The Pratt Library's greeting card collection contains more than 7,000 cards from 26 countries dating back to 1870. This exhibit showcases over 300 cards from the collection, including a history of the greeting card and Santa Claus. It also shows the evolution of design, printing, and publishing techniques in the industry.
M. Night Shyamalan teams up with Will and Jaden Smith for this sci-fi tale chronicling a father and son's journey on a desolate Earth after their spacecraft crashes on the long-barren planet 1000 years in the future. Shyamalan, Gary Whitta, and Stephen Gaghan provide the script.
Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Joe Kravitz,Lincoln Lewis, Chris Geere, Isabelle Fuhrman
Columbia Pictures; Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Rated PG-13; 89 minutes; 2013
Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla FisherWarner Bros.; Directed by Baz LuhrmannRated PG-13; 142 minutes; 2013
Baltimore authors Rafael Alvarez and Dean Bartoli Smith talk about the writing life in Baltimore and their new books.
Rafael Alvarez' new collection of Baltimore stories, Tales from the Holy Land, charts the secret histories of tugboat men, junk collectors, beautiful women, short order cooks and an artist who captures it all in house paint on the sides of abandoned buildings.
In Never Easy, Never Pretty: A Fan, A City, A Championship Season,...
John Rizzo talks about his new book, Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA.
Company Man is John Rizzo's insider memoir of his career at the CIA under eleven CIA directors and seven Presidents. During a crisis, said former CIA Director George Tenet, "You don't call in the tough guys; you call in the lawyers." From 1976 to 2009, John Rizzo was the lawyer they called. He made legal calls on virtually every major CIA...
Leigh Goodmark talks about her book, A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System.
The current legal response to domestic violence is excessively focused on physical violence and fails to provide protection from behaviors that are profoundly damaging, including psychological, economic, and reproductive abuse. In A Troubled Marriage, Leigh Goodmark looks at how the legal system's response to domestic violence developed, why that...
M. T. Pope talks about his new book, May the Best Man Win.
They say a good man is hard to find. Kardell Spencer and Lewis Turner know this all too well: neither is lucky in love. Kardell and Lewis are polar opposites. Kardell is a hard-working, successful advertising company owner who has a no-nonsense approach to work and professionalism. Lewis is Kardell's flamboyant, over-the-top employee.
Enter Mateo Lopez, a wealthy, handsome...
Author Elaine Eff, founding director of the Painted Screen Society of Baltimore, will discuss the folk art of screen painting and her new book, The Painted Screens of Baltimore: an Urban Folk Art Revealed.
Elaine Eff began visiting painters and their patrons -- the people of East Baltimore -- while a student of folklore and museum studies. Her career as Baltimore City and Maryland State Folklorist took her throughout the state, but she always...
Kaid Benfield talks about his new book, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think about Greener, Healthier Cities.
With over 80 percent of Americans now living in cities and suburbs, getting our communities right has never been more important, more complicated, or more fascinating. Longtime sustainability leader Kaid Benfield shares 25 enlightening essays about the ecology of human settlement and how to make it better for both people and the...