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Killer Joe

August 11, 2012
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Killer Joe

Even the chained pit bull knows Joe Cooper is the wrong person with whom he should fuck. From the cowboy boots and second-skin jeans on up to the leather jacket and Stetson hat, Cooper is a black-clad angel of death masquerading as an instrument of social order, a Dallas police detective with a side...
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From Baltimore To Joplin, With Love, June 10 at the Current Gallery

June 10, 2011
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From Baltimore To Joplin, With Love, June 10 at the Current Gallery

The May 22 tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., also emotionally leveled local performance artist/community arts organizer Rebecca Nagle . As the Joplin native wrote in an e-mail: In the tornado’s path buildings are not damaged, they are gone. I was watching a video of a camera panning an area of the destruction. I though...
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Art and Stage Happenings This Weekend

May 6, 2011
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Art and Stage Happenings This Weekend

There are busy weekends in Baltimore, and then there is this freaking weekend in Baltimore. In addition to the Maryland Film Festival (see our coverage), the Metro Gallery’s free Videopolis festival, second-weekend presentations of such don’t-miss events as Power Moves Forever Quest and Copycat Theatre’s Rooms Play, the awesome Lab Experiments Festival, and the...
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The 2011 Mary Sawyer Baker Award Winners

April 20, 2011
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The 2011 Mary Sawyer Baker Award Winners

Last night, on a special installment of Maryland Public Television’s ArtWorks this Week program, the Baker Artist Awards announced the three 2011 winners of the $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker award. The program was simulcast at an informal but festive reception at the Windup Space, where artists, arts administrators, and other members of the local...
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The 2011 Janet and Walter Sondheim Finalists Announced

April 19, 2011
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The 2011 Janet and Walter Sondheim Finalists Announced

A tweet from the Baltimore Museum of Art directed us to a press release (PDF) dated today from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announcing the five 2011 Janet and Walter Sondheim Finalists. The winner will be announced July 9 at 7 p.m. at the BMA, where the finalists’ work will be...
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Don’t Miss: Jake Dibeler’s Girlfriend Opens April 15

April 14, 2011
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Don’t Miss: Jake Dibeler’s Girlfriend Opens April 15

Local performance artist Jake Dibeler might not be the only guy man enough to play Baby in Dirty Dancing, but he was the only guy who thoroughly pulled it off last year when the Effervescent Collective produced a musical adaptation of the 1987 hit. That Dibeler did so with such considerable aplomb was no...
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The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival Closes

April 7, 2011
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The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival Closes

An e-mail announcement sent out yesterday morning by Chris Pfingsten, the marketing and development director of the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, announced that the Hampden-based, Actors’ Equity-member theater company is closing after 17 seasons. The press release statement can be found on the company’s web site. “It was strictly a financial decision,” says BSF board...
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Peter Glantz’s Being Impossible video teaser

March 24, 2011
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Peter Glantz’s Being Impossible video teaser

Geeta Dayal interviewed Peter Glantz for this week’s issue, where he talked about the solo show he’s debuting in Baltimore this weekend. The Providence-based filmmaker/theater artist has also shared the below teaser for the performance. The Annex Theater presents Being Impossible March 25-27 at the Whole Gallery. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; performances begin...
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Dave Zirin Presents Not Just a Game at 2640 Space March 29

March 24, 2011
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Dave Zirin Presents Not Just a Game at 2640 Space March 29

Dave Zirin isn’t just another opinionated sports journalist and radio personality. The New York City native is the sports editor at The Nation, a magazine that takes its contemporary political discussion as seriously as the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma take the Red River Shootout Rivalry. And Zirin has spent his career...
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Release Party for Chris Mason’s Hum Who Hiccup Sunday, March 13 at Normal’s

March 11, 2011
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Release Party for Chris Mason’s Hum Who Hiccup Sunday, March 13 at Normal’s

Chris Mason has a new book. Repeat: Chris Mason has a new book of poetry, titled Hum Who Hiccup and being put out by local imprint Narrow House. Mason, the local DIY art/music/writing/all-around superhuman decency institution, should need no introduction but for anybody just tuning in: He and Charles Brohawn started the Tinklers in...
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Cédric Klapisch’s Paris Kicks Off Hopkins’ Tournées Festival of Contemporary French Cinema Tonight at Mudd Hall

March 2, 2011
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Cédric Klapisch’s Paris Kicks Off Hopkins’ Tournées Festival of Contemporary French Cinema Tonight at Mudd Hall

Marking its second annual appearance this week, the Tournées Festival of Contemporary French Cinema starts up at the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus Wednesday, March 2, offering two weeks of free, recent French movies. For complete information, visit the festival’s web site. Below is a quick-hit guide to the opening week’s offerings, with reviews culled...
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Q&A: Lena Dunham, the Writer, Director, and Star of Tiny Furniture

February 8, 2011
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Q&A: Lena Dunham, the Writer, Director, and Star of Tiny Furniture

Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture is a minor miracle: a portrait of twenty-something post-collegiate life that engagingly balances the funny, the sad, the awkward and the tender. It’s the sort of movie that’s been a staple of independent American cinema for the past 30 years, but Dunham–who wrote, directs, and stars as Aura, the Oberlin...
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