if you want proof that truth can be stranger than fiction, check out Doug Wright's "I Am My Own Wife." It's a documentary-style play based on interviews this contemporary American playwright did with an elderly transvestite who lived openly during the German Nazi regime and subsequently the East German communist regime.
The late Lucille Clifton was very much a Columbia resident. She was locally active with the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), which is hosting its third annual Clifton-themed event, "Telling Our Stories, Michael S. Glaser Celebrates Lucille Clifton." This free program takes place on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7:30- 9 p.m. in Howard Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall.
The Inner Arbor Trust Inc., a corporation created to develop Symphony Woods in Columbia, announced this week internationally renowned landscape designer Martha Schwartz has been retained as the lead designer for the phase one of the project.
Howard County high school students are finishing up their documentaries to enter into the Horizon Foundation's "Your Voice, Your Choice" film competition illuminating the importance of healthy beverages.
Maryland community colleges are limiting hours for part-time faculty, who make up the bulk of their teaching force, to avoid having to pay health benefits under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare
According to Howard Hughes Senior Vice President John DeWolf, the uses will likely be divided between a number of buildings that could be a maximum of 15 stories tall. DeWolf said Howard Hughes plans to build 500,000 square feet of office space, the hotel and conference center, which is planned to house a 15,000 square foot ballroom, at the corner of Little Patuxent and Broken Land in what is called "Area 1."
The members of the Jupiter String Quartet surely will be in harmonious alignment with each other when this chamber ensemble performs for Candlelight Concert Society on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. in Howard Community College's Smith Theatre.
The excitement of the new Bridge Columbia is in its multiple functions and destinations on foot, bikes and sitting on the bus. It will also enable people with disabilities to join with others in the come and go between Town Center, Wilde Lake and places such as Howard Community College and Howard County Hospital on one side of Route 29; and destinations in Oakland Mills including its village center and as far as Blandair Park on the other side.
Preliminary plans to build a hotel, at least 400 apartment units, retail and office space on approximately 23 acres of land on downtown Columbia's crescent property will be revealed at a pre-submission community meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Howard Community College.
I had the good fortune to attend the first of a new series of lectures at Howard Community College dedicated to advancing the work of the late Paul R. Willging, a greatly respected health planning expert and Columbia resident. The speaker was Dr. Bill Thomas, who challenged a standing-room-only audience in the College's new Health Sciences Building Oct. 1 to explore and create new ideas regarding "aging" and the whole concept of elder care.
Candlelight Concert Society has been presenting classical music concerts in Howard County for so many years that one could say it's tending an eternal flame. It's not fixated on the past, though, because its 41st season opens with a forward-looking concert by the Dover String Quartet at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.
Martha Rowe and Robyn Levy of Girl Scout Troop 4602 earned their Silver Awards, the highest offered in Girl Scouting, by organizing "Hugs for the Homeless" to assist homeless women and men supported by the Route One Day Resource Center.
It seems appropriate that the three-artist exhibit at the Howard County Arts Council, "Tension and Flow: Sculpture in Flux," sprawls over so much of the floor and walls in its Gallery I. Art will seem to cover much of Howard County this weekend, as the arts council's annual "Road to the Arts" features coordinated receptions for exhibits in various galleries in Ellicott City, Columbia, Historic Savage Mill and Fulton.
Horton Foote crafted gentle dramas about ordinary lives. The late playwright's "A Young Lady of Property," which opens the Rep Stage season, is set in a Texas town in 1925. Although it's such an insular place that it seems unlikely the small-town gossip would even travel as far as the next town, Foote taps into dreams and disappointments that have universal application.
Congratulations to West Friendship resident Taylor Murphy, a freshman at Howard Community College, and recent graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, who received his Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts of America in the spring of 2013.
Candlelight Concert Society, which is embarking on its 41st season, and Vantage House, a retirement community, both qualify as mature institutions in Columbia. Wisdom comes with maturity, of course, so their new partnership qualifies as a smart idea.
Do you have an idea or an opinion on how to improve downtown Ellicott City? The county is soliciting public opinion into the $3 million allocation that County Executive Ken Ulman included in the county's budget to beautify and improve the historic area.
While it may be unusual for high school players to get red cards in a scrimmage, when the intensity would figure to be less severe than a regular-season match, Laurel High School head boys soccer Eric Ferguson wasn't apologizing for the behavior of his players.
The two artists who have separate exhibits at Howard Community College are artists-in-residence at Baltimore Clayworks. Although their exhibited sculptural objects incorporate ceramics, as you would expect, these are mixed medium creations whose materials also include wood and metal.
Just blocks from the spot where Rose Mayr and Elizabeth Nass were killed during a train derailment last summer, about 600 people honored their memory by running a two-mile race through historic Ellicott City Saturday morning.
Almost a year after the CSX train derailment in Ellicott City that took the lives of two young women, the community is planning a memorial run — 2 Miles for 2 Hearts — to raise money for memorial scholarships and to dedicate two park benches in Rose Mayr's and Elizabeth Nass' names.
Elaine Ortiz had long entertained the idea of learning to ride a motorcycle, but the 5 feet tall, the Columbia resident sits on the back of her boyfriend's Ducati 900 and discovers she comes up a bit short.