It’s mid-February in St. Charles already: Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Black History Month, Leap Year! The ARTS community of Southern Maryland has many diverse offerings to enjoy. Reminder: The calendar of events is continually being updated, so be sure to check out www.somdarts.com for up-to-date listings of arts and culture events. Submit your arts and cultural events there, too!
· The Chesapeake Choral Arts Society will sing phone-a-gram Valentine’s in 4-part harmony to your loved ones both locally and across the country on February 14 between 6-8 PM. Be sure to place your order (ranging from $4 - $7 each) online by 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day (www.chesapeakechoral.com)
· Jennifer Cooper and Friends perform at a variety of venues throughout the month, so visit www.somdarts.com for details.
· The Port Tobacco Players (508 Charles Street, La Plata, MD 20646) ends a 4-weekend run of the musical,Cabaret, on Sunday, February 19. The year is 1929 and the setting is Berlin. The Nazi Party has begun its rise to power and people all over Germany are starting to feel the changes that will bring. At the Kit Kat Klub, the Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. A young writer arrives in Berlin seeking inspiration for his next book and ends up at the seedy Klub, where he meets featured singer, Sally Bowles. The story of these two young people and a few others they meet serves as a microcosm of some of the events of the time. History is in the process of being made, and the emcee's songs provide wry commentary on this tumultuous and heartbreaking era. [This show has mature themes and some mature language, and is not recommended for children under 13.] Make your reservations now! This production runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 3PM. $17 - Adults; $14 - Students/Seniors/Military www.ptplayers.org 301-932-6819.
· The College of Southern Maryland (8730 Mitchell Road, Fine Arts Center (FA Building), La Plata, MD) presents Fences, a play by August Wilson, highlighting a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh and is excluded from the major leagues during his prime. The main character’s bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with both his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play. Thursdays-Saturdays, February 16 – 25 at 8 PMTickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military members with ID and youth in high school or younger. BxOffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828 orwww.csmd.edu/arts.
· Branching out just north of Charles County, Tantallon Community Players (Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd, Ft Washington, MD) presents In the Heat of the Night, a drama adapted for the stage by Matt Pelfrey from the book by John Ball which focuses on an African American homicide detective from Los Angeles who is needed desperately, if reluctantly, by the sheriff of a racist Alabama town to help solve a murder. This gripping, powerful play contains strong language so it is not appropriate for young children. Friday-Saturday Feb. 24, 25, March 2, 3, at 8 PMand Sunday Feb. 26 and March 4 at 3 PM. 301-203-6070. www.tantallonstage.com . $15, $12 seniors and students.
· If you like to dance, then don’t miss “Christ Church Contras” (Christ Church, 112 E Charles St, La Plata, MD) for adults and teens from 7:00 until 10:00 PM on Saturday, February 18, 2012. No experience or partner needed. The evening begins with a free half-hour beginner lesson. The caller will be DeLauraPadovan, with music by Robbie Carruthers of Boonsboro, MD, on fiddle and John O'Loughlin on guitar/piano. Admission is $8 at the door. For details, contact KOProductionsUSA@gmail.com, or 301-535-8231.
· Habre de Venture: Dwelling Place of the Arts - Thomas Stone National Historic Site Visitor's Center, 6655 Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco, Maryland; This statewide juried visual art exhibition, thru June 2012, is a partnership between the Charles County Arts Alliance and Thomas Stone National Historic Site (TSNHS). The gallery is open during park hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; after Memorial Day, daily, 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM. For more information, call CCAA Office, 301-392-5900 or TSNHS, 301-392-1776.
· Lorina Harris's exhibit titled, Eclectic Journeys: A Visual Account of Life, is a reflection of a range of times and places throughout Lorina's artistic exploration and career. The exhibit is reflective of everything from figurative to abstract artworks that all wrestle with the dilemmas of connecting a physical world with numerous abstract ideas. The show will be on display at Quality Printers and QP2 Creative's Southern Maryland Creative Cultural Center Monday - Friday 9:00 AM- 4:30 PMthru March 31 with special open house events on Saturday, February 18, 6:30 - 9:30 PMand Saturday, March 17, 6:30 - 9:30 PM. In an effort to help end hunger in Southern Maryland, please bring food items (non-perishable canned or packaged food) to donate to the Southern Maryland Food Bank. For more information, visit www.qp2creative.com or call (240) 349-2953.
· The Hurley -- Hinton Experience...with Ray & Phyllis Noble (thru March 4)is presented by the Arts Council of Calvert County and celebrates Black History Month at CalvArt Gallery in Prince Frederick (110 Solomons Island Rd, Prince Frederick, MD 20678). It features the artwork of Arnold Hurley, Tim Hinton and Ray & Phyllis Noble. For more information, visit www.calvartgallery.org or call (410) 535-9252
Additionally, other exhibits and classes are held at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center (www.mattawomanart.org), Smallwood State Park, 5565Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658 and at other county art centers/galleries such as Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center (www.annmariegarden.org), 13480 Dowell Road, Dowell, MD 20629. Visit www.somdarts.com for information about many of these.
Enjoy all that the ARTS & CULTURE community of Southern Maryland has to offer St. Charles residentsin February 2012 and beyond!