Conference explores music’s effect on brain

By: Carol Sorgen

Most of us enjoy listening to music. But did you know that what is a pleasurable pastime — whether you’re listening to Bach or Bieber — can also be a boon to our brains? The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University is going to explore just that topic at a two-day international conference on Thursday and Friday, Jan.30-31.Open to the public, “Music, Mind,... READ MORE

Irish dance show has contemporary twist

By: Robert Friedman

Traditional Irish step dancing — with some Latin, African and beatboxing rhythms blended in — will be featured in the Teelin Irish Dance Company’s upcoming show at the Jim Rouse Theater in Columbia.The company’s two performances, on Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., will fuse the “heart-pounding rhythm of Irish dance with cutting edge choreography,” said... READ MORE

Arts festival season kicks off in January

By: Jamie Lee Pricer

Come rain or shine, every year the Coachella Valley hosts three major outdoor art festivals that attract more than 30,000 visitors.Scheduled to allow art fans to wander through shows in the desert’s most agreeable weather, the festivals benefit art education and local businesses, and offer art pieces for most any taste. All three have dining, places to sit, valet parking,... READ MORE

Around the world with Jewish music trio

By: Robert Friedman

You don’t have to know Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Luganda, Arabic or even English to sing and swing along with the Robyn Helzner Trio when they present “A Concert of World Jewish Music” in Columbia.The words — even if foreign to your ears — and the music will draw you in by “the emotion and the celebration” in song of the Jewish experience, said Robyn ... READ MORE

Major black history exhibit visits museum

By: Lizzy McLellan

A nationally renowned exhibit has made its way to Baltimore, where it may bring a surge of visitors to the East Coast’s largest African-American museum.Curated over 35 years, the Kinsey Collection offers a variety of items that chronicle black history in the United States.The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture opened “The Kinsey... READ MORE

Put La Quinta resort on your holiday list

By: John Annarino

With the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree, something magical happens at the La Quinta Resort & Club. It becomes a winter wonderland. The Christmas tree, bedecked in glittering, giant ornaments and surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias, soars 68 feet.“Children, especially, enjoy the lighting of the tree,” said Samantha Swadish, marketing manager. “The YMCA... READ MORE