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Artscape uses Baltimore City as its Canvas This Weekend-Films, Concerts and Art, Art, Art!!

17 Jul

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July 17th, 2009–

One of the really cool things about summers here in Baltimore is anticipating Artscape here in the city. For a period of three days every summer in July, a multitude of artists performers and creative venues head into town, or come out of the surrounding woodwork, selling goods, putting on shows and exposing the community to the considerable talent at work right here in the local art scene. In addition, musical guests like Dionne Warwick, Robin Thicke, and in a move that caused my wife to freak out with joy, the quirky rock band Cake are part of this year’s line-up. The best part of all of this; save for the vendors–it’s all 100% free.

There are chinese acrobats, opera performances, electronica music, crafts, fine arts, food, and in keeping with the aim of this site….there’s a Charles Theatre Shorts Program running all weekend in connection with Artscape that will showcase local andvaried short films every 30 minutes in one of their theaters. Here’s the synopsis from the Artscape website(CLICK HERE) which you can access here for showtimes and various other information. You can check out The Charles Theatre’s website and other short film info HERE. And finally, consider taking public transportation or the light rail into the city because a number of streets will be blocked off. Continue reading

Movie Review: Mann Alive! ‘Public Enemies’ Is An Old-School Epic With New Tricks

29 Jun

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Public Enemies (2009) R. 140  min. Directed by: Michael Mann. Written by: Ronan Bennett, Michael Mann, & Ann Biderman. Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup.Cinematography:Dante Spinotti. Original music by: Elliot Goldenthal.

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Now this is how you do summer movie escapism. One of our best and brightest movie stars paired with one of the most consistently interesting directors available in the larger than life story of  America’s canniest career criminal, John Dillinger. For all of those shaking under the tromping robotic boots of Bay’s blustering summer monstrosity, take heart, that other Mike has come to town and he’s brought Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard and  Christian Bale along for a thrilling ride that recreates Depression era cop and robber games with all the precision of a master storyteller. Continue reading

Dude Fest and ‘Lebowski’ abide in Baltimore this Saturday!

3 Jun

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June 3rd, 2009-

You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don’t wanna know about it, believe me. 
Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o’clock this afternoon… with nail polish. These …amateurs! ” – Walter Sobchack, The Big Lebowski

 Carving out it’s own unique niche in American pop culture,  the penultimate Coen brothers epic of  mere mortals facing the darkness of nihilism and the random chaos of the universe has won accolades right and left since the time of its release. No Country for Old Men, right? Ha! We are talking The Big Lebowski here, the Coen’s laugh-out loud 98 comedy that combines post-modernist straw grabbing, stoner humor and noir potboiler with a savage, glowering John Goodman thrown in for added effect. But like I need to tell you. Continue reading