Maura Callahan

Writer

Maura Callahan was born, raised, and educated in Baltimore and has written for City Paper since 2013. She is both an artist and critic, which is a weird place to occupy. She is interested in visual art, theater, dance, and performance art, especially when it's subversive; and also history and cheese.

Recent Articles

  • The highlights and lowlights of Fields Festival

    The highlights and lowlights of Fields Festival

    Highlights Bobbing around in the pool on Friday night with just about everyone; sipping the Champagne of Beers; the spontaneous whirlpool someone started; the line of beer cans and empty cups around the pool's perimeter that created an ephemeral and interactive installation; the security guards...

  • Gorging on comfort food at Breaking Bread

    Gorging on comfort food at Breaking Bread

    Returning from three days of camping at Fields Fest, I needed some serious hangover food. Not for a booze-induced hangover per se (though that was certainly part of it), but more like the in-need-of-relief-from-living-off-Cheez-Its-and-dried-salami-and-getting-four-hours-of-sleep-a-night kind of...

  • The highlights and lowlights of Fields Festival

    The highlights and lowlights of Fields Festival

    The Baltimore music and arts community's decampment to the woods for the weekend, otherwise known as Fields Festival, has come and gone, and what a weekend it was. Friday through Sunday, there was no shortage of music, art, comedy, theater, or wellness activities to take in—as well as nudity, drugs,...

  • Dissecting the constructed political persona

    Dissecting the constructed political persona

    Four hundred years have passed since the death of William Shakespeare, and 2,060 since the death of the subject of his great tragedy "Julius Caesar," but both live on as specters in the meadow behind the Evergreen Museum, where the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory holds performances in the evening...

  • Fluid Movement hits the pool with 'Science Fair: The Water Ballet'

    Fluid Movement hits the pool with 'Science Fair: The Water Ballet'

    Despite dark clouds and scattered storms, swarms of people crowded around the edges of Druid Hill Park Pool on Saturday afternoon to watch synchronized swimmers pay homage to scientific phenomena—both real and fantastical, celestial and super-local. The premiere of local performance collective...

  • The Democratic National Convention: Day three offers the summer's biggest blockbuster

    The Democratic National Convention: Day three offers the summer's biggest blockbuster

    If the Republican National Convention, held in Cleveland last week, was a shabby Shakespeare production—put on by a cast that was past their prime and, frankly, not always super committed to the script—then the Democratic National Convention is a slick, big summer blockbuster. Come in from the...

  • 'Lord of the Flies' grows up in new Annex production set in biotech facility

    'Lord of the Flies' grows up in new Annex production set in biotech facility

    People have always said this—even in better times—but it really feels like the world is falling apart a little bit. Our country is on the brink of a second civil war and we're in danger of electing the biggest and possibly most dangerous joke of a human being as president, not to mention the recent...

  • She, She: Navigating Fear, Femininity, and Queerness with a transgender partner

    She, She: Navigating Fear, Femininity, and Queerness with a transgender partner

    When my partner and I started dating in high school, she presented as male, for the most part. During our courtship—which then involved endless texting on our non-smart flip-phones—she talked openly about her then-genderqueer identity and even wrote a beautiful thinkpiece about going out in women's...

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