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Reunited Guns N' Roses re-enforce rock-canon status in Washington

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:35:00 PDT

Despite only releasing one album of original material in the past two and a half decades, Guns N’ Roses has changed significantly in the last few years. When the band came to the Fillmore Silver Spring in 2012, frontman Axl Rose and his eccentric cast of replacement players were touring theatre-sized...

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TLC's 'Trading Spaces' filming in Baltimore this month

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:25:00 PDT

TLC’s “Trading Spaces” reboot will be in the Baltimore area the next two weekends filming upcoming episodes.

The home design show hosted by Paige Davis will be here Sunday and Monday, as well as Oct. 27 and 28.

A spokeswoman for the show declined to provide specifics as to where the filming would...

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Moby Dick House of Kabob coming to Hampden

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:50:00 PDT

A kabob restaurant with locations in the Washington area is branching out to Baltimore with its northern-most location yet.

Moby Dick House of Kabob is set to open Nov. 1 at 727 W. 40th St. in Hampden’s mixed-use Rotunda development.

The restaurant serves Mediterranean spreads, falafel, salads,...

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Sinclair bid to be biggest could also make it most hated TV company in America

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:25:00 PDT

In May, when the Sinclair Broadcast Group announced the purchase of Tribune Media, the $3.9 billion deal looked like a slam dunk to gain government approval and make the Hunt-Valley-based company the largest TV company in the nation.

It had a friendly president in the White House and a chairman...

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An affecting 'Color Purple' features sterling cast, inspired direction at Hippodrome

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:55:00 PDT

When Adrianna Hicks, playing the supremely tested Celie in the revelatory revival of “The Color Purple” now at the Hippodrome Theatre, lets a smile light her long-clouded face and sings “Yes, I’m beautiful, and I’m here,” the jolt couldn’t be much greater if lightning struck the place. Catharsis...

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MICA's annual haunted house canceled due to fire code violations, school says

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Maryland Institute College of Art will have to save its ghosts and ghouls for next year.

The college’s annual haunted house, which has been a student-run production for more than five years and was scheduled to open tonight, has been canceled due to fire code violations, said Derek Parsons, a MICA...

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'The Woman in Black' gets imaginative staging at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:15:00 PDT

It isn’t always easy to get some good old suspense going in a theater, let alone keep intensifying the edginess. Stephen Mallatratt’s adaption of the Susan Hill novel “The Woman in Black” makes things even tougher by reducing the forces to a mere two actors and relying more on narrative than action...

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'House of Cards' set was put on lockdown during Maryland workplace shooting

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:10:00 PDT

The “House of Cards” set in Maryland was placed on lockdown Wednesday while police were searching for a suspect who had shot and killed three people and injured three others, according to Variety.

The Los Angeles-based magazine received confirmation from Netflix and Media Rights Capital yesterday...

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Bar Vasquez impresses in Fells Point with curated wine, balanced cocktails

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:15:00 PDT

In Baltimore, even the most posh bars can be ripe for a rebrand.

Tony Foreman recognized this in Pazo, the Fells Point hotspot he opened with chef Cindy Wolf in 2004. After operating as a Spanish restaurant for a decade, Pazo kept its name but became a Southern Italian eatery a few years ago. In...

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What makes a Baltimore Club hit? DJ Mighty Mark created a new song to show us

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Editor’s note: This article is part of a three-part series. For an explainer on classical music, click or tap here. For an explainer on visual art, click or tap here.

The histories behind modern American music can be told through its regions. The South Bronx started rap, Seattle will forever be...

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How to view art like an expert: Breaking down a Van Gogh painting at BMA

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Editor’s note: This article is part of a three-part series. For an explainer on classical music, click or tap here. For an explainer on Baltimore Club music, click or tap here.

A painting of a pair of worn boots coated with mud is lounging about the Baltimore Museum of Art with insouciant disregard...

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No need to be intimidated by classical music. Here's how to listen to the BSO like a pro

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Editor’s note: This article is part of a three-part series. For an explainer on Baltimore Club music, click or tap here. For an explainer on visual art, click or tap here.

Like any art form, classical music becomes more approachable and rewarding the more you learn about it. And that doesn’t require...

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Jason Hisley leaves La Cakerie to launch a new bakery

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:45:00 PDT

La Cakerie owner Jason Hisley, known for winning Food Network baking competitions, is parting ways with the brand to launch a new boutique bakery.

Cake by Jason Hisley is expected to open in early 2018 in Timonium. Hisley said he hopes Cake becomes a high-end cake shop that will also host classes;...

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'This Is Us' recap: Another twist

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:15:00 PDT

I’m calling it.

Breakout star of 2017: Ms. Lyric Ross, aka Deja on “This Is Us.” This young woman is everything right now, pulling out all the stops on a complex, nuanced performance I’d be impressed by if it were coming from an actor with three times her experience.

If you haven’t yet seen last...

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Nickelodeon personality Marc Summers to talk about his slime-filled career in Baltimore

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:10:00 PDT

The slime so many of us laughed at as kids was made from vanilla pudding, applesauce and green food coloring. And if getting doused with that stuff sounds like fun — well, Marc Summers, who was taping up to six episodes of Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare” a day back in its prime, offers a cautionary...

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No Way Jose to rebrand in Federal Hill this month

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:55:00 PDT

No Way Jose, a Tex-Mex restaurant and bar in Federal Hill, will rebrand later this month, with plans to change its name, menu and overall concept, said general manager Don Messinese.

The new concept will be revealed in October at a soft opening, after the bar hosts a “retirement weekend” this Friday...

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Baltimore middle school choir makes audience rise up with 'Good Morning America' performance

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:10:00 PDT

Baltimore middle schoolers got a standing ovation after performing their viral rendition of Andra Day’s “Rise Up” on “Good Morning America.”

Members of the Cardinal Shehan School choir headed to New York early Wednesday morning, and at about 8:30 a.m., about 30 students decked out in bright red...

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It was Bob and Harvey Weinstein against the world. Then they turned on each other.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:54:00 PDT

For the Weinsteins, it had always been Bob and Harvey against the world.

In 1979, the twenty-something rock promoters brought their unpolished demeanor, fast-talking style, and rough negotiating tactics to the movie business, naming their new film production company after their parents, Miriam...

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Enter The Baltimore Sun's 2017 holiday cookie contest

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Got a recipe guaranteed to empty the cookie jar? Enter the annual holiday cookie contest for a chance to see it in The Baltimore Sun. New this year, we'll be selecting winners in four categories: Decorated: Do you make the prettiest cookies in all the land? Submit your recipe for edible reindeer,...(image)



'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Jordan Fisher is perfect; Sasha Pieterse is eliminated

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:08:00 PDT

It's Disney night on “Dancing With the Stars,” and the couples will be dancing in the order of the release date of the movie whose song they're dancing to.

The show opens with a slowed-down version of "It's a Small World" and I don't care what you do to this song, it's still an insidious earworm....

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Grand Central night club in Mount Vernon for sale

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Grand Central night club in Mount Vernon, a popular gathering place for the gay community, is on the market after more than 25 years in business.

Owner Don Davis is selling the club as he deals with health complications, and because he has had difficulty managing the bar from his home in Texas.

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In Bloom is on the right track to keep diners coming back

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:45:00 PDT

Chef Cyrus Keefer’s career has had more moves than a quick-paced chess game. But he may have finally found a long-running match.

I hope so. I have been eating his creative food for several years, and every time I thought he found a niche, he was on the move again.

Recently, Keefer — who worked...

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A$AP Ant wants to be the Kanye West of Baltimore

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:40:00 PDT

Ask Adam Kirkman when he got into fashion, and he’ll tell you he’s always been “fresh.”

The 24-year-old Baltimorean grew up admiring the skaters who frequented city streets as well as the sneakers at Gentei, a now-defunct streetwear store off Morton Street. Now, he has 300 pairs of sneakers by...

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The pawpaw, a little-known native fruit, is making a comeback in Baltimore

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:45:00 PDT

When people think of foods native to the Baltimore area, a few readily come to mind: Crabs, of course, and oysters. Silver Queen corn. Soybeans, perhaps.

Pawpaws belong on that list, too. The intriguing — and somewhat ugly — green fruit isn’t as well-known as some of Maryland’s other crops, but...

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Lynn Nottage's 'Intimate Apparel' to get revival at Everyman Theatre

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Lynn Nottage gives voice in her plays to people kept on the margins of society or the news media, people confined to the footnotes of history.

Her 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, “Sweat,” explored middle-class lives in a struggling American factory town. In “Ruined,” which won the 2009 Pulitzer,...

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HBO filming in Baltimore for Sonja Sohn documentary promotion

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:10:00 PDT

A film crew for the upcoming HBO documentary “Baltimore Rising” are in Baltimore shooting promotional footage in advance of the film’s November premiere.

The project, which is originally named “For the Love of Baltimore,” is directed by “The Wire” actress Sonja Sohn. The film centers on Baltimore...

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Annapolis Shakespeare Company show is 'Helen Hayes Recommended'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:00 PDT

The current show onstage at Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s new theater, “Much Ado About Nothing,” was endorsed Monday as a “Helen Hayes Recommended” production.

The Helen Hayes Awards, established for professional theaters in the Washington, D.C., region in 1983, are comparable to the annual Tony...

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Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar in Little Italy closes

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:30:00 PDT

Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar in Little Italy has closed after less than six months in businesses.

A message on the location’s website states “We apologize, but this location is no longer open for business.”

Representatives from Boston’s corporate offices could not immediately be reached Monday.

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So, just what happened at Camp John Waters?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:35:00 PDT

With registration opening today for next year’s Camp John Waters, here are the top 10 things we learned about the inaugural adult summer camp experience, according to a recent article in the New York Times:

(Waters told The Baltimore Sun on Monday that the camp “was a staggering experience. But...

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'The Deuce' recap: 'Why Me?' sets up the next chapter

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:35:00 PDT

“In this town, nothing’s dirty anymore,” Rudy says.

This week on “The Deuce,” it’s a triumphant day for the porn industry in New York City. The courts have dropped all charges against pornography producers, who are now free to film and sell as much porn as they’d like. Though it’s a relatively...

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Starlite Diner in Belvedere Square is closed

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:20:00 PDT

Starlite Diner appears to have closed a year after it opened in Belvedere Square.

Starlite opened in September 2016. The restaurant was locked and the lights were off on Monday afternoon, and Google lists it as permanently closed. No one answered the phone at Starlite on Monday.

The diner was...

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Univ. of Md. film focuses on lives of youth in West Baltimore

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:40:00 PDT

Two years ago, Shakeer Franklin desperately wanted to leave Baltimore. He wanted to escape the crime and blight of his hometown.

But then he participated in the University of Maryland, Baltimore CURE Scholars Program, which pairs middle-school students from West Baltimore with mentors working in...

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Baltimore Running Festival, Oktobearfest, MICA's haunted house and more of the week's best events in the Baltimore area

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Baltimore Running Festival

The big draw is a 26-mile run through the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Fells Point and a handful of other scenic neighborhoods (including the zoo!), but if you’re not up for that much of a race, there’s also a half-marathon, a 5K and a Team Relay, even .1- and .2-mile...

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Haunted houses around Baltimore

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:10:00 PDT

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Acclaimed, pared-down version of 'The Color Purple' to launch national tour in Baltimore

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:45:00 PDT

Getting another chance, finding an unexpected path and taking it — that’s a major theme in “The Color Purple,” the musical based on the eventful Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. It describes the history of the show pretty well, too.

This adaptation of Walker’s saga about an abused...

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Up from the ashes: The Book Thing returns

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 02:00:00 PDT

On Tuesday, as volunteers flitted in and out of the rooms of the The Book Thing — breaking down boxes, building up bookcases and sorting hundreds of titles onto their designated shelves — Russell Wattenberg, the founder of the free book warehouse and nonprofit, made it clear that he’s only really...

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'Marshall' delivers the heroic bio-pic treatment Thurgood Marshall deserves

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Don't look now, but Supreme Court justices are becoming popular culture avatars.

First, Ruth Bader Ginsburg transmogrified into the Notorious RBG and now a magnetic Chadwick Boseman plays Thurgood Marshall as a confident and charismatic young attorney buff enough to be an action hero in the energetic...

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Taneytown's Land of Fear aims to be the scariest haunt in Maryland

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Two longtime friends with a passion for Halloween are on a mission to run the scariest haunt in Maryland.

Together, Greg Durkin and Rick Castro, of Parkville, founded Land of Fear, a haunted attraction now open on the site of Paintball Adventure Park in Taneytown.

Durkin said he was motivated to...

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Stedman Graham to kick off mentoring program at Coppin State on Friday

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:45:00 PDT

Stedman Graham will headline the kick-off for a new mentoring program Friday at Coppin State University.

Graham, a New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and longtime companion of Oprah Winfrey, will speak to more than 300 students about shaping professional identity at the launch of Eagle-I,...

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Imagine 'Groundhog Day' with murder and a flawed victim who must save herself in 'Happy Death Day'

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:40:00 PDT

“Happy Death Day,” the story of a woman caught in an endless loop of her own death, uses familiar elements from the horror genre — and the classic movie “Groundhog Day” — to deliver its scares with wit and a wink.

It starts with Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe), a sorority sister in desperate need...

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'House of Cards' renewed for sixth season, filming to begin by end of October

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:05:00 PDT

The popular political drama “House of Cards,” whose production is based in Harford County, has been renewed by Netflix for a sixth season, the director of the Maryland Film Office confirmed.

Shooting will begin in Maryland for the season by the end of this month, according to Jack Gerbes, executive...

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Sofar Sounds and its secret, pop-up concerts to debut in Baltimore on Thursday

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:40:00 PDT

When Christen B, a Randallstown-based singer-songwriter, heard about Sofar Sounds — a network of musicians and fans who organize small-scale pop-up concerts in unique venues in nearly 400 cities around the world — she was immediately intrigued. She applied to be a Sofar artist, and began performing...

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Fall fun: 15 autumn outings in the Baltimore area, from foliage to frights

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:30:00 PDT

The leaves are turning, there’s a chill in the air (or, at least, there should be) and the Orioles are done for the season.

Must be fall, that harbinger of winter that offers a welcome respite between the heat of summer and the snow we’re going to be plowing off our streets come the new year. Fall,...

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Pierpoint Chef Nancy Longo will return to Taste of the NFL

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 04:00:00 PDT

It might be too soon to tell whether the Ravens will be Super Bowl LII contenders, but Baltimore will again have a chef representing the team at the annual Taste of the NFL.

Nancy Longo, chef and owner of Pierpoint Restaurant in Fells Point, will return to the Taste of the NFL’s 27th annual Party...

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What not to miss during Baltimore Beer Week: new brews, competitions and more

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:00:00 PDT

For local lovers of golden ales and robust porters, and the many varieties in between, Friday marks a reason to celebrate. It’s the start of Baltimore Beer Week, which is entering its ninth year.

Inspired by beer weeks in Philadelphia and New York, Heavy Seas Beer sales manager Joe Gold founded...

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G.A.Y. Lounge closes in Mount Vernon after less than a year in business

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:50:00 PDT

The G.A.Y. Lounge, a recent addition to Baltimore’s gay-bar scene, has closed.

Opened in late April in the former Ware House 518 space, the Mount Vernon bar and restaurant announced the closure on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, and co-owner Robert Gay confirmed the news.

Gay declined to comment...

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Light City adds two communities to next year's Neighborhood Lights celebration

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:35:00 PDT

Baltimore’s Light City festival has added two neighborhoods to the lineup for next year’s Neighborhood Lights program, bringing to 14 the number of communities that will be participating in the third annual illuminated art event.

Darley Park and Little Italy were added to the 2018 Neighborhood...

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'This Is Us' recap: Old wounds reopen, thanks to Sylvester Stallone

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:45:00 PDT

This week’s “This Is Us” episode is brought to you by:

stupid gender roles and how they teach boys and men the only acceptable way to deal with emotions is to stuff them down and ignore them! really bad rom-com marital advice from divorced friends telling you that sex will fix whatever ails your...(image)



Michael Phelps opens up about anxiety in documentary 'Angst'

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:35:00 PDT

A new documentary about anxiety argues that everyone to some extent suffers from stress, nerves and social fear. And, to make their point, the filmmakers have enlisted as Exhibit A the most decorated Olympian in history.

Michael Phelps appears in "Angst" to share his story of being bullied and...

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Cafe Fili's Mediterranean food in Mount Vernon deserves your attention

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:25:00 PDT

Ziad Maalouf has been a longtime restaurateur in Washington. But after observing Baltimore’s growing culinary scene, he decided to get in on the action here. The result, Cafe Fili, opened in Mount Vernon in July.

“I love the vibe in Baltimore,” said Maalouf, who has owned Cafe Ole in D.C. for 20...

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In 'Marshall,' Chadwick Boseman portrays Baltimore's Thurgood Marshall as a 'superhero'

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:30:00 PDT

Chadwick Boseman does not look much like Thurgood Marshall. And he knew that could be a problem.

“It was a hump we had to get over,” admits Boseman, who portrays the Baltimore native and future U.S. Supreme Court justice in “Marshall,” opening in theaters Thursday. “I don’t look like him, and that...

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Exhibit of Baltimore artist's Ku Klux Klan robes is closed to public

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:50:00 PDT

Update: This story was updated on Oct. 11 to include additional details.

An exhibit of satirical Ku Klux Klan robes created by the Baltimore African-American artist Paul Rucker has been closed to the public by York College of Pennsylvania officials because they fear that the show could be inflammatory.

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Baltimore middle school choir's emotive 'Rise Up' performance goes viral

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:45:00 PDT

A couple weeks ago, when Baltimore choir director Kenyatta Hardison hit record on her phone, she simply wanted to broadcast the progress her young singers at Cardinal Shehan School had made on the Andra Day song “Rise Up.”

“During the rehearsal, I added a few parts to it, and then I said, ‘Let...

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Ida B's Table suits its modern take on soul food

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 13:55:00 PDT

I was a great fan of Herb & Soul restaurant in Parkville before it closed two years ago, where chef David Thomas was serving creative Southern soul food sourced from local farms.

Now he’s doing the same thing at Ida B’s Table, his newest endeavor, which opened in late August. He is partnering with...

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Female Trouble podcast: Meagan 'Ducky Dynamo' Buster, DJ and organizer (episode 56)

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:40:00 PDT

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Naptown Pint: Five questions with Heavy Seas' Hugh Sisson

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 03:00:00 PDT

With a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in theater, Hugh Sisson had no intention of going into the beer business.

But fate, in the form of his father convincing him to tend bar at Sisson’s Pub in Federal Hill many moons ago, had different plans.

Over the course of 30-plus years in...

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Mount Washington teen to bring culinary chops to 'Top Chef Jr.'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:40:00 PDT

The first time Owen Pereira tried to make a gastrique, it went terribly. He didn’t know that it was necessary to reduce the acidity out of the vinegar.

But most could forgive this culinary oversight. After all, Pereira is only 13 years old.

Pereira, an 8th grader at Baltimore Montessori Public...

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DoorDash restaurant delivery launches in Baltimore next week

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:05:00 PDT

Baltimoreans will have another mobile app to tap to summon food from local restaurants starting next week.

DoorDash, a San Francisco-based restaurant delivery service, will launch Oct. 18 in Baltimore and surrounding areas including Arbutus, Catonsville, Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Halethorpe,...

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Eminem savages Trump in a new rap

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:45:00 PDT

Tell us how you really feel, Eminem.

The Detroit-born rapper unleashed a torrent of criticism at President Donald Trump in a new rap he debuted at the televised BET awards on Tuesday night. The four-minute freestyle "The Storm" delivers more blows than even the most scathing talking-head could...

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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Emotions run high on 'Most Memorable Year' night

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:05:00 PDT

It’s “Most Memorable Year” night on “Dancing With the Stars.” Huh. Maybe they really did decide to make last week a non-elimination because of the Las Vegas shooting. Because, if I remember correctly, they often spare celebs on this night because of the emotions involved in the performances.

Frankie...

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Single Carrot Theatre offers vibrant staging of quirky, multilayered 'Lear'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:25:00 PDT

Partway through “Lear,” the quirky, multilayered play by Young Jean Lee receiving a vibrant regional premiere at Single Carrot Theatre, someone says: “What are you talking about?”

Audience members might be tempted to ask that same question multiple times. But not feeling quite sure of things turns...

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This Annapolis crab house is the 'most popular restaurant' in Maryland, according to People magazine

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Cantler’s Riverside Inn is the most popular restaurant in Maryland, according to People magazine.

The magazine’s food section recently released a list of the most popular restaurants in each state and Washington, D.C. Cantler’s, a longtime Annapolis crab house, was named No. 1 for Maryland.

People’s...

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The Charmery ice cream shop opening third location in Towson

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:25:00 PDT

The Charmery will triple its presence in the Baltimore area next year by adding a shop in Towson, the ice cream-maker’s third.

The Hampden-based ice cream shop, owned by husband-and-wife team David and Laura Alima, will open at 6807 York Road in the spring of 2018.

“We’re really excited about moving...

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Baltimore's Davon Fleming talks 'The Voice' audition, Jennifer Hudson duet: 'It was iconic'

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 05:25:00 PDT

After Park Heights native Davon Fleming graced “The Voice” stage with a soulful rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Me & Mr. Jones” during last week’s blind auditions, Blake Shelton told him he was going to make the finale.

Adam Levine stood up to plead his case as to why Fleming should join his team....

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Baltimore Beer Week, David Sedaris and more of the week's best events in the Baltimore area

Sun, 8 Oct 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Baltimore Beer Week

The beer will be flowing with tasty aplomb for the next 10 days here in Charm City. That’s right, it’s Baltimore Beer Week, our city’s annual salute to the delicious things that happen when malt, barley and hops get together. Begin the partying Friday, with the Baltimore Beer...

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People in need raise voices in 'a Baltimore choir of hope'

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:15:00 PDT

Late on Tuesday mornings, shortly after the dining room at the outreach center Paul’s Place in Pigtown starts its daily task of serving a few hundred hot lunches to people in need, about a dozen people gather in an upstairs room to sing together.

The sound might not always be polished, but there’s...

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ESPN suspends anchor Jemele Hill

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 13:41:00 PDT

ESPN’s Jemele Hill, who ran afoul of her bosses and the White House last month with tweets on President Donald Trump, has been suspended, the Disney-owned sports media giant’s PR department announced Monday on Twitter.

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our...

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Baltimore couple draw on 'Golden Girls' as inspiration for art exhibit, and their wedding

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:40:00 PDT

On one of their first dates in 2013, artists Nick Horan and Zachary Z. Handler quizzed each other on their favorite quotes from the TV show “The Golden Girls.”

It was a litmus test, of sorts, “because if the other person says, I don't really watch ‘The Golden Girls,’ we're done. I'm out,” Handler,...

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Secrets, psychics, Peeps: American Visionary Art Museum exhibit probes the great unknown

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:30:00 PDT

Two colored pencil drawings of the same young girl that go on view this weekend at the American Visionary Art Museum are as unsettling as they are beautiful.

Look closely at Margaret Munz-Losch’s sketch of her naked blue-eyed daughter cradling a black cat and you realize that the girl’s torso and...

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Pumpkin spice is not always nice: Places where it doesn't belong

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 09:55:00 PDT

Outside of a coffee shop, bakery and your table on Thanksgiving Day, there are certain places and things where we should never smell or see pumpkin spice.

*A disclaimer: this post is all in good fun. If you’re a pumpkin spice fanatic here is a fun online game, and a list of pumpkin spice items ...

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Club Charles reopens in Station North

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 10:00:00 PDT

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Facebook's dirty dance with Russians demands regulation

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 14:05:00 PDT

For decades, I have argued against any media regulation that might infringe on free expression and First Amendment guarantees.

But what we are learning about Facebook’s dirty dance with the Russians during the 2016 election has me doing a 180-degree turn when it comes to the internet and social...

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R. House is adding a pizza stall

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 09:10:00 PDT

The team behind Stall 11, the veggie-centered cafe at R. House, is opening a second stand, filling the final empty stall at the Remington food hall.

Molina Pizze & Polpette, a stall serving New Haven-style pizza and meatballs, will become the food hall’s 10th permanent vendor when it opens in mid-October....

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'Love Never Dies' proves to be a worthy sequel to 'Phantom of the Opera' in Baltimore preview performances

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 06:00:00 PDT

No crashing chandelier. No need for one. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies,” the sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” offers its own distinctive attractions, visual and musical.

Judging by opening night of a preview week at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre, the work is going to have little...

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Vegetarian cafe opens in Monkton with BambooMoves Yoga

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 08:30:00 PDT

A new cafe and yoga studio have opened in Monkton along the Northern Central Railroad Trail.

Veggie Esperanto, a vegetarian cafe, opened alongside BambooMoves Yoga at 1900 Monkton Road on Sunday.

Husband and wife Nikolai Pandoursky and Monica Ott are behind the joint operation. Pandoursky runs...

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'Blade Runner 2049' review: Ryan Gosling stars in stylish, brooding upgrade of the '82 model

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:25:00 PDT

In 1982, when replicants hadn’t yet become a Hollywood business model, “Blade Runner” failed to do what Warner Brothers hoped it would: make a pile of money.

It succeeded, however, in acquiring the reputation of a modern science fiction classic. Director Ridley Scott’s 2019-set story (based on...

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Harvey Weinstein to take leave of absence after bombshell New York Times sex harassment report

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 17:48:00 PDT

Harvey Weinstein, the larger-than-life Hollywood executive and Oscar-winner, is taking a leave of absence from his own company after an explosive expose revealing decades of sexual harassment against women, from employees to actress Ashley Judd, was published in The New York Times Thursday.

The...

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Maritime Magic featuring over 80 top restaurants to be held Friday

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 08:10:00 PDT

The 31st annual Maritime Magic event will be an opportunity for foodies to sample from more than 80 of the region’s top restaurants and caterers.

Friday’s event, which regularly attracts about 3,000 guests, will be a chance to try food from Baltimore’s ever-growing food scene.

Popular restaurants...

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Radiohead, Bon Jovi and Moody Blues are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 05:36:00 PDT

British rockers Radiohead, singer Nina Simone and The Moody Blues are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Nine of the 19 acts nominated Thursday are on the ballot for the first time, with Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine...

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'This Is Us' recap: Mother-daughter tensions

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 13:15:00 PDT

On the latest episode of “This Is Us,” the focus was on what is arguably the show’s most fractured couple: mother Rebecca and daughter Kate. But by the end of the hour, there are reasons to be hopeful.

Hey, there’s no relationship so fractured that a little Stevie Nicks won’t help, right?

Now here’s...

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101 Deli Bar opens in Federal Hill

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:35:00 PDT

A new craft deli has opened in the former home of Forever Yogurt in Federal Hill.

101 Deli Bar opened Friday at 1118 S. Charles St. The eatery is owned by Andrew Dunlap, Michael McDevitt and Sean White, the same team behind Banditos Bar + Kitchen next door and Wayward Smokehouse across the street.

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JD's Smokehouse finds a better fit in return to Canton

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:00:00 PDT

In 2014, when JD’s Smokehouse closed after a 13-year run, Canton lost one of the first and few bars on O’Donnell Square to boast an expansive list of craft-beer drafts.

The reason for the closure was to focus on launching its Bel Air location, but owner Paul Friedenberg couldn’t shake the feeling...

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Ryan Gosling and director Denis Villeneuve have 'no idea how the world will react' to the risky 'Blade Runner 2049'

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

For more than a year, “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve and star Ryan Gosling have been working under the cover of CIA-level stealthiness.

On the film’s Budapest set, copies of the script for the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi neo-noir classic were held so closely...

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Construction begins on restaurant next to Ritz Cabaret Gentlemen's Club in Fells Point

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:05:00 PDT

Construction has begun on a potential restaurant next to the Ritz Cabaret Gentlemen’s Club in Fells Point.

A one-story wooden frame has been raised on the once-vacant lot at 500-502 S. Broadway, at the corner of Eastern Avenue.

The city initially issued a building permit in 2015 for a two-story...

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Towson University professor Leslie Harrison shortlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:15:00 PDT

Towson University professor Leslie Harrison came one step closer on Wednesday to winning one of the most coveted annual literary awards in the U.S. — the 2017 National Book Award for poetry.

Harrison’s “The Book of Endings” is one of five titles to make the shortlist, the organization announced...

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The Nevermore Haunt opens for a second season

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 14:31:00 PDT

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Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates blazes singular intellectual path in 'We Were Eight Years in Power'

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:05:00 PDT

Early in “We Were Eight Years in Power,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ third book, he writes, “[t]here is a notion out there that black people enjoy the Sisyphean struggle against racism. In fact, most of us live for the day when we can struggle against anything else.”

However, as he explains throughout these...

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Free tacos and cheap margaritas and beer to celebrate National Taco Day on Wednesday

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 05:08:00 PDT

It's National Taco Day on Oct. 4, so let's taco about freebies and deals.

Munch and slurp free and cheap tacos, margaritas and Mexican beer to celebrate the crunchy holiday on Wednesday at participating locations.  No coupons are necessary. 

Applebee's:Swill $1 margaritas at participating restaurants...

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B Bistro closes with plans to reopen as new concept

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:20:00 PDT

B — a Bolton Hill Bistro has closed its doors with plans to rebrand and reopen with a new concept.

The restaurant at 1501 Bolton St. closed in late September, but it’s unclear when its doors will open again.

“B is temporarily closed while we reorganize to develop a new concept for our valued guests,”...

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Chesapeake Shakespeare Company updates 'Caesar,' changes some genders

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 08:40:00 PDT

Every era, it seems, is right and ripe for revisiting Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” That’s especially so whenever debates rage about the role and limits of government, or when there’s frequent talk of conspiracies and disputes over facts.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company offers an opportunity to...

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Zinburger opening first Maryland restaurant

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 07:35:00 PDT

Pairing wine and burgers, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar is opening its first location in Maryland at Arundel Mills Mall.

The Hanover restaurant is expected to open Oct. 17, when it will begin dishing out gourmet burgers, sandwiches, pies, shakes and floats alongside 23 wine varieties by the glass...

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Johns Hopkins' FoodSpan curriculum brings lessons on food systems to schools across the country

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 04:00:00 PDT

In Mike Wierzbicki’s environmental science and botany classes, the Carolina Reaper pepper captivates students with the same properties that strike fear into the spice-averse. The world’s hottest peppers are grown by North County High School students in a garden nestled behind the school’s track...

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Baltimore singer wows judges on 'The Voice,' makes Jennifer Hudson throw her shoe

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 05:25:00 PDT

Baltimore singer Davon Fleming made quite an impression on the judges of “The Voice” on Monday night — so much so that he caused Jennifer Hudson to throw her shoe in excitement and later join him in an impromptu duet.

Fleming, who grew up in Park Heights, sang Amy Winehouse’s “Me and Mr. Jones”...

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Tom Petty, Heartbreakers frontman who sang 'Breakdown,' 'Free Fallin' and other hits, dies at 66

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 10:15:00 PDT

Tom Petty was that rare classic rocker who didn’t turn into a nostalgia act. As a singer, songwriter, guitarist and band leader, Petty excelled through four decades of acclaimed albums and concerts that hewed to a narrow but brilliantly realized vision of rock ’n’ roll.

Petty, 66, died Monday after...

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Jason Aldean issues rallying cry for unity after gunfire erupts during his set in Las Vegas

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 08:57:00 PDT

Country star Jason Aldean says he's praying for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings, saying his "heart aches" and issuing a rallying cry for Americans to come together.

The singer writes something has "changed" in the world, making it "the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in."

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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Guilty pleasures

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 10:00:00 PDT

“Dancing With the Stars” starts Monday with Tom Bergeron on a dark stage explaining that, despite the news out of Las Vegas, the show must go on, and the victims of Sunday's massacre are foremost in the thoughts and prayers of all at “DWTS.”

It's "guilty pleasure" night. The opening number is to...

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take victory lap 40 years in the making at Royal Farms Arena

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:20:00 PDT

Editor’s note (Oct. 3, 2017): Tom Petty died on Monday night at age 66, just months after playing Royal Farms Arena. What follows is a review of that concert.

Tom Petty rolled his shoulders and shimmied next to his mic stand, only to half-shrug and smirk at his attempts to dance moments later....

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We're not giving up on Fork & Wrench

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 13:00:00 PDT

Fork & Wrench in Canton calls itself a “boutique dive bar” on its website. But that description doesn’t really fit.

It’s much more of a restaurant after five years in operation. Even Andy Gruver, one of the owners with Jason Sanchez, agrees.

“When it first opened, the idea was that there weren’t...

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Country artists who performed at Route 91 Harvest festival react to mass shooting

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 08:47:00 PDT

As Jason Aldean was performing on the main stage, a burst of weapons fire disrupted the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Officials reported more than 50 dead and at least 406 injured.

Witnesses said shots appeared to be come from an upper floor of the nearby...

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'Saturday Night Live' pokes fun at Baltimore's 'fatberg'

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 06:50:00 PDT

“Weekend Update” had a lot of news to recap during the “Saturday Night Live” season premiere. But between jokes about Trump’s response to Puerto Rico and athletes kneeling for the national anthem, hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che managed to squeeze in a quip about Baltimore.

Jost poked fun at...

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