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Patsy Cline's spirit comes to Annapolis for a 'Closer Walk' at Infinity Theater

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:30:00 PDT

Infinity Theatre in Annapolis is opening its season with an engaging musical tribute in Dean Regan's "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline."

It was two seasons ago that Infinity presented, with great success, "Always … Patsy Cline," in which a fan tells Patsy's story.

"Closer Walk" is more concert than...


In Harford County, local art takes center stage in unexpected spots

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:00:00 PDT

Every couple of months, the art in Peggy Leary’s dental office in Bel Air rotates and a new exhibit adorns the walls.

She never knows what to expect when the new art comes in, but it’s one of her favorite days in the office.

“We always run out to see the new art and it’s always a nice surprise,”...


Kwame Kwei-Armah to step down as Center Stage artistic director next summer

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Kwame Kwei-Armah, the adventurous artistic director of Baltimore Center Stage since 2011, will step down when his contract expires next summer, seven years after he started the job.

“It was not an easy decision to make,” Kwei-Armah said. “I absolutely love Baltimore Center Stage and I absolutely...


'Love Warrior' author Glennon Doyle Melton in sold out show in Annapolis

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

When was the last time a talk by a writer sold out weeks in advance?

It happened when blogger and bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton appeared last year at Woods Memorial Church in Severna Park, that's when. Now, she's back June 30 to talk about her new book "Love Warrior" at Maryland Hall...


Photographer looking to interview Baltimoreans who witnessed Robert Kennedy funeral train for upcoming project

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:40:00 PDT

The Dutch photographer Rein Jelle Terpstra is in Baltimore for the next week, searching for witnesses to a cataclysmic moment in America's history

Terpstra hopes to interview current or former Baltimoreans who watched Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral train pass through the city on June 8, 1968. He’s...


Baltimore City Council adopts resolution asking state to stop Clayworks sale

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:40:00 PDT

The grassroots effort to prevent the board of Baltimore Clayworks from selling its Mount Washington buildings picked up fresh momentum Monday night when the Baltimore City Council approved Resolution 17-0030R:

“For the purpose of requesting that the Governor of Maryland, and the Members of the...


Serenade festival celebrates JFK centennial by bringing together choral groups from around the world

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:00 PDT

John F. Kennedy, born 100 years ago, left a sizable mark on culture and diplomacy in his few years as president.

“The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction in the life of a nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose,” he said in 1962, “and is a test of the...


'Finding Neverland' heads to Baltimore with vintage message, new Hook

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

No less an expert on youth and adventure than Mark Twain loved J. M. Barrie’s play “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up,” declaring it to be “a great and refining and uplifting benefaction to this sordid and money-mad age.”

That assessment was made a century ago, but the sordid, money-mad...


Handel Choir artistic director Arian Khaefi stepping down

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:20:00 PDT

After a four-year tenure marked by honing the Handel Choir of Baltimore’s technical skills and expanding its repertoire in remarkable new directions, Arian Khaefi will step down Aug. 1 as artistic director and conductor.

Khaefi has accepted a position at Fullerton College in Southern California.


A profound Beethoven 9th is Eschenbach's parting gift to NSO

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:45:00 PDT

Christoph Eschenbach received two thunderous responses Saturday night at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, where he led his final performance as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra.

The first ovation occurred before a note was sounded, when he walked onstage with Kennedy Center president...


Reginald Lewis Museum closes first-floor gallery, gift shop and cafe for the summer

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:50:00 PDT

Update (June 19): This story has been updated with the renovation cost and other details

Two years after it opened, Lewis Now, the free community gallery on the first floor of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African History & Culture, has been closed for the summer as it undergoes a renovation.


Baltimore dancer from 'Step' movie to audition on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:10:00 PDT

To Pigtown resident Blessin Giraldo, “step is life” — and she’s determined to let the world know.

The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women alumna, who is prominently featured in Owings Mills native Amanda Lipitz’s documentary “Step,” will take her rhythmic footwork to Fox’s reality dance...


Centuries of Jewish wedding traditions on display in Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

What’s striking about Fay and Herman Zeller’s wedding photograph on display at the Jewish Museum of Maryland is what viewers don’t see.

The photo, taken on July 15, 1947, is a close-up of the smiling couple. Fay is beaming in a white dress and holding an enormous bouquet, while Herman looks quietly...


BSO soars in season finale with Marin Alsop, Gil Shaham and a classical tribute to 'The Wire' theme song

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Well-packed with crowd-pleasers, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s final program of the season could have been just an autopilot affair, a safe way to wrap things up for subscribers until September. It turns out to be anything but routine.

On Thursday night at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, where the...


Itineris to buy Clayworks buildings in Mount Washington

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:25:00 PDT

Word on the street spread weeks ago that Itineris, a nonprofit organization serving adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, had entered into a contract to buy Baltimore Clayworks, the ceramic arts center facing about $1 million in debt. It’s now official.

Itineris executive director Ami...


Outdoor theater is a rewarding tradition for Baltimore-area troupes — if the weather cooperates

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:15:00 PDT

For some theater companies, every summer brings a welcome opportunity to step outside and put a literal spin on Shakespeare’s all-the-world’s-a-stage notion.

In the Baltimore-Annapolis area, audiences can take in plays and musicals with only sky for a ceiling, natural breezes in lieu of air conditioning,...


A startling display of keyboard virtuosity from Trifonov at Shriver Hall

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:40:00 PDT

With a startling demonstration of precocity, ferocity and velocity, 26-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov made his Baltimore recital debut Sunday evening for the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

At the very least, he left no doubt about his formidable technique, which sounded as pristine at the...


Finalists for 2017 Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibited at the Walters

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:30:00 PDT

As usual, the annual exhibit of contenders for the $25,000 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize contains a distinctive variety of artistic styles and statements.

The 2017 finalists show, now on view at the Walters Art Museum, may not be quite as eye- or mind-grabbing as some previous ones —...


Gilman grad wins Tony Award for lighting design of 'The Great Comet'

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:35:00 PDT

Bradley King, the Gilman School alumnus whose Broadway debut working on “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” earned him a Tony Award on Sunday night for best lighting design of a musical, hasn’t entirely absorbed the experience.

“It’s starting to sink in,” said King, who got home around...


Festival Baltimore at UMBC to offer unusual programming

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 13:25:00 PDT

Asiya Korepanova has always been a little, well, different.

The pianist, who had the idea for an unusual classical music festival that launches Friday at University of Maryland Baltimore County, found an off-beat pastime during her childhood in Izhevsk, capital city of Russia’s Udmurt Republic.


The 2017 Tony Awards are a love letter for ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:00:00 PDT

"Dear Evan Hansen," the emotionally charged and wholly original musical about a troubled high school student whose very human travails explode over the heartless channels of social media, emerged triumphant at the 71st annual Tony Awards Sunday at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. "Evan Hansen"...


Zine scene: Baltimore's DIY publications capture culture, community and expression

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 11:55:00 PDT

On a recent Tuesday at the Baltimore Design School, students gather in a classroom, folding papers to create booklets where they will copy and paste clips from magazines, draw figments of their imagination using markers and colored pencils, and write poetry and other tidbits of expression before...


Two head-to-head contests are the drama of the Tony Awards

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:08:00 PDT

The 2016-17 Broadway season produced one blockbuster revival, "Hello Dolly" starring Bette Midler, an eye-popping show so singularly retro, fresh, spectacular and joyous as to render its competition moot (the abiding worth of William Finn's "Falsettos" notwithstanding). But as Broadway readies...


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...


BSO players get the spotlight in Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 12:10:00 PDT

In one of music history’s favorite stories (scholars question the details, but why unravel a good yarn?), Johann Sebastian Bach sent six compositions to the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721 and hinted at how much he would love to do more for the guy. The Margrave never sent a thank-you card, let...


Devin Allen's photo book 'A Beautiful Ghetto' showcases the Baltimore he loves

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 10:55:00 PDT

In one of photographer Devin Allen’s images of his Baltimore, a young boy kicks his feet up in the air on a swing set, and the shadow he casts on the grass is precise and hard-edged enough to cut glass.

In another photo, plywood covers the windows and doors of a vacant rowhouse. Each sheet has...


National Folk Festival to come to Salisbury for three years

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 10:10:00 PDT

A Maryland city will become the 30th city to host the nation's longest-running folk arts event next year. News outlets report that the National Folk Festival will be held in Salisbury beginning in September 2018. Salisbury Mayor Jake Day announced Monday that the annual three-day free festival...


Shriver Hall Concert Series relocates fall events to Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 15:35:00 PDT

While Johns Hopkins University makes renovations to Shriver Hall in the fall — new and wider seats; new lighting system — organizations using the venue are finding temporary spaces elsewhere. Shriver Hall Concert Series will relocate its performances to Baltimore Hebrew Congregation at Park Heights...


Sheila E., Gogol Bordello to headline Artscape 2017

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:20:00 PDT

Funk mainstay Sheila E., along with gypsy punkers Gogol Bordello and soul staples Robert Randolph & the Family Band, will provide the headline entertainment at this year’s 36th annual Artscape, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announced Wednesday.

Billed as the nation’s largest free arts festival, Artscape...


On a trip to Venice, art is inescapable

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Venice, Italy — On a recent spring evening as I waited for the 4.1 vaporetto line — part of Venice’s system of floating buses — passing boats generated waves that caused the dock on which I was standing to rock slightly.

My right side rose a few centimeters and then fell, followed moments later...


BSO's OrchKids launches first online fundraising for summer program

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:40:00 PDT

For its first foray into online crowd-funding, OrchKids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s widely admired educational project, has set a goal of raising $10,000 on Tuesday to support its summer program.

The “OrchKids Day of Giving” got a head start from donations shortly after an announcement...


MICA's new bookstore to include art market and children's workshops

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:15:00 PDT

The new shop is designed to foster a closer relationship between MICA and the Station North neighborhood(image)

Eschenbach puts distinctive stamp on Mahler's 'Resurrection' with NSO

Sat, 3 Jun 2017 07:25:00 PDT

Some music critics I know are fond of admonishing die-hard Mahler fans to embrace emotionally cool, technically by-the-book performances, the sort generated by any number of the-way-things-should-be-done conductors. To which I say: Oh yeah? Why should I?

Give me heart-on-sleeve, rule-bending, idiosyncratically...


BSO musicians reach agreement for new contract three months early

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 14:10:00 PDT

For the second year in a row, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians have ratified a one-year contract with management three months before the old one expires.

Like the agreement reached last year*, the new one, which begins Sept. 11 and runs until Sept. 9, 2018, includes a pay raise. Minimum weekly...


Amid discussion on safe arts spaces, a look at three groups Baltimore can learn from

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 09:10:00 PDT

On a dreary Tuesday in December, young artists of varying backgrounds — white and of color, straight, gay, lesbian and transgender — quickly removed their possessions from a condemned Station North warehouse whose conditions Baltimore officials described as “deplorable.”

The abrupt eviction was...


Christoph Konig leads BSO in eclectic program

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 09:05:00 PDT

Some concert programs reveal a clear-cut theme, the repertoire choices related, at least partly, to the others, or balanced in such a way that the total package makes sense.

Then, there’s the latest Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program. I can’t figure out how this one came together, especially...


Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts executive director Bill Gilmore stepping down

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 08:40:00 PDT

The executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the local arts council responsible for events like Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, is stepping down after nearly four decades with the organization.

Bill Gilmore, 63, announced his retirement Thursday. He said he...


Clayworks moves ahead with sale of Mount Washington buildings

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:40:00 PDT

The board of directors of Baltimore Clayworks has moved ahead with selling the ceramic arts center’s two Mount Washington buildings for $3.7 million. The asking price was $4.5 million.

The board has “executed a contract” with a Baltimore nonprofit organization. The buyer, currently located a few...


Executive director of Station North Arts and Entertainment District resigns

Wed, 31 May 2017 14:30:00 PDT

Elissa Blount Moorhead has resigned as executive director of the organization overseeing the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

“It seemed like a good time,” said Blount Moorhead, stressing that she has full confidence in the remaining staff to carry on without her. Blount Moorhead...


Statue of Divine gets a permanent home at the American Visionary Art Museum

Wed, 31 May 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Divine is home, for good.

Andrew Logan, the British sculptor whose 10-foot statue of Divine has been a fixture at the American Visionary Art Museum since 1998, has given the piece to AVAM, ensuring it will remain in the city its subject called home.

“I realized that Divine belonged in Baltimore...


Baltimore Chamber Orchestra closes season in charming fashion

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 08:20:00 PDT

The charm quotient proved quite high as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra wrapped up its season Sunday afternoon at Kraushaar Auditorium.

The program’s first half centered around a 17-year-old guest artist, Yaegy Park, who stylishly handled the solo duties in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 and Sarasate’s...


Festival Baltimore, featuring composers' complete works in various genres, to debut at UMBC

Wed, 31 May 2017 08:35:00 PDT

This is shaping up to be a summer for unusually fresh musical adventures.

First came news of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural New Music Festival in July. Now comes word from the University of Maryland Baltimore County that Festival Baltimore will launch there in June, offering a distinctive...


Noose found at exhibit in African American history museum

Wed, 31 May 2017 18:07:00 PDT

A noose was found Wednesday in a public gallery at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the second such incident on Smithsonian grounds in less than a week, officials said.

David Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian, said in an email announcement that he had to share "deeply...


Baltimore Book Festival cancels Rachel Dolezal appearance after backlash

Tue, 30 May 2017 17:05:00 PDT

Amid a community backlash, the Baltimore Book Festival canceled the planned appearance of controversial author Rachel Dolezal, who resigned from her job with the NAACP after it was revealed that she was a white woman representing herself as black.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts,...


A kinetic premiere of 'Jazz' at Baltimore Center Stage

Tue, 30 May 2017 07:45:00 PDT

The best plays tell us something new, while reminding us of things we already know — or think we know.

By that reckoning, Nambi E. Kelley’s adaptation of Toni Morrison’s 1992 novel “Jazz,” which has received a kinetic world premiere at Baltimore Center Stage, is every bit a significant play.



Emerging Hopkins center harmonizing music and medicine

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:49:00 PDT

For his fourth-grade science project, Alex Pantelyat compared the effects of classical and rock music on plants.

Mozart, he recalled, helped the leaves flourish. Led Zeppelin caused wilting.

He never figured out why, but 25 years later, Pantelyat, remains fascinated by the relationship between...


Single Carrot Theatre takes audiences by bus on a 'Promenade' through Baltimore neighborhoods

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:45:00 PDT

All the streets will be a stage when Single Carrot Theatre welcomes audiences aboard a bus for the world premiere of its traveling production “Promenade: Baltimore,” starting June 2.

For about 90 minutes, passengers will wear headphones, listening to a live-mix soundtrack of music, narration and...


Rachel Dolezal, controversial former NAACP official, to speak at Baltimore Book Festival

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:25:00 PDT

Rachel Dolezal, the controversial former NAACP official who resigned after it was revealed that she was white, even though she continues to insist that she identifies as black, is among the authors scheduled to appear at this year’s Baltimore Book Festival.

Dolezal will be in Baltimore promoting...


Adventurous pedal steel guitarist wins top Baker Artist Award, $40,000 prize

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:00:00 PDT

An adventurous Baltimore musician was awarded one of the region’s largest arts prizes Thursday night as the top winner of the 2017 Baker Artist Awards.

Susan Alcorn, who has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional country western environment, was awarded the $30,000 Mary Sawyers...


Baltimore's comedy scene continues to grow, nurture aspiring talent

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Jessica Henkin remembers Baltimore’s comedy scene in the late 1990s. Not that there’s all that much to remember.

“There was zero comedy going on, or if there was, it was either super-bizarre or fringe-y,” says Henkin, 43, co-founder of the Stoop Storytelling series and a comedy practitioner in...