Presented as the official play of Baltimore Pride by Iron Crow Theatre at Baltimore Theatre Project, “BootyCandy” is both a celebration of the playwright’s experience growing up gay and black and a diagnosis of the friction those identifiers and communities produce when they overlap.
The artists' collective Le Mondo will offer the first stage production in one of the abandoned buildings it acquired on Howard Street, Annex Theater's "The King of Howard Street," a play by the formerly homeless Anthony Williams.
A warehouse fire that killed at least 36 people this month in a multi-use arts space in Oakland, Calif., and the shuttering of the Bell Foundry have thrust Baltimore's existing-in-the-shadows, do-it-yourself (DIY) music scene into the light. Artists, their supporters and city officials agree the debate around such spaces is complicated, with issues involving public safety, affordable housing, the value of artists and the appeal these facilities have, despite a sometimes-questionable legal
I looked at the corner of Howard and Lexington streets — and the part known as the Superblock — and wondered if anyone would adopt, preserve and revive this area once so central to the lives of Baltimoreans.
It's very easy—and to an extent necessary—to make fun of the art world. There's a lot of garbage passing as precious. There are plenty of mediocre narcissists who are called genius, either by themselves or by other dummies. There's just a whole lot of capitalist, bureaucratic, white-male-centric bullshit. Everyone knows this, to one degree or another. Some just don't see that amid the garbage, actually important and interesting work is happening. Often, that ignorance is not entirely
There are basically three approaches to criticism: Consumer protection; Documentation; and Dramaturgical critique. Each one of these approaches is legitimate, and in an ideal world they would be combined. But it's hard to do. For one thing, the critic needs to be well informed and have to have a relatively decent background in whatever they are talking about. They also have to know how to write. And they need to be enthusiastic to a kind of weird and obsessive degree.
A year ago, the Baltimore Development Corporation approved a proposal submitted by representatives from local performance-art organizations to transform three empty buildings on the 400 block of North Howard Street in the Bromo Arts District into an artist-run performance-art incubator that would house multiple performing arts companies and arts organizations. At that point, the project was nameless and in the early planning stages, but the group's ambition caught the city's attention. Since