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Studio 14, a West Baltimore rehearsal space, shut down for safety and permit violations

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:09:00 PST

Studio 14 — a long-running West Baltimore rehearsal space for local musicians, including the Baltimore Rock Opera Society's band — was shut down on Thursday due to safety violations and operating without a use-and-occupancy permit, the Baltimore Fire Department said. 

The fire department inspected...


TV finds a winning formula for Trump inauguration coverage

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:46:00 PST

Television’s days might be numbered in a digital world. But it still has an unrivaled ability to cover a wide range of events in a short space of time. And, in the main, it showed that today with its blanket inauguration coverage.

The medium is never better when it comes to politics than when it...


Local groups flock to 'Hidden Figures' for inspiration, history untold

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:30:00 PST

The storyline of "Hidden Figures," the film highlighting the historical contributions of three African-American female NASA mathematicians whose work in the 1960s helped launch astronaut John Glenn into space, has been greeted with fanfare since its Jan. 6 wide release.

The movie, which stars Taraji...


Netflix drops ominous 'House of Cards' Season 5 teaser, release date before inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:06:00 PST

While the eyes of the country are on Washington, D.C. for the presidential inauguration, "House of Cards" announced the date for yet another transition of power: the premiere of Season 5.

With a post on Twitter, the Netflix drama revealed that the drama, which is filmed in the Baltimore area, will...


Baltimore Restaurant Week extended through Jan. 29

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:26:00 PST

As has become customary, about half the establishments participating in Baltimore's winter Restaurant Week are extending their promotions by an extra week.

So far, 44 restaurants will extend their offerings through Jan. 29, according to Visit Baltimore. Restaurant Week was originally scheduled...


Cable news' dominance explains much about election 2016

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:51:00 PST

Despite all the new media outlets that have burst onto the scene, we're still getting most of our presidential election information from cable TV and ideologically super-charged performers like Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly of Fox News.

That's what I took away from a Pew survey released Wednesday...


'Beautiful' heads to Hippodrome with Carole King's story

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:35:00 PST

Back in an era that now feels so far away, every college dorm room seemed to have a well-used LP of Carole King's "Tapestry." That 1971 album, made in Los Angeles by the Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter, quickly expanded its reach far beyond the campus crowd, selling more than 25 million copies...


Inauguration Day specials, themed drinks and more at Baltimore bars and restaurants

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:52:00 PST

Many Baltimore bars and restaurants are rolling out specials and Donald Trump-themed menu items for Friday's presidential inauguration, while at least one eatery is closing its doors in protest.

Charmington's on North Howard Street will be closed all day Friday "in solidarity with everyone worldwide...


Ray Lewis has a new bourbon, and Trump and Pence are getting the first bottles

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:17:00 PST

When former Ravens great Ray Lewis visited President-elect Donald Trump last month in New York, speculation arose of what was discussed.

They talked about issues in America’s inner cities, Lewis later said.

Maybe bourbon came up, too.

The first product from Lewis’ new alcohol company, the North...


Baltimore Eagle bar and club reopens Friday night in Station North

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:30:00 PST

After shutting down in 2012, the Baltimore Eagle will reopen tonight with a new look under new owners. 

The storied leather bar at 2022 N. Charles St. has undergone a massive renovation. The venue will host a ribbon-cutting at 7:45 p.m. Friday, followed by its opening at 8 p.m.

To start, the Eagle...


MGM National Harbor bets on A-list music lineup to draw customers

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:20:00 PST

Jared and Amy Akman made their first trip to MGM National Harbor in Prince George's County last week for one reason — to see the multiplatinum rock band Kings of Leon kick off its U.S. tour.

Sure, the married couple from Lutherville was curious about the new resort's casino, the celebrity chef-driven...


Arts groups plan thinly veiled protests against Trump inauguration

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:21:00 PST

Baltimore-area arts groups are planning activities for this week ranging from literary readings to a dance party that could be interpreted as thinly veiled protests against the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

None of the organizers are saying explicitly that events named "Nasty Women...


Mount Airy-based band The Reagan Years performs at inaugural ball

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:47:00 PST

For the past 20 years, Mount Airy band The Reagan Years has kept the 1980s alive, covering the best and lost hits of the decade. On Thursday night, though, it was less about their namesake President Reagan and more about President-elect Donald Trump as they performed in Washington at the All American...


Clooney, Kidman, DiCaprio: Pikesville native Jeff Vespa photographs them all

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:01:00 PST

"The difference between a great photo and no photo at all," says Jeff Vespa, "can be one second."

So says the celebrity photographer who has coaxed memorable portraits from Seth Rogen and Al Pacino, charmed Tilda Swinton and Zoe Saldana and even captured Leo DiCaprio playing with his phone at a...


Butchers Hill Society brings diners in on a neighborhood secret

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:16:00 PST

In case you haven't noticed, chef Malcolm Mitchell is making his mark on Baltimore's food scene.

He opened Ryder's, a gastropub in Upper Fells Point, last summer; The Kitchen Market, a specialty food shop, in the fall; and most recently, Butchers Hill Society, a wine bar in the neighborhood that...


'A Dog's Purpose' premiere canceled amid animal treatment questions

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:27:00 PST

This weekend's premiere of "A Dog's Purpose" has been canceled following the release of a video that appears to show a frightened dog being forced into churning water during production of the film.

TMZ published video Wednesday that shows a man struggling to put a dog into a pool of rushing water...


Baltimore musician Cris Jacobs talks growth and fatherhood

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:55:00 PST

Before an interview last week, Cris Jacobs whispered a warning.

"I may talk a little quieter," said the 38-year-old singer-songwriter, on the phone from his Reisterstown home.

A couple days after back-to-back sold-out shows at the 8x10 in Federal Hill, Jacobs was doing his best to discuss his latest...


'Hamilton' coming to Baltimore's Hippodrome in 2018-19; 'Phantom' sequel on tap for '17-'18

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

Call it the pre-"Hamilton" season.

The gaga-hit musical will finally reach Baltimore during the Hippodrome Theatre's 2018-2019 season, and subscribers to the theater's 2017-2018 lineup, announced Wednesday, will be first in line for tickets. 

"We're not saying you have to subscribe to get tickets...


Contemporary African art exhibit at the BMA looks at race, privilege and protest

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:21:00 PST

An intimate, politically charged exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art addresses issues of race, privilege and protest from a perspective that has much to reveal about a distant world and our own.

The prints, drawings and photographs here are by contemporary African-born (or –based) artists, the...


Baltimore collector buys Obama's 2008 campaign recliner chairs for $28,499 in auction

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:14:00 PST

For more than a decade, Baltimore resident Robert Harrington has bid on memorabilia, equipment, firearms and statues. The 49-year-old just landed one of his most treasured items yet.(image)

Fox News was voters' 'main source' for election news, says Pew

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:14:00 PST

More voters got their election news from Fox than any other source, according to a Pew survey released today.

Pew found that 19 percent of all voters named Fox as their "main source" for news about the 2016 campaign in which Republican Donald Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

That's all voters...


Baltimore’s craft hot sauce makers are on fire

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:48:00 PST

A few years ago, Station North resident Harrison Long found himself with piles of habanero peppers. A backyard plant had flourished, and he needed a use for his impressive harvest.

The peppers' extreme heat makes habaneros tough to eat raw, but Long discovered they make a great base for hot sauce.


Blacksauce Kitchen's Remington restaurant opens Thursday

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:47:00 PST

Blacksauce Kitchen, which built its reputation dishing out biscuits at farmers' markets, will open its permanent restaurant in Remington on Thursday — and only on Thursdays, for now.

The shop is opening in the former Sterling's Crab and Oyster House at 401 W. 29th St. It will be open from 11 a.m....


Fells Point bar Bad Decisions to close in February

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00:00 PST

After relocating to a new space in Fells Point six months ago, Bad Decisions will soon close its doors for good.

The cocktail bar announced its impending closure on Tuesday in a Facebook post, which noted it will be open until the weekend of Feb. 17. 

"It was a terrible fall/winter season and between...


2017 Baltimore County Winter Restaurant Week participating restaurants

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:45:00 PST

Baltimore County kicks off its winter restaurant week starting Friday, Jan. 20. Running through Feb. 4, the promotion features more than 50 restaurants offering multicourse brunch, lunch and dinners ranging from $15 to $35.

Each photo is accompanied with address and contact information, including...


Food Network's 'Ginormous Food' to showcase 'biggest and baddest' dishes in Baltimore

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:39:00 PST

"Ginormous Food," a new Food Network show dedicated to over-the-top eats, will visit three Baltimore-area restaurants in an episode that airs this week.

The episode, dubbed "Baltimore's Biggest and Baddest," premieres Friday at 8 p.m., when host Josh Denny will sample the largest meals Jimmy's...


'Wire' alum Sonja Sohn directs HBO documentary on Baltimore

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:37:00 PST

Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray will be the subject of an HBO documentary directed by Sonja Sohn, the cable channel announced over the weekend on the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles.

Titled "For the Love of Baltimore," the film will debut sometime this...


Frontline drills deep on how we got from 'hope and change' to Trump

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:53:00 PST

The airwaves are flooded this week with retrospectives on President Obama's eight years in office and worried talk about where we are headed in the next four with Donald Trump.

There is not enough time to view all of it -- even on demand.

Even though I know four hours is a lot of time to spend...


Maryland breweries and distilleries

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:43:00 PST


'The Bachelor' recap: Everybody hates Corinne

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:44:00 PST

This week's episode of "The Bachelor" begins with a reminder that Nick sent Liz home because he had sex with her at Jade and Tanner’s wedding and he still has 20 other women left to sleep with whom he hasn’t done so already. 


Nick arrives to the rose ceremony wearing a bright pink...


HBO releases trailer for Barry Levinson's Bernie Madoff film

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:58:00 PST

HBO released a trailer for "The Wizard of Lies," a docudrama on Bernie Madoff directed by Barry Levinson.

Robert De Niro plays Madoff, the jailed architect of an infamous Ponzi scheme, while Michelle Pfeiffer plays his wife, Ruth.

The film from the Baltimore-born director of "Diner," "Good Morning...


'Gotham' midseason premiere recap: Penguin's downfall begins

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:29:00 PST

Minor plot holes and repetitive themes aside, “Mad City: Ghosts” was an entertaining start to the second half of "Gotham" Season 3. Jim Gordon is still the reason everyone’s lives are ruined, another villain is brought back from the dead, and Penguin is a volatile, deranged murder. Business as...


Festival features films about, created by individuals with Down syndrome

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:29:00 PST

After Ethan Saylor's death in 2013, many families in the Down syndrome community say they tended to avoid movie theaters, but a film festival opening in Annapolis this weekend aims to change that.

Saylor, 26, died of asphyxiation after three off-duty Frederick County sheriff's deputies working...


'Homeland' Season 6 premiere recap: 'Fair Game'

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:40:00 PST

When last we saw Carrie Mathison and Peter Quinn, Carrie was barring the door to Quinn's hospital room and disconnecting him from a heart monitor, while preparing to smother him with a pillow. Naturally, then, we open Season 6 of "Homeland" with Carrie paying a visit to a VA hospital and rehab...(image)

Ringling Bros. circus to close

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:29:00 PST

ELLENTON, Fla.  — After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May. The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company...


'The Affair' recap: Cole has to choose between Alison and Luisa

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:12:00 PST

Part One: Alison

On this week's episode of "The Affair," Alison and Cole are in court, with Alison's parental rights in the balance.

While the state's advocate, speaking on Joanie's behalf, attempts to paint Alison as a terrible mother, Luisa takes the stand and gives a surprisingly glowing review...


BuzzFeed's choice to publish dossier presents decision point for media values

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:33:48 PST

Amid all the confusion, rancor and even bias in the coverage of Donald Trump the past 19 months, finally there appears to be some good news about the state of the press today. It looks like there is at least one legacy value most mainstream news organizations won't abandon in reporting on the president-elect:...


10 Baltimore Restaurant Week menus that stand out

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:43:00 PST

Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week runs Jan. 13-22, when more than 100 restaurants across the city will offer two-course brunches and lunches for $20 or less, and three-course dinners for $35 and under. About half of the original participants have extended their offerings through Jan. 29.

We scoured...


Mural project aims to transform buildings, perception of East Baltimore

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:57:43 PST

East Baltimore's Oliver and Johnston Square neighborhoods have suffered high levels of violence, blight and drug trafficking.

But they're also home to historic landmarks such as the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and Green Mount Cemetery, resilient communities and efforts to redevelop.



Joyous Beethoven 7th caps colorful BSO program

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:55:00 PST

The latest Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program is a one-from-Column-A, one-from-Column-B concoction — something nominally Spanish, but actually Russian (Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol"); something British (the infrequently encountered Violin Concerto by William Walton); something solidly...


This Week in Black Twitter: 'Hidden Fences,' the movie that never was; Obama's emotional farewell

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:00:00 PST

Welcome back to This Week in Black Twitter, your weekly digest of the happenings on Black Twitter and the cultural conversations on the web. Topics span the gamut — pop culture, politics, sports, lifestyles and everything in between.

This week: Users take the #HiddenFences blunder as an opportunity...


Gypsy Queen Cafe food truck owners to open permanent restaurant

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:04:00 PST

The owners of the Gypsy Queen Cafe food truck are getting back to their brick-and-mortar roots with a new restaurant planned near Hampden.

Tom Looney, Annemarie Langton and Ed Scherer are working to open a restaurant, tentatively named The Gypsy's Table, at 3515 Clipper Mill Road. The new eatery...


BuzzFeed undermines all journalists with Trump 'dossier'

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:29:00 PST

I’ve never had much respect for BuzzFeed.

But I have only contempt for it now. And it is not just for publishing information about President-elect Donald Trump and Russia that it did not verify. It’s also for Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor, attempting to explain the move in high-sounding rhetoric...


Gnocco offers an intimate experience at the bar

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:52:00 PST

In June, chef-owner Brian Lavin opened Gnocco, a love letter to his time not long ago studying abroad — and eating and drinking — through Italy and Spain as a University of Maryland, College Park student. An August Baltimore Sun review of Lavin's cuisine called the Brewers Hill establishment “a...


Roughly Speaking podcast: Exiled from Bell Foundry, Baltimore Rock Opera Society seeks own home (episode 196)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:43:00 PST

In this podcast:

“Brides of Tortuga,” “Grundelhammer” and “Phantom of the Paradise” were three of the original productions staged by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society over the last eight years. But BROS actors, writers, designers, builders, musicians and artists now finds themselves in exile, without...


As Baltimore restaurants mark 20 years, owners share what gives them staying power

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:29:00 PST

Twenty years ago Kurt Schmoke was the mayor of Baltimore; the Ravens had just wrapped up their inaugural season; "Homicide: Life on the Street" was in its prime. And the Brewer's Art had just opened its doors in Mount Vernon.

Much has changed over the past two decades, but the Brewer's Art and...


Common and the National to play inauguration-week benefit for Planned Parenthood

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:25:00 PST

While the music lineup at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration looks pretty thin, a whole festival’s worth of counterprogramming will happen across America and outside the National Mall.

The latest edition to the protest roster? Common and the National, who will headline a benefit and awareness...


Paul Giamatti, Sonja Sohn coming to Baltimore for social justice-focused 'Antigone' performance

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:31:00 PST

Free performance at Coppin State University will culminate in audience discussion of contemporary issues(image)

At Nacho Mama's in Towson, atmosphere and drinks are the draw

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:58:00 PST

The spirit of Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, who founded Nacho Mama's in Canton in 1994, lives on. A second Nacho Mama's opened in Towson in mid-November, continuing McCusker's love affair with Natty Boh, Baltimore sports and Elvis Presley.

"It's our love of Baltimore that made us want to spread from...


Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival sets lineup

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Two-day charity festival at Sandy Point May 20-21(image)

Benefit concert scheduled for bartender shot during Christmas morning robbery

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:56:00 PST

With local guitarist and Tin Roof bartender Jason Pierce continuing to recover after being shot during a Christmas morning robbery, friends have organized a benefit concert to help pay his hospital bills.

The all-day concert is set to start at 11 a.m. Jan. 22 at Tin Roof, 32 Market Place in Power...


Spotlighters Theatre to give 'Threepenny Opera' a Baltimore twist

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:47:00 PST

"The Ballad of Mack the Knife" is nothing if not double-edged. The song's instantly catchy melody, colorful lyrics and irresistible sway make it easy to forget that the subject is an amoral fellow who kills and defiles at will.

That fellow is at the heart of a brilliantly subversive work of theater...


Johnny's Bistro among businesses not returning to Ellicott City after flood

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:32:00 PST

The Ellicott City flood last summer marked the end of an era for Johnny's Bistro on Main. Owner Johnny Breidenbach said the restaurant will not re-open due to financial woes.

Johnny's Bistro opened at 8167 Main St. 10 years ago, becoming a popular hotspot for its sandwiches and paninis, pizza However,...


New restaurant Cask & Grain Kitchen opens in Canton

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:33:00 PST

A new restaurant has opened its doors on O'Donnell Square in Canton.

Cask & Grain Kitchen opened quietly on Saturday after a soft opening last week. The restaurant at 2823 O'Donnell St. is owned by chef Paul Hajewski and Steve Roop, who also owns Portside Tavern next door.

Cask & Grain has a small...


As Cross Street Market developer shares details, community members express concerns

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:40:00 PST

The developer behind Cross Street Market's overhaul unveiled new details surrounding the market's renovation and heard from anxious stakeholders in and around Federal Hill at a Monday night meeting of the Cross Street Market Advisory Committee.

About 100 people turned out Monday night at Leadenhall...


New Amy Schumer stand-up special to debut on Netflix in March

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:58:00 PST

Amy Schumer is returning to the spotlight.

Netflix announced on Tuesday that the streaming service will launch an original stand-up special starring the comedian on March 7. The performance was originally recorded in November 2016 at the Bellco Theater in Denver.

Netflix's Chief Content Officer...


'The Bachelor' recap: Weddings, breakups and a one-night stand

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:37:00 PST

"The Bachelor" Week 2 for us, Week 906 for Nick, starts with the women complaining about not being able to sleep because they’re too busy thinking about Nick, and I wish each would elaborate on what they were thinking about him.

Chris Harrison finally graces the mansion and tells us that there...


Baltimore mayor's task force on artists' housing meets for first time

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:56:00 PST

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's Safe Arts Space Task Force, formed after last month's shuttering of the workspace and performance venue the Bell Foundry due to safety violations, met for the first time Monday to discuss how the city can create a network of safe, cost-effective spaces where emerging...


Young Dylan appears on 'Ellen' for 3 r d time

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Dylan will be 'Ellen's' correspondent for the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans next month(image)

'La La Land,' 'Moonlight' top fearful, joyful Golden Globes

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 09:25:00 PST

"La La Land" steamrolled, "Moonlight" swooped in at the last minute and Meryl Streep offered a stirring rebuke to president-elect Donald Trump at a schizophrenic Golden Globes that pivoted between heartfelt moments of protest and a desire to sing and dance.

Damien Chazelle's bright-hued Los Angeles...


Meryl Streep calls out Donald Trump at the Golden Globes; he says she's 'over-rated'

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:00:00 PST

It's no secret that Hollywood skews liberal, and there were likely few Donald Trump fans in the audience at Sunday's Golden Globes. And while the awards show kicked off with a few jokes at the president-elect's suspense, Meryl Streep took an incredibly serious tone when addressing the recent presidential...


Top 10 things to do this week in Baltimore: Comedy Get Down, restaurant week and more

Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:00:00 PST

Elvis' Birthday Fight Club

Turns out Elvis is alive and well, and scrappy. The King himself(?) joins Kittie Glitter as hosts of an evening of punches-pulled fisticuffs, burlesque and other silly stuff. Who will show up to do the fighting? Sorry, that's a secret, but past participants have included...


Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt reach divorce pact

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:03:00 PST

Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt have reached an agreement to handle their divorce in a private forum and will work together to reunify their family, the actors announced in a joint statement Monday.

Their statement released Monday night to The Associated Press said that they will keep future...


Della Rose's Local Tavern coming to Bel Air

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 03:30:00 PST

A familiar name in Baltimore area restaurants is coming to Harford County in a few weeks.

Tony Della Rose, whose family has owned and operated three Della Rose's restaurants in the Overlea, White Marsh and Canton areas, will open Della Rose's Local Tavern in the former Half Pints restaurant at...


What's behind the meteoric rise of Megyn Kelly

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:29:36 PST

How did Megyn Kelly get so big so fast?

That's the question I've been asking since news broke Tuesday of the 46-year-old anchorwoman walking away from Fox News and a reported four-year $100 million contract to join NBC.

On the eve of the launch of "The Kelly File" in October 2013, I predicted success...


Showtime at Charlestown: Retirees create their own TV programming

Sat, 7 Jan 2017 06:43:00 PST

Moving to Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville typically marks retirement. But for some residents, it has meant the start of a TV mini-career.

Le Roy Baum hosts a show about residents and their pets. Eugenia High does a video travelogue of her trips around the world, and Dawn and John...


Top things to do in 2017 in the Baltimore area

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 03:19:00 PST

The new year is here, and it's likely that while you were busy thinking of a list of resolutions, you forgot to map the fun part — your plans. Lucky for you, we have you covered, with a list of some of the top 2017 events to look forward to. And plenty of them can tie in with your new goals, too....


Golden Globes 2017 | Red carpet arrivals

Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:57:00 PST

Film and television industry-ites arrive on the red carpet at the 2017 Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


Baltimore crew wins $100,000 on ‘Last Squad Standing’ reality show

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 16:00:00 PST

Last summer, five friends from Baltimore set out to win $100,000 and prove that their friendship could withstand any challenge — and on Tuesday’s finale of Oxygen’s TV competition “Last Squad Standing,” the crew did just that.

Members of “The Empire” team, which include hip-hop artist Colby "Starrz"...


'The Affair' recap: Noah and Helen reunite, and it's as dark as you'd expect

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 08:03:00 PST

Part One: Helen

"I need help," Noah says, as Helen drives him away from his father's home on this week's episode of "The Affair." Helen takes his hand, assuring him she will see to it that he gets that help. This is good news for Noah, since the last time we saw him he was chasing a figment of...


After more than a year, Clementine reopens in Hamilton

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 12:22:00 PST

Closed since August 2015, the Hamilton restaurant Clementine quietly reopened late last month, said chef and co-owner Winston Blick.

He admits that opening the doors again around Christmas was “quite possibly the worst time to open anything,” but Blick said he’s reinvigorated by Clementine’s return....


Meryl Streep called out Donald Trump at the Golden Globes

Sun, 8 Jan 2017 20:33:00 PST

It's no secret that Hollywood skews liberal, and there were likely few Donald Trump fans in the audience at Sunday's Golden Globes. And while the awards show kicked off with a few jokes at the president-elect's expense, Meryl Streep took an incredibly serious tone when addressing the recent presidential...


Baltimore restaurant Maggie's Farm is for sale

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:02:00 PST

Baltimore restaurant Maggie’s Farm went up for sale Wednesday, said co-owner Andy Weaver.

She and her husband, co-owner Matthew Weaver, have listed the business for $100,000, which includes its assets and inventory, a lease until 2019 and a Class B liquor license. 

Andy Weaver said the decision...


Renaissance Academy art exhibit raises $7,000 amid West Baltimore school's uncertain future

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:44:00 PST

Renaissance Academy High School’s art exhibit and auction “Breaking Frames,” in which artists from across the country created pieces inspired by the school's students, raised around $7,000, the project's organizer said.

All but six of the 55 artworks displayed (two works fell through at the last...


Craft beer bar the Brass Tap set to open Monday in Baltimore

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 09:12:00 PST

Maryland’s first Brass Tap, a chain bar and restaurant focusing on craft beer, will open 11 a.m. Monday inside the Fitzgerald apartment building in Mid-Town Belvedere, said franchisee Barry Lowenthal. 

Lowenthal, a Baltimore resident, originally hoped to open the nearly 3,200-square-foot operation...


Golden Globes preview: Out with the snark, in with the Hollywood hokum

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:42:00 PST

When Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes for the fourth (and, hopefully, not final) time last year, he joked that the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. threatened to personally pull him off the stage if he said anything “offensive or crass” or resorted to innuendo.

Of course, the...


Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood's lease terminated at Cross Street Market

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 13:42:00 PST

Caves Valley Partners, the Towson-based developer overhauling Cross Street Market, has terminated the lease for Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood, a destination for eats and drinks at the Federal Hill market.

Nick's was given notice by Caves Valley on Jan. 1 that it had 31 days to vacate. Caves Valley...


Brother and sister team set feature film in Howard County

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:45:00 PST

Award-winning director Stephen Kinigopoulos of Running Bear Films is right where he wants to be — at home in Howard County shooting a drama thriller feature entitled "Fishbowl."

Set in a small town filled with secrets, Stephen said "Fishbowl" tells the story of a father (played by Rick Kain) preparing...


A wintry sampling of music, theater events in Baltimore

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:04:01 PST

With winter settling in, here's my second annual sampling of potentially hot classical concerts and theater productions that just might help you feel toasty during the cold weeks that lie ahead:

Instead of curling up by the fire with a Charles Dickens novel, you can see one brought to life onstage...


Milton Inn still wows in 70th year

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:42:00 PST

The Milton Inn enters the new year with a couple of milestone anniversaries to celebrate: The Sparks restaurant is celebrating its 70th year, and chef-owner Brian Boston is marking 20 years in the kitchen.

We're glad we rediscovered this historic Baltimore County gem, which went through a major...


This Week in Black Twitter: Fallout after Burrell's homosexuality remarks; Yahoo's misspelled tweet

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:02:00 PST

Welcome back to This Week in Black Twitter, your weekly digest of the happenings on Black Twitter and cultural conversations on the web. Topics will span the gamut — pop culture, politics, sports, lifestyles and everything in between. This week: Gospel singer Kim Burrell faces backlash over homosexuality...


Greta Van Susteren to MSNBC; Tucker Carlson gets Megyn Kelly's time slot on Fox

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 13:34:00 PST

It was musical chairs Thursday in the world of cable news with Greta Van Susteren joining MSNBC, while Martha MacCallum got a nighttime show and Tucker Carlson took over Megyn Kelly's time period on Fox.

I think the hiring of Van Susteren, most recently of Fox News, is a smart one that suggests MSNBC...


Banditos owners plan to open 'craft deli' next door to bar in Federal Hill

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:15:00 PST

Banditos Bar & Kitchen in Federal Hill is looking to expand into the space next door on Charles Street where Forever Yogurt is located.

The Banditos owners are proposing to add "craft deli" — a separate concept from Banditos serving deli items, including house-cured meats, burgers, craft beer and...


New D.C. bar Free State features many nods to Maryland

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:05:00 PST

The new year brought a new bar to a basement in Washington’s Chinatown neighborhood. To enter, you must descend a staircase and pass a large mural of the Chesapeake Bay, an indication of what to expect inside.

Opened on Wednesday by Brian and Hilarey Leonard, Free State is a bar that draws inspiration...


Liam Flynn's Ale House closes in Station North

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 09:31:00 PST

Liam Flynn's Ale House on North Avenue in Station North has closed, and despite previous intentions to find a new location for the bar, owner Liam Flynn said there are no immediate plans to reopen. 

Tuesday was the Station North bar's last day of operation. 

Flynn said his focus is on managing...


Fleet Street Kitchen closes, will be rebranded

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 05:13:00 PST

Fleet Street Kitchen's last night in business was Wednesday, as the Atlas Restaurant Group prepares to overhaul the Harbor East restaurant.

Atlas Restaurant Group is renovating and rebranding the restaurant, in addition to neighboring Ten Ten American Bistro. Both restaurants were previously owned...


Johns Hopkins, Stevenson alum competes for a chance at love on 'The Bachelor'

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:14:00 PST

One contestant with Maryland roots is competing on national television — all in the name of love. 

Taylor Nolan, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and Stevenson University, is in the running for a chance at romance with Nick Viall on ABC's dating show "The Bachelor."

While Viall has had...


La Cuchara bar's delight is in its details

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 08:41:00 PST

Sitting at the 40-seat, steel-top bar at La Cuchara on a recent weeknight, a couple cocktails in, I wondered: Does it get much better than this?

It's a thought I've had more than once at this gem of a restaurant and bar in the Jones Falls Area, less than half a mile from Woodberry Kitchen. At some...


The curtain first rose at the Morris Mechanic Theatre 50 years ago

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:53:00 PST

Ticket buyers formed a line outside the just-completed Morris A. Mechanic Theatre in early January 1967 for movie star Betty Grable’s performances in the title role of “Hello, Dolly!”

Baltimore’s new playhouse, constructed in a rough concrete shell, opened officially the night of Jan. 16, 1967....


Top things to do this weekend

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:42:00 PST

No weekend plans yet? We've got you covered. Find out what's happening in the Baltimore area this weekend: concerts, festivals, family activities and more fun things to do. To plan even further ahead, check out our roundup of 2016 holiday events


New brewery Checkerspot Brewing Co. opening near M&T Bank Stadium

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 09:48:00 PST

A new brewery is coming to South Baltimore near M&T Bank Stadium.

Wife and husband Judy and Rob Neff are partnering with Steve Marsh, formerly of Heavy Seas Beer, to open Checkerspot Brewing Co. The brewery aims to open to the public late this summer. 

Judy Neff, who has a doctorate in microbiology,...


Winter restaurant weeks return soon in Baltimore and surrounding counties

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:31:00 PST

Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week returns to the city on Jan. 13-22, with similar promotions to follow in the surrounding countines.

Nearly 100 participating restaurants in Baltimore will offer two-course brunches and lunches for less than $20, and three-course dinners for $35 and under during the...


TV series 'Shooter,' based on Stephen Hunter novel, renewed for second season

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 04:58:00 PST

USA Network has renewed "Shooter," an action drama based on Baltimore author Stephen Hunter's "Point of Impact" novel, for a second season.

The series, which debuted in November on the basic cable channel, has drawn an average audience of 2.6 million viewers, with 974,000 in the most desired 18-...


Mount Everest Restaurant is quality option for Indian cuisine in Hampden

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:13:00 PST

The butter-soft ivory banquettes are gone. So are the chairs padded with flashy leopard seat covers. And the food, of course, is different.

But Mount Everest Restaurant in Hampden is making its imprint on the space formerly occupied by Alchemy, whose owners now operate Alchemy Elements in Bel Air....


Hiring Megyn Kelly is a winning move by NBC

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:01:00 PST

UPDATE: Megyn Kelly said at the end of her show Tuesday night that she will be leaving Fox News at the end of the week.

In the first media bombshell of 2017, NBC announced today that Fox News host Megyn Kelly would be joining the network to anchor a new one-hour daytime show.

Kelly’s multi-year...


Maryland audio producer denies responsibility for Mariah Carey debacle

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 10:57:00 PST

The Baltimore-based firm in charge of the audio at Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve performance in Times Square is among the parties denying responsibility for the entertainment fiasco.

Carey's disaster during the annual New Year's Eve special in Times Square made international headlines: The superstar...


Trey Songz rails against MGM National Harbor after being kicked out

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 14:34:00 PST

Sounds like Trey Songz and the casino at MGM National Harbor are not on the best of terms, after the Virginia-born singer-songwriter says he was kicked out of the not-quite-month-old Prince George’s County complex two days before Christmas and had a few expletives-deleted for all concerned.

A rant...


Local woman gets to appear on her favorite TV show

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:40:00 PST

Samantha Levin loves the NBC police drama "Law & Order: SVU." The Randallstown resident enjoys the twists and turns each episode features. Now, however, the 23-year old has an even deeper appreciation for her favorite show – mainly because she appeared in an episode.

Levin recently began working...


'The Bachelor' premiere recap: Nick Viall gets his fourth shot at love

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:16:00 PST

Well, here we are — another season of "The Bachelor." It’s Nick Viall’s fourth run at finding love on national television. As you may know, this season is bizarre for me because I know Nick. But ultimately, I’m here for your entertainment and this show makes that easy. 

As has become standard,...


Bel Air's DuClaw Brewing closes, set to reopen in March serving locally sourced food, craft beer

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 10:46:00 PST

The DuClaw Brewing Co. restaurant in Bel Air South closed Sunday after 20 years in business, but will open later this winter as a new restaurant with the name "Humagalas," serving locally sourced food.

Restaurant staffers were dismantling the interior of the restaurant Monday as the new owners,...