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Top 15 New Year's Eve events in the Baltimore area

All right, Baltimore — get ready to dress up, go out and ring in New Year in style. It's the last night of fun before you have to start committing to those resolutions. And whether you want to dance, drink, eat or laugh your way into 2015, one of these 15 New Year's Eve events in and around the city is sure to suit your say-goodbye-to-2014 needs.

Deanna Bogart's New Year's She-Bang

8 p.m. Dec. 27

Celebrate a little early with a boogie and blues dance party. Deanna Bogart, an award-winning pianist, saxophonist, singer and songwriter, will be joined by her bandmates for some 1930s-style boogie music with some contemporary vibes to get people moving and grooving before they have to start worrying about making their resolutions. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. $20-$25.

Midnight Noon

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 31

The kids can finally watch the ball drop well before their bedtimes. Guests can decorate party hats, design noisemakers and make glittery...

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A familial atmosphere at Mad Dog Murphy's in Canton

Growing up in a big family, Adam Scher and his cousins often heard their grandfather’s old tales when they visited him in Severna Park. One in particular, about the most feared pirate on the Chesapeake Bay always stuck with Scher.

So when Scher, a 28-year-old native of Owings Mills, purchased a corner bar in Canton in January, he named it after the possibly apocryphal swashbuckler as a tribute to his beloved family member. Replacing the old Hooper's Pub sports bar, Mad Dog Murphy's opened the first week of March.

When we visited on a recent late Saturday night, Mad Dog Murphy's exuded an appropriately familial presence, despite a lack of foot traffic. A handful of folks — a few patrons, a few staff members on the clock and off — were huddled around the modest square bar in the center of the single-floor bar. It was clear from the breezy conversation and inside jokes that these people knew each other well. This was their neighborhood hangout.

Nearly all corner bars feel this way, or...

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Hungry BWI travelers can sample these plates at the gate

If you want to try the Triple Delight roll at Gachi House of Sushi, the crab frittata at Obrycki's or the Latin specialties at Zona Cocina, you'll have to buy a plane ticket. These eateries, which only exist at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, are in post-security areas, and you can only eat there if you have a boarding pass.

And if you don't believe you can get super-fresh, premium sushi at an airport, try asking your pilot. They'll tell you that Gachi, a full-service sushi bar on Concourse A between gates 8 and 9, is the real deal.

In fact, pilots often call in their orders from the cockpit after landing so they'll be ready to go, said Budi Suryakusuma, Gachi's chef and managing partner.

Savvy travelers have discovered Gachi, too. "I think [they've] got the best sushi in Baltimore," said Dr. Morton F. Goldberg. The former director of the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital said he and his wife always make extra time to visit Gachi when they travel through BWI.

"I tell all of...

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Reports: Cameron Diaz is engaged to Waldorf native Benji Madden

Christmas has apparently come early for Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden. 

Multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly that the actress, 42, is engaged to the Good Charlotte rocker, 35, a Waldorf native.

The couple has been together for seven months. 

"Everyone thinks it's wild but are so happy for them," one source told Us. "Benji always tends to fall in love easily, but this time it's for real and he landed a great girl."

Diaz's famous exes include Justin Timberlake and Alex Rodriguez. Benji Madden's twin brother, Joel Madden, is married to Nicole Richie. The brothers attended La Plata High School. Benji Madden has been linked romantically to Paris Hilton and Sophie Monk. 

Here's hoping for a Maryland wedding!

Read Us' report here.

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This New Year's Eve, all 'angsty millennials' should have at least one thing to celebrate

The legacy of 2014, now in its waning days, will be contemplated in countless year-end retrospectives. But for one of my best friends, summing up the past 365 days was simple.

"2014 was the worst year of my life," he said.

Now, he was obviously being a bit dramatic, but his sentiment is born from something I think all new "adults" can commiserate with. Let's call it millennial angst.

Think teen angst displaced a few years, and with some extra responsibilities added in. Instead of blaring pop-punk songs and whining about how the world just doesn't understand us, we're drowning our sorrows in bottomless bloody mary brunches and realizing that we just don't understand the world.

That's why, as New Year's Eve approaches, it's tempting to look back and feel like you've been kicked around with little to show for it. For many 20-somethings, I'm sure 2014 wasn't easy.

For me and my friend, it was the first year we didn't spend even a day in school. And to go from that microcosm of a world to...

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Iggy Azalea's Great Escape Tour comes to Baltimore in March

Iggy Azalea, the "Fancy" rapper from Australia whose star-making year recently culminated in four Grammy nominations, will headline Royal Farms Arena on May 13. Nick Jonas, Tinashe and DJ Whizz Kidd will also perform as a part of Azalea's North American Great Escape Tour. 

Tickets go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. Friday on

Azalea remained a presence on the charts this year thanks to hook-oriented singles from her debut album, "The New Classic," such as "Problem," featuring Ariana Grande, and "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora. The Grammys will air on CBS on Feb. 8.

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