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  • Arts Collective spreads its wings in Towson

    Arts Collective spreads its wings in Towson

    Nonprofit adds stage, dance classes as membership grows

  • Artscape 2016 finds inspiration out of this world

    Artscape 2016 finds inspiration out of this world

    Artscape is an enormous undertaking, whether you're one of the organizers trying to stage what is annually billed as the country's biggest free arts festival or an attendee hoping to enjoy all it has to offer. So, perhaps, in choosing the vastness of space, organizers have finally found the perfect...

  • Six highlights of Artscape 2016

    Six highlights of Artscape 2016

    Even if they're not necessarily about outer space (learn more about the space-themed exhibits/events here), six things you shouldn't miss at Artscape 2016. For more information, go to artscape.org. Prince, Bowie tributes: The past year has been a tough one for rock's all-too-mortal gods, and two...

  • Art by local refugee youth explores "sanctuary"

    Art by local refugee youth explores "sanctuary"

    On a recent Thursday afternoon, children's giggles and joyful squeals echoed through the corridors of City Hall. The Moravia Park Elementary School students on the tour were some of the local refugee youth whose art is on display there through the end of the month as part of "Sanctuary," an exhibition...

  • 2016 Sondheim Artscape Prize winner announced

    2016 Sondheim Artscape Prize winner announced

    An artist group behind a quilt project dedicated to upsetting "the culture of rape" was named the 2016 winner of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. "FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture" will receive $25,000, the Baltimore Museum of Art said Saturday. FORCE was founded in 2010 by Baltimore artists...

Books: News & Reviews

  • Spiritual book roundup: 'Buechner 101' and more

    Spiritual book roundup: 'Buechner 101' and more

    Buechner 101 by Carl Frederick Buechner, Frederick Buechner Center, 170 pages, $15.99 Maybe once a generation, or once every few generations, someone is born with gifts literary and sacred in equal measure. A translator, perhaps, of the highest calling. One who can at once lift our souls and our...

  • First-ever Chicago Poetry Block Party offers live performances, music in Bronzeville

    First-ever Chicago Poetry Block Party offers live performances, music in Bronzeville

    What do you do after bringing together 27 emerging poets from as far away as New York and California for two days of workshops and talks? If you're the Poetry Foundation, you throw a party. "We wanted to throw a huge party where all of these young people who aren't together all the time could put...

  • Gay Talese's 'Voyeur's Motel' not worth troubled publishing history

    Gay Talese's 'Voyeur's Motel' not worth troubled publishing history

    If you follow the weather in the teapot of publishing, you'll know that 84-year-old New Journalism icon Gay Talese has had a rocky year. He was already drawing heavy fire for a disastrous performance at a Boston University conference — during which he said that no women had influenced his writing...

  • Me, My Shelf and I: Kevin Kane

    Me, My Shelf and I: Kevin Kane

    "'Cloud Atlas' is the only book I read when I was on intensive chemo," says Kevin Kane, a Ravenswood-based writer who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012. At the time, he was pursuing an M.F.A. in fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago and his wife, Kate, was seven months...

  • Middle-school reading: Adults matter, too

    Middle-school reading: Adults matter, too

    The human heroes and heroines of middle-grade novels are learning life, untangling their options, looking out for themselves as others peer in on them. The world in all its loveliness, all its sadness, all its promise and its heartbreak lies near, is felt, is seen. The mild annoyances and hammering...

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