2013 arts highlight reel
There would also be a scene set in a federal courtroom tracking new developments in the case of a tiny Renoir landscape that was reported stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951. The painting, which resurfaced publicly six decades later, continued to make headlines and engross art lovers in 2013.
There would be backstage glimpses of gala reopenings (for the Everyman and Senator theaters), historic firsts (Pearl Jam's debut concert in Baltimore, an overseas triumph for Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Marin Alsop) and fond farewells (to Video Americain and author Tom Clancy.)
The highlight reel also would contain a disclaimer that newsworthiness, not artistic merit, was used to determine which artworks and events to showcase.
-- Mary Carole McCauley
TV/Radio( Handout, Reuters / January 30, 2013 )
Arguably the 2013 arts story with the greatest potential impact was the February debut on Netflix of "House of Cards," a political thriller filmed in Baltimore. The show stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as modern-day Mr. and Ms. Macbeth.
The series is revolutionary because it bypasses the networks and cable stations altogether, making episodes available only to Netflix subscribers. In September, the series made history again when its director, David Fincher, won an Emmy Award. The second season returns on Valentine's Day 2014.