground, author Jon Franklin teams up with the Boogie Woogie BowWows to create a family-oriented show based on his latest book, The Wolf in the Parlor: How the Dog Came to Share your Brain. Franklin and the dancing dogs will appear at Borders Books, Annapolis Mall, on Saturday, November 13 at 2 p.m. During the performance, Franklin will reveal his startling solution to a 12,000 year old archeological mystery. Children and adults alike will be drawn in to the story of how humans and dogs became inseparable, amply illustrated by a live standard poodle and longhaired dachshund. Franklin is the only writer in history to win two first-in-category Pulitzer Prizes. A founder of the literary journalism movement, Franklin is known for his ability to make nonfiction as much fun to read as fiction. Previous books include the classic, Writing for Story, Shocktrauma, Not Quite a Miracle, Guinea Pig Doctors and Molecules of the Mind, which was a New York Times Notable book. With Franklin's foray into animal behavioral science, who better to help illustrate his new book than The Boogie Woogie BowWows. The BowWows have performed to packed audiences at theaters, schools and libraries throughout the U.S., including the historic National Theatre. They've appeared in Reader's Digest and The Washington Post and will make a return to the National Theatre in April, 2011. Franklin enjoys meeting his readers and will be available after the show to sign The Wolf in the Parlor. WOLF IN THE PARLOR How the Dog Came to Share Your Brain By Jon Franklin St. Martin’s Griffin Trade Paperback * $14.99 * 304 pages ISBN: 0-312-66264-5 Publication Date: October 12, 2010  

Dance Place Tradition: The Kwanzaa Celebration

Add some spice to your holiday season! In this special holiday showcase, Dance Place resident company Coyaba Dance Theater celebrates Kwanzaa, with a performance featuring adult and youth performers on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 8:00pm and Sunday, December 19 , 2010 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Dance Place.Featuring 85 performers of various ages and backgrounds, this year’s Kwanzaa Celebration focuses on coming together as a family and as a community. The performance includes dancers from the Coyaba Academy, ages 2 to 16, as well as Sylvia Soumah’s Seniors at THEARC, ages 60 to 80. The celebration also includes dancers from the Washington Ballet at THEARC and the premiere of the Coyaba Youth Ensemble, a select group of Coyaba Academy students. With such a diverse group of performers, this year’s celebration embodies and supports the ideas of family, community, and culture that are central to Kwanzaa.Coyaba’s director, Sylvia Soumah, has faith in the collective ability of young people to build a caring society.She also believes it takes community to raise a child – a principle that is evident in both Dance Place and Coyaba’s approach to dance training and performance. Soumah’s own artistic community helped to raise her from an unknown and unfocused future to the leadership role she holds today. Having been shown the way, she wants to provide that same sense of family and community for other young people.Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of cultural reaffirmation set in motion by Maulana Karenga in the 1970s. It commemorates family, community, self development and culture with a different principle focused on each day. Kwanzaa claims no ties with any religion and is celebrated December 26 – January 1st. Founded in 1997, Coyaba Dance Theater is a contemporary West African dance company with a mission to present dance, music and other artistic/educational programs focusing on the diverse ethnic groups of West Africa. The company is dedicated to providing informative community classes, workshops and performances; to serve as cultural ambassadors through authentic portrayals of music, dance and culture of the African Diaspora. A two-time recipient of the Metro DC Dance Award for Outstanding Group Performance, Coyaba Dance Theater has performed at many venues/places including South Korea, DanceAfrica Chicago, the Kennedy Center and The Barns of Wolf Trap. Kwanzaa Celebration of Music and Dance Coyaba Dance Theater and special guestsSaturday, December 18, 2010 at 8:00pmSunday, December 19, 2010 at 2:00pm** and 7:00pmDance Place, 3225 8th Street NE, Washington DC 20017; Two blocks from Redline Brookland/CUA stop; Free and convenient parking.$22 General Admission; $17 Members, Seniors, Students, Teachers and Artists; $8 Children (17 and under)**2pm performance is part of our Family Series, one FREE ticket for a child (12 and under) with each paying adult, reservations required.To purchase tickets visit or call (202)269-1600

Rams Head Taverns Celebrate Thanksgiving

The Rams Head Group is pleased to announce they will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Rams Head Tavern Annapolis and Rams Head Tavern Savage Mill will open from 11am until 2am, while Rams Head Shore House and Rams Head Roadhouse will be open from 6pm until 2am.The Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis & at Savage Mill will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a specialty Thanksgiving menu. Hoping to help take the hassle out of holiday cooking, the traditional Thanksgiving menu will feature favorites such as turkey, cornbread stuffing, smashed candied yams and green bean casserole, Adults $19.95 and Children $10.95. “The Rams Head restaurant chefs came up with a unique Thanksgiving dishes, making Thanksgiving celebrations simple, tasty and affordable. All you will need to do is relax and enjoy the day” says Rams Head Tavern Annapolis General Manager, Corky Fertitta. Additionally, the regular menu will be available for those choosing non-Thanksgiving fare.Rams Head Roadhouse and Rams Head Shore House will be opening the restaurant from 6pm until 2am serving the appetizer menu. All Rams Head restaurant locations will also have the NFL football games on during the day. Restaurant managers recommend customers make reservations in advance by phone or in-person. Walk-ins always welcomed.Locations:Rams Head Tavern Annapolis | 33 West Street, Annapolis MD | P: 410.268.4545Rams Head Tavern Savage Mill | 8600 Foundry St, Savage MD | P: 301.604.3454Rams Head Roadhouse | 1773 Generals Hwy, Annapolis MD | P: 410.849.8058Rams Head Shore House | 800 Main Street, Stevensville MD | P: 410.643.2466Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 25th, 2010Times:Rams Head Tavern Annapolis & Rams Head Tavern Savage Mill 11am-2amRams Head Shore House & Rams Head Roadhouse 6pm-2amRams Head Tavern Annapolis & Rams Head Tavern Savage Thanksgiving Specials$19.95 Adults $10.95 KidsCup of Soup: Oyster StewSalad Selections: Caesar or Mixed GreensEntreesTurkey: Slow roasted and hand carved just like at home served with your choice of two starches a vegetable, cranberry sauce and gravy .Choice of two starches & one vegetablePrime Rib: Slow roasted prime rib cut to order then dusted with our zesty coffee rub and finished on the grill served with choice of two starches and vegetable. Choice of two starches & one vegetableSalmon: Fresh salmon fillet oven roasted finished with a whole grain mustard and balsamic honey glaze served with choice of two starches and a vegetable .Choice of two starches & one vegetableSidesCornbread StuffingOyster StuffingGreen bean casseroleSteamed BroccoliSmashed Candied yamsYukon Gold Mashed PotatoesMac & CheeseRice PilafDessertsSmith island PumpkinApple PiePeanut Butter Pie



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