Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will become an epicenter for Do-It-Yourself invention beginning July 1, as all three floors of the Maryland Science Center transform into a hotbed of contraptions, challenges and creative inspiration for Gizmos, Gadgets & Gears—a special summer experience all day, every day, through Labor Day.
Visitors can build it, break it, test it or take it home in dozens of Gizmos, Gadgets & Gears activities and workshops engineered for an imagination-fueled summer of tinkering. Among the 50+ experiences that turn visitors into inventors are mousetrap-built racecar races, rubber band-powered helicopter flight tests, recycled CD art design and pinhole camera construction. Guests should keep their eyes peeled for Pop-Up, Bite-sized and Shock Science demonstrations—unannounced moments of exploring science marvels such as stomp rockets, zoetropes and alka-seltzer powered propulsions.
Gizmos, Gadgets & Gears activities are free with paid admission to the Maryland Science Center. For dates of specific activities, more information and ticket prices, visit www.marylandsciencecenter.org or call the 24-Hour Information Line at 410-685-5225.
A supremely original exhibition of embroidery, diorama, sculpture, film, graffiti and PostSecret confession, promoting all manner of acute visual listening and delight for the whole family. Runs through Sept. 1. All day, American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore. Visit avam.org.
An exhibition that brings 1812 Baltimore vividly to life. Runs through June 9, 2014. All day, the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore. Visit mdhs.org/betsy-bonaparte/the-exhibition.
Starting July 28th and extending through September 1, sections of the “Parkinson’s Global Quilt,” will be on display at Tudor Heights. The quilt was created by more than 600 people affected by Parkinson’s to help raise awareness of the nearly one million Americans and the 7 to 10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s and the continued urgency to find a cure.
For information. contact Sherri Zaslow at 1-410-318-8000.
See parts of a quilt created by more than 600 people affected by Parkinson’s. Runs through Sept. 1, Tudor Heights Assisted Living & Memory Care, 7218 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. Contact: 410-318-8000
An interactive pirate adventure aboard the Fearless, Baltimore’s only pirate ship. Learn to dress, talk, and walk like a pirate while searching for treasure and blasting enemies with water cannons in the Inner Harbor. Runs through Oct. 31, Fells Point, 912 S. Ann St., Baltimore. Visit urbanpirates.com.
The Jewish Theatre Workshop is proud to present:
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
by Tom Stoppard
Co-Directed by Brad Norris and Ariella McCown
Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eve view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.
Five Performances To Choose From!
Thursday August 8th – 7pm
Sunday August 11th – 1pm
Tuesday August 13th – 7pm
Thursday August 15th – 7pm
Sunday August 18th – 1pm
Weinberg Park Heights JCC
5700 Park Heights Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
Purchase Tickets Online before August 4th to take advantage of the Early-Bird Discount of 20% Off!
General Admission: $15
For tickets visit www.jewishtheatreworkshop.org
For more information and group rates, contact The Jewish Theatre Workshop email@example.com.
Rainbow Loom Class. Beginner at intermediate every Monday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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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.
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
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