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Compass Rose Theater moving, not without drama

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:05:00 PST

Compass Rose Theater has had some unconventional homes. The Annapolis-based professional theater company started in an empty McDonald’s in Eastport in 2011. In the last four years, the theater housed itself on Spa Road in what used to be a rug cleaning building. On Sunday night, Compass Rose’s...


Fells Point theater cancels ‘A Christmas Carol’ after revelation that Scrooge actor is convicted sex offender

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:00:00 PST

Faced with the revelation that their lead actor was a convicted sex offender and fearing the possibility of protests, the Fells Point Corner Theatre and the Collaborative Theatre Company have canceled their production of “A Christmas Carol,” which was scheduled to open Friday.

“The information...


Chesapeake Shakespeare Company to sing carols in downtown Baltimore Thursday afternoon

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 08:10:00 PST

If you can barely wait to experience the holiday cheer during Thursday night’s lighting of the Washington Monument, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has something that will tide you over.

From 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the theater company’s staff will frolic downtown, from Inner Harbor streets...


Baltimore artist Loring Cornish, known for his colorful mosaics and personality, moving to California

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 07:05:00 PST

Artist Loring Cornish, whose glass and found-object mosaics have beautified homes on Eutaw Street, a former police outpost near Penn Station and his studio in Fells Point, is leaving Baltimore for Los Angeles, where he hopes to realize his dream of an acting career.

“I just didn’t want to waste...


Columbia's Root Studio offers shared creative space, artistic community

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

All a budding artist needs is curiosity and the desire to explore new ideas — that’s the philosophy behind Root Studio, a shared creative space in Columbia designed to foster an “artistic ecosystem.”

Root Studio’s owner, Columbia painter Karen Isailovic, has been honing the concept for years. It...


Departing BOPA head Bill Gilmore reflects on Artscape, Light City

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 05:55:00 PST

An interview with Bill Gilmore, the longtime head of Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, as he serves his final week in office(image)

Reflections on life and death as BSO performs Rouse, Mozart

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 06:30:00 PST

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s latest program is a matter of life and death.

In “Berceuse Infinie,” receiving its world premiere, the eminent Baltimore-born composer Christopher Rouse spins a spellbinding, not necessarily soothing lullaby for adults. Punctuated by the eerie sound of orchestra...


Seasoned librarian shares best book picks for holiday gifts

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:00:00 PST

For some folks, the an impersonal gift card just won’t do this holiday season. But with less than a month until Christmas, time is shorter than one of Santa’s elves to make those personal selections.

Jane Sharpe, associate librarian emerita of McDaniel College, reviewed what she considers the best...


Baltimore photographer Devin Allen, 'Step' documentary among local NAACP Image Award nominees

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:55:00 PST

Baltimore photographer Devin Allen, author Ta-Nehisi Coates and the documentary “Step” are among a handful of local figures or projects nominated for NAACP Image Awards on Monday.

Allen is nominated for outstanding literary work by a debut author for his book, “A Beautiful Ghetto,” a collection...


Christopher Rouse dedicates his latest work to Marin Alsop; BSO to give premiere

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:20:00 PST

“Berceuse Infinie,” the work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse that receives its world premiere this week from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, opens with only a portion of the violins playing an E. They are instructed to make that note not just very soft, but way beyond soft...


A vibrant return of 'The Lion King' at the Hippodrome in Baltimore

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:15:00 PST

Since the first time was the charm — “The Lion King” played 14 weeks to packed houses at the Hippodrome Theatre on its initial visit in 2005 — what to make of the third time for this epic Disney musical in Baltimore? A lot, as it turns out.

Although aimed at kids in many ways, the piece, with book...


Gift guide 2017: Baltimore finds for everyone on your list

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:00:00 PST


The new Bible museum tells a clear, powerful story; it could change the museum business

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:13:00 PST

When the Museum of the Bible opens this weekend, it will set a new standard for how this country's museums fuse entertainment and education. The $500 million, privately funded project is as large as some of the Smithsonian's premier attractions, including the National Museum of African American...(image)

Baltimore-area theaters put their twist on 'A Christmas Carol'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:10:00 PST

Only the incurably humbug-prone would bemoan the plentiful adaptations of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” lighting up theaters this season in the Baltimore-Annapolis area.

For whatever reason, there will be a few more opportunities this year to watch “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping,...


Slices of Baltimore life from photographer Joseph Kohl at Historical Society

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:55:00 PST

Baltimore has never lacked for attention from photographers. The best go far beyond chronicling the urbanscape to capture the people — unknown and familiar, ordinary and quirky, safe and risky — who give the city its character. That’s what Joseph Kohl did throughout a productive, all too short...


Baltimore Museum of Art launches ambitious partnership with Greenmount Community Center

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:15:00 PST

Artist Mark Bradford and the Baltimore Museum of Art will launch an innovative program next year aimed at teaching low-income children creative and entrepreneurial skills needed to smash the cycle of poverty.

The multiyear partnership between the MacArthur Fellowship-winning artist, the museum...


A worthy 'Werther' from Concert Opera

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:30:00 PST

One of the saddest regressions in Baltimore’s cultural life has been on the operatic front, with the gradual fading away of professional, fully staged productions. The last company to attempt them, Lyric Opera Baltimore, went dormant a few years ago, awaiting firmer funding. Whether it ever comes...


Baltimore Sun cartoonist Kevin 'KAL' Kallaugher wins National Press Foundation's Berryman Award

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 13:10:00 PST

Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, cartoonist for The Baltimore Sun and The Economist, has won the National Press Foundation’s 2017 Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons, making him the first cartoonist to win the award twice, the foundation announced on their website Wednesday.



When Rodin’s ‘Thinker’ moved inside the BMA

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:25:00 PST

Jacob Epstein, the Baltimore businessman, art collector and philanthropist, gave Baltimore one of its finest treasures in 1928.

That year, he bought a bronze casting of Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” while on a Paris art shopping trip.

The 78-inch-high bronze — larger than the 27-inch original —...


'The Lion King' returns to Baltimore with its uplifting story, catchy music and intricate puppets

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:05:00 PST

When the sun first rose on Pride Rock 20 years ago at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York, as a mandrill named Rafiki summoned all the animals to welcome Simba, newborn lion cub of King Mufasa, the sight caused a stir. It’s still stirring.

Since that opening night on Nov. 13, 1997, “The Lion...


Prize money offered for Light City community installations

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 07:10:00 PST

Organizers of next year’s Light City festival are offering more than $11,000 in prize money to community groups that create illuminated displays in their neighborhoods.

The Brilliant Baltimore Community Showcase Program offers a $2,018 grand prize to a group that creates a display featuring the...


Baltimore's famous literary figures and their favorite local haunts

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 06:09:00 PST

A surprising number of Baltimore’s ghosts have ink-stained fingers. The list of former Charm City literary figures, which includes the likes of Frederick Douglass, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, reads like a who’s who of American letters. Here you’ll find a list of some of their favorite...


New biography tracks the life of B&O Railroad president John W. Garrett

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 13:35:00 PDT

John Work Garrett, the legendary and visionary president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad whose tenure from 1858 to 1884 coincided with American expansion or what was commonly called in those days “manifest destiny,” and included such tumultuous events as the Panic of 1873, the Civil War, and the...


'Inherit the Wind' brings highest courtroom drama to Compass Rose

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:05:00 PDT

When Lucinda Merry-Browne, founding artistic director for Compass Rose Theater, chose the 1955 courtroom drama “Inherit the Wind” for the group’s second production of the season, some would not have expected the subject of teaching evolution versus religion in public high schools would be as relevant...


'Lady Day' conjures Billie Holiday in spirit, if not voice, at Rep Stage

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:40:00 PDT

In March 1959, the time setting for “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” now receiving a mostly satisfying production at Rep Stage, Billie Holiday was a mere four months away from her death at the age of 44.

Years of substance abuse had taken a toll on her health and her voice, but, as her last...


Modell Lyric to present opera stars on new series

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 04:00:00 PDT

There’s no telling when, or if, Baltimore Lyric Opera — any professional, full-scale company, for that matter — will ever return to the Modell Lyric Performing Arts Center, but there will be opera stars there this season.

A new concert series dubbed Sunday Serenades will bring three terrific American...


Jeremy Denk delivers absorbing recital for Shriver Hall Concert Series

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:20:00 PDT

The good news is that Shriver Hall Concert Series, displaced by renovations being made to its namesake, has a decent alternate venue for the fall season at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, where pianist Jeremy Denk delivered an absorbing recital Sunday evening.

The bad news is that the relocation...


Spotlighters to stay at current location through 2022

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:35:00 PDT

Over the past few years, Spotlighters Theatre has been scouting for a new location, spurred on by the prospect of an end to the lease on its longtime, 65-seat venue on St. Paul Street in December 2019. That search is off for now, thanks to a successful renegotiation of that lease, extending occupancy...


Promising debut for new Choral Arts music director

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 10:45:00 PDT

It’s way too early to tell how the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s next era will turn out with Anthony Blake Clark as helmsman. But, based on first impressions Saturday night at Kraushaar Auditorium, the new music director is off to a promising start.

Clark’s musicality was readily apparent in...


Much to like about 'Shakespeare in Love' at Center Stage

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:25:00 PDT

The idea of William Shakespeare struggling with writer’s block — “Shall I compare thee to a … something … something” — made a pretty clever premise for the 1998 film “Shakespeare in Love” that snared seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. For another affirmation of the gag’s potency, check...


'Little Women' launches the Annapolis Opera season

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 21:15:00 PDT

The Annapolis Opera kicks off its performance season in earnest with a production of “Little Women” by American composer Mark Adamo, who will also appear for a lecture during the performance weekend, November 3 to 5.

The opera taken from the pages of the Louisa May Alcott classic won awards and...


BSO shines with Strauss; cellist makes notable debut

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 08:30:00 PDT

Last weekend, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra memorably performed sumptuous music of Richard Strauss with guest conductor Jun Markl. It’s doing so again this weekend with music director Marin Alsop.

There’s another connective thread between the two programs — impressive cello playing.

It came...


Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, chosen to paint Michelle Obama portrait, adjusts to national spotlight

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:45:00 PDT

Baltimore artist Amy Sherald has known for more than a year that she had been selected to paint a portrait that could instantly make her career.

But until the Smithsonian Institution announced publicly this month that the 44-year-old had received the commission to paint first lady Michelle Obama’s...


Baltimore artist Joyce Scott celebrates Harriet Tubman in retrospective at New Jersey sculpture garden

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PDT

HAMILTON, N.J. — She seems about to take flight, this 10-foot-tall woman with the bronze patina. She gazes fiercely ahead, cradling a rifle in one arm.

Perched amid a landscape of elegant plants and, in place of grass, a carpet of quilts, the outdoor sculpture exudes confidence, determination and...


Another colorful program from the BSO, this one led by Jun Markl

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:55:00 PDT

Jun Markl returned to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra podium last weekend and conducted a colorful program with his usual fire and finesse.

On Sunday afternoon at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Saint-Saens’ “Danse macabre” provided a tingly start. Markl kept the pace taut and drew delectable nuances...


Single Carrot doing advance work on LGBTQ+-perspective 'Peter Pan'

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:20:00 PDT

Single Carrot Theatre enjoyed success with its first “community-based” project last season — “Promenade,” a production that had audiences traveling by bus through various neighborhoods as various scenes played out on streets and sidewalks. The company has begun work on a second for this season,...


Robert Guillaume once starred in a musical with Nell Carter at Baltimore Center Stage

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:10:00 PDT

The gifted actor Robert Guillaume, who died Tuesday at the age of 89, had a brief time in a Baltimore spotlight during the years when his career focused primarily on theater.

Guillaume starred along with the late Nell Carter at Baltimore Center Stage in the 1971 world premiere of “Fire in the Mindhouse,”...


Pikesville philanthropist's $30 million art collection to go on auction block

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:05:00 PDT

Attention Art World Shoppers:

The world-class collection of the late Pikesville philanthropist Stanford Z. Rothschild Jr., valued at $30* million, is about to go on the auction block at Christie’s just in time for holiday giving.

The auction house announced Wednesday that the 51 artworks include...


An ardent revival of 'Intimate Apparel' at Everyman Theatre

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:35:00 PDT

Esther, the seamstress at the heart of Lynn Nottage’s richly embroidered drama “Intimate Apparel,” which is enjoying an ardent revival at Everyman Theatre, felt “as though God kissed my hands” the first time she finished a garment.

She turned that gift into a steady, tolerable business, at least...


Female Trouble podcast: Jessica Anya Blau, author (episode 57)

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:10:00 PDT

Jessica Anya Blau, author of "The Trouble with Lexie," discusses feeling like a Baltimore outsider, unlikeable characters and her unlikely path to becoming a published writer.(image)

Walters Art Museum's spectacular collection of Asian arts reopens

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:10:00 PDT

The Awakened One had big feet.

Judging by “Seated Buddha,” the 18th- to 19th-century statue from Myanmar (formerly Burma) on view in one of two newly renovated galleries at the Walters Art Museum, his trotters were the size of small paddles — and just as flat. That’s because he wanted to leave...


Art 101: A guide to experiencing visual art, classical music, and Baltimore Club

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:09:00 PDT

You don’t need an art history degree to get the most out of a museum-going experience. You don’t need to be a DJ to enjoy a Baltimore Club track. And you don’t need to be a classically trained musician to follow along with a piece performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. But there’s no doubt...


An affecting 'Color Purple' features sterling cast, inspired direction at Hippodrome

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:55:00 PDT

When Adrianna Hicks, playing the supremely tested Celie in the revelatory revival of “The Color Purple” now at the Hippodrome Theatre, lets a smile light her long-clouded face and sings “Yes, I’m beautiful, and I’m here,” the jolt couldn’t be much greater if lightning struck the place. Catharsis...


No need to be intimidated by classical music. Here's how to listen to the BSO like a pro

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Editor’s note: This article is part of a three-part series. For an explainer on Baltimore Club music, click or tap here. For an explainer on visual art, click or tap here.

Like any art form, classical music becomes more approachable and rewarding the more you learn about it. And that doesn’t require...


How to view art like an expert: Breaking down a Van Gogh painting at BMA

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Editor’s note: This article is part of a three-part series. For an explainer on classical music, click or tap here. For an explainer on Baltimore Club music, click or tap here.

A painting of a pair of worn boots coated with mud is lounging about the Baltimore Museum of Art with insouciant disregard...


'The Woman in Black' gets imaginative staging at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:15:00 PDT

It isn’t always easy to get some good old suspense going in a theater, let alone keep intensifying the edginess. Stephen Mallatratt’s adaption of the Susan Hill novel “The Woman in Black” makes things even tougher by reducing the forces to a mere two actors and relying more on narrative than action...


Annapolis Shakespeare Company show is 'Helen Hayes Recommended'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:00 PDT

The current show onstage at Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s new theater, “Much Ado About Nothing,” was endorsed Monday as a “Helen Hayes Recommended” production.

The Helen Hayes Awards, established for professional theaters in the Washington, D.C., region in 1983, are comparable to the annual Tony...


Baltimore artist Amy Sherald to paint Michelle Obama's official portrait

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 and just joined the faculty there, has been commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to paint the official portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama.

New York-based Kehinde Wiley...