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By Mary Carole McCauley | December 20, 2009
I n 2009, Baltimore's theatrical larder was, if not exactly bare, then less full and tempting than it usually is. Local troupes economized by staging fewer shows with safer and less challenging fare. Subscription series at both the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center and Rep Stage in Howard County were cut by one, and for the first time in several years, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival didn't mount a major fall production. In addition, duplication abounded. The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival and Rep Stage mounted identically cast productions of "Wittenberg" in June and August, and there were other examples.
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By Cathy Drinkwater Better | May 20, 2014
I was invited to join the classical guitar ensemble at the local community college. Maybe "invited" isn't exactly the right word. Two other adult classical guitar students with whom I'd performed in the past, coaxed, sweet-talked, and flattered me into joining The director tried to allay my misgivings by assuring me that the material wasn't beyond my abilities (HA! I thought.), and he promised that I'd have fun. My own instructor — apparently in on the plot—encouraged me to join.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | June 26, 2005
I've read about a pill to combat "stage fright" symptoms in public speaking or similar situations. It is called "propol-something" and is taken before the event. Do you know what it is and if it works? You are probably referring to a medication called propranolol (Inderal). This beta blocker is prescribed for problems from high blood pressure and irregular heart rhythms to angina and migraine prevention. Propranolol and other beta blockers are used clandestinely by many musicians to control stage fright, but the Food and Drug Administration has never approved these drugs for this purpose.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
The last time the Navy men's soccer program made the NCAA tournament, none of its players had even been born. Although the Midshipmen (15-3-2) will make their first appearance in the tournament since 1988 when they meet Virginia Commonwealth (11-7-2) in a first-round game Thursday, coach Dave Brandt does not think the enormity of the contest will intimidate his players. Brandt pointed out that Navy has been in playoff mode since earning the top seed in the Patriot League tournament.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun Reporter | January 25, 2007
When singer/songwriter Eva Castillo turned 16, her parents gave her an acoustic guitar. For years, it gathered dust. "I started playing it and I realized how hard it was," she said. "My fingers started hurting, and I was like, `You know what? No. Maybe some other time.' So it just sat in the corner, and I didn't touch it." But now, with a 1-year-old debut album and regular bar and club gigs around the city, Eva Castillo is steadily building a solid fan base. She plays the Mammojam Music Festival - a charity event to raise money for breast cancer awareness and treatment - Saturday at the 8x10.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 2, 1998
Q. You recently gave a recipe for a non-DEET mosquito repellent. It isn't necessary to mix up that witches' brew of Avon Skin-So-Soft and vinegar.Avon is capitalizing on its unofficial reputation for repelling bugs. You can now buy Skin-So-Soft Moisturizing Suncare Mosquito, Flea and Deer Tick Repellent. At least with this product you won't smell like a freshly dressed salad.A.The mosquito repellent recommended by one reader of this nTC column calls for mixing 1 tablespoon citronella oil, 2 cups white vinegar, 1 cup water and 1 cup Avon Skin-So-Soft bath oil. The new Avon repellent is certainly easier and probably smells nicer.
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By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,Orlando Sentinel | August 3, 2007
Bratz: The Movie, a live-action film based on a set of dolls who have also inspired assorted animated direct-to-video releases, isn't all that. With those origins, it never was going to be much. But OMG! For a formulaic comedy about shallow, shopping-obsessed teenagers, it's about twice as good as it has any right to be. The four bratty fashion plates are distinct characters. They have personal issues to overcome - stage fright, working-class money problems, suffocating parental expectations, egoism.
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By Cathy Drinkwater Better | May 20, 2014
I was invited to join the classical guitar ensemble at the local community college. Maybe "invited" isn't exactly the right word. Two other adult classical guitar students with whom I'd performed in the past, coaxed, sweet-talked, and flattered me into joining The director tried to allay my misgivings by assuring me that the material wasn't beyond my abilities (HA! I thought.), and he promised that I'd have fun. My own instructor — apparently in on the plot—encouraged me to join.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 27, 2004
There's been a Lang Lang sighting." That news reassured the 90 students, parents and teachers waiting patiently at Jordan Kitt's Music in Lutherville Saturday afternoon for a question-and-answer session with the personable pianistic phenomenon. Seems the pianist's driver got lost on the way to the store for the event, held on Lang Lang's day off between performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra over the weekend. "First of all," said a broadly smiling Lang Lang when he finally arrived, "Happy Chinese New Year!
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff writer | June 26, 1991
Toto is not in Kansas anymore.He followed the yellow brick road east to a theater on the hill and won star billing in the "Wizard of Oz," one of two summer productions at Western Maryland College.An actor, so unknown he was nameless, landed the part of Dorothy's faithful pet two weeks ago.The college's Theatre on the Hill put out a cast call for a black cairn terrier to accompany Dorothy on the road to Oz. In addition to stage presence, the pup had to be smallenough to fit in a basket.After a few fruitless auditions, Ira Domser, the producer, began a kennel search for an amateur.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune Newspapers | September 6, 2010
NEW YORK — Sam Querrey has six titles in his four-year career, including four this season. Problem is, all those victories have come at smaller events. Behind his back, Querrey sometimes is called "King of the 250s," meaning the 22-year-old hasn't made a mark at any of the Grand Slams or the major ATP events such as Indian Wells or Key Biscayne that offer more rankings points and have stronger fields. But Querrey, seeded 20th at this U.S. Open, is acting as if he belongs on the biggest stage.
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By Mary Carole McCauley | December 20, 2009
I n 2009, Baltimore's theatrical larder was, if not exactly bare, then less full and tempting than it usually is. Local troupes economized by staging fewer shows with safer and less challenging fare. Subscription series at both the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center and Rep Stage in Howard County were cut by one, and for the first time in several years, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival didn't mount a major fall production. In addition, duplication abounded. The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival and Rep Stage mounted identically cast productions of "Wittenberg" in June and August, and there were other examples.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | July 16, 2008
Forever Plaid, the latest musical from Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, is not a tribute to Scotland but a salute to 1950s pop music. While some in the audience will recall family Sundays with The Ed Sullivan Show, others will rediscover the pre-Beatles age when gentle guy groups like the Four Aces and Four Freshmen climbed to the top of the charts. Debuting in 1990 off-Broadway, Stuart Ross' Forever Plaid weaves '50s and '60s pop music into a story of four high school friends who sang at local celebratory events and dreamed of making it big. On their way to their first big gig on Feb. 9, 1964, their car was broadsided by a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles' debut on the Sullivan show.
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By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,Orlando Sentinel | August 3, 2007
Bratz: The Movie, a live-action film based on a set of dolls who have also inspired assorted animated direct-to-video releases, isn't all that. With those origins, it never was going to be much. But OMG! For a formulaic comedy about shallow, shopping-obsessed teenagers, it's about twice as good as it has any right to be. The four bratty fashion plates are distinct characters. They have personal issues to overcome - stage fright, working-class money problems, suffocating parental expectations, egoism.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun Reporter | January 25, 2007
When singer/songwriter Eva Castillo turned 16, her parents gave her an acoustic guitar. For years, it gathered dust. "I started playing it and I realized how hard it was," she said. "My fingers started hurting, and I was like, `You know what? No. Maybe some other time.' So it just sat in the corner, and I didn't touch it." But now, with a 1-year-old debut album and regular bar and club gigs around the city, Eva Castillo is steadily building a solid fan base. She plays the Mammojam Music Festival - a charity event to raise money for breast cancer awareness and treatment - Saturday at the 8x10.
NEWS
By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | June 26, 2005
I've read about a pill to combat "stage fright" symptoms in public speaking or similar situations. It is called "propol-something" and is taken before the event. Do you know what it is and if it works? You are probably referring to a medication called propranolol (Inderal). This beta blocker is prescribed for problems from high blood pressure and irregular heart rhythms to angina and migraine prevention. Propranolol and other beta blockers are used clandestinely by many musicians to control stage fright, but the Food and Drug Administration has never approved these drugs for this purpose.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | June 29, 1992
WARSAW, Poland -- Ignace Jan Paderewski liked to offer an exploding cigar. He had a foul-mouthed parrot that rode his foot as he pedaled the piano at home. He had striking wild hair that sometimes lured admiring women -- oh, there were so many -- to sneak up and snip off a lock.Most Americans don't know those details about Paderewski; most probably don't even know the man's name. Sixty years ago, most did.Yet now his story goes on. The pianist's remains, at Arlington National Cemetery since his death in 1941, were to arrive by plane today in Poland and then go on display at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 27, 2004
There's been a Lang Lang sighting." That news reassured the 90 students, parents and teachers waiting patiently at Jordan Kitt's Music in Lutherville Saturday afternoon for a question-and-answer session with the personable pianistic phenomenon. Seems the pianist's driver got lost on the way to the store for the event, held on Lang Lang's day off between performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra over the weekend. "First of all," said a broadly smiling Lang Lang when he finally arrived, "Happy Chinese New Year!
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