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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...


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...


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...


In new book 'Make Trouble,' John Waters offers inspiration. So where did he get his?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:20:00 PDT

"Make Trouble" is something of a how-to guide for anyone looking to become the next John Waters.

It shouldn't as much of a surprise, since the book, which publishes Tuesday, is a transcription (with illustrations by Eric Hanson) of a commencement speech the filmmaker gave two years ago at the Rhode...


A rewarding life 'Married to Art' showcased in Espi Frazier retrospective

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

You can't miss the directness and self-assurance in the art of Espi Frazier, showcased in an exhibit covering the 24 years since she made Baltimore her home.

Running through April 21 at Gallery CA in the City Arts apartment building, "Married to Art: Art: Espi Frazier" derives its palpable energy...


'Hidden Figures' author setting next book in Baltimore

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:02:00 PDT

The author of "Hidden Figures" is setting her next book around two prominent African-American households in mid-20th century Baltimore. Viking told The Associated Press on Monday that it had a two-book deal with Margot Lee Shetterly that will continue her quest to tell of African-Americans who...


At least four Baltimore-area residents win prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 15:30:00 PDT

At least four* Baltimore-area residents have won prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships for 2017, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced Friday.

Composer Oscar Bettison of the Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Institute; Photographer Mary F. Calvert, an Annapolis resident and two-time...


Roughly Speaking podcast: Bringing the troubled artist Donny Hathaway to life on stage (episode 233)

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 11:19:00 PDT

Listen to the episode in the player below, or through your favorite podcast app.3:03: Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack scored major pop hits in the 1970s with their duets, "Where Is The Love?" and "The Closer I Get To You." But Hathaway, a gifted soul singer and song writer, was diagnosed with...(image)

Turmoil at Clayworks ahead of decision on sale, move from Mount Washington

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 14:35:59 PDT

A seismic change appears imminent for Baltimore Clayworks, the nonprofit center for ceramic arts that nestled into Mount Washington more than 35 years ago.

Kilns have been firing there regularly ever since, allowing seasoned artists and students of varying ages to create artworks from clay. That...


A new accent on 'Antony and Cleopatra' from Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 07:45:00 PDT

Shakespeare packed 38 scenes — the most of any of his plays — and vibrant poetry into "Antony and Cleopatra." At once light and dark, the work swirls through a chapter in the history of ancient Rome and Egypt famously defined by a powerful woman of "infinite variety."

The play's scope and depth...


City police save Light City art installation from a watery grave

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:29:00 PDT

An umbrella-festooned sailboat, part of an art installation for Light City 2017, was saved from sinking Friday morning by the quick action of the city police department's marine unit.

Around 10 a.m. Friday, the marine unit was on patrol in the Inner Harbor when officers saw the boat, from an installation...


Rare photo of Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman from 1860s sells for $162K

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:42:00 PDT

A rare photograph of 19th century abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman has been sold at a New York City auction for $162,500.

Swann Galleries says the circa late 1860s image sold Thursday for a hammer price of $130,000, plus a $32,500 auctioneer fee. The auction also included...


Guilford boy's autism inspires song from his perspective

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:20:00 PDT

Staccato thumps reverberate from upstairs as 14-year-old James Burrows re-creates the sounds of Interstate 83, marking the beats on the hardwood floor. His mother, Nancy Burrows, drives the route often, and it's become a point of fixation for the autistic teenager.

The rhythms of the road — as...


Brilliant portrayal gives 'Twisted Melodies' soul

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

There is plenty of material in the career of soul singer Donny Hathaway and his death from apparent suicide to fashion an effective theater piece. Kelvin Roston Jr. has chosen enough for two.

"Twisted Melodies," the one-man play written and brilliantly performed by Roston at Baltimore Center Stage...


Uneven 'Los Otros' gets stellar production at Everyman thanks to Broadway veterans

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Everyman Theatre has assembled terrific performers and showered classy production values on the ambitious musical "Los Otros." All of that quality onstage goes a long way toward making up for the occasional disappointment with the piece itself.

Commissioned by Everyman Theatre, this is a "re-imagined"...


Get $25 orchestra tickets for 'Rent' at the Hippodrome

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:07:00 PDT

Are you interested in getting your hands on $25 front-row and orchestra section tickets to see “Rent” at the Hippodrome? Try the theater's day-of-performance lottery. 

Orchestra seats for the musical, which runs Friday-Sunday, regularly cost $142-$250. 

Here's how the discount works: Two and a...


12 things not to miss at Light City Baltimore 2017

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:51:00 PDT

The second Light City festival, which will start illuminating the Inner Harbor and other points throughout the city Friday, will be offering plenty of well-lit culture, performance and entertainment through its nine-day run. Adopting a motto of "Bigger, Brighter, Bolder," organizers are promising...


State report reveals problems at Lewis Museum, but new chief Wanda Draper has ambitious plans

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:16:00 PDT

The most precious materials that humans possess are built into the foundation of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. You couldn't separate them if you tried.

"We held a traditional African ceremony in 2003," Wanda Q. Draper, the museum's executive director,...


Chris Bathgate's futuristic thingamabobs on display at Baltimore Museum of Industry

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:04:00 PDT

The Baltimore Museum of Industry is a pantheon of manufacturing history. Located in a 19th-century oyster cannery along the harbor, one room contains a retro bakery case, with red and white tile on the walls, an homage to the city's various food brands.

Today, in the middle of the room, behind...


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...