Staff picks: Thursday, Jan. 19
It's a Winter Throwdown Saturday night with bands such as Stillglow, The Odyseey, Distances and more, at Right Choice Ministries in Hagerstown. 6:30 to 11 p.m. Right Choice Ministries, 20204 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown. $5. Call 301-797-8157. (By Jon Heller)
Music in the Maryland Theatre
Rock out Saturday night at the DMV Tri-State O.N.O. concert at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown with musical acts such as Hawk Boyz, Spence 4Hire, Travis Dupri and more. 7 p.m. The Maryand Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. $25. Call 301-790-3500 or go to www.mdtheatre.org.
It's a Winter Throwdown
It's a Winter Throwdown Saturday night with bands such as Stillglow, The Odyseey, Distances and more, at Right Choice Ministries in Hagerstown. 6:30 to 11 p.m. Right Choice Ministries, 20204 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown. $5. Call 301-797-8157.
Welcome back, artists
A reception will be Friday night in honor of alumni of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts' Art School at the museum. Opening reception for Art School Alumni exhibition. Includes wine and cheese. 5 to 7 p.m. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-5727. $20; $15 museum members. Call 301-739-5727.
Kick up the kicks
Dance in a winter wonderland with the Cumberland Valley Country Western Dance Association during its Saturday evening concert in Quincy, Pa.DJ music. There will be cookies and hot chocolate along with other wintery snacks. 7 to 10 p.m. Old Quincy High School gym, next to Mowery Elementary School, off Pa. 997, Quincy, Pa. $7; $5 members. Call 717-762-6388 or 717-749-5281.
Everything he does
Find out how Bryan Adams got his first six-string Sunday night at the Shippensburg University's Luhrs center. 7 p.m. Shippensburg University's H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, Pa. Tickets cost $45 to $59. Call 717-477-7469 or go to www.luhrscenter.com.
The five free things to do this week
Recognizing 'The Help'
Octavia Spencer walked away with a Golden Globe for her turn in "The Help." Smithsburg Library will screen the movie Friday night. A Southern female author turns her friends' lives upside-down in the 1960s when she interviews the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent local families. (PG). 7 p.m. Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg. Free; advanced registration required. Call 301-824-7722.
Teens and Texas
Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson won Academy Awards for their part in "The Last Picture Show." This s the opening night flick Friday for the Shepherdstown (W.Va.) film society. "The Last Picture Show" 1971 (R) The story explores the dreams and doubts of a group of high school students coming of age in the early 1950s in a town that is losing hope. 7 p.m. Shepherd University's Reynolds Hall, King Street, Shepherdstown, W.Va. Opening night reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Men's Club. Free. Go to www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org.
A day of merry-making
Save princesses, fight dragons and become a knight Saturday during Thurmont Region Library's medieval ball for tweens and teens. Tweens can come dressed as a favorite knight or princess and enjoy an afternoon of dancing, games and crafts, followed by the film "Enchanted" (PG). For ages 9 to 14. 2 to 5 p.m. Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Road, Thurmont, Md. Snow date is Saturday, Jan. 28. Call 301-600-1630 or go to www.fcpl.org.
Music for the soul
Christian Drapkin Trio will present "Chicken Soup with Jazz" featuring music by Jewish composers. The Friday night show will be 6:30 p.m. at the Williamsport Memorial Library, 104 E. Potomac St., Williamsport. Call 301-223-7027 or go to www.washcolibrary.org.
Is it spring yet?
It's never too early to start thinking of plants. The Washington County Master Gardners present its Saturday morning plant clinic at the Hagerstown City Farmers' Market. Washington County Master Gardeners will present a plant clinic. Bring good quality photo or samples of plants or insects in clean sealed containers or bags. 8 a.m. to noon. Hagerstown City Farmers' Market, 25 W. Church St., Hagerstown.