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'Walking While Black' documentary aims to bridge gaps in police, community relations

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:47:00 PST

After an interaction with Howard County police in 2012 that he found deeply troubling, filmmaker A.J. Ali says he was motivated to address relations between police and the African-American community.

"I wanted to do something, a short film … to say, 'Hey, look what's happening to us," he said....


Hutzler's flagship to reopen as part of Contemporary art installation

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:33:00 PST

Last June, when Michael Jones McKean stepped into the empty first floor of the long-closed Hutzler Brothers department store on a stretch of Howard Street once percolating with retail businesses, he sensed right away the possibilities for creating an art installation there.

The 40-year-old McKean...


Here's our first look at HBO's Henrietta Lacks movie, starring Oprah

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:28:00 PST

HBO this week announced a premiere date for the docudrama "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Now, the network has also released the first trailer, which you can watch above. 

The movie, which stars Oprah Winfrey, explores the life of Henrietta Lacks, a Baltimore County woman whose cells were...


MSNBC rising: Channel answers call for less ideology, more journalism

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:36:55 PST

In 2015, I called MSNBC "unwatchable" as it hit bottom in its misguided attempt to be the left-wing version of Fox News.

Now, I am watching it sunup to sundown some days — from "Morning Joe" at 6 a.m. to Chuck Todd at 5 p.m. and Greta Van Susteren at 6.

The channel has evolved under the leadership...


Emporiyum food market returns to Baltimore, this time during Light City

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:06:00 PST

The Emporiyum, a two-day market featuring artisanal foods and drinks from Baltimore and beyond, will return to Charm City on April 1-2.

The event showcases products ranging from popsicles to beer to sea salts. Local vendors that will participate include Hex Ferments, La Cuchara, Charm City Meadworks...


Mayor's Safe Art Space Task Force holds forum for public input

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:26:00 PST

College students, artists and other supporters of Baltimore's arts community gathered Thursday evening at the War Memorial Building to discuss safe, affordable housing and workspaces for artists.

The forum, held by Mayor Catherine Pugh's Safe Art Space Task Force, was held to solicit thoughts and...


Prominent Baltimore restaurants close Thursday to support A Day Without Immigrants

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:16:00 PST

A number of restaurants across Baltimore will not open today as they join businesses across the country participating in "A Day Without Immigrants."

The closures are part of a national movement in protest of President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown. 

Some of the restaurants participating...


Wits End Saloon in Timonium takes whiskey seriously

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:00:00 PST

The first three years after brothers Marc and Andrew Unger opened their Timonium comedy club — Magooby’s Joke House — inside the former Lorenzo’s Dinner Theatre, the old dressing room space sat empty.

In 2013, they transformed the 600-square-foot area into a whiskey-focused bar called Wits End...


Clementine returns with a streamlined, dependable menu

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:25:00 PST

Clementine in Hamilton has gone back to its comfort-food roots. The restaurant, which closed in 2015 because of financial difficulties and the owners' desire for a lifestyle change, came back on the scene in December with a scaled-back menu and renewed determination.

We were glad to see the return...


Neighbors get a taste of plans for Guinness brewery, hiring

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:08:00 PST

As many as 300,000 people a year could visit a proposed Guinness brewery and taproom in Relay and a company executive said Thursday night that nearby businesses will be promoted, not hindered.

"My hope is that when folks come and visit, they're going to take a look at other opportunities in Arbutus,...


Baltimore's Cindy Wolf, Charleston and Woodberry Kitchen named James Beard Award semifinalists

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:30:00 PST

The list of 2017 James Beard Award restaurant and chef semifinalists is out, and some familiar Baltimore names made the cut in three categories. 

Woodberry Kitchen was a semifinalist for outstanding service, Charleston was named in the outstanding wine program category, and Charleston chef Cindy...


CineBistro dinner-and-movie theater to open Feb. 24 at the Rotunda

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:01:00 PST

The concept of dinner and a movie should take on new meaning next week with the opening of Baltimore's newest movie theater, and the only one to offer fine dining with your film.

CineBistro, which will offer full meals combined with first-run movies at its seven-screen theater, will open Feb. 24...


No Idea Tavern in South Baltimore to rebrand under new ownership

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:25:00 PST

Baltimore bars continue to rebrand, aiming to evolve with the changing wants and needs of the public. This time, it's No Idea Tavern that's taking on a change. 

Under new ownership, the South Baltimore sports bar (at 1649 S. Hanover St.) plans to transform with a new name and look, more food options,...


From Pikesville to 'La La Land,' producer Marc Platt sees a bright future for movie musicals

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:32:00 PST

If this year's Oscars play out as predicted, the night's final award could be accepted by one of Baltimore's own.

Pikesville native Marc Platt is one of four producers of best picture nominee (and early front-runner) "La La Land." The musical, an ode to  dashed dreams but inextinguishable hopes...


Greg's Bagels, other namesake restaurants work to preserve identities under new owners

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:23:00 PST

Made with the same secret recipe, a chocolate chip bagel at Greg's Bagels would still taste as sweet at any other shop. But as the bagel eatery changes hands for the first time in nearly 30 years, there's something to be said for keeping the name that's become as much a staple at Belvedere Square...


Dance music-focused Diskobar opens in Mount Vernon this week

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:06:00 PST

Diskobar, a new music-focused bar located inside a Nepalese restaurant in Mount Vernon, will open Friday.

Located in the basement of Kumari Restaurant and Bar, Diskobar will play modern disco, deep house and other forms of dance music, said Patrick Paulus, the general manager who came up with the...


Curb Shoppe in Mount Washington maintains neighborhood-hangout charm under new owner

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:13:00 PST

Longtime patrons of a popular Mount Washington hangout don't have to worry about their beloved tavern changing — too much. Tommy Hawkins, who purchased Curb Shoppe Bar & Grill in November, knows not to tinker with success.

"I want the same customers who have been coming over the years to keep coming...


Country band Old Dominion emerges from the background

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:50:00 PST

Some aspiring artists fantasize about seeing their names at the top of the marquee. Matthew Ramsey dreamed of reading his name in fine print — specifically, the liner notes of hit country records.

“It really wasn’t until I realized that country music had a whole underworld of songwriters that I...


Naptown Pint: Craft beer has a female problem

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:36:11 PST

Certain craft brewers (not all) are guilty of gross sexism(image)

HBO sets air date for Oprah's film on Henrietta Lacks

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:46:00 PST

HBO today set April 22 as the premiere date for “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” a docudrama about the Baltimore County African-American woman "whose cells were used to create what's considered the first immortal human cell line," according to a news release.

Oprah Winfrey stars in the film...


'The Wire' creator David Simon hosts local fundraiser, protest against Trump immigration order

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:49:00 PST

Monday night, the Beth Am Synagogue's pews were filled with about 900 Baltimore residents and notables, including city health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, activist and educator DeRay Mckesson and author Taylor Branch, who gathered to support “The Wire” creator David Simon’s fundraising protest against...


Collector Mera Rubell, BMA director Chris Bedford to visit studios of Baltimore artists

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:11:00 PST

Nearly three dozen Baltimore artists will receive 30-minute visits from two art world heavyweights in "Beyond the Frame"(image)

Mission BBQ opening in Gambrills, its 13th Maryland location

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:42:00 PST

The local barbecue chain Mission BBQ is opening another restaurant in Anne Arundel County as part of a rapid East Coast expansion.

The restaurant is set to open at the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre in Gambrills on March 6. The fast-casual eatery at 2503 Evergreen Road will be Mission BBQ's 13th in...


Charm City Cakes is opening a Harbor East location

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:19:00 PST

Charm City Cakes is opening a second Baltimore location in Harbor East.

The cake shop, founded by Duff Goldman and popularized by the Food Network show "Ace of Cakes," is moving into a 200-square-foot space at 618 S. President St. 

The shop will feature items baked at the original Charm City Cakes...


'The Bachelor' recap: Corinne seduces, Nick cries -- again

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:10:00 PST

As this week's episode of "The Bachelor" begins, we are reminded that last week, Nick shed a lot of tears and threatened to quit. We all know that’s not going to happen because that would mean he wouldn’t be on TV anymore. There's a higher chance that I stop laughing at Nick's lisp than that happening


Restaurateurs behind La Cuchara opening seafood restaurant in South Baltimore

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:06:00 PST

The team behind La Cuchara in the Jones Falls area is opening a second restaurant in South Baltimore.

Brothers Ben and Jake Lefenfeld are opening Minnow, a seafood restaurant, on the first floor of the 2 East Wells apartment building. Ben Lefenfeld said the group is targeting a May opening for...


Metallica to kick off North American tour in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:30:00 PST

Fresh of their Grammys performance with Lady Gaga, Metallica announced their North American tour on Monday -- and its first stop is in Baltimore. 

The heavy metal band's WorldWired 2017 tour will kick off its U.S. leg at M&T Bank Stadium on May 10. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday...


Grammy Awards: Adele's '25' wins top honors, Chance the Rapper makes history

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:43:00 PST

Though he was denied album of the year, which went to Adele for “25,” Chance the Rapper made Grammy history Sunday.

The 23-year-old South Side artist beat out his primary inspiration, Kanye West, and Drake for best best rap album for “Coloring Book,” and also won best new artist. He praised his...


Peabody Chamber Opera to perform trio of works about 'Women in the Dark'

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:19:00 PST

Peabody Chamber Opera heads off campus each year to do something offbeat. The venue is the nearby Baltimore Theatre Project, where different is normal. And this season's production promises to be a little extra-different.

Grouped under the heading "Women in the Dark," the company will present three...


The top things to do in Baltimore this week: Dru Hill, sci-fi and Dick Gregory

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Frozen Harbor Music Festival

A slate of the hottest music around anywhere, just the thing for a (potentially) cold wintry weekend. Performers (more than 140 in all!) include Onyx, the Pietasters, Joe Pug and a group of guys who go by the name of Dru Hill. (Hey, any chance to hear them play live...


Grammys 2017: The night's most memorable performances

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:08:00 PST

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How Beyoncé pulled off that Grammy performance

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:44:00 PST

Beyoncé’s nine-minute performance at Sunday’s 2017 Grammy Awards was among the most ambitious and logistically complex live segment the Grammys, or any other awards show, has attempted.

The expansive medley of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” employed two-dozen dancers, a live band offstage and...


With higher profile, Maryland natives Brothers Osborne return to Grammys

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:03:00 PST

When the country duo Brothers Osborne received their first Grammy nomination in late 2015, their debut album still hadn't been released. So John and TJ Osborne, natives of Anne Arundel County, met the news with disbelief.

"That wasn't in the realm of possibility in our minds," said guitarist John...


'Homeland' recap: All the plot threads are starting to come together

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:11:00 PST

This week on "Homeland" we pick up exactly where we left off, with Saul riding in the back of a police car. His arranged transport takes an unplanned detour, and he finds himself roughly pushed into a waiting van.

Saul is apparently taken captive, and his kidnappers snap a photo of him — just to...


Milwaukee native Al Jarreau, seven-time Grammy-winning singer, dies at 76

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:07:00 PST

Al Jarreau, a Grammy Award-winning singer whose versatile tenor voice and vibrant stage style blurred the lines between jazz, soul and pop music, died Feb. 12 at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 76.

His publicist, Joe Gordon, announced the death, saying the singer had been treated for exhaustion....


PBS doc 'Accidental Courtesy' finds a real conversation about race in Baltimore

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:15:00 PST

Since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the media have been filled with discussions about race. But I have seen nothing as intense or raw as the one in Baltimore that's shown in the PBS documentary "Accidental Courtesy."

The film, which premieres Monday night at 10, follows Daryl...


Crossbar licensing a small victory for business in Federal Hill

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 17:50:44 PST

In a few weeks, Crossbar der Biergarten will open its industrial steel doors, welcoming in Federal Hill residents and other patrons to kick back at genuine Oktoberfest tables and sip German beers beneath the twinkle of lights strung under a glass ceiling.

Looking around the nearly complete beer...


Bonchon, a Korean fried chicken restaurant, quietly opens in Canton

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 13:56:00 PST

The new Canton location of Bonchon, a New York-based chain known for its South Korean-styled fried chicken, quietly opened for the first time Tuesday after months of anticipation.

But despite the 2 p.m. soft opening going unannounced, the restaurant soon received a flood of orders, according to...


Crossbar der Biergarten gets its liquor license, sets early March opening

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:47:00 PST

Four years after it first appeared before the city's Board of Liquor License Commissioners, Federal Hill's embattled Crossbar der Biergarten got the green light to open as it was approved for a liquor license.

The board voted unanimously to approve a transfer of a class BD7 license to the property...


A guide to cask beer in Baltimore: Less carbonation, more flavor

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 08:27:00 PST

At a Philadelphia bar in 1996, Christopher Leonard first noticed cask-conditioned beer after seeing a bartender slowly pour a pint from an unfamiliar hand-pump. Curiosity soon led to his first glass, an experience that somehow felt familiar and brand new.

“I thought, ‘I wish it were a little colder,...


Harriet Tubman biopic starring Tony winner Cynthia Erivo in the works

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 06:10:00 PST

Cynthia Erivo is set to star in an independent Harriet Tubman biopic, tentatively titled "Harriet." Producers are Charles D. King's through his Macro company, Debra Martin Chase, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Kim Roth and Gregory Allen Howard. Macro, New Balloon and Stay Gold Features are financing....


Creative dishes and charming ambiance at Catonsville's Black Kettle

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:16:00 PST

Step into Black Kettle in Catonsville, and you feel like you've been transported to a quaint European bistro. Mirrors are fashioned like windows with flowers boxes, tiny lights are strung across the ceiling, lanterns hang on the walls and murals create Old World ambience. It's a charming setting.


Grammy nominee Gallant's musical foundation includes 'anchor to Columbia'

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:50:00 PST

When first-time Grammy-nominee Gallant moved into his Los Angeles home a few years ago, he chose a bedroom with a window overlooking the woods because it reminded him of growing up in Columbia.

"I'm constantly forming an anchor to Columbia and stitching together all the micro-moments of my life,"...


Firm planning overhaul of Cross Street Market in Federal Hill walks away

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 16:42:00 PST

The firm that signed an agreement with the city to renovate and manage Cross Street Market in Federal Hill said Wednesday it would walk away from the deal, a decision made after mounting opposition from merchants and neighbors.

The decision by Caves Valley Partners to unwind the November agreement...


Baltimore gains Hawaiian eateries as poke trend takes hold

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 14:20:00 PST

On opening night at R. House, Remington's new food hall, an enthusiastic crowd queued up in front of Hilo Poke & Sushi, ready to dive into bowls and burritos filled with chopped raw fish doused in savory marinade.

That Hawaiian staple, Poke (pronounced POH-keh), has skyrocketed in popularity in...


Inaugural Baltimore Vegan Weekend to include mac and cheese cookoff, restaurant crawl

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 10:38:00 PST

Dozens of Baltimore's vegan cooks are preparing to bring their cheesiest eats to an upcoming macaroni and cheese cook-off — without real cheese, of course — as part of an upcoming weekend dedicated to all things vegan. 

Pep Foods Inc. and Baltimore Vegan Drinks are bringing back the Vegan Mac 'n...


Baby's on Fire, a combo record store-cafe, offers harmonious experience

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 04:49:00 PST

With the renewed popularity of vinyl records, David Koslowski had a plan. Instead of the standard bookstore/cafe, he would combine his coffee shop with a record store.

His wife, Shirlé Hale-Koslowski, was a willing partner. She has run a personal-chef business, Four Corners Cuisine, for 15 years.


Mount Airy’s Bolder restaurant is worth the drive

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 15:49:00 PST

If you’re in search of a good meal, it’s worth a drive to Howard County’s western border. Bolder, a new restaurant in Mount Airy, is a pleasant surprise.

The restaurant’s modest exterior along rural Frederick Road (Route 144) doesn’t do justice to the stylish decor and delicious and seasonal New...


Aretha Franklin says she's retiring: 'I feel very, very enriched and satisfied'

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 07:45:00 PST

The Queen of Soul is calling it a wrap.

Well, sort of.

In an interview with the television station WDIV in her hometown of Detroit, Aretha Franklin, 74, said she’ll retire this year after the release of a new album.

“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came...


Everyman stages streamlined, well-cast, atmospheric 'Great Expectations'

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 14:46:00 PST

Only Charles Dickens could send his characters careening through a veritable collision course of coincidences and make all of it seem perfectly plausible and inevitable, not to mention entertaining. He did so with particular flair in "Great Expectations," the novel that has come bounding impressively...


Former Terp Diamond Stone to appear on 'Bill Nye Saves The World'

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:59:00 PST

Bill Nye the Science Guy has a new Netflix show coming this April, and he couldn't have picked a better guest star whose name could double as an episode subject: Diamond Stone.

The former Maryland men's basketball one-and-done star will join Zach Braff, Rachel Bloom, Tim Gunn, Donald Faison, Wil...


Everyman Theatre to open 2017-18 season with 'M. Butterfly'

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 12:24:00 PST

In an unusual move, Everyman Theatre has announced one of the works on its 2017-2018 lineup — David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning "M. Butterfly," which will launch the season in September. The remainder of the season will be unveiled in the spring.

It's turning out to be the autumn of "M. Butterfly."


B&O American Brasserie bartender wins Light City Baltimore cocktail competition again

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 10:26:00 PST

Eric Fooy went back-to-back.

On Monday night, the B&O American Brasserie bartender won Light City Baltimore's Cocktail Competition for the second year in a row. This year's winner, which required the use of festival's "official spirit," Sagamore Spirit Straight Rye Whiskey, was the Golden Hour.


Baltimore named among OpenTable's 25 most romantic cities

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 07:53:00 PST

Baltimore is one of the 10 most romantic cities in the country, according to a recent list compiled by OpenTable.

Charm City ranked No. 10 on the dining reservation site's list of 25 Most Romantic Cities in America for 2017. 

The rankings were based on the percentage of restaurants rated "romantic"...


Baltimore Clayworks contemplates sale of building(s) to ease debt

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PST

Since its founding in 1980 by a group of artists specializing in pottery and ceramics, Baltimore Clayworks has enjoyed considerable success, exanding into two historic buildings on opposite sides of Mount Washington's Smith Avenue with a combined 17,500 square feet used for creating, exhibiting...


Valentine's Day dining options in and around Baltimore

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 07:25:00 PST

Restaurant reservations are filling up, but it’s not too late to book a table for Valentine’s Day dinner.

Some restaurants are offering specials that run before and beyond the holiday. Here’s what restaurants in and around Baltimore have in store for Valentine's Day. (Unless otherwise noted, the...


'The Bachelor' recap: An ocean of tears, a wave of eliminations

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 06:31:00 PST

We start this week's episode of "The Bachelor" back in the Bayou, where Taylor, the mental health counselor who is paid to give advice while finding it healthy to compete for love on national TV, has somehow found her way to Corinne, this season's villain, and Nick's dinner date, despite being...


AMC White Marsh theater adds reclining seats, other enhancements

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:52:00 PST

The AMC Loews White Marsh 16 has joined the movement to give audiences more bang for their moviegoing buck, adding reclining seats and enhanced picture and sound to one of its auditoriums.

Called "Dolby Cinema at AMC," the single reserved-seat auditorium — one of 16 screens at the theater at The...


Lady Gaga elevates Super Bowl halftime show

Sun, 5 Feb 2017 18:29:00 PST

You could say Lady Gaga blew the roof off at the NRG Stadium in Houston at the Super Bowl. The roof, which was closed for the game itself, opened up to allow the singer to start her halftime set from on high.

Gaga set the theme from the get-go, fusing snippets of “God Bless America” and the pledge...


The best and worst Super Bowl commercials of 2017

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 06:43:00 PST

As 2017’s NFL championship played out on the field, the bigger-money game took place between the plays. Here is a look at the best, the worst and the just OK, our review of the Super Bowl ads that sponsors paid more than $5 million per 30 seconds to air. 

Budweiser, B+

Instead of presenting another...


2017 Oscars ballot: Make your picks

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 04:58:00 PST


Ai Weiwei exhibit, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Junot Díaz to appear at Hopkins

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:00:00 PST

An exhibit* by the world-renowned Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei will be installed at Johns Hopkins University this spring as part of the school's annual foreign affairs symposium.

The opening date hasn't yet been set. But, according to a university news release, the dissident...


Amid storm of Trump developments, a call for calmer, more centrist media

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 19:16:43 PST

It isn't as though the press has been flipping out over nothing since Donald Trump took office. Every day, something contentious, unconventional and culture-wars combustible seems to come out of Washington.

On Sunday, tens of thousands protested at airports nationwide — including BWI Marshall —...


Eleven Courses Catering owners to appear on HGTV's 'Beachfront Bargain Hunt'

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 09:51:00 PST

Jim and Melissa Benson, owners of Owings Mills-based Eleven Courses Catering & Event Co., will appear on HGTV's "Beachfront Bargain Hunt" in an episode showcasing their search for a South Carolina getaway.

The episode, which premieres Friday afternoon, documents the Bensons' hunt for a beach retreat...


Highlandtown distillery Old Line Spirits to open Feb. 18

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 11:09:00 PST

After expecting to open last year, the new Highlandtown distillery Old Line Spirits will celebrate its grand opening on Feb. 18, said co-owner Mark McLaughlin. The event will introduce visitors — who will be able to purchase Old Line’s rums and whiskey — to the facility’s production area and tasting...


A sweeping Bruckner 4th from Stenz, BSO

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 14:48:16 PST

In much the same way that many a concertgoer frets about having to hear any contemporary atonal music, some folks get mighty queasy when faced with a symphony of Anton Bruckner. The fact that he's a solidly 19th-century, all-tonal composer isn't enough to assuage their fears.

If you happen to fall...


After Sundance success, 'Step' director hopes Baltimore dance team continues to inspire

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 19:31:52 PST

Director Amanda Lipitz made waves at the Sundance Film Festival with her debut documentary "Step," which follows the step team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, and the lives, ambitions and creative expressions of three of its members.

The film premiered to great buzz and won a...


UMBC student photographs site of each 2016 Baltimore homicide in 'Stains on the Sidewalk'

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:04:00 PST

Once you realize what you're looking at in Amy Berbert's seemingly commonplace photograph of a car parked at night in front of a white frame house, it's the footsteps in the snow that provide an emotional jolt.

Are those blurry indentations moving toward or away from the front door with that welcoming...


5 ways to celebrate Black History Month in the Baltimore area

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:12:00 PST

It's impossible to fully capture centuries of black history in just 28 days (29 in a leap year) — yet every February, people in Baltimore and beyond give it their best shot. This year is no exception.

Local institutions, museums, restaurants and even cruise ships are hosting a range of events,...


Alloverstreet art walk in Station North goes on hiatus amid citywide discussion on arts spaces

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 12:14:00 PST

A free, monthly presentation of performances and art exhibitions in Station North known as Alloverstreet is on hiatus, organizers announced, as they reconsider the program's role amid citywide discussions on arts spaces and safety. 

The decision is the latest in the continued fallout from the closing...


Mi & Yu Noodle Bar is opening a location in Hampden

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 09:40:00 PST

Mi & Yu Noodle Bar, the local eatery that allows guests to build their own ramen bowls, is planning to open a Hampden location this fall.

The noodle bar is opening a restaurant at the Rotunda*, according to a post on Mi & Yu's Facebook page. The restaurant is aiming to open in October at the Hampden...


A complex path to parenthood in 'Samsara'

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 19:26:04 PST

The winter season has heated up nicely. In addition to such attractions as Stillpointe Theatre's vibrant staging of the musical gem "Grey Gardens," there's a stylish production from Single Carrot Theatre of Lauren Yee's provocative comedy "Samsara."

"Samsara" — in Hindu and Buddhist practices, a...


Dylan's Oyster Cellar shows passion for seafood

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 06:35:00 PST

After success serving oysters in a temporary space in Mount Vernon, Dylan Salmon began looking for a permanent location. He found just the spot for Dylan's Oyster Cellar in Hampden.

"I walked in and fell in love with it," said Salmon of the property that formerly housed a florist.

After renovations,...


With new concert series, WTMD is for the kids, too

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 09:15:00 PST

The palpable, wall-to-wall energy emanating from a recent sold-out crowd at WTMD’s Towson studio was unmistakable. It was the kind that almost certainly leads to a well-earned nap later that day.

“Can you hold your air guitar out like this?” Brooklyn, N.Y.-based performer Joanie Leeds asked the...


Center Stage rolls out new logo, web design in advance of re-opening

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:08:00 PST

Center Stage is now Baltimore Center Stage.

The new name, together with a new logo and website, comes as staffers have returned to their offices this week for the first time since renovations on the theater company's Calvert Street home got underway in early 2016. The renovated theater opens in...


Gunther & Co.'s bar is whimsical and well-balanced

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 10:04:00 PST

Chatting recently with Shaun Stewart of Gunther & Co., I asked the mind behind the bar program of the Brewers Hill restaurant to describe his approach to the cocktail menu.

“‘Innovative’ is always a flashy word, but it’s more about putting something fun in front of somebody,” Stewart said.



Future Islands return with new single, announce fifth album

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 08:00:00 PST

The wait for new music from Future Islands, one of Baltimore’s most prominent bands, ended late last night with the release of new single “Ran.” It is the synth-pop trio’s first offering from “The Far Field,” their album due April 7 from label 4AD. Listen to it above.

The track — with its lush...


Stillpointe strikes impressive chords in 'Grey Gardens'

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 09:06:00 PST

Inspired by the riveting 1975 documentary of the same name, the bittersweet musical "Grey Gardens," receiving an affecting production by Stillpointe Theatre, opens a window into the spiraling lives of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale ("Little Edie").



Beyonce is pregnant again, expecting twins with Jay Z

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 11:12:00 PST

Blue Ivy is about to become a big sister — twice over.

Beyonce and Jay Z announced Wednesday on Instagram that the superstar singer is pregnant with twins.

"We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two," said a statement signed "The Carters,"...


Chick P City a pleasing Middle Eastern carryout in Mount Vernon

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 06:10:00 PST

Baltimore has expanded its culinary boundaries in recent years, as a hodgepodge of global offerings has brought more diverse menus to the city and surrounding counties. Chick P City, which opened in early December in Mount Vernon, is the latest entry.

The place looks like a typical carryout shop,...


Celebrate Maryland beer this FebBREWary

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

This time of year always bums me out. As long-time readers know, I'm a cold weather person who feels most comfortable during fall and the holiday season.

Now, it's February. Everyone is crabby, and the most notable event on the horizon - other than the Super Bowl — is that taxes are due. Because,...


Peabody prof, composer Michael Hersch receives $250,000 award from JHU

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:49:00 PST

Michael Hersch, a composer known for extraordinarily complex and emotionally rich works, is the recipient of the 2017 President’s Frontier Award from Johns Hopkins University. Hersch will receive $250,000 "for research and innovation."Hersch is an alumnus of the Peabody Institute of JHU, where...


Poppy Harlow will be a welcome addition to CNN weekday lineup

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:44:00 PST

CNN announced Tuesday that Poppy Harlow and John Berman would be taking over the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekday time period starting Monday.

They replace Carol Costello, who told viewers Tuesday that she was moving to HLN as part of a relocation to Los Angeles to be with her husband, who went west for...


BET reaches high with Nelson Mandela miniseries 'Madiba'

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:25:00 PST

BET is making a big statement with "Madiba," a six-hour miniseries on the life of Nelson Mandela starring Laurence Fishburne, premiering at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continuing on Feb. 8 and 15.

The cable channel is showing it can do top-shelf scripted programming with top talent in front of and behind...


Baltimore-based artist Jim Condron receives $30,000 Pollock-Krasner award

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:25:00 PST

Jim Condron, the Baltimore-based artist whose work has led in recent years toward a bold abstract style, has received a $30,000 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Named for celebrated abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock and his wife and fellow abstract painter, Lee Krasner, the foundation...


Park Café's move to cashless part of larger shift toward cash-free business

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:56:31 PST

After being held up at gunpoint for the fifth time in four months, the Park Cafe & Coffee Bar made a radical change for a business that relies on small transactions.

A sign on the Bolton Hill cafe's door explains: "Due to the recent robberies and continued crime in the neighborhood we are no longer...


Guinness to open brewery in Baltimore County

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 08:47:13 PST

The maker of the famed Guinness stout said Tuesday it wants to build a brewery and taproom at its former whiskey bottling plant near Relay in southern Baltimore County, reviving the site with the brand's first U.S. brewery in more than 60 years.

Diageo tentatively plans to makeover the hulking former...


'The Bachelor' recap: Drain the swamp

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:40:00 PST

This week's episode of "The Bachelor" begins right where we left off last week, with Corinne, this season's villain, and Taylor, the mental health counselor and Johns Hopkins grad who is paid to give advice while finding it healthy to compete for love on national TV, still fighting about what “emotional...


'Gotham' winter finale recap: Another fan favorite gone

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:04:00 PST

Just when “Gotham” was back in our good graces for bringing back Jerome, they kill off another fan favorite.

Barbara, Butch, Tabitha — any of those low-level crooks could disappear without so much of a yawn from me. But Penguin? He’s the most fascinating and well-developed character in this over-the-top...


Oprah Winfrey will join '60 Minutes' as special contributor

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:05:00 PST

Oprah Winfrey, the inspirational talk-show host, TV executive and interviewer, will join CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" in the fall, the network announced Tuesday.

"Her body of work is extraordinary, including thousands of interviews with people from all walks of life. She is a remarkable and talented...


Ray Lewis to channel Nelly, follow in Michael Phelps' footsteps on 'Lip Sync Battle'

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:39:00 PST

2002 was a bad year for Ray Lewis, who missed most of the Ravens season with a shoulder injury and was not selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time since his rookie year.

2002 was a good year for Nelly, who released the multiplatinum "Nellyville" and had hormonal teenagers everywhere misspelling...


SAG Awards strike defiant tone against Trump's immigration ban

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:36:00 PST

Oscar season is looking more and more like one very well-dressed protest against President Donald Trump.

In speech after fiery speech at Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, winners struck a defiant tone against Trump's sweeping immigration ban. Their words varied from tender personal reflections...


Films about, and by, women take top honors at politics-heavy Sundance awards

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:00:00 PST

A Sundance Film Festival that was colored, gripped and sometimes overshadowed by the early days of the Donald Trump administration saw a slew of feminist films win big at the gathering's awards. Multiple female filmmakers nabbed top prizes, while a tale of a woman reasserting control over her life...


Sotto Sopra to host community potluck Monday night to celebrate 'friendship and diversity'

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:44:00 PST

Sotto Sopra in Mount Vernon is closed tonight, but you can get in with a dish to share.

Starting at 7 p.m., chef and owner Riccardo Bosio will host a "Friendship Covered Dish Party." Guests are asked to bring a homemade dish to feed between 12 and 15 people.

The dinner is meant to celebrate diversity and...


Cross Street Market merchants threatened by closure organize rally

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:10:00 PST

Merchants at Cross Street Market in Federal Hill are organizing a rally on Thursday as they press their case to receive compensation for the costs they say they will incur as the market closes for a $6.5 million renovation.

Baltimore officials in November approved an agreement that turned management...


'The Affair' Season 3 finale recap: A Paris rendezvous

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:03:00 PST

Part One: Juliette The Season 3 finale of "The Affair" opens on Juliette and Noah in bed, in Paris. As the sun rises, Juliette remarks that they haven't slept all night.

So they were up reading books, right? Probably. Juliette starts dressing for her day, and explains to Noah that she'll spend...


Top 10 things to do this week in Baltimore: Black History Month celebration, 'Great Expectations' and more

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Bob Marley Birthday Soul Shakedown

Creative Alliance's annual dance celebration of the reggae icon Bob Marley features See-I, the D.C.-based duo of brothers — Rootz and Zeebo — known for their work with Thievery Corp. Performing with their 10-piece band, See-I will channel the positivity and uplift...


'Homeland' recap: 'The Covenant'

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:56:00 PST

There's a dangerous man in Carrie's basement, and he's having a nightmare in the opening scene of "Homeland" this week.

Quinn flashes back to being doused with nerve gas, and wakes up in fear. Carrie comforts him, and Quinn gets the wrong idea and tries to take her shirt off. No, no, no, no, no....


Read (and watch) Julia Louis-Dreyfus' speech slamming the #MuslimBan

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 18:12:00 PST

2017 Awards season: 'Stranger Things' and 'Hidden Figures' take top SAG Awards prizes Jan. 30, 2017, 3 a.m. "Hidden Figures," "Stranger Things" and "Orange Is the New Black" took home the top ensemble prizes at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards. While the event was a celebration of actors and...(image)

John Waters' viral RISD commencement speech to be published as a book in April

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:46:00 PST

If watching the 2015 commencement speech that John Waters gave at Rhode Island School of Design over and over again on YouTube is not convenient enough, the "Hairspray" filmmaker has a more tangible solution coming this spring.

Waters' words, which went viral, will be accompanied by illustrations...