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Flick picks: The best of Baltimore's film scene this week

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:20:00 PDT

One of the most beautiful voices ever raised in the struggle against injustice and inequality is getting a welcome showcase at the Parkway.

“Mama Africa” tells the story of singer and activist Miriam Makeba, a native of South Africa who was banned from her home for more than three decades, most...


Everyman Theatre brings back 'Taste of Everyman' series

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:35:00 PDT

Everyman Theatre’s pairing series will return for its 2017-2018 season.

The theater’s “Taste of Everyman” series, which launched in 2015, pairs food and drinks with the theme of its shows.

The first pairing of the season, Edible Insects, will offer patrons crispy bugs to go with Everyman’s “M....


Maryland Film Festival, Everyman Theatre to collaborate on film series

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:40:00 PDT

The 1993 film version of “M. Butterfly,” starring Jeremy Irons as a French diplomat who falls in love with an opera singer, will be the first entry in a film series at the Parkway tied to Everyman Theatre’s 2017-2018 season.

Set for 7 p.m. Sept. 26, the screening of “M. Butterfly,” directed by...


Dumser's on Ocean City boardwalk may face wrecking ball

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A century-old property in Maryland is poised for demolition after a judge sided with a city in a land ownership dispute. The Daily Times of Salisbury reports a judge ruled last month that Nathans Associates had no valid claim to the Dumser's Dairyland after a previous lease with Ocean City expired...


White Marsh Duck Donuts to offer eclipse-themed doughnuts

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:20:00 PDT

Duck Donuts locations, including the new shop in White Marsh, will offer a variety of eclipse-themed doughnuts for the upcoming solar event.

Coated with chocolate and vanilla drizzles, Oreo crumbles, powdered sugar and other black-and-white toppings, Duck Donuts’ “Eclipse Assortment” will include...


Revamped Bottega boasts new, larger space with similar cozy atmosphere

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Bottega has managed to reinvent itself — again. The Station North restaurant set up shop in June in the home of its former sister restaurant, Colette, without missing a beat.

We boldly strolled in on a busy Friday evening without reservations, not sure what would happen. But the staff could not...


New cafe, bar and performance space coming to Motor House

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:30:00 PDT

Motor House, the artist incubator space in Station North, will add a cafe, bar and performance venue this fall.

Dubbed Showroom, the 2,800-square-foot space is on track to open in October at 120 W. North Ave. As its name suggests, the cafe is moving into a space that was previously a Ford car showroom.


Mount Vernon Marketplace covers mural of neighborhood scenes, including Taney statue

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:05:00 PDT

The Mount Vernon Marketplace has covered an interior mural depicting neighborhood landmarks, including the recently removed Roger B. Taney statue, following the monument’s removal last night.

Taney’s likeness, previously located at Mount Vernon Place, was one of four Confederate statues removed...


Prime Rib, Loch Bar among most 'charming' places in Baltimore, says InStyle magazine

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:50:00 PDT

Mount Vernon mainstay The Prime Rib and Harbor East’s Loch Bar are among the seven most charming spots in Baltimore, according to InStyle magazine.

The list, compiled in consultation with local interior designer Patrick Sutton (who’s designed “some of the city's coolest restaurants, distilleries,...


'Bachelor in Paradise' recap: Addressing the controversy ... kind of

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:50:00 PDT

Well, here we are, Night 2 of the Most Dramatic Season Ever of “Bachelor in Paradise,” which might actually be the Most Dramatic Season Ever. But before we get to the bottom of the DeMario and Corinne situation and the production shutdown, we get to relive Carly and Evan’s love story and see their...


Nodding to past, Sagamore Spirit aims to develop rye whiskey's future at Port Covington distillery

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:50:00 PDT

When entering the new Sagamore Spirit distillery, you begin inside the rectangular visitors’ center, where the Kevin Plank-owned company presents the history and what it hopes is the future of rye whiskey.

The past can be seen through an interactive touch-screen that illustrates Maryland’s rich...


The BBQ is a bright spot on Greenmount Avenue

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:15:00 PDT

On a Tuesday midafternoon, people were lined up at The BBQ’s counter, placing their orders. At first glance, we were surprised that so many diners had a yen for barbecue fare after the usual lunch hour.

One bite of our pit-beef sandwich and hickory-smoked chicken, and we knew why. Owners Maurice...


The 136th Maryland State Fair promises mix of old and new

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

In a room at her family's farm in Glen Arm, 13-year-old Katie Yoder is preparing her rabbits to be the fluffiest, furriest versions of themselves they can be.

Katie checks two-year-old Artemis, one of about 30 to 40 rabbits she breeds and raises at Cozy Hill Rabbits and Cavies, in preparation for...


Pianist to mark centennial of Scott Joplin's death with concert at Germano's

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:10:00 PDT

When he died on April 1, 1917, in a New York hospital from complications of syphilis, Scott Joplin was not yet 50. Financial troubles and artistic disappointments — especially over his inability to drum up interest in his opera, “Treemonisha” — marked the composer’s last years.

A counterbalance...


Ailing sword swallower plans return to Maryland Renaissance Festival

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:43:00 PDT

Royal Stage renamed for Johnny Fox(image)

Iron Rooster owners open ice cream, snowball shack in Canton

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:25:00 PDT

The owners of Iron Rooster have opened an ice cream and snowball stand adjacent to the all-day breakfast restaurant’s Canton location.

DJ’s Ice House opened quietly two weeks ago in a small structure at Canton Crossing near the Iron Rooster building. The space was previously home to Farmstead Shack...


'Bachelor in Paradise' premiere recap: What happened before the shutdown

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Before we get to the “Bachelor in Paradise” premiere recap, a note from TV Lust’s longtime “Bachelor” franchise recapper, Abby Draper:

Season 4 of “Bachelor in Paradise” has begun, and for the first time in years, I will not be providing a snarky recap to TV Lust for you to read the morning after...


Model Liris Crosse makes great strides as 'Project Runway' cast member

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Less than a year ago, Liris Crosse was ready to walk away from her career as a plus-sized model.

She had paid her dues working in New York City for more than a decade and was tired of being rejected for her size and color —especially in recent years. She was considering a change.

“I felt as though...


City begins work to control traffic at 'crash corner' after Spirits Tavern accident

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:25:00 PDT

Baltimore’s Department of Transportation installed new posts at the corner of Bank and Wolfe streets in Fells Point in an effort to control traffic at the intersection known to residents as “crash corner,” where Spirits Tavern was struck by a car last weekend.

Running along Wolfe Street on the...


Game of Thrones episode 5 recap: 'The threat is real'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:40:00 PDT

What an episode for touching (longing?) gazes between potential family members, completely awful plans, ignoring the single most important development of this series thus far (ahem, Sam) and of course, impending doom.

Let’s get into it.

At the top of “Eastwatch,” Bronn emerges from the Blackwater...


Food truck owners will head to trial to challenge city's '300-foot rule'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:35:00 PDT

Local food truck owners who are suing the city over a rule that prohibits them from operating near brick-and-mortar restaurants will head to trial next month.

Attorneys for both the city and food truck owners Joey Vanoni and Nikki Marks requested summary judgment in July for the case, which was...


Bored with vegetables? These recipes add extra flavor to summer's harvest

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 15:15:00 PDT

By midsummer, my vegetable-recipe repertoire starts to veer toward boredom. Grilled ratatouille, planks of summer squash, skewered tomatoes and mushrooms begin to run their course. Yet the stunning selection at farmers markets and roadside stands tempts, and I stock up.

My quest to discover new...


Blk // Sugar bakery to close at R. House

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:40:00 PDT

Krystal Mack, the owner of Blk // Sugar bakery in R. House, will close her shop Friday as she lays plans for a future independent location.

Mack told customers in a post on Blk // Sugar’s Facebook page last week that she plans to close the shop at the Remington food hall to pursue her own space.


Moonrise Festival: a strong lineup amid the sensory overload

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:35:00 PDT

Each year, Pimlico Race Course hosts the Preakness Infieldfest, an all-day music event that has added a concert-like atmosphere to the Triple Crown weekend. It is but a tame warm-up to the Moonrise Festival, a weekend-long celebration of electronic dance music where sheer volume and youthful exuberance...


Baltimore Improv Group moving into former Everyman Theatre space

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Come October, there will be a lot more room in Baltimore to be funny.

The Baltimore Improv Group (BIG), bringing unscripted laughs to Charm City since 2004, will be moving from the intimate confines of Howard Street’s Single Carrot Theatre, where their performance space had a capacity of about...


Baltimore TV personality Mike Rowe to host new show on Facebook

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:35:00 PDT

Baltimore TV personality Mike Rowe — known for sharing funny texts from his mother on social media and “letters” from his dog — will host a new show on Facebook, according to a recent Facebook release.

Rowe’s new show “Returning the Favor,” a part of Facebook’s latest rollout of its show platform...


At Everyman Theatre, a chance meeting

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

What Vincent Lancisi did on his summer vacation was stumble into the creative scoop of his life.

In June, Lancisi and his wife, Robin, were on the tail end of a two-week tour through France. He had just finished directing "Noises Off" at Everyman Theatre, the Baltimore troupe he founded in 1990....


Baltimore School for the Arts alum talks working with David Simon on 'The Deuce'

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:10:00 PDT

Baltimore School for the Arts alumna Imani Nia Robinson is on a mission to become a “classic” in the world of Hollywood — a comedic actress and a screenwriter to be reckoned with. In the process, she’s learning from people who know a thing or two about the industry.

The Los Angeles resident, who...


Ravens preseason opener seen by nearly 300,000 on Baltimore TV stations

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:35:00 PDT

Ravens fans had no shortage of viewing options Thursday night for the preseason opener against the Washington Redskins.

In Baltimore, three network affiliate stations –WBAL, WBFF and WNUV – carried the game. But beyond the Ravens, who topped the Washington Redskins, 23-3, the big winner on broadcast...


500 years after Protestant Reformation, Walters museum looks at human side of Martin Luther

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:25:00 PDT

After Yu Na Han went through two miscarriages, and then her new baby spent the first six months of her life in the hospital, the mother found comfort when she needed it the most from the place she least expected to find it — in the writings of the 16th-century theologian Martin Luther.

Though he’d...


Zurawik: Nothing funny about the propaganda machine Team Trump is building

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:40:00 PDT

You can laugh at Donald Trump’s “Real News” Facebook videos with Kayleigh McEnany and Lara Trump singing the president’s praises like a couple of sock puppets if you want. There’s plenty to mock in their gushing reviews of Trump’s weekly performance.

But I don’t think there’s anything funny about...


Shonda Rhimes moves to Netflix from ABC in a deal she says has 'limitless possibilities'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 01:10:00 PDT

Shonda Rhimes, the creator of popular television series such as “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” has signed a deal to make new shows for Netflix.

The streaming service announced late Sunday that Rhimes’ Shondaland production company is moving to Netflix. Rhimes’ shows “Grey’s Anatomy,” ″Scandal”...


Under new ownership, Maggie's Farm is finding its footing

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:50:00 PDT

In its five-year lifespan, Maggie’s Farm in Lauraville has had a complicated history. New proprietor Abdul A. Saeed may be the one to bring stability to one of the neighborhood’s favorite hangouts.

Saeed, who took over the restaurant in March, plans to move to the community from Middle River.



New restaurant, In Bloom, replacing Liv2Eat in Federal Hill

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:25:00 PDT

The owners of Liv2Eat in Federal Hill are teaming up with another culinary couple to open a new restaurant in the Light Street space.

After five years, husband and wife Kevin Perry and Cecilia Benalcazar, who own Liv2Eat, are partnering with Cyrus and Angela Keefer to open In Bloom.

Cyrus Keefer...


TenTen Ramen to close this weekend

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:15:00 PDT

TenTen Ramen in Mount Vernon is closing its doors this weekend.

The ramen restaurant at 413 N. Charles St. will close Sunday, an employee at the restaurant confirmed.

The restaurant alerted customers to the closure last week through a post on its Facebook page, which did not list a reason for the...


Priscilla Presley reflects on Elvis' legacy before bringing his music to Baltimore

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 10:10:00 PDT

Priscilla Presley says she can still hear Elvis Presley when she walks through the doors of his Memphis, Tenn., home, Graceland. And Friday at the Modell Lyric, she believes his fans will get somewhat the same experience.

“When I walk in the door, I still hear the music that he played, the gospel...


(Almost) Last call: 10 best places for late-night eats around Baltimore

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:33:00 PDT

From Broadway Diner to Nam Kang, where to eat in Baltimore after the bars close at 2 a.m.


Loch Bar opening Boca Raton location

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:45:00 PDT

Loch Bar is following its sister restaurant from Harbor East to Florida with a second location in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park mall.

Seating 200 diners inside plus 75 on its patio, the 5,500-square-foot seafood restaurant is expected to open before the end of the year, according to a news release from...


Elvis visits Baltimore for the last time

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:20:00 PDT

When The King made his last visit to Baltimore 40 years ago, no one knew he would be dead less than three months later. But many suspected that something was wrong.

The Elvis Presley who took to the stage at the Civic Center (now Royal Farms Arena) on May 29, 1977, was not the Elvis most of his...


YBS Skola, Tate Kobang to headline scaled-back AFRAM Festival

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:40:00 PDT

Baltimore rappers YBS Skola and Tate Kobang are among the musical highlights for this year’s scaled-back AFRAM Festival, set for Saturday* in Druid Hill Park.

A smaller version of the African-American Festival that was held over two days in the M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards parking lots, AFRAM...


All signs point to Clementine's closure, again

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 12:05:00 PDT

After reopening less than a year ago, it appears Clementine, a restaurant in Hamilton-Lauraville, has closed again.

OpenTable indicates the restaurant is permanently closed, and a message on the restaurant’s voicemail says it has temporarily suspended business to focus on its catering and events...


Flux Pavilion waves flag for inspired dubstep at Moonrise Festival

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 11:05:00 PDT

Joshua Steele has suffered through plenty of bad dubstep sets.

As the English DJ and producer Flux Pavilion, Steele has helped grow the electronic dance music subgenre’s popularity around the world. He’s also watched dubstep get watered down by newcomers more interested in the partying and celebrity...


Park Cafe reopens under new ownership

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 08:05:00 PDT

The Park Cafe & Coffee Bar reopened Wednesday under new ownership.

The Bolton Hill eatery and coffee shop closed this summer after previous owner David Hart decided to take a break from running the establishment to take personal time off.

Previous Park Cafe employee Elsa Valdes and her brother...


BronyCon is headed to Baltimore this weekend

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 05:50:00 PDT

The Bronies are coming.

Yep, it’s that time of year again — BronyCon, which has become a summer tradition in Baltimore, returns to the Baltimore Convention Center this weekend.

The celebration of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” will bring fans of the animated series — aka “Bronies” — from...


What they're saying about ESPN's 'Baltimore Boys' documentary

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 06:15:00 PDT

ESPN's “Baltimore Boys” documentary aired Tuesday night, chronicling the journey of what many consider to be the best high school basketball team to ever take the court.

The “30 for 30” film features the undefeated Dunbar High School boys basketball teams of 1981-1983. Containing future NBA talent...


Noodles & Co. to begin testing zucchini noodles in Baltimore restaurants

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Noodles & Company, the franchise known for its fast-casual pasta dishes, is launching zucchini noodles in Baltimore restaurants today.

The “Veggie Noodles” will be available in 12 Maryland locations, including two in Baltimore.

The noodles are hand-spiralized from zucchini in-store daily and serve...


Earth Wood & Fire to open next week in Fallston's Aumar Village

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 02:45:00 PDT

Earth Wood & Fire, the Baltimore-based restaurant that serves "coal-fired cuisine," is scheduled to open its Fallston location next week, according to its director of operations.

"Our concept has worked on Falls Road, and so we're bringing it here [to Harford County]," Mark Hofmann, who is also...


Glen Campbell, 'Rhinestone Cowboy' singer, dead at 81

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 14:01:00 PDT

Glen Campbell, a guitar prodigy and ballad singer who dominated the polished, string-swelling countrypolitan sound of the late 1960s and 1970s and cultivated a clean-cut image at odds with his once-stormy personal life, died Aug. 8. He was 81.

His publicist confirmed the death to The Associated...


'Cashville Hot Chick'n' pop-up dinner coming to SoBo Market

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 10:50:00 PDT

The second in a series of pop-up dinners pairing music and food, “Cashville Hot Chick’n” is coming to SoBo Market.

The friends behind the “Led Lobster” pop-up at the South Baltimore bar and restaurant are hosting their second event that will pair Nashville hot chicken sandwiches with the sounds...


ESPN's 'Baltimore Boys' much more than just a fine sports film

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Like the city in its title, “Baltimore Boys” is a film steeped in grit. But the documentary that revisits the undefeated Dunbar High School basketball teams of 1981-1983 is also charged with moments of grace, beauty, poetry and even transcendence.

Its power lies in what it says about Baltimore...


'The Bachelorette' finale recap: What just happened?

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 07:15:00 PDT

As is typical, the “Bachelorette” season finale is recorded in front of a live audience. We quickly learn, though, that for the first time in franchise history, the Bachelorette – Rachel – will be joining Chris Harrison on stage to provide commentary during the three-hour long episode. I feel like...


Baltimore native Eric Bigger dishes on 'The Bachelorette,' Rachel Lindsay after finale

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 07:20:00 PDT

Though Eric Bigger was sent home on Monday’s season finale of “The Bachelorette” by Rachel Lindsay, he’s not pessimistic.

“For me, a lot of things are up,” Bigger said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun on Monday.

The Baltimore native made it to the final three remaining suitors on this season...


Goya Contemporary exhibit addresses humans and nature

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 14:35:00 PDT

Considering how much nature and humans are acting up these days, the summer exhibit at Goya Contemporary seems all the more apt.

Nearly two dozen works by 11 notable artists are grouped under the title “Human. NATURE” at the gallery, making for an impressive, absorbing experience. This is not a...


Shake Shack is coming to M&T Bank Stadium

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 14:55:00 PDT

Shake Shack is bringing its burgers to M&T Bank Stadium.

The New York-based chain will join the food and beverage offerings at the Ravens’ stadium, according to news releases from the team and Aramark, the stadium’s food and beverage provider.

Aramark and the Ravens will hold a ribbon-cutting and...


David Letterman will do a six-episode talk show for Netflix

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Late-night talk show legend David Letterman is joining the Netflix brigade.

The streaming video giant announced Tuesday that the former CBS “Late Show” host has signed on to do a six-episode talk show that will premiere in 2018.

It will be Letterman's first series since retiring from late-night...


Spirits Tavern car accident prompts closer look at remedies for 'crash corner'

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 08:35:00 PDT

Upper Fells Point residents call it “crash corner” — the intersection of Bank and Wolfe streets, and the site of yet another car accident early Sunday morning.

“You don’t park there unless … you don’t like your car,” said Dan Harrison, whose house on Bank Street was damaged in the collision.



Podcasts with Baltimore ties (that aren't 'Serial')

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 08:34:00 PDT

"Serial," the podcast investigating the Baltimore murder of Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, is a phenomenon that launched a million podcasts. But Baltimore is inspiration to more than just the popular true-crime story. Baltimoreans are creating audio stories about...


Rita's Italian Ice piloting new custard concept with store in Overlea-Fullerton

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Rita’s Italian Ice is testing out a new type of dessert destination with a location in Overlea-Fullerton.

The Pennsylvania-based Italian ice chain is piloting a new creamery concept, Rita’s Italian Ice & Creamery, which will feature hand-dipped frozen custard (with the option to put it on sandwiches...


J. Cole performs at Royal Farms Arena

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 00:01:00 PDT

J. Cole performed at Royal Farms Arena on Sunday, August 6th, as part of his 4 Your Eyez Only tour. (Ulysses Muñoz / Baltimore Sun)


The best Baltimore-area events this week: AFRAM Festival, BronyCon and Fashion Week

Sun, 6 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

AFRAM Festival

Formerly the African-American Festival (and formerly a multi-day affair), it promises, according to Mayor Catherine Pugh, a lineup of local musicians (though not the national stars of yore), plus food, vendors and a host of exhibits aimed at empowerment and self-improvement. 10 a.m.-8...


Dragon, roar! 5 thoughts on Episode 4 of 'Game of Thrones’

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 05:45:00 PDT

From the time they were just a gleam in their mother’s eyes, and a souvenir in her saddlebags, the dragons of Daenerys Targaryen have been a little bit like our own children.

We’ve seen them as cute decorative eggs and we’ve seen them hatch, albeit improbably by contemporary standards, out of a...


Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announce separation

Sun, 6 Aug 2017 22:18:00 PDT

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced Sunday that they are separating after eight years of marriage, sparking a wave of shock and sadness online about the demise of one of Hollywood's most popular power couples.

The actors announced their breakup on social media in a joint statement confirmed by...


Arena Players, Baltimore Rock Opera Society to collaborate on shows

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 14:25:00 PDT

One of Baltimore’s oldest theatre groups, Arena Players Inc., will join forces with one of the youngest, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, to present two works about remarkable African-Americans.

In February, the two companies will offer a rock opera double bill — “Determination of Azimuth,” about...


Beats Not Bullets program teaches students music production, ins-and-outs of music industry

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 13:20:00 PDT

Sade Alvarez-Gibson, 15, raps into a studio microphone in a makeshift booth made of blankets, while Oladele Kiambu, 17, records:

“Keeping my mind focused / I’m controlling my reality / My grind’s an everyday thing / It’s something that I do casually,” she raps.

Just feet away, Kamal Muhammad —...


More than 60 Baltimore eateries extend Restaurant Week specials

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 12:45:00 PDT

Although Baltimore Restaurant Week ends Sunday, over half of the participating restaurants will make their prix-fixe menus available through next week.

More than 60 restaurants will continue serving their Restaurant Week offerings through Aug. 13.

The promotion aims to drive business during slow...


Trevor Noah skewers Baltimore police for alleged drug-planting videos

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 10:30:00 PDT

With his tongue placed firmly in his cheek, “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah floated a theory about Baltimore’s black-market economy on Thursday night’s episode on Comedy Central.

“I’m starting to wonder if the entire drug business in Baltimore is just cops buying drugs to plant them,” Noah said.


Annapolis Shakespeare Co. gives 'Alice' a brisk workout, some contemporary spin

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 09:25:00 PDT

For reasons not clear to me, rabbit holes are opening up all over the Baltimore area, inviting audiences to take the plunge with that restless, dogged young girl named Alice.

Fells Point Corner Theatre got this theatrical tea party started in June when it presented an offbeat version of Lewis Carroll’s...


'Step' tells the inspirational story of Baltimore teens' triumph against the odds

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 05:02:00 PDT

Not for nothing did "Step" win a Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance. Heartening and unashamedly emotional, it's a certified crowd pleaser that doesn't care who knows it.

Combining performance and feeling in a way that recalls the Oscar-winning "20 Feet From Stardom," "Step"...


'Step' dance documentary is out to change the world's view of Baltimore

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:10:00 PDT

Even 19 years after leaving for New York City, Amanda Lipitz feels protective of her hometown. Which is one reason she’s so proud of her documentary, “Step,” and what she hopes it tells the world about Baltimore.

“Every American city has problems,” says Lipitz, 37. “But it's important that — yes,...


National Oyster Day specials at Baltimore-area restaurants

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

National Oyster Day is Saturday, and restaurants in the Baltimore area are rolling out specials and fundraisers to celebrate the briny bivalves.

Here are some of the spots you can slurp oysters at a discount this weekend, and others where oyster sales will go toward sustaining the mollusks’ future...


Ryleigh's Oyster closes Mount Vernon restaurant

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 07:55:00 PDT

Ryleigh’s Oyster has closed its Mount Vernon location with plans to transition the restaurant to a private event space and catering kitchen.

Brian McComas, who owns Ryleigh’s, said it was a difficult decision to close the restaurant at 1225 Cathedral St., but the last two years have been hard,...


At Baltimore bars, tiki cocktails get a craft makeover

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 13:15:00 PDT

Until recently, tiki-cocktail culture — which began on the West Coast in the 1930s as nuanced and complex rum-based drinks — seemed redefined by sugary, plastic-bottle mixes of pre-blended Mai Tais and blue-hued hurricanes.

“When I first started bartending, someone asked, ‘What’s in a Mai Tai?...


What they're saying about 'Step,' the Baltimore dance documentary

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 08:15:00 PDT

“Step,” Baltimore native Amanda Lipitz’s documentary on three members of the step team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women as they navigate their senior years and prepare for a prestigious tournament — all played out in the aftermath of Freddie gray’s death— arrives in theaters Friday.


Ottobar celebrates 20th anniversary with J Roddy Walston and the Business residency

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 07:50:00 PDT

Remington music venue the Ottobar will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a three-night residency from rock quartet J Roddy Walston and the Business on Aug. 24-26.

The band, which formed in Baltimore and is now located in Richmond, Va., announced an upcoming tour recently in support of their fourth...


Germano's Piattini brings old-world style to modern diners

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 08:20:00 PDT

Over the years, I think I’ve eaten at just about every restaurant in Little Italy. But I haven’t been to Germano’s Piattini since it changed its name and menu almost four years ago.

The longtime stalwart, known for its second-floor cabaret shows, still offers Italian favorites but has introduced...


Weekend adventure: A visitor's guide to Rock Hall and its old-school, waterfront charms

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 05:10:00 PDT

Turn down Main Street in Rock Hall and go back to a time when everyone in town knew your name.

The historic Eastern Shore watermen’s town — population 1,298 — is a charming throwback to a forgotten age of neighborly affection and good-natured fun, rather than technological distractions. Tiny bed-and-breakfasts,...


Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore debuts local dishes in 'test kitchen' program

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 12:55:00 PDT

Diners at Baltimore’s Hard Rock Cafe can now order crab cakes as part of a new program in which some of the chain’s restaurants are adding local flavors to their menus.

The Inner Harbor restaurant was among 12 Hard Rock Cafe locations selected for the company’s “test kitchen” program. New items...


WJZ general manager Jay Newman retiring after 19 years

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 12:50:00 PDT

After running WJZ for 19 years, Jay Newman is retiring as president and general manager of the CBS-owned Baltimore station on Sept. 30.

Newman, 66, is the longest-tenured general manager at any CBS-owned television outlet.

“WJZ is one of the crown jewels of our station group, thanks in large part...


Duckpin bowling returning to Parkville with reopening of Parkville Lanes

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 10:50:00 PDT

Parkville Lanes, a neighborhood mainstay for decades and seemingly a recent casualty in the continuing attrition of duckpin bowling centers in the Baltimore area, will be roaring back to life later this month.

“We saw an opportunity to jump in,” said Chris Roth, a one-time DJ on WQSR radio who...


Greek food by Mr. Souvlaki arrives at Mount Vernon Marketplace

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 11:20:00 PDT

An option for Greek food like gyros and baklava arrived at Mount Vernon Marketplace this week.

The food truck Mr. Souvlaki began operating at the Mount Vernon food hall on Monday, according to the Marketplace’s website. The menu features gyros, roasted vegetables, Greek desserts and chicken and...


Paulie Gee's back bar graduates from best-kept secret status

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 11:40:00 PDT

You’d be forgiven for overlooking the back bar at Paulie Gee’s.

With a couple of eye-catching, wood-burning ovens located in the center of the Hampden restaurant, acting as its beating heart, it’s easy to stick to the front half and its plentiful seating. Neapolitan-style pizza is the main draw...


ArtsCentric offers all-African-American production of 'Chicago'

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Given all the current news about Chicago’s violence, it’s an interesting time to revisit a musical about that city in the 1920s, when killings were plentiful and generated feeding frenzies in the press.

The beauty, so to speak, of “Chicago” — the 1975 jazz-fueled show by John Kander, Fred Ebb and...


Holy Frijoles will reopen this month, one year after fire

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Holy Frijoles owner Geoffrey Danek has spent the last year as a construction worker. Now, he said, he’s ready to get back to culinary work.

Holy Frijoles, a Mexican eatery in Hampden, will reopen later this month, a year after a fire destroyed its kitchen on Aug. 15, 2016.

Danek said he’s planning...


Sandlot transports diners to the beach — without leaving the city

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 06:50:00 PDT

You can’t beat the sun, sand and water view at Sandlot in Harbor Point — or the delicious, casual fare.

We had a hard time believing we were in the city at the outdoor, beach-inspired restaurant, except for the Domino Sugars sign across the way and the towering Exelon building behind us.

The outdoor...


50 things to do in August in the Baltimore area

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 16:06:00 PDT

There's plenty to do this month in Baltimore, from fairs and festivals to concerts and art shows. 


Marin Alsop enters the million-dollar club of American music directors

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 07:50:00 PDT

Marin Alsop, who has been inching toward the million-dollar club of American music directors for several years, is now officially a member. That’s according to the 2017 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Music Directors, compiled by Drew McManus and published on his Adaptistration web site.



Stillpointe Theatre revives Jonathan Larson's 'Tick, Tick ... Boom'

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 09:20:00 PDT

Stillpointe Theatre, which has a fine track record of reviving musicals, has taken a fresh look at “Tick, Tick … Boom,” an autobiographical work from 1990 by Jonathan Larson, written six years before his reputation would be secured by “Rent.”

Larson’s struggles to create something for the musical...


Rise Biscuits Donuts to open in Lutherville-Timonium

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 09:30:00 PDT

Rise Biscuits Donuts is making its way to Maryland with a new location in Lutherville-Timonium, and more to follow.

The Durham, N.C.-based chain is opening at 1620 York Road in November serving biscuits, donuts and more for breakfast and lunch.

The quick-service restaurant is owned by franchisees...


Uncorked potential: Maryland's wine industry grows thanks to technology and collaboration

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

The Maryland wine industry is getting better with age.

Ten years ago, the state’s wine industry was a small one that did not have a reputation for making high-quality wines. Today, however, the state boasts dozens of wineries — and some of them are turning out wines on par with the world’s top...


Annapolis Chamber Music Festival returns with five rare performances

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Organizers say this year's Annapolis Chamber Music Festival is bigger and better than last year's inaugural run, with 12 talented young musicians from around the world offering five nights of rare musical performances.

Founded in 2016 by Rémy Taghavi and Zachary Hobin, the group came to Annapolis...


'The Bachelorette' recap: The Men Tell All, and call out Lee

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 07:05:00 PDT

You guys, I have to be honest, for the first “Bachelorette” season in like 10 years I am nervous about this “Men Tell All” because I do not remember who so many of these dudes are. Either way, we’re back in LA for Rachel’s reunion with some of her season’s suitors and Chris Harrison’s newest haircut.


Submit your event for The Baltimore Sun's Fall Arts Guide

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:55:00 PDT

The Baltimore Sun is collecting event information for its 2017 Fall Arts Guide, out Sept. 3.

Baltimore arts and entertainment groups and venues can self-submit fall events (pop music, theater, comedy, classical, jazz, art, film, dance, books, food/dining, festivals, fairs, lectures, etc.) here.


With prices rising, cheap chicken wings may be a thing of the past

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 09:03:00 PDT

As chef and co-owner of All Set, a seafood restaurant and bar in Silver Spring, Maryland, Edward Reavis knew he would take a bath on his lobster roll and crab cake given the crushing wholesales prices of lobster and blue crabs these days. But, at the same time, he knew he could always rely on his...


The best Baltimore-area events this week: Summer Spirit Festival and Howard County Fair

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Summer Spirit Festival

Performances by Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Fantasia highlight the music in store for this year’s Summer Spirit Festival, always one of the best weekends of the season. In addition to the headliners, Saturday’s Day 1 will feature music from De La Soul, Trombone Shorty &...


The Local Fry is opening a second location

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:35:00 PDT

The Local Fry, a Federal Hill fry shop, is opening a second location in Hampden.

Restaurant owner Kevin Irish said he expects the new eatery to open at the Rotunda in late 2017 or early 2018.

The second restaurant will offer a menu similar to the Federal Hill location at 21 E. Cross St., specializing...


'Game of Thrones' episode 3 recap: 'Tell Cersei'

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

This week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” wasted no one’s time.

After six seasons of watching Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen fight the dead and free slaves worlds apart, we see the two hero characters in the same room.

“The Queen’s Justice” opens with Missandei and Tyrion greeting Jon on the beaches...


Baltimore filmmaker wins NAACP competition

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:30:00 PDT

Baltimore filmmaker Mecca Amoni Michele Lewis and her partner Erin Gaddis’ six-minute film on the difficulty of everyday life after serving time in jail, won the “Champions for Justice” short-film competition at last weekend’s NAACP national convention.

The film, “JustUS: Living with a Criminal...


Former Bagby Restaurant Group CEO faces burglary, theft charges after alleged break-in at Bagby offices

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:40:00 PDT

The former CEO of the Bagby Restaurant Group was arrested this week on burglary and theft charges after being accused of breaking into the restaurant group’s Towson office.

Chris Becker was charged with two counts of fourth-degree burglary, one count of second-degree burglary, theft less than $100...


NBC to produce series following a fictional Baltimore mayor

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:15:00 PDT

NBC is reportedly producing a series that will take place in Baltimore and will feature a Baltimore native as one of the show’s executive producers, according to Variety.

The Los Angeles-based entertainment magazine reported that the network is developing a drama following a newly elected African-American...