Top Fives for April 15-21

April 15, 2010

Top Five things to do this week

Do you believe in magic?

Safe Place and The Antietam Exchange Club present the fourth annual magic show. Magicians include Ardan James the Animated Illusionist, the Reed Sisters, Stoil and Ekaterina and Mutts Gone Nuts. Students from The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts open the show. 6:30 p.m. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Tickets cost $20. Proceeds benefit Safe Place Washington County Child Advocacy Center. Call 301-790-2000 or go to .

'Steel Magnolias'

A story about life in Chinquapin, La., as experienced by six women. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays through April 25. Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va. Tickets cost $7 to $15. Call 304-263-6766.

Everybody get footloose

Clear Spring High School will present "Footloose: The Musical." 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18. Clear Spring High School auditorium, 12630 Broadfording Road, Clear Spring. Tickets cost $6 or $8; available at the door or in advance by calling 301-766-8082.


Art that really blossoms

Floral arrangements interpret paintings and sculptures in the museum. Preview party 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 17; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18. Tickets for the preview party cost $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Call 301-730-5727 or go to

Country music up-and-comers

Nathan Lee Jackson, Brady Seals and David Bradley perform from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17, Cancun Cantina West, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Call 301-797-4422.

Top Five Free things to do this week

Poe-inspired films

The Maryland Theatre presents a double feature of movies based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe -- "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Pit and the Pendulum." 6 p.m. Sunday at the theater on South Potomac Street, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-790-3500 or go to .

Cue the violins

Jazz violinist Christian Howes is the featured performer at Shippensburg (Pa.) Community Orchestra's free spring concert, set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University. The campus address is off Old Main Drive in Shippensburg. The theater is located off Bucks Drive. Call 717-477-7469 or go to

Best-selling author

Elizabeth Gilbert, award-winning author of "Eat, Pray, Love," will be at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md., at 8 tonight, April 15. It's a free, unticketed event, but seating is limited. For more, call 301-600-2828 or go to .

Bookworms' delight

The fourth annual WV Book Faire features book signings, children's events, a meet-the-author dinner and more on Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, at various locations around Martinsburg, W.Va. Featured authors include Dave Pelzer, author of "A Child Called 'It,'" radio and TV commentator Cokie Roberts and Civil War author Jeff Shaara. For complete schedule, go to

Washington Romance Writers mega event features nearly a dozen romance authors, including Charlaine Harris, Nora Roberts, Gail Barrett, Heidi Betts and Susan Donovan. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe, 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro. Call 301-432-4588 or go to Tickets for a place in line will be handed out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Celebrating Moms

The event will include local vendors, crafts, kids' zone, dads' zone, activities at Center Court and throughout the mall. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Valley Mall, 17301 Valley Mall Road, Halfway. For information, call Randi McClure at The Herald-Mail at 301-745-3620 or go to

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