Daughter writes of dad’s dancing career

By: Jacob Schaperow

Moon Over Vaudeville by Maureen McCabe follows the travels of tap dancer Weldon Barr from one gig to another all over the United States, with long stops in the Washington area.Ostensibly, it is a biography of the author’s father, a 1930s entertainer. But Moon Over Vaudeville isn’t all about Weldon Barr.It’s about a time period. The most fascinating thing about this book is ... READ MORE

Museum brings Civil War history to life

By: Carol Sorgen

Unless you’re an expert on Maryland’s Civil War history, you might not know anything about Christopher Fleetwood. But you should. This free black man of Baltimore led other black soldiers into battle and earned the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1864 for his bravery.Other Marylanders, such as Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman, also played significant roles in the Civil War. Now,... READ MORE

On display: the art of writing instruments

By: Carol Sorgen

Throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the art of writing long served as a hallmark of the literate and cultured classes. Hence every culture that has valued the written word has found ways to reflect the prestige and pleasure of writing.For those who made writing their primary occupation, such as calligraphers and poets, or their avocation, including wealthy merchants and women of... READ MORE

Arena’s Oklahoma! redux is more than OK

By: Michael Toscano

Rerun Summer ’11 continues through sultry August, as local theater companies entice audiences into their air-cooled, usually-empty-in-the-summer confines by bringing back blasts from the past. For example, Wicked, the glittering musical telling the back story of the two witches at the heart of The Wizard of Oz, is still packing them in (through Aug. 21) in its second run at the... READ MORE

Meet the local Ms. Senior America winners

By: Emily Hatton

The word “pageant” generally brings to mind big hair, big gowns and little swimsuits. The Ms. Senior America Pageant however, focuses more on big personalities. Its philosophy is “based on the beliefs that seniors are the foundations of America,” according to its mission statement. Since 1972, contestants and title holders, who must be at least 60 years old, have... READ MORE

National Aquarium celebrates 30 years

By: Beacon

Last September, the National Aquarium officially unveiled the National Aquarium Conservation Center and kicked off its celebration of the Baltimore venue’s 30th anniversary year.The Conservation Center is the next stage in the National Aquarium’s growth from a successful attraction with conservation as its primary message, to a nationally-recognized and respected conservation... READ MORE