Julia Marciari-Alexander, the newly christened executive director of the Walters, can’t wait for July first. It’s not that the museum’s launching some grand new exhibit on that day; instead, July 1 marks the date her husband, John Marciari, will step down as curator of the San Diego Museum of Art and call himself an official Baltimorean. This early summer, he, Marciari-Alexander, and their twins, Jack and Beatrice, nine, will all finally reside together in their house in Homeland, embarking on a busy life guaranteed to bring extreme change.
Lat Naylor, Baltimore Fishbowl’s inaugural resident artist, whose inventive painterly constructions pair sculptural abstraction with architectural savvy, is currently showing work at Jordan Faye Contemporary. The exhibition, “Drawing Intervention,” presents more than a dozen well-chosen new Naylor classics — both drawings and sculptures — including many ambitious pieces that mix watercolor, iron, stainless steel, varnish, wax, and hand-stitching to arrive at geometrically grounded images popping with unpredictable color, light, and organic life. We recommend the show because we’re fans of Naylor’s unique eye-pleasing style, to be sure; we also recommend the romantic Mount Vernon space curated by Jordan Faye Block, housed on the first floor of the historic Park Avenue building that fabled hairdresser/bad boy/party person John Salconi lopped the top off…for his own airily aesthetic reasons.
Yesterday morning brought freaky, nonstop emergency action for our Joppa-Magnolia volunteer firefighter heroes, with three huge crises landing like life-threatening dominoes before lunch — you may remember these inspiring citizens from last week’s back-to-back fox-rescue reports. So here’s what happened!
Tragic twist in the baby-fox-rescue story we reported yesterday. (To review: Volunteer firefighters in Harford County responding to an emergency call in Edgewood Tuesday night saved a small fox trapped in a storm drain. The fox was taken to Chadwell Animal Hospital Wednesday morning, and Phoenix Wildlife Center welcomed the fox once he was stable.) Thoughtful reader “Jeremy” posted this comment yesterday afternoon: “The firefighters should be commended for showing such kindness, but this is far from a cute story now that the Harford County Health Department ordered the fox pup to be euthanized and tested for rabies just because an unknowing kind firefighter touched the pup without gloves. This unfortunately is the reality of what happens if you innocently touch foxes or raccoon babies and Maryland DNR or a health department finds out. So let’s all learn from this and make sure this poor little baby fox did not die without something important being learned.”
Heartbroken, I called the fire station; volunteers hadn’t heard a word. I followed up with Chadwell to confirm that the fox was indeed euthanized, which is sadly true. I contacted David Reiher, Harford County Health Department Rabies and Vector Control Program Coordinator, who declined to comment but sent an official statement via Public Information Officer William Wiseman.
Once in a while Harford County Volunteer Firefighters get a frantic request from a resident whose cat is stuck up a tree or trapped in a gutter, and they’re happy to rescue the terrified pet, according to Lieutenant Volunteer Firefighter John Terrell, 30. But it’s a much rarer moment when a 9-1-1 call comes through like the one the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Station received around 10 Tuesday night from a development in Edgewood: Help! Wild baby fox trapped at the bottom of a storm drain.
First produced on Broadway in 1955, Damn Yankees tweaks and transplants the story of Faust to 1950s D.C., when the New York Yankees’ winning streak seems unbreakable to diehard Washington Senators fan/protagonist Joe Boyd except by clever devil’s bargain. The beloved comedic show, featuring rousing monologue-style song and spirited ensemble dance, premieres this Thursday, May 2, at Gilman in the Alumni Auditorium and runs through May 5.
As always, the Upper School musical, directed by John Rowell, features a cast of skillful high school kids whose busy schedules leave little time for the memorizing of lines and dance steps. I talked to Rowell about the glitches and glories of making ambitious musical theater succeed at the secondary-school level.
“Art” lovers, I don’t mean to pry: Have you ever enjoyed a cold Negroni (one part gin, one part Campari, one part sweet vermouth) on a warm spring evening? And have you ever experienced the work of American modernist painter Max Weber (one part Matisse-trained, one part Picasso-influenced, one part Rousseau-befriended) on the following sun-drenched afternoon?
Weekend recipe advice from a novice: If you gulp your gorgeous pre-prandial Negroni too quickly tonight – it tastes like sweet, spiky red juice – as I did just last weekend, you may feel it tomorrow. If you feel it tomorrow, especially if your head pulses with a heat as red as the cocktail you chugged, reconsider staying in bed all day – instead, consider visiting the BMA’s immense new Contemporary Wing instead, which you can comb through calmly, mounting stairs in slow motion, soaking up the soothing gray walls, and when you’re ready, and only then, you may begin to process the elegantly simple, user-friendly story of Weber’s formative years in Paris, “when he transformed his painting style from classical representations of figures to bold interpretations of cubism and futurism,” according to the wise BMA website. You’ll also tour a number of important paintings from the artist’s personal collection by Matisse, Rousseau, and Picasso. (Note: When Weber returned to America in 1909, he brought with him the first paintings by Picasso and Rousseau to enter the U.S., plus reproductions of Cezanne and one of the first African sculptures to be presented in this country. This exhibit runs through June 23rd.)
On Wednesday evening, five Baltimore book lovers shared excerpts from works they’ve adored for some time, novels and nonfiction that landed on the World Book Night reading list for 2013. Afterward, volunteers with Moveable Feast were all set to deliver boxes of great paperbacks to less fortunate Baltimoreans in need of a great read.