Have your cake and explore your complex relationship with it, too! In celebration of its 21st birthday, the American Visionary Art Museum presents the “mega exhibition” Yummm! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food. A 34-artist collaboration, the project includes input from various heavy hitters in the food universe—from farmers …Read More »
I experienced a lot of emotions during last night’s opening-night production of “Jersey Boys” at the Hippodrome—laughter, tears, some sort of indescribable hometown pride for my non-native Jersey—but one prevailed above all: consistent, jaw-dropping awe over just how high Frankie Valli (Aaron de Jesus) could sing. Don’t get me wrong: …Read More »
Going Rogue Seven decades ago, renegade Baltimore shrink Robert Lindner shook up psychoanalysis and coined the term “rebel without a cause.”
One hot summer morning in Baltimore in the late 1940s, Dr. Robert Lindner, chief of psychological services for the Maryland Department of Corrections and a psychoanalyst in private practice, received an unusual telephone call from a physician at a classified government installation in New Mexico. The doctor was calling about …Read More »
Reality Star: 5 Questions for Cara Ober Bmore Art's Ober on art as a career and the intersection between visual art and publishing.
As a critic, I’ve written about artist Cara Ober’s mixed media work over the years. Since she started her BmoreArt blog in 2007 and, more recently, its corresponding print journal, I’ve written for her. Ober, 42, grew up in Westminster. She studied art at American University in Washington, D.C., moved …Read More »
A Conversation with Mikita Brottman The author of The Maximum Security Book Club on her process, the shocking cancellation of her club and why literature won't save your life.
Earlier this summer, I sat down with author and MICA professor Mikita Brottman to discuss her new book, The Maximum Security Book Club (HarperCollins), which chronicles her time volunteering as a teacher/moderator for a book club at Jessup Correctional Institution. The book is moving but honest, interweaving Brottman’s account of …Read More »
It’s time for one of my favorite weeks of the year: Banned Books Week! As a kid, books were among my prized possessions and I would yell at my brother regularly for what I thought was his careless disregard for the pristine nature of my books. Thankfully, I’ve mellowed …Read More »
After a whole year of planning, everything is finally falling into place for Little Italy’s Madonnari Arts Festival…that is, everything but the weather. “The weather may be an issue,” says Cyd Wolf, the festival’s executive producer. “We’re asking everyone to put positive, sunny thoughts out there.” While rain can put …Read More »
Art Transplant: The Clever Illustrator Cornel Rubino compares Baltimore to a Bruegel...and we buy it.
At barely a few minutes after two on a midweek July afternoon, Cornel Rubino has unsurprisingly (for him) laid out a curious early-happy-hour tableau of the Italian liqueur Strega with lighter-than-air Goya pineapple wafers in his surprisingly tidy (for an artist) Woodberry studio. The highbrow/lowbrow culinary combo jibes with his …Read More »
Art Transplant: The Writing Partners Writer Michelle Mariano and musician Nathan Graham thrive in Baltimore's art scene—baby and all.
Michelle Mariano isn’t allowed to have any ice cream for the foreseeable future. A dietary restriction? Nope, a literary one. “I was supposed to submit [my novel-in-stories manuscript] by May 31 to an agent who asked for it,” says Mariano, 37. “I did not. Now I can’t have any ice …Read More »
Remember your childhood diary? That worn, tattered book was a veritable surplus of embarrassing adolescent thoughts: “juicy” secrets, way-too-detailed accounts of every encounter you had with your seventh-grade crush (just me?), angsty poems and other cringe-inducing content. But chances are, you still have it somewhere—and Mortified: Baltimore wants you to …Read More »