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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...


Lynn Nottage's 'Intimate Apparel' to get revival at Everyman Theatre

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Lynn Nottage gives voice in her plays to people kept on the margins of society or the news media, people confined to the footnotes of history.

Her 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, “Sweat,” explored middle-class lives in a struggling American factory town. In “Ruined,” which won the 2009 Pulitzer,...


Light City adds two communities to next year's Neighborhood Lights celebration

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:35:00 PDT

Baltimore’s Light City festival has added two neighborhoods to the lineup for next year’s Neighborhood Lights program, bringing to 14 the number of communities that will be participating in the third annual illuminated art event.

Darley Park and Little Italy were added to the 2018 Neighborhood...


Exhibit of Baltimore artist's Ku Klux Klan robes is closed to public

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:50:00 PDT

Update: This story was updated on Oct. 11 to include additional details.

An exhibit of satirical Ku Klux Klan robes created by the Baltimore African-American artist Paul Rucker has been closed to the public by York College of Pennsylvania officials because they fear that the show could be inflammatory.


Acclaimed, pared-down version of 'The Color Purple' to launch national tour in Baltimore

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:45:00 PDT

Getting another chance, finding an unexpected path and taking it — that’s a major theme in “The Color Purple,” the musical based on the eventful Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. It describes the history of the show pretty well, too.

This adaptation of Walker’s saga about an abused...


Single Carrot Theatre offers vibrant staging of quirky, multilayered 'Lear'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:25:00 PDT

Partway through “Lear,” the quirky, multilayered play by Young Jean Lee receiving a vibrant regional premiere at Single Carrot Theatre, someone says: “What are you talking about?”

Audience members might be tempted to ask that same question multiple times. But not feeling quite sure of things turns...


People in need raise voices in 'a Baltimore choir of hope'

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:15:00 PDT

Late on Tuesday mornings, shortly after the dining room at the outreach center Paul’s Place in Pigtown starts its daily task of serving a few hundred hot lunches to people in need, about a dozen people gather in an upstairs room to sing together.

The sound might not always be polished, but there’s...


Markus Stenz leads BSO in radiant excerpts from Wagner's 'Parsifal'

Sat, 7 Oct 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Markus Stenz, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s principal guest conductor, can be counted on to generate vivifying performances of great repertoire. He’s doing it again in his latest visit.

Given how infrequently the music of Wagner turns up in Baltimore, it is particularly gratifying to find...


Baltimore couple draw on 'Golden Girls' as inspiration for art exhibit, and their wedding

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:40:00 PDT

On one of their first dates in 2013, artists Nick Horan and Zachary Z. Handler quizzed each other on their favorite quotes from the TV show “The Golden Girls.”

It was a litmus test, of sorts, “because if the other person says, I don't really watch ‘The Golden Girls,’ we're done. I'm out,” Handler,...


Secrets, psychics, Peeps: American Visionary Art Museum exhibit probes the great unknown

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:30:00 PDT

Two colored pencil drawings of the same young girl that go on view this weekend at the American Visionary Art Museum are as unsettling as they are beautiful.

Look closely at Margaret Munz-Losch’s sketch of her naked blue-eyed daughter cradling a black cat and you realize that the girl’s torso and...


Baltimore artist installs protest-inspired sculpture in Mondawmin

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 08:10:00 PDT

On the other side of a chain-link fence, traffic moves along the street that protesters walked following the death of Freddie Gray in 2015. Inside the fence, artist Matthew Gray stands with his latest sculpture, an aluminum mass titled “Cache #1.”

“It’s very helter-skelter,” said Matthew Gray,...


'The Cradle Will Rock' gets spicy revival from Iron Crow Theatre

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 15:50:00 PDT

The back story of Marc Blitzstein’s “The Cradle Will Rock” — the government’s shut down of the theater to prevent the New York premiere; the cast trekking uptown to another venue so the show could go on; the ensuing embellishments and legends about the whole business — will always make for fascinating...


The Book Thing to reopen next week, making its return after 2016 fire

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 13:25:00 PDT

Good news, bibliophiles: The Book Thing will reopen its physical location in the Abell neighborhood next week, according to the book warehouse’s Facebook page.

The site, which was known for housing hundreds of free books for the taking on Vineyard Lane, will open Oct. 14, after being closed since...


Towson University professor Leslie Harrison shortlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:15:00 PDT

Towson University professor Leslie Harrison came one step closer on Wednesday to winning one of the most coveted annual literary awards in the U.S. — the 2017 National Book Award for poetry.

Harrison’s “The Book of Endings” is one of five titles to make the shortlist, the organization announced...


'Love Never Dies' proves to be a worthy sequel to 'Phantom of the Opera' in Baltimore preview performances

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 06:00:00 PDT

No crashing chandelier. No need for one. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies,” the sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” offers its own distinctive attractions, visual and musical.

Judging by opening night of a preview week at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre, the work is going to have little...


Carla Hayden named 'Library Lion' by New York Public Library

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Former Baltimorean and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has something in common with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelists Michael Chabon and Colson Whitehead, former NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw, and theater director Robert Wilson: They have been cited by the New York Public Library as "Library Lions."...


Astronaut Terry Virts talks space photography, science fiction and growing up in Columbia

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Terry Virts may be retired from NASA, but the son of Columbia hasn’t stopped sharing his passion for space travel. During more than 200 days living aboard the International Space Station, Virts and other astronauts shot footage for the 2016 IMAX movie “A Beautiful Planet.” Meanwhile, Virts was...


Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates blazes singular intellectual path in 'We Were Eight Years in Power'

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:05:00 PDT

Early in “We Were Eight Years in Power,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ third book, he writes, “[t]here is a notion out there that black people enjoy the Sisyphean struggle against racism. In fact, most of us live for the day when we can struggle against anything else.”

However, as he explains throughout these...


Chesapeake Shakespeare Company updates 'Caesar,' changes some genders

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 08:40:00 PDT

Every era, it seems, is right and ripe for revisiting Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” That’s especially so whenever debates rage about the role and limits of government, or when there’s frequent talk of conspiracies and disputes over facts.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company offers an opportunity to...


Opus 1 festival to combine art, music and technology in Columbia

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:35:00 PDT

Imagine the feeling of being on the same wavelength as another person through brainwave synchronization.

A group of computational artists, video artists and neuroscientists is hoping to simulate that sensation with a “mutual wave machine, ” one of 11 large-scale “activation” areas at the inaugural...


Artist Saraceno collaborates with spiders for Balt. Museum of Art exhibit

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:50:00 PDT

The artist Tomas Saraceno has been mystified and entranced by spider webs since he was 9 years old. He vividly recalls climbing into the attic of the 500-year-old house in which his family lived in Italy during the early 1980s and finding the room filled with the gossamer nets.

The boy was mesmerized...


Free Fall Baltimore is back. Here are 10 events not to miss

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 05:10:00 PDT

Sunday marks the beginning of Free Fall Baltimore, an annual month-long promotion offering free events throughout the city.

The campaign, sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, runs through October each year. And there are plenty of options — more than 300, to be exact. To...


Advances help musicians with repetitive stress injuries continue to play

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:30:00 PDT

It should have been a career-ending diagnosis.

Twelve years ago, Randy Harrison was a professional tuba player for orchestras along the East Coast, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, when he was diagnosed with Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, a weakening of the muscles that affects...


Jesus' grandmother's foot pillow, other rare artifacts on view at Peabody Library

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Jesus’ grandmother wore about a size 6 sandal, if the evidence on view at Baltimore’s George Peabody Library can be believed.

Among the highlights of a new exhibit of 50 of the rarest and most choice treasures owned by one of the world’s great libraries is a small, cream-colored silk pillow embroidered...


Baltimore Clayworks to reopen with new board, old debt

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:00:00 PDT

Two months after a cash-starved, debt-plagued Baltimore Clayworks shut its doors and appeared headed for bankruptcy and liquidation, the 37-year-old ceramics center has a new lease on life.

On Wednesday, a freshly installed board of trustees announced that an agreement for continuation was signed...


Sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Phantom of the Opera' heads to Baltimore

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:20:00 PDT

If you ever wondered where that masked man goes after disappearing into thin air when the curtain falls on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” you’re not alone. Turns out the celebrated composer was curious, too.

That curiosity resulted in a sequel, “Love Never Dies,”...


Center Stage's Kwame Kwei-Armah named artistic director of London's Young Vic

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:05:00 PDT

When Kwame Kwei-Armah announced in June that he would not be staying on as Baltimore Center Stage artistic director after the 2017-2018 season, his seventh with the company, he said he had no firm plan on what the next chapter of his career would be. He has one now.

Kwei-Armah will become artistic...


BSO offers literature-based music and a blockbuster piano concerto

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:15:00 PDT

Long before audio books, people could hear the gist of literary works from music alone.

Assorted examples are threaded through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s programming for the 2017-2018 season, starting this weekend with two richly evocative “tone poems” — Tchaikovsky’s “Hamlet” and Richard...


'The Cradle Will Rock' to get revival from Iron Crow Theatre

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:00:00 PDT

On the day 80 years ago that a pro-labor, anti-monopoly/corruption/greed stage work was about to be premiered in New York, a wind from the federal government blew and down came the production, cradle and all.

But the targeted piece, Marc Blitzstein’s “The Cradle Will Rock,” didn’t stay censored...


Why you need to know Rebecca Jessop, Havre de Grace Arts Collective executive director

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:00:00 PDT

When Rebecca Jessop landed her first community theater role in her 20s, she knew immediately that she was hooked on the performing arts.

Jessop is now taking on a new challenge in the world of theater as executive director of the Havre de Grace Arts Collective. The job involves overseeing the new...


Dozens of museums offering free admission Saturday as part of 'Museum Day Live'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Close to 20 Baltimore-area museums will waive admission Saturday as part of “Museum Day Live.”

Hosted by Smithsonian magazine, the day of free admission is celebrated at museums across the country.

Baltimore-area museums participating in the initiative include: the B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore...


Dance performance aims to bring awareness to Baltimore's food deserts

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:20:00 PDT

A local dance company will perform a show at the Charm City Fringe Festival this fall that explores the experience of people living in food deserts in Baltimore.

Called “Foodless Food,” the one-hour show premiered in May. Caitlin McAfee, director of BlueShift Dance, created the show, in which she...


What not to miss at the 2017 Baltimore Book Festival

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:50:00 PDT

With more than 500 authors appearing at the Baltimore Book Festival, chances are you won’t be able to see them all. In addition to a reading from National Book Award winner Alice McDermott (read more about that here), here are some highlights:

Literary lion(esses): Nationally known writers will...


Alice McDermott talks new novel 'The Ninth Hour' ahead of Baltimore Book Festival

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:35:00 PDT

The acclaimed local novelist Alice McDermott doesn’t remember the circumstances under which Sister Mary Rose came into her life when she was a little girl or how many times they met. But more than a half-century later, the author still vividly recalls the old nun’s face.

“My mother was raised by...


Book review: Alice McDermott's 'The Ninth Hour' captures bygone era of Brooklyn in

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Alice McDermott's stunning new novel, "The Ninth Hour," does for contemporary literature what "Call the Midwife" has done for public television. Both recall an earlier era when women in religious orders operated as de facto social service agencies, nursing the sick, clothing the poor and doing...


Cohesion Theatre's promising new play explores Hatfield-McCoy feud

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:10:00 PDT

When it comes to feuding, no one did it better than the Hatfield and McCoy clans in a region between West Virginia and Kentucky during the 1870s and ’80s, holding grudges and, at periodic intervals, dispensing their vicious version of eye-for-an-eye justice.

There is more than enough material here...


Mega-church drama of 'The Christians' gets incisive production at Center Stage

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Religion, like politics, may be an unsafe topic for polite conversation, but it sure can make for memorable theater.

Lucas Hnath’s 2015 play “The Christians,” enjoying a terrific production at Center Stage, manages an almost miraculous feat — addressing matters of faith without condescension, manipulation...


BSO opens season with colorful mix of new, old

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:05:00 PDT

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra brought out a colorful assortment of the new and the old for the opening subscription program of the season and served it up engagingly.

To start things off Thursday night at the Music Center at Strathmore, music director Marin Alsop provided then-and-now samples...


When the 'Roots' plaque was stolen from Annapolis' City Dock, but the loss was only temporary

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:35:00 PDT

On a sunny day in September 1981, state, county and city officials joined author Alex Haley dockside in Annapolis to dedicate a plaque in honor of his ancestor, an enslaved African named Kunta Kinte, who had been brought to the city in chains 214 years earlier.

“I wish our grandma was here,” Haley,...


Everyman Theatre's 'M. Butterfly' revival thoughtful, uneven

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:30:00 PDT

If you ever doubted that the truth can be stranger than fiction, you need only take a cursory glance at the celebrated case of love and espionage involving mid-level French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and a Chinese opera singer, Shi Pei Pu.

Just about every aspect in this story screams incredulity....


Bailes de Mi Tierra celebrates Mexican culture at Carroll Arts Center

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:35:00 PDT

Saturday, Sept. 16, marks Independence Day in Mexico, commemorating the Cry of Dolores and the anniversary of the start of the Mexican War of Independence. To help celebrate the holiday, the Carroll County Arts Council has invited the Mexican folk dance group Bailes de Mi Tierra for a performance...


Towson professor Leslie Harrison long-listed for the 2017 National Book Award in poetry

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:45:00 PDT

Towson University assistant professor Leslie Harrison was named a semifinalist for the National Book Award in poetry on Wednesday.

Harrison, a Rodgers Forge resident, is the author of “The Book of Endings,” one of 10 titles to make the so-called longlist for the Book Awards, one of the country’s...


10 years in, Peabody-BSO Conducting Fellowship has seen great success — and a full-circle journey for one

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Ten years ago, a tall, slim man with a ready smile left his job as director of a South Carolina high school band to enter the Peabody Institute as the first recipient of the newly formed BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellowship — a program of extensive skill-honing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra...


Made in Maryland: Meet the creators of unique home accents

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Artisans from the state offer ceramics, lamps, pillows and more for your home.


A beautifully acted, astutely directed 'Heidi Chronicles' to start Rep Stage's 25th season

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:10:00 PDT

There may be a time when Wendy Wasserstein’s 1988 play “The Heidi Chronicles” fails to make an impression on audiences, when its messages about life’s choices and consequences, and how women and men may face them differently, will seem beyond passe. If so, that time would have to be after the human...