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Emerging Hopkins center harmonizing music and medicine

For his fourth-grade science project, Alex Pantelyat compared the effects of classical and rock music on plants. Mozart, he recalled, helped the leaves flourish. Led Zeppelin caused wilting. He never figured out why, but 25 years later, Pantelyat, remains fascinated by the relationship between...

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    Curated collections give Baltimore hotel guests an artful stay

    Inside a glass skyscraper with views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, visitors can discover sculpture that bends and curves, paintings in kaleidoscopic colors and canvasses in geometric shapes. The ambiance is evocative of a modern museum or upscale gallery, but it’s actually the Four Seasons Hotel...

  • Meet Robin Bell, the artist who projected protest messages onto Trump's D.C. hotel last night

    Meet Robin Bell, the artist who projected protest messages onto Trump's D.C. hotel last night

    For a short period on Monday night, a large projection appeared on the facade of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., that read “Emoluments Welcome,” along with an animation of the flags of nations where President Trump has business projects. This was followed by a message that read...

  • Food and art collide in restaurant-galleries

    Food and art collide in restaurant-galleries

    Ron Larrimore knows his ink drawings of skulls might not appeal to everyone, but he’s found more buyers than he expected during the month his work has been on display at Snake Hill. Larrimore is the latest artist showcased at the Highlandtown sausage restaurant, one of a number of Baltimore-area...

  • 2017 summer festivals, events and performances to see in Baltimore

    2017 summer festivals, events and performances to see in Baltimore

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  • Maryland Film Festival, and the Parkway, earn high praise

    Maryland Film Festival, and the Parkway, earn high praise

    The 19th Maryland Film Festival wrapped to overall rave reviews Sunday night. And few of those reviews were more glowing than that offered by director Brett Haley, whose latest effort, “The Hero,” was the MdFF’s closing-night finale. “I’d heard about it from my earliest days, people saying, ‘You’ve...

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  • Samantha Irby takes off on 'Real Life' in return

    Samantha Irby takes off on 'Real Life' in return

    Samantha Irby thinks her life would be the kind of sitcom that's more situation than comedy, where the sad trombone plays while the credits roll. So she writes in her latest book "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life," an essay collection due out Tuesday. It took three years for Irby to put it together,...

  • Why you should care about Amazon’s new buy button policy

    Why you should care about Amazon’s new buy button policy

    By and large, I believe that Amazon has been a good thing for the world of books. Certainly, as a reader, Amazon has allowed me access to hard-to-find or out-of-print books I thought might be lost forever. But because of its size and influence, Amazon also has the potential to do real harm to the...

  • 12-year-old puts color, culture on kids' reading lists with #1000BlackGirlBooks

    12-year-old puts color, culture on kids' reading lists with #1000BlackGirlBooks

    Every once in a while, you meet someone who makes you grateful to be walking around on Earth right now, sharing space and time with such a delightful character. Marley Dias is one of those people. She's the 12-year-old force of nature behind #1000BlackGirlBooks, a grass-roots campaign to collect...

  • Illogical forces driving a dysfunctional health-care system

    Illogical forces driving a dysfunctional health-care system

    Covering the current health-care debate in Washington, I hear politicians every day (and read them on Twitter) describing our current system as a disaster. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price informed a key House Appropriations panel recently that the Affordable Care Act is making health...

  • Dinosaurs - and Michael Crichton - roar again in 'Dragon Teeth'

    Dinosaurs - and Michael Crichton - roar again in 'Dragon Teeth'

    As if extracted from amber, a new story has been reanimated from the fossilized brain of Michael Crichton. Recently "discovered" in the late author's archives (Crichton died in 2008), "Dragon Teeth" is a light historical novel that bears all the narrative traits of its techno-thriller ancestor,...

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