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Trendy health ingredients give restaurants' menus an extra kick

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Sandlot’s Fire on the Mountain isn’t the best-selling drink on the menu at the new waterfront hangout in Harbor Point. But it might be the healthiest cocktail on the list.

With ingredients including turmeric, yogurt and hot peppers, the blended beverage provides a refreshing kick while incorporating...


Gnocco's Brian Lavin named a finalist for Zagat '30 Under 30'

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:20:00 PDT

Brian Lavin, the chef and owner of Gnocco, has made it to the final round of culinary professionals being considered for Zagat’s “30 Under 30” list.

Lavin, 29, is one of 45 finalists for the list, narrowed from 60 semifinalists announced in April. The final 30 will be unveiled in September.



'The Bachelorette' recap: Norwegian snakes

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:05:00 PDT

This week’s episode of “The Bachelorette” episode brings us back to South Carolina, because where better to showcase racism than in the South.

Kenny, the wrestler with a confusing wrestling name, wants to talk with Lee, the singer-songwriter who sang Rachel a song on the first night, about how...


Hopkins student under fire with Zillow for photos on parody 'McMansion Hell' blog

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:45:00 PDT

A Johns Hopkins student is under fire with real estate marketplace and website Zillow for using its images on her parody Tumblr blog.

Zillow sent Kate Wagner, a Peabody Institute graduate student, a cease and desist letter Monday for allegedly “reproducing, modifying, distributing, or otherwise...


Baltimore actress to star in Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It' Netflix series; Maryland musicians to be featured

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:15:00 PDT

This Thanksgiving Day, Marylanders are in for a treat.

Not only will Spike Lee’s Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It” debut, but residents will get to see and hear some homegrown talent in Lee’s remake of his 1986 film.

Baltimore native and actress DeWanda Wise, who has also appeared in WGN America’s...


Most eye-popping dishes at Baltimore-area restaurants

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:45:00 PDT

From fine dining to casual fare, these restaurants know how to make their dishes stand out. Here are some of the most eye-popping plates at restaurants in the Baltimore area.


Vote: Best restaurants readers' poll

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:00:00 PDT

The Baltimore Sun is compiling its annual "50 Best Restaurants" dining guide, and we want to include reader picks. Tell us your favorite restaurant, and we'll publish readers' top choices in the dining guide. Cast your vote by 5 p.m. Friday, June 30. Fill out my online form.(image)

More than 30 BoatHouse Canton employees leave after immigration officials seek documents, owner says

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:19:23 PDT

More than 30 employees of The BoatHouse Canton did not show up to work over the weekend after Immigration and Customs Enforcement began a review of the restaurant's immigration records, the restaurant's co-owner said.

The southeast Baltimore restaurant received a request from ICE to review its I-9...


Writer sues Tupac filmmakers, alleges copyright infringement

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:15:00 PDT

A magazine writer has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of the new Tupac Shakur biopic, saying that portions of the film are based on his articles about the late rapper.

Kevin Powell says in the federal lawsuit filed Friday that "All Eyez On Me" borrows from articles he...


Maybe it's time for press to push harder for transparency from Trump

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

There’s a darkness spreading over Washington these days, and it might be time for everyone in the news media who cares about democracy to confront it – even if it causes some pain.

Donald Trump’s White House and the Republican-controlled Congress are taking our government behind closed doors in...


BET Awards 2017 | Show highlights

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:15:00 PDT


'Finding Neverland' heads to Baltimore with vintage message, new Hook

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

No less an expert on youth and adventure than Mark Twain loved J. M. Barrie’s play “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up,” declaring it to be “a great and refining and uplifting benefaction to this sordid and money-mad age.”

That assessment was made a century ago, but the sordid, money-mad...


Uncle Julio's plans third Maryland location in Annapolis

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Does Annapolis have room for another margarita?

Texas-based Uncle Julio Mexican Restaurants thinks so and has submitted a preliminary plan for its first Anne Arundel County location at the Annapolis Restaurant Park.

The Tex-Mex restaurant would replace Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que off Jennifer Road....


Duck Donuts is opening in White Marsh

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Topped with sprinkles, covered in bacon or dipped in powdered sugar, Duck Donuts is bringing its made-to-order doughnuts to Baltimore County.

The North Carolina-based doughnut shop is opening at 5272 Campbell Blvd. in the Nottingham Square shopping center in White Marsh. It opens to the public...


10 ways to beat the heat in Harford County this summer

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:28:00 PDT

Brace yourself — the dreaded dog days of summer are imminent. It won’t be long before pleasant breezes give way to sweltering heat, taking many activities from enjoyable to unbearable.

But summertime in Harford County is saved by shady spots, nighttime novelties and plenty of waterborne recreation....


The best Baltimore-area events this week: Dundalk Heritage Fair, Busta Rhymes and ‘Finding Neverland’

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Dundalk Heritage Fair

With July 4 on its way, time to get started on your Independence Day celebrations. And in these parts, there’s no better place to start than in Dundalk, with the annual Heritage Fair, running Friday through next Sunday at Dundalk Heritage Park, 2717 Playfield St. Enjoy carnival...


Baltimore-area summer outdoor movies calendar

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:49:00 PDT


Serenade festival celebrates JFK centennial by bringing together choral groups from around the world

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:00 PDT

John F. Kennedy, born 100 years ago, left a sizable mark on culture and diplomacy in his few years as president.

“The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction in the life of a nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose,” he said in 1962, “and is a test of the...


Thomas Dolby auctions off customized trailer to benefit Living Classrooms

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:50:00 PDT

Looking for a traveling trailer that once doubled as a technology-driven recording studio — and want the purchase to benefit Baltimore students? You could be in luck, thanks to Thomas Dolby.

The multi-instrumentalist, author and Johns Hopkins professor is auctioning off his customized 2011 Camp-Inn...


New movie 'All Square' seeks Little Leaguers for Dundalk shoot

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:00 PDT

A new film starring actors from “House of Cards” and “The Wire” is looking for local Little Leaguers to serve as extras.

“All Square,” with Michael Kelly from “House of Cards” and Isiah Whitlock from “The Wire,” will be shooting next week at Battle Grove Field in Dundalk and needs young baseball...


Elvis Costello earns trust while tinkering with old hits at Wolf Trap

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:35:00 PDT

One of the many good things about seeing Elvis Costello perform is that he has never treated his songs as static works, locked in the time and place he produced them.

Throughout his 40-year career, he has turned his consistently sophisticated and adventurous compositions into great-sounding records....


At Backfin Blues: Creole de Graw, solid Louisiana-style fare -- at a price

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:47:00 PDT

After 10 years of running Backfin Blues Bar & Grill in Port Deposit, chef-owner Bob Steele was ready for another venture — this time, on the other side of the Susquehanna River.

He opened Backfin Blues: Creole de Graw in Havre de Grace last winter, featuring a cuisine he loves.

“Creole is one of...


Baltimore doctor and her father win $520,095 on 'The Wall'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:45:00 PDT

Johns Hopkins doctor Aaryn Hammond and her father won big on their episode of NBC’s trivia game show “The Wall,” which aired Thursday night.

The two took home $520,095 after a slow start.

During the game, correct trivia answers release green balls down a four-story pegboard “wall” and into slots...


No-frills breakfast at Simply Marie's in Canton

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:40:00 PDT

There are a lot of places to go in Baltimore for a power breakfast or gourmet brunch. But sometimes you just want good old-fashioned morning fare.

The aptly named Simply Marie’s in Canton is just the spot for the latter. It offers an unpretentious setting with a low-key decor, a few tables and...


6 ways to get the beach vacation experience without leaving the Baltimore area

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:55:00 PDT

Ah, Ocean City — sun, sand and all sorts of other things that make for a memorable summer. And less than three hours away.

But maybe those three hours are a little more than you want to spend en route to your summer fun. Maybe you want to enjoy the pleasures of O.C. right now, without having to...


Traffic reporter and anchor Sarah Caldwell leaves WBAL after 15 years

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:40:00 PDT

After 15 years at WBAL-TV, traffic reporter and anchor Sarah Caldwell is leaving the station for a job in development at the Institute of Notre Dame.

Today was Caldwell’s last day on-air at WBAL.

In addition to reporting morning traffic, Caldwell was a co-anchor on the station’s noon broadcast....


Woodberry Kitchen chef Lou Sumpter among Eater's Young Guns 2017 winners

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:10:00 PDT

Woodberry Kitchen’s chef de cuisine is one to watch, according to Eater’s latest picks for its annual Young Guns list.

Lou Sumpter was named one of 17 restaurant professionals on Eater’s Young Guns 2017 list, an annual compilation of culinary industry rising stars who are either under 30 or who...


At Canners Row, surprisingly good food on the waterfront

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 12:25:00 PDT

In warm weather, we want to commune with nature, especially when eating a meal. Canners Row in Canton is the newest spot to provide a waterfront view — with the bonus of great food and drinks.

The restaurant, which opened in mid-April, offers an eclectic American menu with appetizers, entrees,...


Johns Hopkins doctor to compete on NBC's 'The Wall'

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:45:00 PDT

Aaryn Hammond never saw herself as the game show type. The 27-year-old Baltimore resident admits she’d tossed the notion around with her father, Milton Harrison, while growing up, but the idea of competing for prizes on TV was just a joke the two shared, nothing more.

That is, until Hammond’s mother...


Wilde Lake High teacher to test knowledge on 'Jeopardy' Friday

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Wilde Lake High School biology teacher Brittany Franckowiak will test her knowledge on “Jeopardy” tonight at 7:30 p.m on WJLA-TV.

The 29-year-old city of Laurel resident will face contestants Pat McNamee, a certified public accountant from McLean, Va., and Lisa Evans, an office manager from Easthampton,...


Pitbull considering opening Baltimore charter school

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:17:00 PDT

The rapper Pitbull may open a charter school in Baltimore.

WBFF-TV reported on Wednesday the rapper says an application for opening SLAM Academy will be submitted soon, and that the school could open by September 2018.

Sports Leadership & Management (SLAM) schools exist nationwide, including in...


When ‘Jaws’ took a bite out of the summer of 1975

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:10:00 PDT

The film “Jaws” landed in the early days of the summer of 1975 and it was all anyone talked about.

In describing “Jaws,” The Sun’s film critic, R. H. Gardner, wrote on June 23, 1975, “For nerve-racking suspense sustained over a long period of time, even the final scenes of ‘Moby Dick’ can’t compare...


'Fargo' Season 3 finale recap: A mostly satisfying, but ambiguous ending

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:35:00 PDT

Season 3 of “Fargo” came to a satisfying and poignant close with its finale episode, “Somebody to Love.” Justice is exacted, stories are told, death is doled and we get a frustratingly ambiguous, yet narratively inevitable ending.

The episode begins with Gloria Burgle submitting her resignation...


Patsy Cline's spirit comes to Annapolis for a 'Closer Walk' at Infinity Theater

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:30:00 PDT

Infinity Theatre in Annapolis is opening its season with an engaging musical tribute in Dean Regan's "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline."

It was two seasons ago that Infinity presented, with great success, "Always … Patsy Cline," in which a fan tells Patsy's story.

"Closer Walk" is more concert than...


Hightopps Backstage Grille sustains success with breezy atmosphere, attentive service

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:20:00 PDT

Those visiting Hightopps Backstage Grille for the first time will likely notice the Timonium mega sports bar’s popularity before even exiting the car.

It’s the type of place that requires staffing just for its parking lots — the type of people you’d expect to see at a concert venue or sporting...


Playing 'Joshua Tree,' U2 makes the past relevant at FedEx Field

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:35:00 PDT

This was a cool way for U2 to start its show at FedEx Field in Landover on Tuesday: The recorded music faded, the lights went down and Larry Mullen Jr. appeared on the broad, empty stage in the northwest end zone, before a giant screen showing a single Joshua Tree.

He strode down a walkway to the...


'Love Warrior' author Glennon Doyle Melton in sold out show in Annapolis

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

When was the last time a talk by a writer sold out weeks in advance?

It happened when blogger and bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton appeared last year at Woods Memorial Church in Severna Park, that's when. Now, she's back June 30 to talk about her new book "Love Warrior" at Maryland Hall...


Kwame Kwei-Armah to step down as Center Stage artistic director next summer

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Kwame Kwei-Armah, the adventurous artistic director of Baltimore Center Stage since 2011, will step down when his contract expires next summer, seven years after he started the job.

“It was not an easy decision to make,” Kwei-Armah said. “I absolutely love Baltimore Center Stage and I absolutely...


Plantbar opening at Harbor Point

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:10:00 PDT

Plantbar, a juice bar in Belvedere Square Market, is opening a second location in Harbor Point this fall.

The juice bar is leasing space at the Exelon tower at 1308 Point St. across from Harbor Point’s Central Plaza.

Plantbar serves made-to-order and cold-pressed, bottled juices; smoothies and...


Group looking to open video-rental store in Baltimore surpasses Kickstarter goal

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:00:00 PDT

With more than 20 hours left as of Tuesday afternoon, a group of video enthusiasts have surpassed their $30,000 Kickstarter goal in hopes of opening a video store in Remington.

The group, Baltimore Video Collective — BVC, for short — has plans to open the membership-based video-rental store, entitled...


'Transformers: The Last Knight' review: Fifth time's the charmless

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:53:00 PDT

Of course it’s not good. “Good” would only get in the way. The new "Transformers" movie sits right on the beam, qualitatively, with the previous three sequels (the first one was a mite less … I don't know, something). So be warned or be encouraged, depending on your allegiance to the earlier movies.


Baltimore City Council adopts resolution asking state to stop Clayworks sale

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:40:00 PDT

The grassroots effort to prevent the board of Baltimore Clayworks from selling its Mount Washington buildings picked up fresh momentum Monday night when the Baltimore City Council approved Resolution 17-0030R:

“For the purpose of requesting that the Governor of Maryland, and the Members of the...


Penguin Pils, collaborative beer from Brewer's Art and Maryland Zoo, gets canned distribution

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:15:00 PDT

It didn’t take long for Penguin Pils, a collaborative Baltimore beer between the Brewer’s Art and the Maryland Zoo, to find an audience after its debut last year.

Given its popularity, the beer will become more widely available starting July 1, when Penguin Pils will begin distribution in cans,...


Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar opens in Little Italy

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:25:00 PDT

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar has opened its doors in Little Italy.

The Canada-based chain specializes in pizza and offers a menu of more than 80 items, including burgers, sandwiches, wings and pasta.

Boston’s 14 specialty pizzas include the Florentine (topped with spinach, artichokes, sun-dried...


Towson grad Kacy Catanzaro advances to city finals of 'American Ninja Warrior'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:35:00 PDT

Towson alumna Kacy Catanzaro competed in the San Antonio qualifying round of American Ninja Warrior on Monday night's show.(image)

Frederick breweries dedicate new beers to 'rock star' Comptroller Peter Franchot

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:45:00 PDT

Two Frederick beer companies will honor Comptroller Peter Franchot with special brews in appreciation of his vocal support of the local brewing industry during the General Assembly’s most recent session.

Monocacy Brewing Company has created a beer called Saison du Franchot, while Barley and Hops...


Prodigy, half of rap duo Mobb Deep, dead at 42: publicist

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:26:00 PDT

Rapper Prodigy, a member of the New York hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, has died. He was 42.

The rapper's publicist said in a statement Tuesday that Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas "for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis." Prodigy has battled sickle cell since birth...


John Legend postpones tonight's Merriweather Post Pavilion show

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:10:00 PDT

Scheduled to perform tonight, John Legend postponed his performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia due to illness, the R&B singer announced on Twitter.

“I’ve gotten sick and need a few days to recover and rest my voice,” Legend wrote on the social-media website. “I’m so sorry for the...


'The Bachelorette' recap: Lee spells trouble

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:35:00 PDT

This week’s episode of “The Bachelorette” starts with the reminder that Eric, a personal trainer who definitely chugs protein shakes while yelling “lower!” when making you do lunges, got the group date rose, but is so disliked by the rest of the cast that many of them told Rachel that was a bad...


The Charmery to open second ice cream shop at Union Collective complex

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:00:00 PDT

The Charmery, an ice cream shop in Hampden, has been named the next tenant of Union Collective, the forthcoming manufacturing and retail complex spearheaded by Union Craft Brewing in nearby Medfield.

David and Laura Alima, owners of the Charmery, said they plan to open the 5,500-square-foot retail,...


A profound Beethoven 9th is Eschenbach's parting gift to NSO

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:45:00 PDT

Christoph Eschenbach received two thunderous responses Saturday night at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, where he led his final performance as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra.

The first ovation occurred before a note was sounded, when he walked onstage with Kennedy Center president...


Visit Baltimore launching summer 'Beverage Passport' promotion

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:35:00 PDT

Visit Baltimore is launching a program to encourage local residents and visitors to sip their way through the city’s bars, restaurants and breweries for discounts on drinks throughout the summer.

The summer Baltimore Beverage Passport promotion runs June 5*-Aug. 31, during which customers can show...


Rapper The Game asks his fans to contribute to fundraiser for slain Baltimore dirt bike rider

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:56:00 PDT

When rapper The Game visited West Baltimore to film a music video last year, he gave a cameo to a young dirt bike rider named Sean Williams, who is seen zipping by while popping a wheelie.

Williams, 18, was fatally shot Sunday night in West Baltimore, and The Game took to Instagram, where has 8...


NBC News the star, not Megyn Kelly or Alex Jones

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:10:00 PDT

After more than a week of misguided talk about Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones as a kind of celebrity warfare, what really mattered Sunday night was the journalistic performance of NBC News.

Not surprisingly, Jones came off looking bad. Kelly came off looking OK. But the real stars of the...


'Real Housewives of Potomac' recap: The Champagne room is open

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:00:00 PDT

We’re back for another “Real Housewives of Potomac” episode in Bermuda, and it’s full of high school drama.

If you remember from last week’s episode, Karen arranged for Monique and Gizelle to go on a private sailboat trip in an effort to make the two of them get along. This makes the other ladies...


The best Baltimore-area events this week: John Legend, Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge and Latinofest

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

John Legend

He’s won Grammys, an Oscar and (as of last Sunday) a Tony. He’s sold a few zillion records, he’s one of the top R&B artists of his day and he’s married to Chrissy Teigen. Yeah, we’d say John Legend has done alright for himself. Tuesday night at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion,...


Anything can be coleslaw if you know what you're doing

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:19:00 PDT

Now that our old pal global warming has kicked summer back into spring, no doubt you've been firing up the grill for several weeks now, charring yourself some luscious hunks of bloody, bloody meat.

In all seriousness, though, beloved peeps, unless you're suffering from a bit of the lycanthropy,...


Kibitz Room deli opening in Pikesville

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:10:00 PDT

A Baltimore-area native is bringing his New Jersey deli home to Pikesville.

Neil Parish is opening the Kibitz Room in the former Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. space at the Hooks Village mixed-use complex later this summer. It’s the second location for the deli, which also has a shop in Cherry Hill,...


Baltimore dancer from 'Step' movie to audition on 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:10:00 PDT

To Pigtown resident Blessin Giraldo, “step is life” — and she’s determined to let the world know.

The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women alumna, who is prominently featured in Owings Mills native Amanda Lipitz’s documentary “Step,” will take her rhythmic footwork to Fox’s reality dance...


BSO soars in season finale with Marin Alsop, Gil Shaham and a classical tribute to 'The Wire' theme song

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Well-packed with crowd-pleasers, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s final program of the season could have been just an autopilot affair, a safe way to wrap things up for subscribers until September. It turns out to be anything but routine.

On Thursday night at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, where the...


New video from the War on Drugs stars former 'Wire' actor

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:10:00 PDT

The music video for “Holding On,” a new single by the Philadelphia band the War on Drugs, stars an actor fans of “The Wire” should recognize: Frankie Faison, who played Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell on the Baltimore-based HBO drama.

Released on Tuesday, the six-and-a-half-minute clip directed...


Carrie Fisher's autopsy reveals cocktail of drugs, including cocaine, opiates and ecstasy

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:40:00 PDT

A Los Angeles County coroner’s report released on Monday revealed a mixture of drugs that were in actress Carrie Fisher’s system when she went into cardiac arrest on an L.A.-bound flight and later died.

Fisher’s toxicology review found evidence of cocaine, methadone, MDMA (better known as ecstasy),...


Jada Pinkett Smith takes issue with 'All Eyez On Me'

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:40:00 PDT

Jada Pinkett Smith is no fan of the way her friendship with Tupac Shakur is depicted in “All Eyez On Me.”

The actress, a classmate of Shakur’s at the Baltimore School for the Arts from 1986-1988, took to Twitter Friday afternoon to take issue with the way their relationship is depicted in the Skakur...


Finalists for 2017 Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibited at the Walters

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:30:00 PDT

As usual, the annual exhibit of contenders for the $25,000 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize contains a distinctive variety of artistic styles and statements.

The 2017 finalists show, now on view at the Walters Art Museum, may not be quite as eye- or mind-grabbing as some previous ones —...


DuClaw Brewing celebrates Father's Day with new Dad Bod beer, party

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:30:00 PDT

It’s safe to say beer has helped to create plenty of “dad bods.” On Saturday, a Baltimore brewery will toast to fathers with a limited edition brew called — you guessed it — Dad Bod.

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, DuClaw Brewing Company will host a “Father’s Day Celebration” to coincide with the...


Will Michael Phelps swim against a Great White during Discovery's Shark Week?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:28:00 PDT

Judging by Discovery's latest news release, Michael Phelps will indeed swim against a shark: "The world's most decorated athlete takes on the ocean's most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark - the race is on!"(image)

Oprah has 'Wonder Woman'-themed party with cake from Charm City Cakes

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

After the release of the blockbuster film “Wonder Woman,” starring actress Gal Gadot, many people are still on a superhero high — including Oprah Winfrey, who deemed it “Wonder Woman Day” at her house earlier this week and enlisted a locally founded bakery to help with the celebration.

Along with...


Tupac Shakur biopic includes brief stopover in Baltimore

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:55:00 PDT

Tupac Shakur’s four years in Baltimore make a brief appearance in the biopic “All Eyez On Me,” where they serve to provide a brief respite between his tumultuous youth in New York City and the violence he later encountered in Oakland.

The movie, which stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur...


Here's how to make Freddy's famous ribs from 'House of Cards'

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:30:00 PDT

“House of Cards” viewers have found many ways to indulge in their fandom — and in addition to binge-watching, they can now try binge-eating, thanks to one YouTuber.

Andrea Rea, the chef and filmmaker behind the “Binging with Babish” YouTube channel, has re-created the ribs made by Freddy’s BBQ...


Greene Turtle, DuClaw Brewing announce partnership, first beer to benefit sea turtles

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:35:00 PDT

Maryland companies the Greene Turtle and DuClaw Brewing Company have a new partnership, with the latter creating the sports-bar chain’s Shell Raiser beers.

“[This] opportunity is going to allow us to really open up the Shell Raiser brand, and start brewing different-style beers more regularly,”...


At Cypriana, good vibes with uneven food and service

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:40:00 PDT

Restaurateurs Maria Kaimakis and Vassos Yiannouris have to be some of the nicest people in town. As you watch them in action, they exude joy and energy.

In February, the married couple opened Cypriana in Tuscany-Canterbury, where you can find them welcoming new diners and warmly greeting faithful...


Baltimore Pride drink specials at local bars

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:30:00 PDT

The celebratory mood of Baltimore Pride is often reflected in nearby bars’ drink specials and themed parties, and this weekend is no exception. Below is a sampling. (You can find more info on this weekend’s festivities here.)

The Baltimore Eagle: From 9 p.m. to close Friday is the Lust Party,...


Despite Demetrius Shipp's performance, 'All Eyez on Me' is a muddled vision of Tupac

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:05:00 PDT

Rapper Tupac Shakur was a revolutionary; a controversial, brilliant artist cut down in his prime who grew even more iconic after his death. The son of a Black Panther, a high school chum of Jada Pinkett Smith and a vanguard of West Coast gangsta rap, Shakur endured, and produced. far more in his...


Itineris to buy Clayworks buildings in Mount Washington

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:25:00 PDT

Word on the street spread weeks ago that Itineris, a nonprofit organization serving adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, had entered into a contract to buy Baltimore Clayworks, the ceramic arts center facing about $1 million in debt. It’s now official.

Itineris executive director Ami...


Bottega reopening in former Colette space in Station North Thursday night

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:45:00 PDT

Bottega, the Station North BYOB, will take over the former Colette space in Station North starting Thursday night.

Colette closed May 28, not long after capping off its first year in business, with plans to remodel the restaurant to make way for its Italian sister restaurant, Bottega. Both restaurants...


What to know about Baltimore Pride: Expanded locations, a focus on inclusion and more

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:15:00 PDT

In a way, Baltimore Pride comes full circle this weekend.

Saturday’s parade — one element of the city’s annual celebration of its SGL (same-gender-loving)/LGBTQ communities — will take a route that will look to the festival’s future (and its new farther-north home) while honoring its history, said...


This Baltimore band isn't just performing on Warped Tour — it's bringing skills to fight harassment

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

When Vans Warped Tour approached Baltimore band War On Women to come on its 40-city music festival, frontwoman Shawna Potter had reservations. Rife with corporate sponsorship and criticized for mishandling alleged misconduct in the past, the traveling rock music event didn’t immediately make sense...


Father's Day specials at Baltimore-area restaurants

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Restaurants across Greater Baltimore are offering Father’s Day specials to celebrate dads in the area. Here are some of the specials on tap for the June 18 holiday.

Cinghiale in Harbor East, which recently began serving Sunday brunch, will offer a Father's Day brunch with unlimited antipasti. The...


Tupac Shakur in Baltimore: Friends, teachers remember the birth of an artist

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:13:00 PDT

At the height of his celebrity, Tupac Shakur chose to give author Kevin Powell some of his most revealing interviews ever — from a subdued, introspective conversation while the rapper was incarcerated to resentful provocations against rivals that fueled the escalating East Coast-West Coast rap...


'The Handmaid's Tale' finale recap: Season 1 ends with foreboding cliffhanger

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:05:00 PDT

Ring those salvaging bells: The day of reckoning is upon us! Hulu’s big prestige drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” has given us 10 dark but incredibly thought-provoking episodes, and the season finale has arrived.

We start with Offred’s early days at The Red Centre; the classic Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts”...


Outdoor theater is a rewarding tradition for Baltimore-area troupes — if the weather cooperates

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:15:00 PDT

For some theater companies, every summer brings a welcome opportunity to step outside and put a literal spin on Shakespeare’s all-the-world’s-a-stage notion.

In the Baltimore-Annapolis area, audiences can take in plays and musicals with only sky for a ceiling, natural breezes in lieu of air conditioning,...


Flying Dog Tap House restaurant coming to BWI

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:15:00 PDT

A new restaurant marrying local beer with local beef is on track to open this summer at BWI Marshall Airport.

Flying Dog Tap House will feature beef from Roseda Farm in Monkton and beers from the Frederick brewery for which the restaurant is named. It is expected to open in mid-July in Concourse...


Third Eye Blind reflects on 20th anniversary of debut album ahead of Baltimore show

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:10:00 PDT

In the mid-’90s, Stephan Jenkins slept on packing foam. He lacked a bank account, a driver’s license and a steady band to backup his rock ‘n’ roll aspirations. A diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome at 27 consistently zapped his energy.

Somehow, the dire situation fueled the California native’s...


Hysteria Brewing Company in Columbia to open next month

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:15:00 PDT

The slogan for Columbia’s newest beer producer, Hysteria Brewing Company, is “The Mad Pursuit.” It’s an homage, according to marketing director Zachary Michel, to “the mad scientists who are constantly driving forward to discover something.”

Variety and experimentation are two driving forces for...


Westminster photographer's 'This Is Us' wedding shoot goes viral

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Like many viewers, wedding photographer Karen Rainier quickly became enthralled by “This Is Us,” the tearjerker hit drama on NBC.

“I am a bit of a TV junkie and I have been obsessed with the show ‘This Is Us’ since the first episode premiered,” said Rainier, who is based in Westminster.



Avenue Kitchen & Bar opening in former Le Garage space

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:45:00 PDT

Two Baltimore restaurateurs are teaming up on a new American restaurant where Le Garage previously stood in Hampden.

Bill Irvin, who opened La Folie Steak Frites & Wine Bar in Canton last year, and Patrick Dahlgren, who owns Rowhouse Grille in Federal Hill, bought the business at 911 W. 36th St.,...


The scoop on nondairy: Local ice cream shops expand their offerings

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

It wasn’t until after Marie Murphy was a few bites into her scoop of Little Baby’s Ice Cream that she realized it was missing a traditional ingredient: milk.

Murphy, 67, and her daughter, Anais Naharro-Murphy, 25, stopped by Little Baby’s stall at R. House food hall in Remington for an afternoon...


Fast-casual Urban Bar-B-Que should satisfy your smoked meat cravings

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

If you’re in a hurry to grab some ribs and pulled pork in Upper Fells Point, Urban Bar-B-Que Co. has you covered.

The fast-casual chain opened its first Baltimore store in late April.

The menu focuses on a variety of barbecue styles, served as craft plates where you choose your meat and side dishes,...


Annabel Lee Tavern to reopen in Canton with help from new investors

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:05:00 PDT

With the help of two new investors, the Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant Annabel Lee Tavern will reopen, said owner Kurt Bragunier, who had announced the Canton corner bar’s closure last month due to declining sales.

While Annabel Lee Tavern (601 S. Clinton St.) is currently closed, Bragunier...


A startling display of keyboard virtuosity from Trifonov at Shriver Hall

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:40:00 PDT

With a startling demonstration of precocity, ferocity and velocity, 26-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov made his Baltimore recital debut Sunday evening for the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

At the very least, he left no doubt about his formidable technique, which sounded as pristine at the...


Gilman grad wins Tony Award for lighting design of 'The Great Comet'

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:35:00 PDT

Bradley King, the Gilman School alumnus whose Broadway debut working on “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” earned him a Tony Award on Sunday night for best lighting design of a musical, hasn’t entirely absorbed the experience.

“It’s starting to sink in,” said King, who got home around...


15 Baltimore area bars and restaurants with water views

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 05:15:00 PDT

The Chesapeake Bay provides endless opportunities for waterfront drinking and dining in Greater Baltimore. From Annapolis to Chesapeake City, here are 15 spots to check out for food and drinks on the water this summer.


Female Trouble podcast: Corynne Ostermann and Kim Te, Natural Velvet (episode 43)

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:05:00 PDT

Corynne Ostermann and Kim Te, of Baltimore alternative post-punk band Natural Velvet, on making aggressively feminine music.(image)

Festival Baltimore at UMBC to offer unusual programming

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 13:25:00 PDT

Asiya Korepanova has always been a little, well, different.

The pianist, who had the idea for an unusual classical music festival that launches Friday at University of Maryland Baltimore County, found an off-beat pastime during her childhood in Izhevsk, capital city of Russia’s Udmurt Republic.


The best Baltimore-area events this week: Baltimore Pride, Journey and 'All Eyez On Me'

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Baltimore Pride

Baltimore’s SGL (same-gender-loving)/LGBTQ community celebrates itself with what is essentially a weekend-long party, this year dubbed “Pride Unleashed.” Kicks off Friday with “Twilight on the Terrace,” an evening of fine dining and music (courtesy of DJ Watson) set for 7 p.m. at...


Inspired by 'Ninja Warrior,' adults and kids alike tackle obstacle courses for fitness

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:00:00 PDT

The curved, wooden wall at Alternate Routes gym in White Marsh stands 14 feet tall, towering over 10-year-old Alex Oliveri and the other children in his obstacle-style fitness class.

But Alex isn’t fazed. With his eyes fixated on what obstacle course pros call the “warped wall,” the Forest Hill...


Zine scene: Baltimore's DIY publications capture culture, community and expression

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 11:55:00 PDT

On a recent Tuesday at the Baltimore Design School, students gather in a classroom, folding papers to create booklets where they will copy and paste clips from magazines, draw figments of their imagination using markers and colored pencils, and write poetry and other tidbits of expression before...


'Real Housewives of Potomac' recap: Off to Bermuda

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:15:00 PDT

Grab your sunscreen and bathing suit because we are headed to Bermuda!

Gizelle’s mother comes over to babysit her kids while she goes to Bermuda. Her mom asks about Kevin, and in her testimonial she says that she’s planning on breaking up with Kevin. That’s awkward!

Karen says she bought a house...


Korey Jackson: From Howard High to 'House of Cards'

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 11:35:00 PDT

Korey Jackson says he had two big reasons to be happy when he found out he had landed the role of Sean Jeffries, a super-ambitious young journalist, in Season 5 of “House of Cards.” It was the largest TV role in the 37-year-old performer’s career, and he would be coming home to Maryland for seven...


The 2017 Tony Awards are a love letter for ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:00:00 PDT

"Dear Evan Hansen," the emotionally charged and wholly original musical about a troubled high school student whose very human travails explode over the heartless channels of social media, emerged triumphant at the 71st annual Tony Awards Sunday at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. "Evan Hansen"...