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Dan Rodricks | April 18, 2011
I stepped into his City Hall office to ask William Donald Schaefer, the mayor of Baltimore, a question. He was watering his African violets and did not appear to be soothed by that labor of love. In fact, he was upset about the reason for my visit — an audit had turned up lots of billing errors at what was then called City Hospital, now Bayview — and he avoided eye contact with me. I was there to get a quote. A special auditor had resigned, saying the books at City Hospital were a mess and that the Schaefer administration had not been cooperative with his inquiry.
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By Caroline Solomon and Jeffrey Archer Miller | April 25, 2014
In the midst of the misery of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the media fell in love with then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's sign language interpreter, Lydia Callis, who captivated audiences with her expressive renderings of Mr. Bloomberg's humdrum press conferences. "A bright light during dark days: Bloomberg's sign language star," swooned National Public Radio. New York Magazine praised her as "a legitimate reason to smile" in difficult times. And Saturday Night Live, in a sign she had truly arrived, impersonated her during an opening skit.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2013
No two adaptations of "Moby-Dick" are the same, but it's doubtful that any previous rendition featured a synchronized-swimming skit to Rick James' song "Super Freak," a chance to win a Groupon to a local hair salon or a cameo by Esther Williams. This eclectic twist on Melville's classic whaling novel came courtesy of the Baltimore-based performance group Fluid Movement in its 12th annual Water Ballet Spectacular on Saturday afternoon at Druid Hill Park Pool before a crowd of about 400. The troupe will repeat the performance at 5 p.m. Sunday at Druid Hill Park Pool with encores on Aug. 3 and 4 at Patterson Park Pool.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2014
No matter how many good, even great, things we have going on in dear old Baltimore, there is always room for improvement or expansion -- well, always room for hoping, at least.  So, this being the start of a new year when we are all supposed to focus on fresh ideas, I thought I would offer a suggestion that might give the local arts scene a boost: A city-wide festival. It has been a little more than a decade since Baltimore witnessed a multi-genre, multi-organization festival.
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By Caroline Solomon and Jeffrey Archer Miller | April 25, 2014
In the midst of the misery of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the media fell in love with then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's sign language interpreter, Lydia Callis, who captivated audiences with her expressive renderings of Mr. Bloomberg's humdrum press conferences. "A bright light during dark days: Bloomberg's sign language star," swooned National Public Radio. New York Magazine praised her as "a legitimate reason to smile" in difficult times. And Saturday Night Live, in a sign she had truly arrived, impersonated her during an opening skit.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | February 21, 1992
A bearded lady who juggles fire, a lesbian dressed as a drag queen and a duo called the Scum Wrenches that specializes in confrontational political performance art. Is this cabaret? Is it comedy? Or on a more basic level, is it art?Baltimore audiences can decide for themselves beginning tonight when the month-long New York-Baltimore New Performance Festival opens with Avant-Garde-Arama, a multi-media showcase from New York's Performance Space 122. In addition to P.S. 122, the festival will highlight work from two other New York experimental venues -- Dixon Place and the Kitchen.
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April 15, 2010
Transmodern Festival Jen Kirby, a Baltimore artist, is working on an installation piece that she can't visually describe, save that she's "making an environment. It's like a space that you can be in." Kirby's work will be displayed today and Saturday at the Whole Gallery in the H&H Building, and what she is going for is an installation specific to the space that she is creating it in. "I make things that are temporary and they exist once and they don't ever exist again. Its more a space to exist inside of rather than an object to look at," said Kirby.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Sun Staff Writer | January 9, 1995
The artist looked at the petite, fair-haired Suzi Keats Sinex and saw Winston Churchill, at least around the mouth. Could be, says Ms. Sinex, board president of Maryland Art Place, stepping back from the freshly painted canvas, contemplating her new image: tough broad with deep brow furrows and fierce determination."
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By Eric Adams | June 5, 1991
How many of us have, at one time or another, been so much consumed by love that nothing else in the world mattered?John Kelly has. The product of this New York performance artist's experience with tortured and unrequited love is a mixed-media theater piece called "Love of a Poet." Scheduled to be performed this weekend at the Baltimore Museum of Art, it is the final presentation in the museum's 1991 "Off the Walls" contemporary performance art series.Based specifically on the 19th century poetry of Heinrich Heine and the music of composer Robert Schumann's song cycle "Dichterliebe" (Poet's Love)
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,Staff Writer | July 29, 1992
Maryland Art Place will present "Diverse Works," an original collaborative performance work with Baltimore area performers at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 218 W. Saratoga St. New York director/performer Lenora Champagne will direct. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for MAP members, students and senior citizens. For reservations, call (410)962-8565.The New York Times has called Ms. Champagne "a leading exponent of performance art." She fashions large-scale theater pieces where the real and surreal, past and present converge.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2013
No two adaptations of "Moby-Dick" are the same, but it's doubtful that any previous rendition featured a synchronized-swimming skit to Rick James' song "Super Freak," a chance to win a Groupon to a local hair salon or a cameo by Esther Williams. This eclectic twist on Melville's classic whaling novel came courtesy of the Baltimore-based performance group Fluid Movement in its 12th annual Water Ballet Spectacular on Saturday afternoon at Druid Hill Park Pool before a crowd of about 400. The troupe will repeat the performance at 5 p.m. Sunday at Druid Hill Park Pool with encores on Aug. 3 and 4 at Patterson Park Pool.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the Russian baritone who will give a recital for the Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center Wednesday night, has one of the finest voices of our time. He doesn't mind saying so himself. “It is still a perfect instrument,” the 50-year-old Hvorostovsky said from New York, where he recently wrapped up well-received performances as Rodrigo in Verdi's epic “Don Carlo” at the Metropolitan Opera. “Of course the color has changed, but I've managed to keep it fresh.
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February 13, 2013
What's a Valentine's Day without burlesque fire dancing? Not a holiday we want to be a part of. Thankfully, D.C.-based Tilted Torch's Tassels and Champagne show fills the sexy/dangerous quotient of a day mostly about ooey-gooey love. The show at the Creative Alliance (8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; $15-$20; creativealliance.org ), will feature belly dancing, boylesque, and "blazing poi spinning" by co-founder Malibu, as well as burlesque and fire dancing by Miss Joule.
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By Theresa Sintetos, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
Deep Creek Lake Deep Creek Dunk Missed the Polar Bear Plunge in January? Here is your second chance to freeze for the Special Olympics. The 15th Annual Maryland State Police Deep Creek Dunk will be held Feb. 23. After dunking into the frigid water, there will be plenty of food and a wine tasting to warm you up. Registration for the Deep Creek Dunk is noon Febg. 23, with the dunk scheduled at 2 p.m. There is a $50 minimum donation to register. You may also register online at dunkmd.com.
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Letter to The Aegis | August 23, 2012
Editor: How interesting that The Aegis chose to publish Allan Vought's Aug. 3, commentary, "My string quartet salon vs. your turf field" in the Sports section, pitting the arts against athletics. As the Executive Director of the Center for the Arts and a former Harford County Public Schools physical education teacher and former coach of both field and individual sports, it is very shortsighted that a community as vibrant and educated as Harford County has to choose between the two. Or perhaps, since their earlier objections to the arts center have proven false, The Aegis was just trying another tactic to defeat the arts center by raising the ire of sports fans and parents by inventing a battle.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2012
When Robert Marbury was 19 years old, he necked with Ricki Lake on camera. At age 29, he spent a year sailing in Indonesia, where he says his ship was attacked by pirates. Four years later, he was one of the three co-founders of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists. At age 34, one of his photographs of stuffed animals tied to car grilles was featured in The New York Times - the first of several articles in that august publication in which Marbury has been quoted. And this coming weekend, the 41-year-old Marbury will preside over an installation at Artscape that includes a 7-foot tall Bigfoot swathed in fake fur, as well as a pond from which visitors can fish for canned soda and beer.
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By Dana Kinker and Dana Kinker,Sun reporter | November 8, 2007
Greggy Glitterati, Fluid Movement's own talent agent for the underrepresented, has always felt that Baltimore's local talent is plentiful, just not accessible. This weekend, though, Glitterati has taken it upon himself to present outrageous local talent for all to see at his talent and variety extravaganza, Glitterama! Glitterama! ... Glitterama! Greggy Glitterati is just one of the quirky theatrical characters born out of Baltimore's Fluid Movement, a community- based performance art group that formed in 1998 to give people outlets to perform in unconventional spaces and ways.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2012
For years, one group of arts lovers has dreamed of building a "world-class" performance hall in Annapolis. And for just as long, a second group has wanted to renovate and expand the performing arts center the city already has. The future of those dreams may depend on the findings of a feasibility study that the Maryland Stadium Authority is launching this summer. Seeking the best way to support a thriving arts community in Annapolis, state officials have asked Crossroads Consulting Services LLC of Tampa, Fla., to look at options for accommodating local performing groups and their patrons.
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By Mike Giuliano | January 12, 2012
A tuxedo seems like the one sartorial item that Hahn-Bin might not wear when this 24-year-old violinist appears for the Candlelight Concert Society on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. in Howard Community College's Smith Theatre. This hotshot performer often favors a sleeveless black kimono, generously applied facial makeup and a towering black Mohawk hairdo. In what promises to be a fashion show of sorts, he is expected to make around 10 costume changes during Saturday's concert. It's enough to make Lady Gaga go gaga.
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