Science vs. faith in Freud’s Last Session

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: June 14, 2014

Words are wielded like rapiers in Theater J’s incisive production of Freud’s Last Session, a two-man play running through June 29. Ideas are generated, examined, and then punctured and reaffirmed in defiance of those who like easy answers.The stakes are high, the issues momentous. Life. Death. Life after death.It’s easier to digest than it might seem at first glance, as... READ MORE

Valley libraries schedule cool, lively summer

By: Jorie Parr
Posted on: June 12, 2014

Libraries from Palm Springs to La Quinta are plunging into a very active season of their own. In the desert, summertime is reading time, without the distractions of what we term “the season.”“It’s a different kind of busy,” Julie Warren of the Palm Springs Public Library says. And Lisa Brock, spokesman for the Palm Desert Library county branch library, notes... READ MORE

June arts and jazz festivals in Columbia

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: June 11, 2014

It’s festival time in Columbia.In June, the city will host both the 22nd annual Capital Jazz Fest and the 2014 Columbia Festival of the Arts.First, from June 6 to 8, will be the jazz fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The event is scheduled to feature, among others, singer-songwriter-nine time Grammy winner John Legend, jazz vocalist legends Al Jarreau and Dianna Reeves, bassist... READ MORE

Ventriloquist loves to make children laugh

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: June 03, 2014

Children’s entertainer Valerie Leonhart Smalkin was never especially drawn to young children. Until she had her own, that is.“I didn’t think I liked children,” the 64-year-old Cockeysville ventriloquist-musician-author said. “Then I had one, and I fell in love.”After Smalkin received a BA in philosophy cum laude from Goucher College in 1971, she found... READ MORE

Putnam County Bee spells fun at Ford’s

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: April 01, 2014

Don’t make the mistake of passing up the chance to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee because you think it’s just a silly kid’s show.Yes, it is very silly. And yes, kids get a kick out of it. Ford’s recommends 12 and older, but some younger ones may enjoy it as well without permanent damage from a bit of language. (There is an R-rated version of the... READ MORE

Man of La Mancha tilts toward Baltimore

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: March 12, 2014

When the touring production of Man of La Mancha rolls into town this month, Jack Curenton will be thinking of his grandfather, who grew up in Baltimore and worked at the Continental Can Company.“I didn’t live in Baltimore myself,” said the 62-year-old Los Angeles resident who plays Don Quixote, “but I feel connected to it.”Curenton, who acted as a young man... READ MORE