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Baltimore's Horse Lords confound expectations for a rock band

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:42:00 PDT

Horse Lords, the instrumental rock quartet from Baltimore, loosely formed as something of a joke band — a young group simply learning to cover the Can song “Halleluwah“ for a 2010 Artscape performance.

A lot can change in a short period. Fast-forward to April, when the band received a glowing review...


Hit musical 'Jersey Boys' makes energetic return to Hippodrome

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:10:00 PDT

Working its way back to the Hippodrome Theatre for the third time in five years, the touring production of "Jersey Boys" again delivers a satisfying combination of hit parade and eventful backstory about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Although "Jersey Boys" will finally say "Bye Bye Baby"...


Ye olde fun: Knights, jousters and more share tricks of their trade

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:10:00 PDT

Geared up in a red and black suit and shimmering armor, Josh Brown grips his medieval weapon of choice with one hand as he steps toward his opponent in the sand-covered arena.

He swings the bola, sending a heavy, metal sphere chained to a handle toward his enemy. He misses and dodges his enemy's...


Chef Chad Wells energizes the menu at Victoria Gastro Pub

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:30:00 PDT

The staff is happy that chef Chad Wells has taken over the direction of Victoria Gastro Pub's kitchen. On a recent visit, our waiter assured us that we could expect a new experience.

The Columbia restaurant's menu has definitely been energized by Wells, who started there in July after leaving Alewife...


Iron Rooster opening third restaurant in Hunt Valley

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:01:00 PDT

Iron Rooster, a popular breakfast spot known for its homemade pop-tarts, is opening a restaurant in Hunt Valley. 

The restaurant is moving into the space previously occupied by Joe's Crab Shack, at 50 Shawan Road. Owner Kyle Algaze is aiming to have the restaurant open by mid-November, following...


Section of Bel Air's Main Street will be closed for television show filming Friday

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Bel Air's South Main Street will be closed between Churchville Road and Courtland Street, starting Friday evening through early Saturday morning, for the shooting of television program scenes.

Those scenes will be for the Netflix drama "House of Cards," according to Bel Air town leaders.

An announcement...


Mahaffey's manager brings beer to story-time with children's book 'Hophead Harry'

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:52:00 PDT

Last year, Dennis Kistner came face-to-face with a dilemma many new parents know all too well: He was tired of reading the same stories to his son, Little Dennis.

“We always read the same ones,” Kistner, a Dundalk native, said last week inside the Canton bar he manages, Mahaffey’s Pub. “Some books...


Wayward Southern in Federal Hill does food just as well as drinks

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:20:00 PDT

Wayward Southern Bar and Kitchen takes the bar part of its name seriously with three bars and 12 TVs. But it pays attention to the food part of its moniker, too, with a focus on causal Southern cuisine.

The Federal Hill space has reinvented itself from the days when it was kicking it up with country...


Shrimp and grits may be Baltimore’s hottest dish

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:02:00 PDT

Move over, crab cakes. There's a new favorite in town: shrimp and grits.

It might seem like blasphemy in a city hard-wired to love the blue crustacean. But the classic Southern dish is on menus everywhere these days.

Will Sterling, the owner of Saturday Morning Cafe near the Inner Harbor and who...


'Empire' recap: Cookie holds on to that gold revolver

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:23:00 PDT

Before we get into this week’s full recap of "Empire," let’s all take a moment and admire the gold revolver. You know the one that Lucious sent Cookie as part of her 1,001 love gifts? Yea … I totally get why you kept it girl, but that better come to use this season since you ended up keeping it....


'Survivor' recap: An annoying showmance in the Millennials camp

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:03:00 PDT

It’s Day 5, and the Gen Xers are having trouble making fire. And although David survived last week’s Tribal Council, it seems his days are numbered. So he decides to try to make fire to make himself more valuable to his tribe. It works, but we’ll see if it helps.

According to Chris, it doesn't....


'American Horror Story' recap: Signs point to a show-within-a-show mystery

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:15:00 PDT

"American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare" expanded its scope beyond a simple haunted house tale this week. The supposed “documentary” seems to be adding increasingly fantastical elements to its story, and this week we get a some psychic, some revisionist American history and what appears to...


New Navy stealth destroyer, guided-missile cruiser coming to Baltimore for Fleet Week

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:44:00 PDT

The Navy announced Wednesday that it plans to send five ships to Baltimore to take part in Fleet Week next month — a cruiser, a destroyer, two transport ships and the new stealth ship USS Zumwalt.

Fleet week begins on Oct. 10 and people will have a chance to clamber aboard the ships. Some 3,100...


Clinton-Trump debate most watched ever with 84 million viewers

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:39:00 PDT

UPDATE: Nielsen says the TV audience for Monday's debate was 84 million. There were also 17.1 million Twitter interactions related to the debates from 2.7 people in the U.S., according to the audience measurement service.

The previous record for a debate was 80.6 million for the 1980 debate between...


'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Rick Perry is eliminated

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:08:00 PDT

Because of Erin Andrews' absence, Kym (Johnson) Herjavec is co-hosting "Dancing With the Stars" with Tom Bergeron on Tuesday night. There's also a slew of musical performers lined up.

Just to remind you, the following six couples have immunity tonight based on last night's "faceoff" dances: Jana...


Clinton-Trump debate: A bad TV night for the reality TV star who would be president

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:17:00 PDT

In TV terms, Donald Trump had a pretty bad night. He lost to Hillary Clinton on several levels in their first debate Monday with millions of undecided voters watching.

He started out strong - and looked for about 20 minutes like he was going to do the two things everyone said he had to: seem presidential...


Horseshoe Casino hosting eating contest to celebrate new B'more Chicken & Donuts

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:42:00 PDT

The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is holding an eating competition on Wednesday to celebrate its newest dining option.

The South Baltimore casino will host a doughnut eating contest at 1 p.m. on the 14Forty stage. The contest coincides with the launch of B'more Chicken & Donuts, a new vendor at the...


A solid 'Othello' from Chesapeake Shakespeare

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:48:00 PDT

In a world hardly lacking for villains or villainous motivations, Shakespeare's "Othello" retains its ability to confront and stir.

Time has not dulled this tale of a small-minded man who topples a better, braver fellow by unleashing that most debilitating of human emotions — jealousy. That the...


'This Is Us' recap: The twists continue

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:12:00 PDT

After last week’s premiere episode of "This is Us," one may have been fooled into thinking that everything was going to be perfect growing up as a member of Jack and Rebecca’s family of five. But we quickly learn that this definitely isn’t the case. 

Eight years on from the end of the last episode,...


Amy Schumer most dangerous celebrity online

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:15:00 PDT

Amy Schumer is the most dangerous celebrity on the internet — and not just because of her no-holds-barred personality.

Intel Security announced Wednesday that the actress-comedian topped its 10th annual list of the most dangerous celebrities online.

A search for the "Trainwreck" and "Inside Amy...


Frontline offers much needed clarity with Clinton, Trump biographies

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:50:00 PDT

If you feel like your head is going to explode with all the hype, spin and madness surrounding Monday night’s debate, check out Frontline’s “The Choice” on Tuesday night for some much needed clarity on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Frontline, the public television series that embodies some...


Lin-Manuel Miranda to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:22:00 PDT

Alexander Hamilton is coming to "Saturday Night Live."

NBC said Wednesday that Lin-Manuel Miranda will host "SNL" on Oct. 8. Miranda created and starred in the Broadway sensation about the first U.S. treasury secretary.

Twenty One Pilots duo Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun will be the show's musical...


Baltimore is test market for new OpenTable feature that helps restaurants showcase specials

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:30:00 PDT

OpenTable is piloting a new feature that allows restaurants to showcase daily specials on their page, and Baltimore diners will be the first to try it.

The San Francisco-based company, which allows diners to make restaurant reservations online and through its mobile app, is rolling out a feature...


Clinton, Trump teams will spin on social media as candidates spar on stage

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:14:06 PDT

Monday night's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is expected to make television history with the largest audience ever for such an event — exceeding the 80 million in 1980 for Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.

But the TV screen might not be the one that matters most as voters...


Rapper The Game makes generous appearance at West Baltimore block party

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:34:00 PDT

Los Angeles rapper The Game went to a block party in West Baltimore’s Gilmor Homes this weekend — and handed out $100 bills to kids in the public housing project, according to his posts on Instagram and Facebook. 

The “Hate It Or Love It” rapper posted a photo of himself, surrounded by “my #Bodymore...


'Gotham' recap: Creation vs. destruction in ‘Mad City: Burn the Witch’

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:50:00 PDT

Gotham is at war with itself. Good versus bad, bad versus bad. But even in times of intense hostility, violent uprising and destruction, there are moments of celebrating creation.

“The opposite of war isn’t peace … it’s creation!” playwright John Larson said in his hit ‘90s musical “Rent.” And...


'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Head-to-head faceoffs

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:45:00 PDT

Because of the presidential debate, Monday night's "Dancing With the Stars" show has to get through 12 couples in only one hour. I have no idea how they're going to manage this. It doesn't help that there's no audio at the beginning of the show and no closed captioning either. So Tom's explaining...


New national African-American museum could help, hurt smaller institutions

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:47:57 PDT

When the new National Museum of African American History and Culture opens Saturday on the National Mall, a century after it was first proposed, it will be greeted by an outpouring of joy.

The gleaming bronze behemoth standing out amid a phalanx of white marble will be dedicated by President Barack...


'Jersey Boys,' Fells Point Fun Festival and more top Baltimore-area events this week

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Free Fall Baltimore

The perfect month for Baltimore culturistas on a budget, Free Fall Baltimore, running through October, offers entry to scores of the city's museums, performance venues and other cultural installations, and it doesn't cost a dime. More than 200 events and activities in all. Opening...


La Cakerie to open on Bel Air's Main Street

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

A Bel Air native is returning to Main Street with a third site for his La Cakerie bakery, known for winning the Food Network's "Cake Wars" and conquering several other dessert-based shows.

Jason Hisley said he expects La Cakerie to open in the location of what had been The Jaded Bean, at 22 S....


Lutherville's Derek Waters returns to revels of 'Drunk History,' Season 4

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:55:49 PDT

The first piece Derek Waters ever staged for what would become "Drunk History" involved Alexander Hamilton. The scenario featured Mark Gagliardi, a friend of Waters, recounting the duel between Hamilton and Aaron Burr — with a little help from a bottle of scotch.

Waters, a Lutherville native, will...


WYPR's 'Out of the Blocks' shares Baltimoreans' stories block by block

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:13:23 PDT

In Baltimore, the streets are brimming with untold stories, and Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick, producers of the WYPR documentary series "Out of the Blocks," have been on a quest to give residents and business owners a chance to share them, block by block.

With the slogan "One hour of radio. One...


Food Network alum 'Chef Stew' looks to transform East Baltimore warehouse into teaching kitchen

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:55:00 PDT

Robert "Chef Stew" Stewart, a Food Network alum and Baltimore native, is working to transform a Baltimore warehouse into a free teaching kitchen and, ultimately, a space for local residents to learn trades beyond cooking.

Stewart aims to raise $30,000 to make his vision — Transition Kitchen — a...


Mix 106.5 DJ Maria Dennis on her battle with cancer and life beyond it

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:06:00 PDT

On the presidential campaign trail, Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" became a bit of a joke after it appeared in heavy rotation at Hillary Clinton's rallies.

But for Maria Dennis, the anthem may never get old.

And I don't really care if nobody else believes

'Cause I've still got a lot of fight left...


Baltimore artist Joyce Scott named MacArthur Fellow

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:00:00 PDT

Joyce J. Scott was in no mood for a prank phone call a few weeks ago.

The Baltimore-born artist, known for creating intricate, often provocative jewelry and beaded sculptures, was coping with acute sciatica. Unable to lie down, she tried to get some sleep while seated at a desk, her head resting...


Free indoor art festival Artomatic coming to Montgomery Ward Warehouse in South Baltimore

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:43:00 PDT

The historic Montgomery Ward Warehouse in South Baltimore will host a free indoor art festival this November.

Artomatic@Baltimore will host hundreds of art exhibitions for six weeks starting Nov. 4, according to a recent new release.

The Artomatic art festival, which was first hosted in Washington...


Yusuf Islam, the former Cat Stevens, invites fans aboard the Peace Train at Kennedy Center

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:16:00 PDT

“I never wanted to be a star,” Yusuf Islam sang Thursday evening at the Kennedy Center. “I never wanted to travel far.”

The irony is that Islam’s Washington performance, a more or less chronological review of his songbook, curated and annotated by the singer-songwriter, was all about his journey...


Oprah Winfrey orders Pappas crabcakes for 'Henrietta Lacks' movie crew

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:06:00 PDT

Oprah Winfrey and the film crew for "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" got their Baltimore seafood fix last night with an order of crabcakes from Pappas Seafood Co.

Winfrey, who has been seen around the city filming the HBO movie, ordered 175 crabcakes and salad from the Parkville-based seafood...


'Pitch' premiere recap: A decent first at-bat

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:56:00 PDT

Legend has it that 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell would work himself into such knots that he would vomit before big games. Given Russell’s achievements, his pregame queasiness took on the air of intensity and not fear. There is a moment in Fox’s new sports drama "Pitch" that showcases a less...


The Denzel Washington-led remake of 'The Magnificent Seven' is handsome, but lifeless

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:05:00 PDT

A sense of lethargy hangs uneasily over the lumbering new version of "The Magnificent Seven." Despite its sturdy plot, seasoned director and capable cast toplined by Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, it arrives in a comatose state, a film unlikely to arouse passions one way or another.


At Inka Grill Fusion, poor service mars a culinary trip to Peru

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:46:00 PDT

A culinary journey to another country is always exciting, especially when you only have to drive to Pikesville, where the new Inka Grill Fusion promises an exploration of Peruvian foods.

The menu, in the capable hands of executive chef Michael Ciuffardi Macky, teases adventurous palates with items...


Grand finale for ‘Game of Thrones’-themed burlesque comes to Ottobar

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:45:00 PDT

At a science fiction and fantasy conference last year in Seattle, Bella La Blanc performed a “Game of Thrones”-inspired burlesque act.

She made one fan, for sure — the series’ author, George R.R. Martin, who was in the audience. Soon after, he invited La Blanc’s tribute troupe — “Burlesque is Coming”...


Fall's arrival means new Maryland beers to try

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:51:00 PDT

If fall’s arrival this week couldn’t come soon enough, you’re not alone — local beer-makers relish a new season, because it’s a time to debut new beers.

From commemorating the opening of a taproom to a brew looking to make a positive impact on local agriculture, the local beer scene has interesting...


Miserable's Kristina Esfandiari on the relief of finishing her debut album

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:32:00 PDT

Kristina Esfandiari loves the people who listen to her music. But when she was writing “Uncontrollable,” the debut LP from her solo vehicle, Miserable, she wasn’t thinking about them. 

“I really wasn’t expecting people to like it at all,” Esfandiari, 28, said over the phone from Nashville, Tenn....


Starlite Diner opens its doors at Belvedere Square

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:58:00 PDT

Starlite Diner has opened its doors to the public at Belvedere Square.

The restaurant, housed in the former Shoo-Fly Diner Space, is open for lunch and dinner, and will add breakfast service next week. 

Owner Leonard Clarke, who previously owned Red Maple in Mount Vernon, renovated and refurbished...


At Natural Products Expo East, healthy snacks, eats on the go will be on display

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:30:00 PDT

Allergic to gluten, soy, grains and dairy, Debbi Ascher was having trouble finding snacks that fit her diet and weren't loaded with refined sugar. So she made her own.

It has been three years since Ascher and Jen Burnstein, friends and Gaithersburg residents, created the CharmedBar, a fruit-and-nut...


'Empire' Season 3 premiere recap: The ghost of Rhonda

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:51:00 PDT

And we’re back! "Empire" is back for Season 3 and, oh boy, is it a doozey. This week is no light-hearted affair with very few (if any) laugh-out-loud moments. After a summer off, the show dives right into the drama.

First, arguably the most GASP-worthy moment arrives when we finally find out who...


Baltimore Coffee Alliance launches to support training for local baristas

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:01:00 PDT

A group of Baltimore coffee pros are starting an organization that will encourage local baristas to take their latte art and brewing skills to the next level.

David Anderson, previously the coffee director at Artifact Coffee and Woodberry Kitchen, teamed up with a few other leaders in Baltimore...


Family-friendly 'Kiddie Flamingos' keeps anarchic spirit of Waters original

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

What if you not only made John Waters' proudly X-rated "Pink Flamingos" kid-friendly, but actually cast preteens in the roles of the defensively filthy Babs Johnson, the perverse Connie and Raymond Marble, and the egg-static Edie the Egg Lady?

You'd get a performance just a tad less disgusting,...


Oprah Winfrey spotted in Baltimore as 'Henrietta Lacks' movie films in city

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:49:00 PDT

If you're walking around town within the next day or so, you might see a famous former Baltimore resident in her old stomping grounds.

Oprah Winfrey has been spotted around the city this week while filming HBO movie "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."

The film, adapted from Rebecca Skloot’s...


Ruby 8 offers affordable Asian food in relaxed McHenry Row space

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:55:00 PDT

Ruby 8 Noodles and Sushi's McHenry Row space in Locust Point has previously housed two other Asian restaurants. So owner Chil Chong worries that diners won't realize his place isn't the same as the now-closed Umi Sake and Red Parrot Asian Bistro.

"It's completely different," he said.

The interior...


Everyman Theatre pairs drinks, dessert with performances; spotlights women's voices

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:25:00 PDT

You can take in a whole lot more than a play this season at Everyman Theatre, which seems to have developed quite an appetite for offering extras to its patrons. 

The company introduced a dessert bar on opening night earlier this month. Now comes word of a party nights and new dinner-and-show package....


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

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:01:00 PDT

Now, look, I sometimes miss the "Dancing With the Stars" results shows because I feel that eliminations are a little rushed when they're the same night as the competition. But I don't miss two-hour results shows.

The biggest news of the night is that Maks has shaved off his beard. This pleases...


Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt for 'health of the family'

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:03:00 PDT

Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, bringing an end to what began as the world's most tabloid headline-generating romance before morphing into a star-studded engine of family and philanthropy.

Jolie Pitt, 41, cited "irreconcilable difference" in divorce papers filed Monday...


'This is Us' premiere recap: A few tear-jerkers and a surprising twist

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:24:00 PDT

"This Is Us" is a new dramedy from Dan Fogelman, the writer of "Crazy, Stupid, Love," or, as I know him, the creator of "Galavant," a criminally under-watched comedy that was unceremoniously axed by NBC after two seasons of midseason glory (Seriously people, fire up the Hulu machine and watch it...


As craft beer expands, City Brew Tours to launch in Baltimore

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:56:00 PDT

Heading into his senior year at the University of Vermont in 2008, Chad Brodsky didn't have a summer internship, so he created a business instead. Dressed in German lederhosen, Brodsky walked the busy streets of Burlington, Vt., convincing strangers to hop into his van to take tours of local breweries.


Sweets shop and tea stand coming to the R. House food hall

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:23:00 PDT

A local dessert peddler is teaming up with a pair of ice cream makers from Philadelphia to open a stall serving sweets and teas at the forthcoming R. House food hall.

Krystal Mack, who owns the local dessert mobiles PieCycle and KarmaPop, is partnering with Philadelphia-based Little Baby's to open...(image)

Nine stars wear Christian Siriano to Emmy Awards

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:22:00 PDT

Celebrities continue to flock to Annapolis native Christian Siriano for their red carpet looks; nine to be exact from last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Siriano, the colorful designer and arguably the most successful winner in the history of “Project Runway,” once again showed that...


Citron owner to open special events venue next to forthcoming restaurant

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:13:00 PDT

As caterer Charles Levine prepares to open his first restaurant, Citron, in a Pikesville shopping center, he’s also building an adjacent venue that will provide additional dining and event space.

Citron, at Quarry Lake at Greenspring, is on pace to open in November. And it will be followed in January...


Wes Moore to host monthly show on WYPR starting this week

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:50:00 PDT

Baltimore native and best-selling author Wes Moore will host a new hour-long monthly program called “Future City” on Baltimore’s NPR news station WYPR 88.1 FM beginning this Wednesday.

Moore, a veteran who also founded BridgeEdU, a program that helps transition high school students into college,...


HBO and FX reign over the Emmys with 'Game of Thrones' and 'The People v. O.J. Simpson'

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:15:00 PDT

Thanks to O.J. Simpson, the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards partied like it was 1995.

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” the FX limited series that dramatized the sensational murder case and trial that divided a nation more than two decades ago, became the most celebrated program of...


Baltimore Symphony gala with Itzhak Perlman, OrchKids raises $1 million

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:57:00 PDT

Judging by the bottom line, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2016-2017 season-opening gala Saturday night was an unqualified success. The event raised a little over $1 million.

That total includes about $40,000 raised during the concert portion of the evening. Audience members were encouraged...


'Gotham' Season 3 premiere recap: 'Better to Reign in Hell'

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:03:00 PDT

Gotham’s still a mess, just as we left it at the end of Season 2.

The only difference is our supposed hero Jim Gordon has taken a step back from trying to save the city. Since we last saw Jim, he’s quit the police force and become a bounty hunter, meaning he gets to beat up and arrest baddies and...


Inside new National Museum of African American History and Culture

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:01:00 PDT

— Up, up, up visitors walk, out of the darkness and into the light.

About sixty percent of the vast new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens Saturday, is underground.

Partly, that's to comply with height restrictions imposed on structures built on the National Mall,...


'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Contestants channel TV themes

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:24:00 PDT

"Dancing With the Stars" this week starts with footage we didn't see on last week's show of the protestors that went after Ryan Lochte.

Monday night's episode is TV theme song night, so the credits reflect the shows each star will be dancing to. Some of them I recognize right away, and then we...


New owners pledge to carry on McGarvey's homegrown charm

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Almost every week, you can find Vernon Miller eating gumbo and drinking a cold stout at McGarvey's Saloon & Oyster Bar.

Miller was at McGarvey's for its opening more than 40 years ago, and ever since he has been coming there for lunch twice a week.

When he opens the wooden door, he sees someone...


Baltimore Book Festival, Mike Rowe and more top Baltimore-area events this week

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Baltimore Book Festival

Being in the word business, we love books. And we bet you do, too. They're handy, attractive, durable, filled with all sorts of wonderful ideas. This weekend, Baltimore celebrates the bibliophiles among us, bringing together authors and the magical words they produce with...


Double T Diner staff rock Ravens gear to root for Baltimore's football team

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Football Sundays are considered a weekly holiday for waitress Kim Dickinson, who has served at Ellicott City's Double T Diner since 2000. Although the local restaurant isn't actually closed, Dickinson says she tosses some Baltimore Ravens flair into the dining atmosphere every game day to celebrate.


Bel Air's 51st Festival for the Arts draws vendors, art-lovers Sunday

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:11:00 PDT

Families, young people and the artistically inclined filled the grounds of Bel Air's Shamrock Park and the surrounding streets to check out several hundred creative vendors for the town's 51st annual Festival for the Arts on Sunday.

Some mused the day may have brought a somewhat thinner crowd this...


New musical work, 'Mother's Lament,' confronts deaths of young black men

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:38:00 PDT

Politicians, pundits and protesters have had much to say about the deaths of young black men in Baltimore and other cities. Saturday night at Morgan State University, musicians will address the issue.

"Mother's Lament," a work for soprano, chorus and orchestra created by two Morgan faculty members,...


Candidates' lack of transparency part of a trend that's bad for democracy

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:42:00 PDT

A 70-year-old reality TV star running for president shared a sketchy two-page health summary with a doctor-host on a syndicated daytime show and had the gall to boast of his transparency compared to that of his opponent.

His 68-year-old opponent, meanwhile, kept a diagnosis of pneumonia secret...


Md. native Isis King steps into new reality show 'Strut'

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:52:38 PDT

Isis King was all but done with reality shows after her appearance on "America's Next Top Model: All Stars."

The Prince George's County native was tired of the social media attacks telling her to die, threatening to kill her or saying she would burn in hell because of her transgender identity.



200 dancers turn up, show moves for 'Hairspray Live' auditions

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:04:00 PDT

A line of around 200 colorful "Hairspray" hopefuls wrapped around the Hippodrome Theatre on Thursday morning, each waiting for a chance to be a part of a live televised production of the Broadway musical based on the 1988 John Waters film.

NBC was hosting auditions for "Hairspray Live," offering...


Rep Stage takes telling journey to 'The Other Place'

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:49:00 PDT

Wearing a trim, businesslike suit and allowing a trim, businesslike trace of a smile to cross her face, Juliana Smithton launches into a sales pitch for a new drug at a convention of neurologists in the Virgin Islands. A few weak jokes, some slick visual illustrations — all is going routinely for...


Bombay Blue's a hidden Indian dining destination in Glen Burnie

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:08:00 PDT

Bombay Blue's in Glen Burnie has gotten some good buzz, but we were still surprised by the caliber of the Indian food on a recent visit — and the size of the place.

The dining room seats 175, with more room at the 40-foot-long bar. It's under the same roof as a La Fontaine Bleue events venue that...


Emmy Awards 2016 predictions: Who will win, who deserves to win and who could surprise us all

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:52:00 PDT

After years of fans crying foul, "The Americans" finally got some Emmy nomination love -- but can the FX Cold War drama actually win? Will anyone break the "Veep" stranglehold on the comedy categories? Could James Corden defeat John Oliver in battle of the talk show hosts?

Before the Emmy Awards...


Recalling Johnny Dark as a force in Baltimore rock radio

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:26:47 PDT

Johnny Dark was a radio force on WCAO during the coming of the age of rock 'n' roll, perhaps hitting his peak when he served as master of ceremonies for the Beatles' 1964 appearance at the Baltimore Civic Center.

For a generation of fans, he was the usher who brought them to rock's front row.



Hampdenfest toilet races teem with excitement

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:59:00 PDT

The greatest toilet racers in the world — mull over that phrase for a second or two — will gather Saturday for the right to earn a Golden Seat award for being the quickest commode on wheels.

Some 30 teams, ranging in size from two to seven people, are slated to compete for the fastest john to cover...


Bel Air's Main Street Oyster House to become Black Eyed Suzie's restaurant next week

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:24:00 PDT

Is fifth time the charm for 119 S. Main St.?

Brian Acquavella certainly believes so. The owner of Baltimore's Blue Agave Restaurante y Teguileria is set to open a new restaurant on the site of the now-closed Main Street Oyster House in downtown Bel Air.

Black Eyed Suzie's, which will offer "Maryland-influenced...


Kim McGuire, actress in John Waters film 'Cry-Baby,' dead at age 60

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:30:00 PDT

Kim McGuire, who played the character known as "Hatchet-Face" in the John Waters film "Cry-Baby," has died. She was 60. Her husband, Gene Piotrowsky, confirmed his wife's death Thursday to The Associated Press. Piotrowsky said she died Wednesday at a Naples, Florida, hospital of complications from...


'Henrietta Lacks' movie starring Oprah Winfrey to film in Baltimore next week

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:05:00 PDT

Filming for the HBO film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” starring Oprah Winfrey, will be held in Baltimore next week, according to casting company Marinella Hume Casting's co-founder Bill Marinella.

Filming will take place from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, according to the casting company, which...


Breweries look to break through at Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:04:00 PDT

For most of the breweries pouring suds Saturday at the Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival — especially the newer and smaller ones — it's about spreading the news about their craft beers.

The festival at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium will be the fifth year for the celebrations of local brewed beer,...


A mildly startling encounter with 'Wait Until Dark' at Everyman Theatre

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:29:00 PDT

"Wait Until Dark" isn't a fool-proof thriller.

While the 1966 play by Frederick Knott contains ingredients for suspense — the central figure is a blind woman in Greenwich Village, N.Y., terrorized by men seeking a doll stuffed with a valuable commodity — there's the little matter of a Swiss cheese-like...


Loch Bar showcases posh vibes, classic cocktails in Harbor East

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:29:00 PDT

With the Japanese-themed Azumi and the Mediterranean eatery Ouzo Bay, the local Atlas Restaurant Group has proved to have the quality and style to meet Harbor East's high-end expectations.

While its first two Baltimore properties are food-focused, Atlas' third — Loch Bar, located in the Four Seasons...


Comedian Kathleen Madigan is simply about the laughs

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:19:00 PDT

Don't expect comedian Kathleen Madigan to make a big entrance when she performs at the Modell Lyric on Saturday — or an exit for that matter.

"I'm not really one of those people that needs to have a strong opener or a strong closer," she said on the phone last week. And when she's done performing,...


'American Horror Story' Season 6 premiere recap: 'My Roanoke Nightmare' a return to form

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:08:00 PDT

Season 6 of "American Horror Story" is upon us and, honestly, things are kind of weird this year.

It’s the first time we know almost nothing about the new season going in. The show is premiering almost a month earlier than usual — in previous years, "AHS" has tended to bow closer to Halloween  and...


Local radio legend Johnny Dark has died

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:42:59 PDT

Legendary local radio broadcaster Johnny Dark has died.

Family members said Thursday morning that Dark had passed away due to cancer, ABC2 News reported. He was 82 years old.

Dark had been on the air in Maryland for more than 50 years, including 30 years at Baltimore's WCAO AM station. In 1964, Dark...


10 movies we might fall for this season

Fri, 2 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Stupid as it sounds, we prejudge movies left and right, by the unreliable barometers of our choice. Good trailer? The Amy Adams alien invasion movie "Arrival" has one, yes. So does "La La Land," the latest from writer-director Damien Chazelle, if you're seduced by images of Ryan Gosling and Emma...


Suspended Brewing Company finds home in Pigtown, puts focus on values over profit

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:32:00 PDT

With the craft-beer industry continuing to grow, plenty of aspiring brewers have fantasies of becoming the next upstart brand to take a big bite out of the market. 

The four friends behind Suspended Brewing Company, a new business that signed a lease at 912 Washington Blvd. in Pigtown two weeks...


WYPR's 'Maryland Morning' to cease Friday; Kast to host new 'On the Record'

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:47:00 PDT

WYPR's "Maryland Morning," originally hosted by radio host Sheilah Kast for nearly 10 years, will air for the last time Friday morning. But a new show will take its place.

Kast, who has hosted "Midday" for about 10 months, confirmed Wednesday that she will host a new show called "On the Record,"...


Free Fall Baltimore's 2016 lineup offers more than 200 events in October

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:15:00 PDT

The annual cultural gift known as Free Fall Baltimore, produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, returns with more than 200 events during the month of October.

Free performances of music, theater and dance, as well as art exhibits, lectures and more, will be held throughout Baltimore....


20 years after Tupac Shakur's death, remembering his Baltimore beginnings

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:14:00 PDT

Legendary rapper Tupac Shakur died 20 years ago today, six days after being shot on the Las Vegas strip. Although his career was centered around the West Coast, Tupac spent a portion of his youth in Baltimore, where he attended Dunbar High School and Baltimore School for the Arts.

The following...


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to perform pop-up concert at Penn Station today

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:15:00 PDT

If you happen to be making your way through Penn Station at lunchtime today, you'll hear some orchestral music — and it won't be canned stuff coming over the PA system.

Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and music director Marin Alsop are scheduled to do a surprise (oops — not a total...


Venezuelan arepas eatery joins R. House food hall lineup

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:55:00 PDT

Venezuelan chef Federico Tischler, most recently of Canton restaurant Alma Cocina Latina, will bring a dash of his country to the R. House food hall in Remington this fall.

Tischler is opening White Envelope, a modern arepas bar that will put a spin on the traditional Latin American comfort food,...


At Polenta Cafe in Hampden, Italian cuisine goes gluten free

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:19:00 PDT

The owners of Polenta Cafe in Hampden seem to know what they're doing.

They're capitalizing on several restaurant trends at their cozy BYOB cafe on The Avenue: America's continued love of Italian cuisine, an increased interest in gluten-free dishes, and a focus on a singular food.

As the name suggests,...


'Dancing with the Stars' premiere recap: Ryan Lochte protesters rush the stage

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:52:00 PDT

Season 23 of "Dancing with the Stars" opens with a helicopter shot over Griffith Park Observatory that zooms in to reveal dancers on the top exterior levels of the building. Nice to see that 23 seasons in, they're still throwing some good production money at the show. Although, I will be mighty...


'Hairspray Live' to hold auditions in Baltimore

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:13:00 PDT

"Hairspray Live" is about to get a little more Baltimore flavor. 

NBC will host auditions for its live production of "Hairspray" — based on the 1988 John Waters movie — at the Hippodrome on Sept. 15, giving fans a chance to participate in a dance routine in the live musical. 

Judging the performances...


Ohio University students taught right lesson on erasing Roger Ailes legacy

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:35:00 PDT

I am late getting to this because I was away yesterday, but I have to at least note Ohio University being so ashamed of its connection to former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes that it is taking a $500,000 hit so it can remove the alumnus' name from a newsroom at the campus.

Half a million dollars is...


Culinary history events offer insight into how food shapes our lives, region

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:44:00 PDT

On the narrow streets of Fells Point, around the circles in Annapolis and lining the avenues of Mount Vernon, buildings erected in Maryland's earliest days still stand, giving locals and tourists alike the opportunity to imagine what life looked like here centuries ago.

But architecture tells only...


New trailer for Tupac Shakur biopic 'All Eyez on Me' hits web

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:16:00 PDT

Tupac Shakur, the legendary rapper and one of Baltimore School for the Arts’ most famous former students, died 20 years ago today in a Nevada hospital after a drive-by shooting. The unsolved homicide, which cut short an influential and promising life at 25, remains one of hip-hop’s darkest chapters...