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Misty Copeland, first African American principal dancer at American Ballet Theater, discusses her career in Lewis Museum talk

On Saturday afternoon, the very day she officially became the first African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater (ABT), Misty Copeland visited the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for a public talk and book signing. Hundreds of fans, young and old, in jeans, suits, and tutus, gathered to hear the prima ballerina speak and have her sign their copy of her memoir, "Life In Motion: An Unlikely...

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Rapper G-Rock shot and killed

Baltimore rapper G-Rock was shot last night, according to multiple social media posts. Police reported that G-Rock, born Donte Dixon Jr., died in the hospital this afternoon from his injuries, which occurred in the 4500 block of Edmonson Avenue. The 29-year-old's last known address was the 4100 block of Edmonson Avenue, police say.

After starting out in the four-man rap group Teflon Dons in 2009,...

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Q&A: Sasheer Zamata talks Lucille Ball, competitiveness on 'SNL,' and more

"Saturday Night Live" featured player Sasheer Zamata is a founding member of the University of Virginia's improv troupe, with post-grad work performing in the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York. She has also starred in the web series "Pursuit of Sexiness" and appeared in sketches on television's critically acclaimed "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell" and "Inside Amy Schumer." We spoke with Zamata...

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Jason Isbell outshines My Morning Jacket with powerful Merriweather set

Jason Isbell came to the Merriweather Post Pavilion Sunday evening just nine days after releasing one of the year's best albums, "Something More Than Free." In Howard County, he performed five of the record's 11 tracks, including the quieter songs, always a hard sell to a crowd of beer-drinking guys eager to hear the headlining act, My Morning Jacket.

But Isbell pulled it off. He lay down his Goldtop...

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Future, America's greatest living rock star, lights up Pier Six

A packed Pier Six Pavilion—including the usual freeloading onlookers on neighboring piers and boats—came out last Saturday to see America's greatest living rock star. His name: Nayvadius Cash, better known as Atlanta rapper Future.

Future's melodic trap-rap has little in common with guitar-based rock music, of course. And yet, as guitar music in 2015 moves ever more down crassly commercial, intimately...

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Sam Smith shows effortless talent, tasteful restraint at Merriweather show

When you have a voice as spectacular as Sam Smith's—an instrument that can glide across multiple octaves without a break or apparent effort—the temptation to show off must be tremendous. The most impressive aspect of Smith's terrific show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Friday night was how he resisted that impulse at nearly every turn.

Prowling the stage with a buttoned-up black shirt, minimalist...

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