Announcing the Cast of Circle Mirror Transformation at the Garfield Center

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On August 23rd director Bonnie Hill will be opening a new show at the Garfield Center for the Arts; Annie Baker’s, Circle Mirror Transformation. The play takes place in Shirley, Vermont, where Marty, an acting teacher, holds an “Adult Creative Drama” class at the local community center. The people who sign up for the class are Schultz, a recently divorced carpenter; Lauren, a reserved high school junior; Teresa, a former actress; and Marty’s husband James. Marty takes the “students” through various acting and dramatic exercises; they act like trees, beds and baseball gloves. In one exercise, they act as one another and tell their life stories.

The New York Times reviewer called the play “absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny”.

The cast is as follows:

Marty………….……………….………………………..Christine Kinlock

James……………………….……..……………………..…Bob Chauncy

Schultz………………………………….……………….Bryan Zajchowski

Theresa………………….…………………………………...Sharon Herz

Lauren……………….……………………Brianna Johnson/Phebe Wood

The show runs for three weekends, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm, August 23 – September 8. Circle Mirror Transformation is sponsored in part by Eastman Chemical Company. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors 65+ and members of the US Military, and $10 for students. They are available online at www.garfieldcenter.org or by calling the Garfield Center box office at 410-810-2060.

Nat King Cole’s 100th Year Featuring Allan Harris

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Allan Harris

How fitting it is that for our Tenth Anniversary we are featuring the music of the great Nat “King” Cole, who would have turned 100 this year had he survived the cancer that felled him at age 45. Growing up in the church, as did so many black musicians, it is not surprising that his first big hit, “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” was based on one of his father’s sermons.

Nat Cole’s musical life began at the piano and he could hold his own next to the best of them, including Art Tatum, Earl Hines, and Erroll Garner. But white audiences mostly know him as a singer whose lush baritone voice, accompanied by his piano and the sidemen of the Nat King Cole Trio, was welcomed into living rooms through the medium of television, a first in the 1950s for so many. His enduring hits include “Mona Lisa,” “Nature Boy” and “Unforgettable.”  He is a global icon and is one of Monty Alexander’s most important mentors.

It is appropriate to have the marvelous Allan Harris render the tribute to Nat “King” Cole on Friday Night’s Festival opening.  Outside of jazz circles Allan Harris may not be a household name, but  it should be, with, as The New York Times describes him, having a “formidable baritone with…husky edges and deep resonant low notes.”

He has done a good deal of work on African American history, including the landmark “Cross That River” album (2006), which explores the role of African Americans in the Western expansion of the United States. Allan is truly a powerhouse and we are privileged to have him here to celebrate Jazz on the Chesapeake turning 10 during the late great Nat “King” Cole’s 100th year.

Plan for Friday, August 30th at 8pm at the Avalon Theatre. Tickets are $45 for reserved seats; $25 for balcony. More info/to purchase: jazzonthechesapeake.com

By Bill Edgar

Free Baltimore Symphony Musicians Concert at Temple B’nai Israel

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Baltimore Symphony Musicians and Temple B’nai Israel–The Satell Center for Jewish Life on the Eastern Shore–are partnering to present a free community concert on Saturday, August 17 at 5:00 p.m. The concert will be held at Temple B’nai Israel, Talbot County’s newest music and flex venue space, located in Easton, MD.

As part of their Make Music with the Baltimore Symphony Musicians program, the performance will feature the string trio of Wonju Kim, violin, Peter Minkler, viola, and Lukasz Szyrner, cello.

The program will include the following compositions: Franz Schubert: String Trio in B-Flat Major, D. 581, Erno Dohnanyi: Serenade in C Major, Op. 10 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in E-Flat Major, K. 563.

A string trio from the Baltimore Symphony Musicians will perform a free concert at Temple B’nai Israel. Featured musicians are Wonju Kim, violin, Peter Minkler, viola and Lukasz Szyrner, cello (l-r).

Bill Nerenberg, a volunteer and producer of this performance for the Baltimore Symphony Musicians, said he is “…thrilled to partner with Temple B’nai Israel in bringing world-class musicians to Talbot County, where there is a strong appreciation of classical music and a wonderful new venue in which to listen.”

Rabbi Peter Hyman said that he is “…especially grateful to Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for providing this free classical music concert for the community, particularly for young people and families, who may not have the opportunity to otherwise listen to live classical music.”

The free concert is open to the entire community and tickets are not required. Temple B’nai Israel is located at 7199 Tristan Drive, just off of Easton Parkway in Easton, MD. For further information, please call Temple B’nai Israel at 410-822-0553. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and the performance will begin at 5:00 p.m. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive on time.

Lesley Giles is Featured Artist at the Trippe Gallery thru August

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Lesley Giles is an English artist. She lived and painted in London most of her life until she moved to Florida in 2003 with her American husband to follow his career. They re-located north to Cambridge Md. in 2012 to be near to Washington DC and Baltimore yet continue to be surrounded by water. Lesley paints in her studio overlooking the beautiful Choptank River. She is fascinated by the poetic, solitary beauty of the world around us: water, derelict huts, floating osprey. She works with traditional media to focus on contemporary issues like the effect of development on our landscapes and how the “ordinary” prevails. Saatchi International have sold three of her Eastern Shore paintings to collectors in California, Delaware and Switzerland.

“… The boldness of her colour is matched by a strength of design that is all too rare in contemporary art. Here is an artist with a down-to-earth sureness of vision that is immensely beguiling”

Andrew Lambirth, Art Historian, London

In 2019 her painting “Hurricane, Sundance Realty” received “Honorable Mention” in the national juried exhibition “Signs of the Times” at Gallery Clarendon, Washington. In 2018 she was commissioned by Blackwater Bakery, Cambridge, to paint a five-foot coffee cup for their restaurant. She exhibited in a new gallery, Kyo Gallery, in Old Town Alexandria and her painting “The Hill”, celebrating Ironman Maryland, was chosen by the Maryland Federation of Art to hang in the House of Representatives in Annapolis for three months.

“Lesley Giles blurs the line between traditional notions of landscape and graphic arts ….. Giles’s exaggerated colors and stylized patterns, as seen in her striped skies, separate her from earlier artists”.
Ryan Grover, Curator, Biggs Museum of American Art, Delaware, 2014

Lesley is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, (MFA) and Goldsmiths’ College, London University (BFA). She has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums in the UK, Europe, USA and also in China following a Visiting Painter invitation to Urumqi, Xinjiang in 1996. Her work has been published by Harper Collins in “Watercolour Masterclass” and “The Challenge of Landscape” as well as being featured in several magazines.

“Giles has also traveled to western England to paint the island of “St Michael’s Mount”. In Giles’s image the Mount is a cold, shadowy blue on the horizon, cemented to the strong black rocks”

Joseph Ruzicka “TODAY’S MASTERS” Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, May/June 2016

Recent series include “Eastern Shore – History Reflected through the Puddles of Time”, “Acid Sky Washing Lines” an exploration of the coast around England and “Oceanshore Boulevard” a linear journey along the Florida coast. She continues to be fascinated by water and fabrics in the landscape like washing lines floating in the wind or tarps binding unknown objects. Her style is formalized and post-cubist. Important influences are John Sel Cotman, Edward Hopper and fellow alumnus David Hockney.

www.lesleygilesart.com

Mainstay Offers Concert in Betterton to Honor Judy Kohl

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Tom McHugh

On Sunday, August 4 at 2 pm in the Betterton Community Center, The Mainstay will present Chesapeake Scenes featuring Tom McHugh, Tom Anthony and Andy McCown (Cap’n Andy). This concert celebrates Bay life with songs and stories that are both humorous and nostalgic.

The event will honor the memory of long-time Betterton resident Judy Kohl who was a generous benefactor of art, culture and of the preservation of the history of the Eastern Shore.

The program is free, though donations are requested to benefit the Betterton Heritage Museum. Seating is limited. Call to reserve yours: 410-348-5522.

The Artists’ Gallery features Bonnie Howell on First Friday, August 2

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“Fluid Treasures,” oil by Bonnie Howell

Water has power and moves our emotions, like a beautiful melody of music stirs our hearts. So the waters of our Eastern Shore continue to inspire the paintings for the feature show in August at The Artists’ Gallery by Bonnie Howell. The show, “Waters From the Heart,” a body of new oil paintings, opens First Friday, August 2nd.

In her artist statement, Bonnie is quoted as saying, “living all my life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, water is never very far from my view. It forms an integral part of my well being.” In many of her paintings she tries to convey the sense of peace that is experienced when on or looking at a body of water. She says, “when I look closely and observe the surface, compositions start forming in my mind’s eye. The intimate edges, the reflected surfaces, the ever changing patterns of sunlight and shadows, these are what compel me to paint.” What is also challenging, she says, “is to paint the quiet corners of the shoreline, because they contain endless abstract images afloat on the surface. There are reeds, grasses, lotus and arrowhead plants, all with slender stems dancing every which way to the rhythm of the tides and wind.” So she paints, in hope that others too will enjoy the moment in time when all the components come together to make an image that expresses that sense of joy of life that comes from the heart.

Please join Bonnie and her partners at the opening reception, Friday, August 2, 2019, from 5 to 8 pm, at The Artists’ Gallery, 239 High Street, Chestertown, MD. For more information, phone 410-778-2425 or see the gallery website at www.theartistsgalleryctown.com.

Mrs. Howell majored in art in college and received her BA in Fine Arts from St. Andrews University in North Carolina and her teacher’s certificate from Washington College in Chestertown. She taught art in both public and private schools during her early career and painted mostly wildlife and portraits as a freelance artist before forming The Artists’ Gallery partnership LLC in 2003. She has continued her art education with noted portraitists John Sanden of Portraits Institute of New York and John Ebersberger of Maryland Hall, in Annapolis. She has also taken classes at the University of Maryland, and graduate work at the University of Delaware. She is a member and past President of Working Artists Forum of Easton, MD, where she exhibits her paintings in regional shows. Mrs. Howell works primarily in oils and regularly exhibits paintings of life- portraits and nature at The Artists’ Gallery where she is the managing partner. She also offers painting and drawing lessons at the gallery.

Sue Matthews and the American Jazz Trio at The Mainstay

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Sue Matthews and the American Jazz Trio present a fundraising concert at The Mainstay Friday August 9 at 8pm. Tickets are $18 online or $20 by phone reservation or at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website at www.mainstayrockhall.org

The long tradition of Kent County artists being invited to perform at Clifden Arts Week Festival in County Galway, Ireland continues!  For this year’s festival, planners have invited Sue Matthews to return with pianist Robert Redd (currently traveling with the Duke Ellington Orchestra) and the fabulous trombone player John Harris to bring the Great American Songbook to Ireland.  They will be traveling as the American Jazz Trio, offering the music of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald…

As usual, the festival provides lodging and meals for the performing artists, but not transportation to and from Ireland, nor travel within Ireland.  This concert will be a fundraising event to send them “over the pond.”

In concert with Sue, Robert and John will be their special guests Tom McHugh, Tom Anthony, Jason Blythe (tenor saxophonist from University of Delaware) and Andrew McCown to share some of his wonderful and hilarious stories from Chesapeake Scenes.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region and is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

August 12 Joe Holt welcomes Alex Lacquement
August 19 Joe Holt welcomes Pat Mercuri
August 26 Joe Holt SOLO SHOW
August 31 Kathy Kallick Band
September 2 Joe Holt welcomes Beth McDonald
September 7 The Mainstay Blues Series: Eleanor Ellis
September 9 Joe Holt welcomes Brian Whitaker
September 12 Chestertown Jazz Fest Kickoff with Larry McKenna Quartet
September 16 C-town Jazz Fest Closer w/ Joe Holt, Max Murray, Frank Russo
September 21 International Ukelele star Victoria Vox
September 23 Joe Holt welcomes Keith Thompson
September 28 Billy Price and the Charm City Rhythm Band

Grammy Nominated Bluegrass All Stars Blue Highway at The Mainstay

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Multi Grammy-nominated bluegrass supergroup Blue Highway make their Mainstay debut Saturday August 3 at 8pm. Tickets are $30 online or $35 by phone reservation or at the door.Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website at www.mainstayrockhall.org

Multiple Grammy-nominated bluegrass supergroup BLUE HIGHWAY makes their Mainstay debut! Not only that, but they will be at The Mainstay the day after their highly anticipated new record drops. This not-to miss show is supported in part by the Chuck Redd Fund.

Highly esteemed bluegrass band Blue Highway has earned a collective 28 IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, plus three Grammy nominations as a band. Most recently, Blue Highway’s #1 album “Original Traditional” was nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album. Blue Highway was voted the Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time by the readers of Bluegrass Today in April 2016. The band’s newest album “Somewhere Far Away: Silver Anniversary” releases on August 2, 2019 and is available for Pre-Order on June 21 in our Music Store.

Blue Highway

Blue Highway charted the Most Radio Airplay of any Bluegrass Artist in 2014, storming national airplay charts with their heralded album ‘The Game.’ ‘The Game’ topped multiple charts at #1 including reigning at # 1 for 7 consecutive months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart and was named the #1 Bluegrass Album of the Year by critic Daniel Mullins in his end of the year Top 20 Albums of 2014 list in Bluegrass Today.

In 2019, Blue Highway celebrates 25 years of touring, with four of the original members still on board. As momentum continues to build for the 25 year strong powerhouse band, Blue Highway is rolling on with a rich legacy carried on by three powerhouse songwriters and vocalists in Tim StaffordWayne Taylor, and Shawn Lane, whose harmonies soar over the dynamic banjo of Jason Burleson and the tasteful Dobro of Gary Hultman.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region and is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

August 5 Joe Holt welcomes Fred Hughes
August 9 Sue Matthews and the American Jazz Trio
August 12 Joe Holt welcomes Alex Lacquement
August 19 Joe Holt welcomes Pat Mercuri
August 26 Joe Holt SOLO SHOW
August 31 Kathy Kallick Band
September 2 Joe Holt welcomes Beth McDonald
September 7 The Mainstay Blues Series: Eleanor Ellis
September 9 Joe Holt welcomes Brian Whitaker
September 12 Chestertown Jazz Fest Kickoff with Larry McKenna Quartet
September 16 C-town Jazz Fest Closer w/ Joe Holt, Max Murray, Frank Russo
September 21 International Ukelele star Victoria Vox
September 23 Joe Holt welcomes Keith Thompson
September 28 Billy Price and the Charm City Rhythm Band

The Chesapeake Film Festival Presents a Program of 62 New Independent Films

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The Spy Behind Home Plate

Beginning Thursday, October 3, the Chesapeake Film Festival will present a week-long extravaganza of outstanding cinema to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Subjects include a pro baseball player turned World War II spy; nine teens vying for the world title of best young scientist; the Apollo 11 voyage with never-before-seen footage and endangered species in the oceans and on land.

In all, the Festival will offer 62 extraordinary films, discussions led by the filmmakers and experts on the topics illuminated by the films, and opportunities to participate, network and socialize.

The festival opens with a star-studded evening at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton and kicks off with The Cold Blue, Catherine Wyler’s tribute to her father and the heroic airmen of WWII.  Wyler, the daughter of legendary film director William Wyler will be present for a Q & A following the screening.  After a gourmet reception the evening continues with the Maryland premiere of The Spy Behind Home Plate, directed by Aviva Kempner who will be present to discuss her new film with the audience.  The Spy Behind Home Plate tells the story of Moe Berg, a major league baseball player and his secret life as a spy for the OSS during WWII.

“There is a tremendous ethos surrounding the Sundance Film Festival and it’s there for a reason”, said Cid Collins Walker, the artistic director for the festival. “The experience is so intense, so raw in terms of the power of the storytelling that takes place there each year.  This year while scouting films I was able to procure six of Sundance’s finest films for the Chesapeake Film Festival.” Several of those films include the elucidating Bedlam directed by Kenneth Paul Rosenberg about the mental health crisis currently taking place in urban America, the modern narrative thriller Light from Light, directed by Paul Harrill where single mom Shelia, gifted with prophetic dreams, moonlights as a paranormal investigator, Apollo 11, directed by Todd Douglas Miller that takes you straight to the heart of this intense scientific and human endeavor, sharing the atmosphere and action around the final moments of the preparation, liftoff, landing and return of the famed moon-landing mission. Sea of Shadows, directed by Richard Landkani gives us an up-close encounter with Mexican drug cartels that have discovered the “cocaine of the sea,” a valuable fish called the totaba—which is at the center of a multimillion-dollar business with the Chinese Mafia executive produced by Leonardo di Caprio. And Tigerland which illustrates how shifting political realities in Russia and India created a lucrative poaching underworld that decimated the tiger population. Tigerland is directed by Academy Award winner Ross Kaufman who will be in attendance at the festival to answer questions from the audience about his new film.

The Human Element

Environmental films highlight the festival starting Friday evening, October 4 at the Avalon Theatre in Easton with a series of films about the Chesapeake Bay.  The lineup includes premieres of new short works by festival favorites Tom Horton, Dave Harp and Sandy Cannon-Brown.  On Sunday, October 6, the Festival will present a full day of environmental films at Gallery 447 in Cambridge including the festival favorite feature-length film The Tale of the Tongs with screenings of Sharkwater: Extinction and The Human Element later in the day.

On Wednesday, October 9 the Chesapeake Film Festival and the Oxford Community Center team up with Candle Light Cove and other corporate and non-profit sponsors to present, Art to Remember, about Mental Health and Dementia Awareness.  A breakfast reception will open the day at 8:30am followed by the Irish animated short Late Afternoon. The feature-length film Away from Her starring Julie Christie will screen at 10:30. Following a lunch reception and panel discussion at 12:30pm also at the Oxford Community Center, the 2014 Sundance Audience Award-winning film, Alive Inside will screen at 2pm.

Swing Away

Closing the festival this year on Thursday, October 10 at 1pm at the Easton Premier Cinema will be festival favorite, The Bonobo Connection, directed by Irene Magafan.  The festival will close this year with the beautiful and light-hearted film Swing Away starring John O’Hurley.  Executive producer George Stephanopoulos and writer Paul Lingas of Swing Away will be in attendance to answer any questions the audience may have about this humorous feature-length film.

The Chesapeake Film Festival is generously supported by the Maryland Film Office, Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, Talbot County Department of Tourism and Exelon. The Chesapeake Film Festival’s Media Sponsors include WRNR Radio, Attraction Magazine, WCEI Radio, What’s Up Media, MPT, Talbot Spy, Shore Home and Garden, Talbot Guide, Tidewater Times, Discover Easton, WBOC TV, Delmarva Public Radio, Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, WYPR and APG Chesapeake.

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Tickets will be available for purchase in August on chesapeakefilmfestival.com.  Individual tickets for Adults (18 and up) are $12. Individual Tickets for Youth (under 18) and Seniors (55 and up) are $10.  Festival Passes that can also be purchased online are $140.  Opening Day Passes for two films and a gourmet reception are $40.

Please note: the schedule of films is subject to change.

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