| Jan 30, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Right at the start of Sarah Ruhl's "Passion Play," now at the Odyssey Theatre, a religious crisis of the kind Freud would have appreciated erupts.
The actress playing Mary in the town's religious pageant secretly has the hots for the young hunk...
| Jan 28, 2014
While Germany sits in the driver's seat of Europe's economy, it doesn't take a cultural backseat either. Here are a few of the latest developments:
Berlin is trying to finish construction of its new, 5 billion-euro (nearly $7 billion USD) airport:...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 1:47 PM
Is John F. Kerry the 21st century’s Neville Chamberlain? And is it true that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it?
Certainly that’s what critics of the nuclear deal with Iran that the secretary of State helped...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 6:00 AM
"The Book Thief," the handsome, inevitable adaptation of Markus Zusak's internationally bestselling novel, unfolds as a curiosity on the big screen.
Centered on a war-afflicted girl who develops a passion for books, it features little discussion of...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 3:10 PM
WASHINGTON – Could the Jewish New Year herald a fresh start in Iran?
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was known for incendiary anti-Semitic comments, questioning whether the Holocaust was “a real event” and once...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 12:24 PM
The publisher Hogarth’s ambitious project to produce novelized retellings of William Shakespeare’s plays has two new authors -- the Man Booker Prize-winning writers Margaret Atwood and Howard Jacobson.
The Canadian writer Atwood, author of...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 11:28 AM
A young man responded to a recent column by emailing me the story of a moral dilemma he faced when he saw a bee on the ground, unable to fly, its wings flapping desperately, disoriented.
"I stood there watching the bee a long time, just to see if it...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:16 AM
Julia Andree Delbourgo, who hid from the Nazis in wartime France and, after immigrating to the U.S. with her family, taught French in Baltimore private schools, died of cancer Sept. 7 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.
The longtime Pikesville resident...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 11:16 AM
Steven Spielberg will add another prize to his crowded trophy mantle this fall when he receives an award at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
The Oscar-winning director will receive the 2013 Records of Achievement Award in recognition of his...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Like Amy Farrah Fowler -- the character she plays on "The Big Bang Theory" -- Mayim Bialik has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Unlike Fowler, Bialik, 37, leads a well-rounded life that includes camping with her family and friends -- something she prefers to more...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 8:12 PM
They started by videotaping one Holocaust survivor's story. Then came another and another.
Nearly 20 years have passed, and the stories have added up — to almost 52,000 eyewitness accounts collected all over the world.
Each month, the USC...