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Gift Guide 2016

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:41:00 PST


Depictions of race get real, complicated on 'Star,' 'This Is Us'

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:19:27 PST

Since watching "Hairspray Live" Wednesday, with its story of racial relations in 1962 Baltimore, I have been thinking a lot about race and television.

One of my main thoughts: New network series like NBC's "This Is Us" and Fox's "Star," which debuts Wednesday, show how much more complex depictions...


Baltimore-linked books that just might make page-turning gifts

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:54:59 PST

There are books that we don't choose to read as much as we get stalked by them. Certain titles practically fling themselves off the shelves and into our outspread hands, where they recline suggestively and ruffle their pages. Open one at random, read a line or two, and suddenly it's five hours...


A Civil War granddaughter encounters rare image of grandfather at Evergreen Museum

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 16:21:00 PST

Hours before the exhibit opens at the Evergreen Museum and Library, Johns Hopkins University alumna Vanessa Tall Bryant walks past penciled, life-size portraits of black Civil War soldiers, each stoic and dressed in blue uniforms decorated with gold buttons. The Nashville resident passes a painting...


Great books to give kids this holiday season

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 17:34:00 PST

It's always a great time to give a book to a kid.

Scads of academic studies show that every book in a child's house improves their future academic success. And there's nothing better than watching a kid unwrap a gift and then spend half the afternoon reading it.

Here are a few recent books that...


Center Stage offers handsome production of 'Liaisons'

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 13:05:00 PST

The characters and schemes in Christopher Hampton's 1985 play "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," based on the novel written two centuries earlier by Choderlos de Laclos, aren't easily viewed dispassionately, let alone blithely.

As the handsome revival now at Center Stage underlines, for all of the would-be...


Many Baltimore-area restaurants offer secret, off-menu items -- if you know to ask

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:01:00 PST

The baristas and cashiers at Ground & Griddled, the breakfast stall at the new R. House food hall, are the only ones who know the names of the shop's discounted coffee-and-sandwich combos. And owner Dave Sherman wants to keep it that way — for now.

Sherman is among the local restaurateurs taking...


Brag-worthy Argentine fare at Bar Vasquez

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:38:00 PST

Over the years, Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf have created some spectacular restaurants from scratch — Charleston, Petit Louis and Cinghiale, to name a few.

For their latest venture, they refashioned one of their showcase places, Pazo in Harbor East, into a sexy Argentine restaurant called Bar Vasquez.


Musical version of 'A Christmas Story' provides pleasant diversion at Hippodrome

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 06:01:00 PST

Those who anticipate Christmas and its promised mounds of presents as if it were the most important, incredible, life-changing day of the year — or those who can still remember being that young and innocent — should find it worthwhile visiting the Hippodrome Theatre this weekend. That's where "A...


'Hairspray Live' was like watching Super Bowl — in a good and bad way

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:04:00 PST

Watching NBC’s “Hairspray Live” on Wednesday night was like watching the Super Bowl — in both a good and bad way.

In the end, it was more on the good side in terms of the story and performances. But the bad network business surrounding the songs was almost too much to bear at times.

On the plus...


Peabody partners with Young Audiences to reach Baltimore schools

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 06:32:00 PST

The latest evidence of how Peabody Institute dean Fred Bronstein has steered the conservatory toward the community surrounding it: The Maryland chapter of Young Audiences, the national arts education advocate, is collaborating with Peabody to make available instrumental and vocal music to 181 city...


Christmas ‘Miracle’ arrived early in 1947

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:11:00 PST

The film studio 20th Century Fox made no effort to capitalize on the original release of “Miracle On 34th Street,” the film that endures as a classic holiday favorite.

The movie had its Baltimore premiere in mid-June, 1947, at Lexington Street’s New Theatre, just as the temperatures hit 93 with...


NBC News gets it wrong again with image of social unrest in Baltimore

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:50:00 PST

NBC News struck again this week in misusing an image from the social unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.

On Tuesday, NBC's "Today" show aired a report on reaction in Charleston, S.C., to a mistrial in the shooting of Walter Scott with an image from Baltimore in April...


Five and Dime Ale House a fit in Hampden

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:15:00 PST

Five and Dime Ale House, one of Hampden's newest restaurants, gives a nod with its name to the building's past life as a variety store. But that's about the only connection. Inside, It's been transformed into a neighborhood tavern with good food and a fun vibe.

The pub benefits from being owned...


'Office Christmas Party' review: T.J. Miller, Kate McKinnon bring raunchy holiday cheer

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:02:00 PST

When it comes to big, brassy studio comedies, a filmmaker can do worse than to gather the brightest, funniest stars, situate them in an odd, yet relatable situation and let 'em rip. That's exactly what directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck do with "Office Christmas Party," the delightfully debauched...


'Pitch' recap: Season 1 finale ends in disaster

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:34:00 PST

Three months ago, as Major League Baseball’s regular season was winding down, the MLB-backed drama "Pitch debuted" — and like most new shows it had more questions than answers.

Would the demands of the leading role be too much for relative newcomer Kylie Bunbury to handle? Would "Pitch" appeal...


The dish on 'Hairspray Live': John Waters, Kenny Leon, Baltimore upstart Unissa Cruse-Ferguson

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:18:00 PST

Asked the inevitable question about how things were going on the set of "Hairspray Live," which NBC will air Wednesday night, director Kenny Leon just laughed. And laughed. Then laughed some more.

"It's very scary," Leon said. "But it's going very well."

The mix of nerves and confidence is understandable.


Bell Foundry benefit show with Dan Deacon, Abdu Ali to take place at Metro Gallery next week

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:48:00 PST

The Baltimore music community is rallying around the Bell Foundry and its recently evicted tenants with “A Benefit for the Bell,” a show at Metro Gallery on Dec. 13. All proceeds will be donated to the online fundraising campaign intended to support the tenants.

Presented by rapper DDm and Abdu...


Lighting up: The making of the Symphony of Lights

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:03:00 PST

As the sun sets over Merriweather Post Pavilion, Justin Lavis prepares to bring a giant lighted toy soldier and cannon to life.

Walking around the nearly invisible guide wires that anchor the towering, 14-foot soldier, Lavis makes his way over to what looks like a fancy power strip. Then, he flips...


Artists picked for Light City 2017's Neighborhood Lights celebration

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:43:00 PST

The artists who will design installations for the 2017 Neighborhood Lights celebration, designed to spread the energy of spring's Light City festival throughout the city, were announced Wednesday by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Eight are scheduled -- an increase from this year's...


Welcome to R. House: A first look at Remington's much-anticipated food hall

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 06:50:00 PST

From cortado-style coffee to Old Bay barbecue-flavored ice cream, guests could come to R. House when the doors open at 7 a.m. and find reasons to stay all day.

More than a year in the making, the Remington food hall is ready to welcome patrons from Baltimore and beyond to sample food and drink...


As artists vacate shuttered Bell Foundry, questions swirl around building's condition - and its future

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 17:54:00 PST

The mass eviction of artists from a warehouse in Baltimore's Station North Arts District stoked a national debate about the safety of the arrangements between landlords and local artists intent on maintaining affordable spaces for the creative class.

It raised questions about who is responsible...


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra names new CEO, from Grand Rapids Symphony

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 05:32:00 PST

After a 10-month search, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has named Peter T. Kjome as president and CEO, effective Feb. 1. Kjome is currently president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan, the orchestra where he once served as principal oboist.Kjome (pronounced CHO-mee) succeeds Paul...


NBC to show Cafe Hon's 'Hairspray Live' viewing party during national broadcast

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:24:00 PST

NBC’s “Hairspray Live” — the much-anticipated live rendition of the musical set in Baltimore and based on the John Waters film — will air on national TV Wednesday, and so will a group of Baltimoreans.

Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL-TV is hosting a viewing party at Cafe Hon in Hampden, and NBC will...


B'More Organic wins $10,000, consultation with Barbara Corcoran on 'Rachael Ray Show'

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:54:00 PST

Andrew Buerger, co-founder of organic dairy and smoothie company B'More Organic, won $10,000 and a one-on-one consultation with ABC's "Shark Tank" investor Barbara Corcoran, all while appearing on the "Rachael Ray Show." The episode, which aired Tuesday morning, showed an eager Buerger, 51, and...(image)

Amy Schumer responds to critics over possible Barbie role

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 05:07:00 PST

Amy Schumer is calling out critics who slammed her potential casting as Barbie in an upcoming live-action film based on the Mattel doll. Variety reported last week that the Towson University graduate was in talks to play Barbie, and the plot of the movie would involve the character getting kicked...


Anne Arundel County natives Brothers Osborne earn Grammy nomination

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 06:44:00 PST

Rising country stars and Anne Arundel County natives Brothers Osborne received a Grammy nomination Tuesday morning in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category.

T.J. and John Osborne were nominated for their song "21." The other duos nominated for the category were: Dierks Bentley featuring...


Where to eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Baltimore area

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 14:27:00 PST

A number of restaurants in and around Baltimore will open their doors to diners on Dec. 24 and 25, serving prix-fixe meals and holiday specials. Below are some of the Baltimore-area restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Many require reservations.



Everyman Theatre to give local premiere of Colman Domingo play 'Dot'

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:25:00 PST

Among those attending the premiere of Colman Domingo's "Dot" at the Humana Festival of New Plays in Louisville, Ky., in 2015 was Everyman Theatre artistic director Vincent Lancisi.

"I think this play is going to be a classic," Lancisi says. "It's a universal story — a family coming home for the...


Red Emma's in Charles North held up at gunpoint

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:27:00 PST

Red Emma's, a popular Charles North restaurant, coffee shop, bookstore and community space, was held up at gunpoint Tuesday morning, police said.

An armed suspect entered the store at 30 W. North Ave. near the Maryland Institute College of the Arts about 10 a.m. and demanded money from the cashier...


Premiere: Watch the trailer for FKA twigs' documentary 'Baltimore Dance Project'

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 05:00:00 PST

On a hot afternoon in July, hundreds of aspiring Baltimore dancers accepted the invitation of the English R&B singer FKA twigs to come to her free dance workshop at Lithuanian Hall.

For five hours, the singer — along with collaborators Ramon Baynes, Kash Powell and Dominic Lawrence — taught choreography...


Grammy nominations 2017: Chance the Rapper, Beyonce lead the way

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:03:00 PST

Chance the Rapper is helping change the rules of the music business and the industry professionals who dish out the Grammy awards are finally paying attention.

In his first year of eligibility for the Grammys, the Chicago artist reaped a windfall -- he was nominated Tuesday for seven awards. Beyonce’s...


Baltimore officials condemn, shutter Bell Foundry arts building in Station North for safety violations

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:00:00 PST

Dozens of local artists were abruptly evicted Monday from their work spaces at the Bell Foundry building in the city's Station North Arts District after city officials said they discovered a variety of safety violations in the two-story hub of theater, art and recording studios.

The move — which...


'Westworld' finale recap: Season 1 ends with plenty of shocking twists and reveals

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:50:00 PST

Previously on "Westworld," the whole season. But the parts they're highlighting for us to remember during Sunday's season finale are: Teddy wants to go to the sea and take Dolores with him; Maeve is aware of her status as a robot and is ready to shake things up; there's a maze; and the Man in Black...


Holiday burlesque, a swingin' 'Nutcracker' and more of the top Baltimore-area events this week

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Mayor's Christmas Parade The last holiday parade of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration kicks off at 1 p.m. today at Poly/Western high schools, Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane, then winds its way through Medfield-Hampden, heading south on Falls, east on 36th street and north on Chestnut...


Gettysburg Hall of Presidents museum closes, wax figures to be auctioned

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:00:00 PST

Forty-three U.S. presidents will be looking for homes next month, as Gettysburg’s Hall of Presidents and First Ladies, which closed in late November, will be auctioning off the wax figures that have been entertaining tourists for more than half-a-century.

The figures, along with other museum contents,...


Jimmy Kimmel to host Academy Awards

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:19:00 PST

The Oscars finally have a host: Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 89th Academy Awards.

The late-night host will be presiding over the ceremony for the first time. Kimmel has been a regular awards host, having twice previously hosted the Emmy Awards (including its broadcast in September) and once led...


Lost Ark's partners open new distillery in Columbia

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:40:00 PST

Beneath a charming image depicting a 17th-century sailing vessel, the door opened Saturday at Lost Ark Distilling Co. on Berger Road in Columbia to reveal a vision finally realized.

Small business owners Brad Blackwell, of Crownsville, and Andy Debenham, of Manchester, have been working to launch...


Flying Dog, Frederick moving to close deal to build larger brewery

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 03:20:00 PST

Frederick officials are moving to finalize a sale of 31 acres of city land to Flying Dog Brewery that will enable the company to vastly increase its output. The agenda for Monday's meeting of the Mayor and Board of Alderman includes a public hearing on contingencies of a $2.6 million transaction...


Terps star Melo Trimble gets name-dropped in new rap song

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:30:00 PST

Maryland men's basketball point guard Melo Trimble had a good Saturday.

On the court, he hit the game-winning free throws in a 71-70 win over Oklahoma State. In the culture, he got a shoutout from Washington native and rapper Wale in "Groundhog Day," a song he released in response to J. Cole's ...


'The Affair' recap: A new perspective and some needed backstory

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:27:00 PST

This week's episode of "The Affair" kicks off with a storyline from a new perspective: French professor Juliette. I'm intrigued

Part One: Juliette 

Our new French professor friend Juliette is learning life in America, and we witness her interaction with some of her students. She seems underwhelmed...


It's the moments that make 'A Christmas Story,' coming to Hippodrome

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

How popular is "A Christmas Story," the 1983 film about a young boy in a bunny suit, a Red Ryder BB gun and a leg lamp that ends up in pieces on the living-room floor?

Popular enough that you can actually buy one of those leg lamps on Ebay (only $169.99!).

Popular enough that "You'll shoot your...


Trump (still) using Twitter bullhorn? Cue the media freakout

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:13:00 PST

If I were more religious, I would be convinced that God sent Donald Trump to test the press.

And so far, the press has mostly failed — with another "F" coming this past week as the president-elect again flexed his Twitter muscles. This time, he introduced the new normal for how information will...


Greene Turtle's 'Tips for Tots' fundraiser hopes to raise $90,000 for toy drive

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:49:00 PST

In 2006, after driving by an empty Toys for Tots drop-off location on her way into work, Corlie Brice — a bartender at the Greene Turtle in Salisbury — decided to use all of her tip money that night to buy presents she would donate to the organization. Another bartender, Chris Tingle, joined his...


Jailbreak Brewing Company collaborates with UMBC students to solve brewery issues

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:39:00 PST

Jailbreak Brewing Company had a problem.

Once an hour, a can on its production line would fall off the track, grinding the Laurel operation to a temporary halt. Beer would get discarded because cans wouldn’t have lids, and exposure to too much dissolved oxygen compromised the quality.

In other...


Viceland's 'Payday' comes to Baltimore

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 06:28:00 PST

The TV series “Payday” comes to Baltimore tonight at 9 on Viceland.

I like the premise of this docu-series: “Follow 20-somethings over the course of a single pay-period to see how they spend, struggle and thrive,” in the words of the channel’s website.

It’s a real-life look at economics for young...


2016 holiday events in the Baltimore area

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:49:00 PST

It's reassuring to know that during the holiday season, Baltimore loses none of the eccentric charm for which the city has become known.

Sure, there are plenty of traditional offerings. But the season also offers an ugly sweater run at Rash Field, a holiday burlesque featuring tinsel tassels, and...


B&O American Brasserie's new menu shines under latest chef

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:15:00 PST

In 2009, B&O American Brasserie at Kimpton Hotel Monaco was the town darling. It opened amid great fanfare in the former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad headquarters, offering impressive New American cuisine in a swanky historic building.

It hasn't lost its swagger with a lively bar — headed by Brendan...


Parkville accordion legend Billy McComiskey reflects on career, National Heritage Fellowship

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:36:00 PST

When Billy McComiskey received a call from Sen. Ben Cardin’s office earlier this year, the 64-year-old Parkville resident grabbed his checkbook, ready to donate $20 to the senator’s campaign.

Instead of a solicitation, McComiskey soon heard Cardin’s voice on the other end, delivering the news of...


Lord Baltimore Hotel to open LB Speakeasy bar next week

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:26:00 PST

After the Lord Baltimore Hotel opened its rooftop hangout LB Skybar for its first full season this summer, word spread fast. Warm weekends were typically busy, and after it closed for the season, visitors were still stopping by to see if it were open, despite 40-degree weather.

On Dec. 7, the downtown...


'Pitch' recap: Will Mike stay or will he go?

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:00:00 PST

With only two more hours left in the opening season of "Pitch," time is of the essence, and this week’s episode, entitled “Scratched,” picks up with the whirlwind of speculation surrounding team captain Mike Lawson.

Last week it was revealed that Mike was willing to part from the Padres to play...


R. House food hall to open to the public Dec. 8

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:12:00 PST

The long wait for R. House's debut will end next week when the food hall opens to the public.

The Remington food emporium at the corner of Remington Avenue and 29th Street will hold a grand opening at 5 p.m. Dec. 8.

The space houses 10 food vendors, a bar and a pop-up space. R. House's chefs will...


Lee's Pint and Shell, formerly Saute, a refreshing redo in Canton

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:37:00 PST

You could call 2016 the year of rebranding for many Baltimore bars and restaurants, with several places changing names and menus in recent months. Among them is Saute in Canton — now called Lee's Pint and Shell.

The new iteration features a seafood-laden menu and a raw bar. Owner Dave Carey named...


Lost Ark Distilling Company to open in Columbia this weekend

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:32:00 PST

A couple years ago, as system engineers working in information technology, Brad Blackwell and Andy Debenham worked in a “dark and quiet” corner of an office basement in Howard County.

They became friends, and found themselves often discussing their interests outside of work. One topic in particular...


Two Peabody alums gain new conducting posts

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:01:00 PST

Two young conductors who studied at Baltimore's Peabody Institute made significant career steps in recent days.

Stephen Mulligan has been named assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, starting with the 2017-2018 season.



Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Drunk History' version of Hamilton a delight

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:09:00 PST

“Drunk History” is almost always a subversive delight. But this week’s edition with Lin-Manuel Miranda doing a bombed version of Alexander Hamilton's life is something special.

Creator Derek Waters and Miranda don’t waste a second getting transgressive.

The episode opens looking much like a recent...


Center Stage returns to home base with 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:49:00 PST

You might call it "The Game of Moans."

The 1782 novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" ("Dangerous Liaisons") by Choderlos de Laclos paints a damning portrait of two French aristocrats engaged in a chess match of seduction, manipulation, betrayal and revenge.

Playwright Christopher Hampton's 1985 adaptation...


'American Dad' animator sneaks in a tribute to one of his Baltimore teachers

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:28:00 PST

Watch closely during an art gallery scene in tonight’s episode of “American Dad,” and you might just spy a familiar face, especially if you’ve spent any time at the Baltimore School for the Arts in the past few decades.

There, among the spectators, sharp-eyed BSA alums will see none other than...


James Beard-winning chef to head dining operations at Sagamore Pendry Baltimore hotel

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:06:00 PST

The New York chef heading the restaurant at Sagamore Spirit Distillery will also run the food and beverage operations at Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's Fells Point hotel. 

Chef Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom of NoHo Hospitality Group are partnering with Plank's Sagamore Development...


Baltimore's own Dru Hill make triumphant return at Soul Train Awards

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:20:00 PST

The Soul Train Awards served up a night of nostalgia with performances by Dru Hill and Brandy, two artists who dominated the R&B scene in the 1990s. The show opened with a reunion of Baltimore-bred Dru Hill that featured some of their hits, including "In My Bed" and "Beauty." Lead singer Sisqo...


This week in Baltimore: Washington Monument lighting, 'Repo Man' and 100 Elvises

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:00:00 PST

Monument lighting

Baltimore's 179-foot marble Christmas tree (good luck finding another one of those anywhere) gets lit up on Thursday, thanks to some 16,000 LED lights. Hard to believe this tradition has been around for 45 years. The lighting is the centerpiece of a celebration that includes entertainment,...


'Gotham' Season 3 midseason finale recap: What’s worse: Looking jealous or crazy?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:56:00 PST

There’s a thin line between jealous and crazy. Mario is both, but he’s calculating enough to make Jim look like his jealousy has lead him to full-blown insanity. “Beware the Green-Eyed Monster,” the Season 3 midseason finale of "Gotham," blurs that line with plausible conspiracy theories and misdirection,...


'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life' recap: Fall -- and those last four words

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:22:00 PST

There was a lot of talk in the media, specifically online, about the fabled last four words of "Gilmore Girls," the long-discussed, almost mythical ending for the series. With creator Amy-Sherman Palladino's departure after Season 6, she never got the chance to end her series the way she had intended.


34th Street, Christmas Village kick off holiday season

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 15:52:00 PST

Lights, beer and much-needed holiday cheer kicked off the holiday season for visitors and residents in Baltimore.

The fourth annual "Christmas Village" at the Inner Harbor and the decades-old, decorative light display "Miracle on 34th Street" in Hampden were unveiled on Saturday.

At the Inner Harbor,...


Winners: Harford County's best restaurants for 2016

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:49:00 PST

Craving a killer crab cake? Harford County has it. In search of a sizeable steak? Got you covered. Have a loved one with dietary restrictions? Even then, the dining options are plentiful.

More than 2,400 readers shared their recommendations for the county’s best cuisine in this year’s best restaurants...


'Westworld' recap: The Arnold reveal

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:08:00 PST

In this week's episode of "Westworld," Maeve is backstage again and this time still dressed and with Clementine's blood still on her.

Bernard is doing the questioning. When Bernard questions her programming and wants to summon Dr. Ford, she reaches out and grabs his wrist. She then appeals to him,...


'The Affair' recap: What Helen and Alison have been up to

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:20:00 PST

Part One: Helen

We begin this episode of "The Affair" by flashing back a year, to Helen's place, where she and Dr. Vic are in the throes of passion. Their sexy time abruptly ends when Helen is reminded that the kids need to be seen off to school, much to the couple's chagrin. "You have many, many...


Ballet Theatre of Md. gives Baltimore its first professional ballet company residency since 1993

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:56:00 PST

Don't let the toe shoes fool you. They might look like nothing but pearl-colored satin and glossy ribbons, but those kicks are made to take a pounding.

When the Ballet Theatre of Maryland's dancers bourree onto the stage Saturday to perform "The Nutcracker" in the Modell Performing Arts Center...


Florence Henderson, beloved mom on 'The Brady Bunch,' dies at 82

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:05:00 PST

Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of America's most beloved television moms in "The Brady Bunch," has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82. Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before,...


'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life' recap: Summer

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:15:00 PST

"Oh, I am not unbreakable. I am breaking right now. I need to be unbreakable, somehow. It's never, or now."

So sings Violet, the star of the new Stars Hollow town musical. And the lyrics to her song resonate with Lorelai, whose resurfacing existential crisis is at the center of the "Summer" episode...


'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life' recap: Spring

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:22:00 PST

What do we do when your plans fall apart? How do we react when others' wants and expectations for our lives don't match our own? How do we handle the little things that those closest to us can sting us with over the course of an entire life?

These are the themes of "Spring" in "Gilmore Girls: A...


What to eat at Thursday's Washington Monument lighting

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:51:00 PST

The 45th annual lighting of Mount Vernon's Washington Monument won't be without plenty of food and drink options to keep onlookers full and warm.

More than 15 local restaurants, offering dishes from doughnuts to pizza, will turn out Thursday to feed attendees at the lighting ceremony from 5 p.m....


'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life' episode 1 recap

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:49:00 PST

Every time a movie or television franchise from the past gets rebooted, I cringe. And I've been cringing an awful lot lately. I never cringed at the news of the "Gilmore Girls" comeback. What makes this revival feel like more than a cash grab preying on our nostalgia? 

"Gilmore Girls" is sincere....


Lyric names new head: Vickie Hubbard, 25-year veteran of live entertainment business

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:25:27 PST

The Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric has named as its new executive director Vickie Hubbard, 58, a native of Pennsylvania's Dauphin County with 25 years of experience in the live entertainment business.

The executive director slot has been vacant since February 2015. Hubbard, who assumes...


Why you need to know Randy Harrison, coordinator of Merry Tuba Christmas Bel Air

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:53:00 PST

Each December, dozens of tuba players in holiday garb congregate in Bel Air, their euphoniums, sousaphones, helicons and alto horns festooned with decorations for the Merry Tuba Christmas concert. Behind the baton is Essex resident Randy Harrison, the longtime conductor who brought the event to...


Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. to kick off annual Washington Monument lighting in Mount Vernon Thursday

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:26:00 PST

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. will kick off the 45th annual Washington Monument lighting in Mount Vernon this week, which will feature a host of food, vendors and activities.

The Baltimore holiday celebration, hosted by Downtown Partnership, will commence at 5 p.m. Thursday in the west and...


HBO's 'The Trans List' a powerful, personal exploration of transgender identity

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:52:00 PST

There's the former model and "Bond Girl" who was designated a boy at birth. There's the combat-tested, super-muscular Army sergeant who was designated a girl. And a poet who says, "I think gender can actually change every single day. Myself is many selves."

These are some of the people featured...


Great Escapes Harford brings mysteries to life

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:49:00 PST

The task Kirby Cole lays out to the Thomson family as they walk into The Magician’s Dressing Room at Great Escapes Harford seems simple enough:

“You are here investigating the disappearance of Jordanzo, the famous magician. You’re members of his fan club and he recently vanished, so you’re trying...


Meet 5 artists selling their creations at Baltimore-area holiday art markets

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:28:00 PST

There's a thrill that comes with shopping for gifts and decorations at local holiday art markets. It's a blend of the anticipation, just weeks, if not days away from the holidays; the cheerful spirit of market-goers; and, most of all, the rush of getting something handcrafted and one-of-a-kind...


Black Eyed Suzie's a good fit on Bel Air's Main Street

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:52:00 PST

The owners of Black Eyed Suzie's in Bel Air have their work cut out for them. So far, four restaurants have come and gone in the prominent Main Street building that dates to the late 1800s.

But friends Brian Acquavella, who grew up near Bel Air and is the owner of Blue Agave in Federal Hill, and...


After four decades, prog-rock act Kansas carries on

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:57:00 PST

For more than four decades, Steve Walsh “poured his guts on stages all over the world,” said Kansas guitarist Richard Williams recently.

But the singer and keyboardist performed his last show with the veteran progressive-rock act in August 2014.

“It was sad, but OK, now what?" recalled Williams,...


Five tips for a quicker, cheaper Uber or Lyft on the night before Thanksgiving

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:47:00 PST

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is traditionally the biggest drinking night of the year, resulting in high demand on rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft.

To save time and money on your ride to and from the bar or to catch up with friends and family, we gathered tips from experts:

Plan to leave...


Lights on the Washington Monument have become a holiday tradition

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:08:00 PST

Only in Baltimore, perhaps, could the city’s favorite Christmas tree be a 178-foot-tall marble column. Hey, the rest of the world should be so lucky.

And it turns out, like so much about Baltimore in the last 50 years or so, we have William Donald Schaefer to thank for the Washington Monument’s...


19th-century Hackerman House reveals its secrets during Walters renovation

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:53:00 PST

Bit by bit and room by room, the grand old house is beginning to reveal its secrets.

As Walters Art Museum staff members were preparing the Hackerman House for renovation, they began discovering tantalizing clues about the 166-year-old Greek Revival mansion and the people who once lived inside...


Iron Rooster to open third location Friday in Hunt Valley

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:43:00 PST

Iron Rooster will open its third restaurant this week, just in time to catch Black Friday shoppers.

The all-day breakfast and lunch spot is currently undergoing a soft opening and will officially open its doors at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre on Friday.

The 9,900-square-foot space at 50 Shawan...


'Dancing With the Stars' finale recap: Laurie Hernandez wins the Mirrorball Trophy

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:44:00 PST

The finale of "Dancing With the Stars" starts with a Christmas motif, including the three celebrity finalists in onesies. I'm impressed they found one to fit Calvin Johnson. Oh, wait, this must mean the wardrobe department made it. Those people are marvels.

They're doing the thing again this year...


'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life' is a welcome slice of smart holiday escapism

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 03:00:00 PST

From Bedford Falls of “It’s a Wonderful Life” to Mayberry of “The Andy Griffith Show,” the idyllic small town has always held a special place in American pop culture, providing fictional refuge in times of real-life turmoil. 

On Friday, anyone exhausted by the effort of avoiding political conversations...


Baltimore restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:04:00 PST

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Baltimore restaurants are ready to save patrons the trouble of cooking their own turkey dinners (and cleaning up after the meal). A number of them, some of which are below, are open for the Nov. 24 holiday. Many have limited hours, and most require reservations.


Uneven Southern food from Bluegrass' new ownership

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:54:00 PST

For a 6-year-old restaurant, Bluegrass in South Baltimore has been through a lot of chef and menu changes. Now, it has a new owner.

We were happy to find that the decor hasn't changed, and the place is still a popular neighborhood gathering spot. But we had one of the most uneven meals we've had...


MICA fiber professor Piper Shepard wins $50,000 U.S. Artists award

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:19:00 PST

Piper Shepard doesn’t know who nominated her to receive $50,000. But when the list of 2016 United States Artists winners came out last week, the Maryland Institute College of Art professor's name was on it, alongside big names like Miranda July and Shirin Neshat.

"I was extremely surprised,” said...


'The Divine Sister' full of fun nuns at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:31:00 PST

You might feel just a wee bit guilty laughing at some of the things in "The Divine Sister," the ever-so-irreverent Charles Busch comedy now getting an enjoyable spin at Fells Point Corner Theatre. But you're more likely to find the author's satiric wit habit-forming.

Busch, whose playwriting credits...


'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Jana Kramer eliminated; final three set

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:50:00 PST

It's the first night of the season finale of "Dancing With the Stars," and each couple will perform two dances — a judges' choice of style and the freestyle.

Erin Andrews is wearing a dress with a very low bodice and sleeves/straps that hit at roughly the middle of her bicep. She and Tom Bergeron...


B. Doughnut closing in Hampden; Center Cut Doughnuts moving in

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:50:00 PST

The Hampden doughnut shop B Doughnut will close at the end of the week a year after opening, soon to be replaced by another local doughnut maker.

B Doughnut opened in October 2015 specializing in cream-filled, sugared doughnuts made in small batches. The shop is closing its doors Sunday, according...


The week's best events: Nov. 20-26

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 05:00:00 PST

Miracle on 34th Street

For sure, there is no more incontrovertible harbinger of the holidays than this — the evening Hampden's lights gets turned on for the first time (usually between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.). Beginning Saturday, thousands upon thousands of artificial lights will turn the area surrounding...


'Baltimore Rising' addresses race, rights, violence in wake of Freddie Gray

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 18:33:38 PDT

"Baltimore Rising," a 15-artist exhibit at the Lazarus Center of the Maryland Institute College of Art, won't be on view for a long time — an unavoidable matter of scheduling — but it will leave a lasting impression.

The show was curated by Tony Shore, chair of the painting department at MICA. Initially,...


'Late Late Show's James Corden to host Grammys in February

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:16:00 PST

Late-night host and "Carpool Karaoke" commuter James Corden will be behind the wheel at the Grammy Awards telecast next February.

It will be the first turn for Corden presiding over the Grammycast, which for the past five years has had LL Cool J as host. It airs live Feb. 12 from Los Angeles on...


'The Affair' Season 3 premiere recap: Dark times for Noah

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:15:00 PST

When we last saw Noah, our beleaguered protagonist/antagonist of "The Affair," he was taking the rap for Scotty's death. As Season 3 opens, we see Noah grappling with his father's passing. 

Clearly observing No-Shave November, he sits in the back row of the funeral as Helen and their three youngest...


Sources: Kanye West hospitalized for stress, exhaustion after LAPD responds to disturbance call

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:36:00 PST

The Los Angeles Police Department visited Kanye West as part of a disturbance call Monday, according to law enforcement sources, a day after the rapper abruptly canceled the rest of his tour.

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, did not provide details about the incident but confirmed...


How the American Music Awards balanced politics and promotion

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:15:00 PST

The artist’s responsibility met the demands of celebrity at Sunday’s American Music Awards, where half the assembled talent was eager to comment on a new political reality and the other half was eager to promote new product before beating a path to their chauffeured SUVs.

The latter feeling was...


Atlas Restaurant Group to take over, rebrand Fleet Street Kitchen, Ten Ten Bistro

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:42:00 PST

Atlas Restaurant Group, the group behind Ouzo Bay, Azumi and Loch Bar, is taking over two Harbor East restaurants with plans to transform them in 2017.

The group will partner with Bagby Restaurant Group to rebrand Fleet Street Kitchen and Ten Ten American Bistro, both owned by the Bagby group....