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  • Digging into the research for "Hidden Figures"

    Digging into the research for "Hidden Figures"

    Before there was "Hidden Figures," the blockbuster movie and book by Margot Lee Shetterly, there was "Determination of Azimuth," an operetta about the life of mathematician Katherine Johnson and the Apollo 10 mission staged in 2015 by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. As the writers of "Determination...

  • Scary Monsters and Super Creeps: Dundalk comics legend Bernie Wrightson retires

    Scary Monsters and Super Creeps: Dundalk comics legend Bernie Wrightson retires

    Late last month, Dundalk boy and ghoulish comics hero Bernie Wrightson announced his retirement via Facebook. The message, written by his wife Liz Wrightson, reads in part: "Last November Bernie began falling again, and having obvious problems with perception. He had to undergo yet another brain...

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  • Booze, pathos, and passivity in 'Suite For Barbara Loden'

    Booze, pathos, and passivity in 'Suite For Barbara Loden'

    Toward the end of Nathalie Léger's discursive, frequently fictional essay-novel, "Suite For Barbara Loden" (first published in 2012 but translated into English for the first time late last year), the author meets famous baseball player and infamous boozer Mickey Mantle, who possibly dated or slept...

  • Top Ten Non-Local Books of 2016

    Top Ten Non-Local Books of 2016

    1. Heather Ann Thompson, “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Aftermath” (Pantheon Books) In September, Red Emma’s was packed the night Heather Ann Thompson came to talk about what happened at the Attica Correctional Facility in 1971, when a takeover of the prison by...

  • Top Ten Baltimore Books of 2016

    Top Ten Baltimore Books of 2016

    1. D. Watkins, “The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir” (Grand Central Publishing) Watkins didn’t break through to a national audience because of dumb luck. He’s become Baltimore’s new favorite literary export because he’s revising the story that has been told about our city from the perspective of someone...

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  • Top Ten Stage Productions of 2016

    Top Ten Stage Productions of 2016

    1. “Cleveland” (Psychic Readings) Anchored by spit-take performances from Madison Coan as a girl who just wants a dress to wear to the school dance and Cricket Arrison as her mother who may be from outer effing space, this production captured everything that makes Psychic Readings’ Late Night Theatre...

  • Center Stage's 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' is a disappointing choice

    Center Stage's 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' is a disappointing choice

    The commanding Marquise de Merteuil and her ex-lover, the womanizing Vicomte de Valmont, aren't just thinkers—even though they're both highly intelligent, successful people. They're doers. And over the course of Center Stage's two-hour, 40-minute performance of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," they,...

  • Acme Corporation's 'Stranger Kindness' solves the Brando problem

    Acme Corporation's 'Stranger Kindness' solves the Brando problem

    The 1951 Elia Kazan adaptation of "A Streetcar Named Desire" is pretty much owned by Marlon Brando in all his magnificent, mumbling method actor swagger. Subsequent attempts to put on Tennessee Williams' 1947 play, no matter how artful, inevitably suffer from a void of charisma—no one else is Brando,...

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