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Jan 01, 2013 -- 12:00am





1-8 – Ruined – Everyman Theatre

1-22 – The Importance of Being Earnest – Center Stage

3-8 – Chicago – Hippodrome

4 – Barry Manilow – Verizon Center

6 – One Night of Queen - Lyric

6-8 – Home & Garden Show – Md. Fairgrounds

6-9 – CAA Basketball Championship – Royal Farms Arena

7 – Chocolate Festival – Bel Air

7 – Bird Walk – Robert E Lee Park

12 – Tribute to Jerry Garcia – Balto Soundstage

13-14 – Tom Arnold – Magooby’s Joke House

14 – Eagle Festival – Cambridge

14 – Balto Spring Fest – Royal Farms Arena

21 – African American Festival – Walters Art Museum

21 – Breakfast with the Chimps – Md Zoo

25-April 5 – Ringling Bros Circus – Royal Farms Arena

26-29 – Annapolis Film Festival

27-29 – Singin’ in the Rain – Meyerhoff

28 – Cinderella – Lyric

28-29 – Breakfast with the Penguins – Md Zoo

29 – World Wine Festival – Museum of Industry





     Been to the movies lately?  Certainly true not all movies are worth your time, effort or money.  But I don't think you can go wrong by going to any of the nine

films nominated for Best Picture.  Here are a few of them, beginning with Whiplash.   This film was nominated for five Oscars, winning three.  The big one went

to J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor.  He was superb, though at times difficult to watch because of the brutality of his character.

     He plays a sadistic music teacher at a prestigious music school.  His insistence on perfection could very well be a cover up for his behavior.  Most of which

is directed toward a drum student.  He bares the brunt of it throughout the film.  The student, played by Miles Teller, is brought to tears and eventually attacks

the teacher.  Rated R.

     Julianne Moore won for Best Actress in Still Alice.  She plays a renowned linguistics professor who slowly loses her memory and then other bodily functions.

The sad part is she is only 50 and is very aware of what's happening to her.  The film shows how all members of her family, husband and three kids, are affected.

The actual diagnosis is early on set of the disease.   Miss Moore is definitely deserving of the award.  Also in the cast are Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart.

     Then there's 50 Shades of Grey, based on the very popular book.  In its first weekend it had the highest grossing international opening for a R rated film.

And yes it does deserve the R.  It stars Dakota Johnson, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, as the naïve college girl who gets caught in the web

of Mr. Grey, played by Jamie Dornan.  He is your basic billionaire who becomes obsessed with Anastasia. 

     No doubt this film is not for everyone.  If you prefer to see your movies free of bondage, handcuffs and sex stay away, though in actuality there is only

about 12 minutes of that.  It is a big moneymaker which means the next two books based on this character are sure to be out as movies. 

     Based on a true story, Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, is the story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini.  Set during World War 2 it's the story of his

early troubled years to his appearance at the Olympics, his 50 days adrift in the Pacific on a life raft to his time as a POW in a Japanese camp.  Bottom line,

it's really the story of faith, resilience and determination.  At the end of the film he returns to Japan to forgive his captors. 

    Finally, there's The Drop, a mediocre movie at best, but it's significance is it was James Gandolfini's last movie.  He plays a bar owner in the underworld

of Brooklyn, and not a very nice one.  He goes so far as to stage a holdup in his own bar.  He does this to steal the money left there during the day and night

from gambling receipts, in other words, the drops.  His nephew in the focal point of the film. 

    I think it's best we remember Gandolfini as Tony Soprano.  Rated R.                 

     Films I strongly recommend include - The Theory of Everything, The Imagination Game, Birdman, The Judge and American Sniper.





 Two Excellent Dining Choices in South Florida

                                                                                                                                                                    by Eddie Applefeld
     I didn't of course go to Florida simply to check out the restaurants.  This time of year I go for the warmth, sunshine, beach and palm trees.  If I should be introduced to an
outstanding dining experience, all the better.  And what do you know, I was.  When you read further you'll learn about two restaurants, one in Hollywood the other in Ft.
Lauderdale.  Let's begin with the first one I tried, Frankey's Sports Bar, 900 Silks Run in the Village of Gulfstream Park Hollywood. This village which contains a thoroughbred track, casino and a village
has definite ties to Maryland.  It is owned by Frank Stronach current owner of Laurel park and Pimlico.  Frankey's just opened last December and it has caught on rather quickly with locals and visitors.  It couldn't be in a better location.  It is right across
from the main entrance to the casino.  So after a good or bad day at the track or at the slots, Frankey's is just a short walk away.  Of course you don't ever have to step foot
at the track since you can place bets in the restaurant.  How convenient right? 
     The name suggests a sports bar, but this isn't your typical burger, nachos and fries sports bar.  Yes there are 38 high definition TV's but upon closer inspection, like checking
out the furniture, you'll know what I mean.  Also the general quality of the food is much better.  Menu items for example include N.Y. strip, Portobello ravioli, Caesar salad,
sautéed shrimp, Alaskan king crab, pizza chicken gourmet and sirloin.  My sampling included the Caesar salad, spaghettini Bolognese and grilled chicken wings.  It was
suggested I try the flourless chocolate cake for dessert, which I did, and which I loved.
    A mention about the adena burgers.  They are available as an appetizer or entrée.  It was also suggested I give that a try.  Right now I'll tell you I don't eat much meat
but this burger was terrific, moist, tender and at four ounces plenty for me.  Okay can you keep a secret?  If it is your first time here tell them and they'll bring you one to taste.
Of course who's to know whether it's your first time or not.  Remember, not a word.  The steaks and chicken are from their own farm in Ocala.  Traditional farming methods 
are used.  No stress for the animals.  The animals are born at the farm and spend their entire lives there.  Dairy free and gluten items are available. 
      Frankey's is open seven days, seating for about 360 (it is a big place), 12,000 square feet, entertainment a few nights a week and a 'social hour' from 3 to 7 and 11 pm to close.
There are also 40 handpicked beers including select local craft beers.  And a nice choice of wines, champagne and handcrafted cocktails.  In short, I had a great time here.
Go to or call 954-464-2333.
     Let's go a little further north and drop by Valentino Cucina Italiana, 620 S. Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale.  Right away Manager Christian Licciardo told me it was one of the best restaurants 
in the entire area.  What else would he say I thought.  After tasting the food, he might indeed be right.  Okay here comes a brazen statement and you can choose to believe it or not.
I had the best calamari ever.  Yes I said ever.  It came on an artichoke of some kind.  It didn't matter.  Most of the time calamari is chewy.  This was moist, tender and excellent.  Maybe I
can get them to send some up.
     This is a family business, run by chef Giovanni, Christian is his nephew  I think a family run restaurant is a very good thing.  Usually that means paying great attention to all
details.  Not just what happens in the kitchen.  Speaking of the kitchen, there are six seats known as Chefs Bar, very popular and provides a front row seat into the kitchen.
You can even talk with the cooks, that is actually encouraged.  You really have to reserve them well in advance. 
    The restaurant is closed Sunday, seating for about 90, over 300 choices of wine, it's casual, reservations are a good idea, they use no red sauce, dinner only and it was named after
famed silent screen star Rudolph Valentino.   The night of my visit the place was bustling with regular diners and a private party.  At one point I counted 10 people in the kitchen, which
isn't a big area.
     This by the way is more than Italian.  You can order almost anything, fish, seafood, meat or chicken.  Actually two of their more popular items are the roasted duck and veal chop.
As if this one restaurant wasn't enough, come summer they're opening an adjacent restaurant which as I recall will be called 1 Door East.  That's because it's located, well you know.
The also offer special wine dinners and cooking classes.  Eating good food at a good restaurant certainly enhances any vacation. (954-523-5767)                

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