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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
Well, something had to come along after all those cute videos of classical flash mobs. Maybe this project of Carnegie Hall and Ensemble ACJW will inspire the next craze -- an orchestra setting up on the street in front of a music stand with the words "Conduct Us" on it.  Midweek Madness could not resist this clip of what happened when passersby in Manhattan took the bait.  
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SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon has done his best to embrace the past while building for the future. He has forged relationships with his two most celebrated predecessors, Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell. He has done the same with many former players. Now the Terps will be stepping back in time for Maryland Madness - and, in coming years, perhaps more. On the same day the athletic department announced that the preseason event will be be held at Cole Field House on Oct. 18, Turgeon said Tuesday that he hopes to hopes to play at least one regular-season game at the building every year.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
The announcement Tuesday that Maryland Madness will be held at Cole Field House for the first time since the building was closed to basketball in 2002 was welcomed by two former coaches who spent a lot of time there and whose teams won many big games there. Both Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams said they hope to be in College Park on Oct. 18, when third-year men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon and longtime women's basketball coach Brenda Frese hold a ceremonial practice there for their respective teams.
NEWS
September 24, 2013
Surely, even for Democrats there's remarkably little joy to be had in watching mainstream Republicans turn on Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz for forcing the GOP into a suicide mission. The big show in Washington - the final (at least one can hope) showdown over Obamacare - is in its last week (again, one hopes), and things are getting ugly. Not that the internal squabbles aren't amusing - watching the usual conservative pundits at outlets like the Wall Street Journal or Fox News bemoan the excesses of their tea party doctrinaire creations has quite the Frankenstein quality to it - but the ending is not likely to be tidy.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2013
HopHacks - a 36-hour, sleepless, caffeine-fueled, mad-rush of computer programming - came to an end Sunday with bleary-eyed Johns Hopkins University students unveiling their (mostly) finished inventions ... and then crashing. The creations, computer programs developed using publicly available code, ranged from the high-minded (an app to help connect the homeless to nearby shelters) to the college-minded (an app to find new happy hour deals). There was a database to make DNA sequences easier for geneticists to search; an organizer for those never-read links and news articles emailed by parents; and a Pandora-esque program that generated playlists based on favorite bands.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
After a brief hiatus that had people feeling downcast all over the globe, Midweek Madness returns with a nod to the opening of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2013-14 subscription series . The big news of the concert is the US premiere of John Adams' Saxophone Concerto, but there's something else a little newsy about it. An old war horse,Tchaikovsky '1812 Overture,' mostly confined these days to pops concerts or outdoor patriotic events, will...
NEWS
By Gwendolyn Glenn | September 11, 2013
If you like sci-fi mixed in with surreal choreography and a complicated father-daughter relationship, you're going to love "Gift of Forgotten Tongues," on stage at Venus Theatre on C Street through Sept. 28. Written by New York-based playwright Fengar Gael, the futuristic play is sometimes fast-paced and sometimes not, with the characters skillfully pulling the audience into their troubled lives. The play takes place in the lab of Dr. Weaver, a geneticist who wants to someday win a Nobel Prize and is hoping an ethically questionable experiment will make it happen.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | September 9, 2013
"The genius of you Americans," the Arab-nationalist and one-time president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser, once explained, "is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them which we are missing. " I've long taken patriotic pride in such statements of befuddlement from foreigners. America is a gloriously complicated thing. We often confuse our national creeds for universal principles.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
For no particular reason, except to add a bit of laughter to this sad, sorry world, Midweek Madness has gone back to the treasure trove known as Scopitones and resurrected a bizarre ditty from The Tornados called "The Robot. " And you thought you knew how to throw a fun picnic.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
The Stillpointe Theatre Initiative's cool production of "Hair" trims out a few things, all for justifiable reasons in the context of this particular concept for the classic '60s musical. I didn't care at all about the lack of nudity -- honest -- but I did rather miss the droll ballad "Frank Mills. " I learned that song from a now obscure 45 recording (anyone remember 45s?) by Barbra Streisand, and I thought you might get a kick out of it for your Midweek Madness diversion.
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