| Feb 19, 2013
| 10:33 AM
The musical premiere of a Jason Robert Brown musical based on the novel "The Bridges of Madison County" is one of the highlights of the 2013 summer season at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
The show, directed by Bartlett Sher and with a book by...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 11:05 AM
Isidor Saslav, a former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concertmaster and Peabody Institute violin teacher, died of complications from cancer Jan. 26 at a hospital in Tyler, Texas. The former Mount Washington resident was 74.
Born in Jerusalem, he moved...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Only yesterday I posted about the hissy that Buzzfeed pitched over literally in the figurative sense. Today at Slate Simon Akam is railing against bridezilla and chillax and a handful of other contemporary constructions that he finds inelegant.*
| Jan 1, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Channeling Danny Kaye, Victor Borge, P.D.Q. Bach and other musicians-cum-comics, conservatory-trained violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo like to say that they don't make fun of classical music but rather that they have fun with classical...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 2:21 PM
For 38 years I had a picture hanging in my office of three kids in a rowboat, armed with wooden swords, attacking a pirate ship. The pirates wait pensively with cannons and pistols. As the kids climb ropes attempting to board the ship, the lead attacker...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 7:30 AM
This is a Christopher Plummer interview without any questions about "The Sound of Music." Not that the veteran stage and screen actor would have minded talking about Captain Von Trapp, but he has more pressing items at hand. His one-man show "A Word or...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 4:30 PM
If you've ever said to yourself after being wowed by an actor of Christopher Plummer's caliber, "They sure don't make 'em like that anymore," then you won't want to miss Plummer's one-man show, "A Word or Two," at the Ahmanson Theatre. He more or less...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 6:49 PM
Seamus Heaney was already one of Ireland's best-known poets when the sectarian violence of "The Troubles" swept through Northern Ireland in the 1970s and '80s. An Irish Republican activist spotted him on a train and challenged Heaney to craft some words...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 10:12 AM
This is what I'm up against.
A blogger writing at A Few Reasonable Words discovers that the Chicago Manual of Style does not endorse everything his ninth-grade English teacher told him and proceeds to this discovery:
I ... did found the Baltimore...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:32 AM
Let's say you want to buy a book for the male significant other in your life who doesn't read many books. I'm going to tell you how.
Step 1: Determine if he would even like a book as a gift.
The National Endowment for the Arts says that two-thirds...
| Nov 28, 2013
According to Emily Post, "All rules of table manners are made to avoid ugliness." They exist to shield us from other people's effusions and emissions — and to conceal our own. Manners can act as a lubricant, minimizing social friction, but mostly...