February 23, 2018
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  • Pasadena Elementary Students To Perform Original Play

    By Maya Pottiger
    Over two weeks, a committee of five Pasadena Elementary School fifth-grade students met during lunch to write an outline for their class play.
    With the help of library media specialist Ann Dahlheim, the five students were able to work all of their ideas into a three-act play. The “committee...
  • Annapolis Film Festival Handpicks Best For Its Audience

    By Leslie Dolsak
    Annapolis is not your average city, and the Annapolis Film Festival (AFF) is certainly not your average film festival.
    “In other towns like Tribeca, it’s not like this,” said Lee Anderson, a festival director. “They parade celebs onstage, but you never get to meet them in...
    • “The Post” details the story of Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the owner of The Washington Post, and firebrand editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks).Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox
      “The Post” details the story of Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the owner of The Washington Post, and firebrand editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks).

    “The Post” Underscores A Timely Take On The First Amendment

    By Audrey Ruppert
    “The Post” is a poignant, fast-paced drama that could not be timelier; although it tells a story that is now more than 40 years old, history indeed repeats itself, and the film is socially and politically relevant in the Trump era. The film is multidimensional as well, tackling the...
    • Noelle Tolbert, who chairs the dance department at the Chesapeake Arts Center, refers to the dance studio as her office.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Noelle Tolbert, who chairs the dance department at the Chesapeake Arts Center, refers to the dance studio as her office.
    • Noelle Tolbert, who chairs the dance department at the Chesapeake Arts Center, refers to the dance studio as her office.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Noelle Tolbert, who chairs the dance department at the Chesapeake Arts Center, refers to the dance studio as her office.
    • Dance students traditionally learn ballet, then modern, then hip-hop. Noelle Tolbert was self-taught as a child, learned the techniques backward and created her own technique called “Noelle.”Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Dance students traditionally learn ballet, then modern, then hip-hop. Noelle Tolbert was self-taught as a child, learned the techniques backward and created her own technique called “Noelle.”
    • Dance students traditionally learn ballet, then modern, then hip-hop. Noelle Tolbert was self-taught as a child, learned the techniques backward and created her own technique called “Noelle.”Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Dance students traditionally learn ballet, then modern, then hip-hop. Noelle Tolbert was self-taught as a child, learned the techniques backward and created her own technique called “Noelle.”

    Local Dancer “Pushed Through” Disadvantages, Now Chairs CAC Dance Department

    By Maya Pottiger
    Noelle Tolbert used to make up dances in her driveway. Now she chairs the Chesapeake Art Center’s dance department.
    As a child, Tolbert would make up dances with her sister and cousin everywhere they were, whether it was the kitchen, the backyard or the driveway. Their go-to song? “...
    • Diego Sosa (Aladdin) and Emily Brennan (Princess Samira) rehearsed one of their dances for director and choreographer Dianna Cuatto ahead of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s upcoming performance of “Aladdin.”Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Diego Sosa (Aladdin) and Emily Brennan (Princess Samira) rehearsed one of their dances for director and choreographer Dianna Cuatto ahead of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s upcoming performance of “Aladdin.”
    • Director and choreographer Dianna Cuatto demonstrates how she wants certain moves to look in the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s upcoming performance of “Aladdin.”Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Director and choreographer Dianna Cuatto demonstrates how she wants certain moves to look in the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s upcoming performance of “Aladdin.”
    • Diego Sosa (Aladdin) and Emily Brennan (Princess Samira) are the leads in the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s upcoming performance of “Aladdin.”Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Diego Sosa (Aladdin) and Emily Brennan (Princess Samira) are the leads in the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s upcoming performance of “Aladdin.”
    • Diego Sosa (Aladdin) and Emily Brennan (Princess Samira) are the leads in the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s upcoming performance of “Aladdin.”Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Diego Sosa (Aladdin) and Emily Brennan (Princess Samira) are the leads in the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s upcoming performance of “Aladdin.”

    Ballet Theatre Of Maryland To Present “Aladdin”

    By Maya Pottiger
    The Ballet Theatre of Maryland is gearing up for its production of “Aladdin,” but this isn’t Disney’s “Aladdin.” The production follows the same storyline, but with an abundance of new characters.
    “I took the original story and the Disney version and added...
    • The salad was mixed lettuce, tomato, chicken, egg and chipotle ranch dressing, and it was served with beer-battered onion rings.Photo by Michelle Allen
      The salad was mixed lettuce, tomato, chicken, egg and chipotle ranch dressing, and it was served with beer-battered onion rings.
    • My mahi was tender, and the blackening seasoning gave it just the right kick. Eaten with the warm-cooked spinach, it was a flavorful, healthy treat.Photo by Michelle Allen
      My mahi was tender, and the blackening seasoning gave it just the right kick. Eaten with the warm-cooked spinach, it was a flavorful, healthy treat.
    • The “crispy cannonballs” contained fried macaroni and cheese. The appetizer was served with a chipotle ranch dipping sauce that provided just the right zip.Photo by Michelle Allen
      The “crispy cannonballs” contained fried macaroni and cheese. The appetizer was served with a chipotle ranch dipping sauce that provided just the right zip.
    • The key lime pie, topped with whipped cream, was rich and satisfying.Photo by Michelle Allen
      The key lime pie, topped with whipped cream, was rich and satisfying.

    Mutiny Pirate Bar Is A Treasure In Pasadena

    By Mary Cobbler
    I’ve heard the legends of Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille, and I had my hopes set on waiters dressed as pirates yelling “yo-ho-ho” and “arrr!” Well, that didn’t happen during my visit, but my dining companions and I did get some great food that shivered our...
  • AMFM Announces $5,000 Scholarship For Music Performance Majors

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    Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians Inc. (AMFM), a nonprofit organization that supports professional Annapolis musicians, is now broadening the Tim King Scholarship Fund program and accepting applications for its newly established music performance scholarship. This $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a current high school senior who intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in either vocal or instrumental music performance.

     

    Candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • Be a current high school student residing in Anne Arundel County, scheduled to graduate in May/June 2018

    • Be a musician active in high school chorus, band, orchestra, jazz band or...

  • Maryland Artists Anonymous To Present Exhibition At Chesapeake Arts Center

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    Maryland Artists Anonymous, a group of art educators within Anne Arundel County, is presenting its “Group Dynamic Art” exhibit at the Chesapeake Arts Center from March 1 through 30. Featured in this exhibition are Adrienne Ramey, Alexis Ring, Christopher Whitehead, Jennifer Jerrell,...
    • Carole Epp of Canada is fascinated by the theme of guilt in both Catholicism and motherhood.Photo Provided
      Carole Epp of Canada is fascinated by the theme of guilt in both Catholicism and motherhood.
    • Summer Zickefoose of Ohio wants people with creative careers to experience the exhibit.Photo Provided
      Summer Zickefoose of Ohio wants people with creative careers to experience the exhibit.
    • Jessica Gardner of Virginia spearheaded the “Crowns” exhibit by responding to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts call for proposals.Photo Provided
      Jessica Gardner of Virginia spearheaded the “Crowns” exhibit by responding to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts call for proposals.

    Motherhood: The Push And Pull On Display

    By Leslie Dolsak
    “Crowns,” an art exhibit celebrating motherhood with eight ceramic artists displaying their masterpieces, will be at Anne Arundel Community College’s Cade Gallery until February 22. This is the first of eight stops across America.
    “We received a bunch of interesting...
    • The Harbor Boys, a reggae/ska band from Pasadena, will perform at the Frozen Harbor Music Festival, set for February 16 and 17 at Baltimore Soundstage.Harbor Boys
      The Harbor Boys, a reggae/ska band from Pasadena, will perform at the Frozen Harbor Music Festival, set for February 16 and 17 at Baltimore Soundstage.

    The Harbor Boys Take A Dip In The Musical Waters Of Reggae

    By Zach Sparks
    In the song “Trench Town Rock,” Bob Marley & the Wailers proclaim that “one good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain.” The Harbor Boys, a newly formed band based in Pasadena, hope to validate that message as they write tunes that are upbeat, catchy and...
    • Brandi Burkhardt has done two runs on Broadway, and she has appeared in popular TV shows “How I Met Your Mother,” “Mad Men,” “NCIS” and “Boston Legal.”Photo Provided
      Brandi Burkhardt has done two runs on Broadway, and she has appeared in popular TV shows “How I Met Your Mother,” “Mad Men,” “NCIS” and “Boston Legal.”

    From Coast To Coast, Pasadena Native Pursues Acting Dream

    By Maya Pottiger
    Brandi Burkhardt Has Appeared Onscreen And Onstage From New York To Los Angeles

     

    Brandi Burkhardt’s first acting role was in a production at Chesapeake High School.
     

    Now, Burkhardt has acted onscreen and onstage from coast to coast.
     

    When Burkhardt first...

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    • Kimmary MacLean has been dancing since she was a little girl. This piece she made is hanging in one of the dance studios at the Creative and Performing Arts of South County.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Kimmary MacLean has been dancing since she was a little girl. This piece she made is hanging in one of the dance studios at the Creative and Performing Arts of South County.
    • “Waiting for a Key” is a piece by Kimmary MacLean.Photo Provided
      “Waiting for a Key” is a piece by Kimmary MacLean.

    Jack Of All Arts

    By Maya Pottiger
    The word “artist” doesn’t do Kimmary MacLean justice.
     

    MacLean owns the Creative and Performing Arts of South County, a studio that provides classes and education in dance, music, visual and dramatic arts. In addition to those media, MacLean paints, draws and does...

  • Edwin Calvert Releases “The Calvert Family Of Anne Arundel County”

    By Voice Media
    Fifty years of research paid off at the end of 2017 when local nonagenarian Edwin Calvert published “The Calvert Family of Anne Arundel County,” documenting not only his family’s multigenerational ties to the area but also how farmers lived and worked in the 1930s. The book draws...
    • Henry Scott was brought on to the project in June, and he now is the coordinator for the MakerSpace.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Henry Scott was brought on to the project in June, and he now is the coordinator for the MakerSpace.
    • The MakerSpace offers a variety of tools for people to use, including a woodshop.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The MakerSpace offers a variety of tools for people to use, including a woodshop.
    • The MakerSpace offers a variety of tools for people to use, including a woodshop.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The MakerSpace offers a variety of tools for people to use, including a woodshop.
    • The MakerSpace logo was printed using the silk screening tools available, and a volunteer teaches silk screening classes.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The MakerSpace logo was printed using the silk screening tools available, and a volunteer teaches silk screening classes.

    Chesapeake Arts Center Hopes To Rebuild Community With MakerSpace

    By Maya Pottiger
    The Chesapeake Arts Center is, once again, making waves in the community.

     

    In September, it opened its new MakerSpace in the basement. One of the first projects out of the MakerSpace was partnering with University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) students to create toys for...

  • Do Or Die Productions Celebrates 25th Anniversary Season

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    Murder Mystery Shows Continue To Knock ‘Em Dead At Sunset Restaurant
    Local theater company Do or Die Productions is marking its 25th anniversary in 2018. The anniversary season includes shows from the first few seasons (“A Murderous Production,” “Drop Dead, Gorgeous!...
    • The rocky shrimp were large and succulent, tucked under a crispy breading and doused generously with a sauce that was thick and sweet with a kick of spice.Photo by Shelley Allen
      The rocky shrimp were large and succulent, tucked under a crispy breading and doused generously with a sauce that was thick and sweet with a kick of spice.
    • The sweetheart roll was very sweet but also smoky-tasting with a lot of texture. Crunchy mango, creamy avocado, smoked salmon and sticky rice together made this a great combo.Photo by Shelley Allen
      The sweetheart roll was very sweet but also smoky-tasting with a lot of texture. Crunchy mango, creamy avocado, smoked salmon and sticky rice together made this a great combo.
    • The crème brulee was ultra-soft and smooth with a crunchy, caramelized top.Photo by Shelley Allen
      The crème brulee was ultra-soft and smooth with a crunchy, caramelized top.

    Ginza Sushi Offers Outstanding Food In A Chic Setting

    By Shelley Allen
    There’s a new restaurant in Severna Park, ladies and gentlemen, and you’re going to want to check it out on your next hot date or ladies night out. Ginza Sushi, located in the new Magothy Gateway Shopping Center, offers a sleek setting, a friendly and capable staff, and out-of-this-...
    • “Her Stories: A Women’s Art Show” has work by five photographers including “Flower” by Emily Forgo.Photo Provided
      “Her Stories: A Women’s Art Show” has work by five photographers including “Flower” by Emily Forgo.
    • “Jefferson House” by Brandi Foster is part of the exhibit at Gallery 90.Photo Provided
      “Jefferson House” by Brandi Foster is part of the exhibit at Gallery 90.

    Gallery 90 Opens “Her Stories: A Women’s Art Show”

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    Local female artists of all experience levels, from first-time exhibitors to veteran professionals, are sharing their stories in images in Gallery 90’s new exhibit, “Her Stories: A Women’s Art Show,” curated by the Chesapeake Arts Center. The exhibit runs through February 16...
    • “Get Out” tells the story of a young black man who is dating a white woman, and visits her parent’s house for the weekend. Initially, her family seems well meaning, if not a little tone deaf, but soon, a more insidious plot is revealed.Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures
      “Get Out” tells the story of a young black man who is dating a white woman, and visits her parent’s house for the weekend. Initially, her family seems well meaning, if not a little tone deaf, but soon, a more insidious plot is revealed.

    The Best And Worst Films Of 2017

    By Audrey Ruppert
    It’s that time of year again when we make New Year’s resolutions and, in my case, reflect on the films made in the past year. These were my personal favorites and least favorites.
     
    Five Favorite Films of the Year
    1. Best Film of the Year: Get Out
    “Get Out” was a...
    • Megan Paulis created a Martin Luther King Jr. portrait that was made with oil pastels and oil paint. Paulis used bright colors that exude positivity.
      Megan Paulis created a Martin Luther King Jr. portrait that was made with oil pastels and oil paint. Paulis used bright colors that exude positivity.
    • Megan Paulis’ interpretation of the civil rights leader earned her a $1,500 scholarship in the annual Visionary Kids Contest sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Arts Council.
      Megan Paulis’ interpretation of the civil rights leader earned her a $1,500 scholarship in the annual Visionary Kids Contest sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Arts Council.

    Megan Paulis Receives Scholarship For Entry In MLK Visionary Kids Contest

    By Judy Tacyn
    Northeast High School senior Megan Paulis drew inspiration from her favorite artist, pop-art pioneer Andy Warhol, when creating a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her interpretation of the civil rights leader earned her a $1,500 scholarship in the annual Visionary Kids Contest sponsored by...
  • Megan Baker Creates Viral Rap Parody

    By Maya Pottiger
    “I’m the mom. You’re my little kid. I make all the rules.”

     

    Is this relatable? Does it sound familiar?

     

    Megan Baker, 27, raps the line in her parody version of “Bodak Yellow.” Baker’s parody reworks the song to focus on...

    • Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.Photo Provided
      Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.
    • Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.Photo Provided
      Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.
    • Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.Photo Provided
      Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.
    • Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.Photo Provided
      Spencer Humm and Duncan Pace have taken some of the classic material from the last 15 years, remixed it and added new pieces, all of which will stick to the themes of hope, charity, love, togetherness and wonder.

    Spencer Humm Is “Home For Christmas” In Annual Holiday Performance

    By Judy Tacyn
    Get ready for a rousing holiday spectacular like none other when Spencer Humm’s annual Christmas special comes to the Chesapeake Arts Center from December 9 through 17. Audiences can expect an intimate show in the charming 100-seat black-box theater, with plenty of live music, comedy and...

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