February 22, 2012
A Glen Burnie Democrat said Wednesday he plans to run for the District 2 seat on the Anne Arundel County Council in order to bring some civility back to the body which has been dogged in recent weeks by a series of contentious meetings to choose a replacement for a vacancy on the council. Ian Patrick “Pat” Hines, a state employee, said he has filed a “statement of organization” that allowed him to form a fundraising committee to run in 2014 for the seat currently held by Councilman John J. Grasso, a Glen Burnie Republican.
June 9, 2011
Rothschilds' story Actor Bernie Dean will perform a one-person rendition of the Broadway musical "The Rothschilds" Sun., June 12, 6 p.m., at the Beth Shalom Congregation at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, in Columbia. The Tony Award-winning show tells the story of the Rothschild family, which went from Jewish ghetto poverty to wealth and power. A dessert reception will follow the performance. Admission is $20, $36 per couple and $10 for teens. Babysitting will be available.
April 14, 2011
Liliana C. "Lilly" Shepard, a Holocaust survivor who chronicled her experiences being trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto with other Jews in a 1980 book, died April 7 of cancer at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The longtime Ellicott City resident was 85. The daughter of an engineer and a homemaker, Liliana Cukier was born and raised in Kalisz, Poland. Her formal education ended when the Nazis invaded her homeland in 1939. "Then came September 1, 1939, the date Poland and the world will never forget.
February 11, 2011
A couple years ago, African-American artist Loring Cornish was focusing his creativity on works that addressed the civil rights movement. When a Jewish couple, Ellen and Paul Saval, bought some other pieces of his, Cornish went to their home to hang the art. By the time he was finished, "something came over me," he said. "I don't what it was. But I realized then that I had to include the struggles of the Jewish people in my work about the African-American experience. I went home, flipped over the 8-by-8(-foot)
May 6, 2008
You've heard of resume' inflation? You've heard of people who lie about having Ph.D.s or Ivy League pedigrees in order to get ahead? The world of thug culture has its own perverse equivalent, in which middle-class men with minor legal transgressions exaggerate their bad behavior, claiming to be hard-core degenerates in order to impress youngsters looking for outlaw role models. In this destructive environment, the more violent and predatory you are, the more heroic you seem. That helps to explain why a hip-hop star known as Akon wove a tall tale of malevolence and criminal activity, claiming to have spent three years in prison for running a "notorious car theft operation," a story he's been telling for years.
February 10, 2008
It's difficult to know how to properly hyphenate the prolific Al Letson Jr. Is he a playwright-actor? A film director-radio writer? A poet-social activist? No matter. Letson enjoys creating unusual juxtapositions. For instance, his play, Julius X, which previously was performed at Baltimore's Theatre Project, melds the stories of Roman emperor Julius Caesar with slain civil rights leader Malcolm X. Another work, Griot: He Who Speaks the Sweet Word, has been described as "a hip-hop choreopoematic play."