Dr. Andrew Brent Rudo leads a double life: psychiatrist by 0) day, rock and roller by night
Two psychiatrists and an accountant form a rock band. What do they call it?
Shrink the Deficit.
It's no joke, at least not to Dr. Andrew Brent Rudo.
"During the breaks, we can analyze people or do their taxes," the 41-year-old Woodlawn psychiatrist says with a laugh.
But the "Rock-and-roll doctor," as friends call him, also has impressive solo accomplishments: National Public Radio recently began featuring his music during "Morning Edition."
At the urging of a friend, he sent several original songs to the show. Nine months later, Dr. Rudo had just about given up hope when the program producer called.
Several of his one-minute instrumentals -- from jazz to rock -- have since turned up on the air, along with shorter musical segments.
The success has helped motivate him to reduce his psychiatry work and spend more time in the recording studio he and his wife had built in their Owings Mills home.
While dividing his life between the two pursuits can cause occasional conflicts, he believes the benefits are worth it.
"It's a good mix," he says. "I get a lot of intellectual stimulation from psychiatry, and the music is a great creative process." Doris Ligon is out to change how many people look at African art.
It's not all about war or worship, she says.
All you have to do is look around the Maryland Museum of African Art to understand that. Ms. Ligon, MMAA's founder and executive director, has turned the Columbia gallery into a cultural center featuring a lecture series and an extensive collection of works -- including sculpture, textiles and musical instruments.
"Next to having a family, this has been the most rewarding thing I've done," says the 55-year-old Columbia grandmother. "When you see a child's understanding grow, when you see that light come on, it's the greatest thing in the world."
Her greatest satisfaction has come in lecturing and showing exhibits in schools. She's discovered, however, that students aren't the only ones interested in learning.
"When we get to the hands-on demonstration," she says, "the teachers often beat the children to the table."
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