Two years ago, Tim Amukele fielded a curious proposal from a medical student referred to him by a colleague. At the time, Amukele—a pathologist, who, among his multiple Johns Hopkins Medicine-related duties, directs clinical laboratories at Hopkins-affiliated hospitals in both Malawi (Southeast Africa) and Uganda (East Africa)—was pondering the conundrum …Read More »
Cake Walk A writer meditates on aging—and the joys of homemade dessert—as she recounts her mother’s recent slip down the stairs.
One night, deep in the throes of a cold, I did a rare and dangerous thing: I turned off my phone, took some medicine and fell into a coma-like sleep. The next morning I woke to a string of texts. 1) From my father with the vague but worrying message …Read More »
Study a Susan Waters-Eller drawing or painting long enough, and a kind of pleasant disorientation takes over, with galaxies, universes and cosmos—both psychic and physical—weaving and warping in splendor and symphony in front of your eyes. You can get lost in space. An admitted admirer of the Dutch graphic artist …Read More »
A Side of Dressing Three new books examine the aesthetic, the political and the seamy aspects of fashion.
Fashion is drama. It’s comedy. It’s story. That’s why I love it. It isn’t just about looking good (although that counts); rather, it’s about creating a character and following a narrative. The clothes we wear say something about who we are, or more specifically, who we want people to think …Read More »
At 67-acre Springfield Farm in Sparks, Baltimore County, Valerie Lafferty, 49, and her extended family ride herd on approximately 750 turkeys, about 200 of which are Narragansetts, a heritage breed, including 60 (55 hens, five toms) kept for reproductive purposes, with the others sold for their meat. The farm also …Read More »
Most casual attendees—aka, the non-horsey set—of springtime’s annual Maryland Hunt Cup probably don’t realize that steeplechasing continues through the summer and fall with stops in the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, before concluding in November with the Colonial Cup in South Carolina. Two weeks earlier comes the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, a …Read More »
To Market, To Market Creative makers’ markets at both AVAM and MICA delight the senses—and satisfy the pesky holiday shopping list.
It’s that time of year again: There’s a chill in the air, holiday tunes blast from the radio, fuzzy sweaters become a daily uniform … and hordes of holiday shoppers descend on malls across the city. We make our lists and check them twice, prowling for sales and trying to …Read More »
Addicted to Jane Serious, imperious and occasionally delirious, the Jane Austen Society of North America gathers annually.
They call themselves—proudly, affectionately and, perhaps, with a wink—Janeites: the 5,000 members of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), whose devotion to the works and life of the late-18th/early-19th century English novelist borders on the obsessive. And each year since 1979, the Janeites, with representatives from the society’s …Read More »
On initial glance, M. Voelker’s sculptures—variously hued, carefully constructed and apparently multi-pieced—appear to be made of metal or wood, resembling extraordinary Erector Set or Lincoln Logs structures. On closer examination, however, they reveal themselves as something wholly unexpected: thoughtful, inventive ceramics, such as the rollercoaster-like “Blank Verity” or the milk-crate-devouring-a-xylophone …Read More »
Become a “True Believer” You're invited to Baltimore folk rocker Red Sammy's album release party tonight.
“True Believer” — the new album from Baltimore’s favorite emo folk rocker, Red Sammy (Adam Trice) — releases tonight! And you can party on the intimate scene. Enjoy a house concert and gathering in Mt. Vernon via the Live in the Lobby music showcases hosted by John McClaren. The event …Read More »