June 12, 2005
My Best Shot June Ray Smith, Shrewsbury, Pa. The beaches of Normandy Last summer I was taken with the tranquillity of this sunny beach and its lone, bright yellow umbrella standing in such stark contrast to the scene played out at that very site on June 6, 1944 - Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. A Memorable Place The enduring allure of ancient Greece Steven Speaks SPECIAL TO THE SUN I have never been much for traveling, which probably explains why it took me a full year to decide to leave Baltimore and move to Belgium to pursue a Ph.D.
February 24, 2005
The former students of Baltimore's renowned resident painter Grace Hartigan are surely one of the most diverse groups of artists anywhere, each having taken something of their mentor's approach to painting while turning it to their own distinctive purposes. Maura Maguire, whose paintings are on view at Galerie Francoise, is a former Hartigan student whose densely layered images pick up on her teacher's fascination with mythological subjects but treat them in an altogether more figurative style than Hartigan's abstractions.
August 13, 2004
ATHENS, Greece -- The Olympic Games return today to the land of their ancient origin and to the city where they were revived in 1896. The Greeks are already celebrating because Athens is ready to host the Games after the preparations were completed in the nick of time. Let's hope the Greeks and the rest of the world will celebrate a successful Olympics after the Games have ended Aug. 29. Greece has a lot riding on these Games. It is very rare for this country to be in the international limelight for two weeks.
January 22, 2004
For an original, inexpensive theater experience, consider Saturday's minimarathon of stage readings. Three full-length plays will be read at the Fell's Point Corner Theatre. After the readings, the writers will take questions. The readings are part of a series sponsored by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. The only requirement for submitting a play: The writer must have some connection to Maryland. Here is a preview of the works that will be read. Patricia Montley - a free-lance writer living in Lutherville, - adds a twist to the classic Greek comedy by Aristophanes in her Adaptation of Lysistrata.
April 14, 2003
These are some of the artworks that have been created in the United States in the aftermath of war: A grand old white marble, porticoed building where Virginia law is passed. A Civil War- era photograph of a mass burial, one booted foot kicking out of a grave. An abstract painting done in jarring, sharp-edged hues of gold, brown, orange and black. The visual language these pieces employ and the feelings they evoke couldn't be more different. But study them long enough and a surprising thread of continuity emerges.
February 3, 2002
Sometimes when I watch the Olympic games, I get the same feeling as when I gaze upon Michelangelo's David. There he stands, one of the most handsome men I've ever seen. He virtually defines the classical notion of beauty: well-defined musculature, chiseled cheekbones, noble countenance. Atop his pedestal in the Galleria dell' Accademia in Florence, he exudes determination and youthfulness. It is as though, merely standing before me, he is mustering his energy and courage before the battle with Goliath.