Relive some of Vogue’s greatest moments in Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue, the book that chronicles the famously visionary creative director Grace Coddington (Phaidon, $150). Cabin Porn by Zach Klein—hey, get your head out of the gutter—is a serene photo meditation on the great outdoors (Little Brown, $18). …Read More »
The People within the Persian Rugs Pearls on a String, a new Walters exhibition, presents three historic Islamic perspectives.
“Pearls on a string is a metaphor for pieces of a collection,” says Amy Landau, associate curator of Islamic and South Asian art for the Walters Art Museum. With this metaphor in mind, Landau has curated and organized the new exhibition opening at the Walters this Sunday, “Pearls on a …Read More »
We’ve all seen one at some point: a lone rowhome in a now-vacant lot, resistant to the forces that demolished its neighbors. These houses, whether monuments to socio-economic devastation or the will to survive (or both), are the subjects of artist Ben Marcin’s “Last House Standing” photography series. “My intention …Read More »
Reality Check What's the meaning of real life in 2015? Baltimore-based fiction writer Kathy Flann lets us have it-in formidable short story form.
Goucher professor Kathy Flann’s second collection of stories, “Get a Grip”—released last month through Texas Review Press—recalls the hilariously hyperbolic energy of an early T.C. Boyle meets Lorrie Moore’s angst-ridden, comically absurd population. But Flann’s own lilting, funny/angry/astute music finally makes such comparisons simplistic. I should say that I know …Read More »
Shelf Life: Fear Factor Four creepy-good reads for the season of ghosts, goblins and Everlasting Gobstoppers. Pick them up—if you dare.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware Cut to a glass-walled cabin in the woods in winter. (Um, I’d never stay there overnight, would you?) But protagonist Nora is reuniting with close friends after 10 years of estrangement for a “hen party”—the British version of a bachelorette bash—and it’s …Read More »
Let’s talk about our strong personal connections to biodiversity and climate change. No takers? Okay, let’s talk about our strong personal connections to peanut butter. Chocolate. How about Atlantic codfish? Memories stirring? Good. That’s exactly what artist/creator Miriam Simun wants when you participate in GhostFood, a food truck sponsored by …Read More »
Music Matters Need something to believe in? Just listen to the song written and performed by these talented local students—with Baltimore’s hottest indie bands—after the uprising
When the rioters came down the street by her home in Lexington Terrace, 12-year-old Taniyah Kutcherman hid in her bedroom with a book and put on headphones to block out the noise. “They were trying to get into the Rite Aid,” she says. “If I took my earphones out, I …Read More »
For Art’s Sake With fewer donor dollars at the ready, local arts organizations are putting most of their creative energy into staying afloat.
Eight million dollars. That’s how much money three local artists need to make their dream a reality. In spring 2014, Carly Bales, performer and co-founder of the local EMP artist collective, Evan Moritz, co-founder of the Baltimore Annex Theater, and Ric Royer, a veteran performing artist and curator/organizer who recently …Read More »
When D.C.-based artist Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi starts a new piece, she lays a wood panel on the floor of her studio and pours paint on it. She has to move quickly to level the paint and contain it on the panel. The process is physical, fast and unpredictable. She then …Read More »
Taking Flight When it's really good, fiction transports us to another time and place--when it's great, another self. Here, three talented emerging writers from the University of Baltimore MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing program share short shorts about love and lust, despair and freedom. Read them and let yourself go...
Birds and Other Things We placed in Our Hearts By Timmy Reed After our chests hollowed out, we filled them with birds. Humans all over the planet filled their ribcages with birds to simulate their hearts, which had shrunken over generations, finally disappearing altogether. We had evolved past having hearts …Read More »