March 23, 2017
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    • Charlie Most was inspired by his love of the sea, his clairvoyance and his life experiences to write “Lost Treasures of the Sea.”
      Charlie Most was inspired by his love of the sea, his clairvoyance and his life experiences to write “Lost Treasures of the Sea.”

    Charlie Most Releases First Novel In “Treasures Of The Tides” Trilogy

    By Judy Tacyn
    To call Charlie Most a “character” would be both a literal and figurative understatement. In his first novel, “Lost Treasures of the Heart,” Most pours his own life and passions into a haunting story of betrayal, healing and adventure.
    Most grew up in Baltimore and...
    • The murder mystery dinner cast of “A Murder on Stoney Creek” includes (l-r) Laura Zollinhofer, Lisa Clark, Chaka Balamani, Rhonda Weeks and Mickey Kramer.Photo by Zach Sparks
      The murder mystery dinner cast of “A Murder on Stoney Creek” includes (l-r) Laura Zollinhofer, Lisa Clark, Chaka Balamani, Rhonda Weeks and Mickey Kramer.

    Murder Mystery Dinner Will Benefit Mary’s Lamb

    By Zach Sparks
    Betrayal, deception, sabotage – a controversy is brewing in Riviera Beach and nothing is off the table. Written by Paul Warshauer and produced by Murder 4 Fun Inc. from Chicago, “A Murder on Stoney Creek” will do its best to tease guests with a conundrum of whodunit on April 28...
    • In “The Great Wall,” Matt Damon is a Spanish foreigner captured by a border patrol force trying to combat green monsters called Tao Tei. Sound ridiculous? It is.Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures
      In “The Great Wall,” Matt Damon is a Spanish foreigner captured by a border patrol force trying to combat green monsters called Tao Tei. Sound ridiculous? It is.

    “The Great Wall” And The Line Of Ridiculousness

    By Audrey Ruppert
    I have long promoted a concept I made up, a concept called the “line of ridiculousness” — a threshold that must be surpassed in order for a silly, plot-hole-ridden film to go from stupid to just plain fun. This is why I was not a fan of any of the individual Marvel movies, like...
    • Susan Harry will display watercolor landscapes and a series of leaves of all different shapes, colors and sizes.
      Susan Harry will display watercolor landscapes and a series of leaves of all different shapes, colors and sizes.
    • Susan Harry will display watercolor landscapes and a series of leaves of all different shapes, colors and sizes.
      Susan Harry will display watercolor landscapes and a series of leaves of all different shapes, colors and sizes.

    Mother And Daughter Display Art At Mountain Road Library

    By Sharon Mager
    The Mountain Road Library will feature the artwork of Susan Harry in April and her mother, Louise Vest, in May, just in time for Mother’s Day. Harry will display watercolor landscapes, and Vest will showcase acrylic seascapes.
    Harry began painting when she was 5 years old. In elementary...
    • An intensely dark comedy of manners, “God of Carnage” depicts two couples who get together to discuss a playground fight between their children. The meeting quickly escalates into an uncivilized fight among the foursome.Photo courtesy of Stan Barouh
      An intensely dark comedy of manners, “God of Carnage” depicts two couples who get together to discuss a playground fight between their children. The meeting quickly escalates into an uncivilized fight among the foursome.
    • An intensely dark comedy of manners, “God of Carnage” depicts two couples who get together to discuss a playground fight between their children. The meeting quickly escalates into an uncivilized fight among the foursome.Photo courtesy of Stan Barouh
      An intensely dark comedy of manners, “God of Carnage” depicts two couples who get together to discuss a playground fight between their children. The meeting quickly escalates into an uncivilized fight among the foursome.
    • An intensely dark comedy of manners, “God of Carnage” depicts two couples who get together to discuss a playground fight between their children. The meeting quickly escalates into an uncivilized fight among the foursome.Photo courtesy of Stan Barouh
      An intensely dark comedy of manners, “God of Carnage” depicts two couples who get together to discuss a playground fight between their children. The meeting quickly escalates into an uncivilized fight among the foursome.

    "God of Carnage" Delves Into The Hilarious Dark Side Of Modern Manners

    By Dylan Roche
    It’s an inevitable fact of life that children fight. They might call one another names, break one another’s toys, or even hit and kick one another — and all for the pettiest of reasons.
    When people grow up though, they leave all that behavior behind them, right?
    At least, that...

    Annapolis Film Festival Celebrates Five Years With Big Flicks

    By Leslie Dolsak
    The five-year mark for a film festival is a milestone. The Annapolis Film Festival (AFF) kicks off it’s fifth year of showcasing independent films this year in downtown Annapolis from March 30 to April 2.
    Last year, more than 10,000 people flocked to view documentaries, shorts, feature films...
    • The wings at Adam’s Taphouse and Grill were covered with a crunchy and flavorful coating, and brushed with a spicy hot sauce. There was no fat or grease.Photo by Shelley Allen
      The wings at Adam’s Taphouse and Grill were covered with a crunchy and flavorful coating, and brushed with a spicy hot sauce. There was no fat or grease.
    • Bursting with flavor were the steak nachos, which were covered with thinly-sliced Philadelphia cheesesteak-style meat, melted cheddar, barbecue sauce, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and a dollop of sour cream in the middle.Photo by Shelley Allen
      Bursting with flavor were the steak nachos, which were covered with thinly-sliced Philadelphia cheesesteak-style meat, melted cheddar, barbecue sauce, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and a dollop of sour cream in the middle.
    • The meat from Adam’s ribs was smoky and slightly charred, soft enough to literally fall off the bone and topped with sweet, tangy barbecue sauce.Photo by Shelley Allen
      The meat from Adam’s ribs was smoky and slightly charred, soft enough to literally fall off the bone and topped with sweet, tangy barbecue sauce.

    Adam’s Taphouse And Grill Offers Outstanding Ribs, Desserts And More

    By Shelley Allen
    Some days, you just want a good salad. Then some days, you want to demolish an entire rack of ribs dripping with tangy barbecue sauce. When this mood strikes, go ahead and feed your inner carnivore at Adam’s Taphouse & Grill.
    The restaurant, formerly known as Adam’s Ribs, has been...
    • Rick Schimpf’s “Beverly Plantation House on the Pokomoke River” was inspired by a black and white photo of a house built in 1774.
      Rick Schimpf’s “Beverly Plantation House on the Pokomoke River” was inspired by a black and white photo of a house built in 1774.
    • "Catoctin Mountain Park Cabin Near Camp David" is one of two paintings by Rick Schimpf that are now on display at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.
      "Catoctin Mountain Park Cabin Near Camp David" is one of two paintings by Rick Schimpf that are now on display at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

    Pasadena Artist Rick Schimpf Featured In BWI Exhibit

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    Two paintings by Pasadena artist Rick Schimpf – “Beverly Plantation House on the Pokomoke River” and “Catoctin Mountain Park Cabin Near Camp David” – will be displayed in the “Maryland Historical Connections” art exhibit through June 14 at BWI...
    • Debby Coughlan’s “See More Park” children’s book series encourages kids to use their imaginations and appreciate others.Provided
      Debby Coughlan’s “See More Park” children’s book series encourages kids to use their imaginations and appreciate others.
    • Melissa Bailey’s vibrant watercolor illustrations enliven the pages of Debby Coughlan’s “See More Park” children’s book series.Provided
      Melissa Bailey’s vibrant watercolor illustrations enliven the pages of Debby Coughlan’s “See More Park” children’s book series.

    Debby Coughlan Pens Children’s Books, Biographies And Everything In Between

    By Zach Sparks
    Aspiring authors are often given the advice “show, don’t tell.” Pasadena’s Debby Coughlan took that advice literally in 2011 when she was leading a discussion group of high school students at church and she asked them, “What is something you’ve always wanted to...
    • Pasadena Painter Chris Davenport Colors Life With A Unique Perspective
      Pasadena Painter Chris Davenport Colors Life With A Unique Perspective
    • McGowan Still Undefeated In MMA Professional Ranks
      McGowan Still Undefeated In MMA Professional Ranks


    Blast From The Past

    By Zach Sparks
    Have you ever read a great novel, only to be dismayed at the discovery of a cliffhanger? Have you ever glanced over a news article, only to wonder what happened to the child prodigy with Broadway aspirations or the old lady who lived in a shoe? (OK, maybe that last example wasn’t from a news...
    • In “Silence,” Liam Neeson’s Father Ferreira renounces his faith after his experience in Japan.Paramount Pictures
      In “Silence,” Liam Neeson’s Father Ferreira renounces his faith after his experience in Japan.

    Scorcese Asks But Does Not Answer: Do We Pray To God, Or To Silence?

    By Audrey Ruppert
    I have been anticipating “Silence” for months. Having had my own experiences with faith at Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church (SPEP) for many years and majored in Japanese in college, the spiritually themed film, set in Japan, seemed promising on multiple fronts. I was not...
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    • Chuck Dick, artistic director of Pasadena Theatre Company, has appeared with the company in the roles of Daddy Warbucks in “Annie,” Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” Benjamin Franklin in “1776” and Sir Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons.” As he battles cancer, Dick has stayed positive by focusing on his love of theater and planning for the troupe’s summer production of “Godspell.”File Photo
      Chuck Dick, artistic director of Pasadena Theatre Company, has appeared with the company in the roles of Daddy Warbucks in “Annie,” Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” Benjamin Franklin in “1776” and Sir Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons.” As he battles cancer, Dick has stayed positive by focusing on his love of theater and planning for the troupe’s summer production of “Godspell.”

    A Love Of Theater Helps Chuck Dick Pull The Curtain Down On Cancer

    By Rob Odle
    Chuck Dick is a man whose life is lived in the spotlight. For nearly all of his life, he has served as an actor, director, teacher or some combination of the three. Currently, Dick serves as the artistic director for Pasadena Theatre Company. Last year, though, that role was changed, and Dick was...
    • Soft and slightly buttery, the black squid ink linguini comes with shrimp and scallops.Sharon Mager
      Soft and slightly buttery, the black squid ink linguini comes with shrimp and scallops.
    • Served with crabmeat, tiny clams and shrimp on a bed of arugula, the tender sea bass imperial contained a variety of succulent herbs and seasonings.Sharon Mager
      Served with crabmeat, tiny clams and shrimp on a bed of arugula, the tender sea bass imperial contained a variety of succulent herbs and seasonings.
    • The chocolate soufflé was dusted with powdered sugar, perfectly baked with a lava-like center, and paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and berries.Sharon Mager
      The chocolate soufflé was dusted with powdered sugar, perfectly baked with a lava-like center, and paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and berries.

    Step Off Crain Highway And Enjoy Arturo’s Trattoria

    By Sharon Mager
    Looking for a cozy Italian restaurant for a special night out? You don’t have to search farther than Arturo’s Trattoria, a real find in a nondescript strip center at 1660 Crain Highway South in Glen Burnie.
    It’s an intimate and inviting restaurant with a small bar in the front....
    • Robert John Biedermann gives a sharp performance as Captain Andy Hawks, the showboat’s owner, demonstrating with his shrewd one-liners just how funny the script can be.Jeri Tidwell
      Robert John Biedermann gives a sharp performance as Captain Andy Hawks, the showboat’s owner, demonstrating with his shrewd one-liners just how funny the script can be.

    “Show Boat” Sets Sail At Toby’s Dinner Theatre

    By Dylan Roche
    Billed as an American classic, “Show Boat” made its debut at Toby’s Dinner Theatre on January 12, and that wasn’t just the debut of this production – it was the first time in Toby’s nearly four-decade history that this iconic piece of American culture has been...
    • During a scene in “The Bad Kids,” probation officer Adolfo Mediano talks to student Joey McGee about his lack of attendance at school.Low Key Pictures
      During a scene in “The Bad Kids,” probation officer Adolfo Mediano talks to student Joey McGee about his lack of attendance at school.

    Mountain Road Library To Screen Sundance Award-Winning Film

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    “The Bad Kids,” an inspiring story of teachers bonding with troubled students, will come to Mountain Road Community Library on Tuesday, February 28, at 10:00am as part of a partnership between the library, Maryland Public Television and Indie Lens Pop-Up. Directed by Keith Fulton and...

    Weekly Jam Session At American Legion Showcases Seasoned Musicians

    By Zach Sparks
    Twelve years ago, Mark Sheid and two of his pals — Denny Bartosz and Ray Fielder — decided to turn their weekly trip to Severna Park American Legion Post 175 into more than a social visit.
    “When I retired, we would come once a week and they said, ‘Get your guitar,’...
  • Scorcese Asks But Does Not Answer: Do We Pray To God, Or To Silence?

    By Audrey Ruppert
    I have been anticipating “Silence” for months. Having had my own experiences with faith at Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church (SPEP) for many years and majored in Japanese in college, the spiritually themed film, set in Japan, seemed promising on multiple fronts. I was not...
    • Northeast High School dancers practice for the upcoming AACPS Dance Festival. The festival begins on February 1 at Chesapeake High and continues until February 17.Rob Odle
      Northeast High School dancers practice for the upcoming AACPS Dance Festival. The festival begins on February 1 at Chesapeake High and continues until February 17.
    • Northeast High School dancers practice for the upcoming AACPS Dance Festival. The festival begins on February 1 at Chesapeake High and continues until February 17.Rob Odle
      Northeast High School dancers practice for the upcoming AACPS Dance Festival. The festival begins on February 1 at Chesapeake High and continues until February 17.
    • Chesapeake High School dancers have performed some of their upcoming routines in the past, and dance teacher Dyana Janoscak believes that her students will stun audiences with their performance.Provided
      Chesapeake High School dancers have performed some of their upcoming routines in the past, and dance teacher Dyana Janoscak believes that her students will stun audiences with their performance.
    • Chesapeake High School dancers have performed some of their upcoming routines in the past, and dance teacher Dyana Janoscak believes that her students will stun audiences with their performance.Provided
      Chesapeake High School dancers have performed some of their upcoming routines in the past, and dance teacher Dyana Janoscak believes that her students will stun audiences with their performance.

    Anne Arundel County Public Schools Dance Festival To Showcase Talent And Passions

    By Rob Odle
    Dancers from all across the county will convene this February at three local high schools to display their abilities and captivate audiences. The 36th annual Anne Arundel County Public Schools Dance Festival will see more than 75 elementary, middle and high school dance troupes perform various...
  • Musician Kevin Stevens Seeks To Inspire Others Through Song

    By Zach Sparks
    Kevin Stevens doesn’t have a record label — yet — and he doesn’t depend on labels to define his music, opting instead for whatever style suits his lyrics.
    “It ends up being an Americana, rock, folk, pop amalgamation. That’s what I see it as,” said Stevens...
    • Pasadena resident Matt Beziat earned runner-up honors for two photos. The pond picture in the Landscape category was taken on Halloween at Bunk’s Pond, which is located in a forested area of Kinder Farm.Provided
      Pasadena resident Matt Beziat earned runner-up honors for two photos. The pond picture in the Landscape category was taken on Halloween at Bunk’s Pond, which is located in a forested area of Kinder Farm.
    • Millersville resident Mary Gallo had two winning pieces, including “Yellow Beauty Peeking Under Fence,” which took first place in the Flora category.Provided
      Millersville resident Mary Gallo had two winning pieces, including “Yellow Beauty Peeking Under Fence,” which took first place in the Flora category.
    • David Uy of Severna Park tied for first place in Fauna with “Park Information.”Provided
      David Uy of Severna Park tied for first place in Fauna with “Park Information.”
    • “Buddies” by Martin McCann tied for first place in the Fauna category.Provided
      “Buddies” by Martin McCann tied for first place in the Fauna category.
    • “Summertime and the Livin’s Easy” was taken by Laura Quevedo.Provided
      “Summertime and the Livin’s Easy” was taken by Laura Quevedo.

    Photo Contest Captures The Splendor Of Kinder Farm Park

    By Judy Tacyn
    By contest requirements, those who participated in the 2016 Life in the Park photography contest were amateurs, but based on their entries, they were anything but novices. The Friends of Kinder Farm Park recently announced the winners, who snapped shots of the park’s 288 pristine acres within...
    • Moment by moment, Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” pays loving tribute to the best movie musicals of yesteryear and builds a rallying cry for dreamers everywhere.Summit Entertainment
      Moment by moment, Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” pays loving tribute to the best movie musicals of yesteryear and builds a rallying cry for dreamers everywhere.

    Top 20 Films Of 2016

    By Dan Gvozden
    Make no mistake, 2016 has been a tumultuous year for the world. A hate-fueled election season dominated our television sets, countless beloved figures died (from David Bowie to Carrie Fisher), and global tensions seem to be headed toward some inevitable critical point. And yet, because it takes...

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