December 11, 2017
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  • “Justice League” Is Mediocre At BestExclusive

    By Audrey Ruppert
    If I had to describe “Justice League” in one word, it would be “mediocre.” It wasn’t terrible, but it really wasn’t that great, and there was absolutely nothing memorable about it.
    Full disclosure: I don’t have the nerd credentials to properly review...
    • 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...
    • “How to Have the Best Christmas Ever,” to be held at Chesapeake Christian Center on December 8 and 9, will feature a multi-generational cast, superlative singing, delightful dancing and food from chef Darryl Jones.Photo Provided
      “How to Have the Best Christmas Ever,” to be held at Chesapeake Christian Center on December 8 and 9, will feature a multi-generational cast, superlative singing, delightful dancing and food from chef Darryl Jones.

    Chesapeake Christian Center to Host Christmas Musical Comedy

    By Kerrigan Stern
    While the Chesapeake Christian Center (C3) musical comedy “How to Have the Best Christmas Ever” will celebrate the holiday season on December 8 and 9, it will also encompass a significant message about living in the moment.
    “Most of us struggle with romanticizing the past,...

    Expat Musician Brings It Back Home With Latest ReleaseExclusive

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    Ray Weaver’s “Naptown Saturday Night” Aimed At Helping His Fellow Musicians
    “Everything’s gonna be alright, it’s a Naptown Saturday night.”
    So goes the chorus of the latest release from Ray Weaver, a Pasadena-raised musician and longtime fixture at local...
    • After being misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis and losing several family members, Tracie Boush would have every reason to be angry. Yet, when she sits in her paint studio, Boush is the epitome of resilience and strength.Photo by Judy Tacyn
      After being misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis and losing several family members, Tracie Boush would have every reason to be angry. Yet, when she sits in her paint studio, Boush is the epitome of resilience and strength.
    • Tracie Boush’s favorite types of art are mixed-media pieces and “pours,” a technique in which paint is combined in a controlled or uncontrolled manner.Photo by Judy Tacyn
      Tracie Boush’s favorite types of art are mixed-media pieces and “pours,” a technique in which paint is combined in a controlled or uncontrolled manner.
    • Tracie Boush’s favorite types of art are mixed-media pieces and “pours,” a technique in which paint is combined in a controlled or uncontrolled manner.Photo by Judy Tacyn
      Tracie Boush’s favorite types of art are mixed-media pieces and “pours,” a technique in which paint is combined in a controlled or uncontrolled manner.
    • Tracie Boush’s favorite types of art are mixed-media pieces and “pours,” a technique in which paint is combined in a controlled or uncontrolled manner.Photo by Judy Tacyn
      Tracie Boush’s favorite types of art are mixed-media pieces and “pours,” a technique in which paint is combined in a controlled or uncontrolled manner.

    Local Artist Chooses Paint Over Pain

    By Judy Tacyn
    Tracie Boush is an artist, but for her, the craft doesn’t come easy. She grew up in the Pasadena neighborhood of Green Haven Forest and attended Northeast High School. At 54, she’s a prolific artist who uses her art as an escape from pain, and pain is something she has plenty of....

    Local Mom Creates Viral Rap Parody

    By Maya Pottiger
    Megan Baker Is A New Online Sensation With Her Rendition Of “Bodak Mommy”
    “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.”...
    • The sampler included an assortment of the restaurant's offerings. Our favorite was the stuffed jalapeno peppers.Photo by Sharon Mager
      The sampler included an assortment of the restaurant's offerings. Our favorite was the stuffed jalapeno peppers.
    • The arroz con mariscos' grilled shrimp and scallops were plentiful, pleasing, plump and grilled to perfection.Photo by Sharon Mager
      The arroz con mariscos' grilled shrimp and scallops were plentiful, pleasing, plump and grilled to perfection.
    • The pollo ranchero's grilled chicken, covered with cheese and cooked with caramelized onions and mushrooms, was satisfyingly savory.Photo by Sharon Mager
      The pollo ranchero's grilled chicken, covered with cheese and cooked with caramelized onions and mushrooms, was satisfyingly savory.
    • The tres leches white cake, topped with a nice layer of icing, was soft and sweet.Photo by Sharon Mager
      The tres leches white cake, topped with a nice layer of icing, was soft and sweet.
    • The fried ice cream was topped with honey, sprinkled with cinnamon and served in a baked shell.Photo by Sharon Mager
      The fried ice cream was topped with honey, sprinkled with cinnamon and served in a baked shell.

    Plaza Garibaldi Offers Mexican Fare At Reasonable Prices

    By Sharon Mager
    With its bright colors, décor and Mexican music, Plaza Garibaldi (located at 7917 Ritchie Highway across from Marley Station Mall) has established itself as a local favorite.
    My dining companion and I visited just as the lunch crowd was heading out. We were seated promptly, and our waiter...
    • Pasadena Theatre Company’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”
      Pasadena Theatre Company’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”
    • Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s “The Nutcracker”
      Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s “The Nutcracker”
    • Talent Machine Company’s “Jingle All The Way”
      Talent Machine Company’s “Jingle All The Way”
    • Talent Machine Company’s “Jingle All The Way”
      Talent Machine Company’s “Jingle All The Way”

    Awaken Your Christmas Spirit With Live Entertainment

    By Dylan Roche
    You can admit it — you’ve got Christmas music playing on repeat all throughout your house, when you’re driving around in your car, even on your phone when you’re working out.

     

    But if you’re looking to mix it up a little bit, why not meet up with some...


    Sugar, Spice, Bitter Or Nice: Your Guide To Seasonal Beverages

    By Zach Sparks
    With New Year’s around the corner, the time for resolutions will soon be upon us. Why not get a head start and resolve to relax this holiday season while trying a new beverage or two? There are enough beers, wines, cocktails and spirits to satisfy both connoisseurs and occasional drinkers...
    • Jason Morton said his band’s self-titled album is the “best representation of Southern rock’s roots, yet it’s new and fresh, and very true to the genre.”Photo courtesy of Celeste Sperber
      Jason Morton said his band’s self-titled album is the “best representation of Southern rock’s roots, yet it’s new and fresh, and very true to the genre.”

    Marylanders Rock The Music City, Release Debut Album

    By Judy Tacyn
    His ZIP code may have changed, but musician Jason Morton will always treasure Maryland. After two years of writing and recording, the former Pasadena resident and his band released their self-titled debut album, “Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons,” on November 3. On the 10-track...
    • Throughout 40 years of performing, Sharon Donovan has held a full-time day job and performed during evenings.
      Throughout 40 years of performing, Sharon Donovan has held a full-time day job and performed during evenings.

    Sharon Donovan Is An Entertainment Queen

    By Aaron Rosa
    Sharon Donovan first took the stage at the age of 11.
    In a long-gone dock bar in Green Haven, her grandmother used a jar of pickles to bribe her to sing an acoustic duet. “I cried, I was so scared to get up there and sing,” said Donovan.

    After the performance, a tip jar was...

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    PTC’s “Grinch” Promises Not To Be A Cookie-Cutter Christmas Production

    By Judy Tacyn
    When your theater production is adapted from an iconic story written 62 years ago by Dr. Seuss, with numerous stage and film adaptations including the 2000 blockbuster starring comedic giant Jim Carrey, how in the name of Christmas do you make your version unique?
    “At its core, ‘How...
    • Bring the tissues: You might be dismayed to find out that the real-life Christopher Robin suffered neglect from his parents, who wanted to exploit him after the success of his father’s “Winnie the Pooh” books.Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures
      Bring the tissues: You might be dismayed to find out that the real-life Christopher Robin suffered neglect from his parents, who wanted to exploit him after the success of his father’s “Winnie the Pooh” books.

    “Goodbye Christopher Robin” Examines Sad Story Behind Creation Of Winnie The Pooh

    By Audrey Ruppert
    Do not watch “Goodbye Christopher Robin” unless you are ready to have “Winnie the Pooh” forever ruined for you. I walked away from the film feeling like much of my childhood had been a lie. That said, “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” is an insightful look into the...
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      Shelby Celine
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      Nancy Kunhardt Lodge

    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...
    • The bruschetta napoletana is homemade bread topped with chopped tomatoes marinated in garlic, olive oil and basil.
      The bruschetta napoletana is homemade bread topped with chopped tomatoes marinated in garlic, olive oil and basil.
    • Bella Italia offers good, old-fashioned, hearty spaghetti with meat sauce that is not too sweet and not overly spicy.
      Bella Italia offers good, old-fashioned, hearty spaghetti with meat sauce that is not too sweet and not overly spicy.
    • With fresh spinach, sautéed onions, bacon, cherry tomatoes and ranch dressing, the California pizza was scrumptious.
      With fresh spinach, sautéed onions, bacon, cherry tomatoes and ranch dressing, the California pizza was scrumptious.
    • The cannoli was crisp, overflowing with fresh cream filling and sprinkled with cinnamon.
      The cannoli was crisp, overflowing with fresh cream filling and sprinkled with cinnamon.

    Bella Italia In Arnold, That’s Amore!

    By Sharon Mager
    Bella Italia in Arnold is far from fancy, but it has some fine food, with large servings at great prices. The little treasure is tucked in the corner of the Arnold Station strip center. If you’re looking for a romantic Italian dinner, this may not be your first place to go, but for a casual...
    • Moody Blues bassist John Lodge just concluded a U.S. tour for his album “10,000 Light Years Ago.”
      Moody Blues bassist John Lodge just concluded a U.S. tour for his album “10,000 Light Years Ago.”

    Moody Blues Bassist John Lodge Staying Busy

    By Zach Sparks
    As part of the British Invasion in the 1960s, the Moody Blues could be forgiven if they got lost among the likes of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, but instead, they gained a following with their mix of rock, pop and classical music centered on themes of compassion and peace.
    Fifty years after...
    • At Benfield Gallery’s Artist Eye 2017 exhibition in October, Best in Show honors went to Carol Cowie for “Yellow Mist,” a 17-by-20-inch oil painting.
      At Benfield Gallery’s Artist Eye 2017 exhibition in October, Best in Show honors went to Carol Cowie for “Yellow Mist,” a 17-by-20-inch oil painting.

    Artist Eye 2017 Exhibit Now Open At Benfield Gallery

    By Judy Tacyn
    Two Annapolis artists, Carol Cowie and Ronaldo Dorado, earned top honors at Benfield Gallery’s seventh annual fall juried exhibition, the Artist Eye 2017. The gallery’s biggest juried competition of the year was held October 7, and featured the works of 26 artists in a variety of styles...
    • Amelia Gish enjoys overlapping digital sketches and pictures to make them resemble something from a kid’s imagination.
      Amelia Gish enjoys overlapping digital sketches and pictures to make them resemble something from a kid’s imagination.
    • A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, Amelia Gish’s work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October.
      A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, Amelia Gish’s work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October.
    • A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, Amelia Gish’s work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October.
      A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, Amelia Gish’s work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October.
    • A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, Amelia Gish’s work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October.
      A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, Amelia Gish’s work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October.

    Mountain Road Library Features Student’s Fairy-Tale Artwork

    By Dave Topp
    Amelia Gish grew up reading and watching fairy tales, bonding at an early age with characters from “Aladdin,” “Cinderella” and “The Little Mermaid.”
    Now a senior at Old Mill High School, the aspiring artist is bringing her childhood favorites back to life. A...
    • Justin Dennis and Andrew Colangelo create videos with picturesque scenes of popular Chesapeake Bay landmarks like the Bay Bridge, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse and Gibson Island.
      Justin Dennis and Andrew Colangelo create videos with picturesque scenes of popular Chesapeake Bay landmarks like the Bay Bridge, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse and Gibson Island.
    • Justin Dennis and Andrew Colangelo create videos with picturesque scenes of popular Chesapeake Bay landmarks like the Bay Bridge, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse and Gibson Island.
      Justin Dennis and Andrew Colangelo create videos with picturesque scenes of popular Chesapeake Bay landmarks like the Bay Bridge, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse and Gibson Island.

    CHS Classmates Launch Videography Pursuit

    By Darrell Mak
    Two classmates at Chesapeake High School are turning their passion for the outdoors and photography into a fledging business.
    Pasadena resident Justin Dennis and his friend, Severna Park resident Andrew Colangelo, both juniors at Chesapeake High School, are aspiring videographers who have produced...
    • Jacki Cockcroft sanded a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood, stained it gray and traced the map on the wood, before hammering in 657 nails. She then proceeded to string the fishing line around the nails.
      Jacki Cockcroft sanded a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood, stained it gray and traced the map on the wood, before hammering in 657 nails. She then proceeded to string the fishing line around the nails.

    She Nailed It: Art Teacher Creates 3-D Map Of The Bodkin Peninsula

    By Sharon Mager
    Using 657 nails and approximately one mile of fishing line, Bodkin Elementary School art teacher Jacki Cockcroft created a unique work of art: a 3-D nautical map of the Bodkin peninsula.
    Hung from a wall in the school’s media center, the work shines thanks to a gray background and the royal-...
  • What TV Shows To Watch This Fall

    By Zach Sparks
    New Programs Introduce Viewers To Eccentric Characters And Convoluted Plots
    With 19 new shows on network TV and a slew of programs hitting streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, there’s just not enough time to watch every zing, action sequence and cliffhanger. Check out our take on fall...

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