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All 3 Iron Man movies and the Avengers will be marathoned at AMC theatres on Thursday, May 2nd, starting at 1 p.m. for $30.

I am planning to go to the showing at the Hoffman Theater in Alexandria, if anyone is interested in meeting up. Other area theaters participating include:

Maryland

Columbia Mall 14
St Charles Town Ctr 9
White Marsh 16

Virginia

Hampton 24
Hoffman Center 22
Lynnhaven 18
Potomac Mills 18
Tysons Corner 16

Washington DC

Georgetown 14
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Multi-talented
actress, director, writer, and performer, Rain Pryor is joined by Musical Director Keith Killgo for a wonderful evening of jazz and blues selections from her one-woman show, "The Pryor Experience". […]

Cost: $20 tax-deductable donation to the Strand; plus, $15 food/drink minimum.
Monday, October 1st at 7:00 pm
BUY TICKETS

Strand Theatre Season and Season ticket Info )
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Creative Currency Event
Location TBA in Baltimore, MD
September 23

In addition to the “Vote for Me!” signs that line the streets of our local communities during the election cycle, imagine your own signs in the public square! Imagine positive signs that “advertize” the the compassion intrinsic in all human beings, and stand in counterpoint to the negativity that is a constant part of too many elections! more about creative currency )
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There are too many to list, but opportunities to volunteer with this effort are available all over Maryland (and some in DC), most days of the week, from now until November. Marylanders for Marriage Equality Events calendar.
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Issued by The National Weather Service
Baltimore/Washington, MD
Fri, Jun 1, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

Updated Jun 1, 2012, 1:50pm EDT

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 333 IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

IN MARYLAND THIS WATCH INCLUDES 10 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL MARYLAND

ANNE ARUNDEL HOWARD MONTGOMERY PRINCE GEORGES

IN NORTH CENTRAL MARYLAND

CARROLL

IN NORTHERN MARYLAND

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IN VIRGINIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 7 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA

KING GEORGE ORANGE SPOTSYLVANIA

IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA

ARLINGTON FAIRFAX PRINCE WILLIAM STAFFORD

IN MARYLAND THIS WATCH INCLUDES 1 INDEPENDENT CITY

IN NORTHERN MARYLAND

BALTIMORE CITY

IN VIRGINIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 5 INDEPENDENT CITIES

IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA

CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG

IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA

CITY OF ALEXANDRIA CITY OF FAIRFAX CITY OF FALLS CHURCH CITY OF MANASSAS

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The Baltimore Theatre Project is looking to fill two remaining roles for their upcoming play A Fierce Longing, based on the life and work of Yukio Mishima. Both roles are for male actors, including the lead role of Mishima himself.

They are looking for male actors in their 20s and 30s who are physically fit and capable of taking on leading roles. They are also seeking a multiethnic cast and Asian actors are strongly encouraged to audition.

Rehearsals begin Saturday, April 28th and will run throughout the month of May on Tues-Thurs evenings from 7:00-10:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00-4:00. We will rehearse at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul Street.

The show will run June 1st-2nd and 7th-9th, with a special performance for selected guests only on May 31st.

If you're interested in auditioning, or know someone who would be, you can e-mail director John Wilson for more information. He can be reached via e-mail at jwilsonbaltimore[at]gmail.com.

Otherwise, if you know anyone who is interested in or capable of supporting this multimedia production, you can find out more and contribute via IndieGogo.
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A while back, I asked for recommendations for a Baltimore-area dentist who had good skills with dental trauma patients (*waves hand*), and [personal profile] tazlet recommended Nick Garcia, whose practice is downtown (just outside the Inner Harbor area).

I saw him yesterday, and can cheerfully and happily recommend him for people with dentist trauma like I've got dentist trauma!

Likewise, Dr. John Mullally on Padonia Rd in Timonium gets my stamp of approval for endodontists. He did two root canals for me this morning and it was as pleasant an experience as root canal can possibly be. (Be warned, however: there is a life-sized Elvis in the waiting room. It was very startling to my drugged-ass self.)
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Here's what the ad says: "Join Of Sacred Worth as we present Peterson Toscano and his performance of "Transfigurations". Drawing on inspiration from interviews with transgender and genderqueer individuals, Peterson Toscano weaves their experiences into the stories of transgender and gender-variant people from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Hilarious and moving, Toscano's one-person play deepens well-known (and lesser-known) Bible stories as he presents an array of characters with an array of genders. This event is open to anyone including those outside the Wesley community. Bring dinner or grab something in the refectory and bring it up, and enjoy the free show. Invite friends and share this event with everyone!"

I've seen this, and several of Peterson's other one-man shows, and they are always thought-provoking.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 5:00pm until 6:30pm

http://www.facebook.com/events/191198874316175/
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Please join Marylanders for Marriage Equality at our Next Steps Community Meetings to learn the latest campaign news and how you can help to ensure we protect marriage for all loving families in Maryland. Please RSVP through the links listed below each event. For questions, please email. Manley@mdfme.org

Montgomery County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Sunday, March 11th at 6 p.m.
Takoma Park Presbyterian Church
310 Tulip Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Montgomery RSVP


Prince George’s County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Tuesday, March 13th at 6 p.m.
UFCW Local 400 Building
4301 Garden City Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20785
(2 blocks up from New Carrollton Metro Station)
PG RSVP


Baltimore City: Next Steps Community Meeting
Tuesday, March 13th at 6 p.m.
Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB)
241 West Chase Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Baltimore City RSVP


Howard County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Wednesday, March 14th at 7 p.m.
Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way, Room 116
(Downstairs Conference Room)
Columbia, MD 21045
Howard RSVP


Eastern Shore: Next Steps Community Meeting
Thursday, March 15th at 6:30 p.m.
Salisbury University
Henson Hall, Room 243
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
Eastern Shore RSVP


Anne Arundel County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Sunday, March 18th at 3 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis
333 Dubois Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Anne Arundel RSVP


Frederick County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Thursday, March 22nd at 7 p.m.
Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Frederick RSVP


Baltimore County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Wednesday, March 28th at 12 p.m.
The Community College of Baltimore County
7201 Rossville Boulevard
L Building, Room 209/210
Rosedale, MD 21237
Baltimore County RSVP
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Building a successful and attractive transit system takes more than drawing lines on a map and buying snazzy vehicles. In addition to the many technical issues, one of the most important factors is values. Who is the system for, and why will they use it?

International transportation consultant Jarrett Walker, who writes the blog Human Transit, has a new book by the same title about the values behind transit, transit's limits and opportunities, and why people do and don't ride.

Greater Greater Washington is cosponsoring an informal chat and question/answer session with Jarrett next Thursday, February 9th, at 6:30 pm. Jarrett is also giving 2 public lectures on Tuesday evening in Silver Spring and Thursday afternoon at the National Building Museum.

Our evening event will be at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) offices at 1666 K Street NW, Suite 1100, starting at 6:30. Young Professionals in Transportation, Women's Transportation Seminar, the American Planning Association, and APTA are also cosponsoring the event.

Our event does require an RSVP. Additionally, there are a limited number of books available at a discounted rate. You can reserve one when you RSVP.

On Tuesday, February 7, the Montgomery County Planning Commission is hosting Jarrett as a part of their speaker series. The talk will start at 7:30 pm in the Planning Board auditorium at 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

On the 9th, Jarrett will speak at the National Building Museum from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. The National Building Museum is located downtown at 401 F Street NW. It may fill up so RSVP to reserve your space.

For those of you who live or work in the Baltimore area, Jarrett has also announced a lunchtime talk at Penn Station. It will run from noon until 1 pm on Tuesday the 7th.

All of the events are free.

Jarrett's book, like his blog, is full of insightful commentary. I was particularly interested in his discussion of the relationship between connections and frequency in enabling transit to be a more feasible mode. It was especially poignant for me, since the Metrobus and Prince George's County bus routes in Greenbelt were restructured around these principles just last year.

Prior to the change, we basically had a "direct service everywhere" design, which meant either long waits for the right bus or long rides on the wrong bus. Jarrett talks about how good design (both frequency and connections between routes) can mean that transferring might get you there more quickly and more reliably at the same cost to the agency. My experience on the ground backs that up, and the book explains why transit works that way.

Anyone who has ridden transit on a regular basis will appreciate the points Jarrett makes. Especially his matrix showing the seven demands of useful transit service. Transit designers must take these demands into consideration if they hope to compete for riders.

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Free Fall Baltimore is a series of free arts events throughout October.

One that caught my eye is the Strand Theater hosting a dramatic reading of the One Maryland One Read book, Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True History of a Part-Time Indian, Wednesday October 19, at 7 p.m.
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MASHA! by Dan Kitrosser
Second Saturday Reading Series | FREE
Saturday, September 10 at 7pm

MASHA! is a poignant comedy about leaving, coming and staying home. Masha Kohner, a thirty-four year old Lebuvitch divorcee, spends her days tending to Yitta, her sometimes-delusional 98 year old great-grandmother, in their modest house in Monsey, New York. When Masha learns that she must have a double mastectomy due to an aggressive bout of breast cancer, she makes plans to go to Manhattan for the surgery to stay with her estranged lesbian sister, Yael. But Yael is no longer Yael. Yael is now Jerri and in the process of saving up money so that she too can have a mastectomy to become a him. MASHA! takes us from Monsey, to the East Village, even to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, all in the hopes of finding wherever that may be.

Strand Theater Company
1823 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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As most of the East Coast recovers from Tuesday's small quake, we find ourselves facing another natural disaster. Much like the West Coast is used to quakes, so too is the southeastern US used to hurricanes. Once again, Mother Nature is throwing us a curveball: Hurricane Irene is likely to make landfall somewhere between Wilmington, NC and Virginia Beach, VA on Saturday morning. Current forecasts call for it to hit land as a category 3 hurricane (Winds between 110 and 130mph) and weakening to category 2 (winds between 96 and 110 mph) by Sunday morning. While these are areas that have experienced hurricanes in the past, they do not normally encounter ones of the the severity expected of Irene.

Several cities in Maryland and Virginia have issued already evacuation orders, both mandatory and voluntary. Here in the Springfield area, I have already noticed increase business at grocery stores. In CostCo today, many shoppers were buying only cases of bottled water. CostCo also sold out of portable generators.

Today, not tomorrow, is the time to take actions to prepare for the worst your region can expect. Both the National Hurricane Center and The Weather Channel offer suggestions on building a survival kit:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/prepare/supply_kit.shtml
http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/article/hurricane-survival-kit_2011-08-22

The Weather Channel's current information on Hurricane Irene can be found here: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/article/tropical-depression-nine-storm-hurricane-irene_2011-08-20

The National Weather Service's information can be found here: http://www.noaawatch.gov/2011/tc_at09.php

For those of you who can support others, consider checking with friends and family in threatened regions and making sure they are taking proper precautions. If you have elderly or special-needs neighbors, check on them to see if they need anything. If you are planning to evacuate, make sure friends and family know where you are going. If you are in a safe area, consider offering crash space to friends and family who need it.

Stay safe out there.

Transit!

Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:23 pm
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MARC, AMTRAK, and VRE are all temporarily suspended.

Airports back in operation w/ serious delays.

Metro, MARC, AMTRAK, and VRE in operation w/ delays for trains and buses.

Feel free to comment on this entry for updates.
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One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace at The Strand Theatre
April 21 - May 7, 2011
Directed by Jayme Kilburn
On the last day of a 30-day quarantine, a wealthy couple discover their London home invaded by two strangers—a sailor and a girl who might not be what she seems— and so they must begin another month of quarantine…together. Watched over by their jailor, these four with nothing in common must find a way to survive both the plague and each other. Hilarious and deeply moving by turns, One Flea Spare is set in 17th-century England, where social roles and the boundaries between them have been set into chaos. The definition of morality is up for grabs. History is being tantalized. And whilst the wealthy William Snelgrave dreams of sweating, swearing tars and of how sailors satisfy their baser instincts so far away from female company, his wife Darcey—literally untouched for 40 years—discovers that her dreadfully scarred body may not be numb after all. The human heart craves comfort, contact, tenderness…and survival may take many forms. Inspired by the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Wallace explores the issues of class, power, and sex in this timely and political play.Read more... )

Strand Theater Company
1823 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Production Dates:
Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 21st and May 5th at 8:00 pm
Friday, April 22nd, 29th, and May 6th at 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 23rd, 30th, and May 7th at 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 1st at 3:00 pm
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Improv Games
Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 7pm - FREE!
Read more... )

Auditions
One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace
Monday, January 10 at 7pm
The Strand Theater is holding auditions for One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7pm. Read more... )
More audition Info

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion opens Friday, February 4, 2011. Read more... ) More play info
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Strand Theater presents

A Peppermint Patty Christmas by Kate Bishop
directed by Da'Minique M. Williams

Patricia dreads going home for the holidays. It seems her winter gloom descends like the dancing robot Santas and the light-up Messiahs, earlier and earlier every year. But this year, she's going to set a different dinner table. Patricia made a promise to herself, her girlfriend, and her therapist that this is the year -- no matter how much her mom tries to keep conversation meteorological in nature -- this year she's going to try something new. She will tell the truth. The whole truth. And nothing. But. The truth.

 A Peppermint Patty Christmas will be performed at the Strand from December 2nd until December 18th. General admission is $15, Students/Seniors are $10.  Reservations can be made by phone 443-874-4917 or ONLINE.
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David Rakoff is promoting his new book Half Empty. He's doing two area reading and signings.


Wednesday, September 22—Baltimore
7:00pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library - 400 Cathedral Street

Thursday, September 23—Washington DC
7:00pm
Politics and Prose - 5015 Connecticut Ave NW
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Every weekend in June, the Strand Theater Company is producing a $5 play by an emerging local playwright.
The Friends and Neighbors Festival is an opportunity for emerging playwrights to showcase their work in a semi-professional environment. It also gives patrons the chance to view new works of theater inexpensively. The playwrights in the 2010 festival were hand selected from a group of 45 submissions. The plays in the Friends and Neighbors Festival: Works by Women exemplify creativity in writing, use of space, and theater techniques. The four plays in the festival vary from traditional to experimental. Each playwright works with a director and cast present the audience with a first look of their original piece. We are proud to add the Maryland State Arts Council to our list of donors to the festival. Please read below a description of each play.
Friends and Neighbors Festival: Works by Women

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