Maryland’s new Senior Idol from Elkridge

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: April 16, 2012

MaryAnn Evangelista, who teaches voice and piano in Elkridge, won kudos for her own vocal expression when she was named this year’s Maryland Senior Idol.The attractive 63-year-old lyric soprano, a Howard County resident for the past 23 years, was judged best of 16 contestants who had been selected from auditions conducted throughout the state. The finals were held at the Bowie... READ MORE

Film noir festival celebrates dark cinema

By: Connie George
Posted on: April 09, 2012

“You can tell you’re watching film noir when in the first 10 minutes the main protagonist gets screwed over and it goes downhill from there,” said Alan K. Rode, director of the 12th Annual Arthur Lyons Film Festival that will celebrate the moody, melodramatic genre May 10 to 13 in Palm Springs.Movies from this classic cinematic era were mainly produced between the... READ MORE

World premier of an offbeat new comedy

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: April 02, 2012

Are we all really romantics at heart? Playwright Rand Higbee tries to pose that question in his eccentric new comedy A Girl Named Destiny, now in its world premiere at Venus Theatre in Laurel, Md.Higbee’s play delves into this theme by introducing us to two seemingly unremarkable people. They’re unremarkable even if the female — er, girl — of the title sees herself... READ MORE

Peabody Dance Institute plans centennial

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: March 26, 2012

If you ever attended dance classes at the Peabody Dance Institute, Artistic Director Carol Bartlett wants to hear from you. In 2014, the institute will mark its centennial anniversary, making it one of the oldest ongoing dance programs in the United States, and Bartlett is hoping to locate as many past Peabody dance students as possible to mark the historic celebration.In preparation... READ MORE

Pro Cantare chorus celebrates 35 years

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: March 19, 2012

From NASA scientists to high flying corporate executives, and from people in their 70s to teenagers, more than 100 Howard County residents of all ages and backgrounds meet weekly to raise their voices together in song.The highly acclaimed Columbia singing group called Pro Cantare was founded 35 years ago by Howard County resident Frances Motyca Dawson, who has directed it ever since.... READ MORE

Celebrations of fashion, food and wine

By: Connie George
Posted on: March 12, 2012

Host of the Food Network's "Will Work for Food," and a previous finalist on "The Next Food Network Star," Adam Gertler will visit the Food & Wine Festival to demonstrate his skills at 2:15 p.m., Sunday, March 25, on the Big White Tent's Garden West Stage.High style for people — and even their pooches — and the finest in food and wine will all be ... READ MORE