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  • As photographer and curator, Mickalene Thomas redefines the artist's muse

    As photographer and curator, Mickalene Thomas redefines the artist's muse

    She reclines on a low-rising sofa upholstered by a hodgepodge of vintage textiles: gingham, groovy waves, florals and leaf patterns that echo the ficuses and ferns and cheap fake flowers that surround her throne. On the coffee table, a basket of gold fruit; on the floor—a small, frenzied ocean...

  • 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...

  • Colonizers at the center of "Shifting Views" at the Baltimore Museum of Art

    Colonizers at the center of "Shifting Views" at the Baltimore Museum of Art

    "Shifting Views" is the Baltimore Museum of Art's first exhibition of contemporary African art. Works by Senam Okudzeto, Diane Victor, Julie Mehretu, William Kentridge, Gavin Jantjes, Robin Rhode, and David Goldblatt include photographs, prints, and drawings that center a variety of local and global...

  • Iron Crow Theatre's "Fucking A" is fucking sad

    Iron Crow Theatre's "Fucking A" is fucking sad

    As the title would suggest, there is no subtlety in Suzan-Lori Parks' "Fucking A." In the dystopian future world crafted by Parks back in 2000, everything seems to exist in the extreme—the subjugation and exploitation of women, the political reach of the aristocracy, the wealth gap, the bloodthirst...

  • Kahlon's Cut Up Series returns with audio-visual exhibition

    Kahlon's Cut Up Series returns with audio-visual exhibition

    When Kahlon ceased to exist in its capacity as a bimonthly party at The Crown, it felt like a blow to the city's music scene, which was finally starting to feel a bit less siloed. That was due to the series' eclectic lineups, bringing artists of disparate sounds and scenes together under the umbrella...

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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...

  • Thomas Dolby's 'The Speed Of Sound' is not like most rock memoirs

    Thomas Dolby's 'The Speed Of Sound' is not like most rock memoirs

    Much as the Parisian bourgeoisie of the late-19th century lived in an era of the novel, we are living in an era of the rock 'n' roll memoir. In the past six months alone we've gotten self-penned accounts by Bruce Springsteen, Robbie Robertson, Johnny Marr, Maurice White, Phil Collins (his sadly...

  • 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...

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  • What About Justice?: Paul Giamatti and Sonja Sohn star in 'Antigone in Ferguson' at Coppin

    What About Justice?: Paul Giamatti and Sonja Sohn star in 'Antigone in Ferguson' at Coppin

    On Saturday evening, people from all over Baltimore—some coming straight from the Women's March in Washington—filed into Coppin State University's James Weldon Johnson Auditorium, passing through the epicenter of the Baltimore Uprising to see acclaimed actors perform dramatic readings of an adapted...

  • 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,...

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