Kick Off Summer with the New Music Festival

Kick off your summer with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) as they celebrate contemporary classical music during their New Music Festival. From June 20th to 23rd, Music Director Marin Alsop and the BSO will tour Baltimore venues and perform pieces by Thierry De Mey, Du Yun, Dan Visconti, Osvaldo Golijov, and James MacMillan. The festival will also feature the world premiere of Kevin Puts’s Oboe Concerto, “Moonlight.” “The BSO’s New Music Festival focuses on the idea of combining music and art in fresh and approachable ways by connecting the music of some of the most creative composers active today with […]

Fighting for Your Life

Looking back on the fears and fights of the 1980s in the midst of a raging epidemic There are books that help you pass a little time – at the beach, on an airplane, in waiting rooms. You aren’t completely invested in them, but the stories are enjoyable. Then there are books that are poignant, captivating, and so compelling that you stay up until 2 am because you have to finish it. The characters become a part of you, and the story courses through your mind for days. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai is a one of those books. […]

MSAC Honors 78 Artists State drops some coins in starving artists’ cups – Next year, maybe yours!

On May 20th, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) honored 78 artists at the American Visionary Arts Museum. These playwrights, craft makers, photographers, and non-classical music composers and performers were the awardees of the 2018 Individual Artist Awards (IAA) – an award based entirely on artistic merit that is designed to recognize outstanding achievement and support creative growth. “Maryland has a long history of artistic excellence,” said Ken Skrzesz, MSAC executive director. “The Individual Artist Award specifically celebrates the accomplishments of creative energies, across our state, who are in their studios, in their communities, breathing life into innovative ideas through […]

The ‘Boys of Fairy Town’

In the 1920s, gay men became visible – not just in gay clubs. but in the best nightspots of the time. Then in the 1930s, they disappeared. Think about Historic Chicago. Images of the Great Fire, the World’s Fair (and its lunatic serial killer), Al Capone, and the setting of a fabulous Fosse musical come to mind. These stories are part of the mainstream cultural narrative of Chicago, but there are more stories to be uncovered and subcultures to understand. Author Jim Elledge explores the lives of the queer men who lived in Chicago during the 1930s and 40s in […]