When I reach Jason Michael Berman by phone, the Pikesville-resident-turned-LA-movie-producer is in a capacious swimming pool perched in one of those floaty lounge chairs. He has a heap of film scripts in his lap, a cocktail in one hand and Jennifer Lawrence on hold on his other line. Okay, I …Read More »
“One of the evening’s notable heroes is the lighting designer, Bradley King, who here treats illumination not as a decorative accessory but as a pivotal narrative element,” writes The Washington Post’s Peter Marks of Broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” “Glistening chandeliers and single light bulbs …Read More »
Maybe Ann Hirsch’s art should come with an NSFW (not safe for work) warning. I speak from experience—watching her video performance piece “Semiotics of the Camwhore” in my office cubicle made me feel a bit self-conscious. But to Hirsch’s credit, I couldn’t look away from the video’s comedic/brainy bedroom scene, …Read More »
Think Globally From Russia to Tokyo to New York to Baltimore, these beautiful gift books put the world within reach for those on your list.
What better gift for your loved ones, whether family or friends, than putting the world in their hands? Here are eight fabulous gift books that cover many corners of the globe, as well as covering every person on your list. 1. Red Star Over Russia: A Visual History of the …Read More »
Network(ing) Star Playwright/TV writer Fia Alvarez left Baltimore to write, but her home city fuels her.
Fia Alvarez finished her first complete play, “Pretty Princess and the Seven Cockatoos,” when she was in the fourth grade at St. Francis of Assisi School on Harford Road in Mayfield. “It was a satire of ‘Snow White,’” Alvarez says, laughing, as she describes the playground play reading she directed. …Read More »
“I only do tasteful nudity,” Mathan Erhardt says quietly. Photographer Justin Tsucalas and I are discussing possible backdrops for the “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” comedy writer’s portrait at the Bun Shop in Mount Vernon. This is my first taste of the guy’s ultra-dry wit, delivered so stoically I almost …Read More »