Orchestra premieres silent movie score

By: Kate Petersen
Posted on: January 27, 2015

When the Columbia Orchestra set out to commission an orchestra piece for the first time, it had no idea it would turn into a multimedia experience.“I was thinking he would write a standard concert work,” said Music Director Jason Love of composer Andrew Earle Simpson.But Simpson decided to take this opportunity to do something a little less orthodox and compose a score for the... READ MORE

Photographer William Dey’s tasty eye candy

By: Jorie Parr
Posted on: January 20, 2015

Frango mints from Marshall Field, sweet and salty caramel/cheese Garrett popcorn, Mrs. Prindable’s candy apples. Fanny May chocolates, too.Chicago boyhood treats inspire photographer William Dey’s contribution to the group exhibition, “A Feast for the Eyes,” curated by Karen and Tony Barone. The reception at UCR Palm Desert Center, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, is Jan.... READ MORE

Play digs deep into human psychology

By: By Dan Collins
Posted on: January 20, 2015

Chances are, if you’re a fan of stage and screen, you’re acquainted with Ira Levin’s work. Levin, who died of a heart attack in 2007, penned Deathtrap, the longest running comedy thriller on Broadway, and cult-classic novels-turned-films, The Stepford Wives and Rosemary’s Baby.Chances are, however, that you have not heard of his foray into the dark corners of human ... READ MORE

World premiere looks at Lincoln’s widow

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: January 13, 2015

Washington loves a good mystery — something with hidden intrigues and with rich human drama and danger — especially in the ultimate high-stakes setting of the White House.There’s one real-life Washington mystery that has been shrouded for 150 years, not in secrecy but indifference, perhaps. What happened to Mary Todd Lincoln in the 40 days after her husband, President... READ MORE

Mary Poppins works her magic at Toby’s

By: Barbara Ruben
Posted on: January 09, 2015

From medicine magically transformed with a spoonful of sugar, to tap dancing chimney sweeps, to the titular nanny floating down from the rooftop with the aid of a duck-head umbrella, Toby’s Dinner Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins is — as one of its introductory songs is titled — “Practically Perfect.”The splendid singing, magic tricks sprinkled... READ MORE

Exploring images of a vanished Baltimore

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: January 02, 2015

A self portrait of Glushakow, who was born at sea fleeing Ukraine before World War I and immigrated to Baltimore.2014.22, Jacob Glushakow (1914-2000). Self-portraitJacob Glushakow painted everyday Baltimore — its people, its neighborhoods, the harbor, the markets and, perhaps most significantly and poignantly, its vanishing urban landscape.Now the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is ... READ MORE