November 17, 2017
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    • 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...


    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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    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-...
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    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...
    • The chicken lettuce wraps were knock-your-socks-off delicious. The mix of soft, seasoned chicken and veggies alongside the fresh lettuce was phenomenal.Photos by Sharon Mager
      The chicken lettuce wraps were knock-your-socks-off delicious. The mix of soft, seasoned chicken and veggies alongside the fresh lettuce was phenomenal.
    • Light and flaky on the outside, the spring rolls were packed with soft chicken and vegetables on the inside.Photos by Sharon Mager
      Light and flaky on the outside, the spring rolls were packed with soft chicken and vegetables on the inside.
    • All of the sushi could easily be described as fresh and filling. The portion sizes were generous.Photos by Sharon Mager
      All of the sushi could easily be described as fresh and filling. The portion sizes were generous.
    • The chicken lo mein was tasty, with thick noodles, tender chicken, cabbage, mushrooms, carrots and green onions.Photos by Sharon Mager
      The chicken lo mein was tasty, with thick noodles, tender chicken, cabbage, mushrooms, carrots and green onions.
    • About the size of a softball, the tempura fried ice cream was smothered in melted milk chocolate and lit it on fire. Underneath, the warm, chewy tempura and the creamy vanilla ice cream was good but sweet.Photos by Sharon Mager
      About the size of a softball, the tempura fried ice cream was smothered in melted milk chocolate and lit it on fire. Underneath, the warm, chewy tempura and the creamy vanilla ice cream was good but sweet.

    Olive And Sesame Specializes In Authentic Asian Cuisine

    By Sharon Mager
    You may not be able to get sushi straight from Japan or chow mein from Beijing, but Olive and Sesame is probably the closest you can come without hopping on an airplane. The Asian restaurant, tucked away in the back of the Lakeshore Plaza near Ledo Pizza and ZIPS Dry Cleaners, offers a wide variety...
    • “Wind River” follows a wildlife office and an FBI agent who team up to investigate the assault and murder of a teenage girl on an American Indian reservation.Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company
      “Wind River” follows a wildlife office and an FBI agent who team up to investigate the assault and murder of a teenage girl on an American Indian reservation.

    “Wind River” Is A Flawed MasterpieceExclusive

    By Audrey Ruppert
    On the surface, “Wind River” appears to be a classic whodunit murder mystery film, but it quickly becomes evident that director Taylor Sheridan has so much more of a story to tell us.
    Set on the Wind River Native American reservation, the story centers on Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner),...
    • Ashley Griffin, with much support from husband Mike, delves into horror fantasy art, from pin-up centaurs to pencil drawings of “Vikings” TV characters Ragnar Lothbrok and Lagertha.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Ashley Griffin, with much support from husband Mike, delves into horror fantasy art, from pin-up centaurs to pencil drawings of “Vikings” TV characters Ragnar Lothbrok and Lagertha.

    Shot Through The Heart: Ashley Griffin Makes Scary Good Art

    By Zach Sparks
    Ashley Griffin has many friends, but not all of them are living.
    The Pasadena wife and mother has an affinity for horror fantasy art, so much of her time is spent sketching aliens and painting superheroes, and, through the lens of realism, transforming the dead into the undead.
    “I love the...
    • Crafts, food and vendors will highlight the annual Kinder Farm Park Fall Harvest Festival on October 14.
      Crafts, food and vendors will highlight the annual Kinder Farm Park Fall Harvest Festival on October 14.
    • Crafts, food and vendors will highlight the annual Kinder Farm Park Fall Harvest Festival on October 14.
      Crafts, food and vendors will highlight the annual Kinder Farm Park Fall Harvest Festival on October 14.
    • The Friends of Kinder Farm Park expect to have 100 zombies and 250 runners participating in the third annual Zombie 5K Fun Run on October 28.
      The Friends of Kinder Farm Park expect to have 100 zombies and 250 runners participating in the third annual Zombie 5K Fun Run on October 28.

    Fall Festivals And Frightening Affairs

    By Zach Sparks
    Upcoming Events That Will Make Your Skin Crawl
    Whether your idea of fun is smearing paint over a plaid shirt before hobbling after strangers or bobbing for apples, plenty of fall festivals and haunted attractions will soon take over the slate of seasonal events, offering something for everyone....
    • Idris Elba is marvelous as Roland Eld in “The Dark Tower,” but the adaptation of Stephen King’s series leaves many questions unanswered.Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures
      Idris Elba is marvelous as Roland Eld in “The Dark Tower,” but the adaptation of Stephen King’s series leaves many questions unanswered.

    “Dark Tower” Adaptation Urges An Interest In Reading The Book

    By Audrey Ruppert
    “The Dark Tower” is best summarized as a one-hour-and-35-minute teaser trailer for its source material, the “Dark Tower,” a series of novels by Stephen King. It was (at times, painfully) obvious that the film was condensed in order to meet an acceptable blockbuster runtime,...
    • With jet black hair, a swivel in his hips and a flair for impersonations, Johnny Seaton has been told he resembles the king of rock ‘n’ roll.
      With jet black hair, a swivel in his hips and a flair for impersonations, Johnny Seaton has been told he resembles the king of rock ‘n’ roll.

    Johnny Seaton And Bad Behavior To Continue Concert Season At Mike’s North

    By Judy Tacyn
    Johnny Seaton is an artist in every sense of the word. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter, stage and musical actor, musician and a fine-art artist. With jet black hair, a swivel in his hips and a flair for impersonations, he’s been told he resembles the king of rock ‘n’ roll...
    • B.C. Mullins works at her computer near one of her dogs, Sugar. Mullins will appear at the Baltimore Book Festival on September 24.
      B.C. Mullins works at her computer near one of her dogs, Sugar. Mullins will appear at the Baltimore Book Festival on September 24.

    B.C. Mullins Writes About Family And Magic In Her “Tony Taylor” Series

    By Alyson Kay
    The “Tony Taylor” series combines two passions of Pasadena author B.C. Mullins: writing and children.
    “When I was a teenager, I loved babysitting,” Mullins said. “When I became a mom, that was the greatest role of my life. I enjoyed my children and their friends and...
    • The Chesapeake nachos were composed of white tortilla chips topped with seasoned shrimp, tiny scallops, crab meat, queso and pico de gallo.Photos by Shelley Allen
      The Chesapeake nachos were composed of white tortilla chips topped with seasoned shrimp, tiny scallops, crab meat, queso and pico de gallo.
    • The all-American burger was flavorful, hot and juicy.Photos by Shelley Allen
      The all-American burger was flavorful, hot and juicy.

    Draft Beer, Great Food And Friendly People: Severna Park Taphouse Has It All

    By Shelley Allen
    Drive past Severna Park Taphouse on a weekend evening and you’ll see how popular this place is. It’s packed! Must be good, right?
    Outside, it’s unpretentious; inside, it feels clean and comfortable. There are many seating options. The dining area offers some high and low wooden...
  • “A Celebration Of Seasons” By MFA Artists Opens In Gallery 90Exclusive

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    A new exhibit by the Maryland Federation of Art has opened at Hospice of the Chesapeake’s Gallery 90, the art gallery located throughout the nonprofit’s administrative building on the John & Cathy Belcher Campus at 90 Ritchie Highway in Pasadena.
    The work of 14 artists is on...

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