Category Archives: Out and About

The 38th annual Young Artist Award recognizes talent in film and TV

On March 17, 2017, the 38th annual Young Artist Awards (YAA) took place at the Alex Theatre.  Hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence (Chuck) along with the appearance of Danny Glover, the YAA recognized and honored young talent. Having interviewed and chatted some of these talented young nominees and winners in real life along with seeing the work of the other talent, it was truly a delight to see them being recognized for the talent I already knew existed.

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How To Have A Great Movie Experience When On A Budget

Millions of people from all around the world love going to the movies. The experience is nowadays highly impressive, with movie theaters offering much more than ever. However, although this is definitely great, there are many cases in which it is difficult to afford to see all the great prices you would like to experience. Fortunately, there are different ways in which you can have a very interesting movie experience without having to spend as much as many think. You can always try the options mentioned below.

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Interview: Shaping Sound’s Nick Lazzarini

Saturday,, March 12th, Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theater is going to be awashed in modern dance as Nick Lazzarini, the season one winner of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, brings his modern dance show Shaping Sound to Baltimore. Described as “an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought fully to life on stage by a dynamic company of contemporary dancers. In After the Curtain, these visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting.” The show should be a fun night on the town. I did an email interview with Nick earlier this week.

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Batman & Superman Face Off with Hillary’s America – The Razzie Awards 2017!

The eve of the Oscars®, so that means the 37th Annual Razzie Awards have been handed out.

This year, the big winners(?) are Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Dinesh D’Sousa and Bruce Schooley’s Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.

Rather than use a ho-hum printed list of the awards, check out the video presentation. It’s as short as The Oscars® are long – and probably just as much fun.

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Visit the Real La La Land Cafe!

I love a bit of innovative marketing and corporate synergy as much as the next person. In celebration of this year’s award season, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will spotlight Lionsgate’s Oscar nominated film, La La Land, as a limited addition to the tour. From Feb. 18 to March 6, 2017, guests can find themselves in a scene from the film as they step onto the ‘Café Sur Le Lot,’ coffee shop set, which has been carefully reconstructed. I’m actually going to be in LA next month for Wondercon and can’t wait to see this in person.

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Wild Women of the Planet Wongo Off Broadway Musical Will Stream on Facebook

I always like to support people that I know who are pushing forward on their dreams. One such acquaintance is pursuing the NYC broadway dream and helping out on an off Broadway comedy called Wild Women of the Planet Wongo.  The producers will broadcast parts of the show via Facebook Live  (https://www.facebook.com/wildwomenofplanetwongo) from inside the Lower East Side’s Parkside Lounge (317 East Houston) on Friday, February 3 at 8pm.

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Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: Deep Talk and Shallow Tales!

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are set to bring their Deep Talk and Shallow Tales evening of conversation and audience interaction to the Hippodrome Theater at the Frances Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore on April 28th.

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Full Frontal’s Samantha Bee Announces ‘Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner!’

Samantha Bee, of TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, has announced the organization of Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner – an answer to the the first White Correspondents’ Dinner since President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration.

Though unrelated, Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner will happen at the exact same time as the official White House Correspondents’ Dinner. What an incredible coincidence.

Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner will take place on Saturday, April 29th at the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C.

Samantha Bee, noted purveyor of FAKE NEWS™, will host the gala affair, welcoming journalists and non-irritating celebrities from around the world. Details follow the break.

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Exclusive: Mamma Mia Star Lizzie Markson Talks about the Final Tour

Based on the music of Abba, the long running hit show Mamma Mia is in the middle of it’s farewell tour. The tour stops at Baltimore’s France-Merrick Hippodrome Theater this weekend for a very limited engagement. I caught up with one of the stars of the current production – Lizzie Markson. She plays the Sophie a young woman who is about to get married. Ahead of her wedding she wants to find out who her real father is. She invites the 3 candidates to her wedding and music and hi-jinks ensue. Really it’s just an excuse to wear funky 70’s outfits and sing Abba. Nothing wrong with that. Mamma Mia is at the Hippodrome, January 13 – 15th. Check out the official tour site for a stop near you.

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Percy Jackson – The Musical?

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Chris McCarrell, will star in a brand-new production of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical this March at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street). Written by Joe Tracz (Netflix “Series of Unfortunate Events”) and Rob Rokicki (Strange Tails), and directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar), the strictly limited engagement will begin performances on March 23, opening on Tuesday, April 4 and will run through May 6, 2017.

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America Salutes You Concert To Honor Military, Veterans! 

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America Salutes You, a concert honoring those who serve in the military, veterans, and their families, will take place on Saturday, November 12,  at 8pm CT at the Rosemont Theater outside of Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois.  “America Salutes You performers include Cyndi Lauper, Gavin DeGraw, country music legend Wanda Jackson, Hoodie Allen, CeCe Winans, Anthony Kearns, Ricky Skaggs, Tegan Marie, Savannah Maddison and many others.

Tickets for America Salutes You are now on sale.

America Salutes You will be broadcast nationally on Tribune Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Graham Media Group stations and Ion Television. Westwood One will carry the concert on radio and stream online at LiveStream, Military.com and TV Worldwide.

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