Robert’s Picks | July/August 2017

RobertsPicks_FLWPhoto Credit: Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), fabric design.


1. Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most radically inventive and thoughtful architects in American history, striving for an unpretentious architecture harmonious with the natural world. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth on June 8, 1867, the Museum of Modern Art in New York is hosting Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, a major exhibition comprised of roughly 450 works. The exhibition runs through October 1, 2017. For information, visit


2. Looking for a day trip? Visit one of Maryland’s vineyards and wineries, among them, the beautiful Elk Run Vineyards in Frederick County, Maryland. For directions, visit


3. As a supplement to Robert’s Picks, we are including in Annapolis Home a calendar of preforming arts in Annapolis. We are providing this calendar as a service to local arts organizations that need support with their marketing, as well as to our readers who will appreciate advanced notice of the performing arts in our area. Pick an event, or two or three, and take advantage of the arts in your hometown. Continue below to see the calendar for this month.





Annapolis Shakespeare Company

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

July 17–23  |  Adults $35 to $50
Garden of the Charles Carroll House
107 Duke of Gloucester, Annapolis
410.280.1773  |

The Tempest opens in the midst of a storm, as a ship containing the king of Naples and his party struggles to stay afloat. On land, Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, watch the storm envelop the ship. Prospero has created the storm with magic, and he explains that his enemies are on board the ship


Alice in Wonderland

July 29–August 30  |  Adults $25 to $45

Annapolis Shakespeare Company Theatre
1804 West Street, Annapolis
410.280.1773   |

Annapolis Shakespeare presents this world premiere
original play with music.


Annapolis Summer Garden Theater

In the Heights, Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes

August 3–September 3
Thursday–Sunday at 8:30pm  |  Adults $25

Annapolis Summer Garden Theater
143 Compromise Street, Annapolis
410.268.9212  |

In New York’s largely Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a vibrant community on the brink of change—full of hopes, pressures, and dreams. When Usnavi, owner of the corner bodega, discovers that he sold a winning lottery ticket worth $96,000, everyone on the block spends three summer days fantasizing about how they would spend the small fortune and finally achieve their dreams.

From Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway sensation Hamilton, comes a heartfelt musical that tells the universal story of the American Dream set to a Latin beat. A jubilant celebration of urban life, the show’s tuneful score is enlivened by the stirring rhythms of salsa, Latin pop, and rap, and its zesty choreography is like none you’ve seen on our stage before.

Rated PG. Parental discretion is always advised. Parents/guardians should determine beforehand whether the subject matter is appropriate.


Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

Pops in the Park

Sunday, September 3 at 5:30pm  |  Admission is Free
Raindate, Monday September 4

Quiet Waters Park
600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis
410.263.0907  |

Pops in the Park is a free concert of pops favorites and light classics set in the lovely outdoor theater at Quiet Waters Park. Bring a picninc and blanket, and enjoy a perfect evening with family, friends and your orchestra.


The Colonial Players

Shiloh Rules, Written by Doris Baizley
Directed by Beth Terranova

September 8–October 1  |  Adults $10

The Colonial Players
108 East Street, Annapolis
410.268.7373  |

A dedicated Union nurse and mysterious Confederate refugee meet on the Shiloh battlefield to compete for the title of Best Female Reenactor of the Year. With their young trainees trying to out-do each other in “authenticity,” and a concessionaire egging both sides on, their competition leads them into real conflict with Ranger Wilson, an AfricanAmerican female park ranger who would rather be anywhere than the year 1862, imaginary or not. As the re-enactment rages out of control, all six women discover that some conflicts of the Civil War weren’t left behind in 1862.


Upcoming Events after October 1st:

Annapolis Opera:  Little Women, November 3–5

Annapolis Symphony:  Opening Night Celebration, October 6, 7
Concert, November 17, 18


Special thanks to the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. For a complete list of upcoming visual arts, performing arts, and historic presentation events, visit the Arts Council website at To stay informed of arts activities, sign up also for the Arts Council newsletter on the ACAAC website.



Robert Haywood has a Ph.D. in art and architecture history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His book, Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg: Art, Happenings and Cultural Politics, is forthcoming from Yale University Press, London. To order, visit