The Signal

Format: 2014-10-21

  This past Thursday night, festive crowds gathered on the cobblestones at Mount Vernon Place to celebrate the annual lighting of Baltimore’s Washington Monument.

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  Madison Smartt Bell is best known as a novelist, but he has always written short fiction as well. Releasing a collection of seemingly unrelated short stories is no easy feat in the evolving world of publishing, but Bell has found a rather unique approach.

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  This holiday season, local artists might want to add to their holiday wish-lists a “Ruby.”  Over the next year, The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance will be awarding a hundred and twenty thousand dollars in Rubys Grants to qualified applicants seeking to fund new creative projects.

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  After a long career as a visual artist, Baltimore painter Jean-Pierre Weill has written his first book.  It’s a children’s book – for adults – and it’s an elegantly simple crystallization of our grownup search for happiness through a maze of doubts and longings.

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Half a century ago in Taneytown, Maryland, a young couple – Dotty and Leroy Eyeler - started a bluegrass band together. Little did they know they’d become the matriarch and patriarch of a musical legacy:  The Carroll County Ramblers.

Today, the band is anchored by Dotty and Leroy’s children, brother and sister Bonnie and Dale.

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  Have you ever taken a drawing class, the kind where you draw a live model?  Most of those models just do the work on the side, here and there, to make a few extra bucks.  But there are some lucky ones who have agents, managers who treat them like superstars and tend to their every need.

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  Celebrated Baltimore novelist Sujata Massey recently took the spotlight at a Stoop Storytelling event titled, “It’s a Mystery:  Stories about the unanswered questions that haunt our city, our families, and ourselves.”  Massey loves to write a good mystery, but as you’ll hear, it’s not

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  December 6th through the 8th, Baltimore’s Theatre Project will host a visiting production that asks us to re-evaluate our stereotypes about Muslim women.  Unveiled is a one-woman play, written by (and starring) Rohina Malik.

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  After a long career as a naval architect, Wilbert McKinley, Jr., is starting over.  This time, he’s building an entire fleet by himself – out of Legos.  Commodore McKinley’s educational Teach Fleet is the story of a man who finally discovers what he’s meant to do.  He becomes a visionary artist and a mentor.

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  Heather Rounds’ novel, There, follows a young American journalist working in the northern Kurdish zone of Iraq as the region slowly regains its footing after years of war and upheaval.

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