Rapper The Game makes generous appearance at West Baltimore block party

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Yusuf Islam, the former Cat Stevens, invites fans aboard the Peace Train at Kennedy Center

“I never wanted to be a star,” Yusuf Islam sang Thursday evening at the Kennedy Center. “I never wanted to travel far.”

The irony is that Islam’s Washington performance, a more or less chronological review of his songbook, curated and annotated by the singer-songwriter, was all about his journey to international superstardom.

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Miserable's Kristina Esfandiari on the relief of finishing her debut album

Kristina Esfandiari loves the people who listen to her music. But when she was writing “Uncontrollable,” the debut LP from her solo vehicle, Miserable, she wasn’t thinking about them. 

“I really wasn’t expecting people to like it at all,” Esfandiari, 28, said over the phone from Nashville, Tenn. “I need this for me.”

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Grand finale for ‘Game of Thrones’-themed burlesque comes to Ottobar

At a science fiction and fantasy conference last year in Seattle, Bella La Blanc performed a “Game of Thrones”-inspired burlesque act.

She made one fan, for sure — the series’ author, George R.R. Martin, who was in the audience. Soon after, he invited La Blanc’s tribute troupe — “Burlesque is Coming” — to perform at his theater in Santa Fe, N.M.

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Fall's arrival means new Maryland beers to try

If fall’s arrival this week couldn’t come soon enough, you’re not alone — local beer-makers relish a new season, because it’s a time to debut new beers.

From commemorating the opening of a taproom to a brew looking to make a positive impact on local agriculture, the local beer scene has interesting additions on the way or already here. These are four new styles we’re looking forward to tasting.

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As craft beer expands, City Brew Tours to launch in Baltimore

Heading into his senior year at the University of Vermont in 2008, Chad Brodsky didn't have a summer internship, so he created a business instead. Dressed in German lederhosen, Brodsky walked the busy streets of Burlington, Vt., convincing strangers to hop into his van to take tours of local breweries.

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Breweries look to break through at Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival

For most of the breweries pouring suds Saturday at the Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival — especially the newer and smaller ones — it's about spreading the news about their craft beers.

The festival at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium will be the fifth year for the celebrations of local brewed beer, even if it's not brewed near Annapolis.

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