As of this printing, I have been writing this column, formerly titled After Dark, now Out and About, for 14 years.
In that 14 years, I've seen restaurants and bars come and go, owners and managers start and end careers, bands form, retire, reform and retire again, and entire scenes arrive and disappear. In that time, though, there are two restaurateurs who not only stayed on the scene and remain relevant, but created a whole new scene, and then expanded it.
Stan Fletcher and Joe McGovern were long-time Annapolis bartenders when, ten years ago, they took over the space formerly known as Sean Donlon's, cleaned it up and opened Stan and Joe's. Since then, they've not only created, along with Tracy, Joe's wife and the 'and' in Stan and Joe's, a much-loved watering hole on the first block of West, but also a sister pub down in Edgewater's at 173 Mitchells Chance Road. They have a free, live, local music scene; a happy hour scene, a late night scene, a brunch scene and a just generally fun place to be scene.
They're celebrating their ten years as Stan and Joe's on Sunday with a whole day of fun. It starts with Sunday Funday brunch at 10 a.m. and continues with food and drink specials all day. As always, they will be hosting live local music, with the Shatners performing from 4 to 8 p.m. and Peter James from 9 p.m. to midnight. Both play great sets of fun party music that will make you happy Monday's a holiday. As always, there is no cover and a whole day full of fun. Happy Anniversary Stan and Joe - and Tracy. Here's to many more years of your loyally local, always crazy and so Annapolis brand of fun!
Compass Rose Theater, 49 Spa Road, Annapolis, is opening its fourth offering of the season, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza. A satire on modern parenting, the play addresses political correctness and "yuppie" parenting in a comedic way.
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When two children from upper middle class families get into a playground fight, both sets of parents get together over drinks to resolve the dispute. The result is the dissolution of every rule of etiquette, courtesy, and political correctness. Primal impulses come to the fore and we see the animal that lives inside all of us. Darkly funny, with a wicked punch, this show is wildly entertaining, and illuminates the dark side of being human.
Due to strong themes and profane language, this play is not recommended for children under 16. However, it is delightful for adults. Admission is $38 for adults, $33 for seniors and military (with a valid ID), and $23 for students (with a valid ID). The show runs Thursdays to Sundays through March 26. Showtimes vary.
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Tickets are available online at www.compassrosetheater.org or by calling 410-980-6662.
On Saturday, the African American Heritage Tour, a two-hour walking tour of Annapolis' historic district offered in honor of Black History Month, takes place at 1 p.m. Presented in partnership with the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, this engaging tour covers some of the most significant events in African-American history. From the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial to the Thurgood Marshall Memorial, this is your chance to see Annapolis as a microcosm of Maryland's African American heritage and trace the rich history of African-Americans in Annapolis with a period dressed guide.
The walking tour ends at the Banneker-Douglass Museum where guests are invited to visit the museum at their leisure. The tour departs from the City Dock Information Booth, 1 Dock Street, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $18 for Adults, $10 for Children ages 3 to 11, Free 2 and Under. Advanced reservations are recommended for this special event.
For more information and reservations, please visit www.AnnapolisTours.com or call 410-268-7601, extension 100.
Also on Saturday, the Alchemy Healing Arts Center Holistic Health Fair returns for another great day of learning and experiencing healthy living, with displays and demos of everything from massage to yoga. Healthy living and wellness experts will be on-site to meet with you, educate, and let you experience their healthy lifestyle tips, products, and services. Plus, register to win a spa weekend for two and other prizes. It takes place at Loews Hotel, 126 West St., Annapolis, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
America's Got Talent finalist Cirque Zuma Zuma is a show filled with non-stop action of African culture, including dance, acrobatics, tumbling and music. On stage at Maryland Hall this Saturday at 7 p.m., Cirque Zuma Zuma features disciplined performers who are trained in Kenya and Tanzania. Many describe it as an African style Cirque du Soleil; such is the standard of the performers and the quality of the show.
The performance showcases an array of never-before-seen talents mixed with some of the best skills associated with African variety arts. It combines the mysticism of Africa with the excitement of a theatrical cirque performance. With live music and percussionists, the talented cast performs an action-packed show of pole and aerial acts, Egyptian limbo dances, South African gumboot dances, Gabonese tumbling, and South African contortionist feats, which will keep audiences breathless.
Tickets are $26 for adults, $21 for kids. Buy tickets at https://www.marylandhall.org/cirque-zuma-zuma.
Monday begins Annapolis Restaurant Week, which means a week of great lunch and dinner specials all around town. Participating restaurants are offering two course breakfasts for $12.95 and lunches for $15.95 and three-course dinners for $34.95 through Feb. 26. 43 restaurants are participating, though not all are offering all three meals. Multiple restaurants are offering additional specials. At India's, the first glass of beer or wine is on the house. Luna Blu is offering half-price bottles of wine all day Monday and Wednesday, as well as additional 4-course meal specials.
For a full list of participating restaurants, as well as all exclusions and restrictions, visit http://www.downtownannapolispartnership.org/participating-restaurants.
The 9th Annual Bridges to the World International Film Festival continues this week at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Tuesday at 7 p.m. A statewide initiative in recognition of the State's global reach and connections, The Film Festival this week will feature Son of Saul, a 2015 Hungarian drama. Set in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, it follows a day-and-a-half in the life of Saul, a Hungarian Jew. The film won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival and Best Foreign Language Film by both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards.
It will be shown with English subtitles, and introduced and followed by a discussion. Admission is free for all of the movies, which are sponsored by World Artists Experiences and the International Division of Maryland's Office of the Secretary of State.
Tuesday night at 10 p.m., Preserve Chef Brian Hohl will be on screen, competing in Food Network's Chopped. It will shown be on a screen in the bar area of Preserve, 164 Main St. Stop by and help cheer Chef Hohl on, while enjoying some of the great cocktails.
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MUSIC BEST BETS
Kick off your long weekend early with the fantastic acoustic rock and pop sounds of Dana B at the Blackwall Hitch, 4090 Sixth St. in Eastport, Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. Later, Higher Hands takes the stage for a night of amazing music, starting at 9:30 p.m. Also Friday evening, The Bier Bär at Old Stein Inn will have Alexander Peter's Duo playing acoustic rock and folk from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
At 49 West, enjoy the musical talents of Ampersand Stringband and Letita VanSant, taking the stage at 8 p.m. Cover is $10; reservations are recommended. Call 410-626-9796 for more info.
Saturday night, Weird Science brings the 80's back to Union Jack's, 2072 Somerville Road, for a night of partying you won't forget. The fun starts at 7 p.m.
Area 301 will be at Metropolitan, with a "Gotta Have Your Love" Vday Party. Area-301 is Maryland's own, home grown, high energy Hip Hop Rock Band bringing together a multitude of music genres to create a live experience that takes you to a whole new dimension. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. for this 18+ night of music.
Sunday night brings to Metropolitan, 169 West St., part three of The Vision: Concert Series, a musical conglomeration put together by DREAM LaScelta Music Group and The Conglomerates. It is a night of live music, DJ, dance floor fun, drink specials, food and live performances of all genres and many surprises. This time around, the acts lined up include Kaygen Miles, Tyler Moonlight, Ty Smitty, King Status, Katana, Justice the Genius Child, Motive, and Tommy. Cover is $5. Doors open at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m.
Sunday Supper & Jazz takes place Sunday at 49 West at 7 p.m. The featured performers are The Kings of Crownsville, featuring Steve Johnson on guitar and vocals.
Steve is an amazing singer-songwriter who mixes the old with the new: 1920s tunes you have not heard in years and, then, a lovely ballad of his own creation.
Get there early and enjoy a fantastic dinner along with the tunes. For reservations, call 410-626-9796....Read more