Our extended interview with the classical guitarist.
What do you find appealing about the Leshnoff concerto and his music overall?
No longer seen as tacky, local cover bands are on the rise.
The term cover band can conjure up some pretty trite images—everything from the cheesy wedding singer to band members in bad wigs. But, in Baltimore, dedicated musicians are forming tribute bands to their favorite artists and playing major venues around town. “When I was younger, I very rarely went to see cover bands,” says Abigail Janssens, co-owner of The 8x10 club. “But the tribute bands that are forming now have real talent.”
The holidays mean something different to each of us, so why is there so often a one-size-fits-all prescription for celebrating? We found 10 events that will appeal to a range of revelers, from naughty to nice.
Kwanzaa celebrations at the Lewis museum will include special guest Dr. Maulana Karenga, the founder of the pan-African/African-American holiday. Dec. 28. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. 12-4 p.m. Free-$8. 443-263-1800. rflewismuseum.org.
Our interview with Elaine Eff, author of 'The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed'
As you note in the book, painted screens originated in London in the 1700s. Why did they become so popular in Baltimore? One reason: working-class rowhouses. Baltimore’s architecture required an intervention in the name of privacy. Painted screens, because you can see out and no one can see in, provided that measure of privacy for people living in rowhouses with no front yards. They also gave much-needed ventilation in the summer.
After closing and then reopening (and then closing again), The Senator Theatre finally turned on its projectors for good (we hope).
New owners Kathleen and James “Buzz” Cusack completed the $3.5-million renovation on the historic Art Deco theater, restoring artwork and architectural detail, installing new seats, and adding three smaller screening rooms in the process.
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.