Roughly Speaking: Police and protests, Monday's debate, and 'Drunk History'


Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
Baltimore Symphony joined by vivid guests to open subscription series

Igor Stravinsky's wonderfully piquant arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner set the tone Friday night for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's first subscription series concert of the season. Everything that followed had an extra dash of spice, too.

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Baltimore Symphony Associates to offer fundraiser in private kitchens

Next month, you can take a tour of private kitchens in six homes in the tony Greenspring Valley area, and enjoy food at each one, prepared by stellar chefs and caterers — all in support of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's educational work.

Dubbed "Kitchens of Note and Symphony of Chefs," this new venture is being offered by the longtime volunteer/fundraising organization Baltimore Symphony Associates.

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Everyman Theatre pairs drinks, dessert with performances; spotlights women's voices

You can take in a whole lot more than a play this season at Everyman Theatre, which seems to have developed quite an appetite for offering extras to its patrons. 

The company introduced a dessert bar on opening night earlier this month. Now comes word of a party nights and new dinner-and-show package.

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Baltimore Symphony gala with Itzhak Perlman, OrchKids raises $1 million

Judging by the bottom line, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2016-2017 season-opening gala Saturday night was an unqualified success. The event raised a little over $1 million.

That total includes about $40,000 raised during the concert portion of the evening.

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New musical work, 'Mother's Lament,' confronts deaths of young black men

Politicians, pundits and protesters have had much to say about the deaths of young black men in Baltimore and other cities. Saturday night at Morgan State University, musicians will address the issue.

"Mother's Lament," a work for soprano, chorus and orchestra created by two Morgan faculty members, gives voice to the perspective of those who have lost sons to violence.

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Rep Stage takes telling journey to 'The Other Place'

Wearing a trim, businesslike suit and allowing a trim, businesslike trace of a smile to cross her face, Juliana Smithton launches into a sales pitch for a new drug at a convention of neurologists in the Virgin Islands. A few weak jokes, some slick visual illustrations — all is going routinely for this ever-confident, 52-year-old woman.

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