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By MARIE GILBERT | | June 21, 2013
It's the musical parodies that get the audience laughing and clapping - songs like the golden oldie “My Guy” that becomes “My Thighs.”   But it's the self-deprecating jokes about hot flashes, sleepless nights, weight gain and Jekyll-and-Hyde personality changes that create a bonding experience among the audience and cast members.   Add sassy dialogue, handsome staging and funny scenes like a bra fight at a lingerie sale and you have a comedic piece of theatre known as “Menopause The Musical.” Since its debut in 2001, the play has been a mini-juggernaut, entertaining sell-out crowds in more than 250 American cities and 14 countries.
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | | June 19, 2013
It has the smell of teen spirit.   Or at least the band rehearsing Monday night at Evolution Rock School hopes to make the audience feel like they have the stage presence and musicality of Nirvana.  Nine bands from the performance-based music school will take the Academy Theater stage at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, for Summer Jam 2013. The school, which is owned by Cindie and Chris Figgatt, accepts students from age 5 to adult who want to learn how to let out their inner rock stars.
June 14, 2013
Gospel in the Park , By Faith Ministries and Kenny Johnson & Company will perform Wednesday at 7 p.m. at City Park's band shell off Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown.
By MARIE GILBERT | | June 12, 2013
On most summer days, the only sounds carrying across the countryside north of Hagerstown are the cawing of crows and the wind whistling through trees. But soon, the solitude will be broken by other, less familiar sounds: the riff of amplified guitars and the muffled bass backbeat of drums. The aroma of food cooking on a grill will fill the air, new friendships will be made and hundreds of people will savor some 11 hours of nearly nonstop music. It's not Woodstock, the 1969 festival where nearly half a million concertgoers uncorked their generational exuberance in a celebration of peace, love and bell bottom jeans.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | June 9, 2013
Alice Kan placed a pick in each of the 3-year-old's small hands and then covered the girl's hands with her own as she showed the youngster how to play a gu zheng. After Daphne received the impromptu lesson, following Sunday's Arts in the Park concert by the Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble, she wasn't up for an interview. But her enthusiasm came through as she tried first one gu zheng and then another on the band shell stage in Hagerstown's City Park. The Sunday afternoon concert, and the yoga class that followed, are part of the summer Arts in the Park series being produced by Historic City Park Neighborhoods 1st and the City of Hagerstown.
By AMY DULEBOHN | | June 9, 2013
Hunter Hayes is ready for an “Encore” of sorts. The Grammy-nominated country singer is set to release an update of his self-titled 2011 debut album, on Tuesday, June 18. The CD, appropriately titled “Encore,” contains re-releases of all the tracks from the debut, as well as three new singles, Hayes said during a June 1 telephone interview from Salem, Va., where he was set to perform at the Blue Ridge Music Festival. He's releasing this redux of his album because, he said, he could.
June 1, 2013
William Shanton, 75 Martinsburg, W.Va. Ever since the first Western Maryland Blues Fest rolled around 18 years ago, William Shanton has been in attendance. Saturday was no exception. “This is my vacation,” Shanton said Saturday during the Downtown House Party in the City Center parking lot. “Every year is great and every year is a little different. That's a good thing. It gets better every year.” Shanton, like other longtime Blues Fest loyals, said the event's most notable change is its increasing fans.
May 29, 2013
I was riding my bicycle out in the middle of nowhere the way I always do, when a couple of Harley riders flagged me down. Bikers like to get off the beaten track, but generally not that far off the beaten track, so they were pretty sure they were hopelessly lost. They were trying to find a spot known as the Troubadour, which is maybe the region's last great honky-tonk still owned and operated by a member of the vanguard of country music artists who changed the genre following World War II. As it turned out, the Harley riders weren't lost at all - they had just given up a mile too soon.
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