Kent County Arts and Entertainment - February 2014

Kent County has been recognized by the Maryland State Arts Council as one of the significant arts communities in the state. With this in mind, we have designed the Arts & Entertainment site to provide you with information on what the county has to offer in relation to its arts, entertainment, and cultural heritage. Hopefully, this will help you plan a fun-filled stay, enabling you to take full advantage of places to go and people to see. For more information, call the Kent County Tourism Development Office at 410-778-0416 or email tourism@kentcounty.com.

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  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, February 3   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre 210 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: lfoster@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • The Live Playwrights' Society for Play Writers, Readers, Observers & Critics aims to foster a community of playwrights, actors and critics. This group meets the first Monday of every month at 7:30pm and is open to all ages. (Free!) New plays are read and critiqued each month!

  • National African American Read-In with Jacqueline Woodson
  • Wednesday, February 5   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, Chestertown MD
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/live/events/
  • Jacqueline Woodson is the author of several books for young adults and children, including Coming On Home Soon, Each Kindness, and Miracle's Boys. Woodson has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement in Writing for Young Adults and the 2012 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Reader's Literature.

  • New Work by Ken Schiano
  • Friday, February 7   |  5–8pm
  • Location: Massoniart, 203 High St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Carla Massoni
  • Phone: 410-778-7330
  • Email: info@massoniart.com
  • URL: www.massoniart.com
  • Join us for February First Friday and new work by Ken Schiano also featuring work by Pearson, Schroth, Karlik, Hubacher and others.

  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Friday, February 7   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Legendary singer and songwriter Jonathan Edwards is awesome in a live performance. His 1971 million-seller "Sunshine" ("go away today...") brought him instant fame and his 40 plus year career includes theater, commercials, record production, 2 movie soundtracks and collaborations with artists like Emmylou Harris and Jimmy Buffett. His pure and powerful tenor, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. Call for reservations. Admission is $25.

  • Young Jun Lim, classical guitar
  • Sunday, February 9   |  4pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • An afternoon of classical guitar music with Young Jun Lim, a sophomore at Peabody Institute of Music studying under Julian Gray who has been awarded the Charlie Byrd Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Guitar. He received the grand prize in the Beatty Competition and also placed first for 4 consecutive years in the Aguado Guitar Competition. He has performed multiple times at the Kennedy Center. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.

  • Word Girls
  • Thursday, February 13   |  5pm
  • Location: Bookplate, 112 S. Cross St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Tom Martin
  • Phone: 410-778-4167
  • Email: bookplate@verizon.net
  • URL: www.bookplate.biz
  • Poetry by Anne Colwell, Meredith Davies Hadaway and Erin Murphy. "Words to Love by."

  • Kent Chamber Music Concert
  • Saturday, February 15   |  7pm
  • This event runs February 15
  • Location: Hotchkiss Recital Hall - Washington College
  • Contact: Faith Souders
  • Phone: 410-810-2805
  • Email: fsouders@atlanticbb.net
  • URL: www.kentchambermusic.com
  • PYXIS PIANO QUARTET featuring Hiroko Yamazaki, piano; Any Lenoard, viola; Meredith Amado, violin; Jie Jin, cello; presenting a program of works by Lutoslawski, Beethoven and Chausson. Admission is $15.

  • "If Music Be the Food of Love" Songs for Soprano and Classical Guitar
  • Saturday, February 15   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • “If Music Be the Food of Love” - an evening of love songs for classical guitar and voice for the day after Valentine’s Day featuring selections from the Renaissance to the Romantic to modern standards and Sarah Kate Walston’s shimmering silvery soprano and the brilliant, fluid classical guitar of Ben Beirs. Both Peabody grads, Sarah Kate lives in Richmond and Ben divides his time between the US and Paris. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.

  • Traditional Jewish Music at the Robert Ortiz Studio
  • Sunday, February 16   |  3pm
  • Location: 207 S. Cross St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Bob Ortiz
  • Phone: 410-810-1400
  • Email: ortizstudios@verizon.net
  • URL: www.ortizstudios.com
  • Robert Ortiz Studios and the Chestertown Havurah have partnered to present Baltimore folk musicians Rabbi Shuviel Ma’aravi, Josh Polak and a few friends who will fill the air with Ladino, Chasidic, Yiddish and Hebrew tunes. Admission is open to all and is $10.00 at the door. Reservations can be made in advance at 410-810-1400. Please leave your name and the number of seats you would like to reserve.

  • An Evening of Fiction with Cynthia Hand
  • Tuesday, February 18   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, Chestertown MD
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/live/events/
  • Literary House Series Writing for (and about) Young Adult. Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the UNEARTHLY series with HarperTeen. She has graduate degrees in creative writing from Boise State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

  • Winter Film Festival- "Babette's Feast"
  • Friday, February 21   |  2pm
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, Chestertown
  • Contact: Karin Cowperthwait
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email: kcowperthwait@kent.lib.md.us
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • 102 min. Drama/Music 1987 In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father, who is the honored pastor of a small Protestant church that is almost a sect unto itself. Although ... Director: Gabriel Axel Writers: Karen Blixen (novel) Stars: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel Free. Popcorn included.

  • Early 20th Century African American Success
  • Saturday, February 22   |  11am
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, Chestertown
  • Contact: Annie Woodall
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email: awoodall@kent.lib.md.us
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • In honor of Black History Month and in partnership with the Kent County League of Women Voters, the Library is pleased to announce an author talk by Washington College Professor Alisha Knight. Dr. Knight will discuss the work of Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, a pioneering black female writer, dramatist,and magazine editor. Her remarks will focus on the various ways that Hopkins used her writing and editorial position to challenge authority figures and critique racism and sexism at the turn of the 20th century. A limited number of copies of Dr. Knight's book, "Pauline Hopkins and the American Dream", will be for sale the day of the program. Free. reception following talk.

  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, February 26   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre 210 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: info@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • Come out and join us for food, drink and some great local music - The last Wednesday of the month! Open Mic Night is hosted by Ford Schumann, is open to all ages and performance styles. To sign up for a time slot, or to request information, email Ford at fordo1@aol.com.

  • WC Concert Series - Afro Bop Alliance
  • Friday, February 28   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact: Ken Schweitzer
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concertseries@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll./concert
  • As part of 2014-2015 Premier Artist lineup, The Washington College Concert Series presents Afro Bop Alliance. An energetic septet specializing in contemporary approaches to the rhythms of Latin American music with a strong jazz emphasis, the Afro Bop Alliance won a Latin Grammy Award in 2008 for their release with Vibraphonist Dave Samuels. Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (seniors). Season tickets are also available.