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How to be nine people’s favorite thing

[title of the show] is a musical about two men writing a musical about two men writing a musical. Think of seeing M.C. Escher’s optical puzzles dramatized.     At Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, you’ll see the clean version. Apparently there is also a racier adult version.     Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell created this musical about their own experience for a theater competition in 2006. Bowen wrote the music and lyrics and Bell the script. They...

A gender-bending twist gives raunchy life to a buddy-cop comedy

Special agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close) is good at her job. She’s a wealth of information, always on top of her investigations and can find stashed drugs faster than the K-9 unit. Unfortunately, what Ashburn boasts in brains she lacks in people skills. Half of the FBI wants her to fail; the other half avoids her.     To finally prove that she is the best Fed in the agency and win a promotion, Ashburn chases a new drug dealer who...

Did Ray Caden Catch Diamond Jim?

Fifty thousand dollars is at stake in the Maryland Fishing Challenge.     Catch a Maryland fish, and you may also catch some of the money.     The big bucks — $25,000 — are riding on Diamond Jim. Jim’s a rockfish whose identity changes throughout summer. Each month, Maryland Department of Natural Resources fishers catch, tag and release one genuine Jim plus hundreds of imposters.     Catch one, and you’re guaranteed $500....

Your Fireworks Guide

Saturday June 29   The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department kicks off the festivities. Enjoy live music and carnival rides through the afternoon. Then find a seat for the fireworks at dusk. Carnival starts at 6pm; fireworks at 9pm at Fire Department, 24801 Three Notch Rd., St. Mary’s County: 240-9257863: www.hwvfd7.com. Wednesday July 3   Herring Bay is the backdrop for the Independence Day show at Herrington Harbour South. There’s a pre-show outdoor festival with food,...

We spend millions ­celebrating our Independence

In a time when money is tight, we celebrate the nation’s founding with an-over-the-top party.     The American tradition of lighting fuses to make colorful explosions in the sky started on the day the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1776.     The day before, July 3, founding father John Adams wrote to his wife, “the day will be most memorable in the history of America … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and...

Fireflies’ luminescence is 100% efficient

Tiny golden-yellow lights flicker on, off, on, off.     Watching them brings memories of childhood.     Back in the days when I’d play outside from summer sun-up to after sundown, fireflies kept me company at night.     Reading kept me company, too.     P.D. Eastman’s Sam and the Firefly was a favorite.     I’d pretend I was Sam the owl, helping Gus the firefly. I’d catch the flickering...

College President Bradley Gottfried guides reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg

Bradley Gottfried first stepped onto the Gettysburg battlefield about the time of its 1963 centennial. His 13-year-old self “had a strong interest in the war,” Gottfried says. “But I couldn’t visualize what happened there.”     He spent much of the next half century trying to picture that history.     Gottfried grew up to be a scholar, but not of the Civil War. Instead he studied zoology, earning a Ph.D. A turn into college...

For George Phelps, half a century fighting for civil rights

Strolling down memory lane is more than a figure of speech to George Phelps, who can see his new namesake street from his backyard.     At his street-naming ceremony, Mayor Josh Cohen, City Alderwoman Classie Hoyle, County Councilman Chris Trumbauer, Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and Maryland Sen. John Astle paid their respects.     “I want you to know that I appreciate it from the very depths of my heart,” Phelps said.   ...

Pixar’s newest movie will make your kids clamor for college

Since he was just a tiny green eyeball, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal: Parental Guidance) has dreamed of being a scarer. In Monstropolis, scarers are rock stars. They sneak into human children’s bedrooms at night — via an enchanted closet door — to frighten them. The screams of kids make the electricity that runs the monster world.     At Monsters University, the premier scaring school of Monstropolis, Mike hits his first impediment. Dedicated though he is to...

Not too much, not too little

Many home gardeners plant trees and shrubs only to lose them to improper watering. For instance, you do not need to water newly transplanted plants daily. By doing so, you are drowning the roots and killing the plants.     If the plant was container-grown, the roots are contained within the root ball. If the plant was balled and burlaped or bare-rooted, it has lost up to 90 percent of its roots and must generate new ones ASAP to become established and survive. No matter how you...