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The best Baltimore-area events this week: UniverSoul Circus, Capital Jazz Festival and more

Sun, 28 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

UniverSoul Circus

Ringling Bros. may have passed into memory, but other circuses remain, none with a stronger local connection than Baltimore native Cedric Walker’s UniverSoul Circus, which will be setting up its big top on the parking lot at Security Square Mall, 6901 Security Blvd., and entertaining...


'The Keepers' recap, Episode 5: The nun in the attic

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:50:00 PDT

I need to amend something I wrote in the previous “Keepers” recap about Maskell burying records at Holy Cross Cemetery being the most bizarre incident in this story.

I take it back: The nun in the attic wins that title, by a huge margin.

But before we get there, we have two more suspects to look...


Single Carrot Theatre takes audiences by bus on a 'Promenade' through Baltimore neighborhoods

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:45:00 PDT

All the streets will be a stage when Single Carrot Theatre welcomes audiences aboard a bus for the world premiere of its traveling production “Promenade: Baltimore,” starting June 2.

For about 90 minutes, passengers will wear headphones, listening to a live-mix soundtrack of music, narration and...


A first look at Sandlot, the new outdoor restaurant — and more — from Spike Gjerde's group

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:15:00 PDT

Standing on a three-and-a-half-foot wooden deck still in the noisy process of construction this week, Spike Gjerde and Corey Polyoka — partners of Baltimore’s Foodshed restaurant group — stared out to the Inner Harbor, envisioning the colorful fireworks that will fill the sky later this summer.


'House of Cards' Season 5 speaks to Trump's America for better and worse

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:15:00 PDT

Donald Trump might just be the end of Frank Underwood.

That’s the thought I kept having as I watched the 13 episodes of Season 5 of “House of Cards.”

There is no way the new season that arrives Tuesday on Netflix can be discussed without reference to Trump, who was elected in November while Season...


Annabel Lee Tavern closing Sunday

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:30:00 PDT

After 10 years in business, Annabel Lee Tavern will close its doors for good this weekend.

Kurt Bragunier, owner of the Canton restaurant and bar, said he doesn’t want to close the tavern, but revenue loss during the last two years left him no other choice. He said he lost $200,000 in 2015 and...


8 tidbits from 'The Keepers' director's Reddit AMA — including an Archdiocese appearance

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:10:00 PDT

If you’ve watched “The Keepers,” on Netflix, chances are you have some questions about Sister Cathy Cesnik’s unsolved killing and the allegations of sexual assault at Baltimore-based Archbishop Keough High School.

Fortunately, director Ryan White turned to the social networking site Reddit on Thursday...


'Handmaid’s Tale' recap: 'The Other Side'

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:15:00 PDT

This week felt lighter on plot and heavier on mood, as we journeyed back to the car chase that began the series and viewed the action from Luke’s perspective. Throughout episodes 1-6, we as viewers have presumed him dead — gunshots and a total disappearance are not great indicators someone has...


Shipyard Pub coming to Canton

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:05:00 PDT

A new neighborhood pub is sailing into Canton.

Shipyard Pub is under construction at 3500 O’Donnell St., the former home of Lears II.

Aaron Hammons and Sam Wyatt, childhood friends, are partnering on the project. Wyatt, who will serve as the pub’s general manager, has worked in the restaurant industry...


'The Keepers,' pending closure shadow Seton Keough's final days

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:40:00 PDT

This was already going to be a bittersweet spring at Seton Keough High School. The Archdiocese of Baltimore announced in October that it would be closing the Catholic school for girls at the end of the school year, and the community has spent the final months honoring the school's history before...


What they're saying about 'The Keepers'

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:30:00 PDT

"The Keepers," Netflix's look at the 1969 unsolved murder of a 26-year-old Baltimore nun, arrived May 19 on Netflix.

The seven-part docu-series about the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik was released all at once. It also chronicles alleged sexual abuse in the 1960s and '70s at Archbishop Keough...


'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' sails well-charted waters

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Since Hollywood loves a nostalgic reboot, it’s no surprise that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise is setting sail once again, six years after 2011’s “On Stranger Tides.” For this film, subtitled “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Disney has hired a lesser-known filmmaking duo to reanimate the series...


Adventurous pedal steel guitarist wins top Baker Artist Award, $40,000 prize

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:00:00 PDT

An adventurous Baltimore musician was awarded one of the region’s largest arts prizes Thursday night as the top winner of the 2017 Baker Artist Awards.

Susan Alcorn, who has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional country western environment, was awarded the $30,000 Mary Sawyers...


'The Keepers' recap, Episode 4: Who is Brother Bob?

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:50:00 PDT

It’s easy to forget that the events recounted in ‘The Keepers’ have ongoing real-world consequences, but things didn’t just stop when the documentary was done filming. For example, this week, the Baltimore Police Department created an online form for people to report abuse allegations related to...


Rachel Dolezal, controversial former NAACP official, to speak at Baltimore Book Festival

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:25:00 PDT

Rachel Dolezal, the controversial former NAACP official who resigned after it was revealed that she was white, even though she continues to insist that she identifies as black, is among the authors scheduled to appear at this year’s Baltimore Book Festival.

Dolezal will be in Baltimore promoting...


Ida B.'s Table opening downtown this summer

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:35:00 PDT

The chef previously behind Herb & Soul Cafe is opening a new restaurant in downtown Baltimore that will serve modern soul food while paying homage to a 19th-century African-American journalist and civil rights activist.

Chef David Thomas is partnering with the Real News Network to open Ida B.’s...


The Chasseur adding third-floor rooftop bar

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:45:00 PDT

The Chasseur is constructing a third-floor addition that will provide patrons with water views and a rooftop breeze.

The Canton restaurant began construction on a third-floor bar this spring, and it’s expected to open by late July or early August.

The addition, which will be used year-round, will...


Baltimore's comedy scene continues to grow, nurture aspiring talent

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Jessica Henkin remembers Baltimore’s comedy scene in the late 1990s. Not that there’s all that much to remember.

“There was zero comedy going on, or if there was, it was either super-bizarre or fringe-y,” says Henkin, 43, co-founder of the Stoop Storytelling series and a comedy practitioner in...


'Baywatch' review: This beach is littered with raunch

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:51:00 PDT

No formula for success exists regarding feature films based on late 20th century television shows. There are only odds favoring partial or complete failure. So that's comforting.

But what about "21 Jump Street" and "22 Jump Street"? Didn't those movies work? Yes, they did. Especially the first...


Overwhelmed with new members, Facebook group in 'The Keepers' shuts down

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:10:00 PDT

A Baltimore-based Facebook group featured in the Netflix docu-series “The Keepers” has temporarily been shut down in reaction to a flood of new members.

“The Keepers,” a seven-part series that revisits the 1969 disappearance and murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a teacher at Archbishop Keough...


Baltimore Restaurant Week returns in July

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:20:00 PDT

At least 58 restaurants will set their tables for diners looking to get a taste of the city during this summer’s Baltimore Restaurant Week.

The promotion returns July 28-Aug.6, when restaurants across Baltimore (and a few in surrounding counties) will roll out prix-fixe menus for brunch, lunch...


Panera Bread closing Inner Harbor restaurant

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:25:00 PDT

Panera Bread will close its Inner Harbor location at the end of June after 10 years in business.

The restaurant, at the corner of Pratt Street and Marketplace, is closing June 30, a spokesman for David S. Brown Enterprises confirmed. The Owings Mills-based developer owns the Lockwood Place building...


'Dancing With the Stars' finale recap: Rashad Jennings wins it all

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:10:00 PDT

The “Dancing With the Stars” finale starts with a look back at the "journey" of David Ross and Lindsay Arnold throughout the competition. He's a nice guy who got better at dancing, but still isn't the best dancer.

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater’s video package focuses a lot on his contemporary...


Baltimore police create online form for abuse related to 'The Keepers' documentary

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:34:53 PDT

Baltimore police have created an online form for people to report sex offense allegations related to the Netflix documentary "The Keepers."

The documentary focuses on sexual abuse at Archbishop Keough High School in the 1960s and 1970s, and the unsolved killing of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, a...


PekoPeko Ramen adds flavor to Baltimore's ramen scene while forgoing cash, tips

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT

One of Baltimore’s newest fast-casual restaurants has a twist, and it’s not the noodles it serves.

PekoPeko Ramen opened in February in Charles Village as a cashless venue, meaning diners order and pay for their meals with credit or debit cards before they are even seated. The unusual part is that...


Ariana Grande cancels world tour stops through June 5

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:51:00 PDT

Ariana Grande suspended her Dangerous Woman world tour and canceled several European shows Wednesday due to the deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester, England.

Shows Thursday and Friday in London were canceled, along with concerts through June 5 in Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland....


'The Keepers' recap, Episode 3: Jane Doe's memories resurface

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:20:00 PDT

Do you think Jean’s family would adopt me if I asked nicely?

Seriously, if you’re ever in any kind of jam, you could do far worse than to be surrounded and supported by the extended Hargadon clan, as this episode of “The Keepers” makes clear. But we’ll get to that.

First, I want to mention the...


Kevin Spacey ventures out in Washington for presidential photo shoot as 'House of Cards' character

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:25:00 PDT

After an eventful Saturday at Preakness, Monday, it was back to work for Kevin Spacey like the rest of us — except his duties seemed much more … presidential.

Days ahead of Netflix’s release of the fifth season of “House of Cards,” the Academy Award-winning actor ventured out in Washington Monday...


The Charmery is launching a new series of summer flavors

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:05:00 PDT

The Charmery will soon begin rolling out a new series of flavors that taste like summer in Baltimore.

The Hampden ice cream shop’s “Summer Residency” series will incorporate flavors of ice cream and sorbet that are meant to reflect favorites from Baltimore’s warmest months.

Typical of the Charmery’s...


Fruits, seaweed help create warm-weather beers for local breweries

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:10:00 PDT

Pineapple, papaya, guava, Meyer lemon, even dry seaweed — all of these ingredients are being used by local craft breweries to create new spring and summer beers.

But no need to be intimidated, these companies have attempted to strike a balance that appeals to beer enthusiasts and novices alike....


Tom Cruise reveals 'Top Gun 2' to start filming soon

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:50:00 PDT

The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he's about to fly back in. The 54-year-old actor says the long-discussed sequel to "Top Gun" is a sure thing and should start shooting soon. Cruise made the announcement Wednesday in response to questions from anchors on the Australian...


Balticon 51, Maryland Deathfest and Repticon: this week in Baltimore's arts scene

Sun, 21 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Balticon 51

The best fans in fantasy and sci-fi gather together for an extended weekend of fan forums, autograph sessions, buying and selling, movie watching, costume wearing and just generally geeking out — a Baltimore tradition that goes back more than half a century. Special guests include Steven...


'The Bachelorette' premiere recap: Rachel meets her men

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:40:00 PDT

The premiere episode of this season of “The Bachelorette” begins at Rachel’s photo shoot, and as is typical with new leads in this franchise, her teeth are whiter, her hair is shinier, and her eyelashes are longer than they were during her last season.

Chris Harrison really wants us to know that...


'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Rashad Jennings has the momentum after finale Night 1

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:20:00 PDT

We’ve made it to Part 1 of the “Dancing With the Stars” finale. Tom Bergeron tells us Round 1 is a "Redemption" round, where contestants will dance a style they've done before and try to do it better this time.

David Ross & Lindsay Arnold

Viennese waltz

David acknowledges in his interview that...


Celebrities mingle, watch and wager at Preakness

Sat, 20 May 2017 16:36:00 PDT

A Victoria's Secret supermodel, a two-time Academy Award-winning actor and a Heisman Trophy winner were just a few of the many celebrities and notable people who attended the 142nd Preakness.

In Under Armour's fifth year hosting a large tent and Pimlico owner the Stronach Group's second entertaining...


Roger Moore dies at 89; debonair British actor played James Bond in 7 movies

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:20:00 PDT

Roger Moore, the suave British actor who starred in seven James Bond movies and brought a likable, comedic dimension to the unflappable secret agent, has died after a short battle with cancer, his family said Tuesday. He was 89.

From 1973 to 1985, Moore was Agent 007 in “Live and Let Die,” “The...


'The Keepers' recap, Episode 2: Jane Doe's story of abuse

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:45:00 PDT

Before we meet Jane Doe and hear her story, I feel compelled to make an observation: I was stunned Netflix didn’t precede this episode with a strongly worded caution about the content.

As this series generally and this episode in particular painfully make clear, there are a lot of survivors of...


Preakness InfieldFest performances were more about the party than the music

Sat, 20 May 2017 16:08:00 PDT

When the Preakness established the InfieldFest in 2010 — as a response to it ending its infamous bring-your-own-alcohol policy a year earlier — it aimed to create a mini music festival.

Judging from this year's lineup, which featured country star Sam Hunt and the electronic dance music hit-maker...


Preakness 2017: InfieldFest music performances

Sat, 20 May 2017 09:04:00 PDT

Take a look at the performances from Sam Hunt, Zedd, Good Charlotte and more in the infield at the 2017 Preakness. See more Sun Preakness galleries at


Urban Oyster aiming to open Baltimore food truck

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:20:00 PDT

Jasmine Norton wants to take her love of oysters on the road.

Norton launched the Urban Oyster this spring, serving char-grilled oysters and other seafood, and she plans to take the business from stands at local farmers’ markets to a food truck.

The Urban Oyster made its first appearance April...


'The Keepers' recap, Episode 1: Who killed Sister Cathy?

Sat, 20 May 2017 17:07:00 PDT

From “Making a Murderer” to “Serial,” True crime buffs have enjoyed an embarrassment of riches in the streaming age. If you’re fascinated by unsolved cases, you’ve got a wide selection from which to choose — a selection that just got a little larger with the release of Netflix’s “The Keepers.”


Think small: Quick grilling for Memorial Day with thinner cuts

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:46:00 PDT

Empty-nesting opens new doors. I've come to appreciate a mostly empty fridge — no pressure to cook. Grocery shopping takes less time, especially with an expanded budget. The menu contains new additions — all quick-cooking and much of it indulgent. What has not changed is the preferred cooking method:...


Everyman Theatre cast romps through 'Noises Off'

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:30:00 PDT

And you thought the secret of the universe was deep. Nope. It all boils down to just doors and sardines.

This piece of wisdom gets dispatched early on in “Noises Off,” the intricately stitched comedy from 1982 now at Everyman Theatre in a diverting revival. Delivered in the mellifluous baritonal...


Why this is a dangerous time for Fox News

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:55:00 PDT

Given all the lawsuits, settlements and huge prime-time turnover in talent, you might think things could not get worse for Fox News.

But they could if the ratings of the past two weeks continue.

Fox News, which has long been overwhelmingly dominant in cable news ratings, found itself in last place...


Tears on last night for Ringling Bros. 'Greatest Show on Earth'

Sun, 21 May 2017 22:04:00 PDT

Aerialists hugged long and hard in their safety net. Trainer Alexander Lacey spoke emotionally of his family's breeding of multiple generations of lions and tigers, even as his big cats waiting patiently for the act to continue as usual.  The cats likely did not know this otherwise ordinary Sunday...


Drake wins top artist, breaks Adele's record at Billboard Music Awards

Sun, 21 May 2017 20:10:00 PDT

Hello, Drake has surpassed Adele's record at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, picking up 13 awards.

Adele set a record at the show in 2012 with 12 wins. The rapper, who walked into the show Sunday with 22 nominations, won top artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 album ("Views"),...


'Saturday Night Live' rises to Trump challenge

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

The election of Donald Trump has lifted a lot of media boats — from the New York Times, with its 300,000-plus surge in digital subscriptions since Nov. 8, to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who last week led her channel to its first primetime win in news demographics since 2009.

Add NBC’s “Saturday Night...


An A-Z guide to Preakness 2017

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:11:00 PDT

One hundred and forty-four years ago, some Maryland horsemen wanted to prove their state could run with the big boys when it came to high-profile horse racing. Thus was born the Preakness Stakes, a race that has morphed into the Free State’s biggest annual party, when upwards of 100,000 people...


Starbucks is piloting coffee ice cubes in Baltimore shops

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:20:00 PDT

Starbucks Coffee is working on a way this summer to keep customers’ iced coffee cold without becoming watered down.

The Seattle-based coffee chain is testing the viability of coffee ice cubes at shops in Baltimore and St. Louis, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed.

The coffee ice cubes can...


Hammerjacks approved for new arena liquor license

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Hammerjacks, Baltimore’s soon-to-be-revived concert hall and club, has received approval for a stadium liquor license, clearing the final hurdle the project needed before its construction could begin.

The Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners unanimously granted Hammerjacks’ owners the...


'The Keepers,' Netflix's look at Baltimore nun's murder, is true-crime storytelling at its best

Fri, 12 May 2017 16:13:00 PDT

It is hard to imagine a true-crime docu-series that has more winning story elements than "The Keepers."

More elements than Netflix's "Making a Murderer," HBO's "The Jinx" or even the "Serial" podcast that dealt with young love, death and a Muslim man who is still in a Maryland prison for a crime...


Barry Levinson, Robert De Niro deliver grand-slam docudrama with 'Wizard of Lies'

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

When critics talk about this being a golden age of TV drama, they are referring to series like "Game of Thrones" or "House of Cards."

But after seeing Oprah Winfrey in HBO's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" last week and now previewing Robert De Niro in HBO's "The Wizard of Lies," it is starting...


Baltimore Center Stage readies world premiere adaptation of Toni Morrison's 'Jazz'

Sat, 20 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In the first paragraph of "Jazz," the 1992 novel by Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison set in 1920s Harlem, a narrator lays out the bare facts of the plot — how a husband "fell for an eighteen-year-old girl with one of those deepdown, spooky loves that made him so sad and happy he shot...


Union Craft expansion adds to growing economic impact of craft makers in Baltimore

Fri, 19 May 2017 03:26:00 PDT

The narrow, black-and-white Union Craft Brewing sign that points to its low brick building on the west side of Interstate 83 in Woodberry is painted on an old chimney, so it won't go with the brewery as it relocates about a quarter mile north to another warehouse east of the highway.

That short...


Tiny space, bold flavors at Otto Turkish Cuisine in Federal Hill

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:45:00 PDT

The modest space doesn’t do justice to the terrific food being prepared in the kitchen at Otto Turkish Cuisine in Federal Hill.

Orkun Ayrac and his cousin, Emrah Gulum, are sharing their treasured family recipes in a small dining room that was formerly occupied by the short-lived Grano Pasta Bar.


Rehearsal space Studio 14 reopens after obtaining permit, addressing safety issues

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:15:00 PDT

Long-running music rehearsal space Studio 14 in West Baltimore reopened on Monday after obtaining a use-and-occupancy permit and correcting safety violations, said owner Scott Gately.

Tania Baker, director of communications for the Baltimore Housing Department, confirmed Studio 14 had addressed...


Advocates criticize 'Everything, Everything' movie for misinforming public on immune disorders

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:35:00 PDT

Not again, thought Marcia Boyle when she heard a film was opening Friday called "Everything, Everything" about a teen girl prevented by an illness from leaving the "hermetically sealed environment within her house."

The illness the movie features is severe combined immune deficiency, or SCID, but...


'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul' shares the horrors of family vacations minus the fun

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Five years after a trilogy of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies were released in rapid succession, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” is hitting theaters with a completely new cast. Adapted from the Web-comic-turned-kids-novels by Jeff Kinney, the films feature the kinds of embarrassments and toilet...


Chris Cornell's family disputes the Soundgarden singer killed himself

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:46:00 PDT

Rock musician Chris Cornell's wife on Friday disputed "inferences" that the rocker killed himself in a Detroit hotel room, saying he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said Cornell — the lead singer in Soundgarden and Audioslave...


Aromes ditching its tasting menu format for new a la carte options

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:55:00 PDT

Aromes, Hampden’s dainty French restaurant, is switching its menu format, doing away with its tasting menu in favor of a la carte options.

Starting May 23, chef-owner Steve Monnier will begin offering offer an a la carte menu. Until now, diners have had the choice of three or six courses ($45 or...


'Handmaid's Tale' recap: 'A Woman's Place'

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:55:00 PDT

This week’s episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale” reminds me of that one particular plot twist in many an action/heist movie: A villainous duo is marked from the beginning, but out of the two, there is always a stooge sidekick that may or may not be bald or have a cockney accent. Just when you think...


At Rec Pier Chop House, elevated dining with a minor flaw

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:51:00 PDT

If the last time you saw the inside of the Recreation Pier in Fells Point was on the TV show "Homicide: Life on the Street," you're in for a big surprise. The place is a lot swankier than its former set days as a police station.

The spruced-up 1914 Beaux Arts building — a restoration project backed...


Z on TV: Roger Ailes' legacy as media visionary overshadowed by predatory culture at Fox News

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:45:00 PDT

Roger Ailes, who in founding Fox News changed the relationship of TV and politics more than any other media figure in broadcasting history, is dead at age 77, his family announced today in a statement to the conservative news site Drudge Report. No cause of death was given.

"I am profoundly sad...


Controversial Fox News founder and former chairman Roger Ailes dead at 77

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:05:00 PDT

Roger Ailes, the longtime head of Fox News, died Thursday morning at 77, according to a statement released by his wife to the conservative news site Drudge Report.

"I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning," Elizabeth Ailes said. "Roger...


Preakness culinary team looks to boost race weekend dining

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:00:00 PDT

A new culinary team overseeing Pimlico Race Course is working to elevate the dining experience for attendees to this year’s Preakness Stakes.

The food and beverage team will continue to highlight local flavors — crab cakes, black-eyed Susans and more — during the 142nd running of the Preakness,...


'The Bachelorette' preview: Our first impressions of Rachel's guys

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:37:00 PDT

It’s everyone’s (or maybe just my) favorite time of year again: the reveal of the suitors, and their bios, for the upcoming season of "The Bachelorette." We learned early on that they are doing things a little differently this time. They announced Rachel Linday as the Bachelorette while she was...


Roughly Speaking podcast: True crimes — a nun's unsolved murder, the Madoff massive fraud (episode 253)

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:11:00 PDT

A look at a new HBO movie and a Netflix docuseries, both about true crimes.(image)

Traveler's guide to breweries, distilleries at the beach

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:00 PDT

These days, many of us want to know the stories behind the goods we buy, whether it’s food, clothing or, yes, even alcohol. A visit to a beach town can now include a tour of a distillery or brewery, where you not only get to learn how the products are made, but you can taste them, too.

These recommendations...


Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell's cause of death ruled suicide: medical examiner

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:07:00 PDT

Chris Cornell, the lead singer in Soundgarden and one of the key voices in the dominant Seattle music scene of the '90s, was found dead Wednesday while on tour in Detroit.

After a Soundgarden concert, Cornell returned to the MGM Grand Detroit hotel, police said. Cornell's wife had called a family...


After hiatus, Preakness performers Good Charlotte returns to music, Maryland

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:05:00 PDT

Benji Madden has never been to the Preakness, and if the Waldorf native is being honest, it took him awhile to figure out why thousands annually descended upon Pimlico Race Course.

“As a kid, you’re like, ‘Do they have Preakness everywhere or just in Maryland?’” Madden said with a laugh on the...


Preakness 2017 music primer: Who's performing, schedule and more

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:25:00 PDT

Looking at the Preakness InfieldFest lineup like the tilted-head, hand-to-chin confused emoji? It’s OK — music moves faster than ever these days.

Here’s a primer on who the artists are, what song you might know by them and what time they’re performing on Saturday.

High Valley

(10 a.m.-11 a.m.,...


Dierks Bentley in pursuit to be country's best

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:30:00 PDT

For years, country star Dierks Bentley had a hand in writing every song on his albums. But on more recent records, he pushed his pride aside and embraced singing tracks by others.

It’s a sign the 41-year-old Arizona native has matured as an artist, as well as a practical decision. Sometimes, other...


Pappas Sports Bar opens at Holiday Inn Inner Harbor

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Baltimoreans and visitors to the city’s Inner Harbor no longer have to venture to the counties for a taste of Pappas’ crab cakes.

Pappas Sports Bar opened at the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor at 301 W. Lombard St. as part of the hotel’s $4 million renovation. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily...


Gnocco chef named a semifinalist for Zagat's '30 under 30' list

Wed, 17 May 2017 06:10:00 PDT

Brian Lavin, the chef-owner of Gnocco, has been named a semifinalist on Zagat’s first national “30 under 30” list.

Lavin was the only Maryland chef named to the list. Nearby, Washington had three semifinalists, and four Pennsylvania chefs made the list, as well.

Lavin, 27, opened Gnocco in Brewers...


With new menu and chef, Johnny's in Roland Park is becoming a seafood restaurant

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:00:00 PDT

With a new executive chef in the kitchen and a fresh menu, Johnny’s in Roland Park is becoming a seafood restaurant.

The restaurant, owned by Foreman Wolf Restaurant Group, will continue to serve coffee, pastries and breakfast in the morning, but starting Tuesday, lunch and dinner customers will...


Home plates: Camden Yards' 'bring your own' policy appeals to foodies, thrifty fans

Tue, 16 May 2017 05:44:00 PDT

On a recent Sunday, the Young family was prepared with everything they needed to enjoy an afternoon ballgame at Camden Yards: tickets to the game, layers of clothing and several grocery bags stuffed with Utz potato chips and other snacks.

Like many other Orioles fans entering the park that day,...


Mad River Bar & Grill to close, rebrand in Federal Hill

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:25:00 PDT

Mad River Bar & Grill, a popular nightlife spot in Federal Hill, will close for renovations and a rebranding after Saturday night, said operating partner David Yike.

He declined to name or describe the new concept, but said the new restaurant and bar should be open within three months.

“The goal...


Amy Schumer and boyfriend Ben Hanisch split

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:12:00 PDT

"Snatched" star Amy Schumer and former Chicago furniture designer Ben Hanisch "have ended their relationship after thoughtful consideration," Schumer's rep told media outlets Tuesday.

Hanisch and Schumer, a Towson University graduate, began dating in November 2015 after meeting through a dating...


In the old Obrycki's space, Angie's Seafood offers a more polished take on coastal cuisine

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:00:00 PDT

People still walk into the old Obrycki’s spot on Pratt Street in Upper Fells Point looking for steamed crabs. Until last fall, they were out of luck.

Now diners will find Angie’s Seafood, which opened in September, offering hard shells and numerous seafood dishes.

“We get at least one or two people...


Natty Boh launches fundraiser for Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:10:00 PDT

To celebrate Maryland’s traditional summer union of beer and crabs, National Bohemian is raising money to support its tasty crustacean counterparts.

In a campaign called “Tabs for Crabs,” Natty Boh has released a limited number of 12-ounce beer cans with red tabs emblazoned with a small crab. For...


New Korean pop-up dinner series to host first event in Canton

Tue, 16 May 2017 07:15:00 PDT

A new pop-up series will make its debut in Canton later this month.

Collin Morstein and Irvin Seo have teamed up to create Haenyo, a pop-up brand centered on Korean cuisine that will host a mix of ticketed pop-up dinners and informal events open to the public. The first event, Haenyo on the Square,...


Union Craft Brewing plans ambitious expansion with brewery, retail complex

Tue, 16 May 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Hampden’s Union Craft Brewing plans to expand into a larger facility that will anchor a new 10 ½-acre manufacturing and retail complex in nearby Medfield called Union Collective.

In addition to a brewery and taproom that’s more than three times larger than Union Craft’s current facility, Union...


Everyman Theatre gets in farcical mood, generates record advance ticket sales

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Sometimes, you just feel like a farce.

That time appears to be now, at least in Baltimore, where Everyman Theatre reports extra interest in its production of Michael Frayn's farcical romp of a play, "Noises Off," opening this weekend.

"The ticket sale advance is the biggest we've ever had," says...


'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Simone Biles sent home in another shocking elimination

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:00:00 PDT

It's semifinals night on “Dancing With the Stars,” and Erin is wearing a very sparkly silver dress — almost like a disco ball — so you know I approve. We'll start with a "Judges Challenge Round," where it sounds like they're mostly giving little requests instead of picking a whole dance style.


Jimmy Kimmel set to host 2018 Oscars

Tue, 16 May 2017 08:56:00 PDT

Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars once again, with ABC announcing Tuesday that the late-night host will lead the 2018 awards ceremony.

This will be Kimmel's second consecutive year hosting the Oscars, which will see him reunite with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd.

"Hosting the Oscars...


Preakness, Dierks Bentley and 'E.T.': the top things to do in Baltimore this week

Sat, 13 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT


So, there's this horse race on Saturday that's apparently a big deal (especially if a horse named Always Dreaming wins it, as that will lead to talk of a possible "Triple Crown" and allow horse racing to grip the nation's sports consciousness for the next few weeks). But outside the race...


'SNL' rises to new heights in war on Trump's disinformation

Sun, 14 May 2017 17:09:00 PDT

We talked about "Saturday Night Live" on CNN's "Reliable Sources," and it was all praise for this week's wicked satire of Donald Trump's craziest week yet.

I told host Brian Stelter that as much as I loved Melissa McCarthy in New York City on a motorized podium as White House Press Secretary Sean...


Food and art collide in restaurant-galleries

Tue, 16 May 2017 07:44:00 PDT

Ron Larrimore knows his ink drawings of skulls might not appeal to everyone, but he’s found more buyers than he expected during the month his work has been on display at Snake Hill.

Larrimore is the latest artist showcased at the Highlandtown sausage restaurant, one of a number of Baltimore-area...


BMA takes no honors at Venice Biennale

Sat, 13 May 2017 09:56:00 PDT

Two U.S. artists won the equivalent of gold and bronze medals Saturday during the awards ceremony for the 2017 Venice Biennale, often described as the "Olympics of the Art World."

But the Baltimore Museum of Art, which presented the U.S. Pavilion and showcased the artwork of Mark Bradford, received...


Two McDonogh School alumnae to compete on 'Jeopardy!' Tuesday

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:20:00 PDT

Two McDonogh School alumnae will compete against each other in a battle of “Jeopardy!” on Tuesday, according to one of the school’s Twitter accounts.

High school English teachers Nan Cohen of Van Nuys, Calif., and Susannah Nichols, of Ferndale, Mich., will compete in the semifinals of the game...


Race relations take the world stage in BMA’s Venice Biennale exhibit

Sat, 13 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The artist Mark Bradford is roughing up the American Dream.

He's excavated the dream, dug it up and examined its origins at the behest of the Baltimore Museum of Art, which is presenting the U.S. Pavilion at the world's most prestigious art fair, the 2017 Venice Biennale.

The Biennale often is...


First play at Le Mondo will offer extra realism

Sun, 14 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

At first glance, the 400 block of N. Howard St. looks much like it has for a long time — mostly neglected.

But amid the rows of boarded-up buildings, creative activity has sprouted for several years. The east side of the street houses the pioneering gallery Current Space and the multipurpose Downtown...


Metallica says 'thank you' to Baltimore in new video

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:07:00 PDT

After opening their “WorldWired” North American tour here on Wednesday, Metallica had one final message to Baltimore: Thank you.

Performing here for the first time since 2000, the metal quartet from California published a thank you video to the city on its Facebook page on Thursday. You can watch...


Maize craze: Venezuela’s cornmeal arepa is on the rise in Baltimore

Mon, 8 May 2017 21:00:00 PDT

From spam and eggs to caramelized duck, there's a place where every cuisine belongs: inside an arepa.

Gluten-free, handheld and suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the crunchy cornmeal pockets are on the rise in Baltimore. El Gringo Baltimore, a food truck that hit the streets last month,...


Amazon's 'Jack Ryan' series starring John Krasinski filming at Sandy Point

Thu, 11 May 2017 08:46:00 PDT

Workers at Sandy Point State Park were all atwitter Thursday with news that a Hollywood production was there, shooting scenes for a new "Jack Reacher" movie.

Sorry, but apparently no Tom Cruise appearances are forthcoming. But will "Jack Ryan" do?

Scenes from an upcoming Amazon series chronicling...


With brawn and riffs, Metallica satisfies fans at M&T Bank Stadium

Thu, 11 May 2017 09:05:00 PDT

“We’re scanning the scene in the city tonight,” Metallica frontman James Hetfield snarled Wednesday night on stage at M&T Bank Stadium.

As the metal quartet launched into “Seek & Destroy,” a still-blistering fan favorite from their 1983 debut album, a tour poster from the same year flashed on the...


Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn get lost in the jungle with 'Snatched'

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:55:00 PDT

Judging by the mildly naughty past-participle title, you might as well see “Snatched” as a raunchy female comedy version of “Taken,” assuming you care to see it at all. Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer play a mother and daughter vacationing together in Ecuador, where they are kidnapped and held for...


Roughly Speaking podcast: How to make the perfect crab cake (episode 250)

Fri, 12 May 2017 10:24:00 PDT

Every household in Maryland should know how to make a crabcake, and, with these tips from Chesapeake cuisine expert John Shields, there's no excuse not to.(image)

2017 summer festivals, events and performances to see in Baltimore

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:48:00 PDT

You can find something local to do every weekend throughout the year, but when the weather is warm, very little searching is required. Summertime in the Baltimore area means tons of options for entertainment — much of it free.

It’s natural to wonder where to start, though. Consider the following...


Ekiben, Blacksauce Kitchen to host pop-up with ode to Baltimore chicken box at Union Craft Brewing Friday

Thu, 11 May 2017 09:08:00 PDT

Asian-fusion comfort spot Ekiben and Blacksauce Kitchen, best known for its fluffy biscuits and unique combinations, became local favorites while on the city's farmers’ market scene long before opening their own brick and mortar shops in Fells Point and Remington, respectively.

But tomorrow, they...