Our extended interview with Coyne, frontman of The Flaming Lips. The Flaming Lips play Merriweather Post Pavillion on October 4.
The Flaming Lips are playing Merriweather Post Pavilion on October 4. When you played there three years ago, I interviewed you a few weeks before the show and mentioned that I was bringing my kids to the concert and that it coincided with our first day of homeschool. And you volunteered to be guest instructor for the day and suggested I bring them out early, so you could show them around. You were incredibly gracious, gave a backstage tour, and sat them beside [guitarist] Steven [Drozd] for soundcheck.
Brian May, Queen guitarist; music supervisor for We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You is launching its U.S. tour at the Hippodrome Oct. 15-20, but I read that neither you nor [Queen drummer] Roger Taylor was a big fan of musicals before this. What made you want to do this? Well, We Will Rock You is a musical, you know, and we came in to it as a body of people who really didn't relate that well to the genre of musical theater. We didn't want to put on something like My Fair Lady. This is rock and roll and it had to be something very different.
Additional media from our October 2013 feature on Baltimore legend, Johnny Eck.
Johnny Eck with his hand-carved miniature circus, 1926.
Courtesy Johnny Eck Museum
Johnny Eck and friends, 1925.
Courtesy Johnny Eck Museum
A new kind of festival comes to Carroll Park this month.
Pigtown’s Carroll Park doesn’t get too much activity—the occasional softball game, people visiting Mount Clare Museum House, or a neighborhood cleanup. But, on September 14, things will get a whole lot busier with The Shindig festival. Presented by Baltimore-based 24-7 Entertainment, the festival features a dozen rock bands. “I just wanted to throw a big rock-and-roll party,” says Paul Manna, president of 24-7 Entertainment.
Chul Hyun Ahn
Costas Grimaldis first came across Ahn’s light sculptures at the Korean artist’s MICA thesis show in 2002. Since then, Ahn’s work has been a fixture at Grimaldis’s Charles Street gallery. He’s also been compared to artists Dan Flavin and James Turrell, found his way into many private collections, and been exhibited in France, Germany, and at this year’s Venice Biennale. Ahn’s potential, like his mind-bending art, seems limitless.
Pat Moran is all the rage in film and TV and has the Emmys to prove it.
A pair of gold statues sits prominently on Pat Moran’s desk in her Canton office. Amidst the clutter of paperwork and stacks of DVDs, the figures of a winged woman holding a globe aloft are instantly recognizable as Emmys, the television industry’s most prestigious award. But look closely and you might notice that one of Moran’s Emmys—the one she received last year for casting HBO’s Game Change—has a busted wing with a Band-Aid affixed to it. And its globe is dented.
“It took a header on to the floor,” says Moran, her voice rising with each word.
Joe Kro-Art created an Ocean City landmark out of old junk, new art, and timeless showmanship.
It all started with a bay window. Joe Kro-Art installed a bay window, which he’d salvaged from a demolished Baltimore townhouse, on the side of his fledgling Ocean City gallery in 1972. Kro-Art needed a show window for displaying artwork and, hopefully, catching the eyes of tourists strolling the Boardwalk. It worked. People noticed the art-filled window, liked it, lingered by it, and often came inside to browse.
The neighborhood movie theater is making a comeback.
Remember when seeing the latest feature film was as easy as walking down the street? There was the Avalon in Park Heights, the Vilma near Clifton Park, the Boulevard in Waverly. . . . In fact, in 1962, there were 150 movie theaters in Baltimore City. Now there are five. The one-screen theaters simply couldn’t compete with the multiplexes.
Artscape is back with an international theme.
Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, is back for its 32nd year (July 19-21), and it’s looking to take on the world— at least thematically. Celebrating more than 30 countries through both visual and performing arts, Artscape organizers boast that this year’s festival is like being able to travel the world, “no passport required.”
A pair of art awards have been getting a lot of attention in and around Baltimore.
Few events create as much buzz in the arts community as the Mary Sawyers Baker and Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape prizes. Establishment of the annual awards qualifies as one of the most significant local arts developments of the past decade, up there with the creation of Station North and the ascension of the local music scene. That’s because the awards are about more than putting cash in pockets.