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    The Potomac Playmakers

    BY CHRIS BREWER The year was 1926. Calvin Coolidge was in the middle of his first elected term as President. It had been only six years since the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. A number of entertainers who would become luminaries of stage and screen  were born that year, including Jerry Lewis, […]

  • Episode 1 - First Steps. PICTURE SHOWS: Two lion cubs (Panthera leo) playfight in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Tussles like this are a means to hone skills and establish hierarchies within the pride.

    American Conservation Film Festival

    Life Story – First Steps, Filmmakers: Tom Hugh-Jones, Rupert Barrington — Vulnerable, naïve and determined, some young animals face their biggest challenges in the first few days of life. In infancy, every challenge is a new one. How a creature fares at the very beginning of its life is the foundation upon which their future success depends. […]

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    Saving Ourselves by Saving the Past

    BY AMY MATHEWS AMOS In “Saving Mes Aynak,” filmmaker Brent Huffman tells a story emblematic of our times:  a ruinous reality that leaves us feeling angry, fearful and sad, yet strangely inspired and determined at the same time. While divisiveness rages all around us, Huffman helps us lock arms with someone halfway around the world, […]

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    The Engine Room Art Space

    BY PAULA PENNELL Hagerstown, MD is on the brink of a renaissance. With the recent library renovation and a growing crop of new restaurants and businesses, the City of Hagerstown is employing creative ways to revive the area and draw people back downtown. The Engine Room Art Space—“The Space”—stands at the forefront of the City’s […]

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    Balancing Act

    BY CATHERINE BALDAU Behind the door of a building in Shepherdstown that looks as much like a warehouse as it does a dance studio, a group of girls in black leotards and pink tights huddle in the small waiting area. Electricity seems to crackle around them. The Nutcracker cast list has just been posted. As […]

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Regional Art : Image of the Week

See more of Fran Skiles' work in the Abstractions 2016 exhibit at The Bridge Gallery through Nov 20.



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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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