New book depicts Baltimore’s home front

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: January 23, 2012

In 2006, Gil Sandler found himself in the library of the Baltimore Sun, doing research for his weekly editorial page column, “Baltimore Glimpses.” Coming across the issue dated June 20, 1944, Sandler read of the battle of Saipan, known as Operation Forager, designed to take control of the Mariana Islands.Sandler himself had been engaged in that operation, serving aboard the USS... READ MORE

Arts Fest more than its name implies

By: Connie George
Posted on: January 16, 2012

The Southwest Arts Festival (SWAF) celebrates its 26th anniversary this month with more than 250 acclaimed artists in an abundance of creative disciplines and a solid reputation as a promising venue for art collectors — in spite of a name that organizers say often presents a marketing challenge.“The Southwest Arts Festival is so much more than Southwest style,” said... READ MORE

Ann Richards portrayal aims for Broadway

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: January 09, 2012

The Kennedy Center is gambling with its production of Ann, the one-woman show about the late Texas governor, Ann Richards.Gambling, first, that fading memories of the outspoken Richards will attract enough folks to make an anticipated spring opening on Broadway feasible. And gambling, second, that a one-woman show will have the drawing power to sustain a run.If memory of the late Ann... READ MORE

Lifelong learning classes from A to Z

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: December 26, 2011

If the winter doldrums are setting in, it may be time to stretch both your legs and your mind at any of a number of continuing education programs offered around town. From aerobics to zoology, there is sure to be something to pique your interest.Here are just a few to consider. Call those of interest for more details, including topics, dates, times and fees.Osher Lifelong LearningThe... READ MORE

The Lion King roars back into Baltimore

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: December 26, 2011

Disney’s dazzling musical The Lion King is in residence at the Hippodrome Theatre until Jan. 8. I can understand how the many youngsters in the audience opening night might never have seen the stage production before, but I’m not sure how I have managed to miss it all these years.All I can say is, better late than never. And whether you have seen it before or not, it is well... READ MORE

Actors excel in adaptation of Austen novel

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: December 01, 2011

How do you adapt a venerated, 400-page novel for the stage, especially in this era of fragmented, Blackberry-addled attention spans?Fairly well, if you’re Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan, whose version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is now onstage at Round House Theatre Bethesda.It’s a longish show, running (with intermission) at almost two hours and 45 minutes on... READ MORE