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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Estate Planning at Temple Bat Yam

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 7-9 PM



Cynthia  Malament, a local estate planning attorney, will discuss the essential documents  needed to designate who will be in charge of your personal, medical and  financial affairs if and when you become unable to manage such affairs on your  own while you are alive and after you pass away. Two important documents are the  Advance Medical Directive, which appoints a Health Care Agent and can include a  Living Will Declaration, and the Power of Attorney. The third document is the  Last Will and Testament, which includes directions for distribution of assets  and designates the person or persons to be in charge of your estate after you  pass away. The need for such planning will be discussed, as well as a clear  explanation of what these documents contain.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Open Mic Night at the Gordon

On Tuesday evening, August 13 at 7pm in the lobby of the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, at 3506 Gwynnbrook  Avenue, Owings Mills, “Open Mic Nights at the Gordon”  will begin.

This FREE event is an opportunity for performers to showcase their talents to friends, family, or neighbors.   A P.A. system is provided so artists can come prepared with their acoustic instruments, whether they are guitars, voices, verses, or a djembe. Only hand drums can be accommodated (no drum set provided). Come one, come all! Spread the word about this to your music-loving friends.

Open Mic nights provide a great platform for amateur or up-and-coming musicians (or for that matter- poets, comedians, anyone who wants 15 minutes of fame). It’s also a fun night to be an audience member and enjoy supporting local talent—after all, artists cannot do what they do best without an audience.

Sign-up for the event starts at 6:30pm. First come, first served. Music begins at 7pm. Each artist will be limited to three songs. Refreshments will available for sale.

The Gordon Center strives to give more local artists performance and collaboration opportunities. Stay tuned for an exciting 2013-14 Gordon Center season of national talent in music, dance, comedy, film and more to be announced later this summer.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Shayna Leigh at Rams Head Tavern

Singer/songwriter Shayna Leigh will release her debut album Tenderness on September 17, 2013 and is touring through the Northeast this summer, including shows in New York, Philadelphia and Annapolis, MD.

This New York City based artist has spent the last two months gearing up for the album’s debut, performing to a standing room only audience at The Living Room in May and treating fans to an outstanding performance at The Phoenix Fest in La Plata, MD on Memorial Day weekend. She recently judged a vocal competition for the new television show “Empire City’s Lucky Break,” which aired on June 8th on WLNY-TV.


Next To Me” You LYRIC Video Link


The musical spirit of New York City, especially the evocative songs of the Brill Building and pop-renaissance era of the 1950s and ‘60s — the music of Goffin & King and Bacharach & David, The Lovin’ Spoonful and The Rascals — resonates on this striking debut.  Shayna has tapped into that DNA strain of what it’s like to soak in the timeless essence of New York, a mood and feeling that pulses throughout Tenderness. Producer Matt Pierson, and the sextet of studio players that he assembled, intuitively picked up on the “old school pop vibe” on the “cover sessions,” and the original songs composed by and with (and produced by) Nashville-based songwriter Paula Winger bring that classic pop sensibility up to date.

Working with Shayna on her album repertoire quickly became a labor of love for Mitchell Cohen, an A&R veteran with more than three decades of music industry experience under his belt at Arista, Columbia and Verve Records. “We’d have

these listening sessions,” Mitchell recalls, “it was love at first sight (or first listen) for Chip Taylor’s “Any Way That You Want Me,” the timeless, high-impact 1969 ballad by Evie Sands.  “It’s the softest loudest song you’ve ever heard,” Shayna says.  “And I thought, I can do that, this is what I’m looking for, this is what I wanted, I’m in.”

The next keeper was “Darling Be Home Soon” by John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful to be followed by Paul Simon’s “Tenderness” which proved such a compassionate fit that it earned the album title tune slot.  Bacharach & David’s  “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” (via Dusty Springfield and Dionne Warwick) conjures up the restlessness of post-breakup lonely nights. And soon after hearing the Dusty Springfield and Lesley Gore versions of the Rascals’ “How Can I Be Sure,” Shayna began having dreams in the melody of the song. 


Given Shayna’s desire for the album to showcase her songwriting abilities, Mitchell suggested she go to Nashville to write and record with Paula Winger. Together they wrote three songs in two days, two of which ended up on the album, along with “Drive Away,” an assertive pop song that Paula co-wrote with Stephanie Lewis.  As Shayna explains about “Next To Me,” the album’s first single (and video); “It came from the idea that, ‘I really wish that I were a super carefree person, one of those people who doesn’t see consequences, who does what they want, when they want, with sunflowers in the windowsill, talking to strangers, not bringing a jacket. The second Winger-Leigh collaboration on the album is the poignant “Map Of My Heart,” a song about a relationship that is no longer what it once was, “and saying goodbye to that.”

Shayna Leigh Albertson was born and raised in Winter Park, an idyllic suburb of Orlando, home of Nickelodeon and Disney World.  She was a game, energetic youngster, who tried gymnastics (too fearful), girls basketball (too small), and figure skating (not adventurous enough), before finally wangling permission to audition for a local television commercial. Like most kids her age around Orlando, it was all about radio XL-106.7 FM, with Britney and Justin and N*SYNC.  “I loved the boy band thing, I was all in. I was 100% in my generation at that time, but I couldn’t see a musical place for myself there.”

She made her way to New York and enrolled at NYU’s Tisch School of Fine Arts as a drama student.  College turned out to be a dark time of soul-searching for Shayna, after which she was determined to pursue a musical career. Her initial step was to do some recording in Los Angeles and New York. Ten songs were completed in the studio, and although the results were never released, it was a learning experience that put Shayna on the next step of her career.

“I will never be unhappy again,” Shayna says.  “Because if I’m unhappy, I’m doing something wrong and I should go somewhere else.  My fundamental goal is to be uplifting.  I was taught that we are here to make other people’s lives better.  That doesn’t mean forget your own dreams. It means be kind, be funny. When you’re with someone, try to make a positive impact.  The world is changed in small positive gestures.  I do believe that.”

Tenderness is set for release on September 17, 2013. Shayna’s summer tour dates are posted below.


Tour Dates


08.11.13 • Rockwood Music Hall • New York, NY

08.13.13 • World Café Live • Philadelphia, PA

08.14.13 • Rams Head Tavern • Annapolis, MD

08.15.13 • The Paper Box • Brooklyn, NY

08.28.13 • Stephen Talkhouse • Amagansett, NY 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Lovin’ Summer Soiree

Enjoy the last days of the season with a Summer Soiree like no other!

Open bar, music by the Country Devils, interactive photo booth, special feature performances, goodie bags, gourmet burger bar, raffle prizes and more! Summer chic attire.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Animal Allies Rescue Foundation.

Tickets are $45 (all-inclusive) with special pricing for groups of 2 and 4.

Tickets at chefsexpressions.com/our-events

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Crystal Moll Gallery presents A PLEIN-AIR SUMMER SHOW: Opening Reception August 15th 6-8pm

Crystal Moll Gallery’s PLEIN-AIR SUMMER SHOW features paintings produced on location….fresh off the fields and streets!  Works by Tim Kelly, Lee Boynton, Ann Crostic, Crystal Moll and others will be on display.

Show dates: July 30th – September 14th

Opening Reception with Live Jazz performed by Paul Snyder: August 15th from 6-8 pm ….. as part of Federal Hill’s Third Thursdays….


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