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A dilapidated hotel holds more than dusty sheets in this hilarious thriller

Compass Rose Theater creates a small, intimate miracle

      For the first two weeks of October, the U.S. Boat Shows are the hottest ticket in Annapolis. 
Some Housing Unrestricted in This Adult Community        In the adult community where I live, I was getting ready to take the birdhouse down for cleaning when I saw this frog looking at me (lol). So I left it hanging there. A couple of days later he or she was still there. When a friend and I thought maybe it should come out because we didn’t think it was getting food in there, it jumped out. Then I kind of missed it and kept looking to see if it came back. Sure enough...

Life is too precious to waste on this terrible movie

      One tragic moment forever changes the lives of multiple people. Will (Oscar Isaac: Operation Finale) can’t cope after the tragedy ends his marriage to the love of his life, Abby (Olivia Wilde: A Vigilante). The event sets Rodrigo’s (Àlex Monner: Heavies Tendres) family on a crash course to disaster. And Dylan (Olivia Cooke: Ready Player One) grows up fueled by rage and self-loathing as a result of the incident. As these three stories converge we learn truths...

Today we call it renewal

      “There are no second acts to American lives,” Jazz Age novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald told us. That may have been true back then, though I doubt it; today it is certainly a falsehood. Many people move on to second or third acts better than their first.      Retirement for an outdoor-oriented person in particular is not really retirement at all. It is more like shifting into permanent four-wheel drive, shunning the interstates and endless highways to...

The classic movie splashes to life

         In 1952 Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds teamed up on what was to become the top film musical ever made, according to the American Film Institute: Singin’ In the Rain. The story centers on the transition in the 1920s from silent film to talkies, and of course features that unforgettable title song, choreographed by Kelly complete with a drenching rain. The movie became a Broadway musical in 1985, lasted about a year, and has been...
Three-year plan places 50 bikes at nine different spots around town 
      Whether you live in, work in or enjoy visiting Annapolis, the $64,000 question is where to park.        At city core, Church Circle is a central star, emitting streets like rays. From this spherical hub, you choose a street to search for parking. There are small streets, like Franklin and South, and more heavily traveled streets like West, Main and College Avenue.       Many drivers go right for Duke of Gloucester Street and the Noah...

Instruments play a new tune at orchestra fundraiser

      Ten local artists tackled a different type of canvas for their partnership with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Instead of choosing fiber to capture their artwork, they turned violins into masterpieces of a different sort.       You can see the results Sunday, Sept. 23, when art and music join forces at McBride Gallery for the big reveal of The Painted Violins.        The violins, donated by the Anne Arundel Co. Public School System, now...
Growing corn is a-mazing
      A staple of the dinner table has now become a staple of fall festivals.        At farms, garden centers and plant nurseries around the nation, the corn field is more about getting lost and having fun and less for picking and eating. Designs get more complicated by the year.       The corn maze at Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian has become known for its inspired and timely designs. Every year the staff brainstorms design ideas for the corn...

Annapolis tries adding bicycles to its traffic flows and woes

      I was an outlier back when I commuted around St. Louis on my one-speed, thin-tired bicycle. This step up from my childhood Schwinn Starlet was a Francophile affectation. I’d been to Paris, and that was the look for me. So in my early 20s, I wore a belted blue trench coat and rode my bicycle to work and errands.        This was urban riding in the old midtown of the city, over short distances on roads free of today’s congestion. My only...
Where Do I Find Milkweed?        I really enjoyed your column and Ms. Barker Frankel’s article that I just read on monarchs in the paper of Sept. 13. We recently purchased property and have not seen any milkweed plants on it, which concerns me. In the past, our property used to be a tobacco farm and then morphed into a horse farm. I was wondering if you know of any local places that I could purchase native plants that you could recommend for monarchs.    ...

Beer and wine come to Quiet Waters

      As you enter Quiet Waters Park, you’ll see welcome signs, trail signs, pavilion signs and signs prohibiting alcohol.        If you want to have your wedding in the park, you’ll have to get the liquor license yourself. Other festivals and parades in the park have always been dry — until now.       This month, Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks presents Twist and Stout, a fine wine and craft beer...