Baltimore celebrates Black History Month

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: January 27, 2017

 Black History Month — created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a renowned African American historian, scholar, educator and publisher — began as “Negro History Week.” It became a month-long celebration in 1976, and the month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.Baltimore actually began its Black History... READ MORE

A titanic, yet intimate triumph at Signature

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: January 18, 2017

Signature Theatre has packed a big experience into a small space with their stunning production of Titanic, in performance at their 330-seat MAX Theatre through Jan. 29. The effect is to concentrate the impact of the familiar encounter with historic tragedy, to make it richer and dazzlingly vibrant.The focus here is on the human dimension of this tale of hubris, hope and heartbreak. The... READ MORE

Still smokin’ after all these years

By: Rebekah Alcalde
Posted on: January 11, 2017

When William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr. was a young boy, his godfather Claude nicknamed him “Smokey Joe” since they both loved cowboy films. In his early teens, he shortened it to “Smokey.” Though his dreams of the Wild West had faded, he still loved the nickname.Now 76, the singer, songwriter and producer was recently in Washington, D.C. to receive the... READ MORE

Photographers get creative with images

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: January 10, 2017

 “Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.”             — Ansel AdamsThose words of the great American photographer seem to be the motivating force behind the exhibition of some 40 photographs by the Creative Imaging Workshop, a group of eight local photo-artists, which opens Jan. 5 ... READ MORE

Area comics live for the laughter

By: Barbara Ruben
Posted on: January 02, 2017

Stand-up comedian Jeff Hysen is at D.C. Improv performing a short routine on an open mic night. “I’m the oldest comedian of the evening,” begins the 58-year-old attorney from Silver Spring, Md. “I had a show recently, and before it began the other comics were asking each other about the effects of drug use on comedy. They asked me my opinion, and I said, ‘Lipitor has no... READ MORE

An artistic exploration of the Deep South

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: December 29, 2016

“Laying-by time” is the term used in rural agricultural communities to describe the summer period when farmers have completed their preparation of the crops and anxiously await the harvest.It is also the name of the current exhibit at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), “Laying-by Time: Revisiting the Works of William Christenberry,” a survey of work by the ... READ MORE