Artsmash

Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
Single Carrot Theatre seeks to raise $55,000 by July 31 to stay afloat

Single Carrot Theatre, the ambitious troupe that has stirred up Baltimore’s cultural life with provocative productions since 2007, is facing a financial crisis. The company has issued a plea to the public seeking to raise $55,000 by July 31 due to “a critical shortfall that may mean the end of Single Carrot.”

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Young Victorian Theatre Co. approaches 'Mikado' mindful of controversy

For most of the past 133 years, Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “The Mikado” has been widely enjoyed for its extraordinarily tuneful score and its droll satire of British government and society, thinly disguised by use of a fictional Japanese setting. Today, this 1885 work comes with what might be considered an asterisk attached — a warning that it can cause offense.

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Art exhibit in Pigtown portrays the stories of female sex workers and users of drugs

Cheryl is mechanically inclined, and Chastity is a terrific chef who will spend an entire day cooking a roast that makes meat lovers drool. Heather and her husband hold exercise classes for senior citizens.

These women and the five others depicted in a new art exhibit have also sold sex, been addicted to drugs or both.

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Local artists explore femininity, sexuality at Y:Art Gallery’s ‘Bra Show’

A long, slender piece of wood rounding into a perfectly symmetrical hourglass shape at its mid-section drapes vertically down one wall. On another hangs a portrait of a small boy rifling through a woman’s colorful drawer full of her intimates.

Clay sculptures adorned with lace. Mannequins donned in corsets and painted wigs. Feathers, frills, pastels, glass.

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BSO New Music Festival filled with eclectic works, electric performances

Marin Alsop has accomplished a great deal during her decade-plus tenure as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s music director, starting with a steady honing of the ensemble’s technical skills; a new wave of recording projects; and an expansion of educational and community activities that includes the nationally recognized OrchKids.

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New play addresses Trump election, rise of 'nasty nationalism'

Early in “Meditations on Nationalism,” a play that receives its premiere from Baltimore’s Quarry Theatre this week, the voice of then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump will be heard bemoaning the state of the country and promising to make America great again.

Moments later, a voice-over of Adolf Hitler from a radio address in 1933 will fill the room, promising to make Germany great again.

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