October 4, 2013
Good news for fans of Edgar Allan Poe. The west Baltimore house where the great author lived as a young man is reopening -- at least for the month of October. The house, beset by financial trouble, has been closed since September 2012. It is now under the management of a new organization, Poe Baltimore, and will be open on weekends this month. The group plans to reopen the brick rowhouse at 203 N. Amity St. for good in the spring. Hours this month are noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
January 26, 2012
Mr. Poe, the microphone is yours. A group of selected mediums and psychics will be spending a March weekend trying to reach Edgar Allan Poe, the literary giant and creator of the modern detective story who has made Baltimore his permanent home since 1849. Officials and friends of Baltimore's Poe House and Museum are organizing what is billed as "Beyond Nevermore. " For two days, on March 3 and 4, psychics will gather at Westminster Hall, a former church just yards from Poe's grave, and try to contact the spirit of the dead author.
October 19, 2012
Bruce Nelson, a longtime Baltimore favorite on the stage, goes macabre for his latest role - the title literary giant in "The Completely Fictional - Utterly True - Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe. " We'll give you a break after reading that. Still with us? The play, running now through Nov. 25 at Center Stage , focuses on Poe's weird (of course) final days before his mysterious death (again, of course) in Baltimore. And since he's playing the rascally Poe, we had some rascally questions of our own. Thankfully, he brought up Poe marrying his teenage cousin on his own. 1. The title of this play is very intriguing and a bit confusing.
January 19, 2013
No network midseason show has generated more buzz than "The Following," which premieres Monday night on Fox. There are three reasons for that: First, Kevin Bacon is the star, and he's better than most network television actors. Here he plays an angry, burned-out ex-F.B.I. agent with a drinking problem who is called out of retirement when a serial killer escapes from prison. Second, because the serial killer worships Edgar Allan Poe, the series is drenched in all things Poe. Baltimore, being filled with Poe Lovers, is a prime target for the Fox publicity campaign.
January 19, 1998
As a boy, George Figgs was fascinated by the tales of terror crafted a century before by Edgar Allan Poe. As a man, he read everything he could get his hands on by and about the author. And at the age of 40, the same age that Poe died, Figgs quit his job as a bartender and spent 18 months ransacking libraries for every scrap of information about the mysterious events surrounding Poe's death."I found myself in rare book vaults with white cotton gloves on, with letters Poe had written to his mother-in-law, to his sister," says Figgs, 50, the founder of the Orpheum Cinema in Fells Point.
October 4, 2009
Menacing ravens, peering eyes, black cats and rats, ominous bells, violent eddies - imagery that fueled many a text by Edgar Allan Poe, and generated a good deal of art. For its contribution to the bicentennial commemoration of the author's birth, the Baltimore Museum of Art has put together a dynamic collection of works directly or seemingly inspired by the author. The displays are divided into three thematic groupings: Love and Loss, Fear and Terror, Madness and Obsession. "As you can see, this is an uplifting exhibit," says BMA director Doreen Bolger, who curated the show.