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Everyman Theatre cast romps through 'Noises Off'

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:30:00 PDT

And you thought the secret of the universe was deep. Nope. It all boils down to just doors and sardines.

This piece of wisdom gets dispatched early on in “Noises Off,” the intricately stitched comedy from 1982 now at Everyman Theatre in a diverting revival. Delivered in the mellifluous baritonal...


Baltimore Center Stage readies world premiere adaptation of Toni Morrison's 'Jazz'

Sat, 20 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In the first paragraph of "Jazz," the 1992 novel by Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison set in 1920s Harlem, a narrator lays out the bare facts of the plot — how a husband "fell for an eighteen-year-old girl with one of those deepdown, spooky loves that made him so sad and happy he shot...


Curated collections give Baltimore hotel guests an artful stay

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Inside a glass skyscraper with views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, visitors can discover sculpture that bends and curves, paintings in kaleidoscopic colors and canvasses in geometric shapes.

The ambiance is evocative of a modern museum or upscale gallery, but it’s actually the Four Seasons Hotel...


Everyman Theatre gets in farcical mood, generates record advance ticket sales

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Sometimes, you just feel like a farce.

That time appears to be now, at least in Baltimore, where Everyman Theatre reports extra interest in its production of Michael Frayn's farcical romp of a play, "Noises Off," opening this weekend.

"The ticket sale advance is the biggest we've ever had," says...


Female Trouble podcast: Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, American Visionary Art Museum founder (episode 41)

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:07:00 PDT

American Visionary Art Museum Founder Rebecca Alban Hoffberger discusses expanding the definition of "the worthwhile human life."(image)

Meet Robin Bell, the artist who projected protest messages onto Trump's D.C. hotel last night

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:05:00 PDT

For a short period on Monday night, a large projection appeared on the facade of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., that read “Emoluments Welcome,” along with an animation of the flags of nations where President Trump has business projects.

This was followed by a message that read...


Food and art collide in restaurant-galleries

Tue, 16 May 2017 07:44:00 PDT

Ron Larrimore knows his ink drawings of skulls might not appeal to everyone, but he’s found more buyers than he expected during the month his work has been on display at Snake Hill.

Larrimore is the latest artist showcased at the Highlandtown sausage restaurant, one of a number of Baltimore-area...


First play at Le Mondo will offer extra realism

Sun, 14 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

At first glance, the 400 block of N. Howard St. looks much like it has for a long time — mostly neglected.

But amid the rows of boarded-up buildings, creative activity has sprouted for several years. The east side of the street houses the pioneering gallery Current Space and the multipurpose Downtown...


Deconstructing a musical in '[title of show]'

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

It's one of those why-didn't-I-think-of-that ideas that actually worked.

In 2004, two friends in New York — Baltimore-born Jeff Bowen and Alabama native Hunter Bell — spotted an announcement for a festival to showcase new musicals. They decided to give it a try, but, with nothing down on paper and...


2017 summer festivals, events and performances to see in Baltimore

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:48:00 PDT

You can find something local to do every weekend throughout the year, but when the weather is warm, very little searching is required. Summertime in the Baltimore area means tons of options for entertainment — much of it free.

It’s natural to wonder where to start, though. Consider the following...


Maryland Film Festival, and the Parkway, earn high praise

Mon, 8 May 2017 04:36:00 PDT

The 19th Maryland Film Festival wrapped to overall rave reviews Sunday night. And few of those reviews were more glowing than that offered by director Brett Haley, whose latest effort, “The Hero,” was the MdFF’s closing-night finale.

“I’d heard about it from my earliest days, people saying, ‘You’ve...


John Waters to showcase 'weirdly Baltimore-based' work at Venice Biennale

Sun, 7 May 2017 04:53:00 PDT

John Waters has broken into one of the most exclusive clubs in the world — the international art scene. He's been taught the secret handshake. He's mastered all the code words.

Now the Baltimore filmmaker and self-described "Filth Elder" will receive one of the highest accolades the art world has...


Baltimore Museum of Art prepares for 'Olympics of the art world,' the Venice Biennale

Fri, 5 May 2017 07:04:00 PDT

With just six days to go before the opening of the 2017 Venice Biennale, the staff for the Baltimore Museum of Art was being bombarded with interview requests from more than 140 media outlets, including the national public television of Slovenia and the fashion magazine Marie Claire Ukraine.



Joseph Young named Artistic Director of Ensembles at Peabody Institute

Fri, 5 May 2017 14:23:00 PDT

The gifted American conductor Joseph Young has been named the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles at the Peabody Institute.

The South Carolina-born Young, whose appointment is effective July 1, received his Artist Diploma at Peabody and, a decade ago, served as the first Baltimore...


Atmosphere, virtuosity in BSO program with Markus Stenz, Juho Pohjonen

Fri, 5 May 2017 13:40:00 PDT

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is on quite a roll. Concert after concert finds the ensemble operating at impressive levels of technical poise and, above all, expressive ardor. Last weekend, the BSO hit a new peak in this peak season when music director Marin Alsop led an enriching program that...


BSO to launch New Music Festival in July

Fri, 5 May 2017 08:27:00 PDT

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra usually emphasizes movie music and other lighter fare when the summer months arrive. There will still be such programs this year — a "Harry Potter" film score, some popular classics for Artscape, etc. — but something heavier and edgier will also be presented.



Rep Stage's 'Dorian's Closet' gives engrossing spin on famed drag artist's life

Wed, 3 May 2017 08:56:00 PDT

Dorian Corey defined individuality in life and, for better or worse, in death.

The drag artist — the subject of the new musical "Dorian's Closet," enjoying a vibrant premiere at Rep Stage — won many trophies as a star of the extravagant ball culture in New York. She gained extra attention for her...


How the Kinetic Sculpture Race came to Baltimore

Thu, 4 May 2017 10:25:00 PDT

Baltimore takes great pride in the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, but the event actually got its start in California, with an eccentric sculptor named Hobart Brown.

“He looked exactly like the Monopoly man,” said Theresa Segreti, director of design for the American Visionary Art Museum. He always...


Delegates urge dialogue in Baltimore Clayworks dispute

Tue, 2 May 2017 17:40:06 PDT

During a briefing called by Maryland delegates Maggie McIntosh and Adrienne Jones, members of the House Appropriations Committee listened for two hours Tuesday to opposing viewpoints in the controversy surrounding plans to sell and relocate Baltimore Clayworks. Legislators urged all sides to enter...


Columbia’s Colleen Daly balances family with a thriving opera career

Wed, 3 May 2017 15:57:00 PDT

Not many babies get the quality lullabies that almost-3-year-old Christian Eberhardt and his new brother, arriving next month, will enjoy. But not many babies are born to professionally trained opera singers such as Colleen Daly.

The Columbia resident has performed across North America and Europe,...


Baltimore's Andy Karl receives Tony Award nomination for 'Groundhog Day'

Tue, 2 May 2017 10:50:00 PDT

Andy Karl, the actor who grew up in Timonium and got the theater bug starring in a musical at Towson High School, has received a Tony Award nomination as best leading actor in a musical for "Groundhog Day."

Karl also was nominated in the leading actor category in 2014 for his performance in the...


Q&A: Photojournalist Mary Calvert discusses Guggenheim Fellowship and her project on sexual assault in military

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:32:00 PDT

For photojournalist Mary Calvert, a great photo has two major requirements.

A photo should make someone instantly feel something and it needs a "moment." It doesn't have to be big, she said, but it needs to be there.

"It should be intimate enough to make you feel like you're there, whether it's...


Sykesville Wine & Art Festival expands in seventh year

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:19:00 PDT

Music, food, drink and more than 50 artists coming to 'Coolest Small Town' on May 7(image)

Baltimore restaurants where food meets art

Mon, 1 May 2017 07:21:00 PDT

Across Baltimore, a number of restaurants support local artists by showcasing their work in rotating shows. Here are some of the establishments in town that use their walls as galleries to feature artwork for sale.


BSO explores music of the heart, spirit to compelling effect

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:58:00 PDT

This weekend, in one of the season’s most absorbing and superbly delivered programs, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra examines matters of the heart and soul.

The spiritual side comes in the form of two brilliant 20th-century works for chorus and orchestra — Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms” from...


A modest staging of enduring musical 'Fantasticks' at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Try to remember the first time you encountered "The Fantasticks," the world's longest-running musical. (The original 1960 off-Broadway production ran 42 years; the 2006 New York revival will finally close in June.)

For me, the introduction came through Barbra Streisand, who recorded three songs...


Cartoonist Stephan Pastis to host first local signing at The Ivy for new book

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:55:00 PDT

Stephan Pastis' cartoon strip "Pearls Before Swine" has been featured in The Baltimore Sun's Sunday section for over 10 years, depicting quick-witted and memorable characters like Rat, Goat and the ever-athirst Pig, each exploring a range of themes like modern technology, breakups, jobs and politics...


Defiant ex-top cop Ed Norris talks vindication, blames prosecutors ahead of 'Way Down in the Hole' book release

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:56:43 PDT

Edward T. Norris was unlike anything Baltimore had seen when he became the city's police commissioner in 2000. Shaped like a fire hydrant, the swashbuckling former New York police commander spoke bluntly and could be found as often on patrol as in headquarters.

Respected by the rank-and-file and...


Susan Graham, Malcolm Martineau give brilliant recital at Shriver Hall

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:56:00 PDT

Susan Graham's long, eventful career -- almost 30 years of valued performances in opera houses and concert halls around the world -- finally included a visit to Baltimore on Sunday evening. Her recital for the Shriver Hall Concert Series wasn't just well worth the wait. It was sensational.



Single Carrot production features a trek through the streets, multiple plays, and an underwear-clad guide

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

As part of its 10th-anniversary season, Single Carrot Theatre welcomes back alumni — only one original ensemble member remains after these 10 years — for a multi-location production billed as "A Short Reunion." It's not long on substance.

Various playwrights whose works have been staged by the...


Seven Baltimore artists named finalists for the 2017 Sondheim Artscape Prize

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:51:00 PDT

A show of the finalists' artworks will open at the Walters Art Museum on June 17(image)

Books: Just in time commissioning week, 3 Naval Academy books

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

With Naval Academy Commissioning Week just around the corner in May, here's a look at some recent books with ties to the academy:

Blood Stripe

By Gina Maria DiNicolo, the book is the first in a planned series The Susanna Marcasi Chronicles that follows the heroine as she exposes military and political...


Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to headline CityLit Festival, where issues of equality will be at forefront

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:49:00 PDT

The Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spends part of each year living in a state — and nation — that's been having a wide-ranging public conversation about racial prejudice in the two years since the unrest that broke out after the death of Freddie Gray.

But when Adichie appears in...


'That Face' at Center Stage looks at ultra-dysfunctional family

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:09:00 PDT

Remember "Absolutely Fabulous"? That wickedly funny BBC sitcom introduced the character of a well-off, dysfunctional, British mother (and her equally flawed gal pal), spouting "Sweetie darling" in between fresh infusions of drugs and booze.

Now try to imagine the darkest possible flip-side of that...


Everyman Theatre's 2017-2018 season to include company's first O'Neill, third Nottage play

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

For its 27th season, Everyman Theatre will showcase works by  women, including 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage.

That four of six playwrights represented are women was not part of a deliberate plan.

"I picked these works because they're great plays, not because they were written by women,"...


'Something Rotten' is anything but

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:22:10 PDT

Brevity, as the one and only William Shakespeare wrote (or did he?), may be the soul of wit, but the creators of "Something Rotten!" never met a pun or a piece of shtick they couldn't stretch.

The result, which you can catch at the Hippodrome Theatre through Sunday (and you should), is a musical...


Center Stage to explore faith, love and comedy in 2017-2018 season

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:56:00 PDT

For its 2017-2018 season, the first full one in the company's freshly renovated home on North Calvert Street, Baltimore Center Stage will offer a mix of light, dark and in-between.

And the not-yet-known — the finale to the Mainstage Season will be a new work, to be announced later, written and...


'Annie' tour to play Baltimore on 40th anniversary of show's Broadway opening

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:33:00 PDT

There's serendipitous timing in the arrival of "Annie" at the Lyric Opera House on Friday.

This national touring production of the popular musical will open its short Baltimore visit with a performance on the exact 40th anniversary of the show's Broadway opening at the Alvin (now Neil Simon) Theatre...


Leonard Slatkin conducts hearty program with Peabody Symphony, Marina Piccinini

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:24:00 PDT

It was nice to have Leonard Slatkin in town, if only for a single concert with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night.

The eminent, if (in some stubborn corners) under-valued, conductor has done terrific work as music director of the Detroit Symphony for nearly a decade. Like the city...


Baltimore, Light City co-founders agree to settle lawsuit over festival trademark

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:31:38 PDT

Weeks after the second installment of Light City Baltimore, the city and the couple who co-founded the illuminated art festival agreed Monday to settle a legal dispute over the festival's trademark, according to federal court records.

"The parties have reached a settlement in principle. They've...


Kevin Spacey to host the Tony Awards show

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:53:00 PDT

Kevin Spacey has been picked to host this year's Tony Awards, putting the award-winning star of "House of Cards" in the unenviable position of steering a telecast surely facing a post-"Hamilton" hangover.

The telecast on June 11 will originate from the 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall, and producers...


Updated: Baltimore's Andy Karl will lead Broadway's 'Groundhog Day' opening despite injury

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:00:00 PDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Producers of the Broadway show "Groundhog Day" said the musical will open Monday night with star Andy Karl, a Baltimore native, once again leading the cast despite having to miss the previous show after tweaking his knee.

Karl, who grew up in Timonium and went to Towson High School,...


Clayworks board to move ahead with sale of buildings

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:36:00 PDT

Brushing aside "criticism from a small population of petitioners," the board of Baltimore Clayworks has voted to move ahead with the sale of two buildings that have long been home to the organization in Mount Washington. 

The board received an offer on the two properties on opposite sides of Smith...


Hit musical ‘Something Rotten!’ heads to the Hippodrome

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Picture it. England, 1595.

Some guy from the sticks named William Shakespeare is writing plays that are all the rage, while two way more talented brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, struggle to get their work onto the stage.

They consult a soothsayer to discover the next theatrical fad so they can...


Stellar mezzo Susan Graham to make Baltimore debut at Shriver Hall

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

One thing you'll likely never get from Susan Graham is a routine performance. Or a routine recital program.

The stellar mezzo-soprano, who was born in New Mexico and raised in Texas, enjoys global fame not just for her plush voice and incisive interpretations, but also her flair for presenting...


National African-American History Museum exhibit to feature photos from Devin Allen, Baltimore unrest

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will feature the works of local photographer Devin Allen and photographs of Baltimore’s 2015 unrest in a new photography exhibit, according to a recent news release.

“More Than a Picture,” which opens May 5 in the museum’s special...


UMBC and Walters Art Museum partner to foster education, programs

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:45:00 PDT

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the Walters Art Museum have announced a partnership to foster collaboration between the two institutions that leaders hope will interest a new generation in museum careers and art study.

The partnership is expected to focus on several areas, including...


David Simon, Steve Earle planning to write musical about Baltimore's steel industry days

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:04:00 PDT

Here's a tantalizing prospect for fans of musical theater: author/TV producer David Simon, singer/songwriter/actor/etc. Steve Earle and UMBC professor Deborah Rudacille may write a Baltimore-centric musical about the city's old steel industry and its workforce.

Word of the possible project leaked...