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Baltimore Rock Opera Society premieres ‘Electric Pharaoh’ this weekend
BY Marc Shapiro
October 16, 2014

An ambitious show calls for ambitious materials: LED lights, wigs, foam armor, bicycle tubes, belly-dancing outfits and telescoping wooden columns. There were no creative limitations in creating a futuristic sci-fi world, where electricity is currency and an oppressive pharaoh keeps the people deeply divided into two classes — the upper-class “luxies” and the lower-class “dimmers.” CONTINUE »

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Mother-daughter relationship prevails in Jewish-Latina comedy
BY Michael Fox
October 16, 2014

Estella Fish is Puerto Rican, and she clasps a rosary while fretting about her directionless youngest daughter, Alexis. Yet, she sounds like a typical Jewish mother concerned about an underachieving adult child. It may have something to do with the fact that Estella’s husband is Jewish, although he’s easygoing and soft-spoken rather than schticky. The CONTINUE »

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The Jewish dressmaker FDR turned away
BY Rafael Medoff/JTA
October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened a remarkable exhibit about the late Hedy Strnad, a Jewish-Czech dressmaker, who, with her husband, Paul, attempted to immigrate to the United States on the eve CONTINUE »

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The nearly 50-year-old HoCo venue will be updated, but will maintain its character
BY Marc Shapiro
October 9, 2014

Two words come up in conversation consistently when discussing concert amphitheater Merriweather Post Pavilion: unique and iconic. Nestled in the woods of Columbia, Merriweather is considered the Holy Grail of Maryland concert venues by fans, artists and agents alike. It’s large enough to host acts such as Jack White, Jack Johnson, The Flaming Lips and CONTINUE »

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New exhibition at AVAM highlights visionary greatness
BY Simone Ellin
October 9, 2014

Ever wonder where great ideas — truly inspired ideas that transport and transform the people who have them and their worlds — come from? Great ideas and the unusual visionaries who dream them up are the subject of a new exhibition that opened Oct. 4 at the American Visionary Art Museum. Described by AVAM’s founder CONTINUE »