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BMA acquires artworks by Mark Bradford, Ellsworth Kelly and others

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:56:00 PDT

Works in painting, photography and video span period ranging from the mid-20th century to today(image)

Center Stage play probes troubled mind of Donny Hathaway

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:07:00 PDT

By the age of 25, he had cut his first solo album. A couple years later, he had a major hit and a Grammy for his duet with Roberta Flack, "Where Is the Love?"

But on Jan. 13, 1979, Donny Hathaway died on a New York City sidewalk after falling 15 stories from his hotel room. He was 33.

The singer's...


Baltimore Speakers Series 2017-18 lineup includes David Cameron, astronaut Mark Kelly

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:06:00 PDT

The Baltimore Speakers Series, presented by Stevenson University, returns this October with another season of personalities and international notables, including former British Prime Minister David Cameron, astronaut Mark Kelly, and Jane Pauley, anchor of CBS' "Sunday Morning," according to a recent...


Rep Stage to premiere play about Baltimore's famed Cone sisters during 25th anniversary season

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:49:00 PDT

The famed Cone sisters of Baltimore, pioneering collectors of modern art in the early 20th century, will be brought to life in the world premiere of Susan McCully's "All She Must Possess" during the 25th anniversary season of Rep Stage.

That 2017-2018 season will also be the company's first under...


Catonsville singer to appear on Broadway recording

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:00:00 PDT

A familiar voice in Catonsville is one step closer to stardom.

Julia Tucker, a 25-year-old Catonsville resident, sang on the upcoming original Broadway cast recording of "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812," an adaptation of a portion of Leo Tolstoy's book, "War and Peace."

The production...


New Yorker illustrator Barry Blitt to speak at Johns Hopkins

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:08:00 PDT

From depictions of a a flooded Bush White House after Hurricane Katrina to clever illustrations of Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump's relationship, award-winning illustrator Barry Blitt is widely known for his politcal commentary through imagery. This April, the cartoonist...


Literature, art, dance provide theme to BSO's 2017-2018 season

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:15:00 PDT

A new hip-hop narration for Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" and a salute to revered choreographer George Balanchine — with help from one of his prized dancers — are some of the ways the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plans to embrace various genres during its 2017-2018 season.The underlying...


'Los Otros' to confront, embrace 'the other' in song at Everyman

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:47:00 PDT

With all the talk about a certain border wall and a certain country paying for it, the arrival of Everyman Theatre's production of "Los Otros" ("The Others") this week looks extra timely.

The 2012 musical, in an extensively revised version commissioned by Everyman, looks at the lives of two Southern...


10 years in, Cara Ober and BmoreArt have created a community for Baltimore's creatives

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:49:39 PDT

For someone whose entire life is devoted to creating, looking at, writing about and showcasing visual images, Baltimore journalist Cara Ober expresses an opinion that surprises even her.

"I think I like artists better than I like art," says Ober, the founder of the BmoreArt website and magazine,...


Maryland arts organizations denounce potential loss of federal funding

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:11:00 PDT

Baltimore-based Wide Angle Youth Media receives only about 2 percent of its budget from the federal government, but that doesn't mean officials there were alarmed any less by the news that President Donald Trump is looking to slash federal arts programs.

The loss of federal funding could be just...


Columbia author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie angers transgender community

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:40:00 PDT

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian novelist and outspoken feminist, drew criticism from transgender activists after suggesting that the experiences of transgender women are different from women whose gender was assigned female at birth.

Adichie, known for her novels “Half of a Yellow Sun” and...


Baltimore Rock Opera Society releases compilation album to help raise funds for new space

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:42:00 PDT

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society has released a compilation of their greatest hits in hopes of finding their “forever home.”

The edgy and eccentric music and performance group, also known as BROS, was displaced from the Bell Foundry in December, after a complaint led city officials to close the...


Symposium on Baltimore's future to be held in old Hutzler's building tonight

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:30:00 PDT

"Future Cities: Baltimore," a symposium bringing together representatives from diverse fields, will be held this evening inside the one of the most famous retail landmarks of Baltimore's past -- the Palace building of the old Hutzler Brothers department store.

The symposium — moderated by Michael...


Devin Allen publishes book of Baltimore photographs, 'A Beautiful Ghetto'

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:13:00 PDT

The photographer Devin Allen -- who in less than two years has become one of Baltimore's best-known and well-liked native sons -- is about to publish a book of photographs of his city.

"A Beautiful Ghetto" will be published June 13 by Haymarket Books, an independent firm based in Chicago that specializes...


Facing the 'Shrew' and its dated views head-on

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:56:48 PDT

You might not agree with George Bernard Shaw's well-quoted claim that Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" represents "one vile insult to womanhood and manhood from the first word to the last." But you could still find yourself squirming at some lines and incidents in the play.

Long a subject...


Female Trouble podcast: Wanda Draper, Reginald F. Lewis Museum executive director (episode 33)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Storytelling has been a constant in Wanda Draper’s life. The executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture got her start in journalism and has since held various positions in communications. After graduating from the University of Maryland,...


Q & A: Award-winning Finksburg photographer talks about her craft

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:57:00 PDT

Finksburg photographer Tammy Thompson, who runs Passionate Portraits, was named Maryland Photographer of the Year at the Maryland Professional Photography Association's annual awards banquet, March 4. In addition to the award, she was also named Artist Photographer of the Year, and the first runner-up...


Baltimore's bottling history on display at antique show

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:51:00 PDT

More than 1,500 antique collectors from around the country converged in Essex Sunday for the Baltimore Antique Bottle Club's annual exhibition, which organizers billed as the world's largest, one-day antique bottle show.

Ancient beer, milk, wine, medicine and all manner of other glass bottles in...


Project gives new life to Chicory, a forgotten Baltimore literary magazine

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:33:00 PST

Buried deep in the Enoch Pratt Free Library's archives, the literary magazine Chicory has been mostly forgotten. But the artwork, poetry and prose that fill the discontinued publication's pages address topics that still resonate: love, poverty, black pride, racial discrimination.

"If you look over...


Baltimore native Alia Malek endures war-torn Syria to tell of 'Home That Was Our Country'

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:09:00 PST

It was the spring of 2011 when Alia Malek told her younger sister Rana the news: She was moving to Damascus. The Syrian uprising had just begun. People would be fleeing en masse. Yet Malek — a journalist, author and lawyer — would be flying in.

The prospect was worrisome. What if Malek was killed...


Baltimore scholar Larry Schaaf leads effort to catalog photography pioneer

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:42:00 PST

During four decades of digging into the life and work of British photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, Baltimore-based scholar Larry Schaaf did not always encounter encouragement.

"I once got rejected for a grant," Schaaf says, "by someone who asked me, 'If this guy is so important, how...


Baltimore Choral Arts names new music director

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:39:00 PST

One day before Tom Hall is to conduct his farewell concert after 35 years as music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the organization has named his successor.

Texas-born Anthony Blake Clark, 25, a conductor and composer who has worked extensively in the U.S. and Europe, will start...


Group wants to establish Catonsville as county's first arts district

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PST

Guild expected to seek designation in 2018(image)

'White Snake' charms at Center Stage

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 14:57:00 PST

Center Stage has opened its spiffy new digs with such a vigorously acted, smoothly directed and vividly designed production of Mary Zimmerman's "The White Snake" that it seems ungrateful, at the very least, to express any reservations. So let's hold off for a moment before addressing this adaptation...


Howard County artist, 14, sets up shop to benefit mother fighting multiple sclerosis

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:38:00 PST

When Sophia Martinez decided last summer to start her own business featuring her artwork, she also decided she wanted to donate a portion of her proceeds to a good cause, like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a children's cancer hospital she and her family had supported in the past.

She then...


Poet Gary Whitehead to share passion of writing with McDaniel students

Sun, 5 Mar 2017 15:31:00 PST

Poet Gary Whitehead will come to McDaniel College this month for the school's 31st annual Bothe Poetry Reading. Whitehead, who is also an English teacher, is originally from Rhode Island, but currently lives in New York. He's in his 20th year teaching English and creative writing at Tenafly High...


New Harriet Tubman park presents the Dorchester County she grew up in, fled from

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 16:22:00 PST

The land here is so flat it takes hours for the sun to set. But when night finally falls, it's as swift, weighted and absolute as a blackout curtain.

Angela Crenshaw likes to imagine the young Harriet Tubman reveling in the glory of that sunset and finding in the blinding, golden bar of horizontal...


Carroll Live on Stage closing its doors, after 31 years, with Jim Witter show

Sat, 4 Mar 2017 17:43:00 PST

Carroll Live on Stage has been a county institution for more than three decades. Now, after 31 years and about 100 concerts, the organization is closing its doors after a final show at Westminster High School, March 18.

According to Paul Hastman, president of the group, the decision to dissolve...


Catching up with New Yorker cartoonist and Park School grad Charlie Hankin

Sat, 4 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PST

During his years attending Park School, Charlie Hankin put his drawing skills to use. Sometimes benignly, as in a nuanced portrait of famed pianist Leon Fleisher. Sometimes provocatively — one cartoon depicted George W. Bush in a crude light.

"When you're a teenager, you just come off as sarcastic...


Baltimore Clayworks executive departs 'to pursue other opportunities'

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 07:32:00 PST

The season of transition for Baltimore Clayworks continues.

A few weeks after the organization, which provides studios, galleries and classrooms specializing in ceramics and pottery, announced that it would explore the sale of one or more of its Mount Washington buildings to erase debts, its top administrator...


'The Bodyguard' more successful at song than story

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 14:28:44 PST

The sleek national touring production of "The Bodyguard," now at the Hippodrome Theatre, might best be described as a Whitney Houston tribute concert disguised as a Broadway-aiming musical. With vibrant-voiced Deborah Cox leading that tribute, you've at least got a solid foundation.

Cox may not...


Stephen King teams up with Bel Air author Richard Chizmar for novella

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 11:40:00 PST

Bel Air author Richard Chizmar has teamed up with longtime friend and bestselling author Stephen King to publish a novella this May, according to a recent news release.

The book, entitled “Gwendy’s Button Box,” will revisit the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, the setting of a number of King's...


Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage reveal promising casts for upcoming musical premieres

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:22:00 PST

Two of the most anticipated events on the Baltimore theater calendar are musicals that will receive their world or area premieres in the weeks ahead. Here's the latest casting information on both:

Everyman Theatre will unveil the freshly reworked version of "Los Otros" with music by Michael John...


Artist creates 10-foot candy sculpture at abandoned East Baltimore warehouse

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:58:00 PST

After 20 years of traveling and living outside of Baltimore, contemporary artist Matthew Gray has returned to his hometown with a fairly unique piece — a 10-foot tall, multicolored candy prism that sits among a dilapidated warehouse in East Baltimore.

Gray created the sticky sculpture by cooking...


From the vault: At Center Stage, the show goes on

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:22:00 PST


Baltimore artists to receive funding for film, media projects from Johns Hopkins fund

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:02:00 PST

Nine upcoming projects from local artists will receive thousands of dollars from Johns Hopkins University’s Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media to help create documentaries, movies, TV series and more in Baltimore. 

The fund will provide a total of $215,000 to those selected for its second...


Staging of 'The Bodyguard' heads to Hippodrome

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:52:00 PST

Almost 25 years after moviegoers flocked to see Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in the story of a pop music diva and the former Secret Service agent hired to protect her from a stalker, "The Bodyguard" is back, this time on the stage.

On Tuesday, the musical version of the 1992 hit film reaches...


Center Stage to unveil renovated home this week with first production in new theater

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:19:00 PST

For the past year, passersby could easily sense that a major transformation was underway on the 700 block of N. Calvert St. — workers coming and going; cranes delivering building supplies to an upper floor; tantalizing glimpses of a lobby-in-progress as boards gradually came off glass doors at...


Work from Baltimore-area artists at American Craft Show

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:08:00 PST

The American Craft Show comes to the Baltimore this weekend, and several local artists will be exhibiting their work. Here's a look at some of their pieces. 

The show runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $14-$16...


Mount Vernon restaurant Flavor behind Center Stage's new menu

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:14:00 PST

Baltimore Center Stage managing director Michael Ross hopes theatergoers come hungry. 

The Mount Vernon theater is set to unveil its $28 million makeover this weekend, and that will include new food and new places to eat. Flavor, the Mount Vernon restaurant opened by Julia and Vanna Belton in 2015,...


Carroll artists to exhibit at American Craft Show

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:48:00 PST

Artists Julie and Ken Girardini, of Sykesville, and Edward Kidera, of Woodbine, will join 650 of the best creators from across the country at the American Craft Show on Sunday. The nationwide juried show is held each year in Baltimore, and brings together the best craft creators, including ceramic...


Baltimore Rock Opera Society returns to previously shuttered Bell Foundry space

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:04:00 PST

More than two months after the Bell Foundry was shuttered due to safety violations, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society has returned to its rehearsal space in the Station North building after receiving permission from city agencies. 

The production troupe held a general meeting Sunday on the building’s...


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."