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Baltimore author Wes Moore nominated to University System of Maryland board

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:38:24 PST

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan nominated prominent Baltimore author Wes Moore on Friday to the board that oversees the sprawling University System of Maryland.

Moore, 38, is a well-respected African-American writer, Army veteran and Rhodes Scholar who runs a company called BridgeEdU that helps universities...


Baltimore-area cultural events to discuss, support immigration and refugees

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:34:00 PST

After "A Day Without Immigrants" demonstrations to protest President Donald Trump's stance on immigration on Thursday, Baltimore's arts community is planning to keep the issue in the forefront. 

Events are cropping up in the coming months that aim to spark dialogue and generate support for immigrants...


Collector Mera Rubell, BMA director Chris Bedford to visit studios of Baltimore artists

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:11:00 PST

Nearly three dozen Baltimore artists will receive 30-minute visits from two art world heavyweights in "Beyond the Frame"(image)

High school musicals take center stage at Baltimore County schools

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:09:00 PST

School productions take months of planning, hours of rehearsals and nerves of steel before opening night(image)

Baltimore provocateur John Waters will exhibit his artwork at prestigious Venice Biennale

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:55:00 PST

Baltimore's favorite bad boy, John Waters, has been selected to exhibit in the 2017 Venice Biennale — and the world's most august art show suddenly got a whole lot more fun.

Waters is one of 120 visual artists (and one of 23 who either was born in or worked in the U.S.) who was selected to be part...


A sampling of recent Baltimore-centric classical, jazz recordings

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

The recording industry, long believed to be on its last legs, isn't quite done yet. For fresh evidence, consider these releases, which provide a vibrant aural sampling of what some Baltimore-connected classical and jazz artists have been up to lately.

LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Symphony Nos. 1 and 2. Baltimore...


Everyman stages streamlined, well-cast, atmospheric 'Great Expectations'

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 14:46:00 PST

Only Charles Dickens could send his characters careening through a veritable collision course of coincidences and make all of it seem perfectly plausible and inevitable, not to mention entertaining. He did so with particular flair in "Great Expectations," the novel that has come bounding impressively...


Everyman Theatre to open 2017-18 season with 'M. Butterfly'

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 12:24:00 PST

In an unusual move, Everyman Theatre has announced one of the works on its 2017-2018 lineup — David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning "M. Butterfly," which will launch the season in September. The remainder of the season will be unveiled in the spring.

It's turning out to be the autumn of "M. Butterfly."


Baltimore Clayworks contemplates sale of building(s) to ease debt

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PST

Since its founding in 1980 by a group of artists specializing in pottery and ceramics, Baltimore Clayworks has enjoyed considerable success, exanding into two historic buildings on opposite sides of Mount Washington's Smith Avenue with a combined 17,500 square feet used for creating, exhibiting...


Maryland Hall president to retire after 21 years

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 15:22:00 PST

Linnell Bowen will continue her fundraising efforts for construction campaign(image)

Alloverstreet art walk in Station North goes on hiatus amid citywide discussion on arts spaces

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 12:14:00 PST

A free, monthly presentation of performances and art exhibitions in Station North known as Alloverstreet is on hiatus, organizers announced, as they reconsider the program's role amid citywide discussions on arts spaces and safety. 

The decision is the latest in the continued fallout from the closing...


A sweeping Bruckner 4th from Stenz, BSO

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 14:48:16 PST

In much the same way that many a concertgoer frets about having to hear any contemporary atonal music, some folks get mighty queasy when faced with a symphony of Anton Bruckner. The fact that he's a solidly 19th-century, all-tonal composer isn't enough to assuage their fears.

If you happen to fall...


UMBC student photographs site of each 2016 Baltimore homicide in 'Stains on the Sidewalk'

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:04:00 PST

Once you realize what you're looking at in Amy Berbert's seemingly commonplace photograph of a car parked at night in front of a white frame house, it's the footsteps in the snow that provide an emotional jolt.

Are those blurry indentations moving toward or away from the front door with that welcoming...


Center Stage rolls out new logo, web design in advance of re-opening

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:08:00 PST

Center Stage is now Baltimore Center Stage.

The new name, together with a new logo and website, comes as staffers have returned to their offices this week for the first time since renovations on the theater company's Calvert Street home got underway in early 2016. The renovated theater opens in...


A complex path to parenthood in 'Samsara'

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 19:26:04 PST

The winter season has heated up nicely. In addition to such attractions as Stillpointe Theatre's vibrant staging of the musical gem "Grey Gardens," there's a stylish production from Single Carrot Theatre of Lauren Yee's provocative comedy "Samsara."

"Samsara" — in Hindu and Buddhist practices, a...


Stillpointe strikes impressive chords in 'Grey Gardens'

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 09:06:00 PST

Inspired by the riveting 1975 documentary of the same name, the bittersweet musical "Grey Gardens," receiving an affecting production by Stillpointe Theatre, opens a window into the spiraling lives of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale ("Little Edie").



Peabody prof, composer Michael Hersch receives $250,000 award from JHU

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:49:00 PST

Michael Hersch, a composer known for extraordinarily complex and emotionally rich works, is the recipient of the 2017 President’s Frontier Award from Johns Hopkins University. Hersch will receive $250,000 "for research and innovation."Hersch is an alumnus of the Peabody Institute of JHU, where...


Baltimore-based artist Jim Condron receives $30,000 Pollock-Krasner award

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:25:00 PST

Jim Condron, the Baltimore-based artist whose work has led in recent years toward a bold abstract style, has received a $30,000 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Named for celebrated abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock and his wife and fellow abstract painter, Lee Krasner, the foundation...


Baltimorean, data-obsessive Amy Webb IDs tech trends that will disrupt tomorrow

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:14:27 PST

Several years ago, Amy Webb consulted a psychologist to help her manage her emotions after her mother was diagnosed with a fatal cancer.

Webb is a futurist and Baltimore author who has just released her third book, and her commitment to data analysis and logical thinking would rival Mr. Spock's....


Everyman to tackle 'Great Expectations,' with 6 actors playing dozens of roles

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:50:00 PST

Everyman Theatre to give area premiere of Gale Childs Daly's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" with six actors playing three dozen roles.

"Great Expectations," the 1861 Charles Dickens epic of a young boy named Pip who grows into a man after learning many a tough lesson about...


The Contemporary museum director Deana Haggag to step down

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:40:00 PST

Deana Haggag, The Contemporary executive director who is credited for the art museum’s revival, will leave her position in March to serve as president and CEO of Chicago-based arts organization United States Artists.

Haggag has served as executive director since 2013, when the museum — previously...


Carole King musical 'Beautiful' delivers enjoyable nostalgia fest at Hippodrome

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:59:00 PST

Take a much-loved pop culture figure; focus on her path to the top, with its personal joys and setbacks along the way; weave hit songs throughout this backstory — and you've got a friendly musical.

The nostalgia-fueled locomotion known as "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," which opened three...


In Venice Biennale runup, Baltimore Museum of Art introduces Mark Bradford

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:14:00 PST

NEW YORK, NY -- If the Venice Biennale is the art world's equivalent of the Olympics, on Wednesday U.S. journalists were introduced to the group that will be representing America and going for the team gold in 2017.

About 40 people, including reporters for The New York Times and Bloomberg, attended...


Despite disabilities, Westminster teen takes top thespian awards

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:23:00 PST

For 14-year-old Andrew Spriggs, theater has always been a part of his life.

His mom, who works at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, exposed him to the arts at an early age.

"Ever since I was little I would always act things out," as well as put on skits and sing for his family, Andrew said....


Second meeting of mayor's Safe Arts Space Task Force focuses on organizing, brainstorming

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:39:00 PST

 Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Safe Arts Space Task Force established three workgroups Tuesday to focus on space needs of local artists, code and regulatory issues, and project development and finance.

The move came during a meeting at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s main building.

Before the...


Burglary hits Baltimore Rock Opera Society at condemned Bell Foundry space

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:19:00 PST

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society, one of the groups displaced by the December closing of the DIY artists' venue known as the Bell Foundry, has experienced another setback.

Tools, which BROS artistic director Aran Keating estimates would cost close to $2,000 to replace, are missing from the organization's...


Rare photo of Edgar Allan Poe goes up for auction at New York gallery

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:03:00 PST

A rare photo of the horror writer and Baltimore icon Edgar Allan Poe will be auctioned in New York on — when else? — Valentine's Day.

The photo was taken in September 1849 — just three weeks before the author's mysterious death at the age of 40 — and is expected to fetch between $10,000 and $15,000,...


Children's author Adam Gidwitz, a Park School grad, wins Newbery Honor

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:28:00 PST

Children's author and Park School of Baltimore graduate Adam Gidwitz picked up one of the highest awards in children's literature in the U.S. on Monday -- a Newbery Honor.

The former Baltimorean was honored for his fifth book, "The Inquisitor's Tale."

"There'd been a certain amount of talk about...


Light City 2017 to feature Biz Markie and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, new art installations

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:46:00 PST

Light City will bring new lighted art installations and music performances from Biz Markie, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Papadosio when the free arts festival returns to Baltimore for its second year, organizers announced Monday. 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, which organizes Light...


'Beautiful' heads to Hippodrome with Carole King's story

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:35:00 PST

Back in an era that now feels so far away, every college dorm room seemed to have a well-used LP of Carole King's "Tapestry." That 1971 album, made in Los Angeles by the Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter, quickly expanded its reach far beyond the campus crowd, selling more than 25 million copies...


'Hamilton' coming to Baltimore's Hippodrome in 2018-19; 'Phantom' sequel on tap for '17-'18

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

Call it the pre-"Hamilton" season.

The gaga-hit musical will finally reach Baltimore during the Hippodrome Theatre's 2018-2019 season, and subscribers to the theater's 2017-2018 lineup, announced Wednesday, will be first in line for tickets. 

"We're not saying you have to subscribe to get tickets...


Contemporary African art exhibit at the BMA looks at race, privilege and protest

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:21:00 PST

An intimate, politically charged exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art addresses issues of race, privilege and protest from a perspective that has much to reveal about a distant world and our own.

The prints, drawings and photographs here are by contemporary African-born (or –based) artists, the...


Mural project aims to transform buildings, perception of East Baltimore

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:57:43 PST

East Baltimore's Oliver and Johnston Square neighborhoods have suffered high levels of violence, blight and drug trafficking.

But they're also home to historic landmarks such as the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and Green Mount Cemetery, resilient communities and efforts to redevelop.



Ann Patchett, Michael Chabon among nominees for National Book Critics Circle Awards

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:29:00 PST

Ann Patchett, Michael Chabon and Zadie Smith were among the nominees announced Tuesday for the National Book Critics Circle Awards.

Books by Louise Erdrich and former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky also were among 30 finalists in six competitive categories selected by the 42-year-old organization.


Joyous Beethoven 7th caps colorful BSO program

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:55:00 PST

The latest Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program is a one-from-Column-A, one-from-Column-B concoction — something nominally Spanish, but actually Russian (Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol"); something British (the infrequently encountered Violin Concerto by William Walton); something solidly...


Arts groups plan thinly veiled protests against Trump inauguration

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:21:00 PST

Baltimore-area arts groups are planning activities for this week ranging from literary readings to a dance party that could be interpreted as thinly veiled protests against the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

None of the organizers are saying explicitly that events named "Nasty Women...


Paul Giamatti, Sonja Sohn coming to Baltimore for social justice-focused 'Antigone' performance

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:31:00 PST

Free performance at Coppin State University will culminate in audience discussion of contemporary issues(image)

Roughly Speaking podcast: Exiled from Bell Foundry, Baltimore Rock Opera Society seeks own home (episode 196)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:43:00 PST

In this podcast:

“Brides of Tortuga,” “Grundelhammer” and “Phantom of the Paradise” were three of the original productions staged by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society over the last eight years. But BROS actors, writers, designers, builders, musicians and artists now finds themselves in exile, without...


Spotlighters Theatre to give 'Threepenny Opera' a Baltimore twist

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:47:00 PST

"The Ballad of Mack the Knife" is nothing if not double-edged. The song's instantly catchy melody, colorful lyrics and irresistible sway make it easy to forget that the subject is an amoral fellow who kills and defiles at will.

That fellow is at the heart of a brilliantly subversive work of theater...


Baltimore mayor's task force on artists' housing meets for first time

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:56:00 PST

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's Safe Arts Space Task Force, formed after last month's shuttering of the workspace and performance venue the Bell Foundry due to safety violations, met for the first time Monday to discuss how the city can create a network of safe, cost-effective spaces where emerging...


Renaissance Academy art exhibit raises $7,000 amid West Baltimore school's uncertain future

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:44:00 PST

Renaissance Academy High School’s art exhibit and auction “Breaking Frames,” in which artists from across the country created pieces inspired by the school's students, raised around $7,000, the project's organizer said.

All but six of the 55 artworks displayed (two works fell through at the last...


A wintry sampling of music, theater events in Baltimore

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:04:01 PST

With winter settling in, here's my second annual sampling of potentially hot classical concerts and theater productions that just might help you feel toasty during the cold weeks that lie ahead:

Instead of curling up by the fire with a Charles Dickens novel, you can see one brought to life onstage...


The curtain first rose at the Morris Mechanic Theatre 50 years ago

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:53:00 PST

Ticket buyers formed a line outside the just-completed Morris A. Mechanic Theatre in early January 1967 for movie star Betty Grable’s performances in the title role of “Hello, Dolly!”

Baltimore’s new playhouse, constructed in a rough concrete shell, opened officially the night of Jan. 16, 1967....


Homage and warning in William Christenberry's look at the Deep South

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:47:00 PST

William Christenberry didn't have perfect sight — the result of a serious eye injury when he was a teen — but the Alabama-born artist possessed extraordinary insight.

His primary focus was the Deep South, a focus that can be explored in a retrospective at the Maryland Institute College of Art:...


Marylanders well represented in national African-American museum

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:23:00 PST

WASHINGTON — Although their paths crossed more than two centuries ago, Benjamin Banneker — a free black Marylander — and Thomas Jefferson, the nation's third president — were not considered equals because of slavery.

Yet inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington,...


In 2016, Baltimore had an outsized impact on the nation's – and world's – cultural conversations

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

For a city with a fraction of the population of such giants as New York and Los Angeles, Baltimore is having an outsized impact on the nation's — and increasingly the world's — cultural conversations.

From the #OscarsSoWhite campaign led by two former Baltimoreans to the former head of Baltimore's...


'Gentleman's Guide' to close out '16 with love, murder

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:34:00 PST

Monty Navarro, the, um, hero of the Tony Award-winning, Baltimore-bound musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," could be the poster boy for Oscar Wilde's motto: "I can resist everything except temptation."

Monty learns that his late, lamented mother had been disinherited from the aristocratic...


Pugh announces task force to create 'safe art spaces' in Baltimore after Bell Foundry evictions

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:47:32 PST

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh on Wednesday charged a new task force with recommending how to create "safe, cost-effective" spaces for young artists to live.

The new group was formed in response to dozens of local artists being evicted this month from work spaces at the Bell Foundry building in Baltimore's...


With $3 million gift, Baltimore School for the Arts expands programming

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:05:00 PST

A $3 million gift to Baltimore City's premiere arts high school will give it another reason to stand out.

Beginning next fall, the Baltimore School for the Arts will expand its programming to include a film and visual storytelling program.

The $3 million gift from local philanthropists Mark and...


Equipped with new heart, Baltimore's Amy Sherald gains fame with surreal portraiture

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:06:00 PST

At one time, the Baltimore artist Amy Sherald intended to paint a portrait of herself as the Tin Man from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

At age 39, Sherald, a person who stops to talk — really talk — to panhandlers and who recently raised $1,600 for a friend's rent, found herself desperately in...