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Small people’s wedding highlights Banneker-Douglass celebration of African American traditions

They’re delicious, but what’s their story?

But which butterfly is which?

A flawed but funny romantic comedy

Four New York women explore the complexities of love.     Alice (Dakota Johnson: 50 Shades of Grey) moves to the city to find herself. But single life in the big city is rough, and she can’t get her boyfriend back. Alone and hoping for a grand romance, she restarts her search for Mr. Right.     Alice’s sister Met (Leslie Mann: Vacation) is at the other extreme. This independent Ob/Gyn looks for happiness in work rather than love. When she decides to...

A 4,000-mile cycling trek for cancer awareness led this young couple to the altar

Couples can make less-than-ideal traveling companions. It’s a rare relationship that blossoms under the strain of a long-distance trip. Now imagine making that trip on bicycles, riding from Maryland to San Diego. A recipe for disaster? Hardly. It was a recipe for love.     Our couple, James Baden and Mackenzie Williams, met, fell in love and courted over the 4,000 miles of a bicycle trek that stretched over 70 days. The recently married pair agreed to share their story...

2nd Star Productions updates this classic with color-blind casting

Legendary acting gave The Philadelphia Story its fame. Philip Barry’s so-so comedic drama about high society marriage and divorce in the 1930s is synonymous with Katherine Hepburn, who debuted the show on Broadway and starred on screen opposite Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. That’s a hard legacy to live up to.      Renowned for outstanding musicals, 2nd Star Productions tries to update this classic with color-blind casting. But this time the troupe aims higher...

Compass Rose shows why ­Tennessee Williams deserves his reputation

Reportedly Tennessee Williams’s favorite of his plays — which is saying something — and what many consider his best — which is also saying something when you consider his prolific output — Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered on Broadway in 1955 and won that year’s Pulitzer Prize for drama.     Williams’s proclivity for tearing the facades off the American dream, particularly those of southern Americans whose culture used to seem so different...

Annapolis Shakespeare Company delivers a deep play for thoughtful viewers

Director Donald Hicken, a Helen Hayes winner and Tony nominee, has adapted Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters to convey with elegant simplicity and exquisite bleakness the provinciality of a place so depressing it is identified only as “not Moscow.” This show is the company’s strongest production to date. But it is not for playgoers with seasonal depression.     I’m tempted to summarize this 1901 classic with a contemporary bumper sticker Chekhov might...

Aquarium names baby loggerhead

No, it’s not Yertle. By popular acclaim, the National Aquarium’s baby loggerhead turtle has been named Sheldon.     Turtle fans offered more than 20,000 entries during the Aquarium’s competition to name the newcomer. Sheldon joined the Maryland Mountains to the Sea exhibit in December thanks to a partnership with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores’ Loggerhead Head Start program, which rescues and rehabilitates imperiled hatchlings.  ...

Our loss is Virginia’s gain

Halting the planned next step of oyster restoration in the Tred Avon River has meant losing a pretty penny. One million dollars allocated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers goes instead to Virginia. Oysters and the whole Bay environment will still benefit, but Maryland’s change of direction may have implications for future federal funding — if and when work resumes.     Gov. Larry Hogan stopped work on the Eastern Shore oyster sanctuary midway though the project....

Light House Center benefits

Three thousand dollars toward ending homelessness in Annapolis. That’s the takeaway from Heritage Baptist Church’s 10th Annual SOUPer Bowl Lunch for the Light House Homeless Prevention and Support Center. Thus, the free lunch prepared by Blackwall Hitch Chef Zachary Pope cost each of its 300-plus eaters about $10. Not a bad price for high-end chili, chicken noodle or baked potato soups along with salad, bread and dessert. Plus, of course, a good cause.     Ladling...

Calvert Marine Museum hosts country star June 4

Love Chris Young? You’ll be counting the days till June 4. That’s when you get to join the sexiest man in country music under the stars at Calvert Marine Museum’s first concert of the 2016 season.     Museum members get first shot at tickets on April 5, with public sales following.

But skip GoFundMe

Like many construction projects, the Tiny House Capstone project at South River High School has hit a snag. The project’s GoFundMe donation campaign has been ended, and GoFundMe donors are receiving refunds.     STEM Green Architecture and Sustainable Design class, under the direction of Michael Bartek and Matthew Schrader, are designing the tiny House. Center of Applied Technology South students, under James Turek, are building it. Students plan to finish the house this...