February 21, 2017Arts & Entertainment
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By Leslie DolsakOn any given weekend, a line extends out the door of The Breakfast Shoppe in Severna Park. That’s why regulars like Bill and Paula Schulze of Arnold go before the rush.
- Photo courtesy of Food Network Josh Denny (left), host of “Ginormous Foods,” cuts into an oversized stack of pancakes during a conversation with The Breakfast Shoppe’s owner, Jeff Fitchett.
The Schulzes have been making the same deliberate choice every weekend: to sit down for a bite at The Breakfast Shoppe and...
- Photo courtesy of Food Network
By Darrell MakSeverna Park artist Lyn Laviana spent many years trying her hand at different types of artistic work, but after retiring, she realized her true calling in painting pastel arts. Laviana’s work is being featured at Benfield Gallery in Severna Park, the Kent Island Federation of Arts and the...
- Lyn Laviana’s piece “Sunday Brunch,” soon to be displayed at the Columbia Arts Center, is modeled after a restaurant in Littleton, Colorado.
- Currently at Benfield Gallery in Severna Park, Lyn Laviana’s piece “Eleanor” is based on Eleanor Roosevelt's house.
- Laviana’s piece called “Glowing West” was inspired by Colorado.
By Zach SparksTwelve years ago, Mark Sheid and two of his pals — Denny Bartosz and Ray Fielder — decided to turn their weekly trip to Severna Park American Legion Post 175 into more than a social visit.
“When I retired, we would come once a week and they said, ‘Get your guitar,’...
By Faith RuppertI have been anticipating “Silence” for months. Having had my own experiences with faith at Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church (SPEP) for many years and majored in Japanese in college, the spiritually themed film, set in Japan, seemed promising on multiple fronts. I was not...
- Photo courtesy of Paramount PicturesIn “Silence,” Liam Neeson’s Father Ferreira renounces his faith after his experience in Japan.
- Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures
By Judy TacynBy contest requirements, those who participated in the 2016 Life in the Park photography contest were amateurs, but based on their entries, they were anything but novices. The Friends of Kinder Farm Park recently announced the winners, who snapped shots of the park’s 288 pristine acres within...
- Pasadena resident Matt Beziat earned runner-up honors for two photos. The pond picture in the Landscape category was taken on Halloween at Bunk’s Pond, which is located in a forested area of Kinder Farm.
- Millersville resident Mary Gallo had two winning pieces, including “Yellow Beauty Peeking Under Fence,” which took first place in the Flora category.
- David Uy of Severna Park tied for first place in Fauna with “Park Information.”
- “Buddies” by Martin McCann tied for first place in the Fauna category.
- “Summertime and the Livin’s Easy” was taken by Laura Quevedo.
By Sharon MagerLooking for a cozy Italian restaurant for a special night out? You don’t have to search farther than Arturo’s Trattoria, a real find in a nondescript strip center at 1660 Crain Highway South in Glen Burnie.
- Photos by Sharon MagerThe shrimp, calamari and scallops sampler is served with arugula and topped with extra virgin olive oil infused with lemon juice, which provides a tangy kick.
- Photos by Sharon MagerSoft and slightly buttery, the black squid ink linguini comes with shrimp and scallops.
- Photos by Sharon MagerThe chocolate soufflé was dusted with powdered sugar, perfectly baked with a lava-like center, and paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and berries.
It’s an intimate and inviting restaurant with a small bar in the front....
- Photos by Sharon Mager
By Rob OdleKelsey King continues to build her already impressive dancing portfolio. At the start of this school year, the Maryland Performing Arts Center co-owner and artistic director was named the head coach of Stevenson University’s Division III dance team.
Surprisingly, King is not an alumna of the...
By Brad DressFast As Lightning guitarist and Arnold resident Jackson Anderson is moving up the musical chain as quickly as his band’s namesake.
- ProvidedAs part of an endorsement deal with Freestate Custom Guitars, 13-year-old musician Jackson Anderson will get a guitar with custom wood, color schemes, designs and hardware.
Freestate Custom Guitars, which builds its own instruments in Annapolis, endorsed Jackson when he turned 13 on January 20. Freestate owner Jon Malfi said Jackson...
By Dylan RocheBilled as an American classic, “Show Boat” made its debut at Toby’s Dinner Theatre on January 12, and that wasn’t just the debut of this production – it was the first time in Toby’s nearly four-decade history that this iconic piece of American culture has been...
- Jeri TidwellRobert John Biedermann gives a sharp performance as Captain Andy Hawks, the showboat’s owner, demonstrating with his shrewd one-liners just how funny the script can be.
- Jeri Tidwell
ProvidedHailing from the Midwest — where his parents’ band Little Eva & The Works frequented clubs, honkytonks and festivals — Nick Schnebelen knows about the blues and its power to connect with people through raw emotions. He also knows how to impress audiences with his lead guitar...
By Leslie DolsakPreschool teacher by day, comedian and trivia host by night, Chris Lowman, a graduate of Severna Park High School and Towson University, loves connecting people. Lowman just launched an open-mic comedy night at the Severna Park Taphouse, held during the first and third Monday of each month. The...
- Photo courtesy of Travis MarshallA self-proclaimed news junkie, Mike Quindlen is one comedian featured during the Severna Park Taphouse open-mic comedy night held on the first and third Monday of each month.
- Photo courtesy of Travis Marshall
By Sharon MagerNine students from Severna Park High School recently participated in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) Side by Side program, partnering high school instrumental music students with BSO musicians.
This year’s students were Carolyn Hong (clarinet), Ricardo Calvo (bassoon), Richard...
By Dylan RocheFor the countless little elves employed up at the North Pole to build Santa’s gifts every year, Christmastime is a special occasion when weeks and weeks of hard work pay off, and the diligent little folks get to enjoy well-earned recognition for their dedicated time and energy.
By Dan GvozdenMake no mistake, 2016 has been a tumultuous year for the world. A hate-fueled election season dominated our television sets, countless beloved figures died (from David Bowie to Carrie Fisher), and global tensions seem to be headed toward some inevitable critical point. And yet, because it takes...
- Photo courtesy of Summit EntertainmentMoment by moment, Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” pays loving tribute to the best movie musicals of yesteryear and builds a rallying cry for dreamers everywhere.
- Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment
By Rosalie SpielmanA young, barefoot boy smiling with a brilliant sunrise reflecting on the water behind him. A melancholy black-and-white print of an urban bar front. A stunning indigo-tinged seascape displaying the beauty of the Maryland coast. What do these scenes have in common? They are showcased in the work of...
- Photo by Jamie-Leigh BissettBissett experiments with light in this photo of the State House from West Street in Annapolis.
- Photo by Jamie-Leigh Bissett
By Sharon MagerIf you’re looking for dinner and a bit of a show, Kyoto is the place to go! The restaurant, located in Park Plaza shopping center, is smaller than what I anticipated, but that’s not a bad thing; it added a cozy feeling to the dinner.
- Photos by Sharon MagerThe deep-fried spring rolls were full of chicken and vegetables, served with a dipping sauce that was both sweet and slightly spicy.
- Photos by Sharon MagerAt Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse, the food is prepared right in front of diners by a personal hibachi chef.
- Photos by Sharon MagerThe green tea ice cream was smooth, light and slightly sweet.
My dining companion and I arrived about 5:00pm on a...
- Photos by Sharon Mager
By Dylan Roche“Long, long ago, in a magical time, life was simple. Dragons were real. Innocent boys pulled swords from stones. Right was right and wrong was wrong, and no one questioned the difference.”
- Photo courtesy of Stan BarouhIn “Camelot” at Compass Rose Theater, Arthur (Carl Pariso) and Guinevere (Anna DeBlasio) are depicted as young idealists seeking to create a kingdom of virtue and justice.
Thus, Compass Rose Theater introduces the story of “Camelot,” its latest production,...
- Photo courtesy of Stan Barouh
ProvidedHi, I am Kellie Greer, the director of the Dance Center of Severna Park at the Severna Park Community Center. Teaching dance is my passion. I grew up dancing right here in Severna Park with Mrs. Carter and the Carter School of Dance and continued dancing in college. After moving away from the area...
By Zach SparksPaula Poundstone And Night Ranger Talk About Their December Shows
- Photos courtesy of Michael SchwartzKnown for her unscripted approach to humor, Paula Poundstone has been on the comedy circuit for more than three decades.
- Celebrating their 35th anniversary, Night Ranger is coming to Rams Head to perform their classics and more recent tunes.
With the holidays underway, now’s as good a time as any for some harmony and unity. As comedian Paula Poundstone noted, even if you attend a concert or a standup performance alone, you’re bound to make friends with...
- Photos courtesy of Michael Schwartz
By Sharon MagerFor decades, audiences around the world have celebrated the holiday season with Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy – a tradition that Chesapeake Ballet Company (CBC) will continue as it presents “The Nutcracker” on December 10-11 and 17-18 at the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis...
By Dan GvozdenI can't say for certain whether or not there were any witches or wizards attending my screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the latest film in J.K. Rowling's popular wizarding world of storytelling, but I could have sworn that I smelled some fluxweed and...
- Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” tells the story of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a wizard zoologist who rescues and protects endangered magical animals in his enchanted suitcase.
- Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures