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Solving the mystery of Beethoven’s greatest work

      B — as in Bach, Beethoven and Brahms — is the most revered letter in music. One of the three great Bs, Beethoven, devoted five years to the works of another B composer, B as in so-so, like a B actor. 
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Local author shoots for the stars

     Thomas Michael of Edgewater knows exactly what he wants for his recently published, locally set baseball murder mystery novel: a Barry Levinson movie. It’s an ambitious goal, but Levinson has done a baseball movie (The Natural), Baltimore movies like Diner and Liberty Heights, and mysteries like Sleepers. Ambitious, but less probable things happen all the time. 
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See these shows — and reach for new levels of understanding

     I admire the local community theater company Twin Beach Players in North Beach, Maryland. 
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A light historical comedy in search of deeper meaning

     Nearing the end of her reign and her life, Queen Victoria (Judi Dench: Tulip Fever) sleeps through her routine of parties, banquets and royal audiences. 
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Contest makes bookmarks messages of harmony 

     Can a bookmark promote peace? That’s the hope of the Maryland Judiciary, which has a big stake in the outcome.
     With kids setting their creativity to resolving conflicts, maybe they can.
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Two strangers battle the elements and their feelings in this romantic drama

     A snowstorm has ruined plans for Alex (Kate Winslet: Collateral Beauty) and Ben (Idris Elba: The Dark Tower). Flights are cancelled, rental cars are booked and the airport is buried. Photojournalist Alex is trying to get home to New York for her next day wedding. Neurosurgeon Ben hopes to make it back to Baltimore for a critical operation.
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Hear those old spectacular songs sung by strong new voices

     When Annie Get Your Gun opened on Broadway in 1946, it was a star vehicle for the brassy, trumpet-voiced Ethel Merman. Irving Berlin’s songs became legendary, from the lively There’s No Business Like Show Business and Anything You Can Do to the romantic They Say It’s Wonderful and I Got Lost in His Arms.
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Not a perfect match but fun to watch

     This historical dramedy returns us to 1973, when Billie Jean King (Emma Stone: La La Land) ranks among the biggest names in tennis — yet earns one of the smallest paychecks. The rationale is that men are more fun to watch — yet women’s events sell as many tickets. To change the status quo, King convinces the female tennis players of southern California to join in a women’s tour.
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Spoofing Bond with ups and downs 
     Gentlemen with lethal fighting skills, The Kingsman are England’s modern Knights of the Round Table.
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Fake News, 1644 Style

       Mistaken identities, a hero’s fondness for unashamed exaggeration and the quest for love permeate The Liar, Richard Wilbur’s modern interpretation of Pierre Corneille’s 1644 farce, his most famous comedy. Under the deft guidance of director Steve Tobin, Compass Rose Theater’s production is not only well acted and well staged but also an ageless play you want to watch.

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