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20 area Halloween events for every taste

Why waste a great Halloween costume on just one night of fun? With these 20 exciting Halloween events including creepy-crawly creatures, scary-good performances and kooky costume parties for a variety of tastes and ages, you're sure to have a goulish good time this Halloween season.

1. 'Cabaret Macabre' at Theatre Project

Venture into the dark, odd mind of artist Edward Gorey, who inspired this story of gothic romance presented by Happenstance Theater. If you're in need of a departure from all the Halloween costume parties, enjoy theatrical amusement instead. On stage now through Nov. 2. 45 W. Preston St. $12-$22.

2. Happy Healthy Halloween at the Y of Central Maryland

For tips on keeping it healthful when tempted by all that Halloween candy (hey, give it a shot), Family Center YMCA locations are hosting events promoting happy, not-as-sugary fun. Among the offerings: games, nutritious snacks and costume contests. Running Friday and Saturday (Oct. 24 and 25); times...

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Relationships column: After a breakup, an immediate emotional swell

I finally felt good.

My arduous work week was ushered out by a picturesque Saturday. The sun's steady beam managed to ease my overactive mind and place positivity in my soul.

I walked out of the mall, several bags in hand, glowing naturally. I wasn't sure if I was happy about the weather, or the fact that Call It Spring still had a sale on accessories. Whatever the case, Round 1 of retail therapy was complete.

Walking through the parking lot, it felt like all eyes were on me. My aura that day was so strong. At last, my internal conditions were mirroring my outside appearance.

Just as I walked up to my car, my phone rang. I looked like a crazy woman, fumbling between bags and contorting my body, just to grab it from my back pocket. It was my best friend.

"Hey girl!" I answered.

"Girl, I have something to tell you about T," she said.

My heart sank to my soles. My stomach ignited with anxiety. All I could do was let out a colossal sigh of frustration.

T was my boyfriend and at that moment...

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Great Baltimore cocktails: The Hope Floats at Maryland Live Casino

Make the world a better place by drinking and gambling? Sign me up.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in case you missed those bright pink cleats on Torrey Smith or the bubblegum-colored ribbons adorning any number of consumer products for sale. Recently, this monthlong campaign has come under fire for using laughter and fun to promote their fundraising efforts.

But that's a bunch of nonsense. Why not take every opportunity to be relentlessly optimistic in the fight against cancer? This Sunday marks the 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Hunt Valley. In an effort to broaden support and to reach a wider audience, Komen has partnered with Maryland Live Casino to offer a special cocktail that is both sweet and charitable: the Hope Floats.

Yes, the Hope Floats is, you guessed it, pink. Get over the girly aspect and enjoy the Hurricane-style punch it packs.

A heavy pour of Malibu rum is mixed with Sierra Mist and cranberry, then topped with a float (get it?) of...

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Take 5 with Maria Aldana, Great Halloween Lantern Parade director

Each year, lights and sounds fill the air in Patterson Park, as the community gathers for the annual Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival produced by the Creative Alliance and Friends of Patterson Park.

Maria Aldana, 33, of Hampden, is Creative Alliance's community arts manager and directs the event. She said what started in 1999 as a way to promote community safety and solidarity has grown into a wonderful display of artistry and music. The Halloween festival begins at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the parade kicks off at 7 p.m.

Aldana shared with us the five things that make this year's Halloween Lantern Parade truly great.


That takes years to build and that is what makes this event even exist — because there's always a market for it. It's its own entity and people come who we don't even know are involved and bring their own neighbors.


In terms of people of color in leadership positions, we've been very intentional about that. And also the colors of lanterns and...

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Farmstead Grill's bar pleasantly surprises in Canton

Canton Crossing — the 326,000-square-foot, 12-month-old shopping center in Southeast Baltimore — is convenient but not exactly exciting.

As a resident living less than a mile away, I find myself there frequently, but almost always with practical intentions. Trash bags? Target. Above-average fast-food chicken? Find me in the Chick-fil-A drive-thru, except on Sundays. I can already see a last-minute trip to Michaels for a makeshift Halloween costume.

But from my vantage point, Farmstead Grill — the retail center's huge centerpiece restaurant that opened in June — blended into the background, despite its size and prominent placement. Canton Crossing, in my mind, was a place for errand-running, not leisurely dining or social drinking.

That association changed quickly on a recent Friday evening visit to the restaurant's bar.

From afar, Farmstead Grill looks like an oversized barn, but one step inside reveals a beautiful setting with a ceiling that never seems to end. Accents of wood keep it...

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Still unpredictable, Dope Body finds confidence in 'Lifer'

Six years after forming the Baltimore rock quartet Dope Body, its members still lose money every time they tour. The reality is enough to make singer Andrew Laumann question how much time and effort the band will dedicate to its future.

“We're going to see how it goes but it's hard to promise that we're going to be like, 'Yeah, we're going to tour for six months straight and go for it!'“ Laumann said recently. “I don't know if we can do that. We tried before and it just didn't work out.”

On this day, at least, the uncertainty can wait. Laumann calls from the band's van as it heads toward New York's The Studio at Webster Hall for opening night of yet another multiday trek. (The band returns home to Metro Gallery on Friday). It is five days until Dope Body releases “Lifer,” its third full-length album, and the 27-year-old frontman from Waverly believes this record finally captures the band's live reputation — unhinged, restless and captivating — to tape.

“We've always prided ourselves on...

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