On Saturday July 9th, I hatched a plan to surprise the love of my life with a party to commemorate her birthday and to surprise her with the ring I should have given her long ago. It was a dynamic plan with many moving parts and key players, to whom, we are forever indebted.
This Friday is opening night for the Baltimore Rock Opera Society’s run of a double feature consisting of two original productions, Amphion and The Terrible Secret of Lunastas. The show will run at the Autograph Playhouse (formerly the showtime) at 9 West 25th Street. The two shows will run until June 12th.
Conjuration, my friends. That’s the word for the day. Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, I’m here to tell you that everyone has experienced an occasion in which they were moved by an unknown spirit of sorts. It’s the energy in a room that pervades when we completely forget ourselves and submit to the moment. It’s when we are surrounded by like-minded comrades and engaged in some semblance of ritual that these experiences have the potential to be transformative, transcendent, and at times, magical.
I’ve come to the realization that dance is probably the most life affirming art form of all. It lives within the cadence of one’s breath in relation to a heartbeat; the movements executed represent the core actions that epitomize existence. Dance provides an opportunity to flirt with primal urges while sizing up a potential mate, which reminds me that I need to take my girl dancing on the regular.
You would be hard pressed to spend any amount of time in Baltimore without coming across a striking example of Michael Owen’s art. His images range from the largest mural in the city to pieces that would complement any personal collection. His work could be described as minimalist and often seeks out an intimate connection with its viewer. There’s a subtle, dreamlike deja vu in his paintings that resonates.