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Maryland casinos up the ante with celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Todd English

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 PDT

There’s a key ingredient Maryland’s casinos are throwing into the mix as they look to elevate their culinary offerings: the celebrity factor.

As two more celebrity chefs prepare to make their entry into Greater Baltimore, casinos are banking on their pull to boost their profiles to gamblers and...


Avenue Kitchen & Bar opens Wednesday in Hampden

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:40:00 PDT

Avenue Kitchen & Bar, the newest addition to Hampden’s dining scene, will make its debut Wednesday.

The restaurant is replacing Le Garage, which closed in April at 911 W. 36th St. Patrick Dahlgren and Bill Irvin bought the restaurant with plans to create a destination for both everyday dining and...


'The Bachelorette' recap: Perfect Peter is in trouble

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:25:00 PDT

This week on “The Bachelorette,” Rachel takes the final three men to Dallas to meet her family. I’m curious if her dad will be included this season as he, understandably, opted out of meeting Nick last season.

Rachel greets Eric, a personal trainer from Baltimore who definitely chugs protein shakes...


Olney Theatre delivers vibrant revival of 'Thurgood'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:40:00 PDT

The term “hero” gets tossed around so liberally these days that it feels good to be reminded of someone who fits the bill thoroughly — Thurgood Marshall, the subject of a one-man play enjoying a welcome revival at Olney Theatre Center.

Written about a decade ago by George Stevens Jr., “Thurgood”...


Best bets for Baltimore Restaurant Week: summer 2017 edition

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:24:00 PDT

Baltimore Restaurant Week returns July 28-Aug. 6, with more than 100 restaurants offering prix-fixe brunches, lunches and dinners up to $35.

Conceived in New York, the promotion has become a way for restaurants across the country to drum up business during slow periods. It’s now offered biannually...


'Step' documentary gets the red-carpet treatment in Baltimore

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:15:00 PDT

The Lethal Ladies of Baltimore will be getting the red carpet treatment tonight.

“Step,” director Amanda Lipitz’s by turns heartbreaking and exhilarating visit with the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women’s “Lethal Ladies” step team, is getting its local premiere at an invitation-only screening...


Has Michael Phelps jumped the shark? Social media world weighs in

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:20:00 PDT

Breaking news: Michael Phelps is beatable.

But if you’re now thinking you can dominate the greatest Olympic swimmer of all time, first make sure you’re a shark.

Phelps raced a great white, hammerhead and reef shark during Sunday night’s “Phelps vs. Shark: The Battle for Ocean Supremacy” special...


Annabel Lee Tavern to reopen Aug. 11

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:25:00 PDT

After closing in late May due to declining sales, Annabel Lee Tavern will reopen Aug. 11 with the help of new investors.

Owner Kurt Bragunier said he’s adding nightly specials, expanding the weekend hours and working with OrderUp and Groupon in the hope of driving more sales at the Canton tavern....


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

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. He was feeling loose.

“I feel a little mojo building up here tonight,” Petty said to the Royal Farms Arena crowd near the start of his two-hour-plus set on Sunday...


Baltimore restaurants honored for their wine lists by Wine Spectator

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:50:00 PDT

Four Baltimore restaurants — Wit & Wisdom Tavern, the Black Olive, Magdalena and the Capital Grille — were awarded the Best of Award of Excellence by veteran publication Wine Spectator in its newest issue.

Each year, Wine Spectator hands out three levels of awards, in ascending order of prestige:...


Muslim Food Fest returns to Baltimore

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:25:00 PDT

The Muslim Food Fest will return to Baltimore for a fifth year Aug. 12.

The family-friendly festival features foods from halal vendors in the area. New this year is a bazaar of more than 30 purveyors selling clothing, toys, accessories and services.

The event runs from noon to 10 p.m. at the Islamic...


Michael Phelps didn't actually race a real shark on TV, and viewers aren't happy

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:54:00 PDT

Remember back in December 2014, when Discovery Channel hyped that a man would be eaten and then regurgitated by a giant snake on a special called “Eaten Alive?” Then that didn’t actually happen, and viewers were furious?

We bring this up because 57 minutes into Discovery’s heavily promoted Sunday...


Artscape 2017

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:05:00 PDT

Artscape, Baltimore's annual free arts festival, runs July 21-23.


Michael Phelps falls to great white shark in TV race

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:00:00 PDT

Michael Phelps lost his race against a great white shark to kick off Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” festivities Sunday night, falling by 2 seconds.

The special culminated in 56-degree waters off the coast of South Africa, where Phelps, the 23-time Olympic gold medalist who grew up in Rodgers...


'Game of Thrones' episode 2 recap: 'Be a dragon'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:05:00 PDT

Things are moving quickly for the lords and ladies and wolves of Westeros. Years of war and strife have torn them apart — and now, war and strife will bring them together.

“Stormborn” opens, naturally, with a storm whipping the walls of Dragonstone, where Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister and...


Nitro Circus draws 22,000, delayed twice by rain

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:35:00 PDT

This Friday, Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live will be in Indianapolis for a show, the week after that it will head to Canada, and this October tour dates are scheduled in South Africa.

But Sunday afternoon the Davidsonville resident, who grew up in Annapolis, was back in his hometown at Navy-Marine...


Sadness and shock as Baltimore Clayworks clears out

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:30:00 PDT

Retired pediatrician Eric Fine unwrapped the wet horse head from plastic and looked at it, not knowing what to do.

He’d been working on it for weeks — the course was called “sculptural narrative with animal form.” The teacher was Kevin Rohde. But the course will never finish. Clayworks has closed...


Baltimore artist Paul Rucker tackles racism and justice, turns heads nationwide

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:50:00 PDT

The visual artist and musician Paul Rucker has a secret sauce.

That’s no metaphor — there’s a brown-gold liquid in a clear glass bottle sitting on a work table in Rucker’s studio at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, where he’s an artist in residence. He’s spent the past four years refining the concoction,...


Sean Spicer was part of White House disrespect for press

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:10:00 PDT

Don’t weep for Sean Spicer, who resigned today as press secretary to President Trump.

He started out in his job six months ago lying about the size of the crowd for Trump’s inauguration, and the rest of his tenure was mainly marked by belligerence and severely reduced access for the press.



Giada de Laurentiis says she's opening a restaurant in Baltimore

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Giada de Laurentiis, the Food Network chef known for her Italian cooking, says she is opening a restaurant in Baltimore (but don’t ask her why).

In a Facebook Live video on the Food Network’s Facebook page Friday, de Laurentiis took questions from viewers while making lemon ricotta cookies. One...


Yes, Artscape weekend is usually hot — but not always the hottest

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:05:00 PDT

Every summer, it seems like an inevitable heat wave rolls into Baltimore just in time for Artscape.

This year, the largely outdoor free music and arts festival will take place during a Code Red heat advisory, meaning the heat poses a health risk. Art-lovers could face dehydration and hyperthermia...


Artscape 2017: 10 things not to miss

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:00:00 PDT

For 36 years, Artscape has been Baltimore’s go-to summer party — an all-for-free celebration of the performing and visual arts, bringing together a vast range of Charm City’s creative minds, from street performers to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

“Artscape is a tradition, but every year, it...


Michael Phelps vs. Great White Shark

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Discovery Channel's hyped face-off between Michael Phelps and a great white shark airs this Sunday, the first day of Shark Week. See how the most decorated Olympian of all time fares against an apex predator of the sea. Related: Michael Phelps' 'Battle for Ocean Supremacy' vs. a shark finally has...(image)

Dan Metz joins Aggio as chef di cucina

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:50:00 PDT

Aggio, Bryan Voltaggio’s Italian restaurant in the Inner Harbor, has a new face at the head of its kitchen.

Dan Metz has joined the restaurant as chef di cucina.

A Cleveland native with experience in kitchens on both coasts of the country, Metz replaced Matt Crane in April and has been infusing...


ESPN to air documentary 'Baltimore Boys' featuring Dunbar boys basketball

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:30:00 PDT

Think Baltimore boys basketball, and the Dunbar Poets of the early 1980s come to mind.

Coach Bob Wade’s talented team played flawlessly with a number of standouts — Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, Reggie Lewis, Reggie Williams and David Wingate — making their way to the NBA.

ESPN Films will air “Baltimore...


Mad River in Federal Hill to become the Charles this fall

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:05:00 PDT

Federal Hill nightlife veteran Mad River Bar & Grill closed in May for a rebranding. Now, management has decided on a name and concept.

The bar and restaurant at 1110 South Charles St. will become the Charles this fall. Operating manager David Yike declined to give an opening date due to ongoing...


Revived Baltimore Eagle leather bar pulsates with good energy

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:00:00 PDT

When the Baltimore Eagle closed at the end of 2012, the city lost a storied establishment that was more than just a place to socialize and dance. It was an open-minded, safe space for all visitors, including those who embraced its leather subculture for personal enjoyment and empowerment.

But after...


The best Baltimore-area events this week: Big Glen Burnie Carnival, Baltimore Restaurant Week and Trifecta Food Truck Festival

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Big Glen Burnie Carnival

A Ferris wheel, bumper cars, carnival midway and lots of food — does anything say “summer” more joyously than the classic town carnival? The folks at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association have been putting on one of the area’s best for over 100 years, and this year’s...


Banditos loses its liquor license for two weeks following triple stabbing

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:10:00 PDT

The Baltimore liquor board on Thursday suspended Banditos Bar & Kitchen’s liquor license for two weeks and imposed $6,000 in fines on the Federal Hill bar following a triple stabbing there in May.

The bar and restaurant at 1118 S. Charles St. was charged with endangering general welfare, failing...


Christopher Nolan puts audiences in the middle of WWII in the intimate and epic 'Dunkirk'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Very much like the pivotal historical event it celebrates, "Dunkirk" confounds expectations. Both intimate and epic, as emotional as it is tension-filled, it is being ballyhooed as a departure for bravura filmmaker Christopher Nolan, but in truth the reason it succeeds so masterfully is that it...


Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dies at 41

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:36:00 PDT

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whose screeching vocals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner said. He was 41.

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias said...


Baltimore Clayworks artists will get chance to reclaim works from shuttered facility this weekend

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:55:00 PDT

After Baltimore Clayworks’ decision to shutter the decades-old ceramic arts center left artists and teachers without access to their work, the board of directors announced it will reopen the Mount Washington facilities this weekend during limited hours and under tight conditions.

Facing over $1...


DuClaw Brewing seeks investor or buyer

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:20:00 PDT

DuClaw Brewing Co., the Rosedale-based craft-beer company known for its Sweet Baby Jesus brew, is seeking an investor or buyer.

The company has hired Equity Partners, an Easton investment firm, to assist in the search, according to a news release.

Founded by Harford County native Dave Benfield,...


Actor James Franco, David Simon, 'The Deuce' writers in Baltimore planning for Season 2

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:55:00 PDT

It was only last month that HBO announced that David Simon’s new series “The Deuce” would premiere this fall, but it seems the filmmaker is already planning for Season 2 and is attempting to convert actor James Franco and the show’s writers into Baltimoreans in the process.

Thursday morning, Simon...


Flying Dog Brewery, University of Maryland announce partnership focused on hops production

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:40:00 PDT

In the craft-beer industry, the majority of hops — the flowers used in production that add bitterness and aroma to the product — come from the Pacific Northwest region.

Could Maryland, too, be a fertile region for hops?

That’s what Frederick’s Flying Dog Brewery and the University of Maryland’s...


Artscape headliner Sheila E. wants to 'pull this country together' through protest songs

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:10:00 PDT

Last year, the singer-songwriter and percussionist Sheila E. was busy working on two albums — a dance record and a tribute to her longtime friend and collaborator Prince — but neither felt completely right at the time.

Her mind kept coming back to the polarized state of American discourse, exacerbated,...


Artscape 2017 map

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 09:55:00 PDT

Source: Artscape/Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts(image)

Jada Pinkett Smith says she was a drug dealer when she met Tupac Shakur in Baltimore

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:10:00 PDT

Actress and Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith has been vocal about her relationship with the late rapper Tupac Shakur for years — most recently, to set the record straight about what she considers inaccuracies the recent Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me.”

But Wednesday, Pinkett Smith revealed a...


Carroll-backed product fighting it out in the 'Funderdome'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:23:00 PDT

Court Grabbers goes after funding Sunday night on ABC(image)

The Who roar to life at MGM National Harbor

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:50:00 PDT

After a lifetime of hearing the music of one of the all-time great bands — whether listening, as a fan, or simply absorbing it, through the culture — there’s something about finding yourself in the same room with it. Particularly when the band produces a sound as distinctive as the Who does, with...


Timonium woman operates unique summer camp for aspiring harpists

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Jacqueline Pollauf is a slight woman with an open face and a quiet, soothing voice who uses her delicate hands in a manner of graceful expression when she speaks — and plays the harp.

Pollauf, a Timonium resident who trained in her instrument at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University,...


Roll: Ice Cream Social opening in Highlandtown

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:50:00 PDT

A new ice cream shop is rolling into Highlandtown later this summer.

Jason Werner and Jessica Reyes are opening Roll: Ice Cream Social at 3222 Eastern Ave. The shop will offer rolled ice cream, a method in which liquid ice cream is poured and frozen a cold surface, mixed with toppings, pressed...


It's easy to walk past this Upper Fells Point restaurant. You shouldn't.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Canela in Upper Fells Point is one of those low-key restaurants you might stroll past without even noticing. But you really should walk through the door.

There is a wholesome sweetness about the restaurant. The staff is welcoming, addressing folks as “love” and “honey” like they’ve known you forever....


Artscape logos through the years

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:27:00 PDT

As Artscape has evolved over the years, so has its logo. Take a look at the festival's logos from 1982 to 2017.  


5 deals and fun facts to celebrate National Hot Dog Day on Wednesday

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Hot diggidy dawg! It's National Hot Dog Day on Wednesday and you can chomp 'em for cheap at several restaurants offering deals.

Here's where to chow down: 

7-Eleven: Big Bite Quarter Pound hot dog with a Big Gulp for $2.22   through Aug. 30. No coupon is necessary. 

Burger King: The Miami-based...


Local studio wins World of Dance competition

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:13:00 PDT

It can be hard to find Savage Dance.

The dance company is located in Eldersburg off of Md. 26 and Klee Mill Road, surrounded by car lots and auto body shops.

But while the studio may be hidden, its dance company is bringing it plenty of attention. The company recently went to New Jersey to participate...


'Bachelorette' recap: Hometown dates bring Rachel to Baltimore

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:20:00 PDT

It’s my favorite night of every “Bachelorette” or “Bachelor” season: hometown dates. The night when the final four suitors bring the lead home to meet their families. Also known as the night when we learn whose mom drinks the most chardonnay and whose brothers are the most jealous they weren’t...


Bethesda's Duck Duck Goose opening second location in Fells Point

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:45:00 PDT

A Bethesda chef is bringing his French brasserie to Fells Point.

Duck Duck Goose, which has a location in Bethesda, is opening in Bad Decisions’ original space at Fleet and Washington streets.

Owned by chef Ashish “Al” Alfred, Duck Duck Goose offers French fare and small plates.

Alfred grew up...


2 new Harry Potter books set to be published in October

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:07:00 PDT

Two new books from the Harry Potter universe are set to be released as part of a British exhibition that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series.

The British Library's Harry Potter exhibition, "A History of Magic," opens in October and runs through February 2018. In an earnings...


The Zombies share psychedelic joy with 1960s hits, new material at the Birchmere

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:15:00 PDT

Here’s a thing you notice, watching the Zombies live: Colin Blunstone seems to be having the time of his life.

Blunstone — the whispery, soulful voice on “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season” and a dozen other pop classics of the 1960s — beamed throughout the band’s appearance Monday at the...


Canton resident, Naval Academy math professor to display puzzle-solving skills on Fox's 'Superhuman'

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:15:00 PDT

One Canton resident is out to drum up more excitement for mathematics while also competing for $50,000.

Sommer Gentry, a Naval Academy math professor, will display her math puzzle-solving skills next Monday on FOX’s “Superhuman.”

The reality TV show competition, which is hosted by actor Kal Penn...


Baltimore Clayworks shutting down after 37 years

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:05:00 PDT

After a six-month saga involving attempts to pay off its debts, Baltimore Clayworks’ board of directors decided Monday to close the 37-year-old nonprofit ceramic arts center for good.

“We’ve had to make the difficult decision to file Chapter 7 [bankruptcy] and shut down operations,” interim executive...


Grill-smoked fish answers all your summer needs - salads to spreads to omelets

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:10:00 PDT

My grandfather, a bricklayer by trade, fashioned his own smokehouse under the stairwell of a small Chicago bungalow. He filled it with fresh hams, homemade bacon and garlicky sausage to smoke for the family. The steps just outside that brick room proved the perfect gossip spot for my cousins and...


'Game of Thrones' premiere recap: 'Shall we begin?'

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:20:00 PDT

Well, friends, it came and went — everyone’s favorite holiday: the “Game of Thrones” season premiere.

We open on Walder Frey (or is it?) at the head of his banquet hall, toasting his men for a job well done at the Red Wedding. As he begins to name the brutal acts his kin committed, it soon becomes...


With Birchmere show, The Zombies will celebrate 'Odessey' while plotting new music

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:05:00 PDT

Fifty years ago, the Zombies entered Abbey Road studios to create their pop masterpiece.

Already, the first-wave British invaders had produced the classics “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No.” Now came “Odessey and Oracle,” an astonishing collection of anthemic pop, psychedelia and straight-ahead...


The BSO's New Music Festival strikes a potent chord

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:50:00 PDT

As I approached Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Saturday night for the final event in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural New Music Festival, my usual skepticism kicked into high gear. I mean, really — contemporary music in Baltimore in July in a 2,400-seat hall? Please. I was bound to see one...


Sights and sounds from the Diner en Blanc at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 21:37:00 PDT

Sights and sounds from the Diner en Blanc at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)


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Cheng is named winner of 2017 Sondheim Artscape Prize

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 17:55:00 PDT

Baltimore artist Cindy Cheng has been named the winner of the 2017 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

Cheng’s work is a collection of graphite drawings and sculptures that explore the concept of three-dimensional space. She was announced the winner of the $25,000 prize Saturday evening.


Ravens release 'Game of Thrones'-themed video

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:05:00 PDT

The heroes of “Game of Thrones” aren’t the only ones gearing up for a new season of battles.

The Ravens on Sunday, ahead of the show’s season premiere, released a “Thrones”-themed video montage of players readying for the showdowns to come. Joe Flacco, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Mike Wallace...


Zurawik: More Epshteyn means less credibility for Sinclair

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 14:18:00 PDT

Today on CNN's "Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter and I talked about the decision by the Sinclair Broadcast Group to give more airtime to former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn.

In my Sun column today, I wrote about the danger a more highly politicized Sinclair poses for the country. The station group's...


‘Bachelorette’ contestant Eric Bigger talks Baltimore, basketball and reality TV

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:10:00 PDT

Before Eric Bigger was traipsing through Denmark as a contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” he was a basketball-loving Baltimorean growing up in the city’s Reservoir Hill neighborhood.

Bigger is one of four men still vying to win over Rachel Lindsay, a Texas lawyer and this season’s bachelorette....


On world tour, Idina Menzel aims to keep things fresh for herself and audience

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Defying gravity, Idina Menzel has soared through a richly varied career since successfully auditioning for a new musical called “Rent” in 1995, her first real theater job.

She went on to create the role of the complicated witch Elphaba in “Wicked” in 2003 and catch the attention of TV viewers with...


What's best macro beer in America? 3 craft brewers taste test 16

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:00:00 PDT

There's a question people like to ask craft brewers: "What's your favorite mainstream beer?"

It's a fun and instructive question for the people who spend their days crafting gorgeously fruity IPAs and weighty stouts.

But it's not so easy to answer.

"Every time I get the question I say, 'Eh, they're...


A strong start to the BSO's New Music Festival

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:00:00 PDT

It’s too early to predict if Marin Alsop’s vision of an annual New Music Festival under the auspices of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be fulfilled. But, judging from the inaugural concert Thursday night at the Peabody Institute, it sure deserves a shot.

The festival offers a varied lineup...


George A. Romero, 'Night of the Living Dead' creator, dies at 77

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:25:00 PDT

It was the night of April 4, 1968, and George A. Romero was driving to New York City from Pittsburgh on a mission: In the days to come he was to meet with film studios in hopes that one might buy the horror film he was lugging in his trunk, “Night of the Flesh Eaters.”

None of the studios was interested,...


'House of Cards,' 'Henrietta Lacks' docudrama among Emmy nominees with Baltimore ties

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:55:00 PDT

The Netflix series “House of Cards,” the documentary “The Keepers,” and HBO docudramas “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and “The Wizard of Lies” are among the productions with local ties that earned Emmy Award nominations Thursday.

“House of Cards,” the political drama that films in the Baltimore...


The best Baltimore-area events this week: Artscape, Idina Menzel and The Who

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT


For the 36th time, the nation’s biggest free arts festival returns to Baltimore, with three days of music, performances, art and just about anything else arts related. Attractions include more than 150 artists, fashion designers and craftspeople, plus offerings from all manner of cultural...


Whoopi Goldberg criticizes DeRay Mckesson after tweets about alleged racist imagery in 'War for the Planet of the Apes'

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Actress and “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg has criticized Baltimore activist and educator DeRay Mckesson for his now-deleted Twitter comments about how new film “War for the Planet of the Apes” has used a character to mock him.

Earlier this week, Mckesson tweeted about a toy and recent poster...


Celebrity chef Todd English to open restaurant at Live Casino & Hotel

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

As Live Casino & Hotel prepares to debut its luxury accommodations, its owners are infusing the hotel’s restaurant with the star power of a celebrity chef.

The new hotel at the Hanover casino — formerly known as Maryland Live — will debut David’s by Todd English, a restaurant that will serve world...


The Bun Shop is opening a third location in Towson

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:45:00 PDT

The Bun Shop is bringing its global pastries to Towson.

The Baltimore cafe and late-night study spot is opening a third shop at 40 W. Chesapeake Ave. in Towson. The owners are aiming for a September opening, co-owner Minh Vo said.

The original Bun Shop in Mount Vernon opened at 239 W. Read St....


Baltimore got a whole lotta love from Led Zeppelin

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:49:00 PDT

Forty-four years ago this month, Led Zeppelin stormed onto the stage at the Baltimore Civic Center for a concert that ended with 10 people arrested and some 4,000 ticketless music fans milling about outside.

“Groups of disappointed concert-goers rushed around the building, trying  doors,” The Sun...


Mini golf course designed by students opening in Station North

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:45:00 PDT

Miniature golf, a staple of ocean resorts that has been woefully absent from Baltimore for years, returns to Charm City next week.

An eight-hole course, designed by students from Margaret Brent Elementary, Baltimore Design School and Baltimore Lab School, is scheduled to open July 21 — the first...


'War for the Planet of the Apes' is a work of stunning blockbuster artistry

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:05:00 PDT

A few thousand years from now, alien anthropologists sifting through the remnants of our once-proud civilization may survey Hollywood’s 21st century simian-themed blockbusters with some confusion. Based on their titles, shouldn’t “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014) come before “Rise of the...


Neighborhood Lights communities chosen for Light City 2018

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:40:00 PDT

Twelve communities, including two holdovers from this year, will participate in the Neighborhood Lights program for Light City 2018.

The 12 neighborhoods, announced Thursday by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, are Brooklyn*/Curtis Bay, Belair-Edison, Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment...


Seafood suits Johnny's, but the prices don't

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:25:00 PDT

Johnny’s in Roland Park has been casting a wide net to find its food niche in recent years. It may have finally found the right lure — Maryland seafood.

When it opened in 2012, the Foreman Wolf restaurant tested the waters with American cuisine that had West Coast leanings. Then it shifted to fare...


Brian Billick joins WBAL-TV for Ravens preseason games

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:20:00 PDT

The Ravens’ preseason TV broadcasts will have a new look this year with former coach Brian Billick and CBS Sports sideline reporter Evan Washburn joining WBAL’s Gerry Sandusky in calling the games.

The station announced the new lineup Thursday for the four-game preseason TV package that starts...


50 years of Merriweather

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:56:00 PDT


Emmy Award nominations: 'Saturday Night Live' and 'Westworld' tied with 22 nods each

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:14:00 PDT

"Saturday Night Live," powered by madcap skits skewering the Trump administration, earned 22 Emmy Award nominations, including bids for Alec Baldwin's florid portrayal of the president and Melissa McCarthy's manic, gender-busting take on press secretary Sean Spicer.

The long-running NBC variety...


Jack's Bistro is closing so the owner can open Blair's on Hudson

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:50:00 PDT

Jack’s Bistro’s chef and owner is preparing for a new chapter as he closes his cornerstone Canton restaurant to open another.

After 10 years, Ted Stelzenmuller said he plans to close Jack’s Bistro to open Blair’s on Hudson, a new restaurant at 2822 Hudson St.

He doesn’t have dates confirmed yet,...


Baltimore Brew Club offers discounts on local coffee and beer to benefit nonprofits

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Talking with a couple friends recently, Andrew Young was looking for a way to combine three of his passions: nonprofit work, local beer and local coffee shops.

The Union Square resident eventually came up with Baltimore Brew Club, a program launched at the end of June that aims to promote local...


A weekend of eclectic choices for classical music, theater

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:50:00 PDT

Classical music concerts and theater productions might be fewer during summer months in Baltimore, but there’s still a lot of activity on the calendar. Eclectic activity, even, as this weekend illustrates.

Here’s a look at just some of the diverse attractions:


In an ambitious...


Dinners that pop: Pop-up events like Diner en Blanc appeal to diners and chefs alike

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Kimberly Shorter remembers the dreamlike moment she looked up from her crab cake to see thousands of other white-clad diners enjoying a seemingly spontaneous picnic in Battery Park. After sitting on the wait list for the ultra-exclusive Diner en Blanc, the Woodlawn resident attended her first with...


Rhythm of recovery: Friends use past struggles with addiction to found music festival

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Jesse Tomlin hit a low point five years ago, alone in a hotel room, struggling to find sobriety from the depths of an addiction that had dogged him since he was 18. Just moments after shooting up he thought, “This is miserable.”

He got sober, but after relapsing a third time, the 29-year-old Westminster...


Ellicott City shop owner highlighted on Weather Channel special for heroic act during last year's flood

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:10:00 PDT

An Ellicott City resident is being highlighted on The Weather Channel for creating a “human chain” that saved a woman’s life during last year’s historic flood, which devastated Ellicott City’s Main Street and left two dead.

In the weather network’s countdown program “Top Ten: Heroes and Survivors,”...


'The Bachelorette' contestant Eric Bigger opens up about Baltimore upbringing before hometown date

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:05:00 PDT

Bigger talked about his life in Baltimore during a one-on-one with bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.(image)

Gordon Ramsay moving in, Jack Binion's heading out at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Hit the road, Jack. Gordon is coming to town.

Chef Gordon Ramsay, of “Hell’s Kitchen” and “MasterChef” fame, is opening a new steak house at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Gordon Ramsay Steak, a second location of Ramsay’s restaurant at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, will replace Jack Binion’s...


Sagamore Spirit eyes Chicago for expansion

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:20:00 PDT

Sagamore Spirit is setting its sights west as it searches for new outlets to pour its rye whiskey.

The Baltimore distillery, owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, is working to partner with bars and restaurants in Chicago, and plans to target Texas later this summer, the Baltimore Business Journal...


Jimmy's Restaurant to host grand reopening Thursday

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 06:50:00 PDT

The new owner of Jimmy’s Restaurant in Fells Point is hosting a grand reopening party Thursday to celebrate the restaurant’s next rendition.

In the seven months since Rustem “Rudy” Keskin bought Jimmy’s, he’s added a fresh facade to the restaurant on Broadway, touched up the interior and brought...


'The Bachelorette' recap: Zero upsets in Rachel's Final Four

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 05:45:00 PDT

After a week off, “The Bachelorette” is back. This week, Rachel and the remaining six men — Eric, Dean, Peter, Bryan, Matt and Adam — head to Geneva, Switzerland, and I have a moment of nostalgia for “The Princess Diaries” with Anne Hathaway.

Rachel calls Geneva picturesque, and I’m pretty sure...


2017 restaurant closures in Greater Baltimore

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 05:04:00 PDT

Halfway through 2017, we look back at some of the restaurants that have left the Greater Baltimore dining scene this year.


'Wonder Woman' actress Lynda Carter to perform at Baltimore Comic-Con

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:20:00 PDT

Baltimore Comic-Con returns this fall with a treat for “Wonder Woman” fans, according to a recent release.

Actress and singer Lynda Carter, known for playing the Amazonian princess and her alter ego Diana Prince on the TV version that aired in the 1970s, will bring her show “The Other Side of Trouble”...


H.L. Mencken's Cultured Pearl to return for candidate's campaign launch

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:10:00 PDT

The smell of red onions sauteing over a gas stove wafted through Nate Loewentheil’s house on Patterson Park as he and his father, Stephan Loewentheil, prepared a second batch of “Marvelous Marty's Mexican Chili” on Monday morning.

It’s a recipe the elder Loewentheil spent years perfecting, and...


Bus trip: A local artist and documentary crew are hunting for a Woodstock icon

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 08:30:00 PDT

In a now-iconic photo of ’60s counterculture, one Woodstock attendee scowls at the camera while another looks into the distance at a crowd thousands strong. But it is the bus they’re perched on, not the people themselves, that eventually became famous.

The old Volkswagen Kombi is covered in colors...


Chick-fil-A will give away free food today

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 04:58:00 PDT

Chick-fil-A's annual Cow Appreciation Day promotion is today, July 11, 2017, and any customer who shows up to one of the chain's restaurants wearing a cow outfit on that day will be rewarded with a free entree.


According to Chick-fil-A's press release, any sort of cow costume or cow-themed attire...


Jenners respond to lawsuit over T-shirts with Tupac Shakur's image

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:18:00 PDT

The fashion label for Kendall and Kylie Jenner said this week that it only sold two "vintage" T-shirts with late rapper Tupac Shakur's image on them before pulling the items from stores.The Kendall + Kylie brand released a statement in response to a copyright infringement lawsuit filed Friday by...


'Two Lane Stories' explores the work of black male artists

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 09:10:00 PDT

His parents wish he’d stuck with his day job, he says — working at the computer lab at Morgan State University. But Charles Mason III wanted something more.

“I want to live,” said Mason, 26, sitting at a shared table in Mount Vernon’s Bun Shop. He wore a jean jacket with patches on the arm, and...


The best Baltimore-area events this week: Merriweather 50th Anniversary Concert, Bars on the Bay and Caribbean Carnival

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Merriweather 50th Anniversary Concert

A half-century ago, a new outdoor concert venue opened in the brand-spanking-new community of Columbia. At first envisioned as primarily an outdoor home for the National Symphony Orchestra, Merriweather Post Pavilion quickly expanded its offerings — and thank...


What we know about the Elk Room, a speakeasy-style bar coming to Harbor East

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 10:20:00 PDT

Baltimore’s Atlas Restaurant Group has a new bar called the Elk Room on the way, but they want patrons to figure out the details on their own.

Well, let’s play spoiler a bit based on what we can glean from what’s available on the Internet. (A spokesman for Atlas — which owns and operates Ouzo Bay,...


Trifecta Food Festival returns to state fairgrounds in Timonium this month

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

An event billed as Baltimore County's largest food truck festival is returning to the Maryland State Fairgrounds this month.

The Trifecta Food Festival returns July 29 for its second year with more food trucks, more vendors and hopefully more sun, according to Paul Manna, a promoter with 24/7,...


Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan's art featured in Ocean City exhibit

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 14:07:00 PDT

The artwork of Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan is being featured in a show at the Ocean City Center for the Arts.

The show opens Friday night and is called "Nature's Rhythmic Alliance." It includes 27 of Hogan's abstract landscape paintings. They'll be on view during July and August.Hogan, who was...