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Jan 01, 2013 -- 12:00am





1-7 – Phantom of the Opera – Hippodrome

1-7 – Our Town – Vagabond Theatre

1-14 – As You Like It – Center Stage at Towson University

1-14 – The 39 Steps – Fells Point Theatre

1-March 20 – South Pacific – Toby’s Dinner Theatre

                                                                                                                                 1-21 – Under the Skin – Everyman Theatre                                                                                                                                             

3-7 – Disney on Ice – Royal Farms Arena

4-7 – Auto Show – Convention Center

5-6 – Andre Watts – Meyerhoff

6 – Mardi Gras Festival – Power Plant Live

6 – Puppet Making Workshop – Visionary Arts Museum

6 – Domino Day – Science Center

6 – Chinese New Year – Port Discovery

9 – Babe’s Birthday Bash – Pickles Pub

9-10 – Shen Yun - Hippodrome

10 – National Aquarium Celebrates Black History Month

11 – Balto Magazine’s Single Party – Museum of Art

11 – 100th Anniversary Concert – Meyerhoff

11-12 – Romeo  & Juliet – Hippodrome

12 – Jeff Dunham – Royal Farms Arena

12-21 – Fabulation – Arena Players

13 – Sex at the Zoo – Md Zoo

15 – Love Songs of the Presidents – Creative Alliance

17 – Beach Boys – Lyric

19 – Balto Blast – Royal Farms

19-21 – An Evening with Sutton Foster - Meyerhoff

19-21 – American Craft Show – Convention Center

20-28 – Maple Sugaring – Oregon Ridge Nature Center

26 -  Chris Young – Lyric

26-28 – Monster Jam – Royal Farms

27 – Black History Month Open House – Reginald L. Lewis Museum






If you're looking for a destination for an overnight stay I'll present to you the Fairmont Hotel, 24th & M St, NW Washington.  The area is known as the West End and the hotel is just three blocks from Georgetown.  There are 415 guest rooms which are currently undergoing a renovation.  But the hotel is open and you wont even know there's a restoration going on. Amenities include a pool, fitness center, business center, concierge, 24 hour room service, valet parking and a New York Times delivered to your door.  And the hotel is pet friendly.  The restaurant, Juniper, serves all three meals.  
Eddie's Restaurant Pick

     Located at 425 7th Street N.W. Washington, you'll find Carmine's. This is what you'd definitely call a family style restaurant.  Translation, the portions are huge.  How huge?  A table of four could do with two entrees. All entrees are meant to be shared.  My favorite dish is the linguini with red clam sauce ($29.50).  The biggest seller there is the penne alla vodka.

     The restaurant seats 750, happy hour 3 to 7 Sunday-Friday, valet parking everyday from 5 to 11 (there is a charge) and yes smaller portions are available at the bar anytime.

     As a city landmark, the restaurant is about two blocks from the Verizon Center.  You can reach them at 202-737-7770 or

    By the way, ordering the tiramisu is a must ($20.50) and reservations are strongly recommended. 





Let's take a quick look at some recent movies.  First up, Concussion, a film based on the true story of a Dr.Omalu from Nigeria who discovered that constant head trauma indeed leads to concussion in football players.  Obviously the NFL is not thrilled by this news.  The doctor is played by Will Smith.  Rated PG-13.
     The money maker Star Wars the Force Awakens is drawing people into the cineplexs more than one time to see it.  I freely admit I am not a Star Wars groupie so to me I am baffled by all the hoopla.  But there it is regardless, a major hit.  In this episode a new threat arises in the galaxy.  And guess who tries to stop it.  Disney bought the franchise from George Lucas for 4 billion.  
Here are 2 R rated films to consider.  Sisters, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, decide to throw one last party in their old home their parents just sold.  The event gets out of control.  The leads have good screen chemistry but a PG-13 rating might have been better.  The R is due mainly to language.  The other film is Youth with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel.  They are on vacation at a luxury resort in the Alps.  The film follows events in their lives while at the resort.  Good for older audiences.
The film In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of an 1820 event in the south Pacific on a whaling ship.  It is based on the Moby Dick novel. Was it true a giant whale terrorized the ship?  The story is told thru the narration of a survivor of the alleged attack.  
Finally there's Trumbo with Bryan Cranston playing writer Dalton Trumbo during the Hollywood witch hunt for communists in Hollywood during the late 40's into the 70's.  He is excellent in the role along with the supporting cast of Helen Mirren, John Goodman and Diane Lane. Rated R.  



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A Tribute To Our Military

Sep 11, 2011 -- 8:46am


A Military Tribute


Now that I lay me down for some sleep

My family’s secure as I take a quick peek.


With all of my heart I must give my thanks

to all those in uniform - regardless of rank.


Each time that they’re seen my heart sure does swell,

They serve our great country and serve it so well!


Freedom’s not cheap, it sure isn’t free...

If it wasn't for them, then where would we be?


They give us their all, and do what they must,

with God they do live, and in God they do trust.


So as I lay down and rest my tired eyes

our freedom still rings, and our flag - it still flies!


Safe is my family, my country, my home,

Because of our Military it must surely be known!


My very last prayer in the deep of the night:

"God bless them & keep them strong for their fight."



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Thank You United States Military

May 02, 2011 -- 3:16pm

Nino Mangione

Only a minute number are born to take on such a mission! Imagine leaving the luxuries of American life. The likes of leaving behind your favorite sporting events and your favorite TV shows, the fast food restaurants, the nights out on the town, the cookouts. Leaving behind perhaps your girlfriend or wife, your mother and or father, your brothers or sister, your best friend, maybe even your own son or daughter, basically everything you grew up ever or just began loving! Imagine your former lifestyle is now just a faraway fantasy. Every day you spend your free time hoping to one day return to that former utopia. As if this scenario was not unbearably thought-provoking, just try and fathom the idea of waking up each day with the sword of jihad pinned up against your throat! For those days where you are fortunate enough to avoid the jihadist dagger you wonder will tomorrow ever come? Or will today be your last? Every day you wake up in fear as you dwell in the most dangerous location his holiness above has allowed to ever exist! You routinely gaze upon ruin and carnage both from a physical and mental point of view. You see the blood and destruction first hand of both your enemies and allies. You just hope and pray it would come to an end. Who would trade your everyday American existence of freedom and liberty for such a hellish way of life? Only those who understand that freedom is not an eternal virtue, rather it is a occasional lifestyle that must be defended with the blood of heroes! As Ronald Reagan once said “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” Thank you United States Military for making sure freedom does not become an extinction in America! Thank you for taking on all the above to save us the burden of having to do the same!


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