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Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
Adventurous pedal steel guitarist wins top Baker Artist Award, $40,000 prize

An adventurous Baltimore musician was awarded one of the region’s largest arts prizes Thursday night as the top winner of the 2017 Baker Artist Awards.

Susan Alcorn, who has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional country western environment, was awarded the $30,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, as well as the $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize that each of the six winners received.

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Single Carrot Theatre takes audiences by bus on a 'Promenade' through Baltimore neighborhoods

All the streets will be a stage when Single Carrot Theatre welcomes audiences aboard a bus for the world premiere of its traveling production “Promenade: Baltimore,” starting June 2.

For about 90 minutes, passengers will wear headphones, listening to a live-mix soundtrack of music, narration and interviews with local residents, while the bus weaves through several neighborhoods.

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Everyman Theatre cast romps through 'Noises Off'

And you thought the secret of the universe was deep. Nope. It all boils down to just doors and sardines.

This piece of wisdom gets dispatched early on in “Noises Off,” the intricately stitched comedy from 1982 now at Everyman Theatre in a diverting revival.

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Baltimore Center Stage readies world premiere adaptation of Toni Morrison's 'Jazz'

In the first paragraph of "Jazz," the 1992 novel by Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison set in 1920s Harlem, a narrator lays out the bare facts of the plot — how a husband "fell for an eighteen-year-old girl with one of those deepdown, spooky loves that made him so sad and happy he shot her just to keep the feeling going."

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A colorful sampling of styles from Markus Stenz, BSO

Markus Stenz leaves a distinctive mark each time he leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It's felt as much in the repertoire choices as in the myriad sounds he draws from the ensemble.

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Everyman Theatre gets in farcical mood, generates record advance ticket sales

Sometimes, you just feel like a farce.

That time appears to be now, at least in Baltimore, where Everyman Theatre reports extra interest in its production of Michael Frayn's farcical romp of a play, "Noises Off," opening this weekend.

"The ticket sale advance is the biggest we've ever had," says Everyman's founding artistic director Vincent M. Lancisi. "Sure, there are other farces out there.

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