Staff picks for Nov. 3 to 9

November 03, 2011
  • In "The City Dark," a filmmaker moves to New York City and finds the city is almost devoid of darkness. This and almost 50 other films will be shown at the American Conservation Film Festival today through Sunday in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
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The Top Five

Lincoln and Douglas on stage
“The Rivalry,” a play about the Lincoln-Douglas debates. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Nov. 12. Harpers Ferry Middle School, Bolivar, W.Va.; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, Saturday, Nov. 19; Friday, Dec. 2, Saturday, Dec. 3. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 898 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, W.Va. $10; $5, students; free for children younger than 12. For reservations, call 304-535-2009, email, or go to

Benefit concert
A bluegrass concert to benefit the family of Mike McDonald, a local musician who died unexpectedly. Entertainment by Ernie Bradley and Grassy Ridge, Twin Hill Express, Billy Lee Cox and Scott Brandon (Don Reno and Red Smiley Tribute), Back Creek Valley Boys and Circa Blue. 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre, 118 Walnut St., Waynesboro, Pa. $10 per person. Food and beverages will be sold. Call 304-264-8801.

Film festival
American Conservation Film Festival will show 50 short and feature films about food, gardens, trash, animal extinctions and other conservation-related topics Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 6. Plus workshops for filmmakers and film buffs. Screened at three venues in Shepherdstown, W.Va. $40 full festival pass; $10, individual block tickets. For a list of films, go to Call 304-876-7373 or email

Piano concert
Pianist Caroline Oltmanns will perform selections by Debussy, Hadyn and others. 2:30 p.m. Sunday; reception follows. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. $5; free for members. Call 301-739-5727 or go to

Gala concert
Cumberland Valley School for the Arts’ celebration of the 100th birthday of seven iconic American musical acts, including the Andrews Sisters, Mahalia Jackson and Roy Rogers. 3 p.m. Sunday at Wilson College’s Thomson Alumnae Chapel, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. $15, advance; $20, at the door; $35, patrons; $10, students in grades kindergarten through 12. Call 717-261-1220 or go to

Top Five Free

Miniature art show
Miniature artwork will be displayed. Reception 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Exhibit continues through Friday, Jan. 6. Council for the Arts’ gallery, Capitol Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-264-6883 or go to

Painting show opens
A show of about 35 representational and abstract paintings by local artist Dennis Clarke. Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Show continues through November. Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown.  Free. Call 301-791-3132 or go to

Disc golf tournament
Players of all skill levels are welcome in the Little Heiskell Challenge on Saturday. Prizes awarded. Sanctioned by Professional Disc Golf Association. 8 a.m. registration; 9:30 a.m. tournament begins. Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run, 2 S. Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown. For cost or to register online, go to, call 301-739-8577, ext. 180, or email

Open studio
Metal sculptor Scott Cawood opens his studio to visitors. Showing work in progress and holiday gift ideas. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Scott Cawood Art Studio, 3829 Harpers Ferry Road, south of Sharpsburg. Free. Go to, email or call 301-432-2131.

Seven-artist show
Spectrum Seven, consisting of local artists Eliane Ambrose, Donna Bingaman, Marguerite Cyr, Becky Dietrich, Donna Mason, Elisabet Stacy-Hurley and Marjorie Tressler, will display original works. Show opens Friday; opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Mansion House Art Gallery, 501 Highland Way, City Park, Hagerstown. Exhibit continues through November. Free. Call 301-797-6813.

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