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Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
'Beautiful' heads to Hippodrome with Carole King's story

Back in an era that now feels so far away, every college dorm room seemed to have a well-used LP of Carole King's "Tapestry." That 1971 album, made in Los Angeles by the Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter, quickly expanded its reach far beyond the campus crowd, selling more than 25 million copies and held onto the Billboard charts for 313 weeks.

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Contemporary African art exhibit at the BMA looks at race, privilege and protest

An intimate, politically charged exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art addresses issues of race, privilege and protest from a perspective that has much to reveal about a distant world and our own.

The prints, drawings and photographs here are by contemporary African-born (or –based) artists, the first such exhibit assembled from the BMA's collection.

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'Hamilton' coming to Baltimore's Hippodrome in 2018-19; 'Phantom' sequel on tap for '17-'18

Call it the pre-"Hamilton" season.

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'Mamma Mia!' pays 'farewell' visit to Baltimore

It's a little late to carp about the creaky bits in "Mamma Mia!" The ABBA-song-filled musical, which made a Baltimore stop over the weekend on its "farewell tour," played 14 years on Broadway and, the show's publicists report, has had 50 other productions on six continents, playing to more than 60 million people in 16 languages.

The fact that "Mamma Mia!"

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Joyous Beethoven 7th caps colorful BSO program

The latest Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program is a one-from-Column-A, one-from-Column-B concoction — something nominally Spanish, but actually Russian (Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol"); something British (the infrequently encountered Violin Concerto by William Walton); something solidly German (Beethoven's ubiquitous Symphony No. 7).

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Spotlighters Theatre to give 'Threepenny Opera' a Baltimore twist

"The Ballad of Mack the Knife" is nothing if not double-edged. The song's instantly catchy melody, colorful lyrics and irresistible sway make it easy to forget that the subject is an amoral fellow who kills and defiles at will.

That fellow is at the heart of a brilliantly subversive work of theater that slices through conventions and expectations — "The Threepenny Opera."

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