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'Real Housewives of Potomac' recap: Things are picking up ... maybe

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

After last week’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” I said I wanted more a la Reese Witherspoon screaming in her car in “Big Little Lies.” This week I can say, we took some baby steps.

Gizelle’s mom visits from Houston. Gizelle says when her parents divorced, her mom moved back to Houston...

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Charm City Bluegrass Festival, M3 Festival and Steve Winwood: this week in Baltimore's arts scene

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Charm City Bluegrass Festival

Fourteen bands (on three stages) and nearly 12 hours of music, all in one day. Welcome to Baltimore's fifth annual salute to the joy and beauty of bluegrass, as performed by a who's who of regional and national artists. Includes appearances by The Lone Bellow, Adam...

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Baltimore farmers' market opens 40th season Sunday

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:57:00 PDT

For Jen Pahl-Early, Sunday services begin with smells of barbecue. Her sanctuary lies beneath the Jones Falls Expressway. Her choir is a fiddle band.

"This is like our church," Pahl-Early said Sunday at the bustling Baltimore Farmers' Market and Bazaar.

The sixth-generation farmer sold her pork...

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Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to headline CityLit Festival, where issues of equality will be at forefront

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:49:00 PDT

The Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spends part of each year living in a state — and nation — that's been having a wide-ranging public conversation about racial prejudice in the two years since the unrest that broke out after the death of Freddie Gray.

But when Adichie appears in...

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Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson to headline Merriweather Post Pavilion's 50th anniversary concert

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Merriweather Post Pavilion will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a July 15 concert featuring Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson and Father John Misty, the Columbia music venue announced Friday. The night’s host, singer Grace Potter, will also perform solo acoustic songs.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m....

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Camp John Waters to offer a weekend of fun for would-be reprobates

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:13:00 PDT

Finally, the chance to live like a Dreamlander. At least for three days.

“Camp John Waters” offers degenerate wannabes the chance to spend a weekend watching his films, checking out his live one-man show, karaoke-ing to the songs of “Hairspray,” learning how to perform burlesque, drinking scotch...

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Director of Netflix's 'Keepers' talks Sister Cathy's murder - and Baltimore women who stayed on case

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:10:21 PDT

Secrets within secrets, crimes upon crimes, layers upon layers and journeys within journeys.

That's the way documentary filmmaker Ryan White talks about his Netflix docuseries "The Keepers," which revisits the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a Baltimore nun who went missing in 1969.

There...

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Oprah soars in HBO's 'Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

We have been here before.

In 2004, HBO made a docudrama about medicine, research, prejudice and race at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1940s and '50s. That film, "Something the Lord Made," starring Alan Rickman and Mos Def, won three Emmy Awards including one for Best Television Movie.

"The Immortal...

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'That Face' at Center Stage looks at ultra-dysfunctional family

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:09:00 PDT

Remember "Absolutely Fabulous"? That wickedly funny BBC sitcom introduced the character of a well-off, dysfunctional, British mother (and her equally flawed gal pal), spouting "Sweetie darling" in between fresh infusions of drugs and booze.

Now try to imagine the darkest possible flip-side of that...

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Mount Vernon cafe Sascha's 527 for sale

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:05:00 PDT

The owners of Mount Vernon café Sascha’s 527 put their four-story building up for sale last week, said Brad Byrnes, principal of the real estate company handling the sale.

Purchase of the property at 527 N. Charles St. would include the retail space currently used as the restaurant, a liquor license,...

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Sam's Canterbury Cafe employs adults on the autism spectrum -- and serves good food, too

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:30:00 PDT

When Michael and Jennifer Myers decided to open a restaurant, they had in mind serving the staff as much as the customers.

The couple were determined to find a workplace for their 24-year-old son, Sam, who is on the autism spectrum. With the help of the nonprofit group Itineris, they soon realized...

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Donors, civic leaders get sneak peek at renovated Parkway Theatre

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:51:00 PDT

Baltimore’s newest movie theater, in a century-old building that hadn’t been home to anything film-related in nearly four decades, had itself a coming-out party Thursday night.

Some 200 donors, filmmakers, civic leaders and other supporters gathered at the 102-year-old Parkway Theatre building...

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Everyman Theatre's 2017-2018 season to include company's first O'Neill, third Nottage play

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

For its 27th season, Everyman Theatre will showcase works by  women, including 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage.

That four of six playwrights represented are women was not part of a deliberate plan.

"I picked these works because they're great plays, not because they were written by women,"...

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'Fargo' Season 3 premiere recap: New storyline, same dark, comedic tone

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:05:00 PDT

It has been a long wait, but the spiritual successor to the Coen Brothers classic is back in the most delicious way as Season 3 of “Fargo” kicked off with “The Law of Vacant Places.”

The show returned with a fresh story but the same tone and staples that made the first two seasons must-watch television.

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'Something Rotten' is anything but

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:22:10 PDT

Brevity, as the one and only William Shakespeare wrote (or did he?), may be the soul of wit, but the creators of "Something Rotten!" never met a pun or a piece of shtick they couldn't stretch.

The result, which you can catch at the Hippodrome Theatre through Sunday (and you should), is a musical...

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Bill O'Reilly's Royal Farms Arena show still on after firing from Fox News

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:45:00 PDT

Despite his highly publicized firing this week, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is still scheduled to appear at the Royal Farms Arena on Sept. 22. The venue declined to comment, via a spokeswoman, but confirmed no changes had been made to the schedule.

On Wednesday, Fox News — the cable news...

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Charm City Cakes opens in Harbor East today

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:03:00 PDT

The Ace of Cakes himself will visit Harbor East to open Baltimore’s second Charm Charm City Cakes on Thursday afternoon.

The small cake shop at 618 S. President St. is set to open at noon. Duff Goldman, the shop’s owner and star of the Food Network show “Ace of Cakes,” will visit the shop from...

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Two world premieres among narrative features announced for Maryland Film Festival 2017

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:23:00 PDT

World premieres from filmmakers Stephen Cone and Josh Crockett are among first batch of narrative features announced for this year's Maryland Film Festival, the first to play at the newly renovated Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre.

Cone's film, "Princess Cyd," was described by MdFF director...

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HBO movie on Henrietta Lacks puts spotlight on Johns Hopkins

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:32:00 PDT

As a movie starring Oprah Winfrey about Henrietta Lacks and her groundbreaking cells hits television screens Saturday, one major character in her story has remained muted.

Johns Hopkins Medicine, whose doctors took Lacks' cells without her consent during a diagnostic procedure in 1951, has kept...

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Inventive food and friendly vibes at Liv2Eat

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:10:00 PDT

Liv2Eat in South Baltimore will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. That's a long time in the restaurant business, where many places fail early on.

The sweet, easygoing bistro has found a niche in the neighborhood with its succinct, inventive menu of appetizers and entrees. It also...

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Ringling Bros. Circus' final visit to Baltimore prompts nostalgia, questions about future

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:24:00 PDT

An American institution will be coming to an end soon, and Bill Price wants to be sure his grandkids don't miss the experience.

He's been planning for weeks to take 10-year-old Lexi and 6-year-old James to the circus when it comes to Baltimore this week. After 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum...

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Bill O'Reilly is out, but Fox will continue to pay for sexual harassment sins

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:38:00 PDT

It was hard to imagine a news organization taking any hit comparable to the one Fox News did in August when founder Roger Ailes was pushed out amid charges of sexual harassment.

But the news today that Bill O'Reilly would not be returning to the highest rated show on cable news might be even bigger,...

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Weekend Adventure: A visitors' guide to Frederick

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:26:00 PDT

The beauty of a weekend getaway is the option to do whatever we like in the moment.

Whether we're in the mood to hike, eat and drink well, learn history, work up a sweat or simply relax — we need destinations that can accommodate such whims.

Drive an hour west from downtown Baltimore, and you'll...

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EDM star Zedd added to Preakness InfieldFest lineup

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:35:00 PDT

Electronic dance music artist Zedd will perform at Preakness InfieldFest on May 20, the Stronach Group, owners of the Preakness Stakes, announced on Wednesday.

Zedd joins a lineup, first announced in March, that includes country acts Sam Hunt, LoCash and High Valley. The veteran pop-punk band Good...

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Lenny's Delicatessen to close on 'Corned Beef Row'

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:01:00 PDT

Stephanie Hockaday likes her corned beef sandwiches from Lenny’s Delicatessen served on white bread with grilled onions, provolone cheese, mayonnaise and mustard — just how she got one for lunch on Wednesday. The 33-year-old has been coming to the Lombard Street deli as long as she can remember,...

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Here's a first look at 'The Keepers,' Netflix docuseries on murder of Baltimore nun

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:14:00 PDT

Netflix released its first trailer today for "The Keepers," a docuseries on the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a 26-year-old Baltimore nun who went missing in 1969. '

The seven-part series will launch on May 19 on the streaming service.

Netflix has already made its mark in the true-crime...

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Center Stage to explore faith, love and comedy in 2017-2018 season

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:56:00 PDT

For its 2017-2018 season, the first full one in the company's freshly renovated home on North Calvert Street, Baltimore Center Stage will offer a mix of light, dark and in-between.

And the not-yet-known — the finale to the Mainstage Season will be a new work, to be announced later, written and...

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For Baltimore food entrepreneurs, farmers' markets serve as launching pad for permanent shops

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:34:00 PDT

Nikhil "Nick" Yesupriya remembers exactly what he ate the first time he visited Blacksauce Kitchen at the Baltimore Farmers' Market and Bazaar: braised pear on a biscuit with the sage on top.

"That just blew me away," he said.

Still in college at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Yesupriya...

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This really could be the end for Bill O'Reilly at Fox News

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:28:00 PDT

Hard as it was to imagine even a couple of weeks ago given his juggernaut ratings, this really could be the end for Bill O'Reilly as a primetime host on Fox News.

That's what it feels like after a night of talking to longtime sources.

The top-rated show host on cable news is not out yet, but his...

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'Annie' tour to play Baltimore on 40th anniversary of show's Broadway opening

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:33:00 PDT

There's serendipitous timing in the arrival of "Annie" at the Lyric Opera House on Friday.

This national touring production of the popular musical will open its short Baltimore visit with a performance on the exact 40th anniversary of the show's Broadway opening at the Alvin (now Neil Simon) Theatre...

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Diner en Blanc sets date for Baltimore pop-up dinner

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:30:00 PDT

Le Diner en Blanc has set a date for its first-ever Baltimore pop-up picnic.

The exclusive dinner, during which attendees dress in all white and supply their own tables, white place settings and meals, will make its Baltimore debut July 15. The location will remain a secret until the day of the...

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Bookmakers Cocktail Club to open second-floor bar Grey Ghost

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:14:00 PDT

Bookmakers Cocktail Club in Federal Hill plans to soon open a cocktail bar called Grey Ghost on its second floor, said general manager Ben Circelli.

The new concept, which will be open on weekends, comes from a practical need, Circelli said. Bookmakers is typically busy on Friday and Saturday nights,...

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Baltimore, Light City co-founders agree to settle lawsuit over festival trademark

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:31:38 PDT

Weeks after the second installment of Light City Baltimore, the city and the couple who co-founded the illuminated art festival agreed Monday to settle a legal dispute over the festival's trademark, according to federal court records.

"The parties have reached a settlement in principle. They've...

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Bagby Restaurant Group sues its former CEO

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:06:00 PDT

The Bagby Restaurant Group is suing its former CEO over claims he stole from the restaurant group, committed fraud, misappropriated company trade secrets, solicited escorts using a work email account and more.

The group, which owns restaurants and wine shops including Bagby Pizza Co., Cunningham’s...

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Queen Latifah has lunch at Water for Chocolate in Upper Fells Point

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:35:00 PDT

The Queen paid an unexpected lunchtime visit to a cafe in Upper Fells Point on Monday.

Queen Latifah, that is.

Water for Chocolate chef and owner Sean Guy said he had no clue the actress would be dining at his restaurant until he saw her walk inside.

“When I saw her walking in I almost passed out,”...

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2017 Maryland Film Festival documentaries include look at Baltimore's rat problem and more

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:48:00 PDT

Programmers have released the names of 11 documentaries set to play the 19th Maryland Film Festival, set for May 3-7 at the newly opened Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre and other locations in the Station North area.

The documentaries include two from Baltimore filmmakers, Theo Anthony's...

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Netflix to revisit murder of Baltimore nun Cathy Cesnik in docuseries 'The Keepers'

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:50:00 PDT

The unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a 26-year-old Baltimore nun who disappeared in 1969, will be the subject of a seven-part Netflix docuseries launching May 19, the streaming service announced Monday.

Titled "The Keepers," the series will also explore "the horrific secrets and pain that...

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A look at new vendors coming to the Baltimore Farmers' Market

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:54:00 PDT

The Baltimore Farmers' Market and Bazaar returns April 23. Located beneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga streets, the market has 13 new food vendors for its 40th season. Here's a look at some of the newcomers you'll see at the Sunday market.

This article was shared on Nextdoor...

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Kevin Spacey to host the Tony Awards show

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:53:00 PDT

Kevin Spacey has been picked to host this year's Tony Awards, putting the award-winning star of "House of Cards" in the unenviable position of steering a telecast surely facing a post-"Hamilton" hangover.

The telecast on June 11 will originate from the 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall, and producers...

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Terps basketball assistant coach Bino Ranson (St. Frances) played ball on 'The Wire'

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:00:00 PDT

HBO's "The Wire," which turns 15 years old this year, gave us so many wonderful things: Omar Little, a new way of spelling and pronouncing a profanitya whole scene built around a different profanity, Idris Elba, the greatest drama in TV history.

It also had a basketball scene that resembled actual...

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Leonard Slatkin conducts hearty program with Peabody Symphony, Marina Piccinini

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:24:00 PDT

It was nice to have Leonard Slatkin in town, if only for a single concert with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night.

The eminent, if (in some stubborn corners) under-valued, conductor has done terrific work as music director of the Detroit Symphony for nearly a decade. Like the city...

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'Real Housewives of Potomac' recap: Off to the races at Preakness

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 06:15:00 PDT

Remember in college when the subject of your paper was boring so it was difficult to write? Well that’s what it is like writing this recap of this week’s “Real Housewives of Potomac.”

This episode we got to know Monique, the newest housewife, a little better. We were introduced to her and her husband...

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Doo-wop, the Grateful Dead and Ringling Bros.: this week in Baltimore's arts scene

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

They're calling this edition "Out of This World," but perhaps they should have called it simply "Outta Here." In case you haven't heard, this will be the last season for the fabled circus, which will be taking down its big top for good next month, after...

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Updated: Baltimore's Andy Karl will lead Broadway's 'Groundhog Day' opening despite injury

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:00:00 PDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Producers of the Broadway show "Groundhog Day" said the musical will open Monday night with star Andy Karl, a Baltimore native, once again leading the cast despite having to miss the previous show after tweaking his knee.

Karl, who grew up in Timonium and went to Towson High School,...

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Clayworks board to move ahead with sale of buildings

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:36:00 PDT

Brushing aside "criticism from a small population of petitioners," the board of Baltimore Clayworks has voted to move ahead with the sale of two buildings that have long been home to the organization in Mount Washington. 

The board received an offer on the two properties on opposite sides of Smith...

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Q&A: Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner break down the series finale of 'Girls'

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:30:00 PDT

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Watch the first trailer for 'Step,' the documentary about a Baltimore step team

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:16:00 PDT

The advance trailer is out for “Step,” Amanda Lipitz’s documentary look at three seniors at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women as they prepare to compete in a local step competition, and as they get ready to be the first members of their families to attend college.

Parts of the film...

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Harwood couple produces wine for decades, while protecting Chesapeake Bay

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:26:00 PDT

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Hit musical ‘Something Rotten!’ heads to the Hippodrome

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Picture it. England, 1595.

Some guy from the sticks named William Shakespeare is writing plays that are all the rage, while two way more talented brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, struggle to get their work onto the stage.

They consult a soothsayer to discover the next theatrical fad so they can...

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer revealed at Star Wars Celebration

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:20:00 PDT

The first-ever scenes from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" have arrived.

Directed by Rian Johnson ("Looper," "Brick"), the next "Star Wars" film will continue the episodic story of new characters Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega) and a few members of the original crew,...

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Stellar mezzo Susan Graham to make Baltimore debut at Shriver Hall

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

One thing you'll likely never get from Susan Graham is a routine performance. Or a routine recital program.

The stellar mezzo-soprano, who was born in New Mexico and raised in Texas, enjoys global fame not just for her plush voice and incisive interpretations, but also her flair for presenting...

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Consistency works for Towson's Orchard Market and Cafe

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:31:00 PDT

The menu at the Orchard Market & Cafe in Towson hasn't changed much since 1997, and I don't want it to.

That's the year that Nahid Vaezpour and her daughter and son-in-law, Sharareh and Jason Bulkeley, took over the restaurant.

"We keep whatever people have requested from the menu," said Sharareh...

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Best of Baltimore 2017 winners: Top dining, attractions, people and more

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:28:00 PDT

For The Baltimore Sun's inaugural Best of Baltimore section, our reporters and critics selected the region's best dining and nightlife, arts and activities, people and media, shopping and services, and more.

This year's winners are listed below. Click or tap the links to learn more about each winner. 

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This Essex-based murder mystery subscription box challenges players to 'Hunt a Killer'

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:25:27 PDT

After weeks of waiting, Michele Sexton finally receives the piece of mail she's been waiting for.

The Perryville resident pulls out a large orange envelope filled with a crumbled paper ramekin, a map, a redacted news article.

She fumbles with a smaller already-opened envelope labeled "friend" and...

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Columbia's Lost Ark Distilling focused on winning over their backyard

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:43:00 PDT

Since opening the Lost Ark Distilling Company in December, its founders have encountered their share of skeptics walking through the Columbia doors.

"Rum can have a bad stigma, so we're trying to reintroduce this to people who can only think of Bacardi or Captain [Morgan] from college," co-owner...

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David Simon, Steve Earle planning to write musical about Baltimore's steel industry days

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:04:00 PDT

Here's a tantalizing prospect for fans of musical theater: author/TV producer David Simon, singer/songwriter/actor/etc. Steve Earle and UMBC professor Deborah Rudacille may write a Baltimore-centric musical about the city's old steel industry and its workforce.

Word of the possible project leaked...

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Baltimore creates 10 new food truck zones

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:50:00 PDT

Baltimore’s food trucks now have more than double the number of designated parking spots they were previously allotted.

Against a backdrop of five food trucks outside War Memorial Plaza, Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday announced the creation of 10 new food truck zones across the city.

The spots,...

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'The Fate of the Furious' is mostly spinning its wheels

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Barely five minutes have elapsed in “The Fate of the Furious” before Michelle Rodriguez mutters, “It’s gonna be a bomb.” She is not talking about the movie (duh), but rather about a 1953 Chevy Fleetline whose hunkajunk engine Vin Diesel has cleverly souped up — though it might be more accurate...

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Singer-songwriter Entrance brings ever-evolving sound back to his native Baltimore

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:22:00 PDT

Guy Blakeslee misses his hometown of Baltimore, particularly its "unique cultural energy."

Now based in Los Angeles, the singer-songwriter was introduced to the music scene here by performing in punk bands around the city as a Calvert School student. Later, when he wasn't working at the Charles...

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Rooftop restaurant coming to Four Seasons Baltimore

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:35:00 PDT

The Atlas Restaurant Group is planning a rooftop restaurant atop the Four Seasons Baltimore Hotel and Residences in Harbor East.

The to-be-named restaurant is projected to open this fall, according to a news release from the restaurant group.

It will seat 250 guests amid 10,000 square feet, and...

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Comedian Charlie Murphy dead at 57 after battle with leukemia

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:53:00 PDT

Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comedy stand-up and performer in his own right, has died.Murphy died Wednesday in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. Murphy was 57.He was perhaps best-known for his appearances on "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy...

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10 food and drink festivals in Maryland this spring

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:35:00 PDT

As the weather warms and gardens begin to bloom, the local food festival scene is also awakening. From celebrations of Maryland wine to internationally sanctioned barbecue competitions, this spring brings plenty of opportunities for Baltimore food and drink lovers to eat, imbibe and be merry.

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Annabel Lee Tavern is one of Baltimore's best hidden gems

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:36:16 PDT

When people ask me where to take out-of-towners to eat, several great places, from crab houses to waterfront restaurants, come to mind. But there's one more hidden gem I always include on the list: Annabel Lee Tavern.

This Canton find, owned by Kurt Bragunier since 2007, pays tribute to the last...

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Bill to streamline food truck licensing passes General Assembly

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:29:00 PDT

A bill that streamlines the health inspection and licensing process for food trucks operating across county lines has passed the Maryland General Assembly.

The bill (Senate Bill 262/House Bill 771) allows a food truck to operate within 90 miles of its home base without having to obtain multiple...

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TMZ footage shows 50 Cent punching female fan at Baltimore Soundstage

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:59:00 PDT

During a concert Saturday night at Baltimore Soundstage, 50 Cent appears to have punched a female fan in the chest who pulled the rapper by the arm offstage, as seen in video footage published by TMZ.

In the clip, 50 Cent — who was not scheduled to perform but was a surprise special guest — appears...

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Best of Baltimore 2017 winners

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 21:00:00 PDT

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Wine Enthusiast gives a nod to Maryland's growing wine industry

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:30:00 PDT

Wine Enthusiast magazine tipped its hat to Maryland’s growing wine industry with a recent article about the state’s “wine renaissance.”

The piece, “Maryland’s Wine Regions on the Rise” by Dave McIntyre, notes the growth of wineries in Maryland and lays out the driving forces behind the boom, including...

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A rewarding life 'Married to Art' showcased in Espi Frazier retrospective

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

You can't miss the directness and self-assurance in the art of Espi Frazier, showcased in an exhibit covering the 24 years since she made Baltimore her home.

Running through April 21 at Gallery CA in the City Arts apartment building, "Married to Art: Art: Espi Frazier" derives its palpable energy...

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Bill O'Reilly taking a vacation from Fox News amid sponsor backlash

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:06:00 PDT

Bill O'Reilly is taking a vacation from his Fox News Channel show amid sponsor defections triggered by sexual harassment allegations.Announcing the break at the end of Tuesday's show, O'Reilly made a point of saying it was planned and long in the works. He said he will return April 24.Around this...

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In new book 'Make Trouble,' John Waters offers inspiration. So where did he get his?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:20:00 PDT

"Make Trouble" is something of a how-to guide for anyone looking to become the next John Waters.

It shouldn't as much of a surprise, since the book, which publishes Tuesday, is a transcription (with illustrations by Eric Hanson) of a commencement speech the filmmaker gave two years ago at the Rhode...

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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: 10s for Rashad Jennings, while Mr. T doesn't fare as well

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:35:00 PDT

It's my least favorite night of “Dancing With the Stars” — the stars’ most memorable years. It seems to be some brutal race to make us cry.

Erin Andrews' dress is beautiful, but a little bit aging. When you're wearing a dress that makes me think, "Jane Fonda would rock that," and she’s four decades...

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Ware House 518 closes, to reopen as G.A.Y Lounge

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:49:00 PDT

After close to three years, Ware House 518 in Mount Vernon has shuttered. It will reopen as G.A.Y Lounge at the end of the month under new ownership.

Ezra Tilaye, Ware House 518’s owner, said he and business partner Tegist Ayalew were approached by Joshua Persing and Robert Gay about purchasing...

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'Hidden Figures' author setting next book in Baltimore

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:02:00 PDT

The author of "Hidden Figures" is setting her next book around two prominent African-American households in mid-20th century Baltimore. Viking told The Associated Press on Monday that it had a two-book deal with Margot Lee Shetterly that will continue her quest to tell of African-Americans who...

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John Waters gets to play one of his idols on 'Feud: Bette and Joan'

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:24:00 PDT

The great John Waters got to play the great William Castle on TV over the weekend, proving that typecasting is alive and well and a major plus in entertainment.

In Sunday’s installment of the FX series “Feud: Bette and Joan,” an eight-episode re-creation of the epic rivalry between fading Hollywood...

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'Real Housewives of Potomac' recap: Sipping tea

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:06:00 PDT

Welcome to the second episode of the second season of "The Real Housewives of the DMV" ... uh, I mean Potomac.

This week, we meet the new housewife,  Monique Samuels. Time to grade her tagline. 

Monique

Tagline: I may be rough around the edges, but baby, so are diamonds.

Grade: A. She uses the...

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After rain, wind and sunshine, lights turn off for Baltimore's Light City festival

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 17:29:00 PDT

On Sunday, the house of cards was to come down.

The life-sized deck at the foot of the Transamerica building was to be dismantled. The 23-foot honeycomb egg at the Inner Harbor already came down. And down came the umbrellas, hundreds affixed to sailboat masts, that endured wind and rain last week...

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Def Leppard, John Waters and a tribute to Chuck Berry: this week in Baltimore's arts scene

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Def Leppard

Their noise levels undiminished, these British heavy-metal veterans — how can they possibly be entering their fifth decade? — are storming America once again, and thank goodness B-more is among their stops. Even better: the aural onslaught also includes performances by Poison and Tesla....

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At spirited Ottobar show, Future Islands share victory lap with Baltimore

Sat, 8 Apr 2017 09:04:00 PDT

Triumph embodies many forms.

Fittingly, for Future Islands, theirs took on a sweat-drenched, workmanlike quality at the Ottobar in Remington Friday night, the first of four sold-out album release shows in the synth-pop band’s adopted hometown. The tested road warriors proved why they’re still one...

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'Homeland' finale recap: Who's the enemy?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 05:05:00 PDT

Buckle up: It's the “Homeland” Season 6 finale!

We open with Dar, who enters a restaurant, seemingly for a meeting. Rather than escorting Dar to a table, a man takes him to a walk-in freezer, where another man in his underpants is handcuffed to a pipe. Probably a fairly standard Sunday night for...

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The shrinking of Bill O'Reilly

Sat, 8 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

I have long admired Bill O'Reilly as a TV performer. I once wrote that he was to the cable news genre what Johnny Carson was to late night — so at ease and skilled in the format that he looked as if he invented it. He's still the ratings king.

But when it comes to O'Reilly, the man, questions raised...

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Don Rickles, legendary insult comic, dies at 90

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:32:00 PDT

Abrasive comic Don Rickles, the honorary Rat Pack member and celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades, has died. He was 90.

Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed. He would have turned 91 on May 8.

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Pop-up bars to classic liquor: An evening with D.C. cocktail king Derek Brown

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 08:15:00 PDT

It's 4 o'clock on a Thursday, and Derek Brown can barely contain his excitement as he scrolls through his phone.

"You want to see the coolest thing?" he asks, seated on a metal stool in his popular Cherry Blossom PUB (for Pop-Up Bar). Just above Brown's head, the ceiling is engulfed by an explosion...

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Updated: Amid controversy, Bill O'Reilly announces Baltimore tour date in September

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:53:00 PDT

Bill O’Reilly, the popular Fox News host embroiled in controversy over sexual harassment claims, is coming to Baltimore.

Along with comedian Dennis Miller and Fox News host Jesse Watters, O’Reilly will discuss the current political climate when “The Spin Stops Here” tour visits Royal Farms Arena...

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Splendid seafood at Sailor Oyster Bar in Annapolis

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 07:56:00 PDT

Sailor Oyster Bar in Annapolis proudly advertises that it needs only a toaster and a blowtorch to make its food. In fact, there's no kitchen at this terrific tavern that is packing in patrons.

Owner Scott Herbst, who is also involved in the popular Tsunami restaurant in the state capital, had been...

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Turmoil at Clayworks ahead of decision on sale, move from Mount Washington

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 14:35:59 PDT

A seismic change appears imminent for Baltimore Clayworks, the nonprofit center for ceramic arts that nestled into Mount Washington more than 35 years ago.

Kilns have been firing there regularly ever since, allowing seasoned artists and students of varying ages to create artworks from clay. That...

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Lee's Pint & Shell an effective rebrand in Canton

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 13:17:00 PDT

Opened in Canton in 2008, Saute never seemed to truly know itself. The corner establishment served likeable pub fare in a prime location, but the vibe inside felt stuffy and drab. Was it a sit-down restaurant or a casual bar?

As new bars opened around the city in recent years, owner Dave Carey...

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Country singer Trace Adkins will slow down one day, just not yet

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:44:00 PDT

At least publicly, country singer Trace Adkins said he has always refrained from picking a favorite song from his albums. For “Something’s Going On,” the record he released last week, he’s making an exception with “Watered Down.”

“That one is just so poignant and reflective of where I am in my...

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Rooftop bar LB Skybar to open later this month

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 07:00:00 PDT

The LB Skybar, the Lord Baltimore Hotel’s rooftop bar on its 19th floor, will reopen April 21, said Walter Arias, the hotel’s food and beverage director.

Opened in 2015, the uncovered outdoor bar has become a downtown destination because of its views of the city and Baltimore’s few rooftop-bar...

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Kabobi is a charming, more casual spinoff of Afghan gem The Helmand

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Going to The Helmand in Mount Vernon is a dining rite of passage for many Baltimoreans. We're proud of this Afghan gem that has been in our midst since 1989.

Now, there's a spinoff — Kabobi from The Helmand — near Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Middle East neighborhood.

The two Helmand restaurants,...

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A new accent on 'Antony and Cleopatra' from Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 07:45:00 PDT

Shakespeare packed 38 scenes — the most of any of his plays — and vibrant poetry into "Antony and Cleopatra." At once light and dark, the work swirls through a chapter in the history of ancient Rome and Egypt famously defined by a powerful woman of "infinite variety."

The play's scope and depth...

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Hello Kitty Cafe food truck stopping in White Marsh next weekend

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 12:50:00 PDT

The Hello Kitty Cafe food truck will make an appearance in White Marsh next weekend.

The pink van will stop at the Avenue in White Marsh at 8125 Honeygo Boulevard on April 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The truck will be parked between the AMC Theaters and Barnes & Noble offering sweets and Hello Kitty...

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5 Baltimore bars with the best sports memorabilia

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 05:59:00 PDT

Grip a bat once held by baseball's immortal "Iron Man." Step above a dusty home plate that Orioles greats have tagged, stood next to, slid into. Then wash it all down with a cold beer.

In Baltimore, plenty of sports bars are like mini museums, lined with memorabilia harkening back to some of the...

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Baltimore native, TV anchor Tony Harris to host new show on Investigation Discovery channel

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:11:00 PDT

Baltimore native and TV anchor Tony Harris will be taking his reporting talents to the Investigation Discovery channel this month as host of the new six-episode series “Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris.”

The show, which premieres April 16 at 10 p.m., will feature Harris traveling to “small-town...

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Mayor signs executive order to avoid displacement of artists

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 16:27:00 PDT

Mayor Catherine Pugh signed an executive order Tuesday that will allow artists to remain in their work and living spaces despite code violations, so long as the buildings "do not represent an imminent threat to life or safety."

At the recommendation of the Safe Art Space Task Force, Pugh said city...

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After decades at the desk, WJZ's Denise Koch leaving 11 p.m. newscast

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 16:30:00 PDT

After decades at the anchor desk for late news, WJZ anchorwoman Denise Koch is leaving the late shift.

Starting the last week of April, Koch will no longer anchor the 11 p.m. news on the CBS-owned station. She will still be at the anchor desk for the 4:30 and 6 p.m. weekday newscasts as well as...

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Where to dine on Easter around Baltimore

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 14:21:00 PDT

A number of Baltimore-area restaurants will be open for Easter, offering brunch and dinner, while others are offering Easter catering. Here are some of the restaurants in Greater Baltimore serving specials for the April 16 holiday.

In Annapolis, Baroak will offer an Easter brunch buffet from 10...

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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: What happens on Vegas Night ...

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 13:10:00 PDT

It’s Vegas Night on “Dancing With the Stars” this week, and the show opens with four of the female dancers in bed as showgirls who have overslept. Then some of the guys come out in undone shirts and ties, meeting some of the women doing the "walk of shame" in cocktail dresses with high heels in...

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Light City teams up with restaurants, hotels to benefit United Way

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:39:00 PDT

Baltimore's Light City has partnered with United Way of Central Maryland to invite festivalgoers to give back to the city.

Throughout the free illuminated art festival, which runs through Saturday, certain restaurants will donate $1 from every sale of Light City's official cocktail, the Golden...

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Traditional Easter and Passover foods, and where to find them in Baltimore

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 07:58:00 PDT

Whether you're cooking at home or looking to have a holiday family gathering catered, Baltimore's restaurants, caterers and candy shops have you covered for the upcoming spring holidays. From chocolate bunnies to gefilte fish, here are some Easter and Passover food staples, along with some of the...

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