Critical Review

Critical Review

The Historic Story of Afong Moy Speaks to a Present Audience, Through November 19th

The two-person cast, Tuyết Thị Phạm (Afong Moy) and Đavid Lee Huỳnh (Atung), under Nana Dakin’s skillful direction, show the effect of cultural exploitation on the individual. They also, along with the talented design team, raise the question of whether we are complicit in that exploitation.

Baltimore news updates from independent & regional media

This week's news includes: New Hamiltonian Fellows, Kerr Houston wins Lois Moran Award for Craft Writing, The Roller Wave, the Valerie Maynard internship at the BMA, the Mac MacLure Spirit of Leadership Award, and more!

Owner Damian Mosley Scales Down to Keep Quality High

If you ask around town for the best restaurant, Blacksauce Kitchen is almost always among the top ten, but the brick-and-mortar shop is only open two days a week—Thursdays and Saturdays.

Baltimore news updates from independent & regional media

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann and Jackie Milad at VisArts, playwright Tatiana Nya Ford, Terri Lee Freeman, Dr. Edwin T. Johnson, and Lady Brion interviewed on WYPR Midday, CharmTV moving to Black Arts District, Bertha's closes for good, and more.

On Stage Through November 19th

The Vagabond Players have opened their 108th season with a handsome production of Tim Rice’s Cold War rock opera Chess. Under Stephen M. Deininger’s excellent direction, this neglected work has come back to Baltimore’s Broadway with a bang. 

Reflecting on a Dérive through Artscape and its Memories

Finding Ourselves at the Corner of North and Charles: Photos, New Memories, and Creative Achievements of Artscape 2023

Initiatives at Center Stage and Creative Alliance Illuminate Oft-Overlooked Baltimore Creative Communities

Center Stage’s new Indigenous Art Gallery and the exhibition Taking Space at Creative Alliance authentically engage with and serve the communities of color in which they are based

Kara Mae Harris' New Cookbook is a Feast

In just 100 pages, the author, recipe developer, designer, and illustrator have made the case that there is a uniquely American cuisine: the story of migration, colonialism, and what comes after. 

Shows at Mono Practice, Unit B Gallery, and Howard Community College

Three Baltimore exhibitions—whose initial themes and materials are varied between abstraction, surrealism, and fiber arts—are connected through the energized spaces that the works build and each artist's dedication to their chosen focus. 

In "Pope of Trash" Cinema's Enfant Terrible Gets Cannonically Crowned by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles

Actress (on strike) and writer (no longer on strike!) Liz Eldridge on why John Waters' mainstream acceptance restores her faith in filmmaking.

At the Baltimore Jewelry Center, Toelke Considers her Subject as Image, Sculpture, and Found Object

True to its title, the solo show features a playful sampling of Toelke’s varied mediums and practices—from bold, colorful works on paper depicting jewels to actual jewelry, such as pendants, rings, and a new take on the vintage charm bracelet.

Opioid Wakes posits the subject of drug overdose and loss at the center of this exhibition.

There are so many rich and meaningful layers of complexity in this exhibit, its inspiration, and its significance, both for those directly impacted, and more universally, by drug overdose and opioid addiction.

Artscape 2023 Highlights, Maps, Public Art, and Indoor Venues

How do we evaluate Artscape's success? After a three year hiatus, Artscape returns with leadership placing our creative economy at the center of their story.

A Fresh Adaption by Joanie Schultz on Stage Through September 28th

This season, Everyman leads off with an innovative staging of A Doll’s House, the play for which Ibsen is best known.

Amos Badertscher’s Photography Survey at UMBC Captures Baltimore’s Queer Underground from the 1960s to the early 2000s

The images in Lost Boys can feel haunting, due to the deaths of both author and subjects. But in the end, this is a show that generates considerable power from the process of making present.

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