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Media can't back down from harassment coverage

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:15:00 PST

Sexual harassment allegations are coming so fast and furious it is hard to keep up: Former CBS and PBS host Charlie Rose , Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan are among the latest public figures to face accusations.

But we in the media must not only keep up, we need to...


Baltimore filmmaker's latest documentary up for major award

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:20:00 PST

“Motherland,” the latest documentary from Baltimore filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, has been nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award.

The Spirits, awarded to smaller-budget films made and released outside the major-studio mainstream, are handed out the day before the Oscars. “Motherland,” which...


The 12 most popular Thanksgiving side dishes, ranked

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 09:10:05 PST

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, most would agree the roast turkey is the star of the table. But what about the accoutrements? You know, the mashed potatoes, the sweet potato casserole, the stuffing, and the cranberry sauce... These dishes are all essential to Thanksgiving but they're a little...


Davon Fleming calls Baltimore 'a city on the rise,' advances on 'The Voice'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:15:00 PST

Baltimore’s Davon Fleming continues to impress on NBC’s “The Voice,” advancing to next week’s round of 11.

Fleming, 25, who was raised in Park Heights, was one of 10 singers who advanced Tuesday night thanks to the earlier votes of “The Voice” viewers. He was also the first contestant interviewed...


Blue Moon Cafe adding over a dozen types of French toast as part of expanded menu

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:00 PST

Breakfast fans, particularly of the French toast persuasion, rejoice.

Blue Moon Cafe and Blue Moon Too, the popular breakfast eateries in Fells Point and Federal Hill, respectively, are unveiling 16 new menu items this month, including more than a dozen types of French toast.

Highlights include:...


Kevin Hart, Baltimore native Eniko Parrish welcome baby boy

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:25:00 PST

Kevin Hart has announced the birth of his son, Kenzo Kash Hart.

The comedian writes on social media that the baby was born early Tuesday morning. He adds that the boy is "healthy & already smiling."

Hart and his wife, Eniko Parrish, a Baltimore native, announced on Mother's Day that she was expecting...


Hampden's Miracle on 34th Street named 'most outrageous Christmas lights' in Maryland

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:05:00 PST

With the holidays near, ’tis the season for dazzling lights displays. Luckily, if you live in Baltimore, you don’t have to go far to see Maryland’s best.

Financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St. has named Baltimore’s Miracle on 34th Street the best place to see holiday lights on its list,...


Tio Pepe is beloved for more than nostalgia — it's the real deal

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:50:00 PST

Do Baltimoreans rave about Tio Pepe in downtown Baltimore because of nostalgia and fierce loyalty? Or does the fondness stem from a genuine appreciation of the sumptuous Spanish dishes, intimate dining rooms and polished wait staff?

I was curious what an outsider from another state would think...


Riptide by the Bay will head to auction in December

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:55:00 PST

Riptide by the Bay will hit the auction block next month after nearly a decade in business in Fells Point.

Known for its steamed crabs and other seafood, the restaurant and bar at 1718 Thames St. will be auctioned onsite at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 as owners Meredith and Roger Rippel step away from the...


'Baltimore Rising': What they're saying about HBO documentary on post-Freddie Gray Baltimore

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:20:00 PST

“Baltimore Rising,” the HBO documentary about Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, premiered Monday. Here’s a sampling of how people and critics reacted to the film, directed by Sonja Sohn of “The Wire.”

Many were moved by the documentary’s portrayal of Baltimore.

Others saw gaps...


Center Cut Doughnuts in Hampden to close this weekend

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:25:00 PST

Center Cut Doughnuts will serve its last doughnut this weekend.

The Hampden bake shop at 3528 Chestnut Ave. will close after a going away party Sunday, owner Josh Kowitz said. The shop will be open regular hours Friday through Sunday. Full Circle, another doughnut shop, will open in its place,...


'The Voice' contestant Davon Fleming dedicates performance to Baltimore

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:45:00 PST

“The Voice” contestant Davon Fleming dedicated his performance during the live Top 12 round on Monday night to his hometown of Baltimore.

Fleming sang Beyonce’s “Love On Top,” impressing the coaches of the NBC singing competition enough to once again cause shoes to fly.

After praising Fleming’s...


Baltimore photographer Devin Allen, 'Step' documentary among local NAACP Image Award nominees

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:55:00 PST

Baltimore photographer Devin Allen, author Ta-Nehisi Coates and the documentary “Step” are among a handful of local figures or projects nominated for NAACP Image Awards on Monday.

Allen is nominated for outstanding literary work by a debut author for his book, “A Beautiful Ghetto,” a collection...


Berger Cookies needed to drop trans fat. Turns out: They already had

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:30:00 PST

If Charlie DeBaufre Jr. could not taste the trans fat missing from his Berger Cookies, chances are his customers have not noticed the change, either.

DeBaufre’s South Baltimore bakery has been making its iconic cookies without trans fat since this summer. At least, that’s when he found out the...


50 most festive holiday events in the Baltimore area for 2017

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:25:00 PST

With the holidays hard upon us, the Baltimore area is revving up for some serious celebrating, from seasonal music and art markets to film screenings, “Nutcracker” performances, and about a million tree lightings and Santa appearances. Whether you’re 8 or 80, whether you’re on a tight budget or...


Sonja Sohn's 'Baltimore Rising' on HBO drills down on life after Freddie Gray

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 07:35:00 PST

HBO's "Baltimore Rising" opens on a brilliant note.

The documentary directed by Sonja Sohn, of "The Wire," instantly establishes itself visually with an overhead camera shot scanning down and across a row of the boarded-up, crumbling, abandoned row houses that have sadly become the dominant image...


Fallston's Earth, Wood & Fire restaurant serves up tasty pizza and burgers

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

After five years of operating Earth Wood & Fire in Baltimore County, partners Carter Mason and Mark Hofmann found just the right spot for their second location — Fallston.

The new place opened in mid-August near the busy intersection of Route 152 and U.S. 1, offering the restaurant’s signature...


Della Reese, 'Touched By an Angel' star and R&B singer, dies at 86

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:13:00 PST

Della Reese, who segued from pop and jazz singing stardom in the '50s and '60s to a long career as a popular TV actress on "Touched By an Angel" and other shows, died Sunday night at her home in California. She was 86.

"She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well...


With 'so many hits,' Janet Jackson delivers pop, R&B excellence at Royal Farms Arena

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:45:00 PST

Stick around the entertainment business as long as Janet Jackson has — America first met her in 1976 on “The Jacksons” variety TV show — and a question inevitably comes: Does she still have it?

Time and time again, and in utter convincing fashion, Jackson answered with an emphatic “duh” at her...


Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian, a Columbia native, share wedding photos

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:45:00 PST

The game is love for tennis star Serena Williams and her new husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.(image)

Janet Jackson's band, dancers visit Baltimore School for the Arts

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:20:00 PST

As Baltimore School for the Arts students made their way to the William Donald Schaefer Ballroom on Friday, the building buzzed with anticipation of who would take the stage.

Janiah Faulkner, 16, guessed it would a band of some sort, and by the looks of the people she saw flooding into the building,...


Maryland native DeWanda Wise brings a modern touch to Netflix revival of 'She's Gotta Have It'

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:20:00 PST

When DeWanda Wise first saw “She’s Gotta Have It,” the Maryland native was instantly captivated.

Wise, an actress who was attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, had seen few cinematic icons like Nola Darling, the black female lead of Spike Lee’s debut film. Played by actress...


Baltimore-area theaters put their twist on 'A Christmas Carol'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:10:00 PST

Only the incurably humbug-prone would bemoan the plentiful adaptations of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” lighting up theaters this season in the Baltimore-Annapolis area.

For whatever reason, there will be a few more opportunities this year to watch “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping,...


Washington Post offers clarity, Hannity brings confusion to Roy Moore coverage

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:50:00 PST

The saga of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has been a sordid one. But there is one uplifting media story line in it that needs to be celebrated: the power of fact-based journalism to provide clarity, change minds and shape events, even in the sea of spin that pollutes our media ecosystem today.


Sofar Sounds combines music, mystery in pop-up concerts around the city

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

Among the cozy couches and the plush pillows cushioning the tiered platform in the Inner Harbor lobby of Hotel RL Baltimore, Shirley Yan, 25, and Shruti Sharma, 24, settle closest to the stage and ready themselves for a concert. But they have no idea who is going to perform.

When they bought tickets...


Portside Tavern, Cask & Grain owners weigh sale of Canton restaurants

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:10:00 PST

The owners of Portside Tavern and Cask & Grain, neighboring restaurants on O’Donnell Square in Canton, are considering selling the businesses.

The ownership team is weighing its options as Steve Roop, a managing partner, steps back from the day-to-day management of the restaurants. The group listed...


Festival of Trees, Miracle on 34th Street, Bazaart Holiday Art Market and more of the week's best events in the Baltimore area

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

Festival of Trees

Organizers bill it as “the East Coast’s largest holiday extravaganza,” and we’re not going to quibble. Hundreds of beautifully (sometimes gaudily, but that’s part of the charm) decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses, which you are welcome to gawk at or, if you’re...


10 Baltimore Musicians on the Rise

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:00:00 PST


'Justice League' review: Superheroes? More like super zeroes

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:00:00 PST

It's been a long, hard road to "Justice League." Director Zack Snyder, who helmed the latest iterations of Batman and Superman in "Man of Steel" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," stepped away for personal reasons during post-production. "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon came in to finish...


Recipes for a Maryland-inspired Thanksgiving

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 04:00:00 PST

As Americans gather around their tables next Thursday to give thanks over turkey and stuffing, Marylanders have an opportunity to honor their home state in all its culinary glory.(image)

Gift guide 2017: Baltimore finds for everyone on your list

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:00:00 PST


Famed London theater received 20 allegations against Spacey

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:53:00 PST

London's Old Vic theater said Thursday it has received 20 allegations of actions that spanned "a range of inappropriate behavior" against Kevin Spacey, its former artistic director. The allegations cover interactions between 1995 and 2013, and all of them deal with men. The reported incidents range...


Checkerspot Brewing Co. aims for March taproom opening in South Baltimore after delays

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:30:00 PST

Checkerspot Brewing Co. plans to open its South Baltimore taproom in March following construction delays.

The brewery at 175 W. Ostend St. was originally aiming to open this summer, but construction has been delayed by structural renovations at the building, co-owner Judy Neff said.

“They’re massively...


Serena Williams to reportedly marry Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian today in New Orleans

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 PST

Tennis superstar and former Columbia resident welcomed baby girl 11 weeks ago(image)

'The Mayor' recap: A meeting with the governor

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:15:00 PST

Let’s get into the recap of this week’s episode of “The Mayor,” which is titled “Here Comes the Governor.”

The Problem: The governor of California, whom Rose refers to as “The Falucc,” calls City Hall to say that he’s coming to Fort Grey. That’s good news for Rose because, according to him, “Friendship...


Director Joe Swanberg to discuss how streaming services have changed film at the Parkway

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:40:00 PST

Joe Swanberg doesn’t envy today’s emerging filmmakers. They’ve got a tough road ahead of them — far tougher, he says, than just a decade ago, when he was making a name for himself on the indie film scene.

“They're already entering a tough market, no matter what they want to do,” Swanberg, 36, says...


The new Bible museum tells a clear, powerful story; it could change the museum business

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:13:00 PST

When the Museum of the Bible opens this weekend, it will set a new standard for how this country's museums fuse entertainment and education. The $500 million, privately funded project is as large as some of the Smithsonian's premier attractions, including the National Museum of African American...(image)

'This Is Us' recap: Kevin's downward spiral

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:55:00 PST

Hoo boy. Was this our “very special episode” of “This Is Us”? I’m going to warn you right off the top: Your humble recapper came away from this episode with a slightly different take on things than it seems most of y’all did. I will try my best to be fair and just to the characters we all love.


Hysteria Brewing in Columbia courts craft-beer fanatics with bold-flavored beers

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:50:00 PST

Jordan Baney, one of the owners of Hysteria Brewing Company, knows the reputation he wants his new beer company to build:

“Avant-garde,” he said last week, seated inside the Columbia taproom and production facility.

But given the evolving tastes of the craft-beer world, Baney remained open-minded...


'I'll ruin you': Judy Garland on being groped and harassed by powerful Hollywood men

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:08:00 PST

Nearly two decades ago, while researching a book about Judy Garland, biographer Gerald Clarke stumbled on an old gossip column noting that his subject was working on a memoir for Random House.

This piqued Clarke's curiosity, he later told Entertainment Weekly. No memoir had ever appeared. Clarke...


Monkton's Manor Tavern has become a horse-country dining destination

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:30:00 PST

I always marvel at the picturesque horse country of northern Baltimore County, with its lazy roads, manor homes and lush acres. But the pastoral journey to Manor Tavern in Monkton has gotten even better.

Executive chef George Batlas — a native Marylander who honed his skills in France — came onboard...


Baltimore singer Davon Fleming advances on 'The Voice' with emotional 'Dreamgirls' performance

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:55:00 PST

Baltimore’s Davon Fleming keeps wowing 'em on ‘The Voice,’ and has advanced to the next round.

Monday night on the NBC singing competition, Fleming’s emotional rendition of ‘I Am Changing” from “Dreamgirls” — a song not coincidentally made famous by his “Voice” coach, Jennifer Hudson — not only...


Portalli's restaurant to reopen in time for Ellicott City's Midnight Madness

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:25:00 PST

More than a year after severe flooding ravaged historic Ellicott City, Portalli’s, a restaurant on Main Street, will welcome customers back again.

The Italian restaurant is set to reopen Dec. 1, in time for Ellicott City’s Midnight Madness holiday celebration. It has been closed since July 2016,...


Craft-beer bar chain the Brass Tap to open in Towson early 2018

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:05:00 PST

Craft-beer bar and restaurant chain the Brass Tap will open at Towson Town Center early next year, which will make it the third franchise to operate in Maryland.

First-time restaurant owner Mike Kettell said the restaurant would open to the public on Jan. 8, pending inspections and permitting,...


'Dancing With the Stars' recap: An emotional semifinal elimination for Victoria Arlen

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:55:00 PST

Round 1 of “Dancing With the Stars” this week has the pros picking songs that reflect their stars. Round 2 has each couple re-creating a dance from a previous season of the show. These are "iconic" dances that received perfect scores in their original performance. Ugh. I don't love it when shows...


Baltimore school choir performs 'Rise Up' alongside Andra Day on 'The View'

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:20:00 PST

Baltimore middle schoolers’ heartfelt rendition of Andra Day’s “Rise Up” went viral after a teacher posted the video of their choir practice to Facebook.

In the weeks since, the students have racked up tens of millions of views on YouTube and been featured in national television spots.

On Monday,...


Slices of Baltimore life from photographer Joseph Kohl at Historical Society

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:55:00 PST

Baltimore has never lacked for attention from photographers. The best go far beyond chronicling the urbanscape to capture the people — unknown and familiar, ordinary and quirky, safe and risky — who give the city its character. That’s what Joseph Kohl did throughout a productive, all too short...


First building opens on East Baltimore's Food Hub campus

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

The first building at the Baltimore Food Hub, a planned two-acre campus of food-related businesses, opens Tuesday at a former brownfield site in East Baltimore, offering a space for novice cooks and food entrepreneurs to launch their culinary careers.

Known as the Baltimore Food Enterprise Center,...


Janet Jackson, 'Lion King,' a Puerto Rico benefit and more of the week's best events in the Baltimore area

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

Janet Jackson

One of music’s most successful women brings her State of the World Tour to Baltimore. Sure, we’ve been waiting a long time for this one: Jackson was originally supposed to play Charm City on Feb. 29 of last year, then was rescheduled for the following Aug. 14, then was rescheduled...


Zurawik: How Sinclair compromised the news on an Alabama station it owns to support Roy Moore

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:35:00 PST

I have been writing a lot lately about the way Sinclair Broadcast Group has become a leading player in the right-wing echo chamber that includes Fox News and Breitbart.

This is a dangerous development, as all three have used their news platforms as political weapons.

On CNN's "Reliable Sources"...


Gal Gadot's reported ultimatum to Warner Bros. over Brett Ratner's involvement in 'Wonder Woman 2' is likely moot

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:55:00 PST

Warner Bros. finds itself in an awkward situation with Gal Gadot, the star of its most important movie of the year, “Justice League,” which debuts Friday.

At the center of the issue is the studio’s relationship with embattled filmmaker Brett Ratner, who has been accused by several women of a range...


Baltimore Museum of Art launches ambitious partnership with Greenmount Community Center

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:15:00 PST

Artist Mark Bradford and the Baltimore Museum of Art will launch an innovative program next year aimed at teaching low-income children creative and entrepreneurial skills needed to smash the cycle of poverty.

The multiyear partnership between the MacArthur Fellowship-winning artist, the museum...


'SNL' tackles sexual harassment and Tiffany Haddish makes history as the first black female comedian to host

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:20:00 PST

"Girls Trip" star Tiffany Haddish made history Saturday night as the first black female stand-up comic to host "Saturday Night Live."

"I grew up in foster care," Haddish said in her opening monologue. "I've lived in a lot of group homes and my favorite show growing up was 'SNL.' You have no idea...


'The Lion King' returns to Baltimore with its uplifting story, catchy music and intricate puppets

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:05:00 PST

When the sun first rose on Pride Rock 20 years ago at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York, as a mandrill named Rafiki summoned all the animals to welcome Simba, newborn lion cub of King Mufasa, the sight caused a stir. It’s still stirring.

Since that opening night on Nov. 13, 1997, “The Lion...


Tea parlor Emma's Tea Spot opening in Hamilton

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:55:00 PST

A British tea parlor and restaurant is opening in the former home of the Green Onion Market in Hamilton.

Emma’s Tea Spot is on track to open Nov. 25 — Small Business Saturday — at 5500 Harford Road, owner Emma Canoles said.

The shop will offer an array of soups and salads, “butties and sarnies”...


Kevin Spacey's unprecedented fall from grace tests a stunned Hollywood

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 16:05:00 PST

In early October, Kevin Spacey was right where he wanted to be: singing and hamming it up in front of an admiring crowd.

Inside Stage 33 on the CBS Television City lot in Los Angeles, a TV special celebrating the 50th anniversary of “The Carol Burnett Show” was being taped in front of a live audience,...


'Stories are true': Louis C.K. statement on allegations of sexual misconduct

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:36:00 PST

Comedian Louis C.K. released the following statement on Friday following allegations of sexual misconduct in a New York Times report:

"I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.



Writer accuses ‘Mad Men' creator of harassment; Matthew Weiner denies allegation

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 17:50:00 PST

A former writer on “Mad Men” tells the website The Information that series creator Matthew Weiner harassed her at work.

The allegation by Kater Gordon was reported Thursday, and denied in a statement released by Weiner's publicist. Weiner was born in Baltimore and attended Park School before his...


Late-night activities in Baltimore that go beyond the bars

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 04:35:00 PST

Late-night fun doesn’t always have to involve hitting the local bar or club.

Nothing against those traditional after-hours gathering places; hey, we’re all-in for spending our late-night hours with good friends, a few drinks and some music.

But what if you’re up for something different? What if...


Taylor Swift's talent remains intact on 'Reputation,' her most focused, most cohesive album yet

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 20:40:00 PST

Diary entries, as a rule, don’t constitute art. Songs do.

That’s what drew me in to Taylor Swift and her music upon the release of her 2006 debut album, “Taylor Swift,” and that’s what has kept me closely tracking the remarkable arc of her career since then, up to and including today’s release...


Fast-casual Grabbagreen opens first Maryland restaurant

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 10:40:00 PST

An Arizona-based eatery is bringing its healthy menu to the Baltimore area.

Grabbagreen opened its first Maryland location Monday in Hunt Valley. The fast-casual restaurant serves grain bowls, salads, pressed juices, smoothies, acai cups and more.

Customers can build their own green and grain bowls,...


Louis C.K. says he misused his power and 'brought pain'

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:47:00 PST

With his career imploding over allegations of sexual misconduct, comedian Louis C.K. confessed Friday to masturbating in front of women and expressed remorse for wielding his influence "irresponsibly."

The comedian said in a statement that the harassment claims by five women detailed in a New York...


Anne Arundel natives Brothers Osborne win CMA award for vocal duo of the year, beating out LoCash

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 05:40:00 PST

Maryland natives Brothers Osborne won the Country Music Association Award for vocal duo of the year on Wednesday night, beating out another duo with Maryland ties, LoCash.(image)

Louis C.K. accused by five women of sexual misconduct

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 13:46:00 PST

Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct in a New York Times expose detailing allegations that he repeatedly asked women he encountered in work-related environments to watch him masturbate.

The story also scrutinizes the behavior of C.K.’s longtime manager, Dave Becky, of 3 Arts...


Former TV anchor says Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted her son

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 11:30:00 PST

A former TV news anchor said Wednesday that Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted her teenage son at a Nantucket restaurant and that police are investigating.

Heather Unruh told reporters that her son, who was 18 at the time, was "star struck" when he met the "House of Cards" actor at the Club Car Restaurant...


Mad Chef Kitchen & Bar to replace Xitomate at Turf Valley

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 08:45:00 PST

A Howard County restaurateur will open a new bar and restaurant at Turf Valley Towne Square in Ellicott City, replacing a shuttered Mexican restaurant at the retail complex.

Mad Chef Kitchen & Bar will replace Xitomate, which closed in October after nearly four years in business in Ellicott City.


Kevin Spacey cut from Ridley Scott's finished Getty film, Christopher Plummer to replace

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 20:06:00 PST

In a wholly unprecedented move, Kevin Spacey is being cut from Ridley Scott's finished film "All the Money in the World" and replaced by Christopher Plummer just over one month before it's supposed to hit theaters.

People close to the production who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday...


Diablo Doughnuts is moving from Fells Point to Federal Hill

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 10:50:00 PST

Diablo Doughnuts, the Fells Point shop known for inventive doughnut flavors such as cinnamon toast crunch and “unicorn farts,” is moving across the harbor.

The 2-year-old shop plans to relocate to Federal Hill in January. Diablo Doughnuts will take over the storefront that previously housed Felici...


At Shotti's Point in South Baltimore, you'll feel like a regular — and eat well, too

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

After I left Shotti’s Point in South Baltimore, I kept thinking about the juicy burger bathed in truffle oil aioli and the crunchy fish tacos sprinkled with salty pancetta. I wanted to go back for more.

I hadn’t expected the kitchen to care so much about the food in a place that’s known as a locals’...


Garth Brooks wins CMA entertainer of the year

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 20:19:00 PST

Garth Brooks continued his winning streak as entertainer of the year at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards, beating out Luke Bryan and Keith Urban.

Brooks, who has won the top prize six times, also beat Chris Stapleton and Eric Church on Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.


Author Gay Talese feels sorry for Kevin Spacey, says his accusers should 'suck it up'

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 08:58:00 PST

Kevin Spacey doesn't have a lot of defenders these days, ever since multiple men accused the actor of sexual harassment. The fallout began with actor Anthony Rapp's detailed account to BuzzFeed News of a then 26-year-old Spacey's sexual advances toward him when he was only 14 years old.

But he's...


Paul Blart for president? Petition suggests replacing Kevin Spacey with Kevin James on 'House of Cards'

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 07:35:00 PST

Paul Blart, Mall Cop, for president?

Apparently, in someone’s universe, this sounds like a good idea.

With Kevin Spacey forever separated from the shot-in-Baltimore Netflix series “House of Cards” after mounting sexual harassment allegations against the actor, and writers presumably looking for...


'The Voice' singer Davon Fleming to visit the Elephant

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 04:00:00 PST

Davon Fleming, the Baltimore native competing on Season 13 of “The Voice,” will make an appearance Thursday at the Elephant restaurant.

Fleming will be at the Mount Vernon restaurant at about 7 p.m. for dinner, when he will also meet fans, his spokeswoman confirmed. He will stay for the restaurant’s...


Where to dine out on Thanksgiving in the Baltimore area

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 02:00:00 PST

Turkey Day is Nov. 23, and a number of restaurants in Greater Baltimore are taking care of the cooking and cleaning, or providing the ingredients for home cooks to create their own holiday spreads.

Here are some of the establishments that will be open on Thanksgiving or selling fixings for a feast...


Vent Coffee Roasters to join Union Collective complex in Medfield

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 05:00:00 PST

Vent Coffee Roasters has been named the latest tenant to join Union Collective, the forthcoming manufacturing and retail complex in Medfield spearheaded by Union Craft Brewing, the two Baltimore companies announced Wednesday morning.

Sarah Walker, Vent’s owner, has been the in-house roaster at...


Baltimore-area businesses already feeling loss of 'House of Cards'

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 16:45:00 PST

The “House of Cards” crew is still getting paid through the suspension of the show’s sixth season, a source close to production confirmed Tuesday, but local vendors are already feeling the loss of a deep-pocketed customer and the cachet of being associated with a hit series.

Production company...


Ham for the holidays: A hard-to-find Southern Maryland delicacy with a fervent following

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

Mike’s Wholesale Bait Co. might be the last place families would expect to find the centerpiece for their holiday meal. But for a month each fall, the savory scent of hams boiling with greens and spices wafts through the air outside his two-story white barn in Gambrills.

Stuffed ham is seldom found...


Aromes to close as owner focuses on new restaurant

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:45:00 PST

Aromes, the petite French restaurant in Hampden, will close its doors Saturday as the owner prepares to open a second restaurant downtown.

Chef and owner Steve Monnier will close Aromes on Saturday. He announced the closure on Facebook Oct. 27.

“In order to completely focus on my family first and...


Some 'House of Cards' spinoff ideas

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 10:29:00 PST

With the news that Netflix is considering spinoff options for “House of Cards” and after announcing that the sixth season will be its last, we in the Baltimore Sun newsroom would like to offer some of our ideas. 

Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the company that produces the show, has shut down...


Chef Cyrus Keefer leaves In Bloom

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 09:50:00 PST

Chef Cyrus Keefer and his wife, Angela Keefer, have pulled out of their partnership at In Bloom after helping the owners rebrand the South Baltimore restaurant a few months ago.

Chef Kevin Perry and his wife, Cecilia Benalcazar, teamed up with the Keefers to open the restaurant in September. In...


Prize money offered for Light City community installations

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 07:10:00 PST

Organizers of next year’s Light City festival are offering more than $11,000 in prize money to community groups that create illuminated displays in their neighborhoods.

The Brilliant Baltimore Community Showcase Program offers a $2,018 grand prize to a group that creates a display featuring the...


'Lady Day' conjures Billie Holiday in spirit, if not voice, at Rep Stage

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:40:00 PDT

In March 1959, the time setting for “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” now receiving a mostly satisfying production at Rep Stage, Billie Holiday was a mere four months away from her death at the age of 44.

Years of substance abuse had taken a toll on her health and her voice, but, as her last...


The Elephant in Mount Vernon is bringing on a new executive chef

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 07:30:00 PST

The Elephant in Mount Vernon brought on a new executive chef just after entering its second year in business.

Orlando Amaro stepped into the top spot in the kitchen Oct. 31. He replaced Andy Thomas, who left the restaurant in mid-September to tend to family matters, according to the owners.



With a new name, Le Bistro Du Village offers crepes and a full French menu

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 10:00:00 PST

For a long time, I didn’t realize Crepe du Jour in Mount Washington served more than crepes. Evidently, others didn’t either, and owners Mustapha Snoussi and Donna Morris-Snoussi decided to do something about it.

They recently changed the name of the restaurant to Le Bistro Du Village after 20...


Ekiben has the best sandwiches in Maryland, Travel & Leisure says

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:35:00 PST

Maryland’s best sandwich, according to Travel & Leisure, won’t be found between slices of bread, but rather steamed buns.

The magazine and website recently published a list of where to find the best sandwich in every state, and Ekiben in Fells Point topped the list for Maryland.

The restaurant...


Sony pulls festival premiere of 'All the Money,' with Kevin Spacey

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 14:17:00 PST

Sony Pictures is pulling the film "All the Money in the World" from the AFI Fest following the sexual misconduct allegations made against co-star Kevin Spacey.

In a statement Monday, Sony's TriStar Pictures said it was withdrawing the film because "it would be inappropriate to celebrate a gala...


Maryland Irish Festival, Bacon Jam, Iliza Shlesinger and more of the week's best events in the Baltimore area

Sun, 5 Nov 2017 05:00:00 PST

Maryland Irish Festival

Three days of Irish food, drink, culture and whatever else emanates from the Emerald Isle. Find something green to wear (not required, but it’s the right thing to do), tell everyone your name begins with O’, start your day with some bangers and mash (there’s got to be a...


Harvey Weinstein hired private spies to silence accusers, journalists, report says

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:37:00 PST

Just weeks after he helped open the flood gates on Harvey Weinstein, investigative reporter Ronan Farrow promised another blockbuster.

In a Friday appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," Farrow said he had been working on a follow-up to his explosive New Yorker article detailing allegations...


Netflix drops Kevin Spacey from 'House of Cards'

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 20:00:00 PDT

Netflix announced Friday night it will be parting ways with Kevin Spacey, the star and executive producer of the hit show “House of Cards.”

“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey,” a Netflix spokesman said in a statement. “We will...


Four days later, Kevin Spacey's career looks like it's over

Sat, 4 Nov 2017 06:25:00 PDT

The speed with which disgrace can destroy even the most successful careers these days is dizzying.

On Sunday, before BuzzFeed’s publication of allegations from actor Anthony Rapp that Kevin Spacey forcibly tried to have sex with him when Rapp was 14 years old, the star of “House of Cards” was one...


Fierce competition causes a spate of Baltimore-area restaurant closures

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Competition in Baltimore’s restaurant industry is as tough as it’s ever been — and it’s putting some eateries out of business.

The area has suffered a spate of high-profile restaurant closures this year, from storied spots such as the Bel-Loc Diner and Lenny’s Delicatessen’s Lombard Street location*...


Local filmmakers finding audience, a little revenue on streaming sites

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Filmmakers Joshua Land and Victor Fink knew an audience was out there somewhere for their dystopian drama, “Lotus Eyes.” The trick was finding it.

“We didn’t really know what to do with it,” Land says of their 80-minute feature, set in an America where oil shortages have left the country decimated...


Gin bar to open in Old Goucher

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Brendan Dorr and Eric Fooy, the bartenders behind Hotel Monaco’s award-winning B&O American Brasserie, plan to open up a new gin bar in Old Goucher at the end of spring 2018.

The bar, Dutch Courage, will occupy a space at 2220 N. Charles St. next to WYPR, Dorr confirmed Friday morning.

“It’s a...


Old Westminster Winery begins canning wine

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 07:50:00 PDT

Old Westminster Winery became the first winery in the state to put its wine in cans this week.

The winery canned 500 cases of wine (12,000 cans) Thursday at its Westminster farm in an effort to provide more convenient packaging for oenophiles on-the-go.

“The advantages of canned wine is that they’re...


'Inherit the Wind' brings highest courtroom drama to Compass Rose

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:05:00 PDT

When Lucinda Merry-Browne, founding artistic director for Compass Rose Theater, chose the 1955 courtroom drama “Inherit the Wind” for the group’s second production of the season, some would not have expected the subject of teaching evolution versus religion in public high schools would be as relevant...


'House of Cards' production company responds to new allegations of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 17:40:00 PDT

Responding to another report of sexual assault and harassment by Kevin Spacey, the production company behind the Netflix hit “House of Cards” said it was “deeply troubled” by the allegations against the show’s star and executive producer.

The report published Thursday by CNN features an interview...


Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy's is opening in Annapolis

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Chuy’s, an Austin, Texas-based restaurant, will open in mid-November in Annapolis.

The Tex-Mex eatery is expected to open Nov. 14 at the Festival at Riva (2339 Forest Drive).

Chuy’s serves Tex-Mex cuisine, including burritos, tacos, enchiladas and fajitas. Some of its most popular dishes include...


Grand Cru owners plan to sell Belvedere Square wine bar to former employee

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Restaurateurs Spike Gjerde and Corey Polyoka plan to sell Grand Cru, a wine bar and wine shop in Belvedere Square, to a former employee, Polyoka confirmed Thursday morning.

The sale between Gjerde and Polyoka’s Foodshed restaurant group and Jayce Flickinger won’t be finalized until the title transfer...


'Thor: Ragnarok' review: Marvel realm goes for the yuks

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:25:00 PDT

As part of its generally welcome comic strategy, “Thor: Ragnarok” heckles itself for two hours and 10 minutes and lets Jeff Goldblum, skittering around as master of the death-match revels on the planet Sakaar, get away with murder. Nobody else in the known universe works on Goldblum’s wavelength....