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City sues couple who came up with the idea for Light City Baltimore

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:38:00 PDT

The Baltimore arts council* that put on this past spring's inaugural Light City Baltimore festival has sued the couple that came up with the idea, and is asking a court to rule that the name, logos, designs and other elements associated with the festival belong to the city.

The suit, which lists...


Baltimore-inspired Halloween costume ideas

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:52:00 PDT

Still searching for that perfect Halloween costume? Look no further than your own backyard for inspiration.

Baltimore is full of characters, icons and storylines just waiting to be parodied in costume form. We rounded up some ideas, ranging from the classic (a crab will always work in a pinch ......


Ravens, Orioles players divulge their favorite eats around the area

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:37:00 PDT

Whether in season or off, athletes gotta eat.

Luckily, the Baltimore area is filled with go-to spots where Ravens and Orioles players flock to relax and refuel. Among them, restaurants like Spoons Cafe, the Abbey Burger Bistro and The Food Market have become known for their athlete clientele.



Baltimore County deli makes Food Network list of best cheesesteaks outside Philadelphia

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:13:00 PDT

Diners looking for the best cheesesteaks outside of Philadelphia don't have to go beyond Baltimore County to find one, according to a new list from the Food Network. 

Ravage Deli in Nottingham was named among a list of 10 "Best Philly Cheesesteaks Outside of Philadelphia" published recently by...


Poe inspires work for solo viola, chorus, orchestra

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:45:00 PDT

Edgar Allan Poe, never lacking for attention in the city where his remains have been at rest since 1849, will receive some more next weekend, and in a very Baltimore-centric manner.

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society will present the Baltimore premiere of "Dark Bells," a Poe-based work for the unusual...


La Scala's Italian comfort food offers a welcome throwback

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:33:00 PDT

La Scala Ristorante Italiano may not be the oldest restaurant in Little Italy, but after 21 years, it has become one of the stalwarts.

While it's old-fashioned — in the best sense of the word — it's not static. Chef-owner Nino Germano started the restaurant in 1995 on High Street and moved the...


'American Horror Story: Roanoke' recap: Big twist finally revealed

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:14:00 PDT

It’s time for Chapter 6 of "American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare." And much like the season’s first episode, we’re all pretty much coming into this installment blind.

Last week’s episode ostensibly wrapped up the story of the Millers, showing the family successfully escaping the bloodthirsty...


After 'Hamilton,' Leslie Odom Jr. remains driven by growth

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:30:00 PDT

Life has not yet returned to normal for actor and musician Leslie Odom Jr. That’s not completely surprising after performing what he considers a role of a lifetime — Aaron Burr in the celebrated musical “Hamilton” — and winning Tony and Grammy awards for it to boot.

“People’s interest, I’m sure,...


Retro Baltimore: Apple peels and mirrors: Halloween superstitions flourished in Baltimore

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:09:00 PDT

It's almost Halloween, a time of skeletons hung in windows and candy doled out to trick-or-treaters. But for many years in Baltimore the holiday had a romantic significance, as well. Sure, there were mischief makers -- dousing bystanders with flour was a favorite pasttime among young boys, as was...


'Heavy Metal Parking Lot' filmmaker focuses camera on his hometown of Bowie

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:38:00 PDT

From the magnificent mullets of his cult classic "Heavy Metal Parking Lot," to more serious fare for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic, filmmaker and Bowie native Jeff Krulik has covered a lot of ground.

Now, Krulik is focusing his camera lens on his own hometown. The effort is tentatively...


QuarterHouse Tavern in Canton is an ideal neighborhood hangout

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:26:00 PDT

There's a bit of irony that a former Pittsburgh Steelers bar in Canton features a cocktail called the Flacco Hun. But then, QuarterHouse Tavern, which opened in the old NcDevin's spot last year, is a completely different place.

To start, owners Howard and Mary Beth Staley completely remodeled the...


Take the edge off the election with books for kids

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:18:00 PDT

Our kids are hearing a lot about the presidential election — and a lot of what they're hearing is negative and divisive. Focus on the positive with great books full of fun facts and thought-provoking insight about the election process and the history of the presidency.

In "Grace for President"...


Baltimore's Andy Karl to star in 'Groundhog Day' on Broadway, following London success

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:59:00 PDT

The Baltimore-born actor Andy Karl, who starred on Broadway two years ago in the title role of the musical version of "Rocky," will be back on the Great White Way this spring to head the cast in another movie-turned-musical, "Groundhog Day."

Karl won widespread plaudits for his performance as Phil...


Weekend adventure: History, hiking and shopping in Cumberland

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:42:00 PDT

In the fall, the 2 1/2-hour drive from Baltimore to downtown Cumberland feels like no time at all, thanks to the serene views of mountains and changing leaves you'll pass on your way through Western Maryland.

Nicknamed the Queen City, Cumberland' charms are apparent on arrival. Its mix of history...


Haunted houses around Baltimore

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:10:00 PDT


Amy Schumer issues sarcastic apology over Trump comments

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:55:00 PDT

Amy Schumer has issued a sarcastic apology days after some people walked out of a Tampa, Florida, show in which she criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The comedian read a "Dear Tampa" letter during her show Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. She questioned...


Ekiben offering deals for customers in costume on Halloween

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:52:00 PDT

Ekiben, the Asian fusion eatery in Fells Point, is offering discounts on steamed buns and bowls for guests who arrive dressed in their Halloween best on Oct. 31.

The shop will offer $1 steamed bun sandwiches and $3 rice bowls for customers who come in costume between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Halloween. 


More details emerge surrounding Spike Gjerde's forthcoming D.C. restaurants

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:24:00 PDT

More details have been unveiled surrounding Baltimore chef Spike Gjerde's restaurant, bar and coffee shop in the forthcoming Line Hotel in Washington — most importantly, their names.

A Rake's Progress, A Rake's Bar and the Cup We All Race 4 will open in the Adams Morgan hotel next year, along with...


Rock Hall nominee Tupac Shakur popularized a sound - and became a myth

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:20:00 PDT

When it was announced Tuesday that rapper Tupac Shakur was among the 19 acts nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there was little argument among rap fans that the voting committee had made the right choice.

Shakur, who was killed two decades ago in a drive-by shooting on...


Former WTMD GM Stephen Yasko named executive director of Bromo Tower arts district

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:31:00 PDT

The Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District has named Stephen Yasko, former general manager of Towson University radio station WTMD-FM, as its new executive director.

Yasko, a Locust Point resident, succeeds Priya Bhayana, the arts district's first director who stepped down in June after nearly...


Volunteers transform an Aberdeen farm into Legends of the Fog

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 04:30:00 PDT

The screaming comes from behind the cornfield, a good half-mile away. Recognizable as female, the sound is blood-curdling and alarming.

It is what Ceceliah Hutton is known for.

Wearing an ethereal, bloodied gown and contacts that make her eyes look entirely white, she has become remarkably good...


Sagamore Spirit's rye whiskey expands to New York City

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:02:00 PDT

Sagamore Spirit Straight Rye Whiskey, the debut product from Under Armour founder Kevin Plank’s distillery, has quickly made its presence known in the area. Now it’s expanding its reach to New York City, said Brian Treacy, the company's president.

The brand's expansion is "maybe a little ahead...


The Baltimore Sun's final Secret Supper of 2016 set for Nov. 1

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:24:00 PDT

The Baltimore Sun's final Secret Supper of the year will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

The dinner is the last in a four-part dining series The Sun has hosted throughout the year. 

As with previous Secret Suppers, the location of the dinner will not be unveiled to ticket-holders until the morning...


'This Is Us' recap: A telling trip to 'The Pool'

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:51:00 PDT

As "This Is Us" gets comfortable with its characters and the viewers get comfortable with them, it’s time to delve more into what got us here.

What were the catalysts for Kate’s overwhelming insecurities (which border on psychotic in this episode) and Kevin’s constant need for attention? What was...


Spotluck discount dining app to launch in Baltimore Friday

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:44:00 PDT

A mobile app that offers tailored discounts at restaurants based on the day, time, weather and other factors is launching in Baltimore on Friday.

Founded on the premise that diners shouldn't pay the same amount to eat out on a rainy Tuesday as a sunny Friday, Spotluck will make its Baltimore debut...


Baltimore to be featured on Tuesday episode of 'Bizarre Foods Delicious Destinations'

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:19:00 PDT

"Bizarre Foods" connoisseur Andrew Zimmern is bringing viewers back to Baltimore in an upcoming show centered on Charm City eats.

"Bizarre Foods Delicious Destinations" will premiere a Baltimore-themed episode Tuesday at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel. 

"Hearty and unique favorites are featured,...


Free indoor art festival Artomatic coming to Montgomery Ward Warehouse in South Baltimore

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:43:00 PDT

The historic Montgomery Ward Warehouse in South Baltimore will host a free indoor art festival this November.

Artomatic@Baltimore will host hundreds of art exhibitions for six weeks starting Nov. 4, according to a recent new release.

The Artomatic art festival, which was first hosted in Washington...


Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam lead rock hall of fame ballot

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:53:00 PDT

The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Nine of the 19 acts nominated are on the ballot for the first time, with Shakur and Pearl Jam in their first year of eligibility....


NBC News fires Billy Bush after lewd Donald Trump tape airs

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:22:00 PDT

NBC News on Monday fired "Today" show host Billy Bush, who was caught on tape in a vulgar conversation about women with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump before an "Access Hollywood" appearance.

Bush was suspended at the morning show two days after contents of the 2005 tape were reported...


'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Jana and Gleb heat things up during Latin Night

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 03:00:00 PDT

It's Latin Night on "Dancing With the Stars"! Which means Pitbull! And lots of feathers! I like all these things! The show starts with a performance from Pitbull. He's wearing his signature sunglasses, which is good because without them I honestly couldn't recognize him. Also, since it's a Pitbull...


'Gotham' recap: Will Ed betray his bromance with Penguin?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:08:00 PDT

Everyone’s doing anything and everything for the person they admire the most on the most recent episode of "Gotham."

Ed will stop at nothing to prove to Penguin that he is his most trusted confidant. That includes turning Butch’s schemes on their heads to vilify him. Butch and Tabitha, meanwhile,...


Celebration of architecture, The Roots, pre-Halloween scares and more top Baltimore-area events this week

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Doors Open Baltimore

Baltimore's best and most distinctive architecture gets showcased as part of this worldwide effort to point out just what builders and designers can do with brick, concrete, wood and whatever other materials they can find. More than 60 sites — some old (including the 1814 Peale...


'Broad City's' Abbi Jacobson to star in Netflix movie about heroin epidemic alongside Dave Franco

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:45:00 PDT

"Broad City" comedian and Maryland Institute College of Art alumna Abbi Jacobson will star in a Netflix feature film alongside actor Dave Franco, Netflix confirmed.

The film, titled "6 Balloons," explores the upper-middle class heroin epidemic. Jacobson will play Kate, the sister of recovering...


'Westworld' recap: New narratives in 'The Stray'

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:42:00 PDT

“Westworld” continues to prove itself to be one of the smartest shows released in a while with its third episode, "The Stray."

“The Stray” introduces us to Ford’s new, twisted storyline, as well as giving us a look into the motivations of Bernard and Ford. We also get an impressive computer-generated...


Megyn Kelly's debate question foreshadowed the story of 2016 race

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:34:00 PDT

Attention, Hollywood: I have the perfect opening scene for the made-for-TV movie version on the 2016 presidential race.

Even though the moment occurred 14 months ago, I didn't know how prophetic it was until the hot-mic videotape of Donald Trump telling "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush how he...


Amy Schumer's Trump comments prompt boos, walkouts

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:46:00 PDT

Amy Schumer's rant against Donald Trump apparently turned off some fans at her show in Tampa, Florida.

The comedian slammed the Republican presidential nominee and brought a fan who supported him onstage to question him about his decision. She responded to people booing in the audience by telling...


'Kin Killin' Kin' exhibit opens at the Reginald Lewis museum

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:49:00 PDT

Everywhere he went, the artist James Pate heard the same sentiment expressed.

"What came up repeatedly," he says, "is that we in the African-American community were putting the Ku Klux Klan out of business."

The Dayton, Ohio-based artist's provocative response was 13 large-scale black-and-white...


Walters Art Museum exhibit 'Feast for the Senses' immerses visitors in medieval Europe

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The crowned Virgin in red is surrounded by so many angels playing musical instruments that the racket must have been deafening.

In the lower right corner of the painted panel, the figure pounding away on a keyboard looks a bit like a modern-day rocker. Around and around Mary the angels swirl, blowing...


Connie Imboden's 30-year examination of human form through camera

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:55:00 PDT

Before adding a two-story studio next to her Ruxton house, photographer Connie Imboden used a basement room for shoots. The walls were thickly painted black. Mirrors, long an integral component of her art, hung on chains from the ceiling.

Making a service call one day, an unsuspecting repairman...


James Beard Award-winning chef to partner with Sagamore Spirit distillery

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:18:00 PDT

A James Beard Award-winning chef from New York is opening a restaurant on the Sagamore Spirit campus in Port Covington. 

Chef Andrew Carmellini, along with Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom, all of the NoHo Hospitality Group, are partnering with Under Armour Inc. CEO Kevin Plank's Sagamore Development...


Little India opens in former India Rasoi space in Little Italy

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:52:00 PDT

A new Indian restaurant has moved into the space last occupied by India Rasoi in Little Italy.

Chef-owner Chander Shekhar opened Little India at 411 S. High St. about two weeks ago. 

Shekhar previously owned Saagar Indian Cuisine in Gaithersburg. That restaurant closed, and he turned his sights...


Director Alison Eastwood picks up Federal Hill resident's screenplay

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:31:00 PDT

It looks like dog walking could finally be paying off for Sarah Rothschild.

Ten years ago, the Annapolis native and Federal Hill resident, 37, wrote a screenplay about a twentysomething woman who, after an unexpected divorce, comes up with a plan to get hired as a dog walker by her ex and his new...


Stillpointe Theatre expands to include next door space on North Charles Street

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:01:00 PDT

Stillpointe Theatre, one of the cool DIY troupes on the Baltimore scene, is spreading out. After opening new rented digs last year in Station North at 1825 N. Charles Street, the company this month rented the place next door, too.

That added venue at 1823 N. Charles was most recently known as the...


Formerly Saute, Lee's Pint and Shell opens in Canton

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:03:00 PDT

Feeling his bar and restaurant had grown stale, Saute owner Dave Carey closed his Canton establishment at the end of July for a considerable rebranding. On Wednesday — after seven weeks of renovations — the new restaurant, Lee’s Pint and Shell (2844 Hudson St.), opened to the public.

Carey’s motivation...


'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek says Maryland contestant's favorite music genre is for 'losers'

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:20:00 PDT

A Maryland librarian and "Jeopardy" contestant has gone viral after host Alex Trebek said her favorite type of music is for "losers." Maryland Department of Legislative Services librarian Susan Cole of Bowie was featured on Wednesday night's episode of "Jeopardy" and revealed that one of her favorite...(image)

Havre de Grace chef pleased with her performance despite being 'Chopped'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A somewhat uncomfortable Kristina Sciarra stood in the bar area of the Laurrapin Grille in Havre de Grace Thursday evening surrounded by family and friends, as they watched the popular Food Network show "Chopped" that featured Sciarra, the restaurant's executive chef, as a contestant.

"I remember...


Canton's Blue Hill Tavern should be back on your radar

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:21:00 PDT

Blue Hill Tavern opened to great fanfare in 2009, hailed as a pioneer in the awakening Brewers Hill area. Then diners mostly forgot about it.

It's time to put the restaurant back on everybody's eating radar. The food is straightforward and remarkably good, with classic American offerings like roasted...


Corn maze mayhem: Farmers go above and beyond to attract fall visitors

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 06:19:00 PDT

It takes most people two hours to complete a series of corn mazes at Lawyer's Winterbrook Farm — maybe 40 minutes if you're really an expert.

But for those responsible for the maze, it's more of a yearlong effort. And, as families flock to corn mazes across the state each fall, it's not enough...


Two Maryland restaurants make OpenTable's list of top 100 restaurants for foodies

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:55:00 PDT

Two Maryland restaurants have been named among OpenTable's top 100 restaurants for foodies. 

Charleston in Harbor East and Linwoods in Owings Mills made the list, which honors restaurants serving "delicious dishes, from rustic to refined, meant to be shared with both forks and phones," according...


'Pitch' recap: Personal relationships at forefront during 'The Break'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:02:00 PDT

Despite hitting some rough patches and managing some major growing pains, Ginny and the rest of her San Diego Padres teammates on "Pitch" have made it to the midway point of the season, the All-Star Break. 

For those “lucky” enough to be invited to the game, it's an opportunity to connect with...


Watching 'House of Cards' in Tehran, to hard-liners' delight

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 05:56:00 PDT

Iran's government has long tried to keep out American pop culture, but it seems happy to let Iranians watch the backstabbing, deceitful machinations of fictional U.S. politician Frank Underwood in "House of Cards." Iran's hard-liners point to the show and say: This is what America is really like....


Mayor's ban on WYPR reporter is outrageously anti-democratic

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:30:00 PDT

The ban by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on WYPR radio reporter P. Kenneth Burns is outrageously anti-democratic. It shows either a lack of understanding or utter contempt on the part of Rawlings-Blake for the fundamental role of a free press in a democracy.

As I have regularly written here, I...


'American Horror Story: Roanoke' recap: The story seems over ... but we know better

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:04:00 PDT

Chapter 5 officially marks the halfway point of "American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare." And the story progresses rapidly — so quickly in fact, that one might assume the story was over, if we didn’t already know there were still five episodes to go.

As many viewers predicted, the events of...


Five and Dime Ale House in Hampden to open Monday

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:15:00 PDT

For months, Hampden residents and visitors have walked by and popped their heads in to check on progress of a new sports bar at the corner of West 36th Street and Elm Avenue. Next week, they’ll be able to grab a beer and food there while watching a game.

At 11 a.m. Monday, Five and Dime Ale House...


Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in literature

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:46:00 PDT

Bob Dylan, Nobel laureate. In the book world's equivalent of a Supreme Court ruling, the Nobel judges declared Thursday that Dylan is not just a rock star but a poet of the very highest order.

Dylan, 75, becomes the first musician in the 115-year history of the Nobel to win the prize in literature....


Rising country musician Dustin Lynch just wants to make you dance

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:26:00 PDT

“Seein’ Red,” the latest single from Dustin Lynch, captures the current state of its hot-blooded singer-songwriter as his star rises in country music.

“I’m talking red-hot red dress hanging on your hips / I’m talking backseat heartbeat, pounding in my chest,” Lynch sings over a slinking groove...


'Empire' recap: 'Cupid Kills'

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:13:00 PDT

As your regular writer, Ryan Eakin, recovers, I am back to give you the lowdown on last night’s episode of "Empire": "Cupid Kills."

The show opens up as Lucious and Andre arrive at Shyne’s recording studio to sign Nessa to Empire. The tables are quickly turned as we see Shyne has invited the heads...


NBC expected to announce departure of Billy Bush

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:39:00 PDT

On Saturday, I called Billy Bush dead meat at NBC. And it looks as if the network, which suspended the “Today” show host Sunday night, is about to make that official.

I could find no one in the TV news industry the last two days who thinks there is any way back for Bush at NBC News after a 2005...


Luigi's Italian Deli in Hampden is for sale

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:42:00 PDT

The owner of Luigi's Italian Deli is selling his Hampden cafe as he prepares to move across the country.

Owner Chris Doiron's significant other, Ashley Boycher, currently an associate exhibition designer at the Walters Art Museum, recently accepted a position at the California Academy of Sciences...


Raves for UK premiere of 'One Night in Miami' directed by Center Stage's Kwame Kwei-Armah

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:13:00 PDT

Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah is sharing in accolades for the U.K. premiere of "One Night in Miami," Kemp Powers' play about Cassius Clay (soon to be known as Muhammad Ali), Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown.

The production at London's Donmar Warehouse, which opened Tuesday,...


Thomas Dolby's new memoir reflects on unique career in music, technology

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:59:00 PDT

With a book deal in place, Thomas Dolby went digging through his personal archives of diaries, PalmPilots and yellow notepads. The exercise was enlightening, and even a bit frustrating for the now 57-year-old Johns Hopkins University professor.

"What was kind of charming about reading this stuff...


'This Is Us' recap: Randall's backstory becomes more clear

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:53:00 PDT

After a week off because of to the vice presidential debate, "This Is Us" was back on NBC last night at its new time of 9 p.m. (Set those DVRs if you missed it!) Where we last left off, Randall had moved in his dying biological father, Kate was falling in love with Toby, and Kevin’s career was...


Baltimore restaurants with the best ambiance

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 07:54:00 PDT

If you’re looking for a restaurant with ambiance as memorable as the food, check out these 10 stunners. Their top-notch design will surround you with beauty, whether you want a historic setting, a sophisticated atmosphere or a whimsical room.


Monkee Peter Tork and his band, Shoe Suede Blues, will perform in Edgewood Friday

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:15:00 PDT

Peter Tork, who became famous in the 1960s as a member of The Monkees, is taking a break from a Monkees 50th anniversary North American tour to perform in Edgewood Friday night with his current band, Shoe Suede Blues.

The four-member Shoe Suede Blues will perform at Club 66, which is next door...


Strand Theater opens new home with one-woman play about life and finance

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:01:00 PDT

Founded on a shoestring less than a decade ago, the Strand Theater Company has made a significant contribution to the local scene by putting extra emphasis on women's voices — playwrights, actors, directors, designers.

That mission got a little trickier when the Strand left its leased Station North...


Janet Jackson confirms pregnancy at age 50

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:25:00 PDT

Ending a summer of speculation, Janet Jackson has finally confirmed her long-rumored pregnancy at age 50, People reported Wednesday.

The youngest child of the Jackson musical dynasty, the artist said of her late-in-life pregnancy, “We thank God for our blessing.”

Rumors that Jackson was a potential...


Baltimore's best crab dishes

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:37:00 PDT

Nothing says Baltimore more than a pile of hot steamed crabs crusted with Old Bay. But we don’t always need to get messy with our crustaceans.

The blue crab’s beautiful lumps are featured in a variety of preparations at area restaurants. These 11 are some of the best.


Peabody pop-up concerts planned around Baltimore on Tuesday

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:38:00 PDT

The craze for classical pop-up concerts, now a few years old around the world, hasn't run out of steam yet.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra players sprang up at Penn Station recently with music director Marin Alsop. And on Tuesday afternoon, Peabody Conservatory musicians will be spotted all over...


'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Emotional 'Most Memorable Year' performances

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:24:00 PDT

This week on "Dancing With the Stars," each star invites us to look at their "Most Memorable Year." At the end of last week’s recap, your regular correspondent, Amy Watts, said that I was much nicer about sob stories than she was, but I have no idea where she might have gotten that idea.

In the...


Second Clinton-Trump debate seen by 66.5 million

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 06:11:00 PDT

An audience of 66.5 million watched Sunday night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, according to Nielsen.

That's down from the 84 million who watched the first debate.

More from Nielsen on social media:

In terms of the social nature of the debate, there were 62 million social media...


Trump lives to fight another day in remarkable, tabloid debate with Clinton

Sun, 9 Oct 2016 22:00:00 PDT

This presidential campaign has been so tabloid and downright strange that I didn’t think I could be stunned by anything I saw or heard in these closing weeks.

And then I turned to CNN at 7:57 tonight for the start of the debate, and the camera showed me three women sitting in the first row of the...


10 meals under $10 at Baltimore restaurants

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:17:00 PDT

The debate has been settled: Alexander Hamilton will remain on the front of the $10 bill. Now, all we have to do is decide where to spend it. It may not go very far at some restaurants, but there are 10 ways to sate your appetite — and maybe even get a Washington back in the process.


Havre de Grace chef to appear on Food Network's 'Chopped' Oct. 13

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:30:00 PDT

A Havre de Grace executive chef will be appearing next week on an episode of the popular Food Network show "Chopped."

Kristina Sciarra, the executive chef at Laurrapin Grille, will compete against three other chefs in an episode that airs Oct. 13 at 9 p.m.

Sciarra can't say how she did on the show,...


'Gotham' recap: Few rays of hope in 'New Day Rising'

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:28:00 PDT

It’s hard being an optimist in Gotham. Crime’s at an all-time high, Jim is struggling with his demons and Penguin became mayor, making a mockery of democracy.

But even the jokes at the expense of the presidential candidates couldn’t lighten heavy subject matters such as suicide and incest in “Mad...


'Real Housewives of Potomac' sidekick indicted on conspiracy, fraud and other charges

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:47:00 PDT

"The Real Housewives of Potomac" drama tends to be low stakes (squabbles over seating arrangements, really?), but here's an off-screen exception: A federal grand jury on Friday indicted friend-of-the-cast Brynee Baylor on charges that she bilked investors in a bogus scheme that promised huge returns...


Navy ships, Russian food and the Baltimore Marathon: This week in Baltimore

Sat, 8 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore

No bicentennial to celebrate this year (guess we'll have to wait for 2112 for the next big War of 1812 commemoration), but that shouldn't make this any less of a good time. Look for a dozen Navy ships, plus plenty of other sailing vessels (including some...


'Westworld' recap: Robot nightmares

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:38:00 PDT

The tightly knit, intricate tapestry that is Westworld is slowly unraveling. The thread is being pulled as one stitch gives way to the next one.

The second episode of “Westworld” continues to show the evolution of these weathered robots while also giving us the perspective of a young guest making...


Baltimore musician reunited with his favorite guitar 10 months after it was stolen

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 04:30:00 PDT

Baltimore musician Sean K. Preston never expected to see his guitar, "June," again after she was stolen from his van during a show in January. 

But the lead singer of Sean K. Preston & The Loaded Pistols got the 1968 Harmony Archtone back last week after a tip from a fan led to her return.



New AVAM exhibit explores human relationships with food

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:54:00 PDT

Ants march, honeybees hover, flowers bloom and corn grows on the rotating concentric circles of "Brackman's Botanical Bonanza!," a giant mechanical mandala spinning at the heart of a second-floor gallery in the American Visionary Art Museum.

Artist Wendy Brackman spent more than a year crafting...


Senior facilities welcome live-in Peabody students

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 14:04:00 PDT

At the intersection of two corridors in the main building at Broadmead, the retirement community in Cockeysville, a small seating area with a few traditional-style chairs and a display case might not normally warrant a second glance.

But on a recent afternoon, passersby slowed their pace, drawn...


Edgar Allan Poe exhibit reveals writer through rare items at Peabody Library

Sat, 8 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

This Edgar Allan Poe is not immediately recognizable. He's clean-shaven and distinguished looking. And a substantial part of his writings are not poems and short stories, but literary criticisms, handwriting analyses, even short biographies.

There was a lot more to Poe, it seems, than the casual...


Expect more artifice than authenticity in 'town hall' debate

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 13:33:09 PDT

Sunday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square off in what's being billed as a "town hall debate."

The term conjures up images of brightly lit New England assembly halls and the Norman Rockwell "Freedom of Speech" illustration that shows a young man straight out of Frank Capra central...


Readers' choice: Best Baltimore restaurants

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 07:16:00 PDT

There’s something to be said for popular opinion.

We asked readers to name their favorite restaurants in the Baltimore area, and more than 700 responded.

Food critic Suzanne Loudermilk named Aldo’s Ristorante Italian among her top 10, and readers seemed to agree — the Little Italy spot was the...


Learning and drinking beer as City Brew Tours launches in Baltimore

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 14:04:00 PDT

Standing inside Heavy Seas Beer’s taproom in Halethorpe on Wednesday evening, Barry Hansen is telling the company’s history in rich detail with ease. Minutes later, he’s leading a group of men and women — ages spanning from 21 to the retired — through the production facility, detailing the step-by-step...


The Baltimore Sun's 2016 dining guide

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:36:00 PDT


Best Baltimore bars 2016: From LB Skybar to The Brewer's Art

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:10:00 PDT

Falling into a routine can be easy, especially when it comes to the bar scene in Baltimore.

All imbibers are “regulars” somewhere, and it's convenient to lean on what's familiar or what's in your comfort zone. For a lot of us, it's what's in walking distance.

We all have and need “our” spots, but...


'The Birth of a Nation' review: Nate Parker's powerful, problematic film about Nat Turner

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 05:56:00 PDT

Nate Parker's debut feature, "The Birth of a Nation," owes a great deal of its storytelling, its brute force and its blood-boiling injustice to Mel Gibson's "Braveheart." "I love the comparison," Parker told Alex Billington of, after Parker's Sundance Film Festival triumph in January....


'The Girl on the Train' review: Thriller starring Emily Blunt flies off the tracks

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 12:52:00 PDT

Let's be Blunt.

Emily Blunt is an excellent and wily actress. In "The Girl on the Train" she's persuasive enough, both in angsty, raging extremis and in wary voyeur mode, to play a sort of shell game with her own messed-up movie. Look over here! I've figured out how to make this plot device behave...


Rumor Mill restaurant will not reopen in Ellicott City space destroyed by flood

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 13:46:00 PDT

As other Ellicott City shops and restaurants celebrate their reopening Thursday night, the Rumor Mill Fusion Bar & Restaurant is among the businesses that will not return to Main Street.

Owners Lexi and Matthew Milani announced on the Rumor Mill's Facebook page this week that the spot would not...


Full Tilt Brewing plans to open Towson brewpub in 2017

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 08:59:00 PDT

While Baltimore’s Full Tilt Brewing currently contract brews at the Peabody Heights Brewing facility in Abell, the company’s ultimate goal is to one day open their own brewery in the city.

That’s years down the line, though. In the meantime — and in an effort to one day reach that goal — Full Tilt...


A strong start to Annapolis Symphony's 55th season

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 13:15:00 PDT

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra opened its 55th season last weekend with a hefty, strongly delivered program and some certified star power.

For the main item on the bill, Beethoven's epic Violin Concerto, the orchestra was especially fortunate to have Midori as soloist.

The Japanese-born American...


Roughly Speaking podcast: 'The Birth Of A Nation,' 'The Girl On The Train,' Zurawik on Trump-Clinton town hall (episode 160)

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 11:10:00 PDT

In this podcast: 

4:05: Will Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation" be a box-office success or suffer from a boycott promised by the director's critics? The movie, which tells the story of Nat Turner and the bloody slave rebellion he led in 1831, generated great buzz and garnered a lucrative Hollywood...(image)

Pikesville's Jason Berman helps bring 'The Birth of a Nation' to screens

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 06:46:00 PDT

Immediately after reading the script for "The Birth of a Nation," Jason Berman knew this was a movie he wanted to produce.

"I read it and was just blown away," says Berman, who grew up in Pikesville and graduated from Friends School of Baltimore. "I thought, 'This is incredible.'"

That was more...


City Cafe's good record bodes well for Tark's Grill

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 07:02:00 PDT

City Cafe is the little coffee shop that could. After 22 years, the Mount Vernon staple has blossomed into a full-fledged restaurant with lunch, brunch and dinner menus served in a sleek, contemporary space.

An espresso machine at the end of a new marble bar is a remaining nod to its early brew-house...


What to expect when Maryland Fleet Week docks in Baltimore: Ships, Blue Angels and more

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:05:00 PDT

There may be no War of 1812 bicentennial to celebrate this year, but that won't stop Baltimore from throwing a big-time party — complete with a fleet of warships taking over the Inner Harbor and beyond and the Navy's high-flying Blue Angels storming their way through the skies.

Beginning Saturday...


Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird has no time for games

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 14:20:00 PDT

As an accomplished producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Andrew Bird has always micromanaged the album-making process. But for his 10th full-length effort, the Illinois native deliberately took a less hands-on approach.

“I just wanted to give one more serious try that I maybe never...


New Ocean City Brewing Co. in Reisterstown has congenial vibes, standard sports bar food

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 05:53:00 PDT

If you're having vacation withdrawal, you might want to head to the new Ocean City Brewing Co. in Reisterstown and pretend you're at the beach.

You may not hear waves crashing at this outpost (the original opened in Ocean City in 2014) but at least you can savor the brewing company's beers, plus...


'Empire' recap: Mutually assured destruction (featuring Mariah Carey)

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 09:14:00 PDT

Greetings readers! Regular "Empire" recapper Ryan Eakin is sick this week, so I’ve been asked to fill in for him. It is my pleasure to give you the recap of this week’s episode, "What Remains is Bestial." 

We’re all accustomed to the scandalous episode beginning and endings of this show, and this...


'American Horror Story: Roanoke' recap: Way too many answers this early in season

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 08:09:00 PDT

The fourth chapter of "American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare" actually offers viewers a bit in the way of answers, particularly for this early in the season.

We are given detailed backstories on multiple characters, learn more of the mysterious house’s history, and are even told the evil...


Iron Crow Theatre returns after year’s hiatus with racy staging of 'The Wild Party'

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 05:31:00 PDT

Banned in Boston, an act that could only guarantee more attention, Joseph Moncure March's 1928 poem "The Wild Party" presented a decidedly seamy slice of the times. The poet conjured up a roaring, whoring '20s, when the booze flowed as freely as the moral compasses.

March's narrative, centering...