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

  • Crop Top Rites: I Just Want to Paint My Cat

    Crop Top Rites: I Just Want to Paint My Cat

    Last year, more or less all around the same time, my parents separated, my partner since high school started transitioning, and I graduated college, moved into a new home with my partner and two housemates, and entered the workforce full time (thankfully). It's the most palpable change I've ever...

  • Dear Diary: Emily Lindin's 'Unslut' exposes slut-shaming

    Dear Diary: Emily Lindin's 'Unslut' exposes slut-shaming

    Emily Lindin’s middle school diary is not so much an emotional rollercoaster as a runaway train speeding through a nightmarish Boschian hellscape, frequently interrupted by sparkling yet anxiety-inducing preteen fantasies and ‘90s pop-inspired poems. Published in the book “UnSlut: A Diary and Memoir”...

  • Sexy Jesuses: The hottest messiahs at the Walters

    Sexy Jesuses: The hottest messiahs at the Walters

    The Roman Catholic Church’s two-thousand-years-long marketing campaign runs under the basic tenet of advertising: People will flock to pretty stuff. Hence the gilded, towering architecture, expensive commissioned frescoes, and stylish clerical wardrobe. We’re told this pricey splendor was created...

  • The Baltimore Rock Opera Society sets everything to 11 in 'Chronoshred'

    The Baltimore Rock Opera Society sets everything to 11 in "Chronoshred"

    A massive T-Rex plays a massive saxophone at the beginning of "Chronoshred: The Adventures of Stardust Lazerdong," conceived by Philip Doccolo (who co-directs with Danielle Robinette) and a large team of writers and librettists. This puppeteered beast presumably took weeks to construct, but it...

  • On David Bowie's life as an artist and art journalist

    On David Bowie's life as an artist and art journalist

    When David Bowie wasn't being a pop star or actor or glorious alien, he was a painter and art writer. As David Jones, he studied at a technical high school and went on to attend the Croydon School of Art. Though he continued producing paintings, drawings, and prints throughout his life, he didn't...

  • Spotlighters' 'Moonlight and Magnolias' delves into messy Hollywood history

    Spotlighters' "Moonlight and Magnolias" delves into messy Hollywood history

    Ron Hutchinson's 2004 play "Moonlight and Magnolias," which opened last week at Spotlighters Theatre under the direction of Michael Zemarel, does little to romanticize the creation of "Gone With the Wind," one of the most successful and adored (and racist) films of all time. With a difficult director,...

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