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'All About That Bass' co-writer took '15 years to become an overnight success'

For years, no one in the music industry cared about songwriter Kevin Kadish's passion project: a '50s-sounding record of doo-wop-inspired pop. Top 40 radio had increasingly fallen in love with the opposite: beat-driven, electronic-leaning dance music — and Kadish "just didn't care about that stuff."

The Nashville, Tenn., resident, who is originally from Owings Mills, kept the idea in his back pocket until June 2013, when a 19-year-old unknown visited his studio in hopes of writing together.

After bonding over a shared love of Jimmy Soul's 1963 hit, "If You Wanna Be Happy," Kadish and the teenager — a songwriter from Massachusetts named Meghan Trainor — quickly wrote their first song together called "All About That Bass." Pulling from a notebook of potential song titles he keeps, Kadish mentioned "Bass" to Trainor, who almost immediately began singing in a low register, "You know I'm all about that bass, 'bout that bass, no treble." Kadish added upright bass, handclaps and layered vocal...

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An unofficial guide to Baltimore apartment hunting

If we take a cue from movies and TV, being a young professional comes with a large, trendy city apartment complete with exposed brick and furnishings that look straight from a Pier 1 catalog — all of which is within our struggling 20-something budget, of course.

Anyone who has actually looked for an apartment (or anyone with a reasonable sense of reality) knows that this is a complete lie.

In the real world, apartment hunting is a mix of stress, iffy Craigslist ads, disappointment and compromise. That dream apartment does not exist — and if it does, you probably can't afford it.

I've done the Baltimore apartment search twice in the little over a year I've been here. By no means does this make me an expert. But I do feel that I've gained a little insight since I came in blind to this new city with a short window of time to find a place to live.

So for all you 20-somethings looking for your hip loft in Charm City, here are some tips, from my experience, to bring you back to reality:


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Take Five with Bridget Cavaiola, Baltimore Improv Group

Don't worry — it's still OK or adults to play. Bridget Cavaiola, 33, of Hampden is the education director for the Baltimore Improv Group, aka: BIG, where she has merged her love of teaching and theater. She teaches improv classes to people of all ages and tries to always live the “improv spirit” by being present, in-the-moment and saying 'yes.'

BIG will be featured in the Charm City Fringe Festival, launching Sunday ( BIG performances, Nov. 5-9, will be at the group's “new home,” the Mercury Theater at 1823 N. Charles St., and the festival will serve as BIG's opening showcase at the new space.

Cavaiola recently talked about her own experiences with improv and what people can expect for Fringe Fest.

What was your first experience with improv?

My earliest improv memories were in high school when my best friend Sara and I played as shoes together in an acting class. I was hooked. ... When I first started doing improv in Baltimore about 10 years ago, I was intimidated...

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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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Join us inside 4 Maryland haunted attractions -- if you dare

The Halloween season is upon us and there are plenty of opportunities in the Baltimore area to get scarred by the time-honored tradition of the haunted attraction.

There’s no costumes required, just a fearful soul and a few hours out of your weekend to enjoy the spooktacular fun our area's finest haunts have to offer. From hay rides to hell maws and abandoned military facilities, the state’s haunted attractions are sure to provide plenty of scares for thrill seekers of all ages. And plenty of hot cider, too. Don't forget the cider.

Legends of the Fog

500 Carsins Run Road, Aberdeen

Years open: 8

Open: Fridays through Sundays through Nov. 1 (and Oct. 30); tickets from $25;

First impressions: Legends of the Fog stops just shy of being a full-blown festival-style amusement park situated in the middle of a massive corn field. With an entry area featuring horror-ific midway games like "Zombie Ball" and a "Coffin Ride," alongside a fire pit for warmth/teenage makeout...

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'Dancing With the Stars' recap, Halloween night

After a goofy and spooky opening of "Off With Their Heads" by Florence + the Machine, Len Goodman emerges from an upright coffin. Yay, Len! Oh, and Erin Andrews is back, too. The gang's all here.

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd, Quickstep

As Tommy takes a lot of breaks, Peta seems worried about how much time they're spending not dancing. This week has the first group freestyle, so Tommy has to learn two routines.

This isn't terrible. He misses more than a few steps, but it's not the slowest quickstep we've ever seen on the show. 

Len is happy that they've got a lot of "proper" ballroom dances this week. Me too, Len. He says Tommy is "easy on the eye" with a lot of charm. Julianne Hough says he was light on his feet for the kicks. Bruno Tonioli says he was good in hold, but Tommy lost it a bit out of hold. Carrie Ann Inaba recognizes Peta put in a lot of good foxtrot content. She says that she has to deduct points for some of the mistakes when Tommy lost the tempo.

Tommy tells Erin that...

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