Kent County Arts and Entertianment Events- February 2018


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  • Literary House Series: A Reading by Natalie Diaz

  • Thursday,   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House, Washington College
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 4108105768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/18935-literary-house-series-a-reading-by-natalie-diaz
  • Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. Her work has also appeared in Narrative Magazine, Gwarlingo, The Rumpus, and Ploughshares. Her poetry has garnered the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry, the Narrative Poetry Prize, the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton, and numerous other prizes and fellowships.

  • Kohl Gallery Talk: The Geometric Sublime

  • Thursday,   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Kohl Gallery, Washington College, Gibson Center for the Arts, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown MD
  • Contact: Washington College Kohl Gallery
  • Phone: 410-778-6499
  • URL:  washcoll.edu/calendar
  • You are invited to a gallery talk by Benjamin C. Tilghman, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History. He will discuss the current Kohl Gallery Exhibition: Geometric Aljamía: a Cultural Transliteration.
    Additional Open Gallery Hours:

    Wednesday-Friday, 1pm-6pm

    Saturday& Sunday, 11am-4pm



    This exhibition is partially funded by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts; and the Printing & Printmaking Department.

  • Trio Simpatico

  • Friday,   |  noon
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts, Hotchkiss Recital Hall
  • Contact: Washington College Concert Series
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concert_series@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/18986-trio-simpatico
  • Trio Simpatico performs eclectic chamber music with an orchestral bent. Their unusual instrumentation of clarinet, horn, and piano borrows from orchestral timbres. Audiences remark, “…It sounds like a whole orchestra.”

    This is a FREE concert.

  • Joanne Scott: Elements

  • Friday,   |  11am-4pm
  • Location: 315 High St. Suite 106
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • URL:  http://chestertownriverarts.net/exhibitions/
  • Joanne Scott will be showcasing her exhibit "Elements" in the Studio Gallery from February 2-24th. Opening Reception on First Friday, February 2nd 5pm-8pm.
    Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri (11am-4pm), Saturday (10am-4pm), Sunday (11am-3pm)

  • Black + White Exhibit (Main Gallery)

  • Friday,   |  11am-4pm
  • Location: 315 High St. Suite 106
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • URL:  http://chestertownriverarts.net/exhibitions/
  • The Black + Whtie Exhibit, celebrating the art of simplicity, will be on exhibit in the Main Gallery. Opening Reception Friday, February 2nd 5pm-8pm

  • Paint Night - Fill Your Canvas with Fish!

  • Friday,   |  Friday, 5:30 pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Artist Sarah Hutchison Focht joins us to lead a painting experience! Participants will be led through the process step-by-step recreating a fantastic fish-filled scene.

    Spaces are available for individual adults AND adult/child pairs. Children ages 8-12 may participate as part of a pair. Teens 13+ may participate as individuals or as part of a pair.

    Registration is required and space is limited!

  • The Artists Gallery Features Gallery Gems

  • Friday,   |  5 - 8pm
  • Location: 239 High Street
  • Contact: The Artists' Gallery
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • URL:  www.theartistsgalleryctown.com
  • On First Friday in February, The Artists' Gallery invites you to a reception from 5-8 p.m. in celebration of Valentine's Day. The Beatles once sang, "All you need is love," but a beautiful, handcrafted piece of jewelry from the Artists' Gallery never hurts. Come see the sterling silver jewelry creations by Michele Armitano, delightful earrings and necklaces in argentium silver, beading and stones by Roseannette Cooper, artfully designed neclaces made with found objects by Carol Casey and crocheted wire, freshwater pearls, stones and glass beads by Jeannette Silva.

  • 2017 KENNY AWARD

  • Friday,   |  7pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Kent County Arts Council
  • Phone: 410-778-3700
  • Email: johnschrat@gmail.com
  • URL:  http://www.kentcountyartscouncil.org/2018/01/2017-kenny-award-recipients-jim-diane-landskroener/
  • The Hedgelawn Foundation and the Kent County Arts Council announce the recipients of the 2017 KENNY AWARD for commitment to the Arts in Kent County: Diane & Jim Landskroener
    Created in 2006, the Kenny Award honors Kent (hence Kenny, like the “Annie in Anne Arundel County, and the Howie in Howard County) County residents who have gone above and beyond in their giving to talent, energy, and resources to increase the quality of life in our County.
    We are honored to announce their selection as the 2017 Kenny Award Winner.
    All are invited to come an applaud the honorees. The event is free, but reservations are required. Please call the Kent County Arts Council at 410-778-3700 to reserve your seats (or email johnschrat@gmail.com). There will be a light dessert reception following the program.

  • Poems of Resistance: The Heroism of Survival in an Oppressive Society

  • Saturday,   |  Saturday, 10 am
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410--778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • African-American Poet Robert Earl Price will read from his work and speak of the events that have shaped his career as a black cultural worker in America. Mr. Price is a veteran of the Black Arts Movement that influenced and was influenced by the recent Civil Rights movement. His poetry strives to capture the visceral impact of the heroism of survival in an oppressive society, often incorporating the lyricism and rhythm of Jazz and Blues.

  • Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Paul Carr, saxophone

  • Monday,   |  7 - 8:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Every Monday night pianist Joe Holt hosts an evening of diverse music. Joe’s special guest for this evening is Saxophonist Paul Carr, Executive and Artistic Director of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. His long resume as a performer, presenter and educator includes Howard University’s “Benny Golson Jazz Master Award” and performing nationally and internationally, sharing the stage with many of the greatest names in jazz. Tonight, he shares the Mainstay stage with Joe. Admission is $10. Use the Buy Tickets link on the Mainstay website or call for reservations 410-639-9133.

  • Free Popcorn with a Movie

  • Monday,   |  Monday, 2 pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Crooked House
    PG-13 2017 ‧ Drama/Crime film ‧ 1h 55m.

    In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets.

    Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
    Writers: Julian Fellowes (screenplay), Agatha Christie (novel)
    Stars: Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Glenn Close

  • Sophie Kerr Series: Sometimes We Tell the Truth: An Evening with Kim Zarins

  • Tuesday,   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House, Washington College
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 4108105768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/18925-sophie-kerr-series-sometimes-we-tell-the-truth-an
  • Kim Zarins has a PhD in English from Cornell University and teaches medieval literature and children's literature at Sacramento State University. Her debut novel, Sometimes We Tell the Truth (Simon and Schuster, 2016), retells Chaucer's Canterbury Tales with modern teens, transforming the fourteenth-century collection into contemporary genres and tackling issues relevant for today's teens.

  • OPEN AUDITIONS: Sweeney Todd

  • Tuesday,   |  6pm
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • Seeking actors of all ages and experience levels to bring Sondheim's beloved tragedy Sweeney Todd to the Garfield Center stage.

  • Thomas Beard - The Evolution of Negro Spirituals

  • Thursday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts, Hotchkiss Recital Hall
  • Contact: Washington College Concert Series
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concert_series@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/18850-thomas-beard---the-evolution-of-negro-spirituals
  • As part of its 2017-2018 Premier Artists lineup The Concert Series presents a performance by lyric-dramatic baritone, Thomas Beard, accompanied by Julia Morris-Myers and dancer Leandria Gilliam.

    Advance tickets are available through the Concert Series website: washcoll.edu/concert

  • OPEN AUDITIONS: Sweeney Todd

  • Thursday,   |  6pm
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 4108102060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • Seeking actors of all ages and experience levels for the GCA production of Sweeney Todd.

  • OPEN AUDITIONS: Sweeney Todd

  • Saturday,   |  11am
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • Seeking actors of all varieties and levels of experience for the Garfield Center production of Sweeney Todd.

  • National African American Read-In: A Community Celebration of African-American Authors!

  • Saturday,   |  Saturday, 10 am
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Join us for a community celebration of African-American authors! Come to listen or bring a selection you'd like to share and take part as a reader.

    10am - Readings that are family-friendly for all ages
    11am - Readings may contain more mature themes

    After the readings, stay for a slice of pizza and conversation.

    Questions about the program or interested in being a reader? Call 410.778.3636 or email awoodall@kent.lib.md.us

    The National African American Read-In is the nation’s oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English in order to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.

  • Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Tim Dove, vocals

  • Monday,   |  7 - 8:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Every Monday night pianist Joe Holt hosts an evening of diverse music. Joe’s special guest for this evening is Tom Dove, described as having "a voice like silk." Tim has long been active singing and leading music in church, but has also performed and recorded with Joe, and other local favorites including Sue Matthews, Karen Somerville, John Schratwieser and Beth McDonald. Tonight, with Valentine's Day in view, Tim joins Joe to sing some of his favorites, and yours. Admission is $10. Use the Buy Tickets link on the Mainstay website or call for reservations 410-639-9133.

  • Transgender Representation in Global Cinema - Dr. Arnau Roig-Mora

  • Monday,   |  4:30 PM
  • Location: Hynson Lounge, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown MD 21620
  • Contact: Washington College Communication and Media Studies
  • Phone: 410-778-7888
  • URL:  washcoll.edu/calendar
  • A Talk by Dr. Arnau Roig-Mora from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.
    This program is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Department of Communication and Media Studies.

  • Free Popcorn with a Movie

  • Monday,   |  Monday, 2 pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Loving (2016)
    PG-13 | 2h 3min | Biography, Drama, Romance

    The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.
    Loving takes an understated approach to telling a painful -- and still relevant -- real-life tale, with sensitive performances breathing additional life into a superlative historical drama.

    Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton

  • Literary House Series: The Poetics of Eros: A Tea & Talk with Professor Elena Deanda

  • Wednesday,   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House, Washington College
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 4108105768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/18936-literary-house-series-the-poetics-of-eros-a-tea
  • Elena Deanna-Camacho is Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of the Black Studies Program at Washington College. She studies transatlantic Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment in Spain and New Spain. She has published recent essays and articles on Cervantes, Lope de Vega, and Teresa de Cartagena.  

  • Lori Kesner (flute), Dan Shomper (cello) & Woobin Park (piano)

  • Thursday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts, Hotchkiss Recital Hall
  • Contact: Washington College Concert Series
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concert_series@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  http://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/18853-lori-kesner-flute-dan-shomper-cello-woobin
  • As part of its 2017-2018 Premier Artists Lineup, the Concert Series presents Lori Kesner (flute), Dan Shomper (cello), and Woobin Park (piano), performing works by George Crumb, Carl Maria von Weber, Bohuslav Martinu, and Astor Piazzolla.

    Advance tickets are available through the Concert Series website: washcoll.edu/concert

  • The Little Prince (Opening Weekend)

  • Friday,   |  8pm on Friday and Saturday. 3pm on Sunday.
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • Join us, as director Bryan Betley presents Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's surreal story of love and companionship.

  • Movie Night at the Library

  • Friday,   |  Friday, 7 pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Wonder
    PG 2017 ‧ Drama/Family ‧ 1h 53m

    Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.


  • University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble

  • Sunday,   |  4pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Mainstay Founder Tom McHugh celebrates his 80th year with a concert by one of his very favorite groups, The University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble. This is the top Jazz group at the University of Delaware and they are 18 strong for this show focusing on classic big (big!) band sounds. Guest soloist will be saxophonist Todd Groves. You may hear some Basie, Ellington, May, Kenton and some great jazz originals. The concert is free with a donation but please make a reservation online at the Mainstay website or call 410-639-9133.

  • Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes Keith Thompson, vocals and guitar

  • Monday,   |  7 - 8:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Every Monday night pianist Joe Holt hosts an evening of diverse music. Joe’s special guest for this evening is Keith Thompson, a familiar voice to Kent County as a longstanding on-air personality at WCTR radio. He also has a long history as a musician, having performed on guitar and vocals with classic local rock bands and as a singer/songwriter, and a solo performer at the Garfield Center's open mic night. Tonight, in a duo performance with Joe, genres will meld, and fun will be had. Admission is $10. Use the Buy Tickets link on the Mainstay website or call for reservations 410-639-9133.

  • Pippin

  • Thursday,   |  8pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts, Hotchkiss Recital Hall
  • Contact: Washington College Music Department
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concert_series@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/19123-pippin
  • With an infectiously unforgettable score from the four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden), Pippin has been successfully produced on stages ranging from High School to Broadway. Sweeping the New York Awards circuit (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle) in 2013, Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world.

    Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church Concert Series

  • Friday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church on the Fountain Square,
  • Contact: Emmanuel Church Concert Committee
  • Phone: 4107780129
  • Email: emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com
  • URL:  www.emmanuelchesterparish.org
  • Organ Recital by Dexter Kennedy He has performed through North America and Europe
    while serving as Assistant Organist at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Michigan. This will be his second performance on the the church's Harrison and Harrison organ .

  • The Little Prince (Closing Weekend)

  • Friday,   |  8pm on Friday and Saturday. 3pm on Sunday.
  • This event runs February 23 to February 25
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • Joins us, as director Bryan Betley presents Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's surreal story of love and companionship.

  • Pippin

  • Friday,   |  8pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts, Hotchkiss Recital Hall
  • Contact: Washington College Music Department
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concert_series@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/19124-pippin
  • With an infectiously unforgettable score from the four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden), Pippin has been successfully produced on stages ranging from High School to Broadway. Sweeping the New York Awards circuit (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle) in 2013, Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world.

    Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

  • Arts in Motion Present: An Evening with the Arts: Celebrating Past, Present and Future Artists from Kent County Public Schools

  • Saturday,   |  6:30pm
  • Location: rock hall
  • Contact: Arts in Motion
  • Phone: 4106397079
  • Email: tommchugh38@gmail.com
  • The event will be held at the SULTANA building on Cross Street, Chestertown, Md. and will feature the art of students and faculty of Kent County Public Schools.

    There will be silent and live auctions of the art.
    Entertainment provided by a variety of arts groups from Kent County Schools.

    We will be joined by some of the student artists, and faculty artists as well as distinguished graduates of Kent County Schools arts programs.

    Tickets are $40 and the funds will go to support the Arts in our schools.
    Food, Drink, Art, Kids,: What more can you ask?

  • Country Crafts Guild Spring Arts & Crafts Show

  • Saturday,   |  10 am to 4 pm
  • Location: Frank M Jarman American Legion Post 36
  • Contact: Kathy Redman President, Country Crafts Guild
  • Phone: 410-778-1432
  • Email: predman@atlanticbb.net
  • Unique handmade arts and crafts including furniture, folk art, knitting, crochet, jewelry, gourd birdhouses, quilts, wall hangings, placemats, linens, wreaths, lamps, garden flags, wood bowls, cutting boards, glass bottle art, etched glass, shell crafts, paper crafts, notecards, machine embroidery, miniature house plaques, soaps and lotions, wildflower honey, fishing lures, fish carvings, etc.

  • L'abri Trio

  • Sunday,   |  4pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • The Hedgelawn Classical Music Series presents The L'abri Trio, the collaboration since 2012 of three outstanding young musicians at the Peabody Conservatory: saxophonist Kenny Baik, cellist Mauricio Rey Gallego, and pianist Bonghee Lee, dedicated to usine their unique instrumentation to reimage classics from Bach, Schumann, Poulenc, and Piazzolla, while commissioning new works from some of today’s most imaginative composers. Admission is $15. Buy tickets online at the Mainstay website or call for reservations.

  • Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt welcomes John Ewart and Mike McShane

  • Monday,   |  7 - 8:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Every Monday night pianist Joe Holt hosts an evening of diverse music. Joe’s special guests for this evening are John Ewart, sax and clarinet and Mike McShane, drums who along with Joe on keyboards form the instrumental nucleus of Shore Jazz, a fixture at the Delaware shore and beyond. Tonight John and Mike join Joe to perform a wide variety of jazz classics. There will be casual seating, tables so you can bring your own snack or dinner and a cash bar.Admission is $10. Use the Buy Tickets link on the Mainstay website or call for reservations 410-639-9133.

  • Free Popcorn with a Movie

  • Monday,   |  Monday, 2 pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.
    PG-13 2017 ‧ Crime film/Thriller ‧ 2h 9m

    Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.
    Stars: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo