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Nextival promises the next level in good times

Marvel offers a brief break from universe-destroying supervillains in this light flick
 

A 2018 high school grad explains how America vanquished its most numerous bird

Promising Playwright’s work addresses the terror about being unemployed and losing one’s place in this world

Your growing plants get hungry, too, as they start to produce
 

It has left our lives filled with holes
 

How to get the most out of less space

        Downsizing has become a familiar term. When children leave home to enter a new life, parents consider downsizing as they will no longer have the help to care for things. As one approaches retirement, it is not uncommon to see couples downsize so they can spend more time traveling, playing golf or becoming snowbirds.  The aging body also encourages downsizing. You can’t do the things you used to do. The Bay Gardener is now facing the same problem.  ...
A competitive couple tries to beat criminals in this hilarious comedy
      Annie (Rachel McAdams: Doctor Strange) and Max (Jason Bateman: Ozark) are avid competitors. They met as opposing team captains at a bar’s trivia night and have been dominating their couples’ game nights ever since. Each week they bring friends together to eat chips and suffer merciless beatings in party game play.         The couple’s only problem is conceiving a child. The doctor informs them Max’s stress level is the culprit and...

Is it real … or just virtual?

       First, the elephant in the room: Sex with Strangers is not about sex with strangers. Rather, it is about the author of a book, Sex with Strangers, created from a blog written by young millennial Ethan, then bedding a different woman each week for a year, on a dare. The play is about Ethan, his attitudes, his trustworthiness and his generation’s seeming inability to connect without being “connected.”          It...
Forensic artist puts images to 200-year-old descriptions
       Lot Bell, who became a free woman in 1816, survived through two centuries of history in a few words written by the man who had claimed her ownership. Granting Lot her freedom in his last will and testament, ­Silbey Bell described her of “pretty dark complexion, long face and high cheek bones … a very remarkable scar on her head on the left side thereof which resembles a mulberry very much.” On the 30-year-old woman’s Certificate of Freedom...

Researchers track down slave descendants’ legacies

Legacy (n) 1. Any special privilege accorded a firstborn. 2. Something immaterial that is passed from one generation to another.          Imagine gazing down at the open page of your family tree. Do you see branches laden with the names of relatives dating back to the turn of the 16th, 17th or 18th centuries?       If your roots are in Calvert ­County there is that distinct possibility. Maryland Research Archivist Ryan Cox of the Study of the Legacy...

Career expo sets sights on teenagers

       Do you know a teen who loves boats or spending time on the water? Who loves technology, science or math?        Local employers are looking to hook such teens with a career in the marine and maritime trades.       The Eastport Yacht Club Foundation introduces students to industry professionals at the Marine and Maritime Career Expo at Annapolis High School this Saturday, February 24.        More than 50...

No longer pegged as feral, these wild cats serve a purpose

       Don’t disrespect community cats. “Many of these community cats are just out there surviving, and in a lot of cases, they are fulfilling an unseen need,” says Kathy Evans of Rude Ranch Animal Rescue.         You’re not seeing the need, she says, because the cats are keeping pest populations of mice, rats and voles under control, thereby decreasing the spread of diseases.       “Just like a barn cat...
This theater tells its stories in dance, music and fashion
      It’s a Friday afternoon and opening night for Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s Aladdin is just a week away. Artistic Director Dianna Cuatto is working the company, Maryland’s sole professional ballet, on Act II and tweaking little things — the kinds of gestures, head positions and facial expressions — that will make the performance sing.       Adjusting ballerina Emily Brennan’s left hand as it rests lightly in Diego Sosa...
SOUPer Bowl Scores for Light House       Over 200 people braved the cold rain February 4 for the 12th Annual SOUPer Bowl Lunch at Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis, raising $1,900 for the Light House Homeless Prevention and Support Center in Annapolis.       Students from the Light House BEST Culinary Job Training Program and volunteers from the church and community ladled soups prepared by Chef Zachary Pope during the 90-minute event. Guests enjoyed a...

Mild weather, good stories, holidays and commemorations 

       A few weeks back, I spoke disrespectfully of February as my least favorite month (www.bayweekly.com/node/41847). I take it back.        How can I speak ill of a 63-degree February morning, especially when the reversal of those numbers would have seemed a blessing of warmth on many a morning in January?       All month long, February reminds us to go hunting for the too-often forgotten stories of black Americans. We can put faces to a...