April 24, 2018
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    Inaugural Best Of Maryland Arts Education Festival Will Celebrate Maryland Arts Education On April 20

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    Maryland’s first-ever Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival is set to take place on Friday, April 20, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. The daylong event will honor and celebrate the impact of arts education in Maryland.
    A collaborative effort on the part of the Maryland State Department of...
    • Erika Rose (right) worked with Lake Shore Elementary second-grade students Payla Szymanski and Ashton Surguy on reading stage directions in Leigh Catterton’s arts and humanities class.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Erika Rose (right) worked with Lake Shore Elementary second-grade students Payla Szymanski and Ashton Surguy on reading stage directions in Leigh Catterton’s arts and humanities class.
    • Erika Rose watched Lake Shore Elementary students work on stage direction and script reading during her residency from April 3-9.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Erika Rose watched Lake Shore Elementary students work on stage direction and script reading during her residency from April 3-9.
    • Erika Rose worked with second-grade students at Lake Shore Elementary to highlight scripts and distinguish stage directions.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Erika Rose worked with second-grade students at Lake Shore Elementary to highlight scripts and distinguish stage directions.

    Local Actress Comes Full Circle, Teaches Alongside Former Theater Instructor

    By Maya Pottiger
    A familiar face appeared at Lake Shore Elementary’s arts and humanities classes from April 3 to April 9.
    Actress Erika Rose was an artist-in-residence in Leigh Catterton’s second- through fifth-grade classes. Rose, who has acted on stages all over the East Coast, helped students learn...
    • David Lawton has traveled around the world to pursue art. He and his wife have lived in Pasadena for the last 25 years.Photo Provided
      David Lawton has traveled around the world to pursue art. He and his wife have lived in Pasadena for the last 25 years.
    • David Lawton has traveled around the world to pursue art. He and his wife have lived in Pasadena for the last 25 years.Photo Provided
      David Lawton has traveled around the world to pursue art. He and his wife have lived in Pasadena for the last 25 years.
    • David Lawton has traveled around the world to pursue art. He and his wife have lived in Pasadena for the last 25 years.Photo Provided
      David Lawton has traveled around the world to pursue art. He and his wife have lived in Pasadena for the last 25 years.
    • David Lawton has traveled around the world to pursue art. He and his wife have lived in Pasadena for the last 25 years.Photo Provided
      David Lawton has traveled around the world to pursue art. He and his wife have lived in Pasadena for the last 25 years.

    Pasadena Painter Discovered His Passion At A Young Age

    By Maya Pottiger
    At a young age, David Lawton knew painting was a realistic career choice.
    When Lawton was 13-years-old, Snowden Hodges, his art teacher at Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, took him under his wing and offered Lawton private painting classes.
    “He was really encouraging and had a lot...
    • The stakes are high in Toby’s “Newsies,” in which teenage Jack Kelly becomes the de facto leader of a group of newsboys who strike against publishing mogul Joseph Pulitzer.Photos courtesy of Jeri Tidwell
      The stakes are high in Toby’s “Newsies,” in which teenage Jack Kelly becomes the de facto leader of a group of newsboys who strike against publishing mogul Joseph Pulitzer.

    Toby’s “Newsies” Gives Us Something To Believe In

    By Dylan Roche
    When Toby’s Dinner Theatre set its 2018 season, the company had no way of knowing how topical its production of Disney’s “Newsies” would be by the time the musical opened, but in light of current events, a story about a group of outspoken teenagers standing up for themselves...
    • “Red Sparrow” tells the story of Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence), who is sent to train as a “sparrow,” a spy who specializes in seduction and in retrieving intelligence from unsuspecting victims.Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox
      “Red Sparrow” tells the story of Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence), who is sent to train as a “sparrow,” a spy who specializes in seduction and in retrieving intelligence from unsuspecting victims.

    “Red Sparrow” Is An Experience More Than Entertainment

    By Audrey Ruppert
    I went into “Red Sparrow” expecting to be disappointed due to a spate of negative reviews, but I left the theater surprisingly intrigued.
    “Red Sparrow” tells the story of Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence), a famous Russian ballerina whose life is drastically altered...
    • When she was 12 years old, Erin Burrell started working with her grandmother at Patti Kake Bakery. She now runs Patti Kake Bakery at Two Rivers.Photo Provided
      When she was 12 years old, Erin Burrell started working with her grandmother at Patti Kake Bakery. She now runs Patti Kake Bakery at Two Rivers.
    • Wedding season is busy for Erin Burrell, the baker at Patti Kake Bakery at Two Rivers. She often delivers wedding cakes to the reception herself.Photo Provided
      Wedding season is busy for Erin Burrell, the baker at Patti Kake Bakery at Two Rivers. She often delivers wedding cakes to the reception herself.
    • Wedding season is busy for Erin Burrell, the baker at Patti Kake Bakery at Two Rivers. She often delivers wedding cakes to the reception herself.Photo courtesy of Jordyn Williams Photography
      Wedding season is busy for Erin Burrell, the baker at Patti Kake Bakery at Two Rivers. She often delivers wedding cakes to the reception herself.

    Behind The Baking: Erin Burrell Makes A Career Of Pastry

    By Maya Pottiger
    When she was 12 years old, Erin Burrell started baking with her grandmother. By the time she was 16, she was working in her grandmother’s Patti Kake Bakery.
     

    “It came really natural to me,” Burrell said. “I was always being creative, so I liked the creativity...

    • The Caesar salad was topped with thick slivers of parmesan cheese and cracked pepper. The Maryland crab soup was full of soft vegetables in a flavorful tomato-based broth, but there was a distinct lack of crab meat and Old Bay.Photo by Mary Cobbler
      The Caesar salad was topped with thick slivers of parmesan cheese and cracked pepper. The Maryland crab soup was full of soft vegetables in a flavorful tomato-based broth, but there was a distinct lack of crab meat and Old Bay.
    • Breaded and fried, the sesame chicken was covered with plum sauce, and served with rice and veggies.Photo by Mary Cobbler
      Breaded and fried, the sesame chicken was covered with plum sauce, and served with rice and veggies.
    • The pesto shrimp dish was served in a buttery, savory sauce alongside caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes, and soft bell peppers. The flavors were robust and complex.Photo by Mary Cobbler
      The pesto shrimp dish was served in a buttery, savory sauce alongside caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes, and soft bell peppers. The flavors were robust and complex.
    • The cherry cheesecake was especially sweet and the “chocolate bomb” was a fluffy chocolate cake full of warm, gooey, dark chocolate filling.Photo by Mary Cobbler
      The cherry cheesecake was especially sweet and the “chocolate bomb” was a fluffy chocolate cake full of warm, gooey, dark chocolate filling.

    The Grill At Quarterfield Station Delivers Loads Of Variety And Flavor

    By Mary Cobbler
    I’ve heard good things about The Grill at Quarterfield Station (also known as The Grill) for a while now, so I was excited to try it out with my husband on a recent Monday.
    Located at 7704 D Quarterfield Road in Glen Burnie, The Grill was hopping with customers when we arrived for dinner...

    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...
  • A Look Ahead At Spring Fashion TrendsExclusive

    By Maya Pottiger
    It’s been a long winter, but warmer weather is finally making its way into the forecast. As spring rolls in, you might be wondering how to transition your wardrobe or, on the other side of the spectrum, plan a huge purge of your closet.
    Regardless of which side of the spectrum you’re...
    • ViewFinder's reporting showed addiction to opioids spanned from prescription medicines, such as Percocet, to illicit schedule I drugs, such as heroin.Photo Provided
      ViewFinder's reporting showed addiction to opioids spanned from prescription medicines, such as Percocet, to illicit schedule I drugs, such as heroin.
    • Jojo Dominick (left) and Emily Kallmyer interviewed Anne Arundel County Chief of Police Timothy Altomare for the ViewFinder documentary series “Strength & Shame.”Photo Provided
      Jojo Dominick (left) and Emily Kallmyer interviewed Anne Arundel County Chief of Police Timothy Altomare for the ViewFinder documentary series “Strength & Shame.”
    • ViewFinder members from the opioid teams and other ViewFinder team members gathered following the first showing of their hour-long documentary “Strength & Shame” at the University of Maryland. Their reporting focused on areas throughout Anne Arundel County.Photo Provided
      ViewFinder members from the opioid teams and other ViewFinder team members gathered following the first showing of their hour-long documentary “Strength & Shame” at the University of Maryland. Their reporting focused on areas throughout Anne Arundel County.
    • Henrietta Biayemi, a member of the spring 2017 ViewFinder team, filmed “Foster New Lives, Testing the Poison & A Step in the Right Direction.”Photo Provided
      Henrietta Biayemi, a member of the spring 2017 ViewFinder team, filmed “Foster New Lives, Testing the Poison & A Step in the Right Direction.”

    UMD Students Shine Spotlight On Anne Arundel’s Opioid Crisis In Award-Winning Documentary

    By Maya Pottiger
    At the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill School of Journalism, students spent two semesters telling the stories of those affected by the opioid crisis in Anne Arundel County.
    Bethany Swain, a professor at the journalism school, teaches an advanced video storytelling class called...
    • Terry Niec’s winning photo, “Mirrored,” was taken at Bunk's Pond.Photo Provided
      Terry Niec’s winning photo, “Mirrored,” was taken at Bunk's Pond.
    • Speaking about her photo “Stripes,” Terry Niec said, “It was just a bunch of shadows, but to me, it made a compelling pattern.”Photo Provided
      Speaking about her photo “Stripes,” Terry Niec said, “It was just a bunch of shadows, but to me, it made a compelling pattern.”
    • Alana Morino won the People category with her photo called “Endless Possibilities.”Photo Provided
      Alana Morino won the People category with her photo called “Endless Possibilities.”

    Local Photographers Depict Life In The Park

    By Zach Sparks
    Pasadena resident Terry Niec considers photography a hobby, saying she would never be a wedding photographer, yet she admits that it’s a big part of her life.
    “If I went on a trip and my camera broke, I’d have a horrible time,” joked Niec, who frequently visits Downs Park...
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      Bill Bean has authored four books. His newest release, “The Connection,” is part autobiography and part instruction manual for anyone looking to overcome oppression or negative thoughts.

    With New Book, Bill Bean Recounts His “Connection” To Faith And The Paranormal

    By Zach Sparks
    Bill Bean was 4 years old in 1970 when his family moved into a three-bedroom, ranch-style house on Little Road in Harundale, Glen Burnie. Immediately upon observing the pink house with the white shutters, he felt uncomfortable.
    “It just had an ominous look and feel to it,” recalled...
    • Deborah Coleman, an artist living in Pasadena, grew up on the water and has a fascination with mermaids. She sells her artwork on her Etsy shop, which is named The Mermaid Apothecary.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Deborah Coleman, an artist living in Pasadena, grew up on the water and has a fascination with mermaids. She sells her artwork on her Etsy shop, which is named The Mermaid Apothecary.
    • After her son bought her a soap-making kit for Christmas, Deborah Coleman added soap to her list of items she sells on Etsy and a craft shows. Her favorite soap scent is white tea and ginger.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      After her son bought her a soap-making kit for Christmas, Deborah Coleman added soap to her list of items she sells on Etsy and a craft shows. Her favorite soap scent is white tea and ginger.
    • Deborah Coleman makes a lot of jewelry for her Etsy shop, The Mermaid Apothecary. She uses gemstones, crystals and different charms she can find, like mermaids and starfish. Coleman said because her jewelry is so unique, it sells quickly.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Deborah Coleman makes a lot of jewelry for her Etsy shop, The Mermaid Apothecary. She uses gemstones, crystals and different charms she can find, like mermaids and starfish. Coleman said because her jewelry is so unique, it sells quickly.

    Artist Uses Etsy Shop, Craft Fairs To Benefit Charities

    By Maya Pottiger
    On first look, it’s a tastefully decorated, fully furnished basement with a fire running in the fireplace. But on a closer look, it’s Deborah Coleman’s art studio.
    You notice the mannequin in the corner where her necklaces are displayed. You see the newly molded soap drying on...
  • “Black Panther” Illustrates The Struggle Present Throughout Black Literature And Social Movements

    By Audrey Ruppert
    “Black Panther” may have revitalized my hope that superhero movies can be enjoyable, thought-provoking and worth watching.
    Wakanda, the fictional country and hidden kingdom of “Black Panther,” is reminiscent of Asgard in the sense that it is hidden and imbued with a sense...
    • Taco options include the grilled mojo skirt steak, jerk tempeh and Thai basil shrimp.Photo by Mary Cobbler
      Taco options include the grilled mojo skirt steak, jerk tempeh and Thai basil shrimp.
    • The doughnut holes and dipping sauce were crispy and sweet.Photo by Mary Cobbler
      The doughnut holes and dipping sauce were crispy and sweet.
    • The Vida nachos were topped with chorizo, blanco queso dip, queso fresco, black beans, pickled cabbage, jalapenos, onion and cilantro. The pickled purple cabbage was a surprisingly great addition, providing crunch and a unique tang.Photo by Mary Cobbler
      The Vida nachos were topped with chorizo, blanco queso dip, queso fresco, black beans, pickled cabbage, jalapenos, onion and cilantro. The pickled purple cabbage was a surprisingly great addition, providing crunch and a unique tang.
    • Taco options include the grilled mojo skirt steak, jerk tempeh and Thai basil shrimp.Photo by Mary Cobbler
      Taco options include the grilled mojo skirt steak, jerk tempeh and Thai basil shrimp.

    Vida Taco Bar: These Aren’t Your Parents’ Tacos

    By Sharon Mager
    Remember the days when tacos were the only Mexican food around and they were filled with seasoned beef, cheese and veggies, and you got them at a fast food restaurant? Well, taco, you’ve come a long way, baby!
    Vida Taco Bar takes tacos for a walk on the wild side with fresh, healthy...
    • Pasadena resident Jennifer Triplett grew up on the water and finds her inspiration in the nature around her. This is reflected in her photography, which will be displayed in Mountain Road Library during April.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Pasadena resident Jennifer Triplett grew up on the water and finds her inspiration in the nature around her. This is reflected in her photography, which will be displayed in Mountain Road Library during April.
    • Photography has been one of Jennifer Triplett’s passions since she was a little girl. During April, her photos, some of which were taken along the Severn River, will be hung in Mountain Road Library.Photo Provided
      Photography has been one of Jennifer Triplett’s passions since she was a little girl. During April, her photos, some of which were taken along the Severn River, will be hung in Mountain Road Library.
    • Photography has been one of Jennifer Triplett’s passions since she was a little girl. During April, her photos, some of which were taken along the Severn River, will be hung in Mountain Road Library.Photo Provided
      Photography has been one of Jennifer Triplett’s passions since she was a little girl. During April, her photos, some of which were taken along the Severn River, will be hung in Mountain Road Library.

    Jennifer Triplett Is Mountain Road Library’s April Artist Of The Month

    By Maya Pottiger
    Since she was a little girl, Jennifer Triplett has been fascinated by shadows and lighting. This shows in her photography.
    Some of her earliest memories of photography are taking apart her mom’s camera when she was 5 years old and toying with the old flash cubes for different lighting...
  • Chesapeake Ballet Company To Perform “Coppelia”Exclusive

    By Judy Tacyn
    At its heart, “Coppelia” is a fun, all-ages love story about a case of mistaken identity that leads to hilarity and hijinks. Three performances will be held between April 7 and 8 at the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis.
    Created by Dr. Coppelius, Coppelia is a doll so lifelike that...
    • John Breen is vice president of the 120-member Digital Photograph Club of Annapolis.Photo Provided
      John Breen is vice president of the 120-member Digital Photograph Club of Annapolis.
    • John Breen’s “Freedom Tower” picture was taken in New York City in April 2017. “The blue sky and the puffy clouds were perfectly reflected by the triangular shape of the building,” he said.Photo Provided
      John Breen’s “Freedom Tower” picture was taken in New York City in April 2017. “The blue sky and the puffy clouds were perfectly reflected by the triangular shape of the building,” he said.

    Photography Club Featured At Hospice Of The Chesapeake Through April 13Exclusive

    By Judy Tacyn
    Forty spectacular photographs captured by members of the Digital Photograph Club of Annapolis (DPCA) are now on display and available for purchase at Hospice of the Chesapeake.
    “I believe that my photography skills have blossomed since I started going to the DPCA meetings,” said John...
  • Q&A: Ballerina, Model Brittany CavacoExclusive

    By Maya Pottiger
    Brittany Cavaco is in her first season with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Previously, she did two seasons with the Washington Ballet in D.C. before joining BTM. Cavaco was born in Rhode Island and is the first member of her family to move out of the state.
     

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  • The Angelwing Project Presents “Tears Of The Soul,” An Original Stage PlayExclusive

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    “Tears of the Soul” is a powerful, dramatic presentation that will transport audiences back to 1968 during a two-day run on April 28 and 29 at Chesapeake Arts Center. It was a turbulent time in America, especially in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis, part of the Mid-South, sits on the east...
  • 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...

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