Lila (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Marilynne Robinson’s fourth novel, tells the sweeping story of her eponymous (and utterly complex) protagonist’s hardscrabble childhood and unusual courtship to a much older man. Why readers enthusiastically await the October release: Robinson’s first book, “Housekeeping,” (1980) remains a critical darling, while her “Gilead” (2004) …Read More »
Fred Bronstein, Dean, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University With past stints as president of the St. Louis, Dallas and Omaha symphonies, the talented pianist and educator seeks to establish Peabody as a national voice for music advocacy. Last great books he read: “My Nine Lives” by Leon Fleisher …Read More »
The People’s Photographer: Martha Cooper Faking It: Hannah Brancato & Rebecca Nagle Expect the Unexpected: Jeffrey Kent & Jeanine Turner Putting Down Roots: Ian Gallanar Spontaneous Combustion: Baltimore Improv Group Ones To Watch Soul Siren: Katrina Ford The Cat’s Pajamas: Bosley Brown The Jazz Singer: Molly Ringwald Ones To …Read More »
98,000. THAT’S HOW MANY PEOPLE follow Martha Cooper on Instagram. A 2013 retrospective of her work titled “Street Signs” at the Palazzo Incontro in Rome drew lines stretching around the block. “In all my years in Rome I’ve never seen an exhibition more crowded,” wrote photo historian Jessica Stewart. A …Read More »
The Jazz Singer We caught up with Molly Ringwald to ask about her first jazz CD, her international tour (coming to Baltimore!) and what it was like working with beloved Brat Pack film director John Hughes.
By the age of 3, you were already performing on stage with your dad. Do you remember those days? Very well. All my earliest memories tend to be focused around music and singing. I really thought for most of my childhood that’s what I was going to do when I grew …Read More »
The Cat’s Pajamas We asked soul sensation Bosley Brown to shed the '60s slim-cut suit and stage persona—and reveal what really motivates him to get out of bed in the morning.
STYLE: Tell me something totally uncool about you. Bosley Brown: I learned early on that I can’t try to look sexy. I did that for my driver’s license and I look like a serial killer. What was “Baby Bosley” like at Gilman? A wallflower. I’m shocked. You’re such a showman. …Read More »
Until last year, Thomas Dolby had never spent much time in Baltimore. But when his “Invisible Lighthouse” tour brought him through Charm City, he decided to have dinner at a restaurant by the harbor, followed by a sunset stroll down the cobblestone streets of Fells Point. “I was really enamored …Read More »
Empty space. New building. Lots of foot traffic. Stone’s throw from the light rail. What to do? You could be forgiven for letting your imagination run wild. Or, if you’re Jeanine Turner and Jeffrey Kent, you could tame that imagination, harness it and put its products out there for all …Read More »
Ian Gallanar had a PROBLEM with Shakespeare. He didn’t connect with the Bard—at least early on. “I thought it was for smart people,” he tells me, pushing his glasses up his nose. In his high school English class, “everyone else seemed to be nodding a lot. They seemed to get …Read More »
Spontaneous Combustion A totally fake, fill-in-the-blanks interview with the Baltimore Improv Group.
To celebrate Baltimore Improv Group’s big move to the Mercury Theater (formerly the Strand), we asked BIG artistic/executive director Michael Harris to share some fun facts about the theater company. Then we invited four BIG performers to throw out random nouns, verbs and adjectives (a la “Mad Libs”) to liven …Read More »