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David Simon discusses The Wire and Baltimore's current state of affairs at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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David Simon discusses The Wire and Baltimore's current state of affairs at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

(Feb. 29) All the pieces matter
The Wire debuted on HBO ten years ago. Since then, the acclaimed Baltimore crime drama has been the subject of seminars at Harvard and Berkeley and its creator, David Simon, has won a MacArthur Genius Grant. Simon looks back on the show and discusses the current state of affairs in Baltimore tomorrow evening at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

(Feb. 28-March 24) The Merchant of Venice
If William Shakespeare were around today he’d probably pick up a Genius Grant or two and you can see why through late March in the Merchant of Venice, showing at Oliver’s Carriage House in Columbia. The tragic comedy reminds us that it’s always a bad idea to sign a loan against a pound of your own flesh.

(March 3) Duke hosts Smokey at Kennedy
Smokey Robinson performs in the flesh at The Kennedy Center Saturday night. The Motown legend hits the stage to raise funds for the District’s own Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

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