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Local campaigns aim to help Baltimore students see 'Black Panther'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:25:00 PST

Aaron Maybin, the NFL linebacker-turned-art teacher who drew national attention to the city’s cold schools after posting a picture online of his students huddled in coats in a classroom, is looking to start another campaign to benefit his students.

Maybin, an educator at Matthew A. Henson Elementary...


Cinemark Theatres banning big bags starting Thursday

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:45:00 PST

Starting Thursday, you’ll no longer be able to bring a big bag into Cinemark Theatres, according to a notice on the company’s website.

The company — which operates theaters in Towson and Hanover — said that the ban on bags larger than 12’ x 12’ x 6’ is meant to “enhance the safety and security...


Brookside Market opening in Jacksonville in Baltimore County

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:20:00 PST

Brookside Market, a new deli and restaurant, is preparing to open in Jacksonville in Baltimore County.

Chef-owner Casey Brooks said he’s hoping to open the doors next week at 14232 Jarrettsville Pike in the building that most recently housed the Dogwood Tack shop.

Brooks previously owned Casey’s...


Amid Russian ads, bots, trolls: Regulate Facebook, other platforms or risk losing democracy

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 PST

You have to wonder how close we are going to skate to the edge of losing our democracy before we decide to regulate social media platforms like Facebook.

You also have to wonder why there are so few calls for accountability as instance after instance of Russian interference in American life continue...


Yelp calls this Baltimore restaurant one of the best places to eat in the country

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:00 PST

A Little Italy focacceria is one of the top 100 places to eat in the United States, according to the latest list from Yelp.

Joe Benny’s was named among the review website’s Top 100 Places to Eat for 2018. The eatery was the only restaurant in Maryland to make the list.

The list was compiled by...


O.A.R. and OAR: Band from Rockville finds unlikely connection with Russia, Olympics

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:40:00 PST

Russia and Rockville, together at last.

OK, it’s not exactly an obvious pairing, but thanks to the Winter Games, an odd connection has formed. That’s because, due to Olympic sanctions for a nationwide doping operation, Russian competitors are competing in South Korea as “OLYMPIC ATHLETE FROM RUSSIA.”


New farmers' market coming to Rosedale

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

A new farmers’ market will provide fresh produce to Baltimore County residents this spring.

The Rosedale Farmers’ Market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays beginning in May.

Operated by Tangled Roots farm owner April Downey and Robin Baux, head chef of the Charles Evering VFW, the market...


Giada de Laurentiis unveils more details about her Baltimore restaurant at Horseshoe Casino

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:05:00 PST

Giada de Laurentiis, the Food Network celebrity chef, will infuse her Italian-meets-Californian flavors into Baltimore’s food scene in mid-April when GDL Italian by Giada opens at the Horseshoe Casino.

Her trattoria-style restaurant at the Horseshoe will offer a “casual but elegant” experience,...


Rappers Post Malone, 21 Savage to perform at 2018 Preakness, Live Nation says

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:55:00 PST

Post Malone and 21 Savage, the rappers behind the hit single “Rockstar,” will perform at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, according to entertainment company Live Nation.

The artists announced joint spring and summer tour dates on Tuesday; the news release from Live Nation lists the Baltimore...


Grandmaster Flash, G. Love and Special Sauce to headline Light City 2018, other details announced

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PST

Baltimore’s third annual Light City festival will feature an entertainment lineup that includes one of the founding fathers of rap, plus pay-what-you-want admission to its innovation conferences, the chance for neighborhoods to win cash prizes for lighting themselves up, and a wandering peacock.


No great love for 2018 Olympics from Baltimore TV viewers, ratings show

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:40:00 PST

Baltimore viewers aren’t showing the Olympics any special love this winter.

As of Saturday, Baltimore was at 45th place among metered markets in Olympics viewing — averaging a 12.1 rating and 20 share throughout the games, according to Nielsen ratings provided by NBC Sports.

That translates to...


Peabody Conservatory hires three local musicians as part of effort to revamp jazz department

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:50:00 PST

The Peabody Conservatory has hired three musicians with Baltimore ties to join the jazz department faculty next school year — the most recent step in administrators’ plan to remake the program from top to bottom.

The appointments of bassist Kristopher Funn, saxophonist Tim Green, and vibraphone...


As 'Black Panther' shows, inclusion pays at the box office

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:00:00 PST

NEW YORK — A lavish, headline-grabbing premiere. Lightning word-of-mouth stoked by glowing reviews. Packed movie theaters with sold-out shows, long lines and fans decked out as characters from the film.

The phenomenon of “Black Panther” had the look and feel of a classic, bona fide blockbuster...


Pie in the Sky replaces Mare Nostrum in Fells Point

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

A new pizza restaurant has moved into the former home of Mare Nostrum in Fells Point.

Mare Nostrum closed last year at 716 S. Broadway, where Pie in the Sky opened in mid-January. The restaurant is owned by Murat Mercan, one of Mare Nostrum’s owners, and Aziz Kalyoncu.

Pie in the Sky offers 10-...


Stormy Daniels, porn star who alleged Trump affair, to perform at Baltimore strip club

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:45:00 PST

Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who’s made headlines recently for an alleged affair with President Donald Trump years ago, will perform in Baltimore in April.

Daniels announced on Twitter she will dance at Fantasies Nightclub on April 19-21. The Curtis Bay strip club and sports bar also...


Tech-empowered Parkland students are changing the rules of mass-shooting coverage for the better

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

One of the major media stories from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week was the way students used technology to cover the story as it unfolded and are now using social media to play a major role in shaping the national conversation about it.


Inside 'The Wire': How one author tracked down the details behind the monumental Baltimore TV show

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

You will not read many author interviews or book reviews on this blog unless a book is something special.

Jonathan Abrams’ “All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire” is something special.

Abrams, a senior writer who who covers the NBA for Bleacher Report, is a superb sports reporter....


'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:54:00 PST

Already a much-celebrated pop-culture milestone, "Black Panther" is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too. The Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in ticket sales in North America over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That makes "Black Panther"...


Fergie's NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:10:00 PST

Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.

The Black Eyed Peas singer's slow, bluesy rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday night wasn't particularly well received at Staples Center or on social media before the...


'Black Panther' draws crowds to Baltimore area theaters

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:25:00 PST

Baltimore area residents are coming out in droves this weekend to catch Marvel Comics’ latest superhero film “Black Panther.”

They turned out at large multiplexes and at venues such as the historic Senator Theatre in North Baltimore.

The much-anticipated movie got off to a rough start at one local...


BWI Airport adds three new eateries

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:00:00 PST

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has added three new eateries.

La Carnita in Concourse D offers Mexican street food such as egg tortas, huevos rancheros, tacos, tostadas and salads. The restaurant seats 70 and is open from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In Concourse C, Sweet Jesus...


Dining review: At Foraged, back-to-nature dining feels fresh and adventurous

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 PST

The back-to-nature, farm-to-table ethos is so widespread that some folks may yawn at yet another manifestation of it. But Foraged, the recent addition to Hampden’s dining scene, embraces the concept in a way that feels fresh, not to mention serious — when you’ve got a hydroponic garden occupying...


Baltimore's Davon Fleming of 'The Voice' forming city youth choir

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:00:00 PST

“The Voice” contestant and Baltimore singer Davon Fleming is forming a youth choir with the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Department.

Fleming, hired last month as a consultant by city officials, announced the call for auditions earlier this week in a BCRP Facebook video that featured Fleming...


BSO spotlights neglected African-American composer Florence Price

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:30:00 PST

Friday night’s Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert proved rewarding in many ways, not the least that it opened with a piece by Florence Price, a trailblazer as an African-American woman in the first half of the 20th century.

That this Arkansas-born composer — whose output includes symphonies,...


Baltimore ax-throwing bar to open in April in Highlandtown

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:55:00 PST

Urban Axes, a chain-bar concept involving patrons throwing axes at targets, will open in April in Highlandtown.

On Thursday, the Baltimore City Liquor Board approved a liquor license for the bar located at 1 N. Haven St., according to a liquor board spokeswoman.

The 10,000-square-foot Urban Axes...


Towson theater cancels 'Black Panther' opening night screenings, leaving moviegoers frustrated

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:55:00 PST

Scores of potential “Black Panther” fans left a Towson theater angry and disappointed Thursday night, after multiple screenings of the much-anticipated movie were canceled because of what they were told were technical problems.

Several planned opening-night screenings of the movie were canceled...


Dooby's owners plan to open a pizzeria in the Fitzgerald building

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:40:00 PST

The owners of Dooby’s and Sugarvale in Mount Vernon are planning to open a new restaurant in Midtown-Belvedere.

Husband-and-wife team Phil and Jennifer Han are working to open a pizzeria in the Fitzgerald building at 1203 W. Mount Royal Ave., in the storefront where Two Boots Pizza previously operated.


From 'Black Panther' fanfare to inclusive fan convention, Baltimore celebrates superhero diversity

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:35:00 PST

Even in the superhero universe, representation matters — especially to Baltimore.

The city and surrounding areas have geared up for the premiere of Marvel’s “Black Panther” this week in a major way, with organizations renting out theaters and hosting sold-out private screenings to celebrate the...


At this tiny basement bar in Mount Vernon, music and mood are the focus

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:00:00 PST

The most memorable bars possess a certain strand of conviction in their DNA.

This doesn’t mean they’re rigid — good bars must adapt on the fly — but at their core, they know what they have to offer, and they confidently stand by it.

A recent Friday night trip to Diskobar, a small Mount Vernon establishment...


Movies, 'Moon Dust' and Moore: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:00:00 PST

AMC Best Picture Showcase

Here’s your chance to become an informed Oscar prognosticator. Over the next two Saturdays, AMC Theatres in Columbia (AMC Columbia 14, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway) and White Marsh (AMC White Marsh 16, 8141 Honeygo Blvd.) will be showing all nine nominated films back-to-back....


Baltimore’s Amazon pitch video, HQ2@PortCovington, doesn’t make the sale

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:15:00 PST

Baltimore needs a better video pitch than the HQ2@PortCovington production that was part of a failed package to get Amazon to come to this city.

I am not saying the three-minute production was terrible. In some ways, it was sound.

But in the highly visual world we find ourselves in, you are going...


'Black Panther' review: A sleek Marvel of a kingly superhero

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:45:00 PST

“Just because something works does not mean it cannot be improved.”

So says the tech-wizard sister of the title character in “Black Panther.” It’s an apt credo for this soulful, stirringly acted and pretty terrific movie’s place in the Marvel Studios realm.

As a rule, these movies basically work,...


Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf once again a James Beard Award semifinalist

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:05:00 PST

Chef Cindy Wolf of Baltimore’s Charleston restaurant has once again been named a semifinalists for the James Beard Awards.

She and Tony Conte of Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana in Darnestown, Montgomery County, were the two Marylanders among 20 semifinalists for the awards’ Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic...


Amazon confirms Jeffrey Tambor is out at ‘Transparent'

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:01:36 PST


B. Doughnut pop-up coming to Mount Vernon Marketplace on weekends

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PST

B. Doughnut, a shop that got its start in Hampden before relocating to Northern Virginia, is returning to Baltimore for a recurring weekend pop-up.

The shop will pop up at Mount Vernon Marketplace on Saturdays and Sundays starting this weekend, according to a post on B. Doughnut’s Facebook page....


In honor of Olympics, Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan dishes on Korean cuisine, favorite recipes

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:45:00 PST

Food has always played a big part in Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan’s life. The youngest of eight, Hogan grew up in a small town in South Korea. She would often gather around the table with her siblings, grandparents and parents to share a meal.

“We were always eating and happy,” said Hogan, who...


Fells Point to host trio of new street festivals in 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:55:00 PST

Anxious to remind Baltimoreans how cool their neighborhood is, officials of Fells Point Main Street are bringing three new street festivals to their waterfront community this year.

“We’re looking to showcase the area,” said Misty Keens, the organization’s executive director, noting the festivals...


Dining review: At Clarksville's Food Plenty, local fare takes the spotlight

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:00:00 PST

Like a book, a restaurant shouldn’t be judged by its exterior.

Consider the case of Food Plenty, a very good Victoria Restaurant Group venture that serves comfort food sourced from local farms and food suppliers.

Food Plenty is housed in Clarksville Commons, a retail-business center that looks...


Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have broken up

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:07:00 PST


New Canton bar The Regal Beagle to open in April in former Jack's Bistro space

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:10:00 PST

The Regal Beagle, a casual cocktail bar in Canton nodding to the sitcom “Three’s Company,” will open in early April in the former Jack’s Bistro space.

The Regal Beagle’s bar and front of the house will be run by managing partner Ryan Sparks, while Ted Stelzenmuller will handle the food, Sparks...


Baltimore Whiskey Co. is building geothermal system for new Union Collective distillery

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:30:00 PST

Baltimore Whiskey Co. has started work on its new distillery at Union Collective in Baltimore’s Medfield neighborhood, beginning with construction of a state-of-the-art geothermal system that will be used in production.

Construction has begun on the $100,000 system, which will use naturally cold...


Time traveling with the Cone sisters, Gertrude Stein in new Rep Stage play

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:15:00 PST

At the center of “All She Must Possess,” the entertaining play by Susan McCully receiving its world premiere at Rep Stage, is Etta Cone, the unassuming half of the celebrated sisters from Baltimore who amassed an astounding collection of contemporary art at the turn of the 20th century.

But Etta...


WBAL anchor Donna Hamilton stepping down after 22 years at station

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:25:00 PST

After 22 years at WBAL-TV, Donna Hamilton will step down from the anchor desk on May 23, the station announced today.

Hamilton is retiring from broadcasting, according to Dan Joerres, president and general manager of the station.

“Donna is a staple of not only this television station, but of the...


Actor who played Bodie in 'The Wire' recalls being 'slammed' to ground by police in Baltimore

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

With the sins of some Baltimore police officers in the news in recent weeks, this testimony from actor J.D.Williams, who played Bodie in “The Wire,” about his experience with cops here while filming the HBO show seems especially relevant.

His recollection comes courtesy of an engrossing oral history...


These chain restaurants are offering Valentine's Day specials

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:10:06 PST

Love is in the air at these chain restaurants. Whether you're looking to re-create the spaghetti noodle scene from Lady and the Tramp with your Valentine at Buca di Beppo, or just feel like splitting a romantic plate of waffles at the Waffle House, there is something special for everyone on Valentine's...


'The Bachelor' recap: Ciao, Bekah

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:45:00 PST

Last week, Paris, this week, Tuscany! This is the life the girls have to look forward to when they marry Arie Luyendyk Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz. The entire episode of “The Bachelor” this week is basically just Arie just practicing his five Italian vocab words (“ciao,” “bella,” “pizza”).

Next week...


Michelle Obama portrait by Amy Sherald: The critics respond

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:10:00 PST

The official portrait of Michelle Obama, painted by Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday morning, and became a national event, with everyday tweeters, art enthusiasts and art critics sounding off.

While some critics complimented Sherald’s signature...


Baltimore breeds superheroes: A gallery of comic-based heroes with city ties

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:40:00 PST

Baltimore doesn't compare to DC Comics' fictional lands of Gotham or Metropolis, nor does it hold much weight when compared to the superhero duels that go down in New York City in the Marvel Universe. But Charm City has had some allure with superhumans. Whether they be the powerful villians who...


'Black Panther' is now on track to be the biggest February opening ever

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:12:00 PST

It's the year's most tweeted-about film.

It's selling more advance Imax tickets than any Marvel movie.

And now, according to tracking estimates, it's got a real shot at having the biggest February debut ever.

Marvel's "Black Panther" continues to elevate its box-office expectations when it officially...


Comedian Marty Allen dies in Las Vegas at 95

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:45:00 PST

Marty Allen, the baby-faced, bug-eyed comedian with wild black hair who was a staple of TV variety shows, game shows and talk shows for decades, died Monday night. He was 95.

Allen died in Las Vegas of complications from pneumonia with his wife and performing partner of the last three decades,...


Michelle Obama portrait: What they're saying about Baltimore artist's big reveal

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:45:00 PST

After the official portrait for Michelle Obama, painted by Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday morning, reactions to photos of the portrait on Twitter were largely critical.

While celebrated by some as elegant, others failed to see the resemblance...


Bill seeks to limit beers served by Maryland's small breweries

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:35:00 PST

A bill introduced by Maryland Dels. Talmadge Branch and Dereck Davis seeks to roll back how much beer small breweries in Maryland can serve in their taprooms while allowing larger facilities, such as the one being built in Baltimore County by Guinness, to maintain existing limits.

House Bill 1052...


Michelle Obama portrait by Baltimore artist Amy Sherald makes national splash

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:05:00 PST

Michelle Obama, as envisaged by the Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, has gray skin.

That’s one of the characteristics of the portrait unveiled Monday in Washington’s National Portrait Gallery that has everyone talking.

Specifically, the former first lady is rendered in Sherald’s trademark “grayscale”...


David Simon, HBO say no, no, no to use of 'The Wire' names in local play

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

With all the passion that fans continue to voice in social media for characters from HBO’s “The Wire,” there is undoubtedly a huge audience that would love to see a sequel.

But Norris Davis, a Baltimore resident who played Vinson in the series and co-wrote a play that he has promoted as a spinoff...


Food delivery services make way for Baltimore's first 'ghost kitchens'

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

Diners craving Korean eats from Haenyo can’t stroll into a storefront and sit down for a meal. But they can have the eatery’s rice bowls, dumplings and soups delivered to their doorsteps.

Unlike the other delivery options, Haenyo isn’t a restaurant. Founded as a pop-up last year, the operation...


Marvel's 'Black Panther' becomes most Tweeted movie of 2018

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:56:00 PST

Even before it has hit theaters, "Black Panther" has become the most-tweeted about movie in the world this year.

Breaking the Twitter record for 2018, "Black Panther" has amassed more than five million tweets on the social platform revolving around the Marvel movie.

"Black Panther" is the top tweeted-about...


NBC apologizes to South Koreans for analyst's remark

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:17:00 PST


2018 Merriweather Post Pavilion schedule

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:44:00 PST

While the outdoor concert season at Merriweather doesn't kick off until early May, there are already several shows announced for the 2018 season. Here's what to expect this spring and summer at Columbia's concert destination.


Jordan Peele, James Ivory win top prizes at Writers Guild of America Awards

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:30:00 PST

Jordan Peele took home the top prize Sunday evening at the Writers Guild Awards for his racially conscious film “Get Out.” He is the second consecutive black writer to win the prize for original screenplay.

The win marks Peele’s latest award in a string of prizes, further cementing his place as...


Idris Elba proposes to girlfriend at ‘Yardie’ movie screening

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 06:25:00 PST

Third time's a charm.

Idris Elba proposed to his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre on Friday night before the screening of his directorial debut "Yardie" — and she said: "Yes."

The couple, who sparked rumors of a relationship in fall of 2017, has made a number of public appearances together, including...


200th birthday of Frederick Douglass celebrated by historians and other fans in Baltimore

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 16:15:00 PST

The fame and esteem of orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass was so pervasive during his life, he became the most photographed individual in the 19th century.

“He sat for photographers more than Lincoln or Grant,” Harvard University professor and historian John Stauffer said at an event at...


Mayor should focus more on solving Baltimore's problems. She bashes media instead

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:20:00 PST

With all the monumental problems facing Baltimore today, like members of the police department being on trial in what may be the worst corruption case in the force’s history, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s remarks at a Baltimore magazine event Thursday night raised some eyebrows.

Speaking at a gathering...


MICA's David Plunkert wins ASME award for New Yorker's Trump Klan cover

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 17:00:00 PST

Maryland Institute College of Art adjunct faculty member David Plunkert has won cover of the year in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ 2018 Best Cover Contest for a New Yorker cover that depicted President Donald Trump in a boat — rudder in hand — as he blows a sail that resembles a Klu...


Patterson Park's Bistro Rx to close in spring

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 14:50:00 PST

Bistro Rx, a corner bar and restaurant located in the Patterson Park neighborhood, will close this spring as it transitions to new ownership.

Bistro Rx owner Wayne Mahaffey said Thursday he’s hopeful the new owners, “some neighbors in Patterson Park,” will be in charge of the space by early April....


Yes, there are two media narratives. Don't equate them; don't call both 'journalism'

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

I came to hate the term “false equivalence” back in 2008 when fans of MSNBC would come after me on social media for saying that the channel’s star, Keith Olbermann, was as bad for the country as Fox News host Sean Hannity.

“False equivalence,” they would insist and then lecture me as if I did not...


Get to know Amy Sherald, the Baltimore artist painting Michelle Obama's official portrait

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

The Baltimore artist Amy Sherald is undergoing her first major public test, with the unveiling Monday of the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama in a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

Normally, presidential portraits don’t generate tons of buzz. But last year, when...


A first look at Ampersea, Waterfront Kitchen's replacement in Fells Point

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

In just three weeks, Waterfront Kitchen shed its skin and transformed into the nautical new Ampersea.

Tinged with blues and greens that blend into the harbor water beyond its windows, the revamped Fells Point restaurant opens to the public at 5 p.m. Friday.

Ampersea, owned by Chuck Nabit, is among...


Anna Binneweg conducts a strategy to share her passion for music a broad scale

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

Anna Binneweg has been trailblazer in Arundel County for more than 11 years as music director and conductor of Anne Arundel Community College Symphony Orchestra and Londontowne Symphony Orchestra.(image)

'Fifty Shades Freed' review: Marriage, wealth and a wink to kink

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 09:33:00 PST

The "Fifty Shades" film franchise is a study in contradictions. It's kinky, but conservative. It's filled with plot, but none of it means anything. The adventurous sex turns out to be fairly vanilla monogamy. The films are bad, but they are entertaining. "Fifty Shades Freed," the final film of...


The surprising lessons we learned from the 'Fifty Shades' trilogy (yes, really)

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 08:27:00 PST

We've finally come to the end of the road with the "Fifty Shades" series, the trilogy of movies -- based on E.L. James's best-selling "Twilight" fan fiction -- which has earned nearly $1 billion so far at the box office with its titillating promise of S&M-tinged erotica.

Friday marks the release...


New restaurant Modern Market opening in Columbia

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 13:15:00 PST

A Colorado-based eatery is opening its third location in Maryland and first in the Baltimore area.

Modern Market is slated to open in Columbia on Monday. The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, with offerings including breakfast burritos, salads, soups, sandwiches, pizzas, grain...


Maryland's Cowgirls of Color featured in Ford commercial that will air during Olympics

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:55:00 PST

Maryland’s Cowgirls of Color, a rodeo team of black women, will be featured in a Ford commercial airing Saturday during NBC’s prime-time Olympics coverage, according to a release from the auto maker.

The commercial, “We the People,” kicks off the launch of one of Ford’s newest SUVs, the 2018 Expedition,...


15 favorite first-date restaurants in Baltimore

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 04:44:00 PST

We asked some people who actually go on dates, or remember having gone on a date at one point, for their favorite first-date restaurants. Some folks like to keep it casual, so nothing too romantic; others take their dates to a favorite restaurant the first time, figuring they might as well find...


Baltimore group helps reimagine city's Confederate monuments, address inequity in arts scene

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 04:30:00 PST

Artist Sheila Gaskins performed all over the city before she noticed the arts community was segregated. On one part of town, audience members were predominantly black. On the other, they were all white.

“I didn't understand how divided the city was when it came to race relations. In Station North...


White supremacy, Confederate mythology: MICA art exhibit critiques this legacy

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 04:25:00 PST

First, there was the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in August in Charlottesville, Va.

And then, days later, the overnight removal of four Confederate statues in Baltimore.

With that, Lauren Adams was moved to act. A daughter of the South — born in North Carolina, raised on tales of...


Magic, Black Panther, Jimmie's Chicken Shack: The best of this week's Baltimore arts and entertainment scene

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 06:00:00 PST

Jimmie’s Chicken Shack 25th Anniversary

Hard to believe these guys have been around for a quarter-century, but dates don’t lie. Hear some of the best from Annapolis’ favorite alt-rockers, along with music from Laughing Colors, Rhett Repko, Kit & The Chardonnay Boys, Paradise Creek, Rusty Blue,...


Impressive revival of O'Neill's epic 'Journey' at Everyman Theatre

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:10:00 PST

There’s really no laughing matter in Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” the epic play that has received an impressive revival at Everyman Theatre.

But at one point, as that night finally envelops the summer home of the Tyrone family in August 1912, the younger and sickly son, Edmund,...


Feeling cynical? Here's your anti-Valentine's Day guide for Baltimore

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 08:25:00 PST

Maybe your heart’s been broken, maybe you just haven’t found the right relationship, or maybe you’re just sick and tired of the calendar’s telling you when it’s time to be romantic.

Whatever the cause, here’s betting that some of you have had it up to here with Valentine’s Day and all the associated...


Eastern European restaurant opening in Pikesville

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 09:00:00 PST

Bravo Restaurant, an Eastern European eatery, is preparing to open its doors in Pikesville.

The restaurant is targeting a March opening at 1430 Reisterstown Road, previously a Quiznos location.

Owner Alla Sandler said the restaurant is ”ready and waiting for clients,” pending a gas line hookup...


'Skeleton Crew' at Baltimore Center Stage offers telling look at the economy's downside

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 10:40:00 PST

Even with the seesawing stock market, the economy today is so far ahead of where it was just a decade ago that some folks may have forgotten the hard thump that signaled the start of the Great Recession.

For a bracing reminder, check out “Skeleton Crew,” the tough and humane play by Dominique Morisseau...


These Maryland restaurants are among the most romantic in the U.S., OpenTable says

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 06:20:00 PST

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, three Maryland restaurants have been named to OpenTable’s list of the 100 most romantic restaurants in America.

Baltimore’s Charleston in Harbor East and The Prime Rib in Midtown Belvedere made the list, as did Lewnes’ Steakhouse in Annapolis.

The restaurant booking...


Quentin Tarantino apologizes to Roman Polanski rape victim

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:10:00 PST

Quentin Tarantino has apologized to Roman Polanski rape victim Samantha Geimer for comments he made in a 2003 radio interview with Howard Stern.

In a statement Thursday to IndieWire, Tarantino called his comments about Geimer "cavalier" and said he now realizes "how wrong I was." In the recently...


Rock drummer and 'Home Improvement' actor Mickey Jones dies at 76

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 18:15:00 PST

Mickey Jones, the rock drummer who became a colorful character actor who played a pot dealer on the crime drama "Justified" and construction worker Pete on the 1990s sitcom "Home Improvement," has died. He was 76.

Jones died early Wednesday as a result of a long illness, said his publicist, Cherry...


Kylie Jenner is new Instagram queen with baby announcement

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 11:10:00 PST

Kylie Jenner is the new queen of Instagram.

The reality star's baby-name announcement became the most popular post on the social media site Wednesday, surpassing Beyonce's pregnancy announcement of 2017.

Jenner shared a photo Tuesday of her new daughter's tiny hand captioned with the baby's name,...


Baltimore stories have large part in Anna Deavere Smith's HBO film about 'failed justice system'

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 13:05:00 PST

There will be a strong Baltimore flavor to actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith’s latest HBO production, “Notes from the Field,” which premieres Feb. 24 on the premium cable channel.

In the film version of her one-woman play, Smith portrays 19 of the 250 people she interviewed, including three...


Casting company that has worked with 'House of Cards' puts out another call for 'popular political drama'

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 10:15:00 PST

Marinella Hume Casting, the casting company that has worked with “House of Cards,” is hosting a casting call through photo submissions for several non-speaking roles in a “popular political drama.”

In an email sent Monday with the subject line “HOC CASTING FEATURED EXTRA ROLES,” the company listed...


Maryland SPCA's March for the Animals moving to Port Covington, getting new name

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 07:50:00 PST

The dogs are coming to Port Covington. Cats, too.

March for the Animals, an annual festival and fundraiser for the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, will be moving south this year to Port Covington. Previously held at Druid Hill Park and the area between Orioles and Ravens’...


Dining review: Elegant surroundings, mostly elegant food at The Elephant

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 06:00:00 PST

Like elephants, many Baltimore diners have long memories. They can name every restaurant that has come or gone since Truman was president, and can recall favorite meals at all of them. This elephantine capacity for misty water-colored memories is easily triggered by a visit to The Elephant in Mount...


Mount Washington teen wins first season of 'Top Chef Junior'

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 14:05:00 PST

Baltimore teen chef Owen Pereira won the first season of the cooking show spinoff, taking home a $50,000 cash prize.(image)

'This Is Us' recap: We finally learn how Jack dies — and it's not exactly what we expected

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 11:05:00 PST

Quick show of hands: How many of y’all asked for bereavement leave from your bosses today after Sunday night’s Super Bowl episode of “This Is Us”? How many wanted to?

Yeah, me too, my friends.

Yet, here I am. I admit after watching last night’s bombshell of an episode, I sat here staring at television...


Right-wing's 'deep state' narrative sounding like 1950s McCarthy talk to me

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 09:35:00 PST

The right-wing's “deep state” narrative is sounding way too much like Joe McCarthy talk from the 1950s to me.

That was my observation on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday in a conversation with host Brian Stelter, CNN's Hadas Gold and Yahoo's Michael Isikoff.

We were focused on some of the larger...


Justin Timberlake fades in ho-hum Super Bowl halftime show

Sun, 4 Feb 2018 18:14:00 PST

No Prince hologram, no ‘N Sync reunion, and no wardrobe malfunctions.

Compared to what might have been, Justin Timberlake’s performance Sunday during the Super Bowl LII halftime was a ho-hum affair: a corporate pop star putting on what amounted to a 12-minute nationally televised commercial for...


'Solo: A Star Wars Story' trailer shows the movie might not be the disaster some feared

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 09:56:00 PST

Concerns began to spin like a maneuvering Millennium Falcon last summer when the directors of the Han Solo spinoff film ("Lego Movie" masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller) were unceremoniously dumped well into shooting, and old pro Ron Howard was brought aboard to close those "creative differences"...


From the Renaissance to the Grammys: AACC professor strikes a chord on music, power and gender

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 13:30:00 PST

The Grammy Awards from this past week were criticized for a lack of female winners, prompting the Recording Academy to look into gender bias in the industry.

Anne Arundel Community College professor Chris Ballengee joined the chorus.

In his Music, Power and Gender course this semester, he plans...


Super Bowl LII commercials tout diversity but keep it light

Sun, 4 Feb 2018 20:30:00 PST

The brigade of commercials for NBC’s Sunday telecast of Super Bowl LII trod gently on political issues and went for heartstrings and easy laughs.

The mostly uplifting tone of the spots is a sign advertisers believed that viewers of TV’s most-watched event of the year needed a break from the partisan...


Every 2018 Super Bowl ad, from best to worst

Sun, 4 Feb 2018 21:43:00 PST

In the Ad Bowl accompanying Super Bowl LII, there were some surprises this year: A car company decided it was okay to use a Martin Luther King Jr. speech to sell its trucks. Budweiser left the Clydesdales out for the first time in almost two decades, and a spate of spots touted companies’ philanthropic...


Missing brother of actress Kim Cattrall found dead

Sun, 4 Feb 2018 16:36:00 PST

"Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall and Canadian police say her missing brother has been found dead. The actress had taken to social media earlier appealing for help in finding her brother Christopher Cattrall, who she said was missing from his home in Lacombe, Alberta. She tweeted Sunday afternoon...


Most popular Super Bowl party foods, ranked

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:10:07 PST

We love the Super Bowl. And it's not because we're big fans of watching men tackle one another on television or sitting through Justin Timberlake bringing sexy back at halftime. No, we love the Super Bowl because of one thing and one thing alone: the food.For the Most Popular Super Bowl Party Foods,...