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February 2013

Annapolis Symphony Family Concert



  Enjoy a bowl of gourmet gumbo at the Lighthouse Shelter’s eighth annual Gumbofest with many chefs, celebrity judges and live music from Too Big to Fail to benefit the shelter. 1-4pm at DoubleTree Hotel, Annapolis. $25: 443-569-4209;

Mardi Paws

  Join the Humane Society of Calvert County for a Mardi Gras party with food and raffles. Give pit bull or terrier a home for discounted adoption fees. noon at the adoption center, 2210 Dalrymple Rd., Sunderland: 410-257-4908; 

United Way Open House

  Shop Thirty-One, lia sophia, Origami Owl, Discovery Toys, Mary Kay and more and enter to win a customized double magnum Talmage Cabernet to benefit Clif Bridegum’s campaign to become the United Way Mardi Gras King 2013. noon-4pm at Clif’s home, 494 Toms Lane St., St. Leonard: 443-684-2184:

Soup & Science

  Enjoy a cup of homemade soup with fresh bread and learn the good, the bad and the ugly about invasive snakeheads at Jug Bay Sanctuary’s Soup and Science Talk. noon-3pm at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. $5 w/discounts: 410-741-9330;

With Black History Month, remember that the Civil Rights movement swept America on television

With only 28 days, February has to hurry.     Even more so on the Bay Weekly calendar, where our shortest month gets a late start this year. With January packed full of five Thursdays, our first paper of the month comes to you on February 7. So we’re already late for Groundhog’s Day, when Punxsutawney Phil and Chesapeake Chuck pop up to predict spring.

Mercury joins Mars in its last hurrah

For more than a month now, Mars has been clinging to the southwest horizon in evening twilight. The next couple weeks are your last chance to spot our red neighbor, which has been a fixture in the night sky for more than a year and a half. But he goes out in style, joined this week by much brighter Mercury in a spectacluar conjunction.

Regional Art Reception

  See photography that experiments with subject and technique and start a social dialogue at Maryland Federation of Art’s gallery. Meet the juror, who chose best black and white, best color and most creative at today’s reception (3-6pm). Showing thru Feb. 24 Tu-Su 11am-5pm at 18 State Circle, Annapolis: 410-268-4566; 

KIDS Chinese New Year

  Greet the Year of the Snake in red clothing and learn about the 5,000-year tradition of the Chinese New Year. 2-4pm at Chesapeake Children’s Museum, 25 Silopanna Rd., Annapolis. free with $4 admission: 410-990-1993; 

If you can’t win her heart, you can always eat it

R (Nicholas Hoult: X-Men: First Class) is a directionless 20-something. Unmotivated, grungy and introspective, R spends his days wandering the airport, speaking in grunts when accosted.     R is also a zombie.     But unlike many zombies, R feels conflicted about his blood lust. He’s curious about the humans he feasts on and tries his best to remember what it was like to be a person instead of a predator. He collects objects that he deems especially human: magazines, records, toys.