The 2015 Fall Arts Guide

Fall Arts Calendar

  • Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World

    Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World

    Through April 3, 2016 Ruth Starr Rose was a white woman who grew up in a wealthy family on Maryland's Eastern Shore around the turn of the century. In her paintings and drawings, she documented African-American life in that region, and she also illustrated African-American spiritual scenes, which...

  • "Mechanick Exercises"

    "Mechanick Exercises"

    Through Oct. 17 Colin Van Winkle's wooden sculptures look like well-preserved remnants or fragments from a woodworker's shop, in part because of their mystery—we want to think that there was at some point a form or function behind them. In 'Placking Horse,' two pieces of wood are joined in a T...

  • "Zombie Prom"

    "Zombie Prom"

    Oct. 16-Nov.8 Unpopular opinion: "Grease" kind of sucks. Yes, Olivia Newton-John looked amazing in those pants, but the music is annoying, John Travolta is and always has been creepy, and the writers handled the fucked-up treatment of their female characters like it was just harmless teenage shenanigans....

  • Kathy Flann, "Get A Grip"

    Kathy Flann, "Get A Grip"

    Oct. 22 Kathy Flann is one of Baltimore's most exciting writers and the literary community has long been waiting for "Get a Grip," her first collection to be released. The Goucher prof has published widely—pick a literary magazine and she's probably been in it and her stories are a devastating...

  • "Titus Andronicus"

    "Titus Andronicus"

    Oct. 23-Nov. 15 This is, without a doubt, Shakespeare's bloodiest play. The play begins with renowned Roman general Titus Andronicus returning triumphant from a campaign against the Goths, with the Queen of the Goths, her three sons, and her secret lover in tow as prisoners. After Titus kills one...

  • "Some Assembly Required"

    "Some Assembly Required"

    Oct. 26 Baltimore's vacant buildings are such a common sight that many of us don't think twice when we pass them on our daily travels, until we think about the numbers. There are an estimated 30,000 vacant properties (including lots and houses) in Baltimore, while an estimated 2,638 men, women,...

  • "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"

    "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"

    Oct. 29 Here's the thing about horror movies: They're rarely about the horror part, or rather, the horror part is trying to tap into something more serious and grounded. At least that's true with the great ones and Tobe Hooper's hicksploitation shocker is certainly one of the good ones. And what's...

  • Zadie Smith

    Zadie Smith

    Nov. 3 If we had to pick our two favorite Zadie Smith lines, they'd be the "Howard's End"-riffing intro to her third novel, "On Beauty," which begins "One may as well begin with Jerome's emails to his father" (the line in E.M. Forster's 1910 novel is "One may as well begin with Helen's letters...

  • "Prime Cut"

    "Prime Cut"

    Nov. 5 1972's "Prime Cut" is one of those movies that when you know someone who knows about it and likes it, you might have found a lifelong friend. It's a weird one: a Midwest-set gangster movie about meat-packing and debt with a number of controversial and surreal touches (including a scene in...

  • "Time Travel"

    "Time Travel"

    Nov. 5 Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" is one of those pieces of classical music that, even if you don't think you know it, you'd definitely recognize once you heard it—the melodies of its various movements depicting each season have seeped into the Western world's collective cultural consciousness,...

  • BSO Pulse: Wye Oak

    BSO Pulse: Wye Oak

    Nov. 12 When the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra teased a series in which the orchestra would share the stage with several indie bands, it wasn't much of a surprise that Wye Oak was selected for one of the concerts. Yes, because of its local roots, but also because the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy...

  • Cock Plays

    Cock Plays

    Starts Nov. 19 There's something in the water around the stage scene these days—and gathering from these plays, it might just be cock. First, to set the mood, there's Annex Theater's "Impassioned Embraces," by John Pielmeier (Full disclosure: Annex shares a space with me at Psychic Annex). And...

  • The Trans* Voices Workshop Series

    The Trans* Voices Workshop Series

    Nov. 19-April 3 Last summer, the young Cohesion Theatre Company pulled Baltimore's theater troupes and artists together for ParityFest, a reading festival that highlighted underproduced plays by female and trans* playwrights. It was awesome, necessary, and it seemed to leave an impression: This...

  • "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. II"

    "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. II"

    Opens Nov. 20 Sure, the plot of the YA dystopian series is eerily similar to that of "Battle Royale." And there's some fucked-up irony around the fact that a plot highlighting income inequality and class warfare has become a heavily promoted billion-dollar movie series. (And we have to admit that...

  • "Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens"

    "Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens"

    Opens Dec. 18 Pretty much everyone agrees the "Star Wars" prequels—the three films released in late '90s and early '00s, more than a decade after the last release in the original trilogy—were a disaster. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas got drunk with special effects, the acting was wooden, the...

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