Top Billing: '9 to 5 The Musical,' First Sundays and a chamber music festival

For The Capital

1979. Big, puffy hair. Blouses with ruffles and neck bows. Telephones with cords. And sexist bosses.

Director Tommy Malek suggests the only thing that hasn’t changed since “9 to 5” hit the big screen almost 40 years ago might be the sexist bosses.

“I would say it’s more relevant than ever,” said Malek, who is bringing the musical version of the movie to Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre this weekend. “Especially with the serious undertones of corporate workplace interaction.”

Based on the hit movie that starred Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton, it is the story of three female co-workers, who come up with a plan to get even with their egotistical, lying, bigoted boss. While the boss is “otherwise engaged,” Violet, Judy and Doralee take control of the company and give it a gal-friendly makeover.

“It is the timeless theme of having a bad boss and wanting to advance,” said Malek, who also choreographed the show, designed the costumes and the wigs.

“The costumes will scream 1979. And for those who were around then, there are plenty of jokes and wisecracks.”

“9 to 5: The Musical,” will be at the outdoor theater at City Dock in Annapolis Thursdays through Sundays until Sept. 2, weather permitting. For ticket information, visit summergarden.com.

This weekend is First Sunday in the Annapolis Arts District. Inner West Street is closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and more than 130 artisans, vendors and restaurants fill the street and sidewalks.

A tradition since 2002, it began the year before when simultaneous receptions occurred at a pair of art galleries and the attendees spilled into the street.

First Sunday Arts Festival is held every month from May to November and with a special Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival on the first Sunday in December.

Infinity Theatre of Annapolis will present two performances this weekend of its much-praised show tunes cabaret. It is back by popular demand for the third year, and Infinity’s company of actors will dazzle with songs from beloved Broadway shows.

The performances are Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at The Children’s Theater of Annapolis, 1661 Bay Head Road. All tickets are $25 and can be purchased at infinitytheatre.com/tickets.

Also, this is the final weekend for Infinity Theatre’s production of “Murder for Two,” a zany blend of musical comedy and madcap mystery in which two actors play 13 roles.

Performances are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., and are best suited for children over the age of 13. Tickets range in price from $28 to $42.

The Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival will bring rarely heard 17th- and 18th-century chamber music to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m. with “Winds of the Renaissance.”

The musicians will perform with rarely heard instruments, including the dulcian, which is a Renaissance bassoon, the Renaissance flute and the theorbo, a long-necked lute.

The concert is free, but a donation of $20 or $25 is suggested. Tickets are available at chcmf-annapolis.bpt.me and at the door.

As part of its Diversity Awareness Month, Anne Arundel County Public Library will show a series of international films on Wednesdays in August.

On Wednesday, Aug. 8, the branch at Maryland City at Russett will show “Shower (1999),” which tells the story of a business man who returns to the decaying Beijing neighborhood of his youth. It is in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. The movie begins at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free.

The Quiet Waters Park summer concert season continues with Clones of Funk Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The band was first conceived by founder Wesley Beann in 1989 as a reunion of fans and musicians who were dedicated to the music of Parliament and Funkadelic.

Admission to the park is free, but plan to arrive early as close-in parking fills up fast. Bring a blanket or a chair, but no alcohol. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Quiet Waters Park is located at 600 Quiet Waters Park Road in Annapolis.

The William Paca House in Annapolis is offering a closer look at the decorative arts collection it holds with a special tour Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Learn about the John Shaw pieces, Faris silver and other decorative elements. Discover hidden features and special furniture, too.

The William Paca House is at 186 Prince George St. Admission is $20 for Historic Annapolis members and volunteers, and $25 for the general public.

Candles Off Main is offering a BYOB candle-making classes at its shop in Annapolis. Aspiring candle-makers are invited to sip their favorite beverage — and bring snacks, too — while learning to create a scent and pour a candle.

Classes cost $35 per person and are offered Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. Check candlesoffmain.com for other dates and times. Classes last about two hours, and the shop is at 2444 Solomons Island Road.

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