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Prizes for composer Douglas Buchanan, photographer Torrance Hall

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:20:00 PDT

Douglas Buchanan, a Texas-born, Baltimore-based composer and conductor, has received the $25,000 Sackler Prize for Music Composition from the University of Connecticut.

The award will provide support for Buchanan and librettist Caitlin Vincent, who are writing a one-hour opera about Bessie Coleman,...


AVAM seeking $25 million for its endowment and naming rights

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:35:00 PDT

The Aaron Aardvark Visionary Art Museum?

Rebecca Hoffberger is offering up the naming rights to the institution she founded — now known as the American Visionary Art Museum — in exchange for $25 million that would among other things shore up the endowment.

But Hoffberger hopes that whoever takes...


Symphony Number One showcases new work from diverse composers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Baltimore’s cultural life frequently gets vivified by startups when young (or not so young) actors, musicians and visual artists create their own outlets. Among those adding to this energy is Symphony Number One, a chamber orchestra that debuted in 2015 and quickly made its mark by providing a...


Meet the artist behind 'Madre Luz' – the protest statue in Wyman Park Dell 

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:40:00 PDT

The air was still wet from a passing rainstorm. Artist Pablo Machioli and his friends worked Tuesday to repair the damage to “Madre Luz” in Wyman Park Dell. He wrapped the statue’s arm in masking tape and spray-painted it black. He doused her raised fist in gold glitter. Four men crowded around...


'Color-conscious' ArtsCentric enlivens Baltimore's theater scene

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:05:00 PDT

North Avenue received an extra jolt last year when the theater troupe ArtsCentric started to make its home base in the already humming arts hub Motor House and delivered a big, buoyant production of “Dreamgirls.”

The dynamic beat from ArtsCentric, a self-described

“color-conscious” company that...


Everyman Theatre brings back 'Taste of Everyman' series

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:35:00 PDT

Everyman Theatre’s pairing series will return for its 2017-2018 season.

The theater’s “Taste of Everyman” series, which launched in 2015, pairs food and drinks with the theme of its shows.

The first pairing of the season, Edible Insects, will offer patrons crispy bugs to go with Everyman’s “M....


Pianist to mark centennial of Scott Joplin's death with concert at Germano's

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:10:00 PDT

When he died on April 1, 1917, in a New York hospital from complications of syphilis, Scott Joplin was not yet 50. Financial troubles and artistic disappointments — especially over his inability to drum up interest in his opera, “Treemonisha” — marked the composer’s last years.

A counterbalance...


Baltimore Improv Group moving into former Everyman Theatre space

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Come October, there will be a lot more room in Baltimore to be funny.

The Baltimore Improv Group (BIG), bringing unscripted laughs to Charm City since 2004, will be moving from the intimate confines of Howard Street’s Single Carrot Theatre, where their performance space had a capacity of about...


500 years after Protestant Reformation, Walters museum looks at human side of Martin Luther

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:25:00 PDT

After Yu Na Han went through two miscarriages, and then her new baby spent the first six months of her life in the hospital, the mother found comfort when she needed it the most from the place she least expected to find it — in the writings of the 16th-century theologian Martin Luther.

Though he’d...


Goya Contemporary exhibit addresses humans and nature

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 14:35:00 PDT

Considering how much nature and humans are acting up these days, the summer exhibit at Goya Contemporary seems all the more apt.

Nearly two dozen works by 11 notable artists are grouped under the title “Human. NATURE” at the gallery, making for an impressive, absorbing experience. This is not a...


Arena Players, Baltimore Rock Opera Society to collaborate on shows

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 14:25:00 PDT

One of Baltimore’s oldest theatre groups, Arena Players Inc., will join forces with one of the youngest, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, to present two works about remarkable African-Americans.

In February, the two companies will offer a rock opera double bill — “Determination of Azimuth,” about...


Gallery: Art Walk offers a chance to watch art being created in Annapolis

Sun, 6 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” — Pablo Picasso

Which artists popped into your mind when you read this quote? Monet, Van Gogh…definitely Turner. We are honored...


ArtsCentric offers all-African-American production of 'Chicago'

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Given all the current news about Chicago’s violence, it’s an interesting time to revisit a musical about that city in the 1920s, when killings were plentiful and generated feeding frenzies in the press.

The beauty, so to speak, of “Chicago” — the 1975 jazz-fueled show by John Kander, Fred Ebb and...


Stillpointe Theatre revives Jonathan Larson's 'Tick, Tick ... Boom'

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 09:20:00 PDT

Stillpointe Theatre, which has a fine track record of reviving musicals, has taken a fresh look at “Tick, Tick … Boom,” an autobiographical work from 1990 by Jonathan Larson, written six years before his reputation would be secured by “Rent.”

Larson’s struggles to create something for the musical...


Marin Alsop enters the million-dollar club of American music directors

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 07:50:00 PDT

Marin Alsop, who has been inching toward the million-dollar club of American music directors for several years, is now officially a member. That’s according to the 2017 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Music Directors, compiled by Drew McManus and published on his Adaptistration web site.



Annapolis Shakespeare Co. gives 'Alice' a brisk workout, some contemporary spin

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 09:25:00 PDT

For reasons not clear to me, rabbit holes are opening up all over the Baltimore area, inviting audiences to take the plunge with that restless, dogged young girl named Alice.

Fells Point Corner Theatre got this theatrical tea party started in June when it presented an offbeat version of Lewis Carroll’s...


Annapolis Chamber Music Festival returns with five rare performances

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Organizers say this year's Annapolis Chamber Music Festival is bigger and better than last year's inaugural run, with 12 talented young musicians from around the world offering five nights of rare musical performances.

Founded in 2016 by Rémy Taghavi and Zachary Hobin, the group came to Annapolis...


Creative Alliance aims to tackle anti-Muslim bias by featuring renowned female Muslim performers

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:55:00 PDT

Baltimore’s Creative Alliance announced Wednesday that it will tackle anti-Muslim bias by bringing a half-dozen renowned female Muslim performers to Baltimore.

The “Nisa/Women” program — “Nisa" is the Arabic word for “women” — is funded by a $145,000 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic...


Pianists use their Concert Truck to make classical music more accessible

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:45:00 PDT

Classical musicians everywhere face the persistent question of how to reach new audiences, to get more people enthused about an art form they might not know much about. Some pianists have gone the extra mile to address the issue — they give free performances on a mobile stage dubbed the Concert...


Olney Theatre delivers vibrant revival of 'Thurgood'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:40:00 PDT

The term “hero” gets tossed around so liberally these days that it feels good to be reminded of someone who fits the bill thoroughly — Thurgood Marshall, the subject of a one-man play enjoying a welcome revival at Olney Theatre Center.

Written about a decade ago by George Stevens Jr., “Thurgood”...


Could Catonsville become an arts and entertainment district? The idea is under study

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:26:00 PDT

Across Maryland, artists' enclaves have mixed success(image)

Artscape 2017

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:05:00 PDT

Artscape, Baltimore's annual free arts festival, runs July 21-23.


Sadness and shock as Baltimore Clayworks clears out

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:30:00 PDT

Retired pediatrician Eric Fine unwrapped the wet horse head from plastic and looked at it, not knowing what to do.

He’d been working on it for weeks — the course was called “sculptural narrative with animal form.” The teacher was Kevin Rohde. But the course will never finish. Clayworks has closed...


Baltimore artist Paul Rucker tackles racism and justice, turns heads nationwide

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:50:00 PDT

The visual artist and musician Paul Rucker has a secret sauce.

That’s no metaphor — there’s a brown-gold liquid in a clear glass bottle sitting on a work table in Rucker’s studio at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, where he’s an artist in residence. He’s spent the past four years refining the concoction,...


Artscape 2017 music schedule

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Sheila E. and Gogol Bordello are the music headliners for this year’s Artscape, but there are plenty of other acts scheduled to perform at this weekend’s free arts festival.

You can find the complete schedule, according to the Artscape website, below. (You can also read reporter Wesley Case’s...


Yes, Artscape weekend is usually hot — but not always the hottest

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:05:00 PDT

Every summer, it seems like an inevitable heat wave rolls into Baltimore just in time for Artscape.

This year, the largely outdoor free music and arts festival will take place during a Code Red heat advisory, meaning the heat poses a health risk. Art-lovers could face dehydration and hyperthermia...


Baltimore Clayworks artists will get chance to reclaim works from shuttered facility this weekend

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:55:00 PDT

After Baltimore Clayworks’ decision to shutter the decades-old ceramic arts center left artists and teachers without access to their work, the board of directors announced it will reopen the Mount Washington facilities this weekend during limited hours and under tight conditions.

Facing over $1...


Artscape 2017 coverage

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Find everything you need to know about the annual free arts festival, which runs July 21-23. 


Artscape 2017: 10 things not to miss

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:00:00 PDT

For 36 years, Artscape has been Baltimore’s go-to summer party — an all-for-free celebration of the performing and visual arts, bringing together a vast range of Charm City’s creative minds, from street performers to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

“Artscape is a tradition, but every year, it...


Artscape 2017 map

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 09:55:00 PDT

Source: Artscape/Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts(image)

Timonium woman operates unique summer camp for aspiring harpists

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Jacqueline Pollauf is a slight woman with an open face and a quiet, soothing voice who uses her delicate hands in a manner of graceful expression when she speaks — and plays the harp.

Pollauf, a Timonium resident who trained in her instrument at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University,...


Artscape logos through the years

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:27:00 PDT

As Artscape has evolved over the years, so has its logo. Take a look at the festival's logos from 1982 to 2017.  


2 new Harry Potter books set to be published in October

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:07:00 PDT

Two new books from the Harry Potter universe are set to be released as part of a British exhibition that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series.

The British Library's Harry Potter exhibition, "A History of Magic," opens in October and runs through February 2018. In an earnings...


Peabody Conservatory to launch dance degree program

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:55:00 PDT

Good news for dance fans — the Peabody Conservatory plans to launch its first bachelor’s degree program in dance for the academic year beginning in the fall of 2018.

The new program will be headed by danah bella, the founder of danahbella DanceWorks and former chairwoman of the dance department...


The BSO's New Music Festival strikes a potent chord

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:50:00 PDT

As I approached Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Saturday night for the final event in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural New Music Festival, my usual skepticism kicked into high gear. I mean, really — contemporary music in Baltimore in July in a 2,400-seat hall? Please. I was bound to see one...


Baltimore Clayworks shutting down after 37 years

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:05:00 PDT

After a six-month saga involving attempts to pay off its debts, Baltimore Clayworks’ board of directors decided Monday to close the 37-year-old nonprofit ceramic arts center for good.

“We’ve had to make the difficult decision to file Chapter 7 [bankruptcy] and shut down operations,” interim executive...


On world tour, Idina Menzel aims to keep things fresh for herself and audience

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Defying gravity, Idina Menzel has soared through a richly varied career since successfully auditioning for a new musical called “Rent” in 1995, her first real theater job.

She went on to create the role of the complicated witch Elphaba in “Wicked” in 2003 and catch the attention of TV viewers with...


Dutch professor puts together exhibit of photos taken by witnesses to RFK's funeral train

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:30:00 PDT

It was hot and muggy in Maryland on June 8, 1968. Michael Scott was 15 years old, and he remembers the humid air as heavy on his skin. It felt like grief made physical.

Michael and his mother stood at the railroad tracks near their Cecil County home and watched a 21-car funeral train pass carrying...


A strong start to the BSO's New Music Festival

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:00:00 PDT

It’s too early to predict if Marin Alsop’s vision of an annual New Music Festival under the auspices of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be fulfilled. But, judging from the inaugural concert Thursday night at the Peabody Institute, it sure deserves a shot.

The festival offers a varied lineup...


Mini golf course designed by students opening in Station North

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:45:00 PDT

Miniature golf, a staple of ocean resorts that has been woefully absent from Baltimore for years, returns to Charm City next week.

An eight-hole course, designed by students from Margaret Brent Elementary, Baltimore Design School and Baltimore Lab School, is scheduled to open July 21 — the first...


Neighborhood Lights communities chosen for Light City 2018

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:40:00 PDT

Twelve communities, including two holdovers from this year, will participate in the Neighborhood Lights program for Light City 2018.

The 12 neighborhoods, announced Thursday by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, are Brooklyn*/Curtis Bay, Belair-Edison, Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment...


Buyer for Clayworks' properties cancels deal, buys own building

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:00:00 PDT

The long-running saga of Baltimore Clayworks, the ceramic arts center in Mount Washington that put its properties for sale earlier this year to eradicate debt and finance a relocation, has taken another twist.

Itineris, the Baltimore nonprofit that offered to buy the two buildings on opposite sides...


A weekend of eclectic choices for classical music, theater

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:50:00 PDT

Classical music concerts and theater productions might be fewer during summer months in Baltimore, but there’s still a lot of activity on the calendar. Eclectic activity, even, as this weekend illustrates.

Here’s a look at just some of the diverse attractions:


In an ambitious...