Baltimore lights up for the holiday season

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: November 18, 2011

Charm City is never as charming as it is this time of year, when it puts on its party clothes to celebrate the holidays. Why don’t you do the same and enjoy some of Baltimore’s favorite traditions — and maybe find a few new ones of your own?Bromo Seltzer projectionsSummertime has open-air movies in Little Italy, and wintertime now has the colorful illuminations of artist... READ MORE

Private Lives sparkles at Everyman Theatre

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: November 18, 2011

Noel Coward’s 1930’s comedy of manners, Private Lives, is a lighter-than-meringue confection. For a thoroughly enjoyable bit of escapism, this production currently playing at Everyman Theatre is right on the mark.The plot is simple: Amanda and Elyot divorced five years ago but find themselves suite-by-suite on the French Riviera, each honeymooning with a new spouse, Victor and... READ MORE

When a consumer is taken advantage of

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: November 01, 2011

My friend is 88 years old. He has all his marbles and a lifetime of experience in the consumer world.But that doesn’t mean he can’t be a victim. He just was.One day in late summer, he marched into a local car dealership to “just have a look” at the new 2012 models. Salespeople dream of such customers, especially those who can pay cash. And this salesman didn’t... READ MORE

New approach enlivens Othello at Folger

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: November 01, 2011

It is always a joy to find something new and unexpected about an old favorite, especially something that’s been around as long as Shakespeare’s Othello. And so there’s great fun at Folger Theatre on Capitol Hill, where director Robert Richmond is giving us a fresh take on Othello.With this tragedy, Shakespeare focuses not on great events, the clash of kingdoms or... READ MORE

18th century British comedy resonates still

By: Aaron Levin
Posted on: October 14, 2011

In 1775, playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan found himself in Bath, England, with expensive tastes and little money, but with a very sharp pen. At the time, theater in Britain generally meant lifeless, sentimental, oppressively genteel comedies full of stock characters and tired plots.To make some money, Sheridan wrote The Rivals, and he succeeded at his goal by lampooning all the familiar ... READ MORE

Artist explores facets of female faces

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: October 14, 2011

As a young art student, Espi Frazier belonged to a group of mixed media artists and performers dedicated to changing audience perceptions of African Americans.In her upcoming solo show at the Hamilton Gallery during November, Frazier, now 60, strives to do the same for women — one of her favorite subjects.The 18 black and white illustrations that make up “The Many Faces of... READ MORE