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East Baltimore family featured on 'Family Feud' loses to Minneapolis family Thursday night

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:35:00 PDT

The Ramsey family of East Baltimore appeared on “Family Feud” Thursday night, in hopes of taking home $20,000. But despite their motto “#turnup,” which family member Nicole Credle said they used throughout the show’s airing, the Ramseys turned down. They didn’t win or advance to the next round.


Less slugging, more hugging: Megyn Kelly shifts focus with NBC morning show

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Talk about rebranding. Megyn Kelly, who spent most of the last two years at Ground Zero of the culture wars, says she’s ready to move on to new topics on television.

“I don’t want to do politics,” the former Fox News star said a telephone interview.

“I’m done talking about Trump and [Mitch] McConnell...


During the Darlington Apple Festival, a tiny town booms for a single day

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:00:00 PDT

At Hosanna African Methodist Episcopal Church in Darlington, the apple chopping, peeling and baking began in earnest in August.

Volunteers for the Wilson Ministry Center will embark on a massive apple, caramel and whipped cream buying spree in the week before the first Saturday in October. That...


Comedian Hasan Minhaj, Ohio Gov. John Kasich to present at Hopkins speaker series

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:05:00 PDT

“The Daily Show’s” Hasan Minhaj, MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid, the organizers of the Women’s March, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will all come to the stage this fall as a part of the Johns Hopkins University’s Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium for a mix of laughter and thought-provoking conversation.



Villa Italian Kitchen is dishing out pumpkin spice pizza

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Villa Italian Kitchen is proving no food is safe from fall’s pumpkin spice craze.

The New Jersey-based pizza chain will begin serving pumpkin spice pizzas at about 230 locations starting Friday.

The dough for each pizza will be coated with pumpkin pie filling, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon and topped...


Manor Hill Brewing's farm brewery offers beer-focused escape from city

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:30:00 PDT

Ask Jason Gotcher, Manor Hill Brewing’s director of operations, the best part about where he works, and a smile appears, as though he wants to answer with another question: “Really?”

His actual reply should not surprise any visitors to the Ellicott City property.

“The obvious is, it’s beautiful...


Homeslyce opening in former PJ's Pub space in Charles Village

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:45:00 PDT

Homeslyce will open a new location in Charles Village in the former home of PJ’s Pub, likely its last location in the Baltimore area as the pizzeria plots a D.C. expansion.

The Baltimore pizza bar is on track to open in December at 3333 N. Charles St., where PJ’s had operated since 1984 until it...


Celebrity chef Mike Isabella opening restaurant in College Park

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:25:00 PDT

Celebrity chef Mike Isabella is bringing his Greek eats to College Park.

Isabella is opening Kapnos Taverna in the Hotel at the University of Maryland. The restaurant, which also has a location in Arlington, Va., is set to open Monday.

The new Kapnos Taverna at 7777 Baltimore Ave. will seat 143...


Food & Wine magazine: Baltimore's Ivy has the 'best hotel breakfast you can't have'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:50:00 PDT

The Ivy Hotel in Mount Vernon might serve the best hotel breakfast, according to Food & Wine magazine. But unless you’re staying in the ultra-boutique, it’s not for you.

A recent article in the magazine calls the upscale hotel’s morning meal “the best breakfast you can’t have.”

“The feel is more...


Alice McDermott talks new novel 'The Ninth Hour' ahead of Baltimore Book Festival

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:35:00 PDT

The acclaimed local novelist Alice McDermott doesn’t remember the circumstances under which Sister Mary Rose came into her life when she was a little girl or how many times they met. But more than a half-century later, the author still vividly recalls the old nun’s face.

“My mother was raised by...


What not to miss at the 2017 Baltimore Book Festival

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:50:00 PDT

With more than 500 authors appearing at the Baltimore Book Festival, chances are you won’t be able to see them all. In addition to a reading from National Book Award winner Alice McDermott (read more about that here), here are some highlights:

Literary lion(esses): Nationally known writers will...


Football vs. football: Baltimore-area soccer bars ready to accommodate Ravens fans during early London game

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:20:00 PDT

Normally, a weekend morning at the British-style pub Union Jack’s in Columbia draws many singing soccer fans, eager to cheer on their respective European clubs. But with the Ravens playing in London on Sunday morning, Union Jack’s expects a crowd of purple-wearing enthusiasts of the other kind...


Ravens in London: Baltimore-area bars opening early, running specials

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:05:00 PDT

The Ravens will be in London on Sunday to play the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium, which means plenty of Baltimore-area bars will open early to accommodate the 9:30 a.m. kickoff.

Here’s a running list of local bars opening their doors Sunday morning, along with food and drink specials they’ll...


Cohesion Theatre's promising new play explores Hatfield-McCoy feud

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:10:00 PDT

When it comes to feuding, no one did it better than the Hatfield and McCoy clans in a region between West Virginia and Kentucky during the 1870s and ’80s, holding grudges and, at periodic intervals, dispensing their vicious version of eye-for-an-eye justice.

There is more than enough material here...


Quick transition at Chick and Ruth's after Annapolis mainstay sold to new owner

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:25:00 PDT

“There was a lot of crying. Not a dry eye in the house. We were all crying together,” Beth Levitt said after her husband Ted told his employees Chick and Ruth’s Delly had been sold.

Open since 1965, the Annapolis mainstay with the kitschy orange paint job is where everyone from Maryland governors,...


Formerly Mad River, the Charles bar and restaurant to open in Federal Hill this month

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:50:00 PDT

The Federal Hill bar formerly known as Mad River will reopen as the Charles this month, aiming to shift its focus to food instead of a weekend party scene.

Operating manager David Yike and his partners closed Mad River in May for a rebranding, and Mad River regulars should immediately notice significant...


Eating at Flamant feels like an intimate party

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:25:00 PDT

I felt as if I was going to an intimate party in the cozy cottage that houses Flamant in West Annapolis. A pleasant woman greeted us at the door as we approached and chatted with us during the evening like a gracious hostess.

We didn’t meet the restaurant’s creative chef-owner, Frederik De Pue,...


Mega-church drama of 'The Christians' gets incisive production at Center Stage

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Religion, like politics, may be an unsafe topic for polite conversation, but it sure can make for memorable theater.

Lucas Hnath’s 2015 play “The Christians,” enjoying a terrific production at Center Stage, manages an almost miraculous feat — addressing matters of faith without condescension, manipulation...


Michael's Cafe opening second location in Middle River

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:05:00 PDT

After searching for another location for several years, Timonium-based Michael’s Cafe will open a second restaurant in Middle River.

The restaurant is expected to open next year at 720 Concource Circle, part of the Greenleigh at Crossroads development near White Marsh, according to a press release.


HBO renews David Simon's 'The Deuce' for Season 2

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:05:00 PDT

HBO announced Tuesday that it is picking up David Simon’s drama series “The Deuce” for a second season.

The eight-episode first season premiered Sept. 10 on the premium channel. The series looks at the rise of the porn industry in Times Square in the 1970s, and stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal....


'Dancing With the Stars' premiere recap: Jordan Fisher and Lindsey Stirling stand out

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:30:00 PDT

The opening number for Season 25 of “Dancing With the Stars” is a seriously high-concept number that has the feel of being filmed on an old studio backlot. I only know about two-thirds of these contestants, as usual.

Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron are back as hosts, and in case you don't know, Erin...


Bunzzz Sports Bar & Grill coming to the Gallery in 2018

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:45:00 PDT

In 2018, sit-down dining will return to the Gallery.

Bunzzz Sports Bar & Grill plans to open in the Inner Harbor shopping mall, in the first-floor space that previously housed Brooks Brothers, by next summer, said co-owner Angela Washington-Tallitsch.

The full-service eatery and bar plans to serve...


Danny Glover will make gumbo for Ida B.'s Table's grand opening

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:40:00 PDT

Actor Danny Glover will bring his family’s gumbo recipe to the grand opening of Baltimore’s newest soul food restaurant.

Ida B.’s Table will celebrate its grand opening Saturday with a sold-out event that includes a special appearance by Glover, who will join chef David Thomas in the kitchen to...


Dance performance aims to bring awareness to Baltimore's food deserts

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:20:00 PDT

A local dance company will perform a show at the Charm City Fringe Festival this fall that explores the experience of people living in food deserts in Baltimore.

Called “Foodless Food,” the one-hour show premiered in May. Caitlin McAfee, director of BlueShift Dance, created the show, in which she...


Jada Pinkett Smith denies Leah Remini's claims that she's a Scientologist

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:40:00 PDT

Baltimore actress Jada Pinkett Smith says she is not a Scientologist, denying claims made last week by actress Leah Remini.

Remini, a former Scientologist who released the memoir “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology” in 2015, made the claims about Pinkett Smith in an interview with...


Ted Levitt announces he's sold Chick and Ruth's in Annapolis

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:00:00 PDT

An Annapolis landmark for more than 50 years has a new owner.

Ted Levitt, owner of Chick n' Ruth’s on Main Street, announced on his personal Facebook page at 8 p.m. Monday that he has sold the business started by his parents.

“After 52 years of working in my family business I thought it would be...


Get ready to bug out: Baltimore pop-up restaurant plans an insect-filled menu

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:35:00 PDT

Diners at an upcoming pop-up restaurant will have the chance to fill up on foods with a crunch that comes from an unexpected ingredient: bugs.

Ehrlich Pest Control is teaming up with Eleven Courses Catering & Event Co. to host a “Pestaurant,” a pop-up restaurant featuring bug-laced cuisine, Sept....


A coffee subscription box service is launching in Baltimore

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:25:00 PDT

A pair of brothers from Harford County are starting a Baltimore-based coffee distributor with the hope of introducing customers to freshly roasted coffees through subscription boxes.

Akash and Aman Magoon, 21 and 25, respectively, are launching Virtuous Coffee this week. The pre-launch of the online-based...


Where to take cooking classes in the Baltimore area

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:14:00 PDT

Whether you're an amateur chef or tying on an apron for the first time, a number of venues in the Baltimore area offer cooking classes for small groups, families and corporate groups. Here are some of the restaurants and kitchens where you can learn first-hand how to roll sushi, sharpen your knife...


President Trump omnipresent over Emmy Awards ceremony

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:26:00 PDT

President Donald Trump never won an Emmy, it's true. But his presence was felt at this year's television awards ceremony more than any actor, writer or producer.

"Saturday Night Live," for which Trump was an endless fount of comedy during his campaign and early presidency, had its best Emmys haul...


This year's Emmys didn't even pretend not to be political

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Subtext became text when issues of race, gender and national politics, long a part of Hollywood awards shows, took center stage at the 69th Emmy Awards telecast Sunday night.

“You can’t deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way,” said host Stephen Colbert in his opening monologue....


Emmy Awards 2017 | Best- and worst-dressed

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:00:00 PDT


BSO opens season with colorful mix of new, old

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:05:00 PDT

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra brought out a colorful assortment of the new and the old for the opening subscription program of the season and served it up engagingly.

To start things off Thursday night at the Music Center at Strathmore, music director Marin Alsop provided then-and-now samples...


East Baltimore family to be featured on 'Family Feud' on Thursday

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Five first cousins from East Baltimore will make their debut on “Family Feud,” hosted by actor Steve Harvey, this week, and they’re looking to “#turnup” the heat.

The Ramsey family will compete on the game show on Thursday in hopes of outwitting another family and taking home a cash prize.

And according...


10 years in, Peabody-BSO Conducting Fellowship has seen great success — and a full-circle journey for one

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Ten years ago, a tall, slim man with a ready smile left his job as director of a South Carolina high school band to enter the Peabody Institute as the first recipient of the newly formed BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellowship — a program of extensive skill-honing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra...


Cafe Mezzanote owners to open new Italian restaurant in Severna Park

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 14:30:00 PDT

The owners behind Cafe Mezzanotte in Severna Park will be opening up a new Italian restaurant at the Magothy Gateway Center.

In a release, the restaurant said “Capiche Street Food Italiano” is anticipated to open next month about three miles away from their current restaurant.

The 2,400-square-foot...


Baltimore Comic-Con, Baltimore Book Festival, and more of the week's best events

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Baltimore Comic Con

The art of panel-by-panel storytelling, a distinctly American art form that has brought the world such cultural mainstays as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man, will be celebrated over the course of this three-day fan gathering at the Baltimore Convention Center,...


Lynda Carter talks 'Wonder Woman' mania ahead of Baltimore Comic-Con performance

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:15:00 PDT

Lynda Carter loved playing Wonder Woman. She loves all the attention the character has been getting of late, following the summer’s blockbuster movie starring Gal Gadot. And she loves meeting her fans.

What she doesn’t love is the traditional comic-con template, in which stars sit at tables and...


Sean Spicer makes surprise appearance during Colbert's Emmys opening monologue

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:26:00 PDT

Stephen Colbert unsurprisingly went political during Sunday night's Emmys, and was joined by none other than President Donald Trump's former Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, in his opening monologue.

Spicer rolled up on his signature podium as Colbert joked about the Emmys' audience size, making a...


Emmy Awards 2017 predictions: Who will win, who deserves to win and who could surprise us all

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:07:00 PDT

The Emmy Awards are on Sunday night, and the most exciting categories this year may all involve the limited series, as HBO's addictive "Big Little Lies" (and its cast of A-list stars) are up against heavy hitters like HBO's "The Night Of" and FX's "Feud: Bette and Joan." But don't forget about...


Everyman Theatre's 'M. Butterfly' revival thoughtful, uneven

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:30:00 PDT

If you ever doubted that the truth can be stranger than fiction, you need only take a cursory glance at the celebrated case of love and espionage involving mid-level French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and a Chinese opera singer, Shi Pei Pu.

Just about every aspect in this story screams incredulity....


Haenyo to host weekly pop-ups at PekoPeko Ramen

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:20:00 PDT

The team behind one of Baltimore’s newest pop-up restaurants will bring its Korean eats to Charles Village every week in October.

Haenyo, a pop-up restaurant serving Korean cuisine that launched this spring, will transform PekoPeko Ramen into a stew house each Monday in October.

The restaurant...


10 fall movies to save the world (maybe)

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Tribune critic Michael Phillips is eager for the upcoming season's film roster. Here are his top 10. Release dates vary by region, and are subject to change.


Grubhub folds OrderUp into online, mobile platforms

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

The 27 OrderUp markets acquired by Grubhub this summer have officially been folded into the competing food delivery service’s platform.

Those markets were acquired by Grubhub in a deal with Groupon, OrderUp’s parent company, that will also enable Groupon to integrate Grubhub’s food delivery services...


New craft brewery to open in Bel Air

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The owners of AleCraft Brewing Supply will soon be using the supplies they sell to the public to brew their own brand of beer.

The store on Bond Street is moving to the front section of the Preston’s Stationery building on South Main Street, where it will become AleCraft Brewery and soon begin...


Fork & Wrench to host 'Butcher Battle Series' to benefit Texas hurricane victims

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:05:00 PDT

Fork & Wrench will host a series of three cooking competitions between local chefs to raise money for Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The Butcher Battle Series, which launches Sept. 27, will pit three chefs against each other in each contest as they prepare selected meats for guests. Each...


One-Eyed Mike's is known for its Grand Marnier Club, but food deserves attention too

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:45:00 PDT

When we entered One-Eyed Mike’s in Fells Point on a recent Friday, we faced a raucous crowd of drinkers and a wall of Grand Marnier bottles in the narrow bar area. The restaurant claims to host the first and largest club dedicated to the French, orange-flavored cognac.

But we weren’t there to drink....


Guinness temporary taproom to open in Relay next month

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:05:00 PDT

Guinness plans to start pouring beers at its new brewery in Relay next month, even as construction continues on the full Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House.

A small-batch brewing system is ready to start producing beer and a temporary taproom is being built in an old warehouse at the southwest...


Randy Newman brings his musical satire to Annapolis

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

As one of pop’s master satirist-humorists, it’s likely no surprise that for his first studio album in nine years, songwriter/composer Randy Newman has set his artistic crosshairs on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

After all, this is the artist who inspired anger and protests with “Short People,”...


Dan Deacon talks 10th anniversary of seminal album 'Spiderman of the Rings'

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:30:00 PDT

Before Dan Deacon moved to Baltimore from New York in 2004, the aspiring musician burned compilations of his home recordings onto blank discs to distribute at shows. He never viewed them as actual albums.

“It was more just like, ‘Oh, let me see how much I can fit on a CD-R, and I’ll try to sell...


Chef Brian Lavin named to Zagat's '30 Under 30'

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:25:00 PDT

Gnocco chef and owner Brian Lavin has been named to Zagat’s first national “30 under 30” list.

Lavin, 29, is the only Baltimore chef on the list, which incorporates “some of the best, brightest and most badass hospitality players from coast to coast.”

Lavin, previously of Salt and Fork & Wrench,...


'Rat Film' highlights Baltimore's rat warfare, urban planning failures

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

It started with a rat trapped inside Theo Anthony’s outdoor trash can.

“Absolutely, what you see is really how it came about,” the Baltimore-based filmmaker says of his first documentary feature, “Rat Film,” which opens Friday in Baltimore, New York and Chicago. “I had come home one night, and...


On the anniversary of Tupac's death, looking back at his time in Baltimore

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Rapper Tupac Shakur died 21 years ago today, six days after being shot on the Las Vegas strip.

In honor of the anniversary, let’s take a look back at Shakur’s Baltimore beginnings. He spent a portion of his teenage years here and attended Baltimore School for the Arts — an experience that his friends...


Baltimore duo Outcalls take control with new EP, 'No King'

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:45:00 PDT

The day after President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, Outcalls singers Melissa Wimbish and Britt Olsen-Ecker wished they could be in two places at once — the Women’s March in Washington and Wrightway Studios, the Baltimore recording studio where they had already scheduled a session.

“I wanted...


A beautifully acted, astutely directed 'Heidi Chronicles' to start Rep Stage's 25th season

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:10:00 PDT

There may be a time when Wendy Wasserstein’s 1988 play “The Heidi Chronicles” fails to make an impression on audiences, when its messages about life’s choices and consequences, and how women and men may face them differently, will seem beyond passe. If so, that time would have to be after the human...


John Waters releases album 'Make Trouble,' featuring 2015 RISD commencement speech

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:20:00 PDT

If you enjoyed seeing John Waters deliver his viral commencement speech at Rhode Island School of Design in 2015, or loved the published version in his book “Make Trouble,” now you can enjoy it in a different format.

The Baltimore filmmaker has released the audio version of the speech in its entirety...


'Bachelor in Paradise' finale: Johns Hopkins grad Taylor Nolan gets engaged

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:35:00 PDT

“Bachelor in Paradise” may have caused quite the controversy this summer, but for Johns Hopkins University graduate Taylor Nolan, things turned out pretty well.

Fellow contestant Derek Peth proposed to Nolan on the “Bachelor in Paradise” finale Monday night, and she said yes.

Nolan, a mental health...


After string of setbacks, Baltimore Rock Opera Society ready to reclaim spotlight

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:10:00 PDT

Founded on beer and bravura, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society jumped into the spotlight in 2009 with an original three-hour-plus epic called Grundlehammer. Since then, the BROS — as the company is popularly known — managed to keep the shows coming despite assorted challenges.

For years, the BROS...


What they're saying about 'The Deuce,' David Simon's new show

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:25:00 PDT

“The Deuce,” the new HBO show from Baltimorean and “The Wire” creator David Simon, officially premiered Sunday (though it’s been available for HBO Go to stream since August). Here’s what critics are saying about the drama, which stars James Franco and chronicles the rise of the porn industry in...


J.J. Abrams to write and direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:12:00 PDT

J.J. Abrams is returning to "Star Wars," and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of "Episode IX."

Disney announced Abrams return on Tuesday a week after news broke of Trevorrow's departure. After several high-profile exits by previous "Star Wars" directors, Lucasfilm is turning...


Dining Out for Life fundraiser returns Thursday

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:05:00 PDT

Dining Out for Life, Moveable Feast’s annual fundraiser, returns Thursday.

More than 60 restaurants in the Baltimore area are participating in the 24th annual event, and each will donate 25 percent to 50 percent of their Sept. 14 sales to Moveable Feast.

The organization supports people living...


Woodberry Kitchen wows with new energy

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:55:00 PDT

I hadn’t planned it this way, but I recently found myself perched in the exact same spot at Woodberry Kitchen where I sat when it opened 10 years ago.

And just like that day, ensconced in the upper balcony, I had a fantastic meal. In 2007, chef-owner Spike Gjerde was just beginning his mission...


Busy mom shares easy make-ahead breakfast ideas

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:28:00 PDT

As fast as a Pop-Tart? More filling than an energy bar? Definitely cheaper than the drive-thru.

This back-to-school season, discover make-ahead, packable breakfasts. "I don't remember the last time I ate breakfast sitting at a table," says Kelsey Sprowell, an account manager at a Denver tech startup....


'PotterVerse' convention draws thousands to Baltimore

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 14:15:00 PDT

Jason Epperson, dressed in his best wizard’s robe, was considering the purchase of a “magical” 12-sided die Saturday when his son started telling anyone who would listen some Epperson family business.

“Our dad’s a wand-maker!” said 8-year-old Jericho, eyes sparking behind some Harry Potter replica...


Baltimore Seafood Festival, 'Rat Film,' return of BROS and more of best Baltimore-area events this week

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Baltimore Seafood Festival

The sea’s bounty, and how delicious it can taste, will be on full (and mouth-watering) display Saturday at Canton Waterfront Park, 3001 Boston St., as some of Baltimore’s finest restaurants and food trucks (more than 30 in all, from Abbey Burger Bistro to The Urban Oyster)...


Baltimore's TT the Artist featured on 'Insecure' Season 2 soundtrack

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 11:40:00 PDT

Whether you’re #TeamIssa or a loyal member of the #LawrenceHive, here’s one thing all fans of HBO’s “Insecure” can get behind.

The show, created by actress and director Issa Rae, has dropped its Season 2 soundtrack with a feature by Baltimore’s very own TT the Artist.

The local rapper, who also...


Ken Burns' 'Vietnam' is epic, but don't expect an impact like 'The Civil War'

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 06:55:00 PDT

Ken Burns has created another epic historical documentary in “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part, 18-hour series on America’s catastrophic war in Southeast Asia.

This PBS production, which premieres Sept. 17, has all the Burns signature elements: stunningly eloquent still photographs, music that instantly...


Pioneering artist Jacob Lawrence celebrated with ambitious exhibit at Lewis Museum

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 05:00:00 PDT

You don’t just look at an artwork by the 20th-century master Jacob Lawrence. You collide with it. His pieces practically slide out of their frames and smack you in the face.

After experiencing 50 of these wallops in a single afternoon while perusing “Maryland Collects: Jacob Lawrence,” the exhibit...


Bluebird Cocktail Room is one of Hampden's best new bars in years

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:30:00 PDT

Walking up the few stairs to the Bluebird Cocktail Room’s porch on a recent Friday night, I smirked at my group of friends.

“You’re going to like this place,” I said, my confidence high based on a couple of recent visits.

A doorman with a notepad, though, stopped us before the entrance. The 105-seat...


Q&A: Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom on Rye Street Tavern and Chesapeake cuisine

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 11:25:00 PDT

NoHo Hospitality Group, the New York-based restaurant group headed by chef Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard, is opening its second Baltimore outpost next week: Rye Street Tavern in Port Covington.

Set to open Tuesday, the new restaurant adjacent to Sagamore Spirit distillery comes...


Howard County bakery wins second episode of 'Cake Hunters'

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 10:45:00 PDT

Kupcakes & Co., a family-owned bakery with locations in Elkridge and Clarksville, earned the winning title for the second time in two years on the Cooking Channel’s TV show, “Cake Hunters.”

The bakery — located at 6010 Meadowridge Center in Elkridge and the Clarksville Commons — was declared the...


Surprise weddings gain popularity with Maryland couples

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 08:35:00 PDT

After getting engaged in November, Jarnell Swecker and her then-fiance Kevin knew they wanted something different for their wedding.

“We’ve been to a lot of weddings together, and a lot of weddings were looking the same. They were so cookie-cutter, and you knew what to expect, and they all became...


PotterVerse convention brings Harry Potter mania to Baltimore

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 05:55:00 PDT

Silver Spring attorney Jerusha Burnett will be channeling Luna Lovegood this weekend, right down to her Butterbeer cork necklace and Dirigible plum earrings. And, naturally, a wand.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, no further explanation is necessary; you already know about Luna, the determinedly...


'It' delivers nightmarish visuals but misses the true horror of Stephen King's classic

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 13:15:00 PDT

The 1950s small-town America of Stephen King’s youth provides a deceptively wholesome backdrop for the author’s nightmarish 1986 novel “It,” about a group of adolescent misfits in Derry, Maine, who band together to fight an evil, shape-shifting clown. But transplant the timeline to the summer of...


Local Oyster owner opening new restaurant in Remington

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 09:30:00 PDT

The owner of the Local Oyster is working to open a new restaurant in Remington that will combine Maryland seafood with the flavors of the Gulf Coast.

Dubbed Second Line, the restaurant at 2745 Huntingdon Ave is on track to open early next year.

“It’s taking what we already have here with the Maryland...


Are you a Harry Potter expert? Try this trivia challenge

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 08:03:00 PDT

Think you’re well-versed in the world of Harry Potter? Then try this challenge, featuring questions posed by some of those planning to attend PotterVerse this weekend, to see just how expert you are. Get at least six right, and you’re probably Hogwarts material. Get all 12 right, and it just may...


Galerie Myrtis exhibit focuses on 'Black Man in a Black World'

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 11:10:00 PDT

Baltimore’s Galerie Myrtis can be counted on to showcase art that engages the intellect and emotions as deeply as the eye. That’s doubly true of its latest exhibit, “Black Man in a Black World.”

The majority of the public is used to seeing the image of the black male as determined and disseminated...


Inaugural Baltimore Food Truck Week coming in November

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 05:05:00 PDT

A local food truck and restaurant consultant is working to give food trucks a boost during the colder months through a restaurant week-style promotion.

Willy Dely is launching the inaugural Baltimore Food Truck Week in the city and surrounding counties Nov. 6-12.

“There’s a restaurant week happening...


Onetime Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA uses music to make a statement — and take on Trump

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 11:15:00 PDT

In the arresting video for “Man Purse,” some shots feature the song’s rapper and producer, JPEGMAFIA, standing still, staring into the camera. Others present an animated performer, exhaling smoke and crouch-dancing in a corner.

In motion or not, JPEGMAFIA strikes a transfixing figure. His presence...


Avenue Kitchen & Bar might have the right recipe for Hampden

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:55:00 PDT

Restaurants have come and gone in the Hampden space that once housed Le Garage and Dogwood, but Avenue Kitchen & Bar, which opened in July, may have the winning formula.

On a recent weeknight, the 36th Street restaurant was bustling with customers, including former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake...


Hometown inspires Columbia native's Cartoon Network show

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Growing up in the Village of Oakland Mills in the 1990s, Ian Jones-Quartey says he remembers riding his bicycle to explore the Columbia village centers, where families and friends came together in a welcoming environment.

The community gathering places, part of Jim Rouse’s utopian vision for the...


BSO to hold a pop-up concert at BWI — with travelers as the conductors

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 08:45:00 PDT

The most conducting typically seen at an airport involves aircraft taxiing on the runway, but this Thursday, those traveling through Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will have a chance to pick up a baton themselves.

Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform...


Baltimore oysters get the casual treatment

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:20:00 PDT

Whether or not it was pay day, Jasmine Norton would stake out a spot at an oyster bar every Friday. But it was not always easy to convince friends to join her — both the shellfish and the atmosphere in which they were served could be intimidating.

“There was this unwritten rule in certain oyster...


Rye Street Tavern, the restaurant near Sagamore Spirit distillery, to open next week

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 07:45:00 PDT

Rye Street Tavern, the restaurant at Sagamore Spirit distillery, will make its Port Covington debut next week.

The restaurant will open Tuesday at 225 E. Cromwell St., featuring the food and drink of New York’s NoHo Hospitality Group, which includes James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini...


Foodshed restaurant group to host second annual bike tour of urban farms

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 09:20:00 PDT

The group behind chef Spike Gjerde’s restaurants is teaming up with Race Pace Bicycles to again host a ride through some of Baltimore’s urban farms.

The second annual Tour de Farms, hosted by Foodshed, Gjerde’s restaurant group, is set to start at 9 a.m. Sept. 17.

Beginning at Bird in Hand in Charles...


Morgan State's WEAA making major on-air changes

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 13:30:00 PDT

Morgan State University public radio station WEAA-FM (88.9) will launch a major programming revamp on Oct. 2, according to DeWayne Wickham, dean of the university’s School of Global Journalism & Communication.

“We felt we needed to do something that is dramatic to break out of the mold of what...


Hundreds turn out for 'American Idol' auditions in Annapolis

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 06:50:00 PDT

How did Crofton resident Molly Sinnott make it to the front of the line at the “American Idol” auditions Tuesday morning in Annapolis?

Some hopefuls camped out in nearby parking lots; some started lining up at 4 a.m.

But Sinnott, a 2015 Yale University graduate, earned her spot as No. 1. She auditioned...


Political thriller 'Tangier' to be shot on the Eastern Shore

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

In 1986, "Violets are Blue," a movie about high school sweethearts rekindling their lost love, was filmed on location in Ocean City. Then came "The Runaway Bride" in 1999, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, with scenes shot in Berlin and Snow Hill. After that, Matthew McConaughey went to...


Charmery creates White Rabbit-themed ice cream for Houston hurricane relief

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 09:20:00 PDT

The Charmery has whipped up a new ice cream flavor to benefit a similar shop in Houston and provide relief following Hurricane Harvey.

The Hampden ice cream haven is serving up a cherry and poppy seed ice cream with chocolate chunks called Nivens McTwisp, which pays homage to a signature flavor...


Curb to table: Street food takes spotlight on local menus

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A bag of tortilla chips smothered in chili, cheese and sour cream might seem more at home eaten in haste on the streets or while curled up on a couch. But the taco in a bag will soon take the spotlight on the menu of a forthcoming Station North cafe.

Chef Daniel Horwitz became familiar with the...


The 10 best art exhibits to see in Baltimore this fall

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:05:00 PDT

As part of The Baltimore Sun’s Fall Arts Guide, we’re picking the best arts activities coming to the area this fall. Here are the best visual art exhibits on the horizon.

For more, see best bets for: pop music | theater | classical music | dance | books | film | eclectic | suburban events.


25 best events in Baltimore's suburbs this fall

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:10:00 PDT

The Baltimore area’s vibrant arts attractions on the horizon this fall aren’t confined within city limits. There’s plenty going on in the surrounding counties, as well, whether you’re looking for family-friendly festivals or a night at the theater.

For more, see best bets for: pop music | theater...


Beyonce, George Clooney to lead Sept. 12 Hurricane Harvey relief telethon

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 07:39:00 PDT

Beyonce, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand and Oprah Winfrey will headline a one-hour benefit telethon to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims that will be simulcast next week on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CMT.

The event will be telecast live at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 12, and on tape delay at 8 p.m. on...


The best Baltimore events this week: Madonnari Arts Festival and Potterverse

Sun, 3 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Madonnari Arts Festival

Be amazed by all the gorgeous chalk-on-sidewalk artwork, then be entertained by all the music, dance and other performances. And don’t forget to chow down on all the delicious food and wine that will be available. Many Little Italy restaurants will offer dining specials,...


It's a girl! Serena Williams gives birth to first child with former Columbia resident Alexis Ohanian

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Tennis superstar Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl at St. Mary's Medical Center, ESPN reports.

CBS12 reporter Thomas Forester confirmed Williams checked into the hospital Wednesday and has the entire first floor cleared, no one can get in without going through security.

Williams revealed...


'The Deuce,' the latest from David Simon, offers critiques on par with 'The Wire'

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 05:20:00 PDT

I did not think I would ever see another American TV series that offered as searing a critique of capitalism as “The Wire.”

But after seeing David Simon’s “The Deuce,” an eight-part HBO production that looks at the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York, I have to admit I was wrong.



Off the walls: A look at some of Baltimore's best street art

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Baltimore’s subconscious is painted on its walls.

Drive through the city and see visions of the past, present and possible future in murals and graffiti tags. Hundreds of them are legal works — sponsored by city-affiliated organizations and nonprofits. Others, under the umbrella “street art,” are...


These under-the-radar Baltimore art galleries are worth a visit

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:25:00 PDT

These lesser-known Baltimore galleries and performance spaces — many of them artist-run — may not be on your radar. It’s time to change that.

Pipe Dreamz

After Ansar Miller-Abdullah watched the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray in the spring of 2015, he wanted to fill a void he saw for...


For Rep Stage, feminist issues in 'The Heidi Chronicles' still as relevant as ever

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 06:00:00 PDT

If you judged by the 2015 revival on Broadway, the late Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play “The Heidi Chronicles” must be passe.

The short-lived production lasted only 80 performances despite the cachet of “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss in the cast. The poor showing...


American Idol to hold auditions in Annapolis

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Can you sing? Can you sing in a tent? Can you do it on Tuesday?

A production crew from American Idol will hold auditions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Westfield Annapolis mall. The daylong event will take place in a tent set up at the mall parking lot near the Lord & Taylor department store.

No celebrity...