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Free food and activities at Thursday's Inner Harbor Day

Sure, it's hot! But maybe the lure of free things such as milkshakes, appetizers and a speedboat ride might lure you out of the comfort of your air conditioned home to the Inner Harbor. The inaugural Inner Harbor Day takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday.Proceeds will be donated to The Inner...

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  • Ellicott City primed for its portrait with display of 2016 Paint It! exhibit

    Ellicott City primed for its portrait with display of 2016 Paint It! exhibit

    There is so much historical architecture on display in Ellicott City that the old mill town keeps your eyes occupied as you climb its steep hills. "Paint It! Ellicott City 2016" is an annual exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts that showcases the artists who set up their easels outdoors...

  • Murder-mystery musical 'Dorian's Closet' begins to take shape

    Murder-mystery musical 'Dorian's Closet' begins to take shape

    Inside a frigid, bare, black-box theater on the campus of Howard Community College the other day, a group of men sang ardently about imagining a world where dreams can come true and people can be celebrated for who they are. Everyone was in street clothes, but it didn't take much to imagine these...

  • Baltimore author Mikita Brottman 'serious as a heart attack'

    Baltimore author Mikita Brottman 'serious as a heart attack'

    An off-white piano sits in the living room of Mikita Brottman's apartment in the Belvedere Hotel. On a shelf is a glass jar containing a piglet pickled in formaldehyde. There's an antique metal bird cage, an old dress form and a collection of preserved beetles with jewel-colored shells. The apartment...

  • A sampling of theater, classical music offerings to fill summer slowdown

    A sampling of theater, classical music offerings to fill summer slowdown

    As the heat index rises, the number of cultural events falls around here, with most of the big classical music and theater institutions going dark during the steamy summer weeks. This can leave some arts-craving folks feeling at a loss. But the calendar really isn't bare. Several outlets will deliver...

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  • 'Star Trek Beyond' boldly goes kind of where you expect it to, but with style

    'Star Trek Beyond' boldly goes kind of where you expect it to, but with style

    Taking its celebrated “Live long and prosper” salute to heart, “Star Trek” has become not just a movie franchise but a pop culture empire. About to turn 50, it has spawned 13 films and six TV series, sold more than 100 million books, comics and magazines and continues to have such cachet that Amazon’s...

  • The fifth 'Ice Age' cometh, but feel free to misseth

    The fifth 'Ice Age' cometh, but feel free to misseth

    Fourteen years after the first “Ice Age” animated film was a hit, the fifth installment in the franchise, “Ice Age: Collision Course,” rolls into theaters. Is it inevitable? Yes, 2012's “Ice Age: Continental Drift” was the highest-grossing animated film that year. Is it necessary? Absolutely not....

  • The fresh horror film 'Lights Out' feeds on audience's fear of the dark

    The fresh horror film 'Lights Out' feeds on audience's fear of the dark

    Exploiting our fear of the dark is a trick as old as the movies themselves, but it’s hard to recall the last picture that took the idea to such literal-minded extremes as “Lights Out.” The tale of a restless evil spirit who suffers from an extreme aversion to light, this nifty little chiller may...

  • 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie': Bloody good summer fun

    'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie': Bloody good summer fun

    In “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” a sensible young woman asks her hard-partying grandmother to explain the endurance of a decades-long friendship, a seemingly unbreakable bond forged on champagne and mischief. “Because it’s bloody good fun,” her grandmother answers, matter-of-factly. That’s as...

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