Q&A: The creators of ‘Putin On Ice’ discuss Russian history, theater as protest and the ‘Putin in us’

Photo by Britt Olsen-Ecker.

Playwright Lola B. Pierson and director Yury Urnov are adamant that their new show has nothing to do with news items about Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump, is not a part of the #resistance, is not even about Putin, really.

Church of the Redeemer VOICES Series Returns with April Ryan on Tuesday, September 11



April Ryan

In partnership with the Pratt Library, Church of the Redeemer will host an evening with April Ryan, author of Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.

April Ryan is White House reporter for American Urban Radio Networks, CNN political analyst, is the only black female covering urban issues from the White House since the Clinton era. Ms. Ryan will be discussing her latest book, Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House. Presented in partnership with the Pratt Library’s “Writers Live” Series.

The Church of the Redeemer is located at 5603 N. Charles St. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, click here.

Event Pick: Make art, watch live music and support the push for Baltimore’s own Black Arts District


Pennsylvania Avenue, the thoroughfare running through central West Baltimore, was once home to countless jazz clubs, theaters and other hangouts offering a reprieve from Jim Crow and a hub for black culture in the city. That heyday faded rapidly early in the second half of last century.

Event Pick: An exhibition of fantastical taxidermied creatures at the Walters

A taxidermied flying squirrel drone, made by La Grotesquerie. Photo via Baltimore Taxidermy Open/Facebook.

Whether or not you like looking at preserved animal corpses–be they recreations of the family cat, a small mammal that was never meant to have antlers or the more traditional mounted moose head on the wall–you can admit it’s sometimes hard to look away. The Taxidermy Open, now in its fourth year at the Walters Art Museum, beckons you to embrace that strange fascination with all things dead and stuffed.

Calling all Baltimore Storytellers


SSaul Zaentz Innovation Fund

The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins has recently announced the opening of the latest round of applications to its groundbreaking program to help build a thriving film and media community in Baltimore.

CeeLo Green to headline Baltimore fundraiser fighting homelessness next month

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CeeLo Green, the exuberant soul singer best known for his televised vocal coaching and pointed Grammy-nominated single “F— You!”, is coming to Baltimore next month to headline a fundraiser combating homelessness.

Indie broheim Mac DeMarco to play surprise Rams Head Live show tonight

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Chill, guitar-playing indie rock goofball Mac DeMarco, known for his low-key “jizz jazz” music to some, and doing interviews with his mom and being “assaulted” by karate fighters on the “Eric Andre Show” to others, is swinging through Rams Head Live tonight for a surprise show.

Comic Lisa Lampanelli to bring show ‘Losin’ It’ to Center Stage in November

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For the second time in as many years, insult comic Lisa Lampanelli will come to town and perform, not at a club or one of the big halls that sometimes host stand-up comedy but at Center Stage, the State Theater of Maryland.

Welcome to My Anticlimax: The Empty Nest Report

the empty nest anti-climax
The author hiking in Olympic National Park.

Since Jane has not yet been gone for a month, it’s a little early to call it. “It” being the long-dreaded experience of the empty nest. The nest in question had been in operation for 32 years, if we count from the day in 1986 when I quit drugs, drinking, coffee and everything else I knew as the staff of life to begin the absorbing process of having babies and raising them, ultimately sending off into the world three biological progeny and two stepbabies. In the process, enriching the coffers of numerous educational institutions, now including Bard College in New York State, where Jane is currently renting calculus books and eating farm-grown vegetarian meals.

Now, for the first time ever, I am living alone. Living alone is not something I ever aspired to and at times imagined almost as a punishment for something you did that made you unbearable to others. I mean, many people get to this point in life with a partner in tow, but I’m two husbands down with no replacement in sight.

DDm’s web show ‘Secretary of Shade’ kicks off on YouTube

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Emmanuel Williams, aka rapper DDm, is kicking off a new career as a commentator on the news–offering the kind of sharp-tongued, side-eyeing tea only Williams can.