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Mini Hip-Hop Museum debuting this weekend at Baltimore art gallery

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:00:00 PST

While there are plans to build a hip-hop museum in New York years from now, Baltimore’s Milly Vanderwood didn’t feel like waiting to celebrate his favorite culture.

This weekend, he’s opening the doors to the Mini Hip-Hop Museum, a permanent exhibition inside the S.A.N.D. Gallery near downtown....


Baltimore-area canine sleuths get their own TV series

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:20:00 PST

Emma the Chihauhau didn’t realize she was in danger.

There the tiny creature was, running up and down railroad tracks in Frederick not far from where U.S. 70 joins Highway 15, tail wagging, having the time of her life.

Anne Wills, who runs Dogs Finding Dogs, a nonprofit in Arbutus that helps animal...


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's Baltimore location closes

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:40:00 PST

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s Baltimore location has closed.

Telephone calls to the restaurant are greeted with a recorded message: “We are sad to announce that we are now closed,” it says in part. “We are grateful to the Baltimore community for welcoming us.”

No further details on the closure were available...


De Sousa press conference didn't generate much feeling of change

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:25:00 PST

Press conferences are a good place to start in changing the narrative, as Mayor Catherine Pugh says she wants to do in Baltimore.

But her 20-minute event this morning to announce the firing of Kevin Davis and promotion of Darryl De Sousa to police commissioner didn't generate much feeling of change...


BSO trots out war horses by Tchaikovsky, Bartok

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:35:00 PST

Another week, another impressive effort by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

If anyone has somehow not noticed how tight the ensemble’s technique has become, Friday night’s performance of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, conducted by music director Marin Alsop, would surely have woken up the ears.


Cable news outperforms expectations in covering #MeToo, Trump's vulgar comment

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:10:00 PST

It is easy to mock cable news for its countdown clocks, endless loops of the same images playing repeatedly on breaking news, and occasionally over-the top prime-time hosts like CNN’s Don Lemon, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell or Sean Hannity on Fox News.

Yet I have also been finding some of the smartest...


French bistro Chez Hugo to open in downtown Baltimore on Valentine's Day

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

Chez Hugo, the new French bistro by chef Steve Monnier, will have a romantic roll-out when it begins serving customers Feb. 14.

The restaurant at 206 E. Redwood St. will offer an $85 tasting menu with wine a la carte for its Valentine’s Day opening.

Chez Hugo will seat 83 guests between its dining...


Dining review: At Gordon Ramsay Steak, stellar food in a dining room that already needs a makeover

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:00:00 PST

They had me at “cocktail foam.”

That was just the first of the palate-tingling adventures at Gordon Ramsay Steak, the new restaurant inside Horseshoe Casino bearing the name of the multiple-Michelin star-earning celebrity chef known for pushing perfectionism and uttering expletives.

The menu delivers...


No longer disruptors, Netflix and Amazon are now firmly in the Sundance Film Festival family

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:20:00 PST

Both Netflix and Amazon made a resounding splash last year at the Sundance Film Festival, with high-priced acquisitions that are still maintaining their profile a year later. Netflix picked up “Mudbound,” which has been gaining momentum in awards races, for $12.5 million. “The Big Sick,” now also...


Federal Hill bar Boiler Room for sale with March auction scheduled

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:40:00 PST

Boiler Room, a Federal Hill bar known for its arcade games, is for sale, and will hit the auction block on March 1.

The bar ceased regular operations about three months ago, but held occasional events to maintain its liquor license, said Lindsay Taylor, director of property management for Lutherville’s...


Neopol Savory Smokery, Culinary Architecture expanding in Hollins Market

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:20:00 PST

Two Baltimore eateries are moving into the Lion Brothers Building in Hollins Market.

Culinary Architecture, a market in Pigtown, and Neopol Savory Smokery, which has locations in Belvedere Square and Union Market, joined the lineup at the building at 875 Hollins St.

Culinary Architecture moved...


Stoop Storytelling co-founder's virtual-reality film to debut at Sundance

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

It’s hard to say what Laura Wexler finds more exciting, the fact that she’s the co-executive producer and co-writer of a short film having its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week, or that she’s on the ground floor of technology that could revolutionize filmmaking.

The 13-minute...


'This Is Us' recap: Another ominous clue about Jack's death

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:30:00 PST

Hoo boys, guys. Did you, too, get suckered in by the deceptively lighter tone of this “This Is Us” episode? I feel your pain.

First, a brief recap of what came before: Everyone threw out a crap-ton of heavy emotional stuff during Kevin’s family therapy session in rehab. Accusations were leveled...


Google tightens YouTube rules to clean things up for advertisers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:25:00 PST

Google is making the biggest changes to the advertising rules on YouTube since the video site’s inception, another attempt to clean up its content and answer persistent complaints from advertisers.

YouTube will now impose stricter criteria for the types of videos that can earn money on the site...


'Hamilton' will play a month at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre in summer 2019

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:30:00 PST

The long-anticipated arrival of the uber-musical “Hamilton” in Baltimore will take place June 25 to July 21, 2019, capping a Hippodrome Theatre season spiced by current and recent Broadway shows.

As previously announced, current Hippodrome subscribers will have first pick for the 2018-2019 lineup;...


Baltimore dance documentary 'Step' wins NAACP Image Award

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:45:00 PST

“Step,” a film about the step team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, won an NAACP Image Award for outstanding documentary.

Directed by Amanda Lipitz, the film follows three members of the Lethal Ladies step team as they focus on winning a dance competition and graduating high...


Recently sold Hampden bar Dimitri's Tavern in negotiations to become Mexican restaurant

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:50:00 PST

After Hampden dive bar Dimitri’s Tavern closed for good last weekend, its new owners say they are close to finalizing a lease with another party to remodel the space into a Mexican restaurant.

Steve Verstandig — owner and operator of CityWide Properties, who purchased the Falls Road property —...


The most eye-popping dishes at Baltimore-area restaurants

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:50:00 PST

Appearance is the last thing on chef Mark Levy’s mind when he’s mulling over ideas for new dishes at Magdalena, the restaurant at the Ivy Hotel in Mount Vernon.

So when he created the peekytoe crab salad — a ball of yellow-tinged crab salad hidden beneath folds of pink turnips and sprinkled with...


'The Bachelor' recap: Wrestling with a bad one-on-one date and even more childhood trauma

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:30:00 PST

It’s the start of the week, which means we just spent another hour of our lives watching the most boring man in America try to find love, aka “The Bachelor.” We don’t remember Arie being this dull during Emily Maynard’s season. Why is it that ABC strips away all personality from their leading men...


After roof collapse, Merriweather Post Pavilion plans to open with new roof in time for spring concert season

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:05:00 PST

After the roof of Merriweather Post Pavilion collapsed on Saturday, the Columbia outdoor music venue said Tuesday that it is planning to open with a new roof in time for its first concert of 2018.

Planning for a new roof has begun, with construction to quickly follow, said Audrey Fix Schaefer,...


Free admission hasn't stopped attendance slide at Baltimore art museums — and other solutions prove elusive, too

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:00:00 PST

Eleven years ago, when Baltimore’s two largest art museums joined a nationwide trend by announcing that they would drop admission fees, the news was applauded in newspapers from New York to Detroit to Jackson, Miss. The policy was credited with inspiring Free Fall Baltimore, a monthlong slate of...


Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye welcome baby girl

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:44:00 PST

It's a girl for Kim Kardashian West and her husband, Kanye West, via surrogate.

Kardashian West announced Tuesday on her app under the headline "We're so in Love" that their third baby was born early Monday and weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces.

The couple is "incredibly grateful to our surrogate...


South Baltimore pizza shop prints menus to rebut Trump's reported slur

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:15:00 PST

Above the choices for antipasto, at the top of the menu where they list the specials, the pizza shop owners wrote their presidential rebuttal.

Others might shy from using such language on a dinner menu, but not Stephanie Hershkovitz and not Hersh’s in South Baltimore. Her weekend menus stated this:


Aziz Ansari responds to allegations of sexual misconduct

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:50:00 PST

Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year.

Ansari said in a statement Sunday that he apologized last year when she told him about her discomfort during a sexual encounter in his apartment he said he believed to be consensual.

The woman,...


Trump's comment on African nations called 'definition of racism' on 'Reliable Sources'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

CNN political commentator Van Jones called President Trump's comment last week about African nations the “definition of racism” in a discussion Sunday on “Reliable Sources” with host Brian Stelter and me.

Jones’ analysis is one of the clearest and most focused I heard amid the tidal wave of words...


Morgan alum 'fixed' H&M ad — just one example of his uplifting works

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:35:00 PST

Freelance visual artist Kyle Yearwood grew up fixated on magic.

He was entranced with the Harry Potter novels and inspired by mystical and adventurous films like “Forrest Gump,” “ Big Fish” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” that challenged the depths of reality and imagination. But when...


MLK events, Poe's birthday and more of the best of Baltimore's arts scene this week

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:00:00 PST

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

A chance to honor the late civil rights leader and all the extraordinary things he stood for. More than 70 groups are set to participate in the 18th annual celebration — pretty good, given that, just over a month ago, plans were to replace it with a day of service...


Baltimore chef beats Bobby Flay in Food Network cook-off

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:15:00 PST

Chef Kiran Patnam became one of the few chefs to actually beat Bobby Flay in his Food Network appearance Thursday night.

Patnam, executive sous chef for the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel in Harbor East, competed on a recent episode of “Beat Bobby Flay,” during which he won both rounds of...


BSO mixes Saint-Saens with rap, showcases percussive Glass concerto

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:55:00 PST

Classical music institutions routinely get charged with being stuck in ruts, overly focused on repeating old repertoire over and over, skittish about stretching boundaries. The latest Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program, full of rapping and pounding, practically shouts, “What ruts? What boundaries?”


Waffle-themed restaurant to open this month in Hampden

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:25:00 PST

Waffie, an eatery dedicated to dessert-style waffles, will open on The Avenue in Hampden in January, its co-owners said this week.

Minje Suh and Tommy Choe, graduates of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, dreamed up the idea for the restaurant more than a year ago. Suh and Choe, who are...


In Baltimore and nationwide, art museums fight sharp declines in attendance

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:25:00 PST

When former Walters Art Museum director Gary Vikan remembers the late 1990s, he gets a little wistful.

It was a time when as many as 600,000 people crowded through the doors of the city’s two largest art museums each year. Local celebrities would hit him up for tickets. Airline employees checking...


Darker Than Blue soul food restaurant expected to reopen near Morgan State University next year

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 04:40:00 PST

Darker Than Blue, a soul food concept restaurant, will reopen next year in the Northwood Plaza Shopping Center near Morgan State University.

Its owner, chef Casey Jenkins, said the 180-seat restaurant will occupy a 2,200-square-foot space and will mimic the same white-tablecloth concept as the...


'Fire and Fury' highlights the problem of finding information to trust in these Trumpian times

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

After more than a week of virtually nonstop talk on cable TV and endless headlines about Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” book, it seems fair to ask: What do we really know to be true about President Donald J. Trump and his White House that we didn’t know before?



Actresses, shows about women win big at Critics' Choice

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:29:00 PST

It was a good night for women at the Critics' Choice Awards, which honored women-centered stories like "Big Little Lies," ''The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." ''Wonder Woman" was named best action movie and star Gal Gadot accepted a special award for challenging gender stereotypes.


Sundance documentary to feature Catonsville area Syrian refugees

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

A documentary following the lives of four refugee families as they adjust to life in the Baltimore area will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next week.

Three of the four families featured in “This Is Home: A Refugee Story” live in a Baltimore neighborhood adjoining Catonsville.

The film...


David Simon says no complaints about James Franco in connection with 'The Deuce'

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:00:00 PST

Echoing what HBO told The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday, David Simon, co-creator and executive producer of “The Deuce,” said there were no complaints about James Franco in connection with that series.

Allegations of sexual misconduct in Franco’s past began surfacing after he won a Golden Globe Award...


Ryan's Daughter Irish Pub & Restaurant closing in Belvedere Square

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:40:00 PST

Baltimore is about to get a good bit less Irish.

Ryan’s Daughter Irish Pub & Restaurant, a mainstay of Belvedere Square since opening in 2004, will be closing on Jan. 21, the owners announced on Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

“It’s a little bit of everything,” said Andreea Zmarandache, who owns...


Puerto 511 to reopen with a new vibe in February

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:35:00 PST

Chef Jose Victorio Alarcon guarantees a new vibe the next time you step into Puerto 511, downtown’s Peruvian restaurant.

Puerto 511 closed for renovations in December after more than three years in business, and will reopen by the first week of February with a different look.

“This place, this...


Stephanie Blythe to launch Lyric series emphasizing American music

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:30:00 PST

In 2006, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe treated the Shriver Hall Concert Series audience to incisive musicality and a downright electrifying voice capable as much of roof-raising power as of exquisite nuance. On Sunday, she returns to town, this time to inaugurate a vocal recital series at the...


Waterfront Kitchen in Fells Point to close, rebrand as Ampersea

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:25:00 PST

Fells Point restaurant Waterfront Kitchen will close for a rebranding, reopening in early February as Ampersea, said owner Chuck Nabit.

Waterfront Kitchen’s last meal will be served Jan. 21, he said, after Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week ends. Renovations and the process of turning the restaurant...


Shut down over safety issues, Johnston Square arts studio works to reopen

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:55:00 PST

The Post Office Garage building, a Johnston Square property that houses artist studios, was shut down Monday due to various safety concerns but work is being done to make the building operational again, the Baltimore housing department said.

Responding to a complaint of a burst water pipe inside...


Five women accuse James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 04:30:00 PST

Five women accuse James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior By Daniel Miller and Amy Kaufman, The Los Angeles Times Jan 11, 2018 James Franco. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times) It should have been a pure moment of triumph for James Franco. He collected one of Hollywood's...(image)

HBO says there were no complaints about James Franco from 'The Deuce' production

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:20:00 PST

As James Franco responds to allegations of sexual misconduct in his past, HBO on Wednesday issued a statement saying that it had no complaints about him in connection with “The Deuce.”

“We have verified that no complaints about Mr. Franco have come in on ‘The Deuce’ production,” HBO said in a statement...


At Peabody jazz: discrimination allegations, a forced ouster — and new hope

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:00:00 PST

Trumpeter Sean Jones will arrive as the jazz chairman at the Peabody Institute this fall with a long, sterling resume: brass department chair at the Berklee College of Music, artistic director of Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz, board member of the Jazz Education Network, former lead trumpeter with the...


Havre de Grace shop displays movie costumes from 'Hunger Games,' 'Beautiful Creatures' and more

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:45:00 PST

John Klisavage started collecting costumes from the sets of famous movies in the early 2000s as a way to better connect with films, which he’s been in love with most of his adult life.

“Costumes are the actual physical representation of the films themselves,” said the 63-year-old owner of Washington...


Pizzeria Italian Disco to open in former Bagby Pizza space in Harbor East

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:00:00 PST

Italian Disco, a new pizzeria and restaurant, will open in Harbor East this spring, Atlas Restaurant Group announced earlier this week.

Located at 1006 Fleet St., Italian Disco will serve pizza, sandwiches, pasta and entrees. The menu — which will be created by chef Julian Marucci (also the chef...


James Franco says allegations he's heard aren't accurate

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:50:00 PST

After allegations of sexual misconduct circulated on social media about James Franco, the actor told late-night host Stephen Colbert that the "the things I heard on Twitter are not accurate."

The allegations against Franco were prompted in part by Franco's best actor in a comedy or musical win...


Essen Room in Pikesville serves up abundance of traditional deli fare

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:35:00 PST

Talk about serendipitous timing.

Since the Essen Room opened up on Hooks Lane in November, brimming with Jewish deli fare, another Pikesville fixture with a similar menu, Suburban House, closed after more than half a century. Not that the two events are related, mind you. Just saying it’s a little...


Up their alley? AMF Timonium Lanes reinvents itself in effort to attract new customers

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:20:00 PST

Forty-two-year old Curt Kuchta had not set foot in the AMF Timonium Lanes on York Road in almost 10 years when he got a text message from a childhood friend over winter break asking if he wanted to take their respective sons bowling.

Remembering the “outdated” venue the two frequented during their...


Baltimore Mayor Pugh hires 'Voice' singer Davon Fleming to consulting job

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:50:00 PST

Baltimore officials on Wednesday hired singer Davon Fleming — a city native who rose to fame on the NBC show “The Voice” — to a one-year consulting contract and officially named him grand marshal of this year’s Martin Luther King Day parade.

The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor...


Baltimore artist Amy Sherald's Michelle Obama portrait to be unveiled next month

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:15:00 PST

Baltimore artist Amy Sherald’s portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama will have its official unveiling Feb. 12 at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

Sherald, 44, a graduate and faculty member of the Maryland Institute College of Art, was chosen by the Obamas to paint the official...


'This Is Us' midseason premiere recap: Therapy session

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:10:00 PST

Welcome back to “This Is Us,” friends! We’ve got a ton to dive into, so let’s briefly recap where we left off: Kate had a miscarriage, Randall and Beth lost Deja, and Kevin got arrested for DUI — with Tess in the backseat.

I think that sums it up, yeah?

If you haven’t seen the latest “This Is Us”...


From Grand Marnier to Chartreuse, Baltimore bars offer club memberships with unique perks

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 13:30:00 PST

In Baltimore, where new bars pop up at a rapid pace, customer loyalty has become harder to cultivate.

That’s where the perks come in.

In recent years, more bar owners have created clubs and programs to incentivize customers to evolve into regulars. They offer discounted items, invite-only parties...


Italian restaurant to open in Locust Point's Anthem House this summer

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 11:00:00 PST

An Italian restaurant with roots in St. Michaels is bringing its pizzas, pastas and paninis to Locust Point.

Limoncello Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is expected to open in the Anthem House apartment complex in late summer, according to a news release.

The restaurant will seat about 120 guests...


Annapolis' Blackwall Hitch to open first Baltimore location this fall

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 09:55:00 PST

Blackwall Hitch, a steak-and-seafood restaurant that started in Annapolis in 2014, will open its first Baltimore location in the Inner Harbor this fall.

The restaurant and bar will be located on the first floor of the former Candler Building at 700 East Pratt St.reet, said Derek Fink, COO of Mid-States...


'The Bachelor' recap, Week 2: Pillow Lips and the demolition derby

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 08:05:00 PST

This week starts out like the last — with more racing footage. This got old before the season even started. If we were going to make a drinking game out of this episode, we’d tell you to take a shot every time someone says something about racing, Arie’s “pillow lips,” or when Chelsea refers to...


8 Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week menus that are worth a try

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 02:59:00 PST

Baltimore Restaurant Week returns to the city Jan. 12-21, when more than 90 restaurants will offer fixed-price brunches, lunches and dinners. This winter we're highlighting venues serving up new experiences to Baltimore diners. Most of the restaurants pictured in this gallery are new to Baltimore...


Jay-Z commissions Annapolis High grad and former teacher for Blue Ivy animation

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 17:25:00 PST

A duo that met as teacher and student at Annapolis High School has produced Jay-Z's latest music video.

As Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s first child, Blue Ivy, follows her parents’ footsteps, the first track of her musical career has been animated by Annapolis multimedia company Artlife Studio — and they...


Oprah Winfrey's former colleagues at WJZ in Baltimore think she would make a fine president

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 14:00:00 PST

If Oprah Winfrey does indeed run for president, Richard Sher, her former talk-show partner at Baltimore’s WJZ, is all in.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Oprah would make a fabulously intelligent, fabulously competent president of the United States, and comforting president of the United States,”...


Havre de Grace's Laurrapin Grille becomes Lagom under new owners

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 10:00:00 PST

Kristina Sciarra and Janice Rogers are getting back to their roots and as the new owners of a Havre de Grace restaurant, they’re changing its name to reflect the changes in their lives.

Laurrapin Grill has been renamed Lagom, which Sciarra said comes from an old Scandinavian term that means “being...


'Stains on the Sidewalk' photographer captured year of Baltimore killings, keeps at it

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 06:30:00 PST

Amy Berbert couldn’t stop.

Even after she went out to the 2200 block of E. North Ave. at 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve to snap the final photograph in her series, “Stains on the Sidewalk,” Berbert knew her work wasn’t finished.

She had many reasons to call it quits.

Berbert, who now is 23, had accomplished...


Oprah Winfrey Golden Globes speech a moving jolt of moral authority

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 01:15:00 PST

The Golden Globes award telecast is not one of the first places I would go looking for moral authority.

Historically a somewhat boozy event hosted by a group that once seemed more a public relations arm of Hollywood than a journalistic organization, it was not exactly a font of righteousness



Oprah Winfrey, 'Three Billboards' triumph at black-draped Golden Globes

Sun, 7 Jan 2018 21:24:00 PST

With a red carpet dyed black by actresses dressed in a color-coordinated statement, the Golden Globes were transformed into an A-list expression of female empowerment in the post-Harvey Weinstein era. Oprah Winfrey led the charge.

"For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared...


'She would absolutely do it': Oprah for president picks up steam after impassioned Golden Globes speech

Sun, 7 Jan 2018 21:22:00 PST

Oprah Winfrey for president was something of a running theme throughout the Golden Globes on Sunday, beginning with Seth Meyers’ opening monologue. He jokingly forbade Winfrey from considering the presidency.

But the trend picked up steam as the night unfolded, particularly after Winfrey’s impassioned...


Elvis, Ja Rule, Great Talk and more of the week's best events in the Baltimore area

Sun, 7 Jan 2018 06:00:00 PST

Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club

Elvis + burlesque + mock fighting. Seriously, is there a better time to be had anywhere in Baltimore this weekend? For 90 minutes, The King and his sidekick, Kittie Glitter, referee bouts between — well, the actual line-up is a closely guarded secret, but previous years’...


Bakery brings Hispanic holiday tradition to Annapolis

Sat, 6 Jan 2018 17:50:00 PST

By now most people are done with holiday festivities. A bakery in Annapolis, however, was still fulfilling holiday orders on Saturday.

The Corner Bakery located at 2140 Forest Dr. was busy preparing 50 colorful pastries known as “Rosca de Reyes,” or King’s Cake, for families celebrating Dia de...


Jack's Bistro will close this month, but its owner is opening two more bars

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 14:45:00 PST

Jack’s Bistro, a Canton restaurant that often appears on best restaurants lists, will end a decade-plus run when it serves its final meal on Jan. 21, said chef and owner Ted Stelzenmuller.

Slated to close since last year, the end of Jack’s marks the beginning of Blair’s on Hudson, Stelzenmuller’s...


Formerly Long John's Pub, 29th Street Tavern to open next week in Remington

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 13:25:00 PST

In 2016, a friend of Aaron Reinhart’s recommended he check out the for-sale building in Remington that housed Long John’s Pub.

Impressed by the comforting, old-school space, the Timonium resident looked outside and saw “mega-cranes” constructing what would soon become R. House food hall and the...


Maryland native DeWanda Wise to make Marvel movie debut in 'Captain Marvel'

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:45:00 PST

Maryland native DeWanda Wise, who starred in Netflix’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” will make her debut in the Marvel Universe in the film “Captain Marvel.”

The Pasadena, Calif.-based actress, who graduated from Atholton High School in Columbia, will co-star alongside “Room” actress Brie Larson in the...


Cold-weather closures affect weekend events, attractions in Baltimore

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 08:35:00 PST

As the windchill in Greater Baltimore dips below zero, a number of institutions and events are closed or canceled this weekend due to extremely cold temperatures.

As of Thursday, Historic Ships in Baltimore closed all of its sites except the USS TORSK until further notice due to the snow and extremely...


Psychological thriller co-written by Maryland author Sarah Pekkanen lands movie deal

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 05:00:00 PST

Literary world cognoscenti are betting that the novel and psychological thriller co-written by Maryland author Sarah Pekkanen will be snapped up by the same readers who made “Big Little Lies” and “Gone Girl” national obsessions.

“The Wife Between Us” was co-written with Pekkanen’s former editor...


Sapwood Cellars, a new brewery coming to Columbia, plans June opening

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 04:00:00 PST

At a party in the summer of 2016, friends Mike Tonsmeire and Scott Janish were sharing the fruits of their homebrewing hobby. Impressed by Janish’s India pale ales, Tonsmeire said to let him know if Janish ever wanted to pursue a commercial brewery.

“He said, ‘You know, actually, I have been thinking...


New independent bookstore coming to Fells Point

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 11:55:00 PST

Book lovers alert: Greedy Reads, a new independent bookstore, is scheduled to open in Fells Point in late February.

The store is owned by former publishing professional Julia Fleischaker. She said said that the 500-square foot storefront, located at 1744 Aliceanna St. on the site of a former boutique,...


BSO opens new year with all-Mozart program

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 10:50:00 PST

To start up the new year, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra turned to something old — music by Mozart. A program devoted solely to that composer can be counted on to draw a crowd, as it did Friday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

The reward for venturing out on a bitter night (what’s a little wind chill...


Call it a cold open: Roll Ice Cream in Highlandtown is open and dishing out samples in the snow

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 09:40:00 PST

Roll Ice Cream & Coffee, Highlandtown’s newest stop for sweets, is dishing out samples in the snow as it prepares to start serving ice cream during a cold snap.

Roll opened Dec. 30, offering coffee and pastries, and will begin selling ice cream Friday. The shop at 3222 Eastern Ave. is offering...


Dining review: With a bustling scene and refined vibe, Stanford Grill delivers some hits and misses

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 14:30:00 PST

The Stanford Grill achieves a reassuring balance of sophistication and informality.

Part of the Columbia-based Blueridge Restaurant Group, which also has operations in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, this establishment has the clubby-but-not-too-exclusive look down pat — lots of wood;...


Dining review: This Upper Fells Point tavern is still worth its Salt

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 11:45:00 PST

Occupying a corner of a particularly attractive block of townhouses near Patterson Park, the building bearing the sign “Salt” has the come-hither look you want from a neighborhood restaurant: classy, subtle, pristine. The enticement continues inside, where an intimate, understated space has welcomed...


18 Baltimore events to look forward to in 2018

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 10:09:00 PST

From baseball in January to Christmas lights on the Washington Monument, 2018 promises Baltimoreans scores of opportunities to have a good time. Some have been around forever (like the Maryland State Fair, a tradition for almost 140 years), while others are relatively new to the cultural landscape...


Bagby Pizza Co. closes Harbor East, Pikesville restaurants

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 08:15:00 PST

Baltimore restaurant Bagby Pizza Co. has closed its locations in Harbor East and Pikesville.

The pizzeria got its start in Harbor East in 2009. It’s closing as Blake Smith, president of Bagby Pizza, says he is working to exit the restaurant industry.

A third Bagby Pizza, at Foundry Row in Owings...


Baltimore chef to compete on 'Beat Bobby Flay' on Food Network

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 06:30:00 PST

The executive sous chef of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel will have the chance to face off against celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a Food Network show that airs next week.

Kiran Patnam, the hotel’s executive sous chef, will compete on the Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay” in an episode airing...


'The Crown' tells it true: Baltimore Sun uncovered royal scandal

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

Baltimore-area fans of “The Crown,” the brilliantly acted, sumptuously filmed and downright addictive Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II, got a neat little surprise in Season 2’s Episode 3, “Lisbon” — sort of the opposite of a shout-out, but fun to hear just the same.

For those who haven’t...


Comedian John Oliver celebrates new year at Baltimore restaurants Hersh's, Alexander's Tavern

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 13:10:00 PST

British comedian John Oliver rang in the new year with a Baltimore dining tour — chowing down at Hersh’s just after midnight and enjoying a New Year’s Day brunch at Alexander’s Tavern.

Hersh’s owner and chef Josh Hershkovitz said his longtime friend who works with major comedy tours brought Oliver...


Food Plenty, Lib's Grill open in Howard County

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 12:45:00 PST

Two new restaurants opened in Howard County at the end of December.

Food Plenty, a restaurant focused on traditional and modern comfort food, opened in Clarksville on Dec. 26. Lib’s Grill, a neighborhood grill and raw bar with a location in Perry Hall, celebrated its grand opening at its new Fulton...


Roseda Farm is breeding a 'supercow' in a quest to become the Berger Cookies of the beef industry

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Dean Bryant gazes out at a hulking black bull alone in a hilltop paddock at Roseda Farm. The 4-year-old Angus known as “B010” ranks among the top four of 200,000 bulls in his breed for weaned calf value, a measure of the quality of his offspring.

It’s the type of “supercow” Roseda is seeking to...


Just announced Baltimore-area concerts: Jimmy Buffett, Niall Horan and more

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 05:05:00 PST

On sale through Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Ticketfly (,, unless otherwise noted.

The Milestones on Jan. 5 at Ottobar; on sale now.

Alex Hooper on Jan. 17 at Ottobar; on sale now.

Jacob Sartorious on Jan. 18 at Fillmore Silver Spring; on sale now.



Shriver Hall finds venues for season's remaining concerts

Mon, 1 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

Earlier this month, when Shriver Hall Concert Series presented its last event of 2017 — one of the best performances I heard this year, by the way (more on that in a moment) — the organization wasn’t totally sure where all of the season’s remaining subscription concerts would be held while renovations...


Rise Biscuits sets Jan. 13 grand opening in Timonium, soft opening Jan. 10

Mon, 1 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

Rise Biscuits Donuts has set a Jan. 13 grand opening date for its 1,800-square-foot store in the new shopping center at the former site of Watson's Garden Center, in Timonium.

The North Carolina restaurant, which was featured on The Food Network's Donut Showdown, serves a rotating menu of Southern...


Baltimore families celebrate New Year's Eve early at Port Discovery

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:40:00 PST

They lined up as early as 9:30 a.m. — braving the crisp Inner Harbor air — to ring in the new year at Power Plant Live.

Adorned in colorful sparkles, bows and ruffles, the festive bunch of about 3,000 descended on Port Discovery Children's Museum for the 19th annual Noontime New Year's Eve Celebration.


Fireworks, John Oliver, perhaps the worst movie ever and more of the week’s best events in the Baltimore area

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 06:00:00 PST

New’s Year’s Eve Spectacular

Embrace the coming year (and say goodbye to a 2017 that’s certainly had its challenges) with the area’s grandest fireworks display. It’s visible all over the Inner Harbor area and points east and south, but the most fun can be had at the Inner Harbor itself, centering...


'The Voice' contestant Davon Fleming to sing national anthem at Ravens game

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:55:00 PST

The homecoming celebration for Baltimore singer Davon Fleming continues, as “The Voice” star is scheduled to sing the national anthem before the Ravens regular-season finale Sunday.

Fleming, who grew up in Park Heights, has received a warm welcome from his hometown since his elimination on “The...


Md. Historical Society gets provocative with works by David Brewster

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 09:15:00 PST

At the entrance to “Structure & Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland’s Social Landscape,” a provocative exhibit that represents quite a departure for the Maryland Historical Society, two large paintings face each other.

Charles Willson Peale’s 1791 portrait of the James Gittings family...


Will Smith's star is fading. Can 'Bright' be the hit he needs?

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 09:03:00 PST

Will Smith used to be a dependable hitmaker. "Bad Boys," "Independence Day," "Men in Black," "Hitch" - it was one monster success after another. Recent years have been more of a roller coaster for the A-lister, from his massive bomb "After Earth" in 2013 to the failed awards bid of "Concussion"...


Fire damages Fells Point restaurant Peter's Inn

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:40:00 PST

A trash fire early Friday caused significant damage to the Fells Point restaurant Peter’s Inn.

The extent of the damage may not be known for weeks, staff said. The restaurant will remain closed for repairs.

“We appreciate our friends and customer support during this difficult time and we look forward...


Goldman's bakery in Northwest Baltimore closing after more than 50 years

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:25:00 PST

When he was 6, Max Cohn’s mother made him an apron, the better for him to fit in while helping out at the family bakery.

Fifty-two years and who knows how much kosher deliciousness later, Cohn and his sister, Leah, are getting out of the baking business. Come next week, Goldman’s Kosher Bakery...


What should media do? Keep being better than Trump

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:35:00 PST

Last year at this time, I wrote that we in the media had failed miserably in trying to cover Candidate Trump.

Some cable news hosts and producers had given Trump largely uncontested chunks of time worth millions of dollars because he drove ratings. Meanwhile, on the other side, some reporters and...


Porgs, space horses and sea sirens, oh my: A guide to the creatures of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and how they were made

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 05:00:00 PST

Get to know the new creatures of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," from those adorable-annoying porgs to Luke Skywalker's green milk-giving island buddy.(image)

Baltimore's arts scene figured prominently in the conversations that galvanized America in 2017

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:00:00 PST

This was the year of observable change, of a discernible shift in the status quo. It was a year when social attitudes about sex and race that had been imperceptibly shifting for decades suddenly seemed to achieve cumulative mass, and pillars of American society — both literal and figurative — came...


Derek Hunter out at WBAL radio

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 07:45:00 PST

Derek Hunter, who hosted a weekday afternoon conservative talk show on WBAL radio, is no longer with the station, according to Cary Pahigian, president and general manager of WBAL-AM.

Hunter’s last day at the station was Friday, Pahigian wrote in an email response to The Baltimore Sun.

“We wish...


Toddies, eggnog and more: Baltimore cocktails to keep you warm

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

Blankets, fuzzy socks, fireplaces, those weird hand-warming packets -- they all get the job done in the winter, but on the fun scale, they’re non-starters.

In search of some temperature-rising excitement, we turn to clever bartenders of Baltimore for the unique warmth that works from the inside...


Suburban House in Pikesville permanently closed, owner says

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 13:15:00 PST

The Suburban House restaurant — a kosher-style Pikesville landmark known for its matzo ball soup, smoked deli meats and fish, and chicken-in-a-pot — closed permanently last week, owner Mark Horowitz said.

The restaurant closed on Friday, he said, but he declined to discuss the circumstances. He...