David Fair, Cass McCombs, and The Violet Hour
David FairI'll Be Moe (Thick Syrup Records)Besides co-founding the iconic punk band Half Japanese and organizing Shake More, Westminster's finest music festival, David Fair tells great stories....
Geoff Brown, Kate Ledger, and Mike Gesker
Geoff BrownMoon Baltimore (Avalon Travel)Brown used to occupy an office down the hall—he's Baltimore's former managing editor—so I know he's something of an expert on the city and what it has to...
So where, exactly, is the Frank Zappa monument going to go?
Both of Frank Zappa's grandfathers had close ties to the Baltimore waterfront. Just before World War I, one of them ran a barbershop near the old city fish market around Pier Five, while the other,...
The BSO maestra's new digs give her divine inspiration.
After living for nearly two years in a corporate rental apartment, BSO Music Director Marin Alsop wanted a place that felt like home.
"I wanted to have my own space," says Alsop, who also shares a...
In TNT's HawthoRNe, Jada Pinkett Smith plays a character who's a lot like her mom.
Even when Jada Pinkett Smith was still a student at the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA), her mentor, theater department head Donald Hicken, knew his diminutive pupil was headed for stardom.
Amit Peled/Eli Kalman, Wye Oak, and Charm City Devils
Amit Peled/Eli KalmanThe Jewish Soul (Centaur)Peled, a cellist who teaches at Peabody, and Kalman, his frequent collaborator on piano, perform a program of spirited compositions by a handful of...
Matthew Porterfield and a new crop of local filmmakers utilize Baltimore as both setting and muse.
It was a father-and-son bonding experience, one that would forever chart the arc of a kid's life, but it wasn't exactly playing catch in the backyard.
"Dad would rent a print of Lili from the Pratt...
The Baltimore Opera Company is gone and other institutions are struggling to survive.
A new display turned up at the Walters Art Museum this March. It wasn't fashioned around an Egyptian artifact or some newly acquired piece of medieval weaponry. Rather, it was part of a grassroots...
Desiree Collins was just looking for an investment property—she found a treasure trove of local jazz history.
When Desiree Collins stepped into Benny Kearse's house in 2001, she wasn't looking for a piece of history. She was looking for an investment property. Kearse, who lived in the 2800 block of Brighton...
Is the Death of the Baltimore Opera Company Just the Beginning?
As the national and local economies continue to falter, Baltimore's arts institutions are in a state of crisis. The first casualty is the Baltimore Opera Company,which announced friday that it...