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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
Visitors to the Phillips Collection, the exceptional modern art museum near Washington's Dupont Circle, may do a double-take when they stop to admire El Greco's "The Repentant St. Peter. " The bold painting of the apostle, made around 1600, is currently positioned between round archways. Behind them are two blowups of sections in the El Greco work - Peter's hands, a small detail from the corner of the original. These works, large archival inkjet prints of digital photographs by Baltimore-based artist Bernhard Hildebrandt, are blurry, as if seen through the wrong side of thick glasses.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
Visitors to the Phillips Collection, the exceptional modern art museum near Washington's Dupont Circle, may do a double-take when they stop to admire El Greco's "The Repentant St. Peter. " The bold painting of the apostle, made around 1600, is currently positioned between round archways. Behind them are two blowups of sections in the El Greco work - Peter's hands, a small detail from the corner of the original. These works, large archival inkjet prints of digital photographs by Baltimore-based artist Bernhard Hildebrandt, are blurry, as if seen through the wrong side of thick glasses.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | March 22, 1996
Sometimes he is El Greco and sometimes he's the Electro Mechanic, but always he remains Theodoris Roditis.When elbow deep in the guts of a half-century-old Singer sewing machine, Mr. Roditis is the Electro Mechanic. When composing electronic symphonies on keyboards buried inside his Fells Point repair shop, he answers to El Greco.His credo?"I can fix," said the 64-year-old native of Rhodes, Greece, eyes smiling, his accent almost undecipherably thick.Not only can he fix almost anything, Mr. Roditis will patch your sewing machine for a song and throw in a tape of his soothing compositions to calm you while you run a zig-zag stitch.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 23, 2011
Demetrius James Dukas, a world-renowned Byzantine iconographer who decorated churches with mosaics and paintings throughout the United States and abroad, died June 17 from complications of an infection at his home in Bowie. He was 83. The son of Greek immigrant parents, Mr. Dukas was born and raised in Lynn, Mass., where he graduated in 1947 from Lynn English High School. His artistic talents began early, and when he was 9-years-old, he began drawing portraits. "He had a keen interest in Byzantine art and was drawn to icons because he felt they were used to help people with prayer and reflection," said a niece, Melanie Dukas of Saugus, Mass.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1998
El Greco's mystery key is rare and curious and worth beaucoup bucks.He's convinced of this, even though he's not sure exactly what it is he paid $20 for last Christmas at a Fells Point antique store. And until El Greco is satisfied that every source of information has been unlocked, he's not going to part with his prize."Maybe the key to an old bank, maybe a castle," says 66-year-old Theodoros Roditis, an Eastern Avenue sewing machine repairman who composes music under the name El Greco.Eyes twinkling, the Greek emigre takes his speculation even beyond the castle door.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 23, 2011
Demetrius James Dukas, a world-renowned Byzantine iconographer who decorated churches with mosaics and paintings throughout the United States and abroad, died June 17 from complications of an infection at his home in Bowie. He was 83. The son of Greek immigrant parents, Mr. Dukas was born and raised in Lynn, Mass., where he graduated in 1947 from Lynn English High School. His artistic talents began early, and when he was 9-years-old, he began drawing portraits. "He had a keen interest in Byzantine art and was drawn to icons because he felt they were used to help people with prayer and reflection," said a niece, Melanie Dukas of Saugus, Mass.
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By Julie Rothman and Julie Rothman,Special to The Sun | December 27, 2006
Mary McDonald of Hermitage, Pa., was looking for a recipe for a cream-cheese poundcake. She is 80 and used to make this cake often but has lost her recipe. Pat Holahan of Fayetteville, N.C., sent in a recipe she likes for Philadelphia Cream Cheese Poundcake. This simple cake is chock-full of butter, cream cheese and eggs and is anything but low-calorie. It is, however, rich, dense and delicious. Dust the top with powdered sugar and serve it with fresh strawberries or sorbet for a classic dessert everyone is sure to enjoy.
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By John Lindner, Special To The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2011
If you sat down to a bowl of pasta named after a 19th-century post-Impressionist, would you expect a work of art? The Artful Gourmet Bistro in Owings Mills has the look and feel of a polite, mid-scale suburban chain with a taste that leans more on market savvy than daring. The restaurant's also apparently, and I think for good reason, a popular place to grab a quick or lingering lunch. But given blackened salmon on grilled focaccia, how does one arrive at Rembrandt? 12:10 We marched past the unattended host station and stopped at a short deli-style counter.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 13, 1998
In yesterday's announcement of the Kennedy Center's dance schedule, a contact number was omitted. For tickets and information about Kennedy Center events, call 202-467-4600.The Sun regrets the errors.Next season at the Kennedy Center features some smashing dance, including the American debut of the Stanislavsky Ballet from Moscow and the local debut of the Royal Swedish Ballet, which until now has performed its U.S. engagements only in New York.The center's "America Dancing" series will present four nTC commissioned collaborations between noted American choreographers and jazz composer-performers.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 7, 2003
The title refers to Noah's ark. This movie views the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the former winter palace of the czars, as the vehicle for the preservation of Russia's artistic soul. But one way to enjoy this 96-minute stroll through its 33 rooms is to view Russian Ark as a matched opposite to Lucas' and Spielberg's Lost Ark. Instead of relying on hyperactive action-movie editing to fling the audience from one action set piece to another, the director, Alexander Sokurov, eschews cutting and arrives at an equally mesmeric effect.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1998
El Greco's mystery key is rare and curious and worth beaucoup bucks.He's convinced of this, even though he's not sure exactly what it is he paid $20 for last Christmas at a Fells Point antique store. And until El Greco is satisfied that every source of information has been unlocked, he's not going to part with his prize."Maybe the key to an old bank, maybe a castle," says 66-year-old Theodoros Roditis, an Eastern Avenue sewing machine repairman who composes music under the name El Greco.Eyes twinkling, the Greek emigre takes his speculation even beyond the castle door.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | March 22, 1996
Sometimes he is El Greco and sometimes he's the Electro Mechanic, but always he remains Theodoris Roditis.When elbow deep in the guts of a half-century-old Singer sewing machine, Mr. Roditis is the Electro Mechanic. When composing electronic symphonies on keyboards buried inside his Fells Point repair shop, he answers to El Greco.His credo?"I can fix," said the 64-year-old native of Rhodes, Greece, eyes smiling, his accent almost undecipherably thick.Not only can he fix almost anything, Mr. Roditis will patch your sewing machine for a song and throw in a tape of his soothing compositions to calm you while you run a zig-zag stitch.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | October 10, 1993
An article in Sunday's Arts and Entertainment section about the Baltimore Opera Company production of "Lucia di Lammermoor" misstated one of the production's curtain times. On Oct. 20, "Lucia" will begin at 7:30 p.m.+ The Sun regrets the errors.They're the Smith & Wesson of the operatic world. And any production by the Argentine team of Roberto Oswald and Anibal Lapiz usually hits the bull's-eye.The two most memorable productions of the Baltimore Opera Company in the four years since general director Michael Harrison took over the company have been the work of Oswald, who directs the action, designs the sets and does the lighting, and Lapiz, who designs the costumes and collaborates in the direction.
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By Edward J. Sozanski and Edward J. Sozanski,KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | May 15, 1997
WASHINGTON - In the first dozen years of his career, Pablo Picasso traveled from the rigorous conservatism of the traditional painting academy to the radical verge of cubism. That's further than ordinary artists travel in a lifetime. But right from the beginning, Picasso demonstrated that he was anything but ordinary.By age 15, he could draw and paint as well as his father, who was an art teacher. A profile portrait of his mother in pastel that he executed at about that age demonstrates not only skill in capturing her likeness but sensitivity to mood, which one doesn't expect in a teen-ager.
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