Maura Callahan

Writer

Maura Callahan was born, raised, and educated in Baltimore and has written for City Paper since 2013. She is both an artist and critic, which is a weird place to occupy. She is interested in visual art, theater, dance, and performance art, especially when it's subversive; and also history and cheese.

Recent Articles

  • Three shows highlight Transgender Day of Remembrance

    Three shows highlight Transgender Day of Remembrance

    Trans/Queer/Femme Weekend is both a commemoration and a celebration. Held at multiple venues Nov. 20 and 21, the weekend ties together three shows featuring women, transgender people, queer folks, and their allies. The events surround Transgender Day of Remembrance, held internationally in November...

  • Boys Boys Boys: Hampden men get sexy for charity

    Boys Boys Boys: Hampden men get sexy for charity

    Playboy recently announced it would no longer publish images of nude women. (There's little point in putting soft porn in print when the internet offers easier and faster access to hard-core stuff.) Instead, the iconic men's magazine is shifting its focus to reported journalism and booze coverage—with...

  • A look at the 2015 Charm City Fringe Festival

    A look at the 2015 Charm City Fringe Festival

    The fourth annual Charm City Fringe Festival kicked off last night with a launch party at Liam Flynn's Ale House, where participants and festivalgoers enjoyed live music and preview performances selected from the festival's 23-production, 12-venue lineup. Officially commencing on Sunday, Nov. 8,...

  • Eating Cheese With a Fork: On the witchy powers of locally made Gunpowder Blue

    Eating Cheese With a Fork: On the witchy powers of locally made Gunpowder Blue

    Some cheese makes a quiet companion, an easy comfort. And then others call the shots—which is why I unwrapped my new wedge of Gunpowder Blue ($23.59 per pound) as soon as I left the Cross Street Market and plopped down at the nearest Federal Hill bus stop. Its calling was too strong; there was...

  • Almost a Phantom: Yellow Sign Theatre's 'From A Black Egg' pays homage to early horror films

    Almost a Phantom: Yellow Sign Theatre's "From A Black Egg" pays homage to early horror films

    German Expressionism is defined by the sense of uncertainty and loss that characterized its time between two world wars. While rejecting reality in favor of the fantastical worlds of the horror and sci-fi genres, German Expressionists explored the apprehension and disillusionment of soon-to-be-Nazi...

  • Thursday: A Taste of Hampden 2015

    Thursday: A Taste of Hampden 2015

    Oct. 22 Our recent Best of Baltimore issue awarded Best Place to Open a Restaurant to Anywhere But Hampden. There are just too many restaurants opening their doors in Hampden and not enough elsewhere in the city. Slow it down, Hampden—too many cooks. Now, that's not to say that we don't love Hampden...

  • Pastel Blues: Annex Theater's 'Insurrection: Holding History' remixes the slave rebellion

    Pastel Blues: Annex Theater's "Insurrection: Holding History" remixes the slave rebellion

    Viewing "Insurrection: Holding History" was a lot like watching history unfold right in front of my eyes: What just happened? Everything in Annex Theater's production of Robert O'Hara's play is remixed, repeated, and layered, from the actors' fluid transitions between multiple roles, Rjyan Kidwell's...

  • Manger du Fromage Avec Une Fourchette: A cheese-filled journey to France

    Manger du Fromage Avec Une Fourchette: A cheese-filled journey to France

    If Paris is the city of love, it is because of the cheese. Yes, the people are super hot and the fascinating histories, glorious gothic architecture, and immense contributions to Western art inspire great awe, but this is not love. My experience of the intricate stained-glass windows that make...

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