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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra names new CEO, from Grand Rapids Symphony

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 05:32:00 PST

After a 10-month search, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has named Peter T. Kjome as president and CEO, effective Feb. 1. Kjome is currently president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan, the orchestra where he once served as principal oboist.

Kjome (pronounced cho-mee) succeeds Paul...


Everyman Theatre to give local premiere of Colman Domingo play 'Dot'

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:25:00 PST

Among those attending the premiere of Colman Domingo's "Dot" at the Humana Festival of New Plays in Louisville, Ky., in 2015 was Everyman Theatre artistic director Vincent Lancisi.

"I think this play is going to be a classic," Lancisi says. "It's a universal story — a family coming home for the...


Baltimore officials condemn, shutter Bell Foundry arts building in Station North for safety violations

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:00:43 PST

Dozens of local artists were abruptly evicted Monday from their work spaces at the Bell Foundry building in the city's Station North Arts District after city officials said they discovered a variety of safety violations in the two-story hub of theater, art and recording studios.

The move — which...


Maryland nonprofit art organizations contributed $1.16 billion to the state economy last year

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:56:25 PST

Nonprofit art organizations in Maryland contributed $1.16 billion to the state's economy in the 2015 fiscal year, a 10 percent increase from the year before, according to annual economic impact report from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The number of full-time jobs supported by the state's nonprofit...


The dish on 'Hairspray Live': John Waters, Kenny Leon, Baltimore upstart Unissa Cruse-Ferguson

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:18:00 PST

Asked the inevitable question about how things were going on the set of "Hairspray Live," which NBC will air Wednesday night, director Kenny Leon just laughed. And laughed. Then laughed some more.

"It's very scary," Leon said. "But it's going very well."

The mix of nerves and confidence is understandable.


Gettysburg Hall of Presidents museum closes, wax figures to be auctioned

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:00:00 PST

Forty-three U.S. presidents will be looking for homes next month, as Gettysburg’s Hall of Presidents and First Ladies, which closed in late November, will be auctioning off the wax figures that have been entertaining tourists for more than half-a-century.

The figures, along with other museum contents,...


It's the moments that make 'A Christmas Story,' coming to Hippodrome

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

How popular is "A Christmas Story," the 1983 film about a young boy in a bunny suit, a Red Ryder BB gun and a leg lamp that ends up in pieces on the living-room floor?

Popular enough that you can actually buy one of those leg lamps on Ebay (only $169.99!).

Popular enough that "You'll shoot your...


Two Peabody alums gain new conducting posts

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:01:00 PST

Two young conductors who studied at Baltimore's Peabody Institute made significant career steps in recent days.

Stephen Mulligan has been named assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, starting with the 2017-2018 season.



Center Stage returns to home base with 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:49:00 PST

You might call it "The Game of Moans."

The 1782 novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" ("Dangerous Liaisons") by Choderlos de Laclos paints a damning portrait of two French aristocrats engaged in a chess match of seduction, manipulation, betrayal and revenge.

Playwright Christopher Hampton's 1985 adaptation...


Ballet Theatre of Md. gives Baltimore its first professional ballet company residency since 1993

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:56:00 PST

Don't let the toe shoes fool you. They might look like nothing but pearl-colored satin and glossy ribbons, but those kicks are made to take a pounding.

When the Ballet Theatre of Maryland's dancers bourree onto the stage Saturday to perform "The Nutcracker" in the Modell Performing Arts Center...


Lyric names new head: Vickie Hubbard, 25-year veteran of live entertainment business

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:25:27 PST

The Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric has named as its new executive director Vickie Hubbard, 58, a native of Pennsylvania's Dauphin County with 25 years of experience in the live entertainment business.

The executive director slot has been vacant since February 2015. Hubbard, who assumes...


Meet 5 artists selling their creations at Baltimore-area holiday art markets

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:28:00 PST

There's a thrill that comes with shopping for gifts and decorations at local holiday art markets. It's a blend of the anticipation, just weeks, if not days away from the holidays; the cheerful spirit of market-goers; and, most of all, the rush of getting something handcrafted and one-of-a-kind...


Why you need to know Randy Harrison, coordinator of Merry Tuba Christmas Bel Air

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:53:00 PST

Each December, dozens of tuba players in holiday garb congregate in Bel Air, their euphoniums, sousaphones, helicons and alto horns festooned with decorations for the Merry Tuba Christmas concert. Behind the baton is Essex resident Randy Harrison, the longtime conductor who brought the event to...


MICA fiber professor Piper Shepard wins $50,000 U.S. Artists award

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:19:00 PST

Piper Shepard doesn’t know who nominated her to receive $50,000. But when the list of 2016 United States Artists winners came out last week, the Maryland Institute College of Art professor's name was on it, alongside big names like Miranda July and Shirin Neshat.

"I was extremely surprised,” said...


19th-century Hackerman House reveals its secrets during Walters renovation

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:53:00 PST

Bit by bit and room by room, the grand old house is beginning to reveal its secrets.

As Walters Art Museum staff members were preparing the Hackerman House for renovation, they began discovering tantalizing clues about the 166-year-old Greek Revival mansion and the people who once lived inside...


'The Divine Sister' full of fun nuns at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:31:00 PST

You might feel just a wee bit guilty laughing at some of the things in "The Divine Sister," the ever-so-irreverent Charles Busch comedy now getting an enjoyable spin at Fells Point Corner Theatre. But you're more likely to find the author's satiric wit habit-forming.

Busch, whose playwriting credits...


Female Trouble podcast: Neptune the Poet, poet and creator (episode 20)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:00:00 PST

Neptune the Poet’s introduction to the spoken word was on a karaoke machine rapping as a kid. Now, the poet and creator is a fixture of the local spoken-word scene, often performing at various open mics throughout the city. Neptune uses her voice for positivity, threading together issues like racial...


'Hair' shows its relevance as McDaniel perform iconic '60s musical

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:55:00 PST

Be there for the dawning of the Age of Aquarius this week at McDaniel College as students transport the audience back to the late 1960s with their production of "Hair."

The musical tours through the counterculture of the decade, with frequent references to drugs, sex, racism, and anti-war efforts...


Fun cameo by Ruth Bader Ginsburg launches buoyant 'Daughter of the Regiment' in D.C.

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 04:17:00 PST

The Duchess of Krakenthorp, a small speaking role in Donizetti's comic opera "The Daughter of the Regiment," doesn't usually stop the show. Then again, that part isn't usually portrayed by a Supreme Court justice.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's opening-night-only cameo as the Duchess in Washington National...


Police respond to toilet decorated with anti-Trump statements found at American Visionary Art Museum

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:05:00 PST

American Visionary Art Museum — known for its edgy art and elaborate sculptures — found an unexpected donation to its collection Sunday morning.

Baltimore police responded to a call Sunday about a potential bomb threat — a toilet decorated with anti-Donald Trump sentiments found at a back entrance...


BSO got a jump-start on its 100th birthday by handing out tickets 25 years ago

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:21:00 PST

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra turned 100 this year, but set in motion one part of its centennial celebration 25 years ago.

In 1991, the BSO handed out coupons at youth concerts that could be redeemed for a free seat at any upcoming performance ... in 2016.

"We thought they could grow up with...


Annapolis performing arts scene is more vibrant than ever

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:14:00 PST

The crowd that crammed into the 850-seat Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts last weekend got a good taste of the increasingly vibrant performing arts scene in Annapolis — a musically and theatrically solid production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific," staged by Annapolis...


Alsop, BSO hit fresh peak with Mahler's Sixth Symphony

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:45:00 PST

It may be possible for some folks to hear Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6 as a purely objective work of art, a collection of mere notes that follow distinctively organized structural and harmonic paths to some abstract purpose.

But just try to keep that detachment going in the finale, after the...


Light City Baltimore announces key speakers for 2017 festival

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:09:00 PST

Despite the legal troubles that have threatened to dim the luster of Light City Baltimore, organizers are amping up the wattage for next year's weeklong celebration of innovation and the visual arts. 

On Friday, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announced an expanded presence for conference...


Annapolis writes in tips for crafting the next best-selling novel

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 16:24:00 PST

Inside a meeting room at the Annapolis Regional Library, a small group of aspiring writers are gathered in a circle with notebooks, laptops and writing utensils in hand.

At the head of the group are five published novelists. They sit in front of a green chalkboard with their names written behind...


Annapolis Chorale to honor Marvin Hamlisch's work with 'singular sensation' performance

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Director of the chorale is 'a keeper of the torch of Marvin's music'(image)

Cultures collide with 6ixwire performance

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 12:18:00 PST

Chamber music styles from across the world will collide at McDaniel College's Chamber Music on the Hill series as the group 6ixwire performs at the college on Sunday.

The group features a blending of two instruments, the erhu — a two-string Chinese instrument played by Cathy Yang -— and the violin,...


A biting 'Hero' on the menu

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 09:53:00 PST

The cheeses are stacked against the workers — oops, I mean "sandwich artists" — right from the start of "American Hero," the delicious dark comedy by Bess Wohl enjoying a dynamic regional premiere from Rep Stage.

For one thing, the latest location of a sub shop chain where these poor souls have...


Baltimore photographer to release book of rare Prince photos

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 14:34:00 PST

Prince shooting hoops, renting out movie theaters at 4 a.m. and lounging around Paisley Park are all moments Baltimore photographer Steve Parke has captured in his latest book, “Picturing Prince: An Intimate Portrait.”

The 53-year-old Canton resident, who was Prince’s art director for over a decade,...


'Baltimore Rising' addresses race, rights, violence in wake of Freddie Gray

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 18:33:38 PDT

"Baltimore Rising," a 15-artist exhibit at the Lazarus Center of the Maryland Institute College of Art, won't be on view for a long time — an unavoidable matter of scheduling — but it will leave a lasting impression.

The show was curated by Tony Shore, chair of the painting department at MICA. Initially,...


BSO prepares for hammer of fate, Mahler's 'Tragic' Sixth Symphony

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 13:56:00 PDT

When he finished composing his Symphony No. 6, Gustav Mahler had a percussion instrument specially built for use in the finale. He envisioned it being hit with a large hammer to achieve what he described as a "short, powerful, heavy-sounding blow of non-metallic quality, like the stroke of an ax."


Baltimore Development Corp. to let Spotlighters Theatre redevelop Read's Drug site

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 16:30:00 PDT

Baltimore Development Corp. has accepted Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre's proposal to renovate the former Read's Drug Store building on Howard Street, a landmark of black history in Baltimore, according to the corporation's managing director of marketing and external relations, Susan Yum.



McDaniel Madrigals to perform for world audience at Kennedy Center

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 09:14:00 PDT

McDaniel singers will enter the world stage as the McDaniel College Madrigal Singers step up for a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts during their Millennium Stage Series.

The Millennium Stage is the Kennedy Center's free concert series, where a diverse array of artists...


A pretty, pleasant 'Cinderella' at the Hippodrome

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 16:06:00 PDT

You can argue that there's no compelling reason to turn Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1957 TV musical "Cinderella" into a bona-fide Broadway show. Or that the version fashioned by Douglas Carter Beane, the one prettily filling up the Hippodrome Theatre's stage, isn't the best possible adaptation of...


Auction of Helen Bentley's art, antique collection to begin this week

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 10:34:00 PDT

The first auction of items that belonged to Helen Delich Bentley, the former congresswoman from Maryland who died in August, will take place this week at Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson. 

Bentley, who died Aug. 6 at age 92 from brain cancer, left behind thousands of art pieces and antiques. Her...


In "A Woman's Place," county dancers and choreographers share stories of iconic women

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 12:32:00 PDT

Donna Jacobs paces the front of the room, watching her dancers complete a series of lifts, drags and drops to the floor.

She nods approvingly but wants more. She’s helping her ensemble get into character to tell the story of a woman they all know well by this point and are working hard to portray...


A liberating 'Roommate' at Everyman Theatre

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 08:16:00 PDT

In her mid-50s and in a post-divorce rut, Sharon takes the risky step of advertising for someone with whom to share her Iowa City home.

The last thing she expects to walk through her kitchen door is a similar-aged vegan lesbian who hails not only from the big bad city — New York, naturally, and...


Single Carrot Theatre opens 10th season with imaginative staging of 'Savage/Love'

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 04:50:00 PDT

The whole crazy business of falling for someone — jitters, confusion, uplift, deflation — has generated many a play, but none quite like "Savage/Love."

This nonlinear collection of 19 poems that playwright/actor Sam Shepard and playwright/director Joseph Chaikin crafted together during a few short...


'Wimpy Kid' author, Md. native Jeff Kinney dishes on new book

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:04:00 PDT

In 1993, Jeff Kinney was a 22-year-old senior at the University of Maryland, College Park with dreams of evolving from a cartoonist at his campus newspaper to one who was nationally syndicated.

He didn't quite get his wish, but Kinney, now 45, is close.

The Plainville, Massachusetts resident, who...


10 things you didn't know about Dee Lenehan Cunningham, Ellicott City Arts Coalition founder

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:33:00 PDT

After decorative painter and muralist Deanne “Dee” Lenehan Cunningham became aware that other fine artists were also working in Ellicott City, she established Ellicott City ArtWalk in 2013 to allow the public to meet them and explore the arts scene on Main Street. A year later, she founded the...


Annapolis Shakespeare Company signs 10-year deal for new home

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 06:20:10 PDT

8,000-square-foot space at 1804 West Street will feature 99-seat theater(image)

Art show based on Renaissance Academy students gives voice to youth

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:49:16 PDT

Renaissance Academy High School student Gregory Rochester is, in many ways, an average 17-year-old. He scarfs down pizza, enjoys the warmth of summer and has his eyes set on college. But being a young black man from Baltimore means he's had to endure painful stereotypes.

"People might look at me...


Annapolis Opera to honor Annapolis resident's WWII service

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 11:34:00 PDT

Lucy Libby expected to see beautiful island.

Instead, when she stepped off the boat with the other Army nurses and officers, she was inundated with the odor of decaying bodies.

September of 1944 and the girl from North Carolina saw unburied corpses on the Japanese colony, Saipan. There weren't...


A tweaked 'Cinderella' heads to Baltimore

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:55:00 PDT

The prospect of encountering a benevolent force that can — presto — transform your drab, dreary life into something brimming with untold wealth, glamour and love (not necessarily in that order) has been daydreamed for centuries. It appeals especially to children, but a whole lot of adults certainly...


Lewis Museum installation gives graphic testament to toll of gun violence

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:25:44 PDT

They're just small, beige cardboard rectangles tied to a chain link fence, two of the most innocuous, everyday objects imaginable.

They almost look like price tags — and in a way, that's exactly what they are. In this case, though, the cost is a human life, as each toe tag bears the name of a victim...


Helen Bentley's dresses and hats go on display at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:43:00 PDT

Helen Delich Bentley was a former congresswoman, journalist for The Baltimore Sun, fierce advocate for the Baltimore port -- and now a fashion icon.

An exhibit of four of Bentley's dresses and a dozen of her hats will go on display at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Nov. 4, the same day that...


Baltimore Museum of Art to present U.S. entry into world's most prestigious art show

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:26:02 PDT

After less than three months in his new job, Baltimore Museum of Art director Christopher Bedford is about to put the museum into the international spotlight.

The museum announced Thursday that it would be the lead institution charged with putting together America's entry into the 2017 Venice Biennale...


A welcome revival for 'Anne of the Thousand Days' at Chesapeake Shakespeare

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:48:00 PDT

He possesses wealth and yields power, surrounded by people devoted to helping him expand both. He likes to eat, and it shows. He grabs at women, force-kisses them if he desires, and, when they annoy him, bad-mouths them vividly.

Yes, he's that inimitable English monarch Henry VIII (you didn't think...


Baltimore artist creates mural in Orlando as tribute to Pulse shooting victims

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:33:00 PDT

Evelyn Ruiz stood in the afternoon sun of an Orange Avenue parking lot last Wednesday, watching a mural emerge on the side of a bagel shop. In shades of lavender and purple, hands spelled out the word "LOVE" amid a growing tribe of orange blossoms.

"I feel so lifted," the 30-year-old said. "I feel...


New BMA exhibit showcases Matisse paintings alongside works of one of his heirs, Diebenkorn

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:02:00 PDT

The studios used by the painter Henri Matisse and one of his most illustrious heirs, Richard Diebenkorn, were separated by not quite half a century and nearly 5,400 miles.

Yet the similarities between the artworks depicting these two very different rooms — Matisse's studio in northwestern France...