Staff picks for Jan. 13-19

January 13, 2011
  • Christine Coss belts out a song in her audition for the 2010 senior idol competition
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The Top Five
Honoring King
Two events honor the late Martin Luther King Jr.
• Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery in downtown Hagerstown will commemorate King on Saturday. Thomas C. Segar will speak and Aaron Worthy and Joshua St. Hill will perform a musical tribute. 3 p.m. at the gallery, 4 W. Franklin St., downtown Hagerstown. The event is free and open to the public. Call 301-791-6191.
• On Monday, Hagerstown Community College will host a celebration of King’s life with a musical performance by the Greater Campher Temple Combined Choir, a dramatic rendition by the Rev. Darin Mency of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and a talk by Chad Adero, director of Multicultural Student Services at Frederick Community College. 1 to 3 p.m. HCC’s Athletic, Recreational and Community Center, 11400 Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. Free and open to the public. Call 301-790-2800, ext. 265.

Children’s puppet show
Wonderment Puppet Theater will present “Little Red Hen Cooking Show.” Noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, March 6. Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St., Martinsburg, W.Va. $4.50; free for ages 2 and younger. Cash or checks accepted. Call 304-258-4074 or go to

Choose your own ‘Romeo and Juliet’
The audience will vote during “Romeo & Juliet: Choose Your Own Ending,” resulting in one of eight possible conclusions for this adaptation of Shakespeare’s love story. 8 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 14 and 21, and Saturdays, Jan. 15 and 22; 3 p.m. Jan. 15 and 22 and Sundays, Jan. 16 and 23. The Cultural Arts Center, 15 W. Patrick St., downtown Frederick, Md. $15; $25 per couple. Call 301-662-4190.

‘Glee’-ful performance
Show choirs from Smithsburg, Tuscarora and Catoctin high schools will perform a fundraising concert with performances similar to those seen on the TV show “Glee.” 7 p.m. Friday at Smithsburg High School, 66 N. Main St., Smithsburg. Tickets cost $10; proceeds will help fund Smithsburg High School show choir’s trip to Disney World. Call 301-766-8337.

Speakeasy Boys perform
The Speakeasy Boys will perform at 9 p.m. today, Jan. 13, at the Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. $5. Call 304-876-3704.

The Five Free
Senior idol competition
The Washington County Commission on Aging hosts an "American Idol"-style competition for the county’s most talented senior singer. The winner and runner-up advance to statewide competition. 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 15 High St., Hagerstown. Tickets cost $5. Call 301-790-0275, ext. 205.

History of American music
Roger Keller will discuss “The History of American Music from the Revolutionary War to World War II,” during the monthly meeting of Allison-Antrim Museum. 7 p.m. tonight, Jan. 13, Evangelical Lutheran Church, 130 N. Washington St., Greencastle, Pa. Open to the public. In case of inclement weather, go to or call 717-597-9325.

Superhero party
Children age 9 and younger and their families are invited to wear the costume of their favorite superhero and participate in themed activities and games. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday Hagerstown Community College’s ARCC Gymnasium, Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. $5, ages birth to 9 years; $2, ages 10 years and older. To register or for information, go to For information, call 240-313-2805.

Opening reception
Paintings by Aric Sites and collages by Melissa Smith will be on display. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Continues through Wednesday, Feb. 2. Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. Call 301-791-3132 or go to

W.Va. photo show opens
The Eastern Panhandle Photography Project will be on display through Monday, Jan. 31. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Firehouse Gallery, Charles Town Visitor Center, 108 N. George St., Charles Town, W.Va. Go to

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