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7 Light City music acts not to miss, from Biz Markie to Super City

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:26:00 PDT

In its inaugural year, the Light City Baltimore festival made a splash musically, featuring performances by local party-starters like Dan Deacon and TT the Artist, along with national names including Robert DeLong and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Besides booking recognizable acts, festival organizers looked...


Bird in Hand cafe another hit for Spike Gjerde

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:03:00 PDT

James Beard Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde has another winner on his hands with Bird in Hand.

Opened in November, the Charles Village cafe is similar to Gjerde's Artifact Coffee in Hampden, which he described as a "little, locally sourced powerhouse."

"Bird in Hand is a smaller-scale Artifact,"...


12 things not to miss at Light City Baltimore 2017

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:51:00 PDT

The second Light City festival, which will start illuminating the Inner Harbor and other points throughout the city Friday, will be offering plenty of well-lit culture, performance and entertainment through its nine-day run. Adopting a motto of "Bigger, Brighter, Bolder," organizers are promising...


Ohio-based Marco's Pizza opens first Maryland location in Pasadena

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:10:00 PDT

Marco’s Pizza, a Toldeo, Ohio-based pizza chain, has opened its first location in Maryland and is on track to grow its slice of the local pizza market.

The pizza shop opened last weekend at Lakeshore Plaza, 4155 Mountain Road in Pasadena.

Marco’s, which offers both dine-in and carry-out service,...


Bon Fresco opens in Owings Mills, eyes expansion

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:15:00 PDT

Sandwich shop and bakery Bon Fresco has opened in Owings Mills, the chain’s fifth location, and is looking to continue expanding in the Baltimore area.

Bon Fresco opened at Boulevard College Center in Owings Mills last week. The cafe serves sandwiches, soups, salads and baked goods, with fresh...


Future Islands add two more Ottobar shows after first sells out

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:46:00 PDT

If you missed out on tickets for Future Islands' now sold-out show at the Ottobar on April 7, you will have a couple more chances. Today, the Ottobar announced two more concerts, on April 8-9. 

Like the first show, special guests still to be announced will also perform. On sale 9 a.m. Friday, tickets...


'The Wire' characters Bodie and Poot reunite on new show

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A mini "The Wire" reunion is coming to TV this weekend. 

Tray Chaney and J.D. Williams, who played Poot and Bodie on the HBO drama, respectively, are together again in the drama "Saints & Sinners," which airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on Bounce TV.

Chaney is Kendrick Murphy, while Williams plays Jabari...


10 hot Baltimore restaurants to try this spring

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:35:00 PDT

Baltimore has become a burgeoning food town full of fresh concepts and creative cuisine, and new restaurants continue to open their doors in and around the city.

We’ve created a map that pinpoints the 10 most buzzed-about restaurants in the area this spring — a mix of new favorites and proven hotspots...


Sports bar Camden Pub closes after more than 25 years

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:34:00 PDT

Camden Pub, a Ridgely’s Delight sports bar in walking distance from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, has closed, said owner James “Pat” Liberto.

After opening in 1990, the bar became known for attracting sports fans, University of Maryland Medical Center staff and students, and other members of the...


Uneven 'Los Otros' gets stellar production at Everyman thanks to Broadway veterans

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Everyman Theatre has assembled terrific performers and showered classy production values on the ambitious musical "Los Otros." All of that quality onstage goes a long way toward making up for the occasional disappointment with the piece itself.

Commissioned by Everyman Theatre, this is a "re-imagined"...


Brilliant portrayal gives 'Twisted Melodies' soul

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

There is plenty of material in the career of soul singer Donny Hathaway and his death from apparent suicide to fashion an effective theater piece. Kelvin Roston Jr. has chosen enough for two.

"Twisted Melodies," the one-man play written and brilliantly performed by Roston at Baltimore Center Stage...


Brewers Association of Maryland to host rally against proposed bill at Key Brewing Co. tonight

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:20:00 PDT

Unhappy with proposed legislation that would reduce taproom operating hours, among other changes, the Brewers Association of Maryland will hold a rally tonight at Key Brewing Co. in Dundalk. 

A bill approved by the Maryland House of Delagates would allow breweries to sell directly to customers...


Verde, RavenBeer owners in talks to open brewpub at Harbor Point

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:47:00 PDT

In a marriage equally pragmatic and delicious, beer and pizza could come together at a brewpub that's being proposed for Harbor Point. 

The owners of Verde and RavenBeer are teaming up to open Harbor Point Brewery and Cucina, a brewpub that would be on the first floor of the Exelon tower. RavenBeer...


Future Islands to play surprise album release show at Ottobar

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:39:00 PDT

Future Islands, one of Baltimore's most prominent bands, announced Monday it will play a special album release show at the Ottobar in April.

The concert is scheduled for April 7, the same day the synth-pop trio’s fifth album, "The Far Field,” is set to be released. The album is the Future Islands'...


'Dancing With the Stars' recap: The first couple is eliminated

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:20:00 PDT

Right off the bat on Week 2 of “Dancing With the Stars,” we learn that Maks Chmerkovskiy had an injury last week, and we'll learn later in the show what that means for his partner, Heather Morris.

Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev

Cha cha

Nancy is used to criticism from her ice skating days, so...


Dooby's owner opening doughnut shop in Hampden

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:50:00 PDT

The owner of Dooby’s is taking his doughnuts on a pop-up tour across Baltimore before opening his own shop in April.

Phil Han is opening Sundays Bakehouse, a doughnut shop, on 36th Street in Hampden. He declined to give the exact address.

Pastry chef Courtney Fix, previously of B Doughnut in Hampden...


Week's best events in the Baltimore area: Light City, Annapolis Film Festival, Stevie Nicks

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:32:00 PDT

Light City

The free "festival of light, music and innovation" is back for the second year from Friday through April 8. This week, Baltimore will be aglow with illuminated art installations, sculptures and displays. Performances from musicians of genres spanning from rock to Latin funk/hip-hop are...


'Homeland' recap: 'The Flag House' a return to Season 1-level greatness

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:45:00 PDT

“Homeland” left us with a cliffhanger last week, as Quinn raced off to find his would-be assailant. As this episode opens, Quinn arrives the following morning at a familiar diner, the location of the mystery man's phone when Dar called him in a panic.

It seems that Quinn used to frequent the place...


State report reveals problems at Lewis Museum, but new chief Wanda Draper has ambitious plans

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:16:00 PDT

The most precious materials that humans possess are built into the foundation of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. You couldn't separate them if you tried.

"We held a traditional African ceremony in 2003," Wanda Q. Draper, the museum's executive director,...


Bel-Loc Diner closes its doors after 53 years

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:02:00 PDT

Scott and Cristina McKay went on their first date six years ago at the Bel-Loc Diner in Parkville. They shared their first kiss in the parking lot.

The couple, who live on Gittings Avenue nearby, sit at the bar every weekend for the pancakes, the split pea-and-ham soup and the wait staff that knows...


Firebombing suspect's social-media moves a sign that the revolution is being live-streamed

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:19:00 PDT

In 1970, jazz musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron recorded an enduring piece of pre-rap social prophecy titled "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." You can hear a bit of it at the end of the opening montage on Showtime's "Homeland" each week.

Heron was talking about the commercial medium of network...


Light City looks to be 'bigger, brighter, bolder,' more integrated into Baltimore

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Last year, the inaugural Light City Baltimore drew 400,000 people to the Inner Harbor. With this year's second annual "festival of light, music and innovation" set to kick off March 31, organizers are determined to weave the celebration even more firmly into the fabric of the entire city.



Mr. Trash Wheel is getting his own beer, thanks to Peabody Heights Brewery

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:18:00 PDT

Local celebrity garbage-picker Mr. Trash Wheel now has his own beer. 

The Waterfront Partnership announced the upcoming release of Mr. Trash Wheel’s Lost Python Ale, a session India Pale Ale made by Baltimore’s Peabody Heights Brewery, as a part of its Healthy Harbor initiative. Proceeds from sales...


Rob Reiner shares his new perspective on 'LBJ' ahead of Annapolis Film Festival

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:07:00 PDT

Rob Reiner admits that his 20-year-old self would not approve of his latest movie, a sympathetic biopic of Lyndon Baines Johnson.

"He'd be mad at me," says Reiner, 70, who became eligible for the draft in 1965, when President Johnson had the U.S. mired in an unpopular war in Southeast Asia. "When...


Iron Rooster to open at McHenry Row; Greene Turtle and Piaza closing

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:35:00 PDT

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille and next-door neighbor Piaza at McHenry Row are closing their doors to make way for Iron Rooster.

The Annapolis-based restaurant, which serves breakfast all day, is opening its fourth location at the mixed-use Locust Point complex. It's expected to open this...


Live comedy cooking show to be filmed at Germano's this weekend

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:25:00 PDT

A live show that blends comedy, singing and cooking is filming at Germano’s Piattini on Friday and Saturday night this weekend.

The Cabaret at Germano’s will host the “Wiseguy Musical Comedy Live Show,” an interactive dinner show that centers on Vincent Fiore, known as the Wiseguy Chef.



Map: Light City Baltimore 2017

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Map: Light City Baltimore Find attractions, food and beverage, art exhibits and music performances during the nine-day event. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly; open until midnight on Friday and Saturday Locations and information from Light City Baltimore Art Installations Yuai, Japanese Stone LanternThis...(image)

Growing pains mar potential of The Outpost American Tavern

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:39:00 PDT

I am a great fan of chef Jesse Sandlin. I've been eating her terrific food for almost 10 years at various restaurants.

She is now cooking contemporary American dishes at The Outpost American Tavern in Federal Hill, which opened in early March, replacing Porter's Pub.

The restaurant, which went...


The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde still in pursuit of 'timeless' rock

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:37:00 PDT

Chrissie Hynde is fine on her own. Just listen to "Alone," the title track of her band the Pretenders' album from October, for reassurance.

"No one to say, 'you're doing it wrong' / I'm at my best / I'm where I belong, alone," she sings in her trademark half-sung, half-spoken delivery.



Amy Schumer drops out from playing Barbie in movie based on doll

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:30:00 PDT

Amy Schumer won't be playing Barbie after all. Variety reports the comedian has dropped out of a live-action film based on the Mattel doll due to scheduling conflicts. Variety says the movie was scheduled to start shooting June 23, but Schumer has a lengthy promotional tour for her comedy, "Snatched,"...


BMA acquires artworks by Mark Bradford, Ellsworth Kelly and others

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:56:00 PDT

Works in painting, photography and video span period ranging from the mid-20th century to today(image)

R. House taste test: Our favorite dishes at each stall of the Remington food hall

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:10:00 PDT

A visit to R. House is a feast for the senses. Or maybe it's just a delicious feast.

With nine food stalls, a bar and a pop-up restaurant, the lively Remington food hall offers plenty of options to satisfy your palate in the former auto garage.

We spent several days wandering around the 50,000-square-foot...


R. Bar at R. House is crowded, and it's easy to see why

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:21:00 PDT

On a recent Friday night, I nearly rubbed my eyes in disbelief. Could it be — two vacant chairs at R. Bar?

In the bustling atmosphere of the Remington food hall R. House, spotting a couple of empty seats at its center bar can feel like discovering an oasis. Here, you don't second-guess reality...


Here are the 14 new food vendors coming to the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar this year

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:10:00 PDT

The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar will return in a month, adding 14* new food vendors and special events in its 40th year.

Held beneath the Jones Falls Expressway on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay streets, the market will run 7 a.m. to noon every Sunday from April 23 through Dec....


Sagamore Pendry Hotel's bar and restaurant to open this weekend

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:50:00 PDT

The restaurant and bar at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Fells Point will open this weekend after the property’s flashy debut this week at the former Recreation Pier.

Rec Pier Chop House, the hotel’s Italian restaurant, and the Cannon Room, a whiskey bar, are set to open Saturday at the waterfront...


Rock band Halestorm to perform at Maryland State Fair

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Halestorm, the Grammy-winning hard-rock act from Red Lion, Pa., will headline the 2017 Maryland State Fair on Aug. 25, the fair announced.

Tickets ($40-$50) go on sale 10 a.m. Friday.

Baltimore alternative-rock band Fatally Yours — featuring Bleed the Dream member and local musician Keith Thompson...


Henrietta Lacks family divided over HBO movie

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:21:06 PDT

A day after the eldest son of Henrietta Lacks admonished HBO for an upcoming movie about his mother and the use of her cells, a second son threw his support behind the drama starring Oprah Winfrey that will air next month.

David Lacks Sr. was among a group of family members who issued a statement...


Baltimore Speakers Series 2017-18 lineup includes David Cameron, astronaut Mark Kelly

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:06:00 PDT

The Baltimore Speakers Series, presented by Stevenson University, returns this October with another season of personalities and international notables, including former British Prime Minister David Cameron, astronaut Mark Kelly, and Jane Pauley, anchor of CBS' "Sunday Morning," according to a recent...


Center Stage play probes troubled mind of Donny Hathaway

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:07:00 PDT

By the age of 25, he had cut his first solo album. A couple years later, he had a major hit and a Grammy for his duet with Roberta Flack, "Where Is the Love?"

But on Jan. 13, 1979, Donny Hathaway died on a New York City sidewalk after falling 15 stories from his hotel room. He was 33.

The singer's...


Maryland coffee roasters and alcohol producers join forces for booze-coffee combos

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:05:00 PDT

Like a double shot of the finest espresso, the marriage of coffee and alcohol is strong — perhaps stronger than ever.

For decades, imbibers have poured whiskey in hot coffee, created cocktails with coffee-flavored liqueur like Kahlua and sought dark beers infused with the flavor.

Coffee’s balance...


Rep Stage to premiere play about Baltimore's famed Cone sisters during 25th anniversary season

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:49:00 PDT

The famed Cone sisters of Baltimore, pioneering collectors of modern art in the early 20th century, will be brought to life in the world premiere of Susan McCully's "All She Must Possess" during the 25th anniversary season of Rep Stage.

That 2017-2018 season will also be the company's first under...


Mt. Washington psychologist winning big on 'Jeopardy!'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:23:00 PDT

Rebecca Wald has struggled to keep quiet about her winning ways on "Jeopardy!" For three months, she has avoided telling most of her friends and family about the outcome of her appearance from taping the popular trivia show in December in Culver City, California.

“My husband was the only person...


As its final day approaches, business continues to buzz at landmark Bel-Loc Diner

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:07:00 PDT

During the final days of the Bel-Loc Diner, it has been business as usual.

Longtime employee Jean Bell still greets guests at the door and waitresses still run plates with fresh biscuits, made-from-scratch soups and rice pudding out to customers.

Regular customers — including one long-timer who,...


Cafe Cito in Hampden to close this weekend

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:19:00 PDT

Cafe Cito will serve its last sammies on Saturday.

The Hampden BYOB cafe will close its doors this weekend after nearly three years in business. Located at 3500 Chestnut Ave., the cafe's last day of service will be March 25, according to posts on its website and social media pages.

Cafe Cito opened...


'Dancing With the Stars' premiere recap: Simone Biles an early front-runner

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:51:00 PDT

Last year, the "Dancing With the Stars" premiere opener involved an aerial shot of the Griffith Observatory. This year, it's cars in the backstage area and some astroturf here and there. Budget cuts?

Also, this year's cast is about half "Who is that?" people for me, so this should be exciting.


Son of Henrietta Lacks says Oprah, HBO exploiting his mother's memory

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Lawrence Lacks, the eldest son of Henrietta Lacks, on Monday expanded his complaints about medical and artistic treatment of his late mother's life to include Oprah Winfrey and HBO.

HBO and Winfrey dispute the claims.

Winfrey is starring in an HBO docudrama, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,"...


At Piedigrotta Bakery, a new generation takes over

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:55:00 PDT


Catonsville singer to appear on Broadway recording

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:00:00 PDT

A familiar voice in Catonsville is one step closer to stardom.

Julia Tucker, a 25-year-old Catonsville resident, sang on the upcoming original Broadway cast recording of "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812," an adaptation of a portion of Leo Tolstoy's book, "War and Peace."

The production...


Week's best events in the Baltimore area: Maryland Day, Stomp and Zombies

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:10:00 PDT

Zombie Gras 7

Who says the undead aren't partying types? Not the folks at Geppi's Entertainment Museum, 301 W. Camden St., who'll be hosting their annual zombie-themed festival and bar crawl on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., make-up artists and vendors will be on hand, helping the monster-making...


'Homeland' recap: The walls close in on Dar in 'Sock Puppets'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:57:00 PDT

We open "Homeland" this week in a therapist's office, as Carrie goes through with court-mandated counseling in her effort to get Frannie back.

Carrie details her intense relationship with Brody, and how her relationship with Quinn, while not a physical one, is similarly intense. She tells the therapist...


More than 50 restaurants to donate portion of proceeds to Baltimore nonprofit this week

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:44:00 PDT

A local nonprofit is partnering with more than 50 local restaurants this week to raise funds in support of economic development in Baltimore.

From Monday through Sunday, Strong City Baltimore is putting on "Mouthwatering March," a promotion in which restaurants will donate 5 percent to 10 percent...


10 years in, Cara Ober and BmoreArt have created a community for Baltimore's creatives

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:49:39 PDT

For someone whose entire life is devoted to creating, looking at, writing about and showcasing visual images, Baltimore journalist Cara Ober expresses an opinion that surprises even her.

"I think I like artists better than I like art," says Ober, the founder of the BmoreArt website and magazine,...


Mural on South Baltimore tavern aims to draw attention to 'Free Brooklyn'

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:15:00 PDT

The manager of O'Flynn's Crab & Cask House wants to send a new message to passersby in the tavern's South Baltimore neighborhood: "You are now entering Free Brooklyn."

In all-capital black letters, a mural with the phrase appeared a couple weeks ago, painted on a white wall on the side of the bar...


Literature, art, dance provide theme to BSO's 2017-2018 season

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:15:00 PDT

A new hip-hop narration for Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" and a salute to revered choreographer George Balanchine — with help from one of his prized dancers — are some of the ways the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plans to embrace various genres during its 2017-2018 season.The underlying...


Heavy Seas Beer names founder of St. Louis brewery as new CEO

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:42:00 PDT

Dan Kopman, the co-founder of Schlafly Beer in St. Louis, has been named the new chief executive officer of Baltimore's Heavy Seas Beer, effective May 1. Heavy Seas' founder and current CEO, Hugh Sisson, will remain a full-time managing partner.

Kopman, along with Tom Schlafly, founded Schlafly...


'Los Otros' to confront, embrace 'the other' in song at Everyman

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:47:00 PDT

With all the talk about a certain border wall and a certain country paying for it, the arrival of Everyman Theatre's production of "Los Otros" ("The Others") this week looks extra timely.

The 2012 musical, in an extensively revised version commissioned by Everyman, looks at the lives of two Southern...


'Shots Fired': Losing my faith in topical TV drama

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

I have long been been a champion of socially conscious TV dramas and mini-series.

I considered them a symbolic way for millions of us to vicariously work through our feelings about complicated social issues as we watched. The closer the drama connected to the headlines of the day, the better for...


Matt Robicelli joins culinary team at Modern Cook Shop; plans for bakery on hold

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:08:00 PDT

Matt Robicelli has joined Modern Cook Shop in Fells Point, where he will consult with the restaurant and market to help expand its culinary offerings.

Robicelli most recently worked as executive chef at Trinacria Cafe, a restaurant he joined in January. Robicelli said he was recruited by Modern...


JHU's Thomas Dolby to launch New Media music degree program at Peabody

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:47:00 PDT

Digital music pioneer, songwriter ("She Blinded Me With Science"),  producer and teacher Thomas Dolby will launch and guide a four-year undergraduate degree program -- Music for New Media -- at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

The program is scheduled to launch in the fall,...


Israeli basketball team's unknown underdog story opens Baltimore Jewish Film Festival

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:06:00 PDT

Dani Menkin thought everybody knew about the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team, how their improbable defeat of the mighty Soviets inspired a nation and helped, in the oft-repeated words of their star player, put Israel "on the map."

When he found out that wasn't true ... well, the Israeli-born...


Maryland arts organizations denounce potential loss of federal funding

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:11:00 PDT

Baltimore-based Wide Angle Youth Media receives only about 2 percent of its budget from the federal government, but that doesn't mean officials there were alarmed any less by the news that President Donald Trump is looking to slash federal arts programs.

The loss of federal funding could be just...


Skip the beer: St. Patrick's Day-inspired cocktails from Baltimore bartenders

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 08:19:00 PST

As someone who lived in Canton for nearly all of his 20s, I saw the sloppiness of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations firsthand (and, fine, participated in it, too). Organized bar crawls in the neighborhood, along with Fells Point and Federal Hill, made a holiday feel like a month-long bender.

The fun...


St. Patrick's Day specials at Baltimore-area bars and restaurants

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:41:00 PDT

There is sure to be plenty of green beer and Guinness flowing at Baltimore's bars, but local restaurants are also rolling out Irish fare to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, too. Here are some of the food and drink specials available at Baltimore restaurants on Friday.

Boathouse Canton (2809 Boston...


Standout Chinese, dim sum at Ellicott City's Asian Court

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:38:00 PDT

When I first visited Asian Court in 2012, the restaurant occupied an unassuming spot in an Ellicott City shopping center on busy U.S. 40. But I was so engrossed with the excellent Chinese food that I didn't pay much attention to the bare-bones dining room.

Then, last summer, the owners — Kay Chen...


Baltimore Rock Opera Society releases compilation album to help raise funds for new space

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:42:00 PDT

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society has released a compilation of their greatest hits in hopes of finding their “forever home.”

The edgy and eccentric music and performance group, also known as BROS, was displaced from the Bell Foundry in December, after a complaint led city officials to close the...


Elephant restaurant owners take over Sascha's Catering

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:23:00 PDT

The Elephant is adding a longtime Mount Vernon catering company to its culinary repertoire.

Mallory Staley, general manager of the Elephant and a partner in the restaurant, bought Sascha's Catering last week with plans to incorporate the business into the Elephant's offerings.

Sascha Wolhandler,...


After years of dormancy, Gino's Burgers & Chicken plans two new restaurants

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:54:00 PDT

After a period of dormancy, Gino's Burgers & Chicken is laying out plans to open two new restaurants within the next year.

The new eateries would double the restaurant chain's store count and set the stage for a second revival of the brand, which is rooted in Baltimore and headquartered in Pennsylvania.


Maryland Public Television would lose $3 million under proposed Trump budget

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:50:00 PDT

Maryland Public Television would lose about $3 million under the budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration, the state network said. 

That's the amount of MPT's grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for fiscal year 2017 — roughly 9 percent of its budget. The preliminary budget...


Arbutus restaurant week to debut March 26, offering specials, discounts

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:21:00 PDT

Restaurant Week is coming to Arbutus, part of a new promotion sponsored by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the Greater Arbutus Business Association, a business advocacy group.

The promotion will run from Sunday, March 26, until Saturday, April 1.

Emily Moroney, assistant director...


Cindy Wolf is Baltimore's lone chef nominated for a 2017 James Beard Award

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:59:00 PDT

Cindy Wolf was the only chef from Baltimore to make the short list of nominees for the James Beard Foundation's 2017 awards.

The foundation announced its finalists for this year's James Beard Awards — the Oscars of the food world — from Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Wolf, who has frequently been nominated...


Rob Reiner to attend Annapolis Film Festival's opening night

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:41:00 PDT

Director and actor Rob Reiner will attend the Annapolis Film Festival's opening night to screen his movie about President Lyndon B. Johnson.

In "LBJ," the president struggles to lead a country that is still dealing with the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the rise of the civil rights movement....


Lit City: Dance party underneath Orleans Street viaduct scheduled for Light City festival

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:47:00 PDT

Baltimoreans who have long dreamed of partying under the Orleans Street Viaduct will get their wish during this year’s Light City festival.

Scheduled for April 6 and sponsored by the Downtown Partnership, Lit City will be held on St. Paul Street, beneath the eight-decades-old viaduct that carries...


Unpacking the chicken box: The story behind Baltimore's carryout staple

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 02:41:00 PDT

On a recent afternoon at Sunny's Subs, Dion and Alfred Allen dug fingers-first into Styrofoam clamshells filled with Western fries and chicken wings covered in ketchup.

The brothers and Morgan State University students come to the carryout, just a short walk from campus, as often as they can, and...


Jimmy's again offering free crab cakes for life for perfect NCAA tournament bracket

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:16:00 PDT

Jimmy's Famous Seafood is again offering free crab cakes for life to anyone who can pick a perfect March Madness bracket.

The Southeast Baltimore restaurant is hosting a bracket competition for the NCAA basketball tournament, which officially tips off Thursday.

The restaurant will award points...


'Beauty and the Beast' review: Animated Disney musical's charms lost in translation

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:54:00 PDT

The chaotic, pushy remake of Disney’s 1991 screen musical “Beauty and the Beast” stresses the challenges of adapting a success in one form (animation) for another (live-action). We’re in for a long line of Disney remakes in the coming years: Everything from “Dumbo” to “Aladdin” is headed for a...


Slainte's Irish cuisine is worth your attention year-round

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:37:00 PDT

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. But Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant in Fells Point celebrates the culture's gastronomy on a daily basis.

Dishes like corned beef and cabbage and shepherd's pie are staples on the menu, as are beverages such as Guinness, Harp Lager and Irish coffee.



Devin Allen publishes book of Baltimore photographs, 'A Beautiful Ghetto'

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:13:00 PDT

The photographer Devin Allen -- who in less than two years has become one of Baltimore's best-known and well-liked native sons -- is about to publish a book of photographs of his city.

"A Beautiful Ghetto" will be published June 13 by Haymarket Books, an independent firm based in Chicago that specializes...


'This Is Us' finale: Milo Ventimiglia & Mandy Moore on the big fight, Jack's death & Season 2

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:50:00 PDT

Mandy Moore warned us that the season finale of "This Is Us" was going to "destroy America" -- and she just might have been right.

Spoiler alert: Do not read until you've watched the season finale of "This Is Us," titled "Moonshadow."

The season finale told the love story of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia)...


A feel-good tango from musicians at Baltimore School for the Arts

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:20:00 PDT

Whether you're stranded by the snow or annoyed there wasn't enough of it to keep you from being at the usual grind, this video ought to give you a lift. The infectious performance will be worth returning to any old time your mood needs lightening.

The other day, at a Baltimore School for the Arts...


Annapolis-based Vida Taco Bar coming to Harbor Point

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:36:00 PDT

An Annapolis-based taco bar is making its Baltimore debut later this year.

Vida Taco Bar is set to open in 1405 Point, an apartment tower under construction at Harbor Point, according to a news release from Beatty Development Group.

The restaurant serves a mix of traditional and novel tacos, with...


Documentary 'Rat Film' explores Baltimore's rodent problem — and much more

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:47:00 PDT

Of all the creative types grappling with their role in the Donald Trump era, documentarians face possibly the trickiest scenario. They’re expected to respond to the world around them with relevant nonfiction stories.

But they also have to take their time to craft those stories, in a news cycle...


Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop to offer 61-cent cannolis for 61st anniversary

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:28:00 PDT

Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop will serve 61-cent cannolis on Thursday to celebrate its 61st anniversary.

The Little Italy shop at 222 Albemarle St. will offer its regular large cannoli for 61 cents, with a limit of two per customer. Regular cannolis are usually $4.95 a piece.

The deal is being...


'The Bachelor' finale recap: Nick picks Vanessa, but things seem kinda tense

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:23:00 PDT

Somehow, we made it to the season finale of what feels like the longest season of “The Bachelor” I’ve ever watched … and I’ve watched all 21 of them. And all 12 seasons of "The Bachelorette." And the three seasons of "Bachelor Pad." And the three seasons of "Bachelor in Paradise." You guys, I need...


Facing the 'Shrew' and its dated views head-on

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:56:48 PDT

You might not agree with George Bernard Shaw's well-quoted claim that Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" represents "one vile insult to womanhood and manhood from the first word to the last." But you could still find yourself squirming at some lines and incidents in the play.

Long a subject...


Female Trouble podcast: Wanda Draper, Reginald F. Lewis Museum executive director (episode 33)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Storytelling has been a constant in Wanda Draper’s life. The executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture got her start in journalism and has since held various positions in communications. After graduating from the University of Maryland,...


Bel-Loc Diner to close March 26 after 53 years

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:46:00 PDT

After 53 years, the Bel-Loc Diner in Towson is closing.

The diner announced that its last day will be Sunday, March 26, in a March 11 message to patrons on its Facebook page.

"We wouldn't have done it without you. We hope that you can join us for a meal or two prior to closing," the post reads.


Snow day specials at Baltimore restaurants and bars

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:21:00 PDT

For some in Baltimore, a substantial amount of snow — and a subsequent day off from work — means one thing: Head to the bar.

Local bars and restaurants know their audience, which means earlier operating hours and discounts on drinks and food. Here's a running list of establishments opening their...


St. Patrick, Pi(e) and tabletop games: This week in Baltimore arts and entertainment

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PST

St. Patrick Parade

Much of Baltimore will go happily green over the next few days, thanks to the impending (on Friday) St. Patrick's Day. Throughout the area, green beer is flowing, leprechauns are showing up and "Erin go Bragh" is on everyone's lips. But the most public celebration comes today,...


Thomas Rhett offers glimpse of country music's future at Royal Farms Arena

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:44:00 PST

Thomas Rhett is 26, but he’s been doing this songwriting thing for a while. 

On Friday night at Royal Farms Arena, the rising country star was eager to prove it. Offering a video montage as evidence, the crowd saw him at age 8, high-pitched singing an original ditty. Then came shots of a teenaged...


Baltimore sledding 101: Most popular hills, safety tips and more

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 02:56:00 PST

Last January, after a winter storm dumped nearly 30 inches of snow on the region, many Baltimoreans were given two great gifts: an extended break from school and work, and some serious sledding hills to explore.

Lutherville resident Dan Taylor and his daughter Ryan, now 9, found their sledding...


'Homeland' recap: More twists and turns for Quinn in 'Alt.Truth'

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:00:00 PDT

A character named Brett O'Keefe has been on the periphery of the major plot points of "Homeland" this season. I'm not sure that I've even mentioned him by name in my recaps, but his appearances as an alt-right talk show host, voicing opposition to President-elect Keane, have foreshadowed a larger...


Alec Baldwin returns as President Trump on 'SNL'

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:26:00 PDT

Alec Baldwin may have said he won't be impersonating President Donald Trump for much longer, but the actor returned to "Saturday Night Live" this week to play the commander in chief.

The episode kicked off with a sketch that looked to the future. The year is 2018, aliens have invaded Earth and...


Q & A: Award-winning Finksburg photographer talks about her craft

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:57:00 PDT

Finksburg photographer Tammy Thompson, who runs Passionate Portraits, was named Maryland Photographer of the Year at the Maryland Professional Photography Association's annual awards banquet, March 4. In addition to the award, she was also named Artist Photographer of the Year, and the first runner-up...


Baltimore native Alia Malek endures war-torn Syria to tell of 'Home That Was Our Country'

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:09:00 PST

It was the spring of 2011 when Alia Malek told her younger sister Rana the news: She was moving to Damascus. The Syrian uprising had just begun. People would be fleeing en masse. Yet Malek — a journalist, author and lawyer — would be flying in.

The prospect was worrisome. What if Malek was killed...


Pi Day specials in and around Baltimore

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:24:00 PST

Local restaurants — especially those serving pizza and pie — are rolling out Pi Day specials for the March 14 "holiday" celebrating pi, the mathematical constant rounded to 3.14 that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.

Here are a few places in the Baltimore area where...


Baltimore scholar Larry Schaaf leads effort to catalog photography pioneer

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:42:00 PST

During four decades of digging into the life and work of British photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, Baltimore-based scholar Larry Schaaf did not always encounter encouragement.

"I once got rejected for a grant," Schaaf says, "by someone who asked me, 'If this guy is so important, how...


Federal Hill's &pizza will host Vegas-style weddings on Pi Day

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 13:22:00 PST

Update (March 13): Because of snow forecast to hit Maryland on Tuesday, &pizza has postponed its Pi Day weddings until Wednesday. The story has been updated to reflect the change. 

If you're in love with your significant other — and head over heels for pizza — a Baltimore pizzeria wants to host...


Baltimore Choral Arts names new music director

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:39:00 PST

One day before Tom Hall is to conduct his farewell concert after 35 years as music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the organization has named his successor.

Texas-born Anthony Blake Clark, 25, a conductor and composer who has worked extensively in the U.S. and Europe, will start...


17 best St. Patrick's Day events in the Baltimore area

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:17:00 PST

Welcome to the one time every year when all of Baltimore happily goes green.

We speak, of course, of St. Patrick's Day, when all the land is suddenly Irish, the one day of the year when green headgear is mandatory, when putting on "O'" in front of your name is encouraged ("John O'Smith? Sure, why...


Local filmmakers debut film festival this weekend

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 09:26:00 PST

A new, avant garde film festival will makes its debut in Annapolis Saturday.

Started by local filmmakers, the Iconaclash Cinema Review will showcase 30 movies— ranging from 1 to 25 minutes long— from 3-8 p.m. at the Peerless Rens Club, 406 Chester Ave. The creators of the festival hope the event...