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Sondheim finalists explore themes of race, religion, sex, violence

Playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht argued that art is not so much "a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it." The exhibit of the 2016 Sondheim Artscape Finalists at the Baltimore Museum of Art includes a combination of both notions. On one wall, for example, a display of...

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  • Why you need to know military artist Nate Ostrow

    Why you need to know military artist Nate Ostrow

    Nate Ostrow paints with shimmery watercolor pastels to capture the motion and might of the American military’s helicopters, ships, cutters, planes and armed forces personnel at work. The draftsperson-turned-artist moved from Ocean Township, N.J. to Bel Air during the BRAC relocation process and...

  • Book on Adnan Syed gets new publication date this summer

    Book on Adnan Syed gets new publication date this summer

    St. Martin's Press has moved the publication date of a book on Adnan Syed, the Baltimore man in prison for killing his former high school girlfriend, from September to Aug. 9 as a ruling is awaited on a new trial for Syed. The case surrounding the death of Hae Min Lee, a Woodlawn High School student...

  • Book by Baltimore-based tech futurist makes global splash

    Book by Baltimore-based tech futurist makes global splash

    Alec Ross stood before a window on the 16th floor of Baltimore's Transamerica Tower trying to peer through the clouds and identify what lay just out of sight. Then the 44-year-old Homeland man turned, walked to the podium at the Center Club of Baltimore and began forecasting the future. "I genuinely...

  • Exhibit on medieval recycling opens at the Walters Art Museum

    Exhibit on medieval recycling opens at the Walters Art Museum

    Though he lived nearly 17 centuries ago, it's easy to imagine the man who wore the fancy gold belt strolling today through the halls of Congress or, possibly, the Department of Defense. He might even have deliberately tossed his jacket back over his shoulders to let the belt's shiny surface reflect...

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda to leave 'Hamilton' on July 9

    Lin-Manuel Miranda to leave 'Hamilton' on July 9

    The news that no die-hard "Hamilton" fan — or anyone who hasn't seen the Broadway smash yet — wants to hear has arrived: Lin-Manuel Miranda, its creator and star, is leaving the show this summer. But he promises to return "again and again." Miranda, who has been in the show since it made its debut...

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  • Michael Herr, author of the Vietnam-era 'Dispatches,' dies

    Michael Herr, whose visceral nonfiction novel "Dispatches" exposed the ravages of the Vietnam War in the 1970s, has died after a long illness. He was 76. His death Thursday in an upstate New York hospital was confirmed by Knopf, which published the book in 1977. Part of the New Journalism literary...

  • 'A Child's First Book of Trump' is sporadically funny

    'A Child's First Book of Trump' is sporadically funny

    I'm guessing that your first question about this timely Trump satire is will it make a good birthday, hostess or thank-you gift for that hard-to-buy-for liberal in your life? The short answer is yes, in a pinch. Both author Michael Ian Black and illustrator Marc Rosenthal offer flashes of fun in...

  • Animal books on the hunt

    Animal books on the hunt

    June's collection of animal books runs the whole gamut of behavior, from natural predatory instincts to the symphonic hymns of birds chirping. Here's a brief look. "The Hunt: The Outcome Is Never Certain" by Alastair Fothergill and Huw Cordey (Yale University Press): The companion book to the BBC...

  • The Biblioracle: Re-reading Margaret Wise Brown's 'Goodnight Moon'

    The Biblioracle: Re-reading Margaret Wise Brown's 'Goodnight Moon'

    I was recently trying to figure out what book I've re-read the most times. I've read John Irving's "Water-Method Man" at least half a dozen times. It's maybe the same for Katherine Dunn's "Geek Love." I've taught Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" enough that I may be up to seven or eight re-readings....

  • In defense of book collecting

    In defense of book collecting

    As of this writing there are 1,790 books in my apartment, some couple hundred in my campus office, and an unknown number floating about on loan to various friends and students. This represents a decrease of probably 20 percent from the height of my mania. Over the past few years, I have embarked...

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