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  • The Odyssey, adapted by Charlie Bethel

    The Odyssey, adapted by Charlie Bethel
    The epics of Homer, “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey,” probably functioned a lot like rap ciphers. Rhapsodists, MCs, would travel from town to town and improvise lyrics around the story of the Trojan War and the return of Odysseus. The poems were oral and they were performed, which makes it the perfect choice for Charlie Bethel, who did a one man show of “Beowulf” at the Theatre Project last winter. Even more than “Beowulf” or “The Iliad,” “The Odyssey” is a one-man show anyway—despite the entanglements of the wide wide world. Odysseus is called "polytropic," or many turned, for a reason. And he is the first hero to tell his own story in the center of the tale dictated to the poet by the Muses. To use another Greek word, we are psyched. The Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 752-8558, theatreproject.org, $22. 
  • Immortal Beloved

    Immortal Beloved
    When Rita Dove comes to Howard Community College next Wednesday, the former U.S. Poet Laureate will be joined on stage by violinist Joshua Coyne. After she has read a few poems from her latest book, “Sonata Mulattica,” he will play a classical...

    Tourist Attractions

    Tourist Attractions
    Beware getting too attached to Baltimore, as doing so may ruin your love of anyplace else. It happened famously to the late poet Ogden Nash, who, in explaining why he and his wife cut short their Manhattan residency to return to her hometown, wrote,...

    All The E Street Punks

    All The E Street Punks
    The Shindig Music Festival, which returns to Baltimore for its second go-round Saturday, takes a different approach to booking than most rock fests. Instead of spreading its bets around, putting chips on as many subgenres as it can to pull in as many...

    Sing it properly and in full, or F.S. Key very arguably would want you jailed

    Sing it properly and in full, or F.S. Key very arguably would want you jailed
    It’s official enough. “The resolution will be able to be passed tonight,” First District Councilman Jim Kraft told his colleagues. “It will be able to go with the Star-Spangled Celebration.”  And so it was that the city...