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Jacques Kelly | July 19, 2013
The corner of North and Charles promises to be full of Artscape visitors this weekend, but how many of them will realize there is a thriving and changing residential community within and behind those commercial blocks? This might be Baltimore's fastest-growing arts residential neighborhood, not just its arts presentation and performance address. But unlike the creative stands strung out along Charles Street this weekend, the results of a lot of residential investment and hard work are not so evident.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
At first glance - best shielded, given the sun's fierce glare reflected from all the chrome - the 7,500-pound, 29-feet-long "Finnjet" suggests transport for intergalactic travelers with a pronounced sense of humor. More than 80 lights and three dozen mirrors adorn the surface of this vehicle, not to mention a large model of the Space Shuttle on the roof, metal sculptures of stingrays, and a Barbie doll encased in a silver high-heeled shoe, stuck onto the lower edge of the driver's door.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
I remember vividly the Baltimore police officer who strode into my tent at Artscape, glanced at my art, and in very explicit terms told me how angry he was. My wife looked at me, wondering whether I was about to be arrested. "So why is this about the only fine art in the whole place?" He asked. "This is Artscape - so where's all the art?" Having slowly roasted in a large tent by the Lyric for three Artscapes while displaying pastels and oil paintings of wild storms, I can tell you exactly why - having Artscape in July is insane.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2013
Artscape has a kosher option this year. Allot Fresh Cuisine will be at the annual arts festival on Friday and Sunday with a selection of Mediterranean salads like quinoa with pistachios and micro arugula, blanched rapini with roasted garlic, roasted red pepper fillets with grilled eggplant slices and a lentil salad with roasted tomatoes. "We don't depend on kosher customers," said Allot's Steve Lebowitz. "We're also providing really healthy food for everybody. " Most of Allot's offerings at Artscape are vegan and gluten-free as well as being kosher.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
Last year, the Strand Theater Company , "dedicated to providing opportunities for women actors, designers, directors, and writers," scored quite a coup with the appointment of noted writer and performer Rain Pryor as artistic director in time for its fifth season. Unfortunately for the company, Pryor's own career took off anew during the season, with a popular run of her one-woman show in New York, and she decided it was best to step down from the Strand post. Pryor will be succeeded by Elissa Goetschius, a director and dramaturg who has worked in the area with Glass Mind Theatre, EMP Collective and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013
Going into graduate school, Jason Corace thought making films was the only way he could tell stories. Then he was introduced to the world of gaming and fell in love. "I learned to program and realized I could tell stories and create experiences in new ways," said Corace, who grew up in Mount Laurel, N.J. and now lives in Hampden. Corace, 36, the chair of the interactive arts department and head of the game arts program at MICA, will be running the MICA Student Games exhibition this weekend at Artscape event Gamescape (Bunting Center, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.)
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2013
Road closures will begin Monday in advance of this weekend's Artscape festival in the area around the Maryland Institute College of Art , the Baltimore Department of Transportation said. Several streets will close Monday, while more will be closed later in the week, said officials, who encouraged the use public transportation to reach the event. The arts festival is expected to draw about 350,000 people to the area. These streets will be closed at 7 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. •Mt.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
Each summer, you can count on an engaging exhibit of finalists vying for the $25,000 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The 2013 showcase of Maryland, Virginia and Washington artists is particularly impressive, offering a mix of photographic storytelling and social commentary, vibrant collage, and even half a pingpong table. This year's display is attractively housed at the Walters Art Museum instead of its usual spot in the Baltimore Museum of Art - an extensive renovation project at the BMA necessitated the temporary relocation.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
Edward Henry Weiss, a retired marketing executive who put the name Wacky Noodle on a children's flotation device used in swimming pools, died of a stroke Monday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 74. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Sidney Weiss, who owned a printing business, and the former Fannie Brand, a homemaker. As a student at Abraham Lincoln High School, he played the saxophone and clarinet in the school band. He befriended a classmate, a young composer and performer, Neil Sedaka, who wrote hits including "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. " "In the summer my husband and Neil would go to the Catskills early in the season," said his wife, Susan Pace Weiss.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
Detroit-based R&B singer Kem, Southern blues trio North Mississippi Allstars and the Wailers, former bandmates of Bob Marley, will headline Artscape 2013 on July 19-21, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announced Tuesday morning at the Single Carrot Theatre. More than 350,000 people are expected to attend this year's Artscape, which remains the country's largest free arts festival, Rawlings-Blake said. The economic impact of the festival, which is now in its 32 nd year, is expected to surpass $25 million, she said.
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