Blues legend Johnny Winter to perform

By: Rebekah Sewell
Posted on: August 07, 2013

It was 1962, and 17-year-old Johnny Winter was holding out hope that blues legend B.B. King would let him play guitar onstage. After all, Winter and his band, Johnny and the Jammers, had released music on a Houston recording label two years before.Winter and his brother Edgar waited in a club called the Raven in Beaumont, Texas, where they had come to see King perform. Both boys were... READ MORE

How to become more creative later in life

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: July 11, 2013

It’s never too late to develop your creativity, and two new books show you why and how.Contemplating life after retirement and its inevitable question of “What’s next?,” psychologist Francine Toder impulsively, and almost simultaneously, took up cello lessons and creative writing classes.What those two seemingly random events led to was an exploration of late (or... READ MORE

Shakespeare al fresco with Caribbean flair

By: Anne Ball
Posted on: July 03, 2013

Just as when Shakespeare’s plays were first performed, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre brings its audience up close to the stage.And as in the first staging of Antony and Cleopatra and Taming of the Shrew back in the 1600s, the actors join the audience between exits and entrances.But that’s where the similarities to the Bard’s time end. Chesapeake Shakespeare’s... READ MORE

Melissa Etheridge rocks again at Wolf Trap

By: Barbara Ruben
Posted on: June 05, 2013

Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge may have won two Grammy Awards, been honored by Washington’s Women in the Arts Museum last year and garnered a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame in 2011.But when she was a child in Leavenworth, Kan., a music teacher didn’t know what to make of her raw, gravelly voice.*My first choir teacher did tell me that my voice was so weird she had to... READ MORE

KC and the Sunshine Band still shaking

By: Rebekah Sewell
Posted on: June 05, 2013

When KC and the Sunshine Band released iconic dance hit "Get Down Tonight" in 1975, it was an instant success. Despite many changes in mainstream music, the band's hits have remained popular over the years. Video game series Dance Dance Revolution, for example, has used several of KC's songs to get players moving to the beat.When KC and the Sunshine Band entered the music... READ MORE

Theater has been ‘spot on’ over 50 years

By: Dan Collins
Posted on: May 27, 2013

817 Saint Paul St. That’s the spot. Or to be more exact, the Spotlighters Theatre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in downtown Baltimore this past year.An exceedingly intimate in-the-round (though technically square) stage, “Spots” as it is affectionately known, has played host to Tony, Emmy and Obie Award winners, and even an Oscar nominee, Howard Rollins, Jr.While... READ MORE