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.
The second annual Firefly Music Festival brings big names to the Mid-Atlantic.
Once was, you had to take a pretty grueling road trip for a huge summer festival——like Chicago for Lollapalooza or Tennessee for Bonnaroo. That was until last year’s inaugural Firefly Music Festival near Dover Downs——merely a two-hour drive from Baltimore. “When we were deciding on our next venture, we saw a huge void for a music festival on the East Coast,” says Sarah McGrath, festival director at Red Frog Events.
Our full interview with the legendary Baltimore-born saxophonist.
What inspired you to record a Coltrane tribute at this point in your career?
I have had so many record labels suggesting I do a Coltrane tribute recording. I said, “Everytime I play it is a tribute to John Coltrane, as well as many other of my mentors.” Finally, I thought it was time to do the recording, but on my own label, OYO Recordings. John Coltrane was moving in the direction of ownership for musicians, so it was a tribute in more ways than one—musically and business-wise.
As more tricycles line the streets of Baltimore, we give you an extensive list of events and activities for the whole family.
During her inaugural address in 2011, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pledged to attract 10,000 new families to Baltimore in the next decade. Of course, this is a lofty goal (and one promised by many past mayors), but we think we’re seeing signs of progress—the city is more family-friendly than ever. “Baltimore is experiencing a renaissance, which I don’t think can take place without families,” says Judy Chung O’Brien, founder and president of the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance and Otterbein mom of three.
Towson residents react to Recher Theatre becoming a nightclub.
Seeing a show at the Recher Theatre has been somewhat of a rite of passage for teenagers growing up in Towson for the past 16 years. The venue has hosted a plethora of acts, from legend Iggy Pop to local band All Time Low. But in mid-February, the Recher family revealed that the theater would close and reopen as a nightclub.