A quick scan of this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest reveals the type of lineup we've come to expect from the annual concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Smart, on-the-nose and balanced -- as long as you're the type of music fan who takes pride in genre open-mindedness and staying in the loop of new faces and sounds.
This 32nd annual Artscape is expected to attract more than 300,000 people before wrapping up Sunday night. A good many of them are likely to wend their way to the Art Car Show, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the festival.
If performers generally need to be quick on their feet, that's especially the case for Rhythmic Circus. Its energetic show "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" is likely to get the audience's feet tapping, too, when it literally hits the stage Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School.
Just when it was starting to look like cable news might have actually learned something from its rush-to-judgment sins in covering the Newtown massacre, John King, CNN and Fox News showed Wednesday how shaky and journalistically confused even the genre's biggest dogs are these days when confronted with a major, ongoing news story.
Grants from the Nora Roberts Foundation have helped McDaniel College launch what may be the first country's first academic minor in genre fiction, including the categories of horror, romance and mystery.