August 1, 2008
The Baltimore Museum of Art's First Thursday film series, lovingly shepherded for the past two years by Maryland Film Festival programmer Eric Allen Hatch, offers its last hidden gem next week: Swedish director Lukas Moodysson's 2000 Together, the story of a houseful of counterculture types searching for common ground through which they can relate to one another - or at least keep living together under the same roof. This last offering from the free film series screens at 8 p.m.
July 25, 2008
The Shining, director Stanley Kubrick's visually stunning 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's horror tale of a snowbound author (Jack Nicholson) with a demonic case of writer's block, is this weekend's entry in the Charles Theatre's Saturday revival series. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com. Roy and Trigger ride in Kemo sabes and Tontos everywhere will have reason to celebrate tomorrow, as three episodes of the old Lone Ranger TV series will be screened for free at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave. Showtime is 1 p.m. Information: 410-396-1580.
November 24, 2005
Failure of city plazas has long been clear "Is this place successful?" James Howard Kunstler wondered about the architectural design of Hopkins Plaza. "There's nothing on the edge to activate it, just blank walls. What amazes me though, is the dumbness of the original planning" ("Charm offensive," Nov. 20). As an out-of-town visitor, Mr. Kunstler is a latecomer in discovering that neither Hopkins Plaza nor the nearby Charles Plaza works. Baltimoreans have known that for years. Endless public forums have been held to figure out ways to reinvent them and turn them into places that generate urban excitement, the way Bryant Park does in New York City.
November 20, 2005
James Howard Kunstler, the acid-tongued arch-enemy of gas-guzzling vehicles, discount superstores, bland modern architecture and - above all else - the "wasteland" that is suburbia, has trained his critical eye on Baltimore. And, as the salty author and orator unleashed his blunt commentary, scarcely a downtown landmark remained untouched. Not the Inner Harbor tourist traps. Not the nascent west-side apartment homes. Not the lonely public plazas. "Is this place successful?" he asks, taking in the flat, gray expanse of Hopkins Plaza, where, on an overcast afternoon, some pigeons - also gray - are the only beings stirring.
October 6, 2005
Want to enjoy some music with the fall weather today at lunch? Or tonight with dinner? Check out Sons of Pirates' free First Thursday concert from noon to 2 p.m. at Hopkins Plaza. Then at 5:30 p.m., catch the Bridge and Smooth Kentucky at Mount Vernon Place. For more information, visit godowntown baltimore.com. FYI Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck is on assignment. Her column will resume next week.
July 7, 2005
Flicks from the Hill Guests at the American Visionary Art Museum for the first installment of the Flicks from the Hill free outdoor film series tonight may be so captivated by the unusual venue that they won't notice Searching for Bobby Fischer flickering on the screen. An 11-foot golden hand extending from the side of the new Jim Rouse Visionary Center supports the 30-foot remote-controlled projection screen. The seating area on Federal Hill can accommodate a large crowd. The movie begins at 9 p.m. Moviegoers can also play a giant game of chess on boards set up in the Tall Sculpture Barn near the seating areas.