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  • Childhood goes dark in 'The Flower Queen'

    Childhood goes dark in 'The Flower Queen'

    The first few moments of "The Flower Queen" drag us back to a time when falling asleep meant a reckoning with the monster under the bed. But this is not a production about a child squirming for a bit at the idea of a formless monster before comfortably sinking into dreamland. No, this monster actually...

  • New exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum emphasizes food and all its peculiarities

    New exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum emphasizes food and all its peculiarities

    One of the most appealing aspects of the American Visionary Art Museum has been the way it has democratized art. Here was a museum saying you didn't need art-school credentials to make legitimate art—you could be a prisoner, a mental patient, a homeless person, a retired manual laborer and if your...

  • 'I Never Liked My Name' an essay by Zane Campbell

    'I Never Liked My Name' an essay by Zane Campbell

    I never liked my name: Zane Ronda Campbell. Ronda was a girl’s name. When I was in elementary school the Beach Boys had a hit called, ‘Help Me, Rhonda’. I lived in fear that the other students would find out my middle name and tease me endlessly. Elementary school was stressful enough without that....

  • The State Of The Arts Issue

    The State Of The Arts Issue

    This year's State of the Arts issue focuses on artists who are inclusive, daring, and ahead-of-the-curve—not comfortable sitting on the curve, or even man spreading on the curve, as so much oft-praised art in this city tends to be. In our cover story, “Balti Gurls on the Guerrilla Girls,” Balti...

  • Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter ruminates on the pain of gentrification through mixed media abstraction

    Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter ruminates on the pain of gentrification through mixed media abstraction

    How do you sum up the pervasive, seemingly inescapable system of gentrification by means of abstract visualization? Can any work elicit the violence of gentrification—the lasting impact that loss of community has on already marginalized communities? With her solo show "Occupational Hazards" at...

  • Artist Malcolm Peacock deals with death, swimming, and segregation

    Artist Malcolm Peacock deals with death, swimming, and segregation

    I met with artist Malcolm Peacock at Druid Hill Park—the site of his piece "Let the Sun Set on You," happening this Monday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. sharp—to discuss his work, and we could not stop talking about death. Earlier this year, in his final undergrad semester at VCU, Malcolm sent a brief, cryptic...

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  • High society meets 'The Elephant Man'

    High society meets 'The Elephant Man'

    When David Bowie and, more recently, Bradley Cooper took on the role of "The Elephant Man" on Broadway, both celebrities knew the weight of being stared at by the masses. Audiences gawked at Bowie and Cooper much like Victorian gawkers gathered to stare at one of history's most famous sideshow...

  • 'Hoax' brings marks into the con game

    'Hoax' brings marks into the con game

    Flipping matching card pair after matching card pair onto the floor from a brand-new deck shuffled by a volunteer, Maxwell Fink spits, "You can't win if you play with me." Why? Because he's not just a magician, he may be the devil. Lights dim to the candy pop song 'Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream).'...

  • Dissecting the constructed political persona

    Dissecting the constructed political persona

    Four hundred years have passed since the death of William Shakespeare, and 2,060 since the death of the subject of his great tragedy "Julius Caesar," but both live on as specters in the meadow behind the Evergreen Museum, where the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory holds performances in the evening...

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