Power, gender and sexuality collide in Bob Bartlett’s contemporary reimagining of Christopher Marlowe’s tale of England’s infamous ineffectual king. Affairs of state that shocked Renaissance audiences are as close to this moment as they were in their own. Edward alienates his queen and court when he elevates his “favourite” to the level of consort. As we witness the newly crowned monarch navigate a love affair that could be the downfall of his monarchy, we are asked: what price do we pay when we make the personal political? “E2” opens October 31, 2019, with a limited run through November 17 in […]

“The Suitcase/Der Koffer”

Presented by Rep Stage and Howard Community College’s Music Department In this multilingual music theatre work, a woman finds a suitcase filled with history, memories, and the remnants of a life in movement. Neither concert, nor opera, nor play, nor performance art, The Suitcase/Der Koffer is influenced by all these forms, as three performers present objects, documents, events and images from the lives of the displaced, real and imagined Free, no tickets required. October 18, 2019, 7:30 PM. Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Monteabaro Recital Hall. 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD, 21044.

“A Harlem Renaissance Speakeasy: Featuring Live Jazz and Poetry from the 1920s”

Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective and the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) present “A Harlem Renaissance Speakeasy: Featuring Live Jazz and Poetry from the 1920s” on Saturday, October 5, 2019, on the fourth floor of the college’s Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Building (RCF). The evening will include magical and powerful performances from local poets, musical theatre performers, and jazz quintet Petra Martin and The Jazz Masters. The event will also feature speakeasy-inspired hors d’oeuvres and desserts by My Sweets and More, a cash bar, and signature cocktails such as The Bees Knees, Sweet Lucille, and more. […]

Mount Vernon Place Plein Air Art Show

View and purchase paintings of Mount Vernon Place by members of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA). During the summer months, artists from the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association bring their easels to Mount Vernon Place to capture its magnificent history, landscape, and architecture. For the September show, the en plein air artists (“en plein air” refers to painting outdoors) will display their work for view and purchase in the enclosed courtyard of the Garrett Jacobs Mansion. Tickets include a wine and cheese reception that will accompany the exhibition. The event is a partnership between Baltimore Heritage, the Garrett-Jacobs […]

CaLL Walk: Living Boundaries

Lake Roland: Living Boundaries explores the scientific, artistic and social principles of absorption at Lake Roland, a defunct reservoir surrounded by parkland at the edge of Baltimore City. Artist Miguel Braceli seeks to approach the different boundaries and access that exist between the city, its inhabitants and the environment.  This work uses food grade paper, benign particulates and water to interrogate the concepts of absorption and particulate suspension, within the social context of racial and social segregation. From an ecological perspective this project seeks to approximate the forms of land use and its consequences on the environment, specifically, the relationships […]


Sunday, April 28, 2019 / 3:00pm The Cloisters (10440 Falls Road, Lutherville, Maryland 21093) Surrounded and inspired by Baltimore County’s tree line, experience Occasional Symphony’s program of orchestral music by living composers Mabel Daniels (Deep Forest, Op. 34 no. 1), Toru Takemitsu (Tree Line), and Ellicott City-based Wu Yiming (world premiere) with chamber music by Joan Tower (Rising). Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available for sale at the concert.

Goodnight and Good Luck

An interview with Nicole Atkins Already considered to be one of the best albums of 2017, Goodnight Rhonda Lee (Single Lock), the fourth full-length disc by Nicole Atkins, deserves all of the praise being heaped upon it. The 11 stellar tunes further Atkins’s singular exploration of vintage pop in the most exhilarating way, as you can hear on the title track, “Sleepwalking,” “A Little Crazy,” “If I Could,” “Listen Up,” and “Brokedown Luck.” Also of note is the way that the album addresses the singer/songwriter’s newfound sobriety, on songs including the aforementioned titular number. I had the pleasure of interviewing […]

BSO ‘Carnival of the Animals’

Timpani solos. Hip hop narration. These are two phrases that do not fit into the common perception of “classical” music. Most people think of strings and operatic singing. In the start of the second half of their 2017-2018 season, Music Director Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra aim to alter that perception with their performances of Philip Glass’s “Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists” and Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” on January 11th and 14th.

Big Blasts from the Past

Depending on your generational perspective, the late soul goddess Minnie Riperton is either the mother of actress / singer / SNL alum Maya Rudolph or the singer with the five-octave vocal range best known for the timeless 1975 hit single “Lovin’ You,” co-written by Riperton and her husband Richard Rudolph. You can hear Riperton, who died of cancer in 1979 at 31, paying a “lovin’” homage to her daughter Maya at the end of “Lovin’ You.” The double-disc deluxe edition expanded reissue of Perfect Angel (Capitol / UMe), Riperton’s second album and the one on which “Lovin’ You” can be […]

The Most Entertaining Films of 2017

A bent take on the year in cinema You’ll hear a lot of different opinions about the movie year of 2017. Some people think it was an absolute crap year for film, some will point out the few truly great films of the year, and some will call it an average year. I’ll call it average. There were quite a few films I enjoyed (and for the record there are a lot of 2017 releases I’ve yet to see), but there were few films that fall into my “I’d watch that again” category. Some films unexpectedly caught me off guard, […]