Variety of shows on tap on area stages

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: July 21, 2015

​​Maryland is particularly rich when it comes to community theatre, and this summer’s range of offerings — from comedy to drama to musicals — once again proves the point.Spotlighters Theatre​Through Aug. 2, Spotlighters Theatre puts on Altar Boyz, a “foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy” about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of... READ MORE

Head west for food festivals, free concerts

By: Jamie Lee Pricer
Posted on: July 14, 2015

As far back as weather records go, the month of July tops the chart with the hottest temperatures. It’s time to get out of town. For anyone who needs a quick escape, we’ve rounded up a calendar of one-tank (or less) activities west of the Coachella Valley.First, who doesn’t love food? Or, wine and beer? Check out our list of food and wine festivals that will take you from... READ MORE

What if Romeo and Juliet were seniors?

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: June 30, 2015

“First of all, they look at you like you’ve lost your mind. And then, when you explain the concept, every single person I’ve talked to says, ‘That is such a fantastic idea. I can’t wait to see it.’”That’s local actor Elliott Bales, discussing his role as Romeo in Unexpected Stage Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No... READ MORE

Variety of shows on tap on local stages

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: June 23, 2015

It’s summer theater time in Howard County, which means that audiences may be led Into the Woods, glide along to The Baltimore Waltz and get caught up in The Comedy of Errors.Into the Woods, the now-classic musical by Stephen Sondheim, will relate its not-so-happily-ever-after fairy tales at Toby’s Dinner Theater July 9 through Sept. 6.The Rep Stage opens its 2015-2016... READ MORE

Play pictures ‘Peanuts’ characters as teens

By: Dan Collins
Posted on: June 17, 2015

Unless you’ve been living under the pile of rocks Charlie Brown accumulates every Halloween, you’re probably familiar with (and a fan of) Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip. Not just because it was funny, but because it was the first cartoon to explore adult themes — human relationships, unrequited love, friendship and ennui — featuring... READ MORE

Libraries offer prizes for summer reading

By: Jorie Parr
Posted on: June 10, 2015

Readers read, no matter what the weather. But when sweltering summer heat keeps us year-round desert dwellers indoors, books help us cope. As if we weren’t motivated on our own, Coachella Valley libraries offer prize incentives. And not just for the kiddies, some have adult reading programs.At Palm Springs Public Library, they’re playing bingo — with the prospect of the... READ MORE