Hometown Pride? Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte was incredibly dismissive of her hometown. Did she ever say anything positive about the city?
How did you initially learn about Elizabeth (Betsy)?
I had just finished appearing in a documentary on Dolley Madison, who, as you know, was a friend of Betsy’s. I was talking to one of the producers...
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...
Our full interview with the author of Vanished.
How many miles did you log while reporting this story, and how long did it take to complete the book?
It turned out that one missing airplane leads to all corners of the earth. I spent a total of...
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...
Our interview with author Natalie Standiford.
I understand that, like Laura, you spent a semester in Leningrad. What aspects of the story are based on your experiences there?
I spent the spring semester of my junior year in Leningrad in 1982....
Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Wonder Bread Summer.
Did you set out to write a "road" book or did that aspect evolve over time?
I wrote most of the first chapter as a short story (that was published in New York Tyrant). When I decided to make it a...
Our full interview with the author of A Beautiful Medicine.
Can you succinctly define what "a beautiful medicine" is? A beautiful medicine is a perspective on the nature of health, healing, and medicine that sees the search for love, beauty, and...
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...
Why Dark Side of the Moon? Why Baltimore? Why now?
Why Dark Side? It’s an album that still speaks to people and still feels emotionally relevant across the decades. For me as an improvising musician and arranger, it began haunting me in 2009,...
Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director Center Stage/playwright Beneatha’s Place.
Through June 16, Center Stage presents The Raisin Cycle—two plays (performed in rotating repertory) inspired by A Raisin in the Sun. The first, Clybourne Park, is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning play...