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March 2013

This Night is so dark that you strain to see the actors

Bowie Community Theatre is up to its rafters in shady business again. The troupe that brought you Murder By Misadventure and Who Dunit? now turns to the segregated South for a crime drama with the twisted face of bigotry. Matt Pelfrey’s 2010 stage adaptation of In the Heat of the Night is based on the John Ball novel that inspired an Oscar-winning film and an Emmy-winning TV series.

No. 1 waterman leaves a Chesapeake legacy

Word spread fast across marine radios from New Jersey to North Carolina, via e-mail, telephones and cell phones, Facebook, the Internet and Twitter on March 14. Captain Larry Simns, president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association for 40 years, passed away at age 75. Watermen, environmentalists, seafood processors, politicians, state bureaucrats and many more of us stopped in our tracks. I did, though I knew Larry’s passing was coming.

He was ‘good for it’

“I’m the only Jewish redneck captain on the Bay. What could be better?” Captain Bob Slaff liked to say, with a huge smile beneath his signature handlebar mustache. Capt. Bob was an icon in Maryland’s recreational and commercial maritime communities. He was also my good friend, mentor and colleague.

KIDS Times at the Library

  Annapolis Library: 410-222-1750 •10am: Ages 3 to 7 hear safety-themed story time with Otto the Auto. Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library: 410-222-1770 • 2-4pm: Kids bring ideas; library supplies Legos. Crofton Library: 410-222-7915 • 9:30am: 18 months to 3 years hear stories. • 10:30am: Ages 3 to 5 hear stories. Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291

KIDS Times at the Library

  • 9:30am: 18 months to 3 years hear stories. • 10:30am: Ages 3 to 5 hear stories. Crofton Library: 410-222-7915 • 2pm: Kids bring ideas; library supplies Legos. Fairview Library, Owings: 410-257-2101 • 9:30-9:50am: Babies to 2-year-olds hear stories, songs and more;rsvp. • 10-10:30am: 2- to 3-year-olds practice listening skills and make crafts;rsvp.

KIDS Times at the Library

  Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291 • 10-11am: Little ones enjoy a movie and story. • 6:30-7:30pm: K-3rd graders enjoy stories and projects;rsvp. Southern Library, Lusby: 410-326-5289 • 10-10:30am: Parents have book club; kids play. 

KIDS Times at the Library

  Crofton Library: 410-222-7915 • 9:30am: 18 months to 3 years hear stories. • 10:30am: Ages 3 to 5 hear stories. Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library: 410-222-1770 • 9am-3pm: Make and take a craft. Fairview Library, Owings: 410-257-2101 • 10-10:30am: Stories, songs and crafts for families;rsvp. • 10:45-11:15am: Kids up to age 5 play. Bring a battery-free toy to share.

John Luskey Performs

    Hear Southern Maryland native John Luskey play his country tunes at Mamma Lucia’s new Rico’s Bar and Lounge in Dunkirk. 7-10pm 10136 Southern Maryland Blvd.: 301-812-1240; www.mammaluciarestaurant.com.

Naval Academy Wind Ensemble • free

  Hear the Naval Academy Band Wind Ensemble. 7pm at Bowie Center for Performing Arts: 410-293-1257; www.usna.edu. 

Women’s History Movie • free

  Watch Iron Jawed Angels, a film about a group of young, defiant women who take the women’s suffrage movement by storm and put their lives at risk to help women earn the right to vote. 6-8:30pm at Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291; www.calvert.lib.md.us.