Staff picks for Jan. 5 to 11

January 05, 2012
  • Jason Hoffman, left, plays Joe, a wealthy, pious man, and Zane Oberholzer plays Sidney, a representative of God, in Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater's production of "God's Favorite," Neil Simon's modern-day interpretation of the biblical Book of Job, Friday, Jan. 6.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

The Top Five

Battle of Hancock
Civil War re-enactors, firing demonstrations, story telling, live music and book signings mark the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Hancock. Brochure with event schedule available at Town Hall. Events begin 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 6; 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7; 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8. Concert by the Wildcat Regiment Band at 5 p.m. Jan. 7. Events at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Hancock Community Center and Hancock Museum & Visitor Center throughout the weekend. Most events are free; concert admission is $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Call 301-678-5095.

Indie rock concert
Concert featuring New York band Gabriel The Marine, Those Victorious, Time Columns, My Favorite Colour and Traces of Lead. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Right Choice Ministries, 20204 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown. $5. Call 301-797-8157.

‘God’s Favorite’
Neil Simon's modern-day interpretation of the biblical Book of Job. Opens Friday, Jan. 6; dinner at 6 p.m. and the show follows. Continues Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 28, with one Sunday matinee at 1 p.m. Jan. 15. The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Enter in rear. Tickets cost $30 to $42. For reservations, call 301-739-7469.

Elvis tribute artist
A benefit for The Parent Child Center featuring Elvis tribute artist Kevin Booth with a special tribute to Conway Twitty. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, doors open. Hagerstown Elks Lodge, Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. $10 per person. For tickets or information, call 301-791-2224.

Pipers Weekend concert
A concert with Pipers weekend staff, followed by jams. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Shepherd Universty’s Reynolds Hall, King Street, Shepherdstown, W.Va. $15, $12 seniors, $10 members, $8 students. Call Upper Potomac Dulcimer Fest at 304-263-2531 or go to

Top Five Free

Maurice Sendak
Children’s librarian Jeff Ridgeway will talk Friday about children’s book author Maurice Sendak. An exhibit explores the author’s work. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6. Talk at 5:30. Exhibit continues through Thursday, Feb. 23. Williamsport Memorial Branch Library, 104 E. Potomac St., Williamsport. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 301-223-7027 or go to

Paintings and ceramics
Art and ceramics by Cookie Redding. Reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Exhibit continues through Tuesday, Jan. 31. Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Call 301-791-3132 or go to

Visit the studio
Metal sculptor Scott Cawood will open his art studio. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Cawood Art Studio, 3829 Harpers Ferry Road, Sharpsburg. Free. Call 301-432-2131 or email Go to

Civil War anniversary
Prelude to Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign with living history encampments and firing demos, candlelight tours, period music, talks on local campaign sites and events. Saturday, Jan. 7, and Sunday, Jan. 8. For a schedule and details, call 304-258-2224 or go to

Poetry and jazz
Jazz singer Kerensa Gray and poets Art Page, Charles Carver and Mike Julien will perform. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery, 4 w. Franklin St., Hagerstown. Call 301-791-6191, email or go to

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