Carroll Night Out: Capitol Steps perform politically charged parodies at fundraiser

Carroll Night Out: Capitol Steps perform politically charged parodies at fundraiser
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Looking for a chance to get out of the house this week? Fans of "The Daily Show" and the music stylings of Weird Al Yankovic would do well to check out Saturday's performance by the musical comedy troupe The Capitol Steps.

In addition to The Capitol Steps, this week will include straight musical performances, harvest festivals and a chance to check out new sailboats. Here is all you need to know about local entertainment in the upcoming week.


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The Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps will perform numbers and skits from their newest album, "How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying," on Saturday at Winters Mill High School. The Capitol Steps began in 1981, when staffers from the U.S. Senate joined to create song parodies and comedy skits based on the current political climate for a staff party. The staffers set out on their own to create the comedy troupe, which over its 33-year period has recruited professional entertainers and released more than 30 albums. Today, the troupe consists of 25 performers and five pianists. "How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying" features songs about NSA spying ("I'll be Watching You"), Benghazi ("The Big Benghazi") and drones ("Everybody Must Get Droned.") Throughout the year, the Capitol Steps tour the country in addition to hosting performances in D.C.

The event is being held to support The Arc Carroll County, a nonprofit that assists individuals with developmental disabilities.

When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster

Cost: $25 per person

For more information: Visit or call 410-848-4124, ext. 146.

Around the County


Westminster Suzuki Strings, a musical educational studio that teaches students between the ages of 3 and 17, will host its annual recital at the Carroll Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sunday. The recital will feature student performances of all of the pieces they have learned throughout the past year. String musicians will have perform both solo and in ensembles.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster

Cost: Tickets are free


For more information: Visit or call 443-789-0109.

Harvest Moon Festival

St. Barnabas Church will host a Harvest Moon Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature live music, games, crafts, a cornhole tournament and "trunk-or-treating," in which candy will be distributed from decorated car trunks and participants can vote for best trunk design. The event will feature music by the band Shotgun Shack.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: St. Barnabas Church, 13135 Forsythe Road, Sykesville

Cost: Cornhole tournament is $20 to enter. Votes for Trunk-or-Treat are a dollar each.

For more information: Email or call 443-536-6587.

Out of Town

United States Sailboat Show

The 45th annual boat show will begin Thursday, as sailors from around the world dock their sailboats in Annapolis. The event runs from Thursday until Monday and features hundreds of sailboats on display, a launch party and seminars on sailing.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday

Where: Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis

Cost: Tickets are $35 Thursday, $18 for adults from Friday to Monday, $5 for children 7 to 17 and free for children 6 and younger.

For more information: Visit or call 410-268-8828.