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    Five Playwrights, Five Voices

    By Sharon J. Anderson   Christina Anderson  pen/man/ship CATF: This is a big play with a small cast. It deals with black/white, rich/poor, male/female, young/old, free/slave, and gay/straight issues…do you need a bigger boat? CHRISTINA Anderson: One of the first things Lucie Tiberghien, who is directing the play, asked me was, “How big is this […]

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    Michael McKowen : Abstracting Images

    If you’ve been to CATF — the Contemporary American Theater Festival — since 2008, you’ve likely seen the work of artist Michael McKowen. That was his first year at the Festival, and he was props master. The next, scenic sculptor. Then videographer. Then exhibiting artist. This year, his work is featured on the five play posters and the cover […]


    Ears, Eyes & Soul: Keeping the Acoustic Music Tradition Alive

    By Todd Coyle   Fluent What is FAME and what is its purpose? Rick Hill Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise (FAME) is a volunteer organization devoted to the nurture, preservation and promotion of acoustic music in and around Frederick County, MD. We are made up of folks who enjoy making and/or listening to acoustic music in […]

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    Coda: The Eight-Pack

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    Showing Up

    The dates and names change each year, but the Capstone Exhibit remains an annual right [sic] of passage for graduating seniors in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia—and their ticket to graduation. For each student, this one-day exhibit is their distillation of living art, learning art, making art […]

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    Fiction: The Tourist

    By Fredrick Soukup   Six years of French classes haven’t prepared Melody to explain to anyone why she left America. Could she translate, she would say she needs a break from the sedated, glossy and superficial, and that defection seems the only failsafe way to escape these traps herself. Could they translate in return, the […]

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    Michael Timothy Davis: Renaissance Man

    By Catherine Baldau   The Badgerhound Studio and Gallery in Shepherdstown is more studio than gallery. Paint-speckled folding tables and chairs consume the space. Art supplies, casts and canvases, finished and unfinished, line the perimeter. When there are no students, the lights are out, and the place seems deserted. But behind a black curtain, away […]

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    May Adrales: Stranger in a Familiar Land

    By Sean O’Leary   You could argue that it all started with Homer transporting the always-beset Odysseus from one strange and scary place to another. And Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels emphatically established it as a literary genre. Then, Robert Heinlein’s 1961 novel, Stranger in a Strange Land, gave the genre a name. So that by […]

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    Lisa Sheirer: Inspired By Nature

    By Paula Pennell   “If my father’d had his way, I would have been a professional athlete or outdoorsman,” says artist Lisa Sheirer. Growing up in far Western Maryland, Sheirer was encouraged by family to pursue an outdoor life…shooting guns, playing sports. “I did those things, but it was time spent with my grandmother that […]

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Regional Art : Image of the Week

"Yellow Fields" by Seth Hill. At The Bridge Gallery.



Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra have unveiled their 2016–2017 season. Fourteen concerts will be presented at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. The symphony celebrates its 35th anniversary with an array of extraordinary guest artists and concerts. The season features Masterworks concerts paying tribute to the core classical repertoire, music […]

Shepherd’s Phaze 2 Gallery hosts sculptural exhibit July 8–August 30

Shepherd University’s Phaze 2 Gallery in the Center for Contemporary Arts is exhibiting “Swell” by sculptor Christian Benefiel, assistant professor of art, July 8–August 30. The exhibit is part of the Art at the Festival experience during the Contemporary American Theater Festival, which runs July 8–31. Gallery hours during the festival will be Wednesday–Saturday from […]

Play Ball! Celebrating Sixty Years of Norman Rockwell’s “The Oculist”

HAGERSTOWN, MD – Norman Rockwell (1894-1987) became one of America’s best known, and best loved artists, largely as a result of the 322 covers that he created for the Saturday Evening Post between 1916 and 1963. A careful observer of human emotions and behavior, Rockwell successfully captured the seemingly spontaneous events of daily life through […]

Ed Zahniser Book Signing and Reading Saturday, May 21

Ed Zahniser will sign copies of and read from his new book of poems at Four Seasons Books, 116 West German Street in Shepherdstown, this Saturday, May 21, at 1 pm. Writing in “The Weekender,” Sonja James calls Zahniser “one of West Virginia’s most distinguished poets. His latest collection . . . is a dynamic […]

Shepherd Jazz Ensemble to present April 17 concert

The Shepherd University Department of Music will present a night of jazz at the Frank Center Theater on Sunday, April 17, at 7 pm with the Shepherd Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Kurtis Adams, assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies. A wide range of music will be performed, including works […]

Music department concert on April 15 to raise money to buy instruments for underprivileged kids

The Shepherd University Department of Music student members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) are presenting a benefit recital on Friday, April 15, at 7 pm in the Frank Center’s W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public and admission is by donation. All proceeds will go to Hungry […]

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