Entertainment industry slows down for Christmas break

For most of last year, drummer Adam Silverman was away from home while touring with country artist Lauren Alaina.

He started the year on the My Kinda Party tour featuring Alaina, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. His summer consisted of gigs with Alaina while she toured with Sugarland.

After logging thousands of miles on the road, Silverman is back home in Franklin, Tenn., on an extended break.

Silverman, a Westminster High and McDaniel College graduate, is one of many performers taking a respite for Christmas. The week after Christmas is an unusually quiet time in the entertainment industry with most national touring acts taking a brief break before kicking off their 2013 plans.

Silverman wrapped his performances in mid-December and is off through January. He's getting a chance to spend time with his wife Nicki, a project manager and strategist for a web development firm in Nashville.

"It's actually the first year where I traveled and worked so much that I'm honestly grateful to have some time off from the road," said Silverman, who added he's continuing with sessions at home.

It was a watershed year for Silverman, who also got a chance to play with the Grand Ole Opry band in Nashville in addition to being part of his first significant country music tours.

He also runs a website development firm in his spare time. He will miss playing live, but he'll relish the time at home as well, he said.

This will also be a rare quiet week at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster after an extraordinarily busy month.

Prior to Thanksgiving, the Carroll Arts Center staff were busy accepting donations for the Festival of Wreaths, the nonprofit's largest fundraiser of the year.

It was the start of a hectic period, which included hosting multiple theater performances, including sold-out shows for "A Christmas Carol" Friday and Saturday.

The Carroll Arts Center is closed today through Wednesday. It will also be closed Dec. 30-Jan. 1.

Carroll County Arts Council Executive Director Sandy Oxx said most folks are busy returning gifts and shopping after the holidays anyway in a period that will give her staff a well-needed break.

With McDaniel College and Carroll Community College on winter breaks, no performances are scheduled at their facilities this week.

One place that is expected to be busy are local movie theaters. The musical "Les Miserables," featuring Anne Hathaway, is premiering on Christmas. So is "Django Unchained," a Quentin Tarantino-directed drama.

Christmas show times for "Les Miserables" are noon, 3:30, 7 and 10:30 p.m. at Regal Cinemas Westminster 9 and 12:30, 4 and 7:30 p.m. at Gettysburg Village Cinemas, according to posted movie listings.

"Django Unchained" is showing at 12:15, 3:45, 7:20 and 10:50 p.m. on Christmas in Westminster and 12:50, 4:20 and 7:50 p.m. at Gettysburg.

If this Christmas is like past ones, the movie theaters will be a popular option, said Tawnee Evans, the manager at Gettysburg Village Cinemas.

"Christmas night is usually a busy night," Evans said.

It's one of the few entertainment options out there before New Year's Eve during a respite for spending time with friends and family.

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