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Frankie? Who the hell is gay and named Frankie? It should be Francis!” boomed the familiar voice right from the start of the conversation. Funny, witty, genuine, sincere, authentic, big-hearted … all words that describe the rollercoaster that is the incomparable Kathy Griffin. The beloved comedian is bringing her “Celebrity Run-In Tour” to Baltimore’s The Lyric on Friday, April 7th at 8pm.

The Community College of Baltimore County continues to showcase its “Year of Shakespeare” with a performance of the dramatic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Performed with both spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL), CCBC Catonsville Academic Theatre and Interpreter Preparation Program have teamed up for this truly remarkable production.

There are moments I am proud to live in Baltimore. The cobblestone streets of Fell’s Point, the gorgeous sounds emanating from the Meyerhoff, summer street festivals, the opening of the new Baltimore Eagle all make this city a destination spot and a place I am happy to call home. As an artist and theatre enthusiast, another one of these moments happened Saturday night as I entered the renovated (and renamed) Baltimore Center Stage. The beckoning new sign on Calvert Street welcomes patrons into a modern and sleek lobby with an open floor plan. One can meander from the box office to the bar to a sitting area. Additionally, food service is available on the second floor for pre-show nosh. The elevator takes audience members to the fourth floor where they are greeted to another open-concept space with a bar and magnificent set of windows that frame the renovated Head Theatre. The entire space rivals major regional theatre’s like Steppenwolf in Chicago, The Wilma in Philadelphia and Studio Theatre in D.C. It was a night that made me proud to live in Baltimore. And then there was a show…

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Big Ape’s Still King

Kong: Skull Island deserves the accolades

After the financial success of Godzilla, it seemed only natural that Legendary would seek to bring more classic giant monsters to the screen, either in their own movies or in a sequel. Well, that sequel got sidelined when director Gareth Edwards got sidetracked by another little project, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While that sequel languished (it’s now looking at a 2019 release with Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, and Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown among the cast) – and teased the appearance of more classic kaiju – someone came up with the idea to bring the big ape Kong back to life.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Screen Savor: Tower of Song

There’s no question that 2016 will be long remembered as a year of immeasurable losses in the world of music. One of the most shocking was the passing of Leonard Cohen, who died following a fall at the age of 82, shortly after the release of You Want It Darker, his 14th studio album.

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