Kent County Arts and Entertainment Events- November 2018


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  • MIGRATION: An Exploration in Art, Words & Music, Inspired by Jacob Lawrence

  • Thursday,   |  5:00 pm - 8:000 pm
  • This event runs October 31 to November 11
  • Location: Chestertown RiverArts - 315 High St., Suite 106
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 4107786300
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • URL:  http://chestertownriverarts.net/riverartsevent/kent-county-student-art-show/
  • This two week show will feature work by Kent County Public School visual art students. The work will be inspired by a visit the students took to view Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series at The Philips Collection in Washington, DC.

    The artwork will be on view October 31 through November 11.

    Opening reception: Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 pm
    Curators’ & Artists’ Talk, Thursday, November 8, 5:30

    The exhibit is a partnership with the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre and the Kent County Arts Council .

  • KCAC Presents "Migration: An Exploration in Art, Words, and Music inspired by Jacob Lawrence

  • Thursday,   |  7pm
  • This event runs November 1 to November 4
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts - 210 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Arts Council
  • Phone: 410-778-3700
  • Email: john@kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • URL:  www.kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • Based on the Jacob Lawrence Migration Series panels, five playwrights created five new short plays for the Philips Collection's 2015 exhibit of the full panel series. Produce by visiting artist Jacqueline Lawton, (Chair, Theater Department, UNC Chapel Hill) and Directed by Washington College Theater Dept Chair, Michele Volansky, the five plays will be presented in staged readings, followed by a revival performance of Kent County's own Migration story - RED DEVIL MOON

  • The Artists' Gallery Features Sally Clark

  • Friday,   |  First Friday Reception, November 2, 2018, 5-8 pm
  • Location: 239 High Street
  • Contact: The Artists' Gallery
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • URL:  www.theartistsgalleryctown.com
  • On First Friday, Sally Clark will be the featured artist for The Artists' Gallery. Sally, recently retired from teaching art, currently enjoys painting whimsical images on furniture and murals. Watercolors are her true passion. Her subject matter is without boundaries. Clark received a BA from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and an art education degree from the University of Memphis. She is a member of The Working Artists Forum, Kent Island Federation of Art, Queen Anne's County Arts Council, and a partner with The Artists' Gallery.

  • Emmanuel Church (Chester Parish) Concert Series

  • Friday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church on Fountain Square
  • Contact: Emmanuel Church Concert Committee
  • Phone: 410-778-3477
  • Email: emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com
  • URL:  www.emmanuelchesterparish.org
  • This will be a wonderful event for the entire family.

  • An Alumni Journalism Panel

  • Friday,   |  4pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House - Rose O'Neill Literary House
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • How is rhetoric used in journalism, politics, and public relations in this day and age? Panelists from each of those fields will illuminate how rhetoric or “spin” has shaped American culture in the last two years, with some discussion of relaying information and facts in a “Post-Truth” society.

  • The Great Migration: A journey in Art, Words, and Music

  • Friday,   |  7pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts - 210 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Arts Council
  • Phone: 410-778-3700
  • Email: john@kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • URL:  www.kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • Based on the Jacob Lawrence Migration Series panels, five playwrights created five new short plays for the Philips Collection's 2015 exhibit of the full panel series. Produce by visiting artist Jacqueline Lawton, (Chair, Theater Department, UNC Chapel Hill) and Directed by Washington College Theater Dept Chair, Michele Volansky, the five plays will be presented in staged readings, followed by a revival performance of Kent County's own Migration story - RED DEVIL MOON

  • Kohl Gallery Opening Reception: Jo Smail and Paul Jeanes

  • Friday,   |  4:00pm Talk, 5:00pm Reception
  • Location: Kohl Gallery, Gibson Center for the Arts - Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue
  • Contact: Washington College Kohl Gallery
  • Phone: 410-7786499
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/calendar/#!event_id/21275/view/event/date/20181102
  • Clippings, Voids and Banana Curry, on view Nov. 2 - Dec. 9, kicks off with a salon-style conversation at 4PM on Friday, Nov. 2, and reception 5-6:30PM

    Kohl Gallery at Washington College is pleased to announce “Clippings, Voids and Banana Curry,” a two-person exhibit featuring Baltimore-based artists Jo Smail and Paul Jeanes.

    The exhibit will be on view through Dec. 9th. Wednesday—Friday: 1:30PM—5:30PM
    Saturday—Sunday: noon—4PM
    Closed Monday and Tuesday

  • The Great Migration: A journey in Art, Words, and Music

  • Saturday,   |  7pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts - 210 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Arts Council
  • Phone: 410-778-3700
  • Email: john@kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • URL:  www.kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • Based on the Jacob Lawrence Migration Series panels, five playwrights created five new short plays for the Philips Collection's 2015 exhibit of the full panel series. Produce by visiting artist Jacqueline Lawton, (Chair, Theater Department, UNC Chapel Hill) and Directed by Washington College Theater Dept Chair, Michele Volansky, the five plays will be presented in staged readings, followed by a revival performance of Kent County's own Migration story - RED DEVIL MOON

  • Sue Matthews Sings the American Songbook

  • Saturday,   |  8:00 PM
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=4428DA3A-F77C-64AB-4F67FDFE5BB476BA
  • $20 online $23 by phone/at the door

    Sue Matthews, with Robert Redd on piano and Scott Silbert on saxophone, presents an evening featuring the superb melodies of Harold Arlen, the composer of such standards as “Over the Rainbow” and “Stormy Weather” at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD on Saturday November 3, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

    For a number of years vocalist Sue Matthews and pianist Robert Redd have been paying tribute to the composers and tunesmiths whose works are part of the Great American Songbook, the moniker given to the well-known film, Broadway, and jazz standards of the last century.

    In this installment of the “Great American Songbook Series”, Matthews, along with Robert Redd on piano and Scott Silbert on Sax and clarinet, brings to life the music of composer Harold Arlen whose classic melodies are a major part of The Great American Songbook.

    Arlen wrote the music to many of the most memorable songs from the 30's and 40's, including the entire score to the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz (with lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg) which included the timeless standard “Over the Rainbow.” Arlen also wrote the music for such benchmark songs such as “Get Happy,” “Stormy Weather,” “It's Only a Paper Moon,” “Blues in the Night” and “I've Got the World on a String.” In addition to Harburg, he worked with lyricists like Ted Koehler, Ira Gershwin and Johnny Mercer.

    Sue Matthews is a superb singer with a silky voice, exquisite phrasing and passion for finding every bit of meaning in song. Give her a great song, no matter how familiar, and she will find in it fresh nuance and new depth of meaning.

    Sue Matthews came to the music world’s attention in 1991, when she released the traditional jazz album “Love Dances.” She was soon playing clubs and festivals and her next release “When You’re Around,” reached the top 20 on the Gavin and R & R Jazz charts. Since then she has released a number of recordings and become a favorite throughout the mid-Atlantic jazz clubs, concert halls, jazz festivals and television studios and, of course, at The Mainstay.

    She has been a featured artist at the W.C. Handy Music Festival, with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Florida Symphony, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Showcase in NYC and the Saluzzo Musical Festival in Italy as well as artist-in-residence at the Clifden Arts Week Festival, County Galway, Ireland and at Augusta Heritage Center. She is a two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council individual artist award.

  • The Great Migration: A journey in Art, Words, and Music

  • Sunday,   |  3 pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts - 210 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Arts Council
  • Phone: 410-778-3700
  • Email: john@kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • URL:  www.kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • Based on the Jacob Lawrence Migration Series panels, five playwrights created five new short plays for the Philips Collection's 2015 exhibit of the full panel series. Produce by visiting artist Jacqueline Lawton, (Chair, Theater Department, UNC Chapel Hill) and Directed by Washington College Theater Dept Chair, Michele Volansky, the five plays will be presented in staged readings, followed by a revival performance of Kent County's own Migration story - RED DEVIL MOON

  • "A Serious Man" - a film

  • Sunday,   |  4:30 - 7:00 P.M.
  • Location: Sumner Hall - 206 S. Queen Street
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 4432820023
  • "A Serious Man" by the Coen Brothers, another film in the Coen Bros series offered by the RiverArts Film Club.

  • A Serious Man---Coen Brothers Film

  • Sunday,   |  4:30 PM
  • Location: Sumner Hall
  • Contact: RiverArts Film Society
  • Phone: 2025316246
  • URL:  http://chestertownriverarts.net/film-society-event-registration/
  • Acting powerhouse Michael Stuhlbarg is a Jewish science professor in 1960s Minnesota who must contend with multiple miseries in this odd, beautiful comedy-drama. One of their few films to pull substantially outside of their traditional casting realm, the movie dazzles with accomplished character actors. This may be the Coen’s most searching and inquisitive work, asking: is the universe cruel, indifferent, or sadistic? And can an understanding of God actually make a difference? Awarded Best Original Screenplay at the National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics’ Awards, nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture at the 82nd Academy Awards. Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, and Sari Lennick

  • Mainstay Monday featuring Joe Holt and guest Lea McGowan

  • Monday,   |  7:00 PM
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=E94CE814-EB99-DE88-FAB711D1297735D4
  • Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night and are hosted by our own Joe Holt at the piano, partnering with a special guest. Each week is a unique, one of a kind show. Seating is casual and tables are available (bring your own dinner, if you like), along with a cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7:00 and running until about 8:30. Click on the video link below to see select performances from recent Mainstay Mondays.

    Our featured guest tonight is Lea McGowan. Lea is an international performing artist and movement educator, who has performed with Houston Ballet, LINES Ballet, and Ballet Neo among others. , Her solo theater show, ",Now Leasing", won awards for Best Costume Design and Outstanding Performance (Hollywood Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival). , Lea has appeared as a featured solo ballerina on NBC, FOX, Brazilian television, the inflight feature on Quantas Airlines and a biopic feature in the Paris International Film Festival. Lea',s unique background of ballerina-yogi turned improvisational comedian and exploratory performance artist makes for an evening of delightful surprises! Tonight she joins Joe on our stage for a most unique Mainstay Monday of music and movement.

  • Stem Festival at KCPL

  • Wednesday,   |  Wednesday, 5 -7 pm
  • Location: 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 4107783636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Join us for a variety of STEM related activities at the library in partnership with our local 4-H club, Maryland Extension, Kent Soil and Water Conservation District, Washington College, KidsSpot, The Judy Center and more!

    Activities will include animal science, circuits, 3D Doodler pens, environmental science, and art.

  • Rahim AlHaj - Arabic Oud with String/Percussion Septet

  • Thursday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts - - Washington College
  • Contact: Washington College Concert Series
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concert_series@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  washcoll.edu/live/events/20706-rahim-alhaj-arabic-oud-with-stringpercussion
  • As part of its 2018-2019 Premier Artists lineup, the Washington College Concert Series presents Rahim AlHaj playing the Arabic Oud accompanied by a string and percussion septet.

    Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (non-WC College Students / Seniors over age 65 / WC faculty & staff). WC students and youth 18 and under are free. Individual tickets can be purchased online with a credit card via EventBrite (eventbrite.com/o/washington-college-concert-series-8250223111, or with cash or check at the door. Season tickets can be purchased on the Concert Series website. Inquires and ticket holds can be sent to concertseries@washcoll.edu or 410-778-7839 (Debbie Reed).

  • Maryland State Boys Choir

  • Friday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church - across from the Fountain Square - Emmanuel Episcopal Church - across fro
  • Contact: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chester Parish
  • Phone: 410-778-3477
  • Email: emmanuelchestertown@gmail.com
  • The Boys Choir of the State of Maryland will present a concert of choral music. The specific program is yet to be determined.

  • Board Game Night at the Library

  • Friday,   |  Friday, 5 - 7 pm
  • Location: 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 4107783636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • It's International Games Week and we're celebrating with board games!

    How does Board Game Night work? It's pretty simple - you choose a game, find some players, and play!

    Bring a favorite game to share or choose one from KCPL's collection, which includes games for all ages from preschoolers through adults.

    In addition to playing board games, we'd love to talk about gaming, too! If you're curious about role playing games or interested in gaming mechanics, this is the place to strike up a conversation with other gamers.

    All ages are welcome – kids, teens, and adults!

    Co-hosted by Chestertown Recreation Commission and Kent County Public Library.

  • Kent School's Third Annual Empty Bowls

  • Friday,   |  6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Kent School - 6788 Wilkins Lane
  • Contact: Kent School
  • Phone: 410-778-4100 x350
  • Email: jmatthews@kentschool.org
  • URL:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2265290227080897/
  • Kent School welcomes you to our third annual Empty Bowls event.

    Take part in art that comes from the heart.

    100% of all proceeds from this event will benefit the Kent County Food Pantry.

    Enjoy a variety of soups and take home a student's handmade ceramic bowl of your choice as a reminder of all the empty bowls throughout our community.

    Students will be serving soup and bread with a $10.00 bowl purchase.

    To reserve a specific bowl, please email Jen Matthews '01, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, at jmatthews@kentschool.org.

  • The Joey Calderazzo Trio

  • Friday,   |  8:00 PM
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street - The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=8358DB49-EDFB-7A5D-B8B40FB79FCF07C3
  • “Calderazzo has absorbed the contemporary masters of his instrument in a manner that informs rather than sacrifices his own identity…a sneaky-good record” – JazzTimes

    $20 online and $25 by phone/at the door

    The Mainstay is thrilled to be hosting one of the foremost pianists in modern jazz! Known worldwide for his work with the legendary quartets of saxophonists Michael Brecker and Branford Marsalis, Mr. Calderazzo will be featuring his trio in support of their album Going Home.

    A native of New Rochelle, New York, Calderazzo first became inspired to take up piano by a musical next-door neighbor and began his classical studies at age six. Improvisation came naturally even then; long before he began any formal jazz training, the young pianist was making up his own variations on Mozart.

    Fueled by his growing interest in artists like McCoy Tyner and John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, Calderazzo visited friends at Berklee College of Music, growing close with then students Branford Marsalis, Wallace Roney, Donald Harrison, and Jeff “Tain” Watts.

    After dropping out of Long Island University, Calderazzo earned his big break came after meeting and jamming with legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker at a clinic. Brecker was deeply impressed by the young pianist and offered him the piano chair in his touring quintet after Kenny Kirkland left the group in 1987. Just over ten years later, Calderazzo joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet, replacing Kirkland a second time after the pianist’s untimely passing.

    Calderazzo’s work has been just as notable in the studio as on stages around the world. He recorded three albums for Blue Note Records in the early 1990s, In The Door, To Know One, and The Traveler, also releasing Secrets on Audioquest and Joey Calderazzo on Columbia Records before signing to Branford’s Marsalis Music record label in 2002; working with the company, he released Haiku and Amanecer in 2003 and 2007 respectively. Calderazzo’s co-leader credits include 2011’s duo with Marsalis, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy. Calderazzo’s Sunnyside debut was 2013’s Live, a trio recording featuring Le Fleming and drummer Donald Edwards. His diverse sideman recording credits include the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Bob Mitzner, Bob Belden, Vincent Herring, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, and Jerry Bergonzi — as well as Marsalis and Brecker.

  • Thanksgiving Wine Tasting

  • Saturday,   |  6:30 - 8:30pm
  • Location: 117 S. Cross St.
  • Contact: Chester River Wine & Cheese Co.
  • Phone: 443.282.0220
  • Email: info@chesterrivergourmet.com
  • URL:  chesterrivergourmet.com
  • The perfect pairing food and wine is a balance of smell, taste, and visual presentation. Thanksgiving Dinner is a celebration - and we know you want everything to be just right.

    Join us for an after-hours wine tasting event. We've selected a group of wines designed to complement the flavors of the season; perfect for your Thanksgiving table and beyond. Our selections include sparkling, rose, white, red, and dessert wines.

    During this period we’re also offering a 10% half-case discount on our featured wines.

  • Jazz, Blues & Concert Series

  • Saturday,   |  7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
  • Location: Sumner Hall - 206 S. Queen Street
  • Contact: Sumner Hall
  • Phone: 4432820023
  • Email: info@garpost25.org
  • URL:  garpost25.org
  • MSG Acoustic Blues Trio Showcases the Piedmont Blues!

    An exciting, "unique celebration of African American culture and history"!

    Produced for Sumner Hall by Tom McHugh, retired Mainstay founder and director, this is the first show in a 7 concert series!

    Questions and discussion at the end of the concert led by a master entertainer-educator!

    Tickets: https://aalhconcertseries.eventbrite.com

  • Practice Makes Published: Getting Your Poems into Print

  • Saturday,   |  Saturday, 11 am
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 4107783636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Poets and editors James Allen Hall and Lindsay Lusby will walk you through the process of getting poetry published in literary magazines and journals.

    As practiced writers, they will share advice for how to navigate this sometimes mysterious journey—from discovering the publications that fit your writing style to sending poems out to editors to seeing your work finally in print.

    As editors and publishers, they will describe the general dos and don’ts for writers seeking to publish—what they look for in poetry submissions when sifting through the slush pile, and also what they don’t.

    Bring your burning poetry publishing questions to this interactive discussion! Writers of all levels and focuses are welcome at this FREE workshop.

    Lindsay Lusby is the author of the poetry collection Catechesis: a postpastoral (The University of Utah Press, forthcoming 2019), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, judged by Kimiko Hahn. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Blackbird Whitetail Redhand (Porkbelly Press, 2018) and Imago (dancing girl press, 2014), and the winner of the 2015 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Contest. Her poems have appeared most recently in Passages North, The Account, North Dakota Quarterly, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Fairy Tale Review, and elsewhere. Her visual poems have appeared in Dream Pop Press and Duende. She is the Assistant Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, where she serves as assistant editor for the Literary House Press and managing editor for Cherry Tree.

    Dr. James Allen Hall's first book of poems, Now You're the Enemy, published as a winner in the 2008 University of Arkansas Poetry Series, won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His collection of personal lyric essays, I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, was published in 2017 by Cleveland State University Poetry Center Press after winning their Essay Collection Award, selected by Chris Krauss.

    Dr. Hall is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Recent poems have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies such as Best American Poetry 2012, New England Review, A Public Space, the Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day, and elsewhere. Recent lyric essays have appeared in Bennington Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cutbank, Copper Nickel, and the anthology The Poem's Country (Pleiades Press). He currently serves as editor in chief and poetry editor for Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal at Washington College, which has received two Best American Poetry selections. He directs the Rose O'Neill Literary House and teaches creative writing and literature at Washington College.

  • Literary House Series: A Reading by Erika L. Sánchez

  • Monday,   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House - Rose O'Neill Literary House
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • Erika L. Sánchez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, and is a poet, novelist, essayist, and the author of a collection of poems, Lessons on Expulsion (Graywolf, 2017) as well as the young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017), which was a New York Times Bestseller and a National Book Awards finalist. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many prestigious literary journals, including Pleiades, Copper Nickel, Vinyl Poetry, Guernica, Boston Review, ESPN.com, the Paris Review, Gulf Coast, and POETRY Magazine.

  • Mainstay Monday featuring Joe Holt and guest Seth Kibel

  • Monday,   |  7:00
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=159E5A94-9C62-463F-01C0C38F632D3736
  • Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night and are hosted by our own Joe Holt at the piano, partnering with a special guest. Each week is a unique, one of a kind show. Seating is casual and tables are available (bring your own dinner, if you like), along with a cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7:00 and running until about 8:30. Click on the video link below to see select performances from recent Mainstay Mondays.

    Our featured guest tonight is Seth Kibel. Seth is a winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including Best World Music,Instrumentalist (2003-11) and Best Jazz Instrumentalist (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, No Words Instrumental Jazz & Klezmer by Seth Kibel, was released in 2015 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. Seth performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with klezmer/jazz/swing bands and more, including The Alexandria Kleztet Bay Jazz Project Music Pilgrim Trio and The Natty Beaux. Tonight, Seth returns the Mainstay in a unique duo performance with Joe.

  • Artist Talk: Paul Jeanes

  • Tuesday,   |  4:30 PM
  • Location: Larrabee Studio Arts Center, 100 Gibson Avenue - Washington College
  • Contact: Washington College Art Department
  • Phone: 410-778-7888
  • Email: jwills2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/calendar/#!event_id/21253/view/event/date/20181113
  • Baltimore artist Paul Jeanes, whose work is featured in the Kohl Gallery exhibit “Clippings, Voids and Banana Curry,” presents a public talk about his artwork and studio investigations.


  • Annual Holiday Show

  • Thursday,   |  5 pm - 8 pm
  • Location: 315 High St. Suite 106
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • URL:  http://chestertownriverarts.net/riverartsevent/annual-holiday-show/
  • The Annual RiverArts Holiday Show features gifts for every pocketbook – from stocking stuffers to hostess gifts, home decor to a child’s sweater.
    Preview Party: Thursday, November 15, 5 - 8 pm
    Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 5pm-8pm.

    Holiday Gallery Hours: Mon-Sat (10am-5:30pm) Sundays (11am-3pm)


  • Frank Vignola Returns to The Mainstay

  • Friday,   |  8:00 PM
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=CDF2FB50-AA38-4D15-78DCCC23A11FFADE
  • $22 online $25 by phone/door

    Frank Vignola, born December 30th, 1965, is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignole to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List: for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s jaw- dropping technique explains why the new York Times deemed him “one of the brightest stars of the guitar”.

    With over 1000 engagements in the last five years alone, Frank Vignola has become one of the most popular and sought after guitarists on the international music scene. His dynamic genre-spanning music has brought him to 14 countries on three continents – and still growing – performing in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Carnegie Hall, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York’s Lincoln Center and the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.

    Often featured on National Public Radio, Frank Vignola has also become a familiar figure on Public Television, featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends. His own PBS special, “Four Generations of Guitar” produced by Peter Berkow, premieres in the 2015 season as part of the forthcoming 13 episode series “Music Gone Public”, where they will be joined by special guests, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Craven and Tommy Emmanuel.

    Vignola has recorded over 30 CD’s, 7 DVD’s and has been a guest on hundreds of recordings. Vignola has written over 18 music books for Mel Bay Publications. He has also produced 15 full length video teaching courses for TrueFire for all levels. His on-line One on One private lessons and workshop courses continue to thrive with hundreds of enrolled students. He conducts clinics, masterclasses and workshops at Music Universities across the globe, most recently coaching guitar ensembles at The Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

  • China Hutch Projects presents Jason Patterson: To Be A Negro In This Country

  • Friday,   |  5:00 PM
  • Location: 211 Philosphers Terrace - 211 Philosophers Terrace - 211 Philosphers Terrace - 211 Philosophers Terr
  • Contact: China Hutch Projects
  • Email: jwills2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  www.chinahutchprojects.com
  • November 16 - December 10, 2018
    opening reception Friday, November 16 @ 5pm
    additional gallery hours by appointment

  • Healing Collective Trauma Through Creative Arts Therapy: A Talk by Jessica Asch

  • Friday,   |  4:30 PM
  • Location: Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall - Washington College
  • Contact: Washington College
  • Phone: 410-778-7888
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/21373-1
  • Jessica Asch is a liscensed creative arts therapist and registered drama therapist.

  • RESONANCE: Formerly Kent Chamber Music

  • Sunday,   |  3:00 pm
  • Location: The National Music Festival - St Paul’s Church, 7579 Sandy Bottom Rd - The National Music Fest
  • Contact: The National Music Festival
  • Phone: 443.480.8291
  • Email: info@nationalmusic.us
  • URL:  nationalmusic.us
  • Michelle Humphreys, director of the Percussion Ensemble of Towson University and National Music Festival Percussion Mentor, with 15 young
    professional musicians, will demonstrate that percussionists do more than keep the beat.
    “Many people never have a chance to hear a percussion concert except on a
    college campus. And most people who’ve heard one for the first time are amazed at the sonic variety,” Humphreys said. With both a marimba and a vibraphone among the instruments, there is no shortage of melody. Refreshment at intermission.


  • Mainstay Monday featuring Joe Holt with guests Bob and Laura Taylor

  • Monday,   |  7:00 PM
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street - The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=1611ACAD-0D4E-FB50-5BF95B79F06BCB45
  • Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night and are hosted by our own Joe Holt at the piano, partnering with a special guest. Each week is a unique, one of a kind show. Seating is casual and tables are available (bring your own dinner, if you like), along with a cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7:00 and running until about 8:30. Click on the video link below to see select performances from recent Mainstay Mondays.

    Our featured guests tonight are Bob and Laura Taylor. Bob Taylor has been performing for over 30 years, playing upright and electric bass and guitar for traditional fiddle, blues and folk artists. He has recorded 4 albums with Angel Band &, toured extensively with David Bromberg. Bob is currently the bassist for the indie-art-rock band Llama Dalis. Laura grew up with a family of musicians/artists and played piano in her youth, and is mostly intrigued by composing lyrics. Their style mixes country, blues and folk. Tonight Bob and Laura will perform a mix of originals and familiar favorites with Joe.

  • Country Crafts Guild Fall Arts & Crafts Show

  • Friday,   |  10 am to 4 pm
  • This event runs November 23 to November 24
  • Location: Rock Hall Fire House
  • Contact: Kathy Redman President, Country Crafts Guild
  • Phone: 4107781432
  • Email: predman@atlanticbb.net
  • Unique handmade crafts by juried craft guild members including: jewelry, Christmas decorations and ornaments, folk art, wood boxes, furniture, trivets, plant stands, acrylic paintings, photography, notecards, needlework, knitting, crochet, shell crafts, soaps, lotions, local wildflower honey, potpourri, teas and herbs, glass bottle art, etched glass, wreaths, swags, trees, fishing lures, fish carvings, decoys, wood bowls, cutting boards, pens, quilts, wall hangings, placemats, machine embroidery clothing,
    tote bags and linens, etc.

  • Karen Somerville

  • Saturday,   |  8:00 PM
  • Location: The Mainstay - 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=4554D440-0B0C-4676-7EDF18BEF2C784AB
  • $20 online $23 by phone/at the door

    The shore’s beloved songstress Karen Somerville is back at the Mainstay. “Lady K” is affectionately esteemed by her long-time fans for her Billie Holiday-like jazz croon and ability to thrill with the power of Etta James, and beltings of soul-erupting Mahalia Jackson style gospel. She has been delighting audiences for over 20 years with her vocal artistry and is at turns versatile and soothing, audacious, and guaranteed to surprise in her musical selections. For this annual show she boasts the accompaniment of four of her favorite musicans. Pianist Joe Holt, bassist Jeff Davis, multi-reed player Seth Kibel, and drummer, Mike McShane. The program for this unforgettable evening will include selections from renowned artists Oleta Adams, Phyllis Hyman, Sade, and more!

    Mainstay founder, Tom McHugh describes Somerville as “a jazz singer, par excellence.” She is a favorite of regional audiences for her jazz vocals that swing between sweet, sassy and sultry. She has received high praise for her gospel performances with Sombarkin and the New Gospelites, and for her stunning performance as Bob Kaufman’s muse in Robert Earl Price’s play “The Golden Sardine.”

    No matter what she sings, an evening with Karen Somerville is always special as she inhabits each song, making every nuance and every phrase her own.

    Somerville was born the second oldest of four children in rural Kent County, MD. She speaks proudly of the advantages of being reared in a small town; of close knit families, and everyone looking out for the other, of church services filled with praise.

    Her love for music began at home, and was cultivated in church. She says, “Both of my parents played instruments and sang; that was how we entertained each other at home. It was our favorite pastime. My Pop Pop Emory played the accordion and harmonica though he called it a mouth-harp. He was awesome. He would sing and play for us, and make the sound of the train whistle blowing, the dogs barking, and would be telling a story all at the same time.”

    “When I was barely in first grade, my Mom taught us to sing harmony; I remember it like yesterday. She would take us with her when she was asked to sing in churches around the county. My sister Cathy and brother Alton Jr. (Gary wasn’t born yet) and I would sing background for her as she played piano. I don’t know how we had the nerve, except she was so confident that we could do it well.”

    Somerville’s recordings include "Love Cures" and "The New Gospelites, Every Day Is Sunday." She is also a local historian who is the founder of the African American Schoolhouse Museum.

  • Mainstay Monday featuring Joe Holt and guest Lena Seikaly

  • Monday,   |  7:00 PM
  • Location: 5753 Main Street
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 4106399133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night and are hosted by our own Joe Holt at the piano, partnering with a special guest. Each week is a unique, one of a kind show. Seating is casual and tables are available (bring your own dinner, if you like), along with a cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7:00 and running until about 8:30. Click on the video link below to see select performances from recent Mainstay Mondays.

    Our featured guest tonight is Lena Seikaly. Fresh off a residency at Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai (China), Lena is thrilled to be returning to The Mainstay with Joe. Lena has established herself among the ranks of DC`s most in-demand vocalists- she was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competiton, and has headlined the region',,s top venues from Blues Alley to the Kennedy Center. Her fourth album, ",A Little Closer", ,was released in February 2018 and features live and studio recordings with guitarist Steve Herberman.

  • Washington College Student Honors Recital

  • Wednesday,   |  7:30pm
  • This event runs November 28 to November 27
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts - 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/20683-student-honors-recital
  • The Department of Music presents the Student Honors Recital. Student soloist and chamber ensembles are selected for this concert via competitive audition. This event is FREE and open to the public.

  • First-Year Reading

  • Wednesday,   |  7pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House - Rose O'Neill Literary House
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • Come hear Washington College first-year writers read from their original work!


  • JFK: The Lost Bullet film

  • Thursday,   |  7:00 PM
  • Location: Mainstay, 5753 MAIN STREET ROCK HALL, MD 21661
  • Contact: RiverArts Film Society
  • Phone: 2025316246
  • URL:  https://secure.goemerchant.com/secure/custompayment/chestertownriverarts/6375/default.aspx
  • This documentary investigates JFK’s assassination using exclusive eyewitness testimony, reenactments and never seen before footage. With the journalist Max Holland as the guide, the film re-evaluates the original Zapruder Film that captured the 11 seconds of the assassination as well as other home movies from that day.



    Using high-resolution scanning methods and high-definition computer technology, the home movies are restored to pristine condition. It’s through these clear lenses that the “lost bullet” is investigated: the first of the three shots believed to have been fired that day, a bullet that was never found or fully accounted for.



    It originally aired on the National Geographic Channel and is now part of the permanent collection at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza. National Geographic’s Kathleen Cromley, the executive producer of the documentary, will lead a Q&A after the screening.



    A $10 donation is requested from Film Society non-members.


    This concludes our 2018 RiverArts Film Society (RAFS) series. The 2019 schedule will be announced shortly. Thank you all for contributing to our extremely successful inaugural year, and we look forward to seeing you at future screenings.

    RAFS is a membership film society. Membership funds allows us to screen film, invest in our community partners, and host visiting artists and filmmakers. If you are not currently a member of the Film Society, please consider joining. Membership offers you access to all film screenings and talkback events. This includes a minimum of twelve film screenings and discussion a year.


    Individual Membership: $30
    Family Membership (2 members): $50

  • Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol (Opening Weekend)

  • Friday,   |  Friday and Saturday 8pm. Sunday 3pm.
  • This event runs November 30 to December 9
  • Location: 210 High Street
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • Director Bonnie Hill brings to the GCA stage the classic story of A Christmas Carol as presented from the perspective of Tiny Tim!

  • Dancescape

  • Friday,   |  7:30 PM
  • Location: Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts - Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue
  • Contact: Washington College Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Phone: 410-778-7888
  • Email: amoffett2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  washcoll.edu/calendar
  • This year’s concert features a wide range of choreography from students, faculty, and guest artists. Guest artists include Andrew Matte from First State Ballet Theatre and Broadway alum Benjamin Sterling Cannon. The show is directed by professor A.T. Moffett.
    The event is free and open to the public, though reservations, made through Eventbrite, are recommended. The Eventbrite site will be made available the week of November 26, 2018.