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Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
Streisand delivers the vocal goods in Verizon Center concert

Joking that she wanted to revisit highlights of her career before her "memories become misty and water-colored," Barbra Streisand took the crowd at the Verizon Center Thursday night on a journey through her nearly six decades of song and cinema.

It was not the most coherently organized exercise in nostalgia, and some of the side trips didn't add much to the experience. But none of that mattered.

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Give a listen to these recordings with Baltimore ties

The supposedly long-dead classical recording industry keeps churning out products every month, including some with strong Baltimore connections. Here's a roundup of recent releases that prove to be well worth a spin on the compact disc player, or your favorite downloading device:

CORIGLIANO: Symphony No. 1; COPLAND: "Appalachian Spring" Suite; TORKE: "Bright Blue Music.

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Cultural exchange unites street artists from Buenos Aires and Baltimore

Baltimore's street art scene is even more vibrant than usual this week.

A cultural exchange called "Roots/Raices" has brought together local and Latin American street artists to explore social and racial issues.

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From a Baltimore rowhome bathtub: A truly immersive theatrical experience

Siobhan O'Loughlin is nothing if not fearless.

The Salisbury native, who earned a degree in acting and theater arts from Towson University, has built a career largely based on provocative solo shows she has written and performed around the world.

"Natural Novice," for example, deals with a woman who refuses to shave any part of her body.

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10 indispensable Barbra Streisand recordings

No two Barbra Streisand fans will arrive at an identical list of her great recordings, but I think there can be widespread agreement that these 10, listed chronologically, are priceless.

"Happy Days Are Here Again" from "The Barbra Streisand Album" (1963): Streisand's first trademark performance, an ironic, sardonic, unsettling treatment of a peppy Depression-era song. Later versions lost this edge.

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A fan looks back on 50 years of loving Barbra Streisand

The TV screen slowly filled with a cartoon drawing of a child's smiling face as an unseen woman sang: "Draw me a circle that's perfectly round ..."

Something about the unfolding image and the sound of the voice caught my attention. So did the title of the show that eventually appeared: "Color Me Barbra."

Too bad I couldn't actually see any colors. We only had a black-and-white set.

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