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Baltimore art exhibits, theater productions and books coverage from The Baltimore Sun

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New BMA exhibit showcases Matisse paintings alongside works of one of his heirs, Diebenkorn

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:02:00 PDT

The studios used by the painter Henri Matisse and one of his most illustrious heirs, Richard Diebenkorn, were separated by not quite half a century and nearly 5,400 miles.

Yet the similarities between the artworks depicting these two very different rooms — Matisse's studio in northwestern France...


City sues couple who came up with the idea for Light City Baltimore

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:38:00 PDT

The Baltimore arts council* that put on this past spring's inaugural Light City Baltimore festival has sued the couple that came up with the idea, and is asking a court to rule that the name, logos, designs and other elements associated with the festival belong to the city.

The suit, which lists...


Baltimore's Andy Karl to star in 'Groundhog Day' on Broadway, following London success

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:59:00 PDT

The Baltimore-born actor Andy Karl, who starred on Broadway two years ago in the title role of the musical version of "Rocky," will be back on the Great White Way this spring to head the cast in another movie-turned-musical, "Groundhog Day."

Karl won widespread plaudits for his performance as Phil...


Poe inspires work for solo viola, chorus, orchestra

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:13:26 PDT

Edgar Allan Poe, never lacking for attention in the city where his remains have been at rest since 1849, will receive some more next weekend, and in a very Baltimore-centric manner.

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society will present the Baltimore premiere of "Dark Bells," a Poe-based work for the unusual...


Free arts festival Artomatic Baltimore delayed until next year

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:48:00 PDT

Update: This article has been updated to include information from the executive director of Artomatic@Baltimore Eduardo Rodriguez.

Free indoor art festival Artomatic@Baltimore, which was slated to host hundreds of exhibitions for six weeks at the Montgomery Ward Warehouse in South Baltimore starting...


Take the edge off the election with books for kids

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:18:00 PDT

Our kids are hearing a lot about the presidential election — and a lot of what they're hearing is negative and divisive. Focus on the positive with great books full of fun facts and thought-provoking insight about the election process and the history of the presidency.

In "Grace for President"...


Former WTMD GM Stephen Yasko named executive director of Bromo Tower arts district

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:31:00 PDT

The Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District has named Stephen Yasko, former general manager of Towson University radio station WTMD-FM, as its new executive director.

Yasko, a Locust Point resident, succeeds Priya Bhayana, the arts district's first director who stepped down in June after nearly...


'Kin Killin' Kin' exhibit opens at the Reginald Lewis museum

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:49:00 PDT

Everywhere he went, the artist James Pate heard the same sentiment expressed.

"What came up repeatedly," he says, "is that we in the African-American community were putting the Ku Klux Klan out of business."

The Dayton, Ohio-based artist's provocative response was 13 large-scale black-and-white...


Walters Art Museum exhibit 'Feast for the Senses' immerses visitors in medieval Europe

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The crowned Virgin in red is surrounded by so many angels playing musical instruments that the racket must have been deafening.

In the lower right corner of the painted panel, the figure pounding away on a keyboard looks a bit like a modern-day rocker. Around and around Mary the angels swirl, blowing...


Connie Imboden's 30-year examination of human form through camera

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:55:00 PDT

Before adding a two-story studio next to her Ruxton house, photographer Connie Imboden used a basement room for shoots. The walls were thickly painted black. Mirrors, long an integral component of her art, hung on chains from the ceiling.

Making a service call one day, an unsuspecting repairman...


Stillpointe Theatre expands to include next door space on North Charles Street

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:01:00 PDT

Stillpointe Theatre, one of the cool DIY troupes on the Baltimore scene, is spreading out. After opening new rented digs last year in Station North at 1825 N. Charles Street, the company this month rented the place next door, too.

That added venue at 1823 N. Charles was most recently known as the...


Raves for UK premiere of 'One Night in Miami' directed by Center Stage's Kwame Kwei-Armah

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:13:00 PDT

Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah is sharing in accolades for the U.K. premiere of "One Night in Miami," Kemp Powers' play about Cassius Clay (soon to be known as Muhammad Ali), Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown.

The production at London's Donmar Warehouse, which opened Tuesday,...


Strand Theater opens new home with one-woman play about life and finance

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:01:00 PDT

Founded on a shoestring less than a decade ago, the Strand Theater Company has made a significant contribution to the local scene by putting extra emphasis on women's voices — playwrights, actors, directors, designers.

That mission got a little trickier when the Strand left its leased Station North...


Thomas Dolby's new memoir reflects on unique career in music, technology

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:59:00 PDT

With a book deal in place, Thomas Dolby went digging through his personal archives of diaries, PalmPilots and yellow notepads. The exercise was enlightening, and even a bit frustrating for the now 57-year-old Johns Hopkins University professor.

"What was kind of charming about reading this stuff...


Peabody pop-up concerts planned around Baltimore on Tuesday

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:38:00 PDT

The craze for classical pop-up concerts, now a few years old around the world, hasn't run out of steam yet.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra players sprang up at Penn Station recently with music director Marin Alsop. And on Tuesday afternoon, Peabody Conservatory musicians will be spotted all over...


Open Studio Tour showcases new artists, new spaces

Sat, 8 Oct 2016 14:51:00 PDT

Tiffany Lange is piecing together giant walnuts and horse figurines that will soon be on stage when the Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet opens its production of "The Nutcracker" in December.

On Saturday the puppeteer was working with two assistants, papier-macheing, painting and carving foam with an...


Edgar Allan Poe exhibit reveals writer through rare items at Peabody Library

Sat, 8 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

This Edgar Allan Poe is not immediately recognizable. He's clean-shaven and distinguished looking. And a substantial part of his writings are not poems and short stories, but literary criticisms, handwriting analyses, even short biographies.

There was a lot more to Poe, it seems, than the casual...


Senior facilities welcome live-in Peabody students

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 14:04:00 PDT

At the intersection of two corridors in the main building at Broadmead, the retirement community in Cockeysville, a small seating area with a few traditional-style chairs and a display case might not normally warrant a second glance.

But on a recent afternoon, passersby slowed their pace, drawn...


Graphic design guru Ellen Lupton brings astute eye to personal possessions

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 11:46:00 PDT

Take 10 is a series of occasional features on prominent local residents and the possessions dear to them.

For Ellen Lupton, 52, graphic design isn't just the field she specializes in as director of the graphic design Master of Fine Arts program at Maryland Institute College of Art and as senior...


New AVAM exhibit explores human relationships with food

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:54:00 PDT

Ants march, honeybees hover, flowers bloom and corn grows on the rotating concentric circles of "Brackman's Botanical Bonanza!," a giant mechanical mandala spinning at the heart of a second-floor gallery in the American Visionary Art Museum.

Artist Wendy Brackman spent more than a year crafting...


African Art Museum celebrates 36 years

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:29:00 PDT

When Doris and Claude Ligon first talked about opening an African art museum in Columbia over 36 years ago, they knew it was not a well-known subject. One friend even warned Doris to reconsider, she said.

"They told me, 'I don't know about that African art. It's got that voodoo in it,'" Ligon chuckled.


Iron Crow Theatre returns after year’s hiatus with racy staging of 'The Wild Party'

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 05:31:00 PDT

Banned in Boston, an act that could only guarantee more attention, Joseph Moncure March's 1928 poem "The Wild Party" presented a decidedly seamy slice of the times. The poet conjured up a roaring, whoring '20s, when the booze flowed as freely as the moral compasses.

March's narrative, centering...


Female Trouble podcast: Lexie Mountain, artist and writer (episode 15)

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 21:00:00 PDT

It might be a cliche to call someone a Renaissance woman, but it’s difficult to describe Lexie Mountain any other way. The artist, writer, musician and comedian has been a mainstay in Baltimore’s arts and DIY communities for years, creating work that often grapples with gender and communication....


How to give opera a fighting chance in Baltimore

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Last May, a visually stylish, strongly cast production of Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" filled the stage of the Lyric Opera House. If only seats in the theater had been filled, too.

The paltry attendance for that Lyric Opera Baltimore presentation made me wonder if Baltimore can't, or won't, support...


Baltimore kids, 'Mythbusters' co-star team up to build interactive sign for White House lawn

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 18:39:00 PDT

Mayen Nelson normally goes to bed around 8 p.m., but Saturday night the 10-year-old fifth-grader was too excited to go to sleep. He stayed up an extra two hours, his father said, watching episode after episode of "Mythbusters."

The next morning, Nelson and a group of other Baltimore kids got to...


Behind the scenes: All about Eleanor at Compass Rose in Annapolis

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:25:00 PDT

How an actress prepared to personify a legendary First Lady(image)

A lively 'Carmina Burana' from the BSO, colorful vocal forces

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:04:14 PDT

Carl Orff's exuberant cantata "Carmina Burana" has pretty much held the public enthralled since its premiere in 1937. That the first audience happened to be in Nazi Germany gives some of us pause — eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin once referred to the piece as "the original 'Springtime for...


Baltimore-made art to be displayed on White House lawn

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:52:00 PDT

A Baltimore-made work of art will be headed for the White House Monday.

On Sunday, “Mythbusters” co-host Adam Savage, Robert W. Deutsch Fellow Jen Schachter and youth from the Digital Harbor Foundation will put the finishing touches on a 7-foot custom-made interactive art installation before sending...


Station North Arts & Entertainment District names new executive director

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:09:00 PDT

Elissa Blount Moorhead has been named executive director and chief creative officer of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.

Blount Moorhead starts on the job Oct. 25. She succeeds Ben Stone, who resigned last spring to take a job in Washington after five years running the nonprofit...


Hit musical 'Jersey Boys' makes energetic return to Hippodrome

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:49:51 PDT

Working its way back to the Hippodrome Theatre for the third time in five years, the touring production of "Jersey Boys" again delivers a satisfying combination of hit parade and eventful backstory about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Although "Jersey Boys" will finally say "Bye Bye Baby" to...


A solid 'Othello' from Chesapeake Shakespeare

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:48:00 PDT

In a world hardly lacking for villains or villainous motivations, Shakespeare's "Othello" retains its ability to confront and stir.

Time has not dulled this tale of a small-minded man who topples a better, braver fellow by unleashing that most debilitating of human emotions — jealousy. That the...


New national African-American museum could help, hurt smaller institutions

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:47:00 PDT

When the new National Museum of African American History and Culture opens Saturday on the National Mall, a century after it was first proposed, it will be greeted by an outpouring of joy.

The gleaming bronze behemoth standing out amid a phalanx of white marble will be dedicated by President Barack...


Exelon Foundation donates $1 million to National Museum of African American History and Culture

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:32:00 PDT

Exelon Foundation donated $1 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened Saturday in Washington, D.C.

The 400,000-square-foot museum on the National Mall documents the experience of African Americans in the United States, from the country's history in slave...


Free indoor art festival Artomatic coming to Montgomery Ward Warehouse in South Baltimore

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:43:00 PDT

The historic Montgomery Ward Warehouse in South Baltimore will host a free indoor art festival this November.

Artomatic@Baltimore will host hundreds of art exhibitions for six weeks starting Nov. 4, according to a recent new release.

The Artomatic art festival, which was first hosted in Washington...


Columbia Festival of the Arts under interim executive director following departure of Todd Olson

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:55:00 PDT

Artistry is an ever-changing movement, says Columbia Festival of the Arts president Ron Nicodemus. He said the organization is ushering in a new era to the Howard County community, beginning with its new interim executive director, David Phillips.

Over the next several months, Phillips will help...


What not to miss at 2016 Baltimore Book Festival

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:32:00 PDT

Here are some highlights at this year's Baltimore Book Festival: 

What's Gnu: Check out the debut of the Paws & Pages Stage, which has animal programming plus adoptable pets. Featured authors include Mikita Brottman reading from “The Great Grisby” (4 p.m. Saturday); Bronwen Dickey, “Pit Bull: The...


American Book Award winner Susan Muaddi Darraj among highlights of Baltimore Book Festival

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:03:00 PDT

During World War I, the author Susan Muaddi Darraj's grandfather was kidnapped by the Turkish army from his village in what is now Palestine. His wrists were bound with a rope, and he was and marched to Damascus behind a horse.

"Everyone in his village assumed he was dead," Darraj says during an...


Best bets for kids, teens at Baltimore Book Festival

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:46:00 PDT

There's so much happening at the annual Baltimore Book Festival, it can be hard to keep up — especially if you have a bunch of little ones in tow. To make things easier, here are some highlights of the festival's offerings for kids and teens:

Between the Pages, Behind the Scenes: The Art and Words...


Family-friendly 'Kiddie Flamingos' keeps anarchic spirit of Waters original

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

What if you not only made John Waters' proudly X-rated "Pink Flamingos" kid-friendly, but actually cast preteens in the roles of the defensively filthy Babs Johnson, the perverse Connie and Raymond Marble, and the egg-static Edie the Egg Lady?

You'd get a performance just a tad less disgusting,...


Outfits that catch the eye on display in seven locations

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:23:00 PDT

Few people would have the nerve to wear the outfits adorning mannequins in "ManneqART: Sculpture on the Human Form," but they actually are designed to be worn. If you ever wanted to be the center of attention, this would do it for you.

The non-profit organization "ManneqART" has displays by artists...


Baltimore Symphony Associates to offer fundraiser in private kitchens

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:45:00 PDT

Next month, you can take a tour of private kitchens in six homes in the tony Greenspring Valley area, and enjoy food at each one, prepared by stellar chefs and caterers — all in support of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's educational work.

Dubbed "Kitchens of Note and Symphony of Chefs," this...


'Jersey Boy' lottery offers $35 tickets for Hippodrome show

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:50:00 PDT

The Tony-Award winning musical "Jersey Boys" is coming to Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre this month. And there will be a special online lottery where tickets will be sold for $35 each.

The lottery is a steal for tickets that usually start at $53 and can reach $150 each.

Winners will be notified...


Everyman Theatre pairs drinks, dessert with performances; spotlights women's voices

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:25:00 PDT

You can take in a whole lot more than a play this season at Everyman Theatre, which seems to have developed quite an appetite for offering extras to its patrons. 

The company introduced a dessert bar on opening night earlier this month. Now comes word of a party nights and new dinner-and-show package....


Iconographer Dionysios Bouloubassis adorns Hunt Valley church with art, theology

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:00:00 PDT

As Dionysios Bouloubassis picks up his paint brush at Saint Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church early one morning, the large canvas before him is blank but for the outlines of an angel he has sketched in pencil.

Swirling on reddish-brown pigment, he brings its wings to life. He fleshes out a Bible,...


Baltimore Symphony gala with Itzhak Perlman, OrchKids raises $1 million

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:57:00 PDT

Judging by the bottom line, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2016-2017 season-opening gala Saturday night was an unqualified success. The event raised a little over $1 million.

That total includes about $40,000 raised during the concert portion of the evening. Audience members were encouraged...


Inside new National Museum of African American History and Culture

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:01:00 PDT

— Up, up, up visitors walk, out of the darkness and into the light.

About sixty percent of the vast new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens Saturday, is underground.

Partly, that's to comply with height restrictions imposed on structures built on the National Mall,...


Laurel playhouse production of 'The 39 Steps' blends Monty Python, Hitchcock thriller

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:03:00 PDT

On the heels of a summer of successful children's shows, the season is changing at Laurel Mill Playhouse. Its current production of Patrick Barlow's "The 39 Steps" — a raucous adult (but family friendly) comedy — calls to Monty Python and Alfred Hitchcock fans.

Based on an adventure novel written...


Bel Air's 51st Festival for the Arts draws vendors, art-lovers Sunday

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:11:00 PDT

Families, young people and the artistically inclined filled the grounds of Bel Air's Shamrock Park and the surrounding streets to check out several hundred creative vendors for the town's 51st annual Festival for the Arts on Sunday.

Some mused the day may have brought a somewhat thinner crowd this...


New musical work, 'Mother's Lament,' confronts deaths of young black men

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:38:00 PDT

Politicians, pundits and protesters have had much to say about the deaths of young black men in Baltimore and other cities. Saturday night at Morgan State University, musicians will address the issue.

"Mother's Lament," a work for soprano, chorus and orchestra created by two Morgan faculty members,...


200 dancers turn up, show moves for 'Hairspray Live' auditions

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:04:00 PDT

A line of around 200 colorful "Hairspray" hopefuls wrapped around the Hippodrome Theatre on Thursday morning, each waiting for a chance to be a part of a live televised production of the Broadway musical based on the 1988 John Waters film.

NBC was hosting auditions for "Hairspray Live," offering...