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Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls opens at Belvedere Square, National Harbor

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:45:00 PST

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, an Annapolis-based restaurant, has opened its first franchise locations in Baltimore and National Harbor.

The restaurant’s Belvedere Square location, at 540 E. Belvedere Ave., opened in early December, followed by the eatery in National Harbor, at 156 National Plaza.


Net neutrality repeal the latest way Team Trump has ripped up media landscape in less than a year

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:15:00 PST

Hardly a day goes by without President Donald Trump attacking some part of the mainstream media for what he calls fake news. These attacks, usually in the form of early-morning tweets, are in turn much discussed in the media throughout the day especially on cable news. Some days, it seems as if...


Why hip-hop, once ostracized in clubs, is ruling the festival circuit

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:15:00 PST

Rolling Loud (Dec. 16-17 in San Bernardino), with its global tour model, is one of a growing wave of hip-hop festivals. How streaming is helping a genre traditionally shunted into expensive clubs or second-tier venues with crazy security become a mainstream festival phenomenon.(image)

A year after the Bell Foundry was shut down, Baltimore's DIY arts scene remains in flux

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:45:00 PST

When Butch Dawson walks by the former Bell Foundry, the vacant, 13,000-square-foot building the Baltimore rapper once called home, he often stops, just momentarily.

“I look up, and look inside the windows, and get this weird nostalgia,” said the 24-year-old West Baltimore man. “There was no negative...


'The Last Jedi' reviews: The 5 harshest 'Star Wars' movie criticisms (No spoilers!)

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:10:00 PST

Should you see the new "Star Wars" franchise movie "The Last Jedi?" Read these comments first.(image)

Modell Lyric's new executive director to diversify offerings, expand reach

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:05:00 PST

As the new executive director of the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Jonathan Schwartz says he comes in with twin goals: diversifying the offerings at the 123-year-old performance venue, and instituting more educational programs “that reach out to the community.”

“The Lyric needs to...


A feminist venture through the French Revolution at Everyman Theatre

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

There’s something about “The Revolutionists,” Lauren Gunderson’s funny and moving play now galvanizing the stage of Everyman Theatre, that perfectly matches the tenor of our time.

Blending fact, fiction and fantasy, the playwright puts the audience into the thick of the French Revolution, but not...


Despite 'Voice' elimination, Baltimore singer Davon Fleming said it's just the beginning

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:25:00 PST

Baltimore singer Davon Fleming was eliminated from NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday, but Fleming, who started the singing reality competition strong — with rave reviews from judges and a noteworthy shoe-throw and showstopping duet courtesy of award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson — is optimistic about...


Deadpool fights Iron Man, Bart Simpson meets Mickey Mouse, and five other crossovers you might see because of Disney-Fox

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:15:00 PST

The combination of Fox and Disney will lead to billions of dollars in "synergies," Robert Iger said in announcing the deal Thursday morning.

The Disney chairman was referring to a wide range of partnerships (and, potentially, cost-cutting). But also among those synergies is the possibility of characters...


Riptide by the Bay in Fells Point does not sell at auction

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:05:00 PST

Riptide by the Bay in Fells Point did not sell at auction Thursday morning after bidders failed to reach a price the owners would accept.

More than 30 people — a mix of friends, employees, local business owners and prospective buyers — turned out Thursday morning for the auction held at the restaurant...


The Cars, led by Baltimore native Ric Ocasek, get another shot at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:05:00 PST

On their third try, the Cars — the rock quartet that blended new wave and pop sensibilities led by Baltimore native Ric Ocasek — will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 18 in Cleveland, Ohio, the organization announced Wednesday.

Eligible for induction since 2003, the band was...


Jamaican restaurant Get It Inn opens in Locust Point

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:10:00 PST

Get It Inn Island Cuisine, a new Jamaican bar and restaurant, has opened its doors in Locust Point.

The restaurant took over the former home of Sweet Caroline’s at 1401 E. Clement St. Sweet Caroline’s closed in October, and Get It Inn replaced it in mid-November.

The Jamaican hangout is owned by...


Just announced Baltimore-area concerts: Kesha & Macklemore, Jimmie's Chicken Shack and more

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:40:00 PST

Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Ticketfly (,, unless otherwise noted.

Save X-Mas on Dec. 17 at Baltimore Soundstage; on sale now.

Eze Jackson’s Dirty Christmas 3 on Dec. 29 at the Metro Gallery; on sale now.

Marilyn Mosby Birthday...


Nine female filmmakers with Baltimore ties awarded $400,000 in grants

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:30:00 PST

The idea wasn’t to focus entirely on women, but Annette Porter is happy it worked out that way.

Nine Baltimore-based filmmakers, all women, and their projects will share $400,000 in grant money from the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media at the Johns Hopkins University.

“I had no idea...


Baltimore singer Davon Fleming eliminated from 'The Voice'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:35:00 PST

Baltimore singer Davon Fleming’s run on “The Voice” came to an end on Tuesday night.

Fleming, a Park Heights resident, was eliminated from the NBC singing competition as the contestants were whittled down from eight to four.

“Don’t be sad for me this is only the beginning,” he wrote on Facebook...


Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, The Cars are newest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:34:00 PST

Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees.

The Cars, as well as first-time contenders Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, also are part of the 2018 class announced...


SAG Awards nominations: 'Three Billboards' leads, 'Big Sick' bounces back

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:59:00 PST

In nominations announced Wednesday, the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards heartily endorsed the Frances McDormand-led revenge drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," offered swift redemption for the Golden Globes-overlooked romantic comedy "The Big Sick" and left many Oscar favorites empty...


Food writer Allison Robicelli calls Mario Batali sexual misconduct allegations 'an open secret'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:10:00 PST

Baltimore-based food writer and personality Allison Robicelli has spent the majority of the past two days firing off tweets in response to sexual harassment and abuse allegations levied this week against celebrity chef Mario Batali and New York City restaurateur Ken Friedman.

Robicelli, a James...


'Alice' gets a curiouser adaptation at Baltimore Center Stage, featuring aerials and Demi Lovato music

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:00:00 PST

Filled with odd characters and even more unusual twists on what we think of as reality, Lewis Carroll’s 1865 fantasy “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is practically ready-made for the stage.

While there is gold to be mined in a straightforward adaptation — Annapolis Shakespeare Company reaffirmed...


The Elk Room's exclusive allure, quality cocktails come at a price Baltimore isn't quite used to

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:55:00 PST

The party could be heard, but not seen, and it made me want to enter even more.

At around 10 p.m. on a recent Saturday, I hit the buzzer on the gothic, unmarked door after a pull on the handle didn’t suffice. A woman holding a white notepad opened it to reveal a small area that served as a buffer...


'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' review: Rey and the Resistance prove irresistible

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:00:00 PST

Great fun, and a reminder that unpopular political leaders mock the Resistance in other galaxies, too, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” boasts a bald-faced lie of a subtitle — sorry, folks, last Jedi, no more “Star Wars” movies! — and special guest appearances from some old, familiar faces. The oldest...


Baltimore-area restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:00:00 PST

A number of Baltimore-area restaurants are rolling out holiday tablecloths for dinner on Christmas Eve, and some are serving meals on Christmas Day. Many require reservations.

B&O American Brasserie downtown will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, offering breakfast, lunch and a three-course...


10 nontraditional ways to make traditional Hanukkah latkes

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:10:08 PST

It's hard to improve upon the perfect latke - crisp, golden brown, and topped with sweet applesauce and cooling sour cream - but we have made a valiant and delicious effort at proving that sometimes what tradition needs is a little update. [releated]

Click here for the 10 Nontraditional  Ways to...


Charm City Bluegrass Festival expands to two days in April with Devil Makes Three, the Travelin' McCourys

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:45:00 PST

The Charm City Bluegrass Festival will expand to a two-day event at Druid Hill Park this spring, organizers announced Monday.

Entering its sixth year, the festival will take place April 27-28 with performances by the Devil Makes Three, the Travelin’ McCourys, the Steeldrivers and more. The event...


Deck the halls: Baltimore restaurants and bars with standout holiday decor

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:28:00 PST

Baltimore restaurants and bars are decking the halls for the holidays. Here's a look at some of the local spots where customers can enjoy eats and drinks surrounded by holiday lights, tinsel and garlands.


Golden Globes nominations: 'Shape of Water,' 'Big Little Lies' score big

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:48:00 PST

Guillermo Del Toro's "The Shape of Water," Steven Spielberg's "The Post," and Martin McDonagh's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" were among the big winners as nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards were unveiled on Monday.

"Three Billboards," a revenge drama, "The Post," a dramatic...


Compass Rose Theater moving, not without drama

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:05:00 PST

Compass Rose Theater has had some unconventional homes. The Annapolis-based professional theater company started in an empty McDonald’s in Eastport in 2011. In the last four years, the theater housed itself on Spa Road in what used to be a rug cleaning building. On Sunday night, Compass Rose’s...


The moment N.W.A changed the music world

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 03:20:00 PST

Part of the ongoing L.A. Times series The age of hip-hop: From the streets to cultural dominance. In this exclusive excerpt from "Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap," Gerrick D. Kennedy details the birth of the first major disruption of hip-hop.(image)

Golden Globes 2018: Complete list of nominees

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:35:00 PST

The nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes were announced this morning in Los Angeles, with Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell and Sharon Stone sharing the announcement duties.

The Golden Globe Awards are scheduled to air live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 7 at...


Santas (the dancing kind), Tchaikovsky, Fantasia, Luke Skywalker and more of the week’s best events in the Baltimore area

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:00:00 PST

‘Home for the Holidays’

Sure, there’s the tap-dancing Santa Clauses, and that alone should be enough enticement to check out the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday celebration. But there’s also the BSO, guided by the Hollywood Bowl’s Thomas Wilkins and with help from soprano Alison Buchanan,...


Fells Point theater cancels ‘A Christmas Carol’ after revelation that Scrooge actor is convicted sex offender

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:00:00 PST

Faced with the revelation that their lead actor was a convicted sex offender and fearing the possibility of protests, the Fells Point Corner Theatre and the Collaborative Theatre Company have canceled their production of “A Christmas Carol,” which was scheduled to open Friday.

“The information...


5 thoughts on the midseason finale of 'The Walking Dead': It's Carl's show

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:35:00 PST

So at the end of Sunday’s midseason finale of “The Walking Dead,” there are lots of things we still don’t know, but there is one very big thing that we do.

It comes with a spoiler alert, but if you’ve been around the water cooler where the people still following the zombie series congregate, then...


Shake Shack opening at the Mall in Columbia

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 08:20:00 PST

Shake Shack is bringing its burgers, custard and crinkle-cut fries to a new a location at the Mall in Columbia.

The fast-casual burger joint is opening at 11 a.m. Dec. 20 at 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway. It will be the fourth Shake Shack in Maryland.

The first 100 people in line on its opening...


Baltimore-area homes that go all out with holiday light displays

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 02:00:00 PST

A 25-foot Santa bursts through a rowhouse’s front door in Federal Hill. Dozens of holiday-themed inflatables stand at attention on a Catonsville lawn. And in Joppa, a driveway is framed with dazzling arches, leading visitors to an array of homemade light installations.

In addition to well-known...


Tune in for a Facebook Live concert with Cardinal Shehan School choir

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:50:00 PST

Need a holiday pick-me-up? Join us on Monday for a special Facebook Live concert featuring the Cardinal Shehan School choir. The broadcast will begin around 10:00 a.m. on the Sun’s Facebook page.

Earlier this year, the choir’s performance of the Andra Day song “Rise Up” went viral on Facebook....


Dru Hill to perform at Baltimore's Washington Monument lighting Thursday

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:00:00 PST

Baltimore R&B group Dru Hill will perform at Thursday evening’s Washington Monument lighting event in Mount Vernon, organizer Downtown Partnership confirmed to The Baltimore Sun.

The quartet — which includes Mark “Sisqo” Andrews, Tamir “Nokio” Ruffin, Larry “Jazz” Anthony and Antwuan “Tao” Simpson...


Everything you need to know about the Baltimore monument lighting

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:30:00 PST

Baltimore’s 46th annual Washington Monument lighting is set for Thursday evening, officially kicking off the holiday season (complete with a performance from R&B group Dru Hill). Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the festivities:

When is it taking place? The celebration runs 5 p.m.-8...


When 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians' was conquering Baltimore

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:40:00 PST

All sorts of destined-to-be-classic movies were playing at Baltimore theaters in December 1964, movies that would earn Oscars, garner grand critical praise and set the groundwork for enduring cinematic legacies. “Tom Jones” was showing at the Mayfair on Howard Street, Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las...


Liberty music teacher is finalist for Grammy Music Educator Award

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:40:00 PST

Brandi Jason, an instrumental music teacher at Liberty High School, has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award. She has been a semifinalist for the award for two consecutive years.

The nine finalists and their schools will each receive a $1,000 grant. The winner and...


Baltimore artist Loring Cornish, known for his colorful mosaics and personality, moving to California

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 07:05:00 PST

Artist Loring Cornish, whose glass and found-object mosaics have beautified homes on Eutaw Street, a former police outpost near Penn Station and his studio in Fells Point, is leaving Baltimore for Los Angeles, where he hopes to realize his dream of an acting career.

“I just didn’t want to waste...


Baltimore's Washington Monument lighting through the years

Thu, 3 Dec 2015 17:50:00 PST

See photos from the annual lighting of Baltimore's Washington Monument in Mount Vernon. 


Chesapeake Shakespeare Company to sing carols in downtown Baltimore Thursday afternoon

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 08:10:00 PST

If you can barely wait to experience the holiday cheer during Thursday night’s lighting of the Washington Monument, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has something that will tide you over.

From 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the theater company’s staff will frolic downtown, from Inner Harbor streets...


What to eat and drink at the annual Baltimore Monument lighting Thursday

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 09:05:00 PST

Attendees of Baltimore’s 46th Monument Lighting will have a chance to enjoy snacks and drinks from more than 20 local vendors while watching the fireworks display over Mount Vernon Place on Thursday.

The annual holiday event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, culminating with the Downtown Partnership...


Three Baltimore-area restaurants make OpenTable's top 100 list

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 09:05:00 PST

Three restaurants in the Baltimore area are among the top 100 in the country, according to OpenTable’s latest list.

Charleston in Harbor East, Hersh’s in South Baltimore and Linwoods in Owings Mills were named to OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2017.

The list is based on more than...


Showroom Cafe inside Motor House thrives on cool vibes

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 12:55:00 PST

This is one cool cafe. At the new Showroom Cafe & Bar, the vibe is hip, and so are the customers. A big sign on the wall says it all: “Fun.”

Part of the restaurant’s allure comes from its location: on the first floor of the Motor House, an artist incubator space that includes a studio, gallery...


Baltimore's Davon Fleming narrowly advances on 'The Voice' after 'instant save' from viewers

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 06:05:00 PST

Baltimore singer Davon Fleming narrowly advanced to the Top 8 on “The Voice” on Tuesday night, after an “instant save” from viewers.

Fleming was one of the bottom three vote-getters on the NBC singing competition this week, which meant he had one more chance to perform and win over the audience...


New restaurant focused on foraging coming to former Aromes space in Hampden

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 04:40:00 PST

Baltimore chef Chris Amendola is bringing his love for foraging into a restaurant in Hampden.

Amendola plans to open Foraged — a Hyper-Seasonal Eatery in the former home of Aromes, at 3520 Chestnut Ave. The restaurant is expected to open in mid-December.

Foraged marks Amendola’s first solo restaurant....


Columbia's Root Studio offers shared creative space, artistic community

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

All a budding artist needs is curiosity and the desire to explore new ideas — that’s the philosophy behind Root Studio, a shared creative space in Columbia designed to foster an “artistic ecosystem.”

Root Studio’s owner, Columbia painter Karen Isailovic, has been honing the concept for years. It...


In its 20th year, the Oregon Grille's food and setting deliver a winning combination

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 10:40:00 PST

After many visits to the Oregon Grille over the years, I was finally seated in the main dining room — the one with the mahogany booths, equestrian prints and piano player; the one I always looked at wistfully as I was steered by it.

Previously, I was relegated to a side room at the Hunt Valley...


'House of Cards' to resume production on final season in early 2018, without Kevin Spacey

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 10:00:00 PST

After more than a month in limbo, the Netflix political drama “House of Cards” will resume production of its final season in early 2018 — without Kevin Spacey.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos announced Monday at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York that the...


Big Jim's Deli to close at Cross Street Market

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:05:00 PST

Big Jim’s Deli, a longtime sandwich shop at Cross Street Market, will close its doors Dec. 16.

Owner Anna Epsilantis announced the closure Monday morning with a post on the deli’s Facebook page. The closure comes as Caves Valley Partners plans a massive overhaul of the Federal Hill market.



Another cat cafe is coming to Hampden

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 04:00:00 PST

Hampden will soon become home to another venue for coffee sipping and cat cuddling as Neko No Kafe prepares to open on Falls Road.

The cat cafe, which will serve coffee, breakfast pastries, lunch and sweets, and will allow customers to mingle with adoptable cats, is targeting an early 2018 opening....


Fireplaces in Baltimore restaurants and bars

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 08:20:00 PST

When the weather gets chilly in Baltimore, folks start looking for restaurants and bars with fireplaces. Here are some of the more notable fireplaces around town.


Washington Monument lighting, Mayor’s Christmas Parade, Harlem Globetrotters and more of the week's best events in the Baltimore area

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 06:00:00 PST

Washington Monument lighting Baltimore’s tallest Christmas tree, and as far as we know the only one made of marble, gets lit for the holidays. You also get a Christmas Village with more than 30 food and other vendors, performances from the Morgan State Choir, the City College Choir, the Baltimore...


Departing BOPA head Bill Gilmore reflects on Artscape, Light City

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 05:55:00 PST

An interview with Bill Gilmore, the longtime head of Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, as he serves his final week in office(image)

AleCraft approved for Bel Air taproom, plans to open Dec. 15

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

The owners of AleCraft Brewery plan to serve beers in their Bel Air taproom in about two weeks, now that the Harford County Liquor Control Board has granted them a license to serve alcohol.

Co-owner Brad Streett told liquor board members last Wednesday that “Dec. 15 would be my ideal” public opening...


RavenBeer relocates to DuClaw Brewing's facility in Rosedale

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 12:10:00 PST

RavenBeer, a veteran craft-beer company based in Baltimore, is in the process of relocating its operations, including production, to DuClaw Brewing Co. facility in Rosedale, the two companies said on Friday.

Previously producing out of the Peabody Heights Brewery in Abell, RavenBeer — the makers...


Reflections on life and death as BSO performs Rouse, Mozart

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 06:30:00 PST

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s latest program is a matter of life and death.

In “Berceuse Infinie,” receiving its world premiere, the eminent Baltimore-born composer Christopher Rouse spins a spellbinding, not necessarily soothing lullaby for adults. Punctuated by the eerie sound of orchestra...


John Waters weighs in on the best movies of 2017

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

The proudly individualistic John Waters did something perhaps a bit out-of-the-ordinary this year, choosing a box-office success as his best film of 2017.

In a list published on, Waters chose Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver,” starring Ansel Elgort as a reluctant getaway driver whose skills...


Randallstown native Liris Crosse wins model competition of 'Project Runway'

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 08:40:00 PST

Liris Crosse, the Randallstown native who made history this season of “Project Runway” by being one of the first plus-sized models to compete on the show, has won the modeling portion of the competition.

Crosse, who was a fan- and judge-favorite with her strong runway walk and bold personality,...


TV and the rise and (hopefully) fall of patriarchy

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 07:30:00 PST

There is an irony that must be noted in television’s playing a leading role in making pariahs out of some of its biggest sexual predators lately, while Washington and much of corporate America drag their heels. TV, after all, has been the principal media teacher of patriarchy since its arrival...


Your guide to airing and streaming Christmas movies

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:00:00 PST

With the countdown to Christmas already starting, movie lovers and film fans have started scouring their TV Guides — or more realistically online alternatives — for their favorite seasonal favorites.

To make life easy, we’ve looked ahead throughout the entire month of December, picking the best...


Gordon Ramsay Steak opens at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

If Cathy Bevins’ reaction is a barometer, Baltimore couldn’t be more excited for the arrival of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at Horseshoe Casino.

“How are you, madam?” Ramsay asked the Baltimore County Councilwoman as he entered Gordon Ramsay Steak.

“I’m wonderful now!” she said.

Bevins was among...


Matt Lauer firing: This is what real reckoning looks like

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:15:00 PST

This is what a cultural reckoning looks like.

Eight days after Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King spoke movingly of their reactions to allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior by CBS colleague Charlie Rose, an equally shaken Savannah Guthrie told viewers today that her morning show co-host Matt...


Jim Nabors, TV's homespun Gomer Pyle and singer, dies at 87

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:43:00 PST

Jim Nabors, the Alabama-born comic actor who starred as TV's dim but good-hearted Southern rube Gomer Pyle and constantly surprised audiences with his twang-free operatic singing voice, died Thursday. He was 87.

Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died...


Baltimore filmmaker talks Spirit Award nomination for documentary on one of world's busiest maternity wards

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

Baltimore filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz was in her native Philippines for that country's premiere of her latest documentary when word arrived that the awards world has taken notice of her work.

“Motherland,” a fly-on-the-wall account of life at one of the world’s busiest maternity wards, the Philippines’...


'This Is Us' midseason finale recap: Randall gets story 'Number Three'

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:30:00 PST

Let’s recap “This Is Us,” shall we?

A painful, career-killing injury to a high school kid’s leg.

A massive addiction crisis, spiraling out of control.

The loss of a much-wanted pregnancy, triggering a relationship crisis.

So far, this three-episode arc has dealt out quite a bit of heartache. So...


Odds looking longer for 'House of Cards' to continue

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

Trying to read the tea leaves on as unpredictable a situation as the one involving “House of Cards” following the firing of Kevin Spacey is a risky business.

Media Rights Capital, the production company that makes the show in Maryland for Netflix, has been thrown for a very expensive loop by the...


NBC fires Matt Lauer over 'inappropriate sexual behavior'

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:10:00 PST

Matt Lauer's firing as host of NBC's "Today" makes him the biggest media figure brought down by sexual misconduct allegations since Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes lost their lofty positions at Fox News Channel.

In the wave of accusations sweeping through the media, Hollywood and politics, the stature...


La Tavola is worth a detour off Little Italy's main drag

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:50:00 PST

When you walk into La Tavola, cooking aromas envelope and embrace you like a warm coat. The garlic, oregano, sage and simmering sauces put your senses on alert for good food from the kitchen.

The Albemarle Street restaurant is on the outskirts of Little Italy and doesn’t always get the attention...


Guinness, Heavy Seas collaborate on two beers

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:50:00 PST

Guinness, the Irish beermaker in the midst of building a new brewery in Relay, will release its first collaboration with a Maryland brewery Friday.

They worked with nearby Heavy Seas Beer in Halethorpe to create two new beers: Guinness’ The Longest Way Round and Heavy Seas’ The Shortest Way Home.


Maryland natives Brothers Osborne, Logic, Father John Misty and more earn Grammy nominations

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:35:00 PST

This winter, a handful of Maryland natives have a chance to win music’s most coveted award, a Grammy.

Deale-born country duo Brothers Osborne’s “It Ain’t My Fault” is nominated for best country duo/group performance; Gaithersburg-born rapper Logic’s “1-800-273-8255 (feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)”...


What $10 gets you at 10 Baltimore-area restaurants

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

When it comes to dining out in the Baltimore area, $10 can take you further than you might think.

To test this theory, we went to 10 local eateries to see what delicacies we could get for $10 or less. In some cases, it’s a discounted plate of food or classic cocktails during happy hour. Elsewhere,...


Baltimore's best holiday cookie recipes for 2017

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

The Baltimore Sun's holiday cookie contest is a longstanding tradition, but this year, we mixed things up a bit.(image)

Grammy nominations: Jay-Z leads with 8 as rap, R&B take center stage

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:27:00 PST

Jay-Z is the leader of the 2018 Grammy Award nominations in a year where the top four categories are heavily dominated by rap and R&B artists, giving the often overlooked genres a strong chance of winning big.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Jay-Z is nominated for eight honors, including...


Bar review: Minnow stands out in South Baltimore with whimsical cocktails, technique

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:15:00 PST

The woman at the bar asked if she could take my picture.

The reason wasn’t actually me, but my drink: Love Potion No. 8, a new cocktail on the fall menu at Minnow, the chic-yet-casual, seafood-focused restaurant and bar in South Baltimore. Placed on the bar top, the pale yellow drink dramatically...


Tooloulou Cajun restaurant closes in Belvedere Square

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:45:00 PST

Tooloulou, the Cajun eatery at Belvedere Square known for its pizza and po’boys, has closed its doors.

The restaurant at 529 E. Belvedere Ave. closed after service Saturday after more than five years in business.

Owned by Megan and Shawn Lagergren, Tooloulou made its Baltimore debut on Harford...


A challenge to Trump's outrageous attack on CNN International

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

I was pleased to be on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday in the wake of President Trump's outrageous attack on CNN International, one of the world's great journalistic institutions.

This is part of Trump's larger disinformation campaign, and journalists have an obligation to fight it. Trump’s effort...


Lights herald start of holiday season along Hampden's 'Miracle on 34th Street'

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 16:25:00 PST

Hundreds of people crowded Saturday night onto the 700 block of West 34th Street in Hampden for perhaps the most Baltimore of holiday traditions: flipping the switch on thousands of lights that transform a small stretch of rowhouses into a glittering winter wonderland.

Now in its 71st year, Hampden’s...


'House of Cards' production crew to be paid for additional two weeks while on hiatus

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:15:00 PST

The production crew for “House of Cards” — which has been on suspension after sexual misconduct allegations against actor Kevin Spacey — will be paid for an additional two-week hiatus, beginning Monday and continuing through Dec. 8, according to production company Media Rights Capital.

In an email,...


Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle to wed next year

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:50:00 PST

Newly engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Monday lifted the secrecy that had shrouded their 18-month romance, revealing they met on a blind date, bonded during a camping trip under the stars in Botswana and that Harry proposed over a roast chicken dinner at their London home, getting down...


Dru Hill, Sisqo got you a gift: 'Christmas in Baltimore' EP

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:35:00 PST

Thanksgiving just ended, but Dru Hill have already moved on to Christmas.

On Friday, the Baltimore R&B group — which includes Mark “SisQo” Andrews, Tamir “Nokio” Ruffin, Larry “Jazz” Anthony and Antwuan “Tao” Simpson — released the nine-song EP, “Christmas in Baltimore.” It’s the quartet’s latest...


Media can't back down from harassment coverage

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:15:00 PST

Sexual harassment allegations are coming so fast and furious it is hard to keep up: Former CBS and PBS host Charlie Rose , Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan are among the latest public figures to face accusations.

But we in the media must not only keep up, we need to...


Baltimore filmmaker's latest documentary up for major award

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:20:00 PST

“Motherland,” the latest documentary from Baltimore filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, has been nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award.

The Spirits, awarded to smaller-budget films made and released outside the major-studio mainstream, are handed out the day before the Oscars. “Motherland,” which...


Night of 100 Elvises, Russell Peters and more of the best events in the Baltimore area this week

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

Night of 100 Elvises

It’s a hunka hunka burning Elvises, as at least a dozen Elvis impersonators and bands pay glorious (and rocking) tribute to the king. The rocking and rolling begins with an Elvis Weekend Kickoff Party from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, then it’s on to the big event itself, spread...


The 12 most popular Thanksgiving side dishes, ranked

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 09:10:05 PST

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, most would agree the roast turkey is the star of the table. But what about the accoutrements? You know, the mashed potatoes, the sweet potato casserole, the stuffing, and the cranberry sauce... These dishes are all essential to Thanksgiving but they're a little...


Davon Fleming calls Baltimore 'a city on the rise,' advances on 'The Voice'

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:15:00 PST

Baltimore’s Davon Fleming continues to impress on NBC’s “The Voice,” advancing to next week’s round of 11.

Fleming, 25, who was raised in Park Heights, was one of 10 singers who advanced Tuesday night thanks to the earlier votes of “The Voice” viewers. He was also the first contestant interviewed...


Harford County's best restaurants of 2017

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

“What’s for dinner?”

It’s a question that strikes fear into the hearts of parents and spouses everywhere. When there’s nothing in the fridge and you’ve tried everything on the takeout menu, it’s time to find a new place to eat.

Fortunately, Harford County residents have dozens of recommendations...


Blue Moon Cafe adding over a dozen types of French toast as part of expanded menu

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:00 PST

Breakfast fans, particularly of the French toast persuasion, rejoice.

Blue Moon Cafe and Blue Moon Too, the popular breakfast eateries in Fells Point and Federal Hill, respectively, are unveiling 16 new menu items this month, including more than a dozen types of French toast.

Highlights include:...


Kevin Hart, Baltimore native Eniko Parrish welcome baby boy

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:25:00 PST

Kevin Hart has announced the birth of his son, Kenzo Kash Hart.

The comedian writes on social media that the baby was born early Tuesday morning. He adds that the boy is "healthy & already smiling."

Hart and his wife, Eniko Parrish, a Baltimore native, announced on Mother's Day that she was expecting...


Hampden's Miracle on 34th Street named 'most outrageous Christmas lights' in Maryland

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:05:00 PST

With the holidays near, ’tis the season for dazzling lights displays. Luckily, if you live in Baltimore, you don’t have to go far to see Maryland’s best.

Financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St. has named Baltimore’s Miracle on 34th Street the best place to see holiday lights on its list,...


Tio Pepe is beloved for more than nostalgia — it's the real deal

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:50:00 PST

Do Baltimoreans rave about Tio Pepe in downtown Baltimore because of nostalgia and fierce loyalty? Or does the fondness stem from a genuine appreciation of the sumptuous Spanish dishes, intimate dining rooms and polished wait staff?

I was curious what an outsider from another state would think...


Riptide by the Bay will head to auction in December

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:55:00 PST

Riptide by the Bay will hit the auction block next month after nearly a decade in business in Fells Point.

Known for its steamed crabs and other seafood, the restaurant and bar at 1718 Thames St. will be auctioned onsite at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 as owners Meredith and Roger Rippel step away from the...


'Baltimore Rising': What they're saying about HBO documentary on post-Freddie Gray Baltimore

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:20:00 PST

“Baltimore Rising,” the HBO documentary about Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, premiered Monday. Here’s a sampling of how people and critics reacted to the film, directed by Sonja Sohn of “The Wire.”

Many were moved by the documentary’s portrayal of Baltimore.

Others saw gaps...


Center Cut Doughnuts in Hampden to close this weekend

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:25:00 PST

Center Cut Doughnuts will serve its last doughnut this weekend.

The Hampden bake shop at 3528 Chestnut Ave. will close after a going away party Sunday, owner Josh Kowitz said. The shop will be open regular hours Friday through Sunday. Full Circle, another doughnut shop, will open in its place,...


'The Voice' contestant Davon Fleming dedicates performance to Baltimore

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:45:00 PST

“The Voice” contestant Davon Fleming dedicated his performance during the live Top 12 round on Monday night to his hometown of Baltimore.

Fleming sang Beyonce’s “Love On Top,” impressing the coaches of the NBC singing competition enough to once again cause shoes to fly.

After praising Fleming’s...


Baltimore photographer Devin Allen, 'Step' documentary among local NAACP Image Award nominees

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:55:00 PST

Baltimore photographer Devin Allen, author Ta-Nehisi Coates and the documentary “Step” are among a handful of local figures or projects nominated for NAACP Image Awards on Monday.

Allen is nominated for outstanding literary work by a debut author for his book, “A Beautiful Ghetto,” a collection...


Berger Cookies needed to drop trans fat. Turns out: They already had

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:30:00 PST

If Charlie DeBaufre Jr. could not taste the trans fat missing from his Berger Cookies, chances are his customers have not noticed the change, either.

DeBaufre’s South Baltimore bakery has been making its iconic cookies without trans fat since this summer. At least, that’s when he found out the...


50 most festive holiday events in the Baltimore area for 2017

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:25:00 PST

With the holidays hard upon us, the Baltimore area is revving up for some serious celebrating, from seasonal music and art markets to film screenings, “Nutcracker” performances, and about a million tree lightings and Santa appearances. Whether you’re 8 or 80, whether you’re on a tight budget or...


Sonja Sohn's 'Baltimore Rising' on HBO drills down on life after Freddie Gray

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 07:35:00 PST

HBO's "Baltimore Rising" opens on a brilliant note.

The documentary directed by Sonja Sohn, of "The Wire," instantly establishes itself visually with an overhead camera shot scanning down and across a row of the boarded-up, crumbling, abandoned row houses that have sadly become the dominant image...