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Kent County Arts and Entertainment Events- April 2020


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  • Intermediate Pottery

  • Wednesday,   |  6 - 8:30 pm
  • This event runs March 19 to April 9
  • Location: Chestertown River Arts Clay Studio - 204 High Street
  • Contact: Chestertown River Arts Clay Studio
  • Phone: 443-282-0030
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • URL:  https://chestertownriverarts.org/riverartsevent/intermedpottery/
  • Only on Thursdays (Mar. 19, Mar. 26, Apr. 2, Apr. 9)

    Taught by Marilee Schumann

    Continuing the progression from bowl and cylinder, Intermediate Pottery will focus on closed and lidded forms, with attention to precision and sizing. We will also talk about details and decoration.

    The only requirement is to have basic experience in throwing on the wheel – good for continuing beginners. This course does not include clay or open studio tickets.

  • Introduction to the Pottery Wheel with Marcey Sherman (8 weeks)

  • Wednesday,   |  6-8 pm
  • This event runs March 30 to May 4
  • Location: Clay Studio - 204 High St.
  • Contact: Chestertown River Arts
  • Phone: 443-282-0030
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • URL:  https://chestertownriverarts.org/riverartsevent/beginnerwheel-2/
  • Due to the coronavirus, this event will now begin on March 30th and end May 4th.

    *Only on Mondays*

    Ever seen “Ghost” and wondered if making pottery is really like that? Actually, the techniques used in the movie are close to how pots are made, minus the steamy caresses! This 8-week beginners class will teach you the basic steps used with the potter’s wheel and allow you to explore creativity with clay.

    Each student will receive 25# of clay (std 112) and 8 open studio tickets (a $102 value) to come and practice their skills. A beginner’s tool kit is needed. You can purchase online or we will sell kits at the first night for $30.

  • Introduction to the Pottery Wheel with Rick Bisgyer (8 weeks)

  • Wednesday,   |  10 am - 12:30 pm
  • This event runs March 31 to May 5
  • Location: Clay Studio - 204 High St.
  • Contact: Chestertown River Arts
  • Phone: 443-282-0030
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • URL:  https://chestertownriverarts.org/riverartsevent/beginnerwheel/
  • Due to the coronavirus, this event will now begin on March 31st and end on May 5th.

    *Only on Tuesdays*

    This class is for beginning pottery students with little or no wheel experience, and those who have taken introductory wheel classes and wish to have more instruction. Students will be working with stoneware clay. They will learn the fundamental techniques of preparing clay, throwing on the wheel, trimming, and glazing a piece, creating a finished decorative or functional pot. Amaze yourself with what you can create!

    Tuition includes 8 Open Studio tickets, your first 25 lbs. of clay, and bisque firing, a light firing to prepare pots for glazing.

  • Writers as Editors Series Presents Paul Henrickson and Jonathan Segal

  • Thursday,   |  4:30
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House - Rose O'Neill Literary House
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/22010-writers-as-editors-series-presents-paul
  • Jonathan Segal is a 1966 graduate of Washington College, where he majored in English and took courses in creative writing. He is now Vice President and Senior Editor at Alfred A. Knopf in New York City. He has edited seven Pulitzer Prize-winning books, and his authors include Paul Hendrickson, Arthur Ashe, Elie Wiesel, and Tony Blair, among others.
    Paul Hendrickson teaches writing workshops in advanced nonfiction as Senior Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of seven books, including the forthcoming Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright


  • The Hedgelawn Classical Series presents Sacred Monsters

  • Sunday,   |  4 pm
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 N. Main St.
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=74658C18-CBBE-98C9-9EF1ED46B0C048BC
  • Sacred Monsters is a collaboration between soprano Kyle Leigh Carney and lutenist Cameron Welke dedicated to connecting the stories of the Renaissance and Baroque song repertoire with the lived experiences of audiences today. The ensemble's name is derived from the eighteenth-century term "monstre sacré," used by the French to describe those larger-than-life performers whose eccentricities fueled their performing lives and kept their audiences engaged in their work. They aim to bring out both the sacred and the monstrous within Renaissance and Baroque music, the sublime and grotesque!

  • The Hedgelawn Bluegrass Series presents The Dirty Grass Players

  • Saturday,   |  8 pm
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 N. Main St.
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=74658C18-CBBE-98C9-9EF1ED46B0C048BC
  • Hailing from Baltimore, The Dirty Grass Players have established themselves with one toe-tappin’ foot in traditional bluegrass and blazing musicianship that pushes boundaries. Comprised of Mikey Sallemi on bass, Alex Berman on banjo, Ben Kolakowski with the guitar, and Ryan Rogers on mandolin, this four piece is successfully bringing their growing fan base a down, dirty and heated performance. For anyone that enjoys a musical throwdown by skilled musicians it is time to get your grass dirty.

  • Creative Nonfiction Writer Kathryn Nuernberger, 2020 Mary Wood Fellow—A Creative Nonfiction Reading

  • Tuesday,   |  4:30
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House - Rose O'Neill Literary House
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/22011-literary-house-series-creative-nonfiction-writer
  • Kathryn Nuernberger’s third poetry collection, Rue, is forthcoming in Spring 2020 (BOA). The End of Pink (BOA, 2016), which won the 2015 James Laughlin prize from the Academy of American Poets, and Rag & Bone (Elixir, 2011), which won the 2010 Antivenom Prize. A collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past (Ohio State University Press, 2017), won the Non/Fiction Prize from The Journal. She teaches in the MFA Program at University of Minnesota. She has received grants from the NEA, American Antiquarian Society and the Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life.

  • Creative Nonfiction Writer Kathryn Nuernberger, 2020 Mary Wood Fellow—A Craft Talk

  • Wednesday,   |  4:30
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House - Rose O'Neill Literary House
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/22012-creative-nonfiction-writer-kathryn-nuernberger
  • Kathryn Nuernberger’s third poetry collection, Rue, is forthcoming in Spring 2020 (BOA). The End of Pink (BOA, 2016), which won the 2015 James Laughlin prize from the Academy of American Poets, and Rag & Bone (Elixir, 2011), which won the 2010 Antivenom Prize. A collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past (Ohio State University Press, 2017), won the Non/Fiction Prize from The Journal. She teaches in the MFA Program at University of Minnesota. She has received grants from the NEA, American Antiquarian Society and the Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life.

  • Taking Care: Celebrating the Earth - Poetry Reading

  • Thursday,   |  6:00-8:00pm
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery - 315 High St, Suite 106 - RiverArts Gallery - 315 High St, Suite 106
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • URL:  www.chestertownriverrarts.org/exhibits
  • RiverArts celebrates our community's long history of living close to the Earth by hosting an Earth-themed exhibit. With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this exhibit takes on special meaning. This judged show includes both the visual arts and poetry. Enjoy an evening listening to participating poets read their works. There will also be a presentation of the Pat Herold Nielsen Prize for Poetry

  • The Garfield Center presents The Fantasticks

  • Friday,
  • This event runs April 17 to May 3
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre - 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 4108102060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL:  https://www.garfieldcenter.org/gcaevent/the-fantasticks/all/
  • The Fantasticks
    April 17 – May 3
    Written by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt
    Directed by Jennifer Kafka Smith

    Thank you to our sponsors: Andrew & Leslie Price and Chesapeake Bank & Trust

  • University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble with guest soloist Gerald Chavis

  • Sunday,   |  4 pm
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 N. Main St.
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=6EDF9E39-BD2A-EE5C-E1887105A9DB1AB9
  • The University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Tom Palmer, and with guest soloist trumpeter, Gerald Chavis, brings the energy and excitement of big band jazz to The Mainstay. The Jazz Ensemble’s repertoire is steeped in the sounds of the big bands such as Count Basie and Buddy Rich and will feature a number of big band favorites and standards from the Great American Songbook. For this special concert, trumpeter Gerald Chavis will dazzle the audience with his up-tempo sound. He has performed with such national acts as Mick Jagger, Phyllis Hyma and The Temptations

  • Emmanuel Church Concert Series

  • Friday,   |  7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church - Cross Street - Emmanuel Episcopal Church - Cross Street
  • Contact: Emmanuel Episcopal Church
  • Phone: 410-778-3477
  • Email: emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com
  • Internationally acclaimed organist, Ken Cowan, Associate Professor of Organ at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas, will make his 25th. concert appearance in the Concert Series.

  • Sultana Public Sails

  • Saturday,   |  2pm-4pm
  • Location: Sultana Education Foundation/Chestertown Marina - 200 S. Cross Street/207 S. Water St.
  • Contact: Sultana Education Foundation
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL:  http://sultanaeducation.org
  • Departing and returning from SULTANA’s home port of historic Chestertown (and occasionally other ports around the Chesapeake), SULTANA’s two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using Sultana’s seven-foot long tiller, and explore the authentically reproduced crew’s quarters below-decks.

  • RESONANCE Concert: Julia Mintzer, Mezzo-soprano

  • Sunday,   |  3pm
  • Location: St Paul’s Church 7579 Sandy Bottom Rd
  • Contact: The National Music Festival
  • Phone: 443-480-8291
  • Email: info@nationalmusic.us
  • URL:  https://nationalmusic.us/events-and-tickets/resonance/
  • Julia Mintzer enjoys a varied career in standard and contemporary repertoire in the United States and Europe. Hailed by Montreal’s La Presse as “a true Carmen: extremely sensual, with the grace of a serpent, the violence of a tiger, and a mezzo of penetrating depth,” Julia has performed principal roles at Washington National Opera, Die Semperoper Dresden, and The Glimmerglass Festival. Her concert engagements include Handel's Messiah with Boston Baroque, Washington National Cathedral, and the Toledo Symphony and Mozart's Requiem at Washington National Cathedral.

  • Judged Fine Art and Craft Show

  • Wednesday,   |  5:00-8:00pm
  • This event runs April 29 to May 31
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery - 315 High St, Suite 106
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • URL:  www.chestertownriverrarts.org/exhibits
  • Join RiverArts for its First Friday opening reception for its "Judged Fine Art and Craft" Show. This annual exhibition showcases the region;s finest art and craft. Works include painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture and fine craft including metal wood, fiber, ceramics, glass, and jewelry. This exhibit will continue through May 31.