Arts & Life Features

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Granddaughter is inspiration for grandmother’s prize-winning needlework
BY Simone Ellin
August 29, 2013

“Had it not been for my granddaughter, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Ellen S. Federoff, 63, of Randallstown. “I died two years ago,” she said. “My heart stopped, my kidneys failed, and I was in a coma. People told me that while I was in a coma, my daughter, Rose, was there. She took CONTINUE »

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BY Simone Ellin
August 15, 2013

On a recent visit to Baltimore, Brian Levin, a Westminster native, sat in Starbucks at Pikesville’s Festival of Woodholme discussing his upcoming film, “Flock of Dudes.” The film, Levin’s first feature, is a comedy about a 30-something man who decides to “break up” with his buddies so he can become a full-fledged adult. Although it CONTINUE »

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Parodist Allan Sherman helped invent the American Jew of today
August 15, 2013

Fifty years ago, a bittersweet novelty song about a boy at summer camp hit the airwaves and caught fire across the globe. Just two weeks after its release, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” had sold 300,000 copies. But its writer and singer, Allan Sherman, was no one-hit wonder. In the previous year he had become stratospherically CONTINUE »

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Baltimore gears up for Hot August Blues and Roots Festival
BY Marc Shapiro
August 8, 2013

The Hot August Blues and Roots Festival has come a long way since the first show 21 years ago at Brad Selko’s farm in Monkton. “A friend of mine came up to me and said, ‘Do you want to have a picnic in your backyard with Charlie Musselwhite?’” Selko said. “I said, ‘Are you crazy?’” CONTINUE »

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New documentary explores life and times of Rene Gimpel
BY Simone Ellin
August 8, 2013

Love, war, art, celebrity, heroism and intrigue. “Diary of an Art Dealer,” a journal by the late Rene Gimpel, has all the elements of a great story, a fact that was not lost on filmmakers Lillian Bowers and Brian Plow. The Baltimore-based duo are currently at work on a documentary called “Pentimento” about Gimpel, a CONTINUE »