Artsmash

Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
Baltimore Clayworks artists will get chance to reclaim works from shuttered facility this weekend

After Baltimore Clayworks’ decision to shutter the decades-old ceramic arts center left artists and teachers without access to their work, the board of directors announced it will reopen the Mount Washington facilities this weekend during limited hours and under tight conditions.

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The BSO's New Music Festival strikes a potent chord

As I approached Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Saturday night for the final event in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural New Music Festival, my usual skepticism kicked into high gear. I mean, really — contemporary music in Baltimore in July in a 2,400-seat hall? Please. I was bound to see one big, empty place.

Well, shut my naysaying mouth.

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Baltimore Clayworks shutting down after 37 years

After a six-month saga involving attempts to pay off its debts, Baltimore Clayworks’ board of directors decided Monday to close the 37-year-old nonprofit ceramic arts center for good.

“We’ve had to make the difficult decision to file Chapter 7 [bankruptcy] and shut down operations,” interim executive director Devon Powell said.

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A strong start to the BSO's New Music Festival

It’s too early to predict if Marin Alsop’s vision of an annual New Music Festival under the auspices of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be fulfilled. But, judging from the inaugural concert Thursday night at the Peabody Institute, it sure deserves a shot.

The festival offers a varied lineup of composers covering different nationalities, generations, styles.

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On world tour, Idina Menzel aims to keep things fresh for herself and audience

Defying gravity, Idina Menzel has soared through a richly varied career since successfully auditioning for a new musical called “Rent” in 1995, her first real theater job.

She went on to create the role of the complicated witch Elphaba in “Wicked” in 2003 and catch the attention of TV viewers with her appearances on “Glee,” before heating up Disney’s 2013 animated film “Frozen.”

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Dutch professor puts together exhibit of photos taken by witnesses to RFK's funeral train

It was hot and muggy in Maryland on June 8, 1968. Michael Scott was 15 years old, and he remembers the humid air as heavy on his skin. It felt like grief made physical.

Michael and his mother stood at the railroad tracks near their Cecil County home and watched a 21-car funeral train pass carrying the body of Democratic presidential candidate Robert F.

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