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JULY

1 – 22 – On the Town, Olney Theatre 

1 – 29 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chesapeake Shakespeare Co

1 – 31 – Murder for Two, Infinity Theatre Annapolis

1 – 31 – Legacy of Harry Houdini, Jewish Museum

5 – 8 – Cirque Du Soleil, Royal Farms

6 – 15 – The Lion King, Cockpit in Court

6 – Foo Fighters, Merriweather

7, 14, 21, 28 – Farmers Market under the JFX

9- Barenaked Ladies, Pier Six

10, 17, 24, 31 – Pikesville Farmers Market

12 – Elvis Tribute – Heritage Park

12, 19, 26 – Concert Series, Foundry Row

12, 19, 26 – Flicks from the Hill, American Visionary Arts

13, 27 – Bel Air Movies, Shamrock Park

14 – 15 – Caribbean Festival, Clifton Park

16 – Family Tradition Band, Heritage Park 

19 – Brews & Views – West Shore Park

20 – Aug 5 – The Little Mermaid, Cockpit in Court

21 – Whiskey on the Waterfront, Port Covington

25 – Bark at Oriole Park

26 – No Drama, Accoustic Classic Rock, Heritage Park

27 – Aug 5 – Balto. Restaurant Week

27 – Smashing Pumpkins, Royal Farms

27 – 29 – Bronycon, Conv Center

28 – Trifecta Food Truck & Music Festival, Md Fairgrounds

28 – David Byrne, Merriweather

28 – John Cleese, Lyric

28 – Union Craft Brewing Celebration

29 – Vans Warped Tour – Merriweather

 

 

TRAVEL  

      Let’s take a short journey to Virginia.  We’ll make a stop at Luray Caverns, millions of years in the making and only discovered in 1878.  And that was quite by accident.

It seems that three local men were on the mountain when they felt cold air coming from the ground.  They investigated.  Can you imagine their surprise.  And just as

amazing, three months after the discovery the caverns were open for tours.

     Luray is a designated U.S. National Landmark.  It is now the 4th largest (by visitors) attraction in the state.  Up to 525,000 tour annually.  Your visit is with a tour guide.

The tour is about one hour and you will cover about a mile of walking paths.  So being in fairly good shape is a good idea.  For starters, to get in you descend about 70

steps.  Which means going out you do the same thing.  There is a new entrance being built.

    At its deepest point you are 164 feet down. The temperature is a constant 54 degrees but it doesn’t feel that cool because the humidity is 87%.  Adult admission is

$28.00, children 6 to 12 $15.00.  The caverns are open year round.  By the way, there are other museums at the site.  There’s a Ropes Adventure, Garden Maze, Toy

Museum, Car Museum, the Luray Valley Museum and a restaurant. 

     Reach them at 540-743-6551 or luraycaverns.com.   

     Let’s head now to Arundel Mills and take a look at the new hotel that opened adjacent to the casino.  It’s call Live Casino Hotel built and designed by the Cordish Companies,

a local company doing great work for the county and state.  It is the tallest building in Anne Arundel County, rising 21 floors with 310 rooms, 52 of them suites.  The hotel

offers two restaurants, a luxury spa, 2,000 more parking spaces, the finest amenities, an outstanding arts collection, an Events Center and it is connected to the casino.

     The primary restaurant is called David’s (after David Cordish of course).  You should try the pancakes, French toast, the hamburger and crab cake.  Luckies offers espresso,

gelato and pastries.  There is a lobby bar with live entertainment.

     Room rates vary of course but I was told they are now generally between $210 and $310.  For reservations and information go to livecasinohotel.com.

 

MOVIES

 Let’s take a brief look at some movies that either has played in our area recently or is currently on the screen.  I’ll begin with Eye in the Sky a military drama set in Kenya and other locales.  The Eye is a drone targeting terrorists on the most wanted lost.  The main star is Helen Mirren and in a sad note it marks the last live performance by Alan Rickman. Basically it also has to to with high ranking officials of both the U.S. and the U.K. making a decision on launching a missile at the terrorists house when civilians are close by, specifically in this case a young child.  Rated R.

     Now we move to the DC Comics movie Batman v Superman, not my kind of movie.  But I can see where it will be popular with those folks who like the comics and these characters.  Made for 250 million, it should be really good.  Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Jesse Eisenberg it is, if nothing else, escapist entertainment.

     So how about My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.  This is a sequel made 14 years after the original, which was, by most accounts, better. However this one was better than I thought it would be.  It features just about all the original cast.  Rated PG-13.

     For you fans of thriller movies I’ll offer 10 Cloverfield Lane.  It stars John Goodman, perfectly cast as either a savior or a nut case.  He rescues a girl from a car wreck and when she wakes up she’s chained to a pipe.  He claims the world has been taken over by aliens and the air is toxic.  I’ll leave it to you to figure him out.  Rated R.

     For a comedy, with a touch of drama, I’ll offer up Whiskey Tango Foxtrot with Tina Fey as a TV script writer suddenly in Afghanistan covering a war.  She begins as a green reporter to one seasoned in the ways of that country.  Also in the cast Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton and Baltimore’s Josh Charles.  

     And finally Eddie the Eagle the true story of a skier who just wont take no for an answer on his way to qualify for the Olympics.  This is an ideal family pic with the theme of a definite underdog with a touch of talent but with a body filled with ambition.  Starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman.   Rated PG-13.