Recent stories by Chris Kaltenbach

Police shutdown of '1814' event draws criticism

5:48 PM EDT, September 19, 2014

Police shutdown of '1814' event draws criticism

Could the police have waited 10 more minutes before pulling the plug?

10:53 AM EDT, September 9, 2014

Vice President Biden coming to Baltimore for 'Star-Spangled 200'

Vice President Joe Biden will be in town this weekend, to help Baltimore celebrate its "Star-Spangled Banner" bicentennial.

Fan convention offers celebrities a license to thrill

September 13, 2014

Fan convention offers celebrities a license to thrill

Actress Lana Wood had been quietly sending out her autograph for years, answering letters from her fans. But then a stranger made her think that maybe there was a better way.

Susquehanna riverboat retired

4:02 PM EDT, September 7, 2014

Susquehanna riverboat retired

The Lantern Queen Riverboat, a traveling fixture on the Upper Chesapeake Bay and lower Susquehanna River since 1996, had made its last trip.

Bumpy ride into history

3:02 PM EDT, August 11, 2014

Bumpy ride into history

Baltimore, home to the first received telegraph message (Samuel Morse, 1844, sent from Washington), the first umbrella factory in America (1828), the first Ouija board (1892) and — to note what really matters — the first baseball player to win MVP awards in both leagues (Frank Robinson, 1966) and the first Olympian to win eight gold medals in a single games (Michael Phelps, 2008).

Lineup for Free Fall Baltimore 2014 announced

12:53 PM EDT, August 18, 2014

Lineup for Free Fall Baltimore 2014 announced

Get ready for some seriously cheap entertainment.

D.C. man dies in Anne Arundel County car crash

1:18 PM EDT, September 7, 2014

D.C. man dies in Anne Arundel County car crash

A 33-year-old Washington, D.C., man was killed in southern Anne Arundel County when the car he was driving left the roadway and spun out of control before crashing into a light pole and a tree Saturday night, county police reported.

The many faces of Otakon in Baltimore

7:59 AM EDT, August 8, 2014

The many faces of Otakon in Baltimore

Otakon is many things, all of them having to do with Japanese and East Asian popular culture. But most of all -- at least to outsiders -- it’s all about the costumes.

Bengies Drive-In appeal denied

11:08 AM EDT, July 31, 2014

Bengies Drive-In appeal denied

In a setback for Maryland's last drive-in theatre, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals has turned aside a request by the owner of Baltimore County's Bengies Drive-In to reinstate a jury verdict ordering Royal Farms to pay for a fence to keep light from one of its stores from encroaching on his property.

Man dies after double shooting in Baltimore

7:37 PM EDT, September 7, 2014

Man dies after double shooting in Baltimore

A 29-year-old Baltimore man died in a double shooting that occurred in his neighborhood late Saturday night just a block away from Cecil Elementary School, city police reported.

'Video Games Live' comes to play this weekend with the BSO

9:48 AM EDT, July 25, 2014

'Video Games Live' comes to play this weekend with the BSO

For some 40 years, Tommy Tallarico has had two passions — music and video games.

Region's movie theaters staging a comeback

7:38 PM EDT, July 9, 2014

Region's movie theaters staging a comeback

With today's opening of a 15-screen Cinemark theater in Towson, Baltimore and its immediate area — that is, within the Beltway — is home to nearly 60 movie screens. And 20 of those are in the city itself.

Fab 50: Celebrating day in 1964 when the Beatles came to Baltimore

12:03 PM EDT, September 5, 2014

Fab 50: Celebrating day in 1964 when the Beatles came to Baltimore

It was important to look your best. After all, The Beatles were in town.

William G. Helfrich III, golfer, restaurant manager

5:17 PM EDT, July 6, 2014

William G. Helfrich III, golfer, restaurant manager

William Goldsborough Helfrich III, who helped with the operation and management of a handful of downtown restaurants, died June 21 in La Jolla, Calif., after suffering multiple organ failure. He was 38.

James R. Miller Jr., federal judge in Baltimore

5:41 PM EDT, July 1, 2014

James R. Miller Jr., federal judge in Baltimore

James Rogers Miller Jr., a former state delegate from Montgomery County who spent 15 years as a federal district judge in Baltimore, died of congestive heart failure June 25 at HeartFields Assisted Living at Easton. He was 83.

Mary Elizabeth Dyer Corrin, teacher

4:00 PM EDT, July 4, 2014

Mary Elizabeth Dyer Corrin, teacher

Mary Elizabeth Dyer Corrin, a code-breaker during World War II and former teacher at two Towson-area elementary schools, died June 30 of lung cancer at the Blakehurst retirement community. She was 92.

Allen Grossman

2:09 PM EDT, July 3, 2014

Allen Grossman

Allen Grossman,a prize-winning poet who spent 15 years teaching his craft to students at the Johns Hopkins University, died June 27 at his home in Chelsea, Mass. He was 82 and had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Henry F. Cerny, dentist

7:01 PM EDT, July 1, 2014

Henry F. Cerny, dentist

Henry F. Cerny, a dentist who had a practice in Westminster for nearly 30 years, died June 28 at the Golden Living Center in Westminster of complications from a fall. He was 94.

Frank Anechiarico, Valley Chevrolet owner

3:06 PM EDT, July 1, 2014

Frank Anechiarico, Valley Chevrolet owner

Frank Anechiarico, a passionate car salesman and one-time owner of Baltimore County's Valley Chevrolet, died June 27 at Brightview Mays Chapel Ridge, an assisted-living facility. He was 91 and had suffered a stroke.

Eileen Parr, media specialist

5:38 PM EDT, June 30, 2014

Eileen Parr, media specialist

Eileen Parr, a longtime media aide at Perry Hall High School, died June 27 at Keswick Multi-Care Center of complications following a recent fall. She was 96.

Creative Alliance co-founder Megan Hamilton resigning

5:11 PM EDT, June 5, 2014

Creative Alliance co-founder Megan Hamilton resigning

Megan Hamilton, program director for the Creative Alliance and one of its founders, will be leaving the arts organization in November.

Baltimore Charm cancels final home game of season

6:12 PM EDT, June 24, 2014

Baltimore Charm cancels final home game of season

The Legends Football League, perhaps better known by its descriptive former name, the Lingerie Football League, appears to have played its last game at the Baltimore Arena.

Movie review: 'Ping Pong Summer'

7:36 AM EDT, June 6, 2014

Movie review: 'Ping Pong Summer'

"Ping Pong Summer" envisions a time when a kid's biggest worry was showing off at the local arcade, when a beach-side cookout with your weird relatives could become the stuff of family legend, when friends were all that really mattered and appearing cool was the toughest challenge a guy could face.

The hons of Honfest

8:46 AM EDT, June 13, 2014

The hons of Honfest

Since 1994, Hampden's Honfest has been celebrating the archetypal Baltimore hon. Women — and even some men — have flocked to 36th Street (if you're a local, you know it as the Avenue) for the sole purpose of winning the title of Baltimore's Best Hon.

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail opens for business

5:52 PM EDT, June 5, 2014

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail opens for business

Two years ago, Baltimore rolled out the red carpet, and then some, for the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to commemorate what some have called the second war for American independence.

Melvin Ray Harris, zoo and aquarium volunteer

6:04 PM EDT, June 1, 2014

Melvin Ray Harris, zoo and aquarium volunteer

Melvin Ray Harris, a longtime employee of the United States Information Agency whose love of the outdoors led to stints with the National Park Service and as a volunteer at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and the National Aquarium, died May 24 at the University of Maryland Medical Center of complications from a stroke. He was 83.

Bowie man charged in PG County 'bottle-bomb' incident

7:39 PM EDT, June 1, 2014

Bowie man charged in PG County 'bottle-bomb' incident

A 20-year-old Bowie man has been arrested and charged with the May 24 detonation of a "bottle-bomb" at a Prince George's County movie theater. Authorities are investigating whether he is responsible for other detonations around the region including one at Arundel Mills mall.

With out-of-this-world tweets, Cockeysville astronaut an online hit

5:58 PM EDT, June 1, 2014

With out-of-this-world tweets, Cockeysville astronaut an online hit

Thanks to his unabashed enthusiasm for the job and his way with a tweet, Cockeysville's Reid Wiseman is becoming quite the Twitterverse celebrity as he orbits the Earth on the International Space Station.

A vibrant America, refreshed

3:58 PM EDT, June 2, 2014

A vibrant America, refreshed

For 40 years, Bob Hieronimus' mural has stood watch over the Charles North community, its depictions of an American eagle, the great seal of the United States and Baltimore's Battle Monument serving as a constant in the evolving neighborhood. Now, a new coat of paint and an enlarged canvas should ensure it continues to do so for at least another four decades.

John Waters hitches a ride in 'Carsick'

1:17 PM EDT, May 30, 2014

John Waters hitches a ride in 'Carsick'

Featured in Scene If you saw a disheveled, clearly despondent 66-year-old man hitchhiking, would you pick him up?

Artscape music and attractions feature funk, dance and more

5:35 PM EDT, May 27, 2014

Artscape music and attractions feature funk, dance and more

Funk revivalists Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Latin rockers Ozomatli, the jazz-funk sextet Galactic and R&B singer Anthony Hamilton headline the roster of musicians scheduled to perform at this year's Artscape, event organizers announced Tuesday.

Ralph Steadman's world view on display in 'For No Good Reason'

8:34 AM EDT, May 16, 2014

Ralph Steadman's world view on display in 'For No Good Reason'

Ralph Steadman says he likes the Ralph Steadman of "For No Good Reason." And that, perhaps, is a problem.

Moviegoers adapt to Md. Film Fest move

9:10 PM EDT, May 8, 2014

Moviegoers adapt to Md. Film Fest move

The 16th Maryland Film Festival began this week with cinephiles carefully mapping out their plans and cautiously optimistic that a move from the five-screen Charles Theatre to seven different locations would not crimp their style.

Five unique accommodations in the Maryland area

8:10 AM EDT, May 15, 2014

Five unique accommodations in the Maryland area

No offense to conventional hotels, but sometimes you just want to stay someplace a little different, a little avant-garde, someplace you'll be able to tell the grandkids about someday.

Opportunity, adjustment in the air for Md. Film Festival

1:07 PM EDT, May 7, 2014

Opportunity, adjustment in the air for Md. Film Festival

Kevin Brown knows opportunity when it shows up at his front door.

Maryland Film Festival a showcase for female directors

9:18 AM EDT, May 5, 2014

Maryland Film Festival a showcase for female directors

Sarah-Violet Bliss acknowledges some frustration with fielding questions, yet again, about being a female filmmaker, about how the vast majority of movies seem to be directed by men, and about whether that will stop being the case any time soon.

Maryland Film Festival makes a new home in Station North

5:37 PM EDT, May 11, 2014

Maryland Film Festival makes a new home in Station North

Grumblings seemed few as the 16th Maryland Film Festival wrapped up Sunday, having weathered a forced relocation to North Avenue and other nearby areas.

Boy, 4, drowns in Glen Burnie

9:25 PM EDT, May 4, 2014

Boy, 4, drowns in Glen Burnie

A 4-year-old boy attending a birthday party in Glen Burnie drowned in Marley Creek Saturday after he wandered onto a backyard pier, Anne Arundel County police said.

Ralph Dawson Matthews Jr., journalist

5:07 PM EDT, April 13, 2014

Ralph Dawson Matthews Jr., journalist

Ralph Dawson Matthews Jr., a former managing editor of the Baltimore Afro-American who worked closely with Malcolm X in the early 1960s and once shared a house with a young Miles Davis, died April 3 at the Adelphi House assisted living facility in Adelphi, Prince George's County.

4:47 PM EDT, May 7, 2014

Displaced families meet with city, CSX officials

City officials and representatives of CSX met Sunday with Charles Village residents displaced by last week's landslide, updating efforts aimed at getting them back into their homes.

Displaced families meet with city, CSX officials

11:03 PM EDT, May 4, 2014

Displaced families meet with city, CSX officials

City officials and representatives of CSX met Sunday with Charles Village residents displaced by last week's landslide, updating efforts aimed at getting them back into their homes.

Bengies appeals dismissal of jury verdict over lights

5:47 PM EDT, April 7, 2014

Bengies appeals dismissal of jury verdict over lights

The fate of the Baltimore area's last drive-in theater continued to play out in the courts Monday, as the owner of Bengies Drive-In appeared before a three-judge panel in Annapolis. He asked them to reinstate an $838,000 jury award to pay for a wall shielding the property from the lights of a nearby convenience store.

Annapolis makes it onto the big screen in 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

March 16, 2014

Annapolis makes it onto the big screen in 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

Filmmakers David Posamentier and Geoff Moore knew Annapolis was the perfect place to make their movie when someone heaved a trash can through a plate-glass window — and no one made a peep.

Maryland native Duane Adler's first film as writer-director is multicultural

April 17, 2014

Maryland native Duane Adler's first film as writer-director is multicultural

With "Save the Last Dance" and the shot-in-Baltimore "Step Up," Duane Adler established himself as one of the go-to screenwriters for 21st-century dance movies. But apparently that wasn't enough.

Ozzy beer still on shelves after Brewer's Art receives cease-and-desist letter

7:09 PM EDT, March 27, 2014

Ozzy beer still on shelves after Brewer's Art receives cease-and-desist letter

Ozzy Osbourne has endorsed soda, a cellphone and even imitation butter spread. But one product the Prince of Darkness apparently does not approve of is Ozzy, the Belgian-style strong pale ale made by the Baltimore-based company The Brewer's Art.

MICA exhibit explores the history and revival of Baltimore burlesque

7:38 AM EDT, April 9, 2014

MICA exhibit explores the history and revival of Baltimore burlesque

Sunny Sighed remembers her first exposure to modern burlesque very well. She loved it, but never dreamed she'd soon be a part of it.

Senators urged to support increase in film tax credits

7:46 PM EDT, March 13, 2014

Senators urged to support increase in film tax credits

For L. Bryan Koerber, president of Baltimore's Budeke's Paints & Decorating Inc., losing film projects like Netflix's "House of Cards" to another state would be devastating. Not fatal, perhaps, but devastating.

Marion Mauk, journalist and freelance writer

6:00 PM EDT, March 23, 2014

Marion Mauk, journalist and freelance writer

Marion Morris Mauk, a World War II-era journalist who, after her children were enrolled in school, began a freelance career that saw her writing on a wide variety of subjects, from black studies to a Seattle-area movie chain, died March 8 at her home in Mount Washington. She was 94.

Websites offer virtual visit to area's War of 1812 sites

6:13 PM EST, February 18, 2014

Websites offer virtual visit to area's War of 1812 sites

The runup to this year's celebration of the "Star-Spangled Banner" bicentennial took a leap forward Tuesday with the rollout of a pair of websites — one of which shows live video of Fort McHenry offering views similar to what Francis Scott Key would have seen during the Battle of Baltimore.

Find a little Hollywood in Baltimore

9:05 PM EST, February 14, 2014

Find a little Hollywood in Baltimore

Featured in SceneIf Baltimore is indeed becoming Hollywood east — and who are we to argue the point? — then here's your handy map to the movie stars' homes. Only in this case, it's a map to where movie stars have roamed — sites captured forever on film and TV, going back to the 1970s. We begin our journey with a pair of television series, both set in Washington, but filmed right here in Charm City and its environs. And we've also pinpointed a couple of spots from films that are classic Hollywood.

Monster trucking family

9:57 AM EST, February 28, 2014

Monster trucking family

When the father-and-son team of Michael Vaters Jr. and Sr. go out for a ride together, people notice.

Baltimore Improv Group celebrates 10 years of unscripted laughs

7:35 AM EST, February 7, 2014

Baltimore Improv Group celebrates 10 years of unscripted laughs

And as they wind down a successful run of one of their most ambitious projects yet — "Unscripted," which takes impromptu sketch comedy to another level by putting on entirely impromptu plays that can last upward of 90 minutes — BIG is showing no signs of slowing down.

'At Middleton' first feature film for Baltimore-born director

8:53 AM EST, January 31, 2014

'At Middleton' first feature film for Baltimore-born director

Adam Rodgers and his grandfather thought they were taking the train to Philadelphia to check out colleges. But the cinema gods had other things in mind.

Movie review: '12 O'Clock Boys' sheds light on Baltimore's dirt-bike culture

8:20 AM EST, January 31, 2014

Movie review: '12 O'Clock Boys' sheds light on Baltimore's dirt-bike culture

Seduction and rebellion are at the heart of "12 O'Clock Boys," Maryland Institute College of Art alum Lotfy Nathan's extraordinary exploration of Baltimore's outlaw dirt bike culture, as seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy desperately yearning to be part of it.

Rookie actor Spencer Lofranco, star of the filmed-in-Md. 'Jamesy Boy,' is making an impact

11:08 AM EST, January 17, 2014

Rookie actor Spencer Lofranco, star of the filmed-in-Md. 'Jamesy Boy,' is making an impact

Chances are you've never heard of Spencer Lofranco. But chances are that's going to change this year.

Snow puts damper on destination wedding, adds to travel woes

8:30 PM EST, February 13, 2014

Snow puts damper on destination wedding, adds to travel woes

Melanie Over and Josh Rosella had been planning this day for over a year. Only their plan was to be spending it on a Jamaican beach, getting ready for their wedding, not sweating it out at the airport with most of their wedding party and guests, stuck in snowy Baltimore.

Movie review: 'Jamesy Boy'

11:10 AM EST, January 17, 2014

Movie review: 'Jamesy Boy'

There's plenty of inspiration to be found in "Jamesy Boy," the based-on-a-true-story tale of a jailed street tough who, after much trial and error, finds redemption and a productive life inside the margins of society.

Baltimore filmmakers to be spotlighted at New York's Museum of Modern Art

December 7, 2013

Baltimore filmmakers to be spotlighted at New York's Museum of Modern Art

The "Diner" guys, Tracy Turnblad and the moody teens of Hamilton will be basking in the New York spotlight this month, thanks to a Museum of Modern Art exhibition focusing on the works of Baltimore filmmakers Barry Levinson, John Waters and Matt Porterfield.

Color Me Funny hopes to color Baltimore … well, funny

9:07 AM EST, January 10, 2014

Color Me Funny hopes to color Baltimore … well, funny

The six guys who make up the Baltimore-based comedy troupe Color Me Funny have a pretty simple goal in life. They never want to hear the following crack ever again:

Kwanzaa creator Maulana Karenga will speak at Lewis Museum

7:47 PM EST, December 20, 2013

Kwanzaa creator Maulana Karenga will speak at Lewis Museum

As a player in the Black Power and civil rights movements of the 1960s, even at only 25 years old, Maulana Karenga was concerned about legacy. He wanted to leave behind something that would both celebrate the accomplishments of his people and challenge them to go even further.

Video Americain to begin selling off its inventory

12:23 PM EST, December 3, 2013

Video Americain to begin selling off its inventory

The stock of Roland Park's Video Americain, possibly Baltimore's last video rental store, will be up for grabs next week, after negotiations for a single buyer to purchase the store's 35,000-unit inventory failed.

Part of fence at Old Otterbein Church toppled

7:59 PM EST, November 24, 2013

Part of fence at Old Otterbein Church toppled

A careless driver ran into the wrought-iron fence surrounding Baltimore's historic Old Otterbein Church early Sunday morning, knocking over a roughly 20-foot section fronting Sharp Street and leaving church officials scrambling to get repairs done in time for the holidays.

Mary C. Burke, 78, longtime city schools teacher

5:55 PM EST, November 24, 2013

Mary C. Burke, 78, longtime city schools teacher

Mary C. Burke, a devoted churchgoer who taught in Baltimore public schools for more than 30 years, died Nov. 18 of lung cancer at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown. She was 78.

Charm City Fringe Fest revels in being out of the ordinary

10:10 AM EDT, November 1, 2013

Charm City Fringe Fest revels in being out of the ordinary

During next week's Charm City Fringe Fest, audiences will be able to ponder a nuclear holocaust drama starring Charlie Chaplin, meet a young German girl who used to mistake the Nazi salute for a friendly greeting, and throw tomatoes at actors performing Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

U.S. zombie runs organized by Md.-based firm abruptly canceled

9:57 PM EDT, October 30, 2013

U.S. zombie runs organized by Md.-based firm abruptly canceled

A Maryland-based company whose zombie-themed 5K races spread across the country in recent years has abruptly canceled all events, leaving scores of angry and disappointed ticket-holders wondering what happened.

Pikes Theatre reopening Friday in Pikesville

6:44 PM EDT, October 31, 2013

Pikes Theatre reopening Friday in Pikesville

After an interruption of nearly 30 years, movies will once again play at Pikesville's Pikes Theatre beginning Friday.

FBI raids Owings Mills medical diagnostic firm

7:09 PM EDT, October 20, 2013

FBI raids Owings Mills medical diagnostic firm

FBI agents raided the Owings Mills offices of a medical diagnostics firm Friday as part of a health care fraud case, an FBI spokesman said.

Zombie runs salvaged

7:38 PM EDT, October 31, 2013

Zombie runs salvaged

Looks like zombies aren't the only things that can rise from the dead. Apparently their runs can, too.

70 boxes of U.S. Air Marshals ammo found in car

3:11 PM EDT, October 20, 2013

70 boxes of U.S. Air Marshals ammo found in car

A Linthicum man and two juveniles were arrested Sunday, authorities said, after police searched a car and found 70 boxes of ammunition belonging to the U.S. Air Marshals.

Ocean City's Majestic Hotel damaged by fire

12:01 PM EDT, October 20, 2013

Ocean City's Majestic Hotel damaged by fire

A three-alarm fire damaged the 88-year-old Majestic Hotel in Ocean City, city officials reported.

The 18 sides of Chazz Palminteri

7:59 AM EST, November 15, 2013

The 18 sides of Chazz Palminteri

Eighteen characters, but only one actor. That's a lot of work for one guy, no matter how you slice it.

German Christmas Village set for Inner Harbor

7:25 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

German Christmas Village set for Inner Harbor

Baltimore's Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a Bavarian-style Christmas Village to be open daily at the Inner Harbor's West Shore Park from Thanksgiving through Christmas. It will feature some 60 vendors, traditional German food and even a visit from Christkind (a blond-haired angel who's the German version of Santa Claus).

Apex theater auctioned for $295,000

5:05 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Apex theater auctioned for $295,000

The Apex, Baltimore's last adult movie house, sold for $295,000 to a local investor at auction Friday morning.

Gerald 'Gerry' Kelly, 63, Evening Sun sportswriter

4:18 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

Gerald 'Gerry' Kelly, 63, Evening Sun sportswriter

Gerald "Gerry" Kelly, a onetime soccer writer for The Evening Sun who went on to become a much-loved bartender at a handful of area bars, most notably Jerry D's on Harford Road, died of heart failure Oct. 13 at his home in Parkville. He was 63.

John C. 'Jack' Hornor, 68

10:37 PM EDT, October 6, 2013

John C. 'Jack' Hornor, 68

John C. "Jack" Hornor, a naval architect and marine surveyor who once inspected the Constellation to ensure the venerable ship was still seaworthy, died Oct. 1 of brain disease at Hospice of Queen Anne's in Centreville. He was 68.

Clancy invented 'techno-thriller,' reflected Cold War fears

9:35 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

Clancy invented 'techno-thriller,' reflected Cold War fears

Tom Clancy didn't realize he was forever changing the spy novel back in 1982, while working in obscurity on his first book, a Cold War thriller centering on the defection of a Soviet naval captain and the technologically advanced submarine he includes in the bargain.

Trooper in critical condition after being hit by car in Pasadena

8:46 PM EDT, October 6, 2013

Trooper in critical condition after being hit by car in Pasadena

A Maryland state trooper was listed in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being struck by a car early Sunday morning in Pasadena.

'Baggage Claim' director David E. Talbert cherishes Baltimore roots

9:21 AM EDT, September 27, 2013

'Baggage Claim' director David E. Talbert cherishes Baltimore roots

"Baggage Claim" may be director David E. Talbert's movie, but the characters and situations, he freely admits — they come from his wife.

Now playing, the Senator

6:46 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

Now playing, the Senator

After 18 months of darkness, the lights at the Senator Theatre will shine again this week.

In Pat Moran's office, a collection sprinkled in stardust

12:31 PM EDT, September 14, 2013

In Pat Moran's office, a collection sprinkled in stardust

Pat Moran may very well have the coolest office in Baltimore.

Movie review: 'I Am Divine'

12:03 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Movie review: 'I Am Divine'

"I Am Divine" is a welcome reminder that Baltimore's favorite-son drag queen did more than eat dog poop at the end of "Pink Flamingos." Much more.

Load of Fun building in Station North sold

6:07 PM EDT, August 27, 2013

Load of Fun building in Station North sold

Load of Fun, a century-old former car dealership on North Avenue that had operated as an arts center until building inspectors forced it to close last year, has been sold to the Baltimore Arts Realty Corp.

Premiere night is smash hit for refurbished Senator Theatre

9:10 PM EDT, October 10, 2013

Premiere night is smash hit for refurbished Senator Theatre

The searchlights shone, the crowds teemed and a movie unspooled again Thursday night at North Baltimore's Senator Theatre, as the city's most beloved cinema house, refreshed and expanded, reopened after 18 months of darkness.

So long, 1st Mariner. Welcome back, Baltimore Arena

6:24 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

So long, 1st Mariner. Welcome back, Baltimore Arena

Good thing they held on to that baltimorearena.com Web address.

Fort McHenry captures the glory of Defenders' Day

9:08 AM EDT, September 13, 2013

Fort McHenry captures the glory of Defenders' Day

Baltimore went a little War-of-1812-crazy last year, when some 1.5 million people crowded into the Inner Harbor to celebrate the bicentennial of the last time Great Britain invaded the U.S. And things should get even crazier next year, when Charm City fetes the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and its most enduring legacy, "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Baltimore Pride 2013 to feature mass wedding

1:29 PM EDT, June 13, 2013

Baltimore Pride 2013 to feature mass wedding

In a year when Maryland's same-sex couples can, for the first time, legally marry, the organizers of Baltimore Pride 2013 decided some special celebrating was required. A landmark occasion, they reasoned, called for a landmark commemoration.

Poe House to reopen for weekends in October

4:26 PM EDT, September 26, 2013

Poe House to reopen for weekends in October

Baltimore's Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, shuttered since September 2012, will open on weekends in October, offering a "sneak peak" at what visitors will experience when it reopens for good next spring.

Video Americain to close next year

5:00 AM EDT, August 27, 2013

Video Americain to close next year

And then there were none.

Mummies parade into museum

3:56 PM EDT, September 27, 2013

Mummies parade into museum

The dead are coming to Baltimore.

Rotunda Theatre operator to run a revived Pikes

5:36 PM EDT, May 30, 2013

Rotunda Theatre operator to run a revived Pikes

Rotunda Theatre operator Ira Miller will be running the resurrected Pikes Theatre when it begins showing movies this summer.

Maryland Film Festival 2013 continues event's expansion

9:21 AM EDT, May 13, 2013

Maryland Film Festival 2013 continues event's expansion

It used to be that the Maryland Film Festival was just a cool neighborhood event for Courtney Knipp — a bunch of obscure movies being shown just up the street from her home in Mount Vernon.

Capt. Kirk beams into Baltimore

8:14 AM EDT, July 29, 2013

Capt. Kirk beams into Baltimore

For years, William Shatner wanted no part of the convention scene, had no desire to appear in front of the Trekkies, fanboys and obsessive sci-fi geeks who all craved a piece of Capt. James Tiberius Kirk.

Herbert B. Groh, 92, led a mariner's life from Baltimore

7:20 PM EDT, June 9, 2013

Herbert B. Groh, 92, led a mariner's life from Baltimore

Herbert B. Groh, whose life as a mariner spanned the gamut from running errands on the city docks of the 1930s to work as a harbor pilot and tugboat captain, and who helped rescue and rehabilitate the Liberty ship-turned-floating-museum John W. Brown, died June 6 after a heart attack at the Catonsville Commons nursing home. He was 92.

Suspicious package leads to evacuation of Towson library

2:35 PM EDT, May 25, 2013

Suspicious package leads to evacuation of Towson library

A suspicious package left under a bench outside the Towson public library that led to the building's evacuation Saturday morning turned out to be harmless, county police reported.

'12 O'clock Boys' director is riding high

12:21 PM EDT, May 8, 2013

'12 O'clock Boys' director is riding high

Lotfy Nathan spent some five years putting together his film about West Baltimore's dirt-bike culture. Now, with national acclaim for "12 O'clock Boys" promising to turn it into one of the year's breakout documentaries after a February premiere at the South by Southwest arts festival in Austin, Texas, he's happily basking in the acclaim.

Poe House reopening planned for October

6:48 PM EDT, May 16, 2013

Poe House reopening planned for October

Baltimore's Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum should reopen Oct. 4, the group responsible for making it profitable announced this week.

The inside scoop on Baltimore dog parks

2:35 PM EDT, June 10, 2013

The inside scoop on Baltimore dog parks

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Color Run to draw 25,000 to Camden Yards

7:22 PM EDT, May 9, 2013

Color Run to draw 25,000 to Camden Yards

Kate Joyce detests running. She has since she was in high school. But the prospect of trotting through vibrant clouds of yellow, blue, orange and pink has prompted her to make an exception this weekend.

Isaiah 'Ike' Dixon, state delegate from Baltimore

7:30 PM EDT, May 5, 2013

Isaiah 'Ike' Dixon, state delegate from Baltimore

Isaiah Dixon Jr., a jazz fan, world traveler and four-term state delegate from Baltimore City whose accomplishments included introducing a bill that made cross burnings a felony in Maryland, died of heart failure April 26 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 90.

'Hit & Stay' looks to Catonsville Nine and beyond

1:24 PM EDT, May 8, 2013

'Hit & Stay' looks to Catonsville Nine and beyond

Joe Tropea thought he was writing a research paper on the Catonsville Nine, a group of Catholic anti-war activists who set draft records ablaze outside a Selective Service office in 1968. But what he was really working on was a movie script.

Divine, weird and wonderful at the Maryland Film Festival

10:31 AM EDT, May 13, 2013

Divine, weird and wonderful at the Maryland Film Festival

For five days ending Sunday, thousands of film fans and scores of filmmakers watched movies together at the 15th Maryland Film Festival. From three-minute comedic shorts promoting horror films to gripping documentaries about the rise of Napster and cutting-edge narrative features about the relationship between a teacher and one of her students, the festival offered local cineastes the chance to lose themselves in the boundless possibilities of film.

Tugboat sinks off Locust Point pier

9:17 PM EDT, May 5, 2013

Tugboat sinks off Locust Point pier

A 100-foot tugboat sank off Pier 3 in Locust Point on Saturday night.

Paul Umansky, Sinai Hospital spokesman, opera lover

6:38 PM EDT, March 31, 2013

Paul Umansky, Sinai Hospital spokesman, opera lover

Paul Umansky, an opera lover, occasional actor and, for more than two decades, the public voice of Sinai Hospital, died March 27 at the Gilchrest Center.

Documentary about new Journey frontman at Charles on Tuesday

9:31 AM EDT, May 6, 2013

Documentary about new Journey frontman at Charles on Tuesday

Talk about a great story just falling into your lap.

Shooting suspect surrenders after officer fires shot

1:29 PM EDT, June 9, 2013

Shooting suspect surrenders after officer fires shot

A suspect in an East Baltimore shooting Sunday morning surrendered after being shot at by an officer on the scene, Baltimore City police reported.

Aquarium sets opening date for new shark exhibit

7:15 PM EDT, March 25, 2013

Aquarium sets opening date for new shark exhibit

The National Aquarium's new $12.5 million "Blacktip Reef" exhibit, a replica of an Indo-Pacific coral reef that replaces the "Wings in the Water" exhibit, will open July 10, officials announced Monday.

Super Mario Bros. in D-minor

7:42 AM EDT, April 27, 2013

Super Mario Bros. in D-minor

For at least a generation of pop-culture consumers, the soundtrack of their lives has included themes from the likes of Mega Man and Super Mario.

MICA president Fred Lazarus to retire at end of 2014 academic year

8:10 PM EDT, April 29, 2013

MICA president Fred Lazarus to retire at end of 2014 academic year

As President Fred Lazarus IV expanded the Maryland Institute College of Art over the past 35 years and helped turn it into one of the nation's leading arts colleges, supporters say, he has also focused on Baltimore — to the betterment of his college and his city.

7:54 PM EDT, March 31, 2013

Church forgoes new Easter outfits to assist prison re-entry

Worshipers at a West Baltimore church donated more than 1,000 pieces of clothing to a prison re-entry program as part of their Easter Sunday services.

Lineup announced for 2013-14 Baltimore Speakers Series

11:10 AM EDT, March 20, 2013

Lineup announced for 2013-14 Baltimore Speakers Series

Humorist Dave Barry, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak are among those taking part in the 2013-2014 Baltimore Speakers Series.

Baltimore's own Divine to be featured at SXSW Festival

5:20 PM EST, March 8, 2013

Baltimore's own Divine to be featured at SXSW Festival

"I Am Divine," a documentary on the life and career of Baltimore's favorite home-grown drag queen, was to make its debut Saturday night at the South by Southwest arts festival in Austin, Texas.

For the Irish, breakfast is serious business

4:16 PM EDT, March 12, 2013

For the Irish, breakfast is serious business

Let's set one thing straight right away: St. Patrick's Day stereotypes to the contrary, there's nothing green about an Irish breakfast.

American Craft Council Show comes to Baltimore

7:51 AM EST, February 22, 2013

American Craft Council Show comes to Baltimore

For a craftsman, David Sleightholm knows he's pretty lucky. One of the biggest craft shows in the country is right in his own backyard.

Partying with Oscar, Baltimore-style

February 23, 2013

Partying with Oscar, Baltimore-style

Featured in Scene Errol Webber has an unfair advantage when it comes to Oscar parties.

MICA grad's film accepted into South by Southwest

February 9, 2013

MICA grad's film accepted into South by Southwest

Lotfy Nathan never figured he'd connect with the 12 O'clock Boys, a West Baltimore dirt-bike gang whose culture he was hoping to capture on film. At best, he figured to end up with a documentary about trying to track down the group, and having little luck at it.

Advertisers weigh paying for advertising as interest in Ravens reaches new levels

11:30 PM EST, January 18, 2013

Advertisers weigh paying for advertising as interest in Ravens reaches new levels

The TV ads are quirky, the advertiser unusual: Advance, a Cockeysville-based document management company, has run a campaign during Ravens games showing executives kicking around off-the-wall ideas in a boardroom.

5:13 PM EST, December 19, 2012

BronyCon 2013 headed for Baltimore in August

Thundering herds of "My Little Pony" fans will be descending on Baltimore next August for the fifth BronyCon, a bi-annual convention of rabid fans of the cartoon TV series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic."

'LUV' brings a new vision of Baltimore to the screen

7:53 AM EST, January 18, 2013

'LUV' brings a new vision of Baltimore to the screen

For some eight years, Sheldon Candis nurtured a dream — to set and make a movie in his native Baltimore, one that reflected the sometimes mean, sometimes wondrous streets where he grew up.

Baltimore's National Pinball Museum to close

7:39 PM EST, February 19, 2013

Baltimore's National Pinball Museum to close

Baltimore's year-old National Pinball Museum, a pinging, clanging, tilting tribute to the flipper machines that have been mainstays of American popular culture for decades, will be shutting its doors March 3.

Shaq's Comedy Jam brings laughs to the Lyric

4:50 PM EST, November 8, 2012

Shaq's Comedy Jam brings laughs to the Lyric

As the host of Shaquille O'Neal's All-Star Comedy Jam 2012, Gary Owen always has to be on his game. There's no letup — not when you're the guy charged with keeping the crowd roaring through six different acts putting out more than two hours of material.

Crafting an inspired room design

4:29 PM EST, February 15, 2013

Crafting an inspired room design

They may look like simple iron candlesticks, tall and thin.

Czech native shines a spotlight on a forgotten generation

7:20 PM EST, December 30, 2012

Czech native shines a spotlight on a forgotten generation

Czechoslovakia had its share of heroes during the 40-plus years the Eastern European nation endured Soviet domination — most notably the reformers crushed during the infamous Prague Spring of 1968 and the protesters whose nonviolent Velvet Revolution ended that domination in 1989. Their stories have been well documented, and such figures as Alexander Dubcek and Vaclav Havel have achieved worldwide fame.

Oscar, welcome to Charm City

9:17 PM EST, February 8, 2013

Oscar, welcome to Charm City

Christina Spearman dug out her best high school formal gown, took the day off work and headed down to the Inner Harbor on Friday morning to realize the dream of a lifetime.

'Cheese' banner a memorial to a Ravens fan whose loyalty never wavered

12:22 PM EST, December 4, 2012

'Cheese' banner a memorial to a Ravens fan whose loyalty never wavered

Matthew Cheswick was a Ravens fan, big time. And even months after he was killed by a drunken driver while crossing an Ocean City street, he remains a presence at M&T Bank Stadium.

Maryland Zoo welcomes new lioness, giraffe

11:18 AM EST, December 3, 2012

Maryland Zoo welcomes new lioness, giraffe

Badu the lioness and Kesi the giraffe have taken up permanent residence in Charm City.

Matt Porterfield's new movie accepted into Sundance Film Festival

5:42 PM EST, November 29, 2012

Matt Porterfield's new movie accepted into Sundance Film Festival

"I Used to be Darker," the latest movie from Baltimore's Matt Porterfield, will be shown at January's Sundance Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.

Tom Wopat is more than just a good ol' boy

December 8, 2012

Tom Wopat is more than just a good ol' boy

More than a quarter-century has passed since Tom Wopat last jumped, feet first, into the General Lee and sped away for a half-hour of redneck fun on TV's "The Dukes of Hazzard." But in a career that has included Tony and Grammy nods (thanks to his stint on Broadway in "Annie Get Your Gun") and television appearances aplenty, he's still Luke Duke to legions of fans.

Crazed Ravens fan's video makes viral rounds

7:38 PM EST, January 15, 2013

Crazed Ravens fan's video makes viral rounds

The man appears in a No. 5 Joe Flacco jersey weeping, leaping, pounding his fists on the floor, flinging himself on a couch, grabbing the TV screen with both hands, looking for all the world as if he's about to explode. He's screaming at the top of his lungs, at a pitch that would surely shatter glass if sustained, lamenting that he can't take it anymore, that the play he just saw is unbelievable, that he'll surely die if this continues. And, now, he's Internet-famous.

Ravens fan of the week: Vanessa Payne and the color purple

6:15 PM EST, November 24, 2012

Ravens fan of the week: Vanessa Payne and the color purple

For Essex's Vanessa "Purple" Payne, being a big-time Ravens fan is all about the good she can do for the community.

Baltimore productions earn mixed reception from SAG Awards

4:24 PM EST, December 12, 2012

Baltimore productions earn mixed reception from SAG Awards

Actors seem to love HBO's filmed-in-Baltimore "Game Change." But the likewise filmed-in-Baltimore HBO series "Veep?" Not so much.

Third accuser claims to have had underage sexual relations with Elmo puppeteer

5:10 PM EST, November 27, 2012

Third accuser claims to have had underage sexual relations with Elmo puppeteer

A third accuser has come forward claiming he had sexual relations with Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash while underage.

The movies are a mission for Baltimore's George Figgs

9:02 AM EST, November 19, 2012

The movies are a mission for Baltimore's George Figgs

Downloading movies and watching them on a computer is not for George Figgs, who has spent the better part of three decades affording Baltimore cinephiles the chance to experience films the way God intended — in the dark, projected onto a bigger-than-life screen, sharing the experience with a bunch of people whose only commonality is an urge to see how the on-screen story plays out.

4th man claims he had underage sex with Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash

5:20 PM EST, December 10, 2012

4th man claims he had underage sex with Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash

A fourth accuser is coming forward to claim he engaged in underage sex with former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash.

Powerball jackpot unclaimed, top prize a record $425 million Wednesday

3:11 PM EST, November 25, 2012

Powerball jackpot unclaimed, top prize a record $425 million Wednesday

Nobody won Saturday's $325 million Powerball jackpot Saturday night, setting up a $425 million-plus jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing that has even casual lottery players ready to take the plunge.

Ravens fan of the week: Bobby Nyk is a Road Warrior

6:16 PM EST, November 24, 2012

Ravens fan of the week: Bobby Nyk is a Road Warrior

For nine years, Bobby Nyk didn't miss a single Ravens game, home or away. That home streak is impressive enough, but it was all those away games that earned him the nickname "The Ravens Road Warrior."

Mildred Otenasek, 98, professor, mentor

8:18 PM EST, November 25, 2012

Mildred Otenasek, 98, professor, mentor

Mildred Otenasek, a pioneering force for women in Maryland Democratic politics and a much-loved professor and mentor at her alma mater, Notre Dame of Maryland University, died Nov. 19 at her home in Roland Park. She was 98.

All shook up for Elvis' Fight Club

5:57 PM EST, January 8, 2013

All shook up for Elvis' Fight Club

Elvis will not be leaving the building Saturday. Nor will any of the other contestants in Elvis' Birthday Fight Club, a combination battle-to-the-finish boxing grudge match and burlesque show where past champions have included a chicken and a vibrating robot.

Kevin Clash, voice of Elmo, leaves 'Sesame Street' following underage sex accusations

6:31 PM EST, November 12, 2012

Kevin Clash, voice of Elmo, leaves 'Sesame Street' following underage sex accusations

Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street," is taking a leave of absence from the show in the aftermath of allegations that he had sex with an underage boy, which surfaced Monday on the website TMZ.

Ravens fan of the week: 'Fired Up' fires up the crowd

5:33 PM EDT, November 1, 2012

Ravens fan of the week: 'Fired Up' fires up the crowd

When Chip Riley urges Ravens fans to get fired up, he knows whereof he speaks.

Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, leaves 'Sesame Street'

6:32 PM EST, November 20, 2012

Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, leaves 'Sesame Street'

Kevin Clash, the Baltimore-born puppeteer who was the voice behind the beloved "Sesame Street" character Elmo, resigned Tuesday in the wake of allegations that he had sex with minors.

National Aquarium offers morning discounts

12:47 PM EDT, October 22, 2012

National Aquarium offers morning discounts

Marylanders can knock up to $8 off the cost of a morning visit to Baltimore's National Aquarium, under a program announced Monday.

Steve LaPlanche is the Ravens' Iron Fan

October 6, 2012

Steve LaPlanche is the Ravens' Iron Fan

Steve LaPlanche — "Sports Steve" to his friends — says he hasn't missed a professional football game played in Baltimore since 1956. His streak, he says proudly, is 358 games and counting.

John Travolta shares memories of 'Hairspray,' 'Pulp Fiction' and other films

9:57 PM EST, November 10, 2012

John Travolta shares memories of 'Hairspray,' 'Pulp Fiction' and other films

A slimmed-down Edna Turnblad shared the stage with her creator, John Waters, last night, much to the delight of scores of star-crazed fans.

Orioles to sponsor city New Year's Eve celebration

7:05 AM EST, December 19, 2012

Orioles to sponsor city New Year's Eve celebration

Baltimore's Inner Harbor will welcome 2013 with live music, a fireworks show and a giant digital clock counting down the seconds, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced today.

Poe house to close Friday, hopefully temporarily

7:27 PM EDT, September 25, 2012

Poe house to close Friday, hopefully temporarily

Baltimore's beleaguered Edgar Allan Poe House will be shutting its doors Friday, with plans to reopen in 2013 under the auspices of a nonprofit group hoping to increase attendance and make the city landmark self-sufficient.

Movie review: 'The Bay'

8:53 AM EDT, November 2, 2012

Movie review: 'The Bay'

It's hard to figure which primal fear Barry Levinson doesn't tap into with "The Bay," a horror-thriller in which, it turns out, the problems in the Chesapeake go much deeper than a declining oyster harvest and too much shoreline development.

Hitting the street with the Baltimore Running Festival

October 11, 2012

Hitting the street with the Baltimore Running Festival

The best moment of the annual Baltimore Running Festival comes not when the marathon starts on the street outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, or when the champion crosses the finish line.

Billy Woodward is more than just 1 of 100 Elvises

November 24, 2012

Billy Woodward is more than just 1 of 100 Elvises

Two years ago, Billy Woodward was just another young guy channeling Elvis — in a place that featured more Elvises per square foot than perhaps anywhere else in the world. But among the scores of singers who made the 2010 Night of 100 Elvises possible, Woodward alone would be taking his act to Broadway in the coming months.

When it comes to Baltimore, Travolta does it his way

10:32 AM EST, November 5, 2012

When it comes to Baltimore, Travolta does it his way

John Travolta knew what he wanted to do with the role of Edna Turnblad, the zaftig housewife at the center of "Hairspray." The movie's producers, however, weren't so sure.

B&O Museum to aid Poe House, under proposal

12:32 PM EDT, October 3, 2012

B&O Museum to aid Poe House, under proposal

Baltimore will pay the B&O Railroad Museum $180,000 to put the Edgar Allan Poe House on the road to becoming a self-sufficient, serious tourist draw, under a proposal approved by the city's Board of Estimates Wednesday.

Levinson's latest is no Valentine to his hometown

1:51 PM EDT, October 29, 2012

Levinson's latest is no Valentine to his hometown

Three decades and more than 25 films into his directing career, and Barry Levinson is still mining his hometown for movie ideas.

Ravens fan of the week: For Birdman, the car's the thing

8:17 PM EST, November 8, 2012

Ravens fan of the week: For Birdman, the car's the thing

For Greg Hudnet, being a Ravens superfan is all about the car.

For Ravens superfan Cindy Pierce, the wig's the thing

7:51 AM EDT, September 21, 2012

For Ravens superfan Cindy Pierce, the wig's the thing

Mild-mannered body shop owner by most days, outrageously wigged Purple Dame on Ravens gamedays — that's the story of Severn's Cindy Pierce. And a bust of her in the Pro Football Hall of Fame proves it.

August 30, 2012

The Grand Prix of Baltimore isn't for racing alone

The beach volleyball won't be back this year (boo!), but the second Grand Prix of Baltimore will still be offering a handful of activities that don't involve hurtling through the streets of Charm City at normally illegal speeds.

Free Fall Baltimore receives $25,000 federal grant

9:56 AM EDT, October 1, 2012

Free Fall Baltimore receives $25,000 federal grant

Free Fall Baltimore, which today kicks off its seventh year of spotlighting no-charge arts and cultural experiences in Charm City, has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

CineMaryland is going off the air

3:33 PM EDT, October 19, 2012

CineMaryland is going off the air

CineMaryland, a television newsmagazine devoted to films and filmmaking in Maryland that has been available to local TV stations for 15 years, is going off the air.

Lois O. Stoner, legislative aide

12:07 PM EDT, July 30, 2012

Lois O. Stoner, legislative aide

Lois O. Stoner, a past president of the League of Women Voters of Maryland who spent two decades as a liaison between the Montgomery County school board and the state legislature, died July 13 of complications from cancer at her home in Rockville. She was 82.

Catching up with Charles 'Roc' Dutton

8:38 AM EDT, October 26, 2012

Catching up with Charles 'Roc' Dutton

Baltimore's own Charles S. Dutton, star of screens big ("Gothika") and small (Fox sitcom "Roc"), Emmy winner for directing HBO's "The Corner," returns to movie theaters this weekend with "Least Among Saints."

For 'Poetic Justice,' fandom's a matter of passion and familiarity

9:07 PM EDT, October 11, 2012

For 'Poetic Justice,' fandom's a matter of passion and familiarity

Rick Bowlus comes by his love of football honestly. But becoming a big-time Ravens fan — that wasn't so easy.

Travolta, Waters to appear on stage together in Baltimore

11:20 AM EDT, October 9, 2012

Travolta, Waters to appear on stage together in Baltimore

Oscar-nominated actor John Travolta will sit down for a public conversation with John Waters at Baltimore's Maryland Institute College of Art.

Artscape hits the road

2:50 PM EDT, July 18, 2012

Artscape hits the road

A juke joint, a national park and a health spa for cars — all located within about five blocks of one another. For three days beginning Friday, a stretch of North Charles Street will be transformed into what just might be the coolest stretch of roadway in the U.S.

Orioles magic more ritual than superstition

9:34 PM EDT, October 1, 2012

Orioles magic more ritual than superstition

Zach Phillips keeps a few lucky quarters in his pocket. Pedro Strop wears Ninja Turtle boxers. And Jason Hammel — well, it got so extreme that he had to swear off the whole superstition thing. It was, he says, a distraction.

Thursday's storms do little damage to Artscape

12:24 PM EDT, July 20, 2012

Thursday's storms do little damage to Artscape

Thursday night's thunderstorms did little damage to Artscape, the giant free arts festival that opened as planned at 11 a.m. today, organizers said.

Bengies owner appeals dismissal of jury verdict

7:17 PM EDT, September 25, 2012

Bengies owner appeals dismissal of jury verdict

The owner of Middle River's Bengies Drive-In Theatre is appealing a judge's decision to set aside a jury award of $838,000 in a case involving lights from a nearby Royal Farms store.

September 6, 2012

Artists assemble!

Greg LaRocque has been drawing comic books for more than 30 years, part of a love affair with the medium that dates to 1961, when Marvel's Fantastic Four first appeared on newsstands. Michael Bracco, on the other hand, didn't start appreciating comics until he was a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art about a dozen years ago.

Ravens fan of the week: 'DEE-Ciple'

12:44 PM EDT, October 19, 2012

Ravens fan of the week: 'DEE-Ciple'

Brian Donley loves Ravens football, make no mistake. But that passion doesn't completely explain why he dons a black duster — you can't miss it at home games, it's the one with pictures of Ravens defenders painted on it — and goes a little bit crazy for the purple and black.

Fans take in the action at Grand Prix of Baltimore

5:53 PM EDT, September 1, 2012

Fans take in the action at Grand Prix of Baltimore

Scenes from the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Saturday:

Artscape 2012 highlights

2:59 PM EDT, July 18, 2012

Artscape 2012 highlights

As cool as Artscape's Roadside Attractions corridor sounds, it's far from all Baltimore's free arts festival has to offer for 2012. Here are six more reasons not to stay home this weekend:

Elizabeth 'Buff' Conklin, travel store owner and volunteer

5:52 PM EDT, September 16, 2012

Elizabeth 'Buff' Conklin, travel store owner and volunteer

Elizabeth "Buff" Conklin, who operated a Towson travel store, worked as an administrative assistant at the Johns Hopkins University and enthusiastically volunteered for numerous local groups and causes, died of lung cancer Tuesday at her Glen Arm home. She was 73.

Poe House bids farewell — for now

6:01 PM EDT, September 28, 2012

Poe House bids farewell — for now

Hearing that Baltimore's Edgar Allan Poe House was about to shut its doors, Connecticut graduate student Brooke Duffy jumped on a bus and headed south Friday morning.

International Festival canceled for 2012

7:28 AM EDT, July 17, 2012

International Festival canceled for 2012

Baltimore's International Festival, a 17-year-old city tradition that in recent years has included the annual Mayor's Cup soccer tournament and attracted such musical acts as Ashford & Simpson and Ledisi, has been canceled for 2012.

Festival allows everyone to be German for the day

6:27 PM EDT, July 29, 2012

Festival allows everyone to be German for the day

Amid all the beer and sauerkraut, all the wurst and schnitzel and strudel of every kind, 6-year-old E.J. Johnson was the clear hit of the 112th German Festival on Sunday.

Stash to seek treatment, hopes to return to radio, lawyer says

6:07 PM EDT, July 27, 2012

Stash to seek treatment, hopes to return to radio, lawyer says

An attorney representing former 98 Rock DJ Steven G. Smith, better known as Stash, said his client would seek treatment for alcoholism and hoped to return to radio, if not at the same station where he'd been a fixture for more than 20 years.

Ocean City bikini parade falls short

8:45 PM EDT, August 25, 2012

Ocean City bikini parade falls short

A persistent drizzle that occasionally morphed into a driving rain helped China retain its bikini parade crown Saturday, as only 325 women – out of the thousand-plus needed — answered Ocean City's call to stage its own parade of world-record proportions.

Overhaul, new exhibit planned for National Aquarium

August 1, 2012

Overhaul, new exhibit planned for National Aquarium

A planned $12.5 million coral reef exhibit will be the first step toward a rejuvenated National Aquarium, officials said this week.

Fallston actor Jonathon Ruckman cast on 'Boardwalk Empire'

September 22, 2012

Fallston actor Jonathon Ruckman cast on 'Boardwalk Empire'

Baltimore one day, New York the next, Los Angeles the next: Such is the life of Fallston's Jonathon Ruckman, who has spent much of the past decade carving out a career as an actor. He's made commercials, appeared in soap operas, re-enacted crimes, played heavies and heroes. Sunday, he gets to sample the TV big time with a one-line guest role on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."

America's got Spencer Horsman

7:44 PM EDT, June 29, 2012

America's got Spencer Horsman

Baltimore escape artist Spencer Horsman's willingness to almost die in front of an audience is proving a smash on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Big plans for this year's African American Festival

8:06 AM EDT, July 5, 2012

Big plans for this year's African American Festival

Shelonda Stokes has a vision for this year's African American Festival — and it's a whopper.

Local bands named to play Artscape 2012

10:09 AM EDT, June 25, 2012

Local bands named to play Artscape 2012

Twelve area bands, specializing in styles ranging from reggae to hip-hop, will be playing Artscape 2012, The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announced Monday.

Ripley's greets Baltimore with a sideshow

10:18 PM EDT, June 26, 2012

Ripley's greets Baltimore with a sideshow

Benjamin Wade spent his dinner hour Tuesday lying on a bed of nails, smiling as a stream of people, including Baltimore's mayor and TV's Gomez Addams, stood on his stomach and posed for pictures.

Artscape, 'Face Forward' installation defy drizzle

9:28 PM EDT, July 20, 2012

Artscape, 'Face Forward' installation defy drizzle

Three-year-old Elijah Thomas had just seen a face. And he couldn't have been more excited.

Judge Paul A. Dorf, 86

July 8, 2012

Judge Paul A. Dorf, 86

Paul A. Dorf, a former state senator and Baltimore City circuit judge who championed the use of arbitration and mediation as alternatives to an overcrowded court system, died of renal cancer Thursday at his home in Harbor Court. He was 86.

2:52 PM EDT, July 7, 2012

Jones Falls Expressway accident kills driver in Balto. Co.

A man was killed Saturday morning after his car veered off northbound I-83 just north of Pimlico Road.

Ex-Senator theater owner denies trespassing, harassment

9:37 PM EDT, August 14, 2012

Ex-Senator theater owner denies trespassing, harassment

Tom Kiefaber, former owner of the Senator Theatre, was released from jail Tuesday and gave his own account of events leading to his arrest Monday at the cinema, denying that he has trespassed and harassed the current owners.

10 ways to commemorate the War of 1812

8:04 AM EDT, June 14, 2012

10 ways to commemorate the War of 1812

How considerate of the British, to attack Baltimore in 1814 and thus give Baltimoreans, two centuries later, ample excuse to hold a two-year celebration.

John Waters' hitchhiking companion Brett Bidle tells more

8:35 PM EDT, June 9, 2012

John Waters' hitchhiking companion Brett Bidle tells more

Brett Bidle, Frederick County town councilman, tea party supporter and devout Methodist, is John Waters' new BFF.

Bengies Drive-In awarded $838,000 in suit against Royal Farms

7:48 PM EDT, June 29, 2012

Bengies Drive-In awarded $838,000 in suit against Royal Farms

A Baltimore County Circuit Court jury awarded the owner of the Bengies Drive-In $838,000 Friday morning, agreeing with his contention that lights from a neighboring Royal Farms convenience store were a nuisance that interfered with his business.

 National Cancer Survivors Day cause for celebration

7:23 PM EDT, June 3, 2012

National Cancer Survivors Day cause for celebration

When she heard Mercy Medical Center was going to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, Megan Campbell knew she had to be there. The doctors and nurses at Mercy are, after all, the reason her two kids got to know their grandmother.

More on Miss USA Maryland Nana Meriwether

4:29 PM EDT, June 4, 2012

More on Miss USA Maryland Nana Meriwether

Miss Maryland, you did us proud.

Bengies drive-in at risk, says owner

6:25 PM EDT, June 25, 2012

Bengies drive-in at risk, says owner

On a typical weekend night in the summer, the line of cars waiting to enter the Bengies Drive-In Theatre backs onto Eastern Boulevard, patrons hit up the snack bar and, as dusk turns to dark, owner D. Edward Vogel reels off the theater's many rules before starting the evening's first feature.

2:17 PM EDT, June 3, 2012

Two men wounded in separate shootings in city overnight

Two men were in serious condition after being shot in separate incidents in Baltimore overnight, city police said Sunday.

12:15 PM EDT, June 3, 2012

Twelfth city officer sentenced in towing scheme

Baltimore police officer Samuel Ocasio has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his participation in an extortion ring involving city police and a private towing company.

Brian McKnight, Clutch to headline Artscape

8:24 PM EDT, May 30, 2012

Brian McKnight, Clutch to headline Artscape

R&B artist Brian McKnight, rockers Clutch and funksters the Rebirth Brass Band will headline this year's Artscape festival, set for July 20-22.

Father-and-son team heading for Central America to help the poor

4:18 PM EDT, June 24, 2012

Father-and-son team heading for Central America to help the poor

Owings Mills ophthalmologist Marc Honig and his son, Evan, could have simply donated some money to help the disadvantaged in Honduras. They could have collected some old eyeglasses, or solicited their colleagues and fellow students for help, or tried to convince big corporations to hand over cash and equipment.

Maryland Film Festival earns record ticket sales

12:15 PM EDT, May 10, 2012

Maryland Film Festival earns record ticket sales

The 14th Maryland Film Festival proved the most popular yet, with ticket sales up from 5 to 10 percent daily and advance sales up more than 25 percent, according to festival officials.

Baltimore woman joins Wallenda at Niagara Falls

10:17 AM EDT, June 15, 2012

Baltimore woman joins Wallenda at Niagara Falls

A Baltimore circus-arts instructor and her students are at Niagara Falls today, where they'll be helping to prime the live audience for Friday's televised walk across the falls by high-wire artist Nik Wallenda.

Dispelling popular tattoo myths in time for the Baltimore Tattoo Convention

7:43 AM EDT, May 11, 2012

Dispelling popular tattoo myths in time for the Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Tattoos aren't just for outlaws anymore.

2012 Maryland Film Fest off to a short, sweet start

8:57 AM EDT, May 4, 2012

2012 Maryland Film Fest off to a short, sweet start

Five short narrative films, on themes ranging from a modern-day urban cowboy to a scamming extraterrestrial, kicked off the 14th annual Maryland Film Festival at MICA's Brown Center Thursday night.

5:03 PM EDT, June 3, 2012

Man, 42, fatally stabbed at E. Baltimore boardinghouse

Charges are pending in the stabbing death Saturday night of Antonio Mattison, 42, at an East Baltimore boardinghouse, Baltimore City police said Sunday.

Recap: Maryland Film Festival 2012 draws strong reactions

5:29 PM EDT, May 6, 2012

Recap: Maryland Film Festival 2012 draws strong reactions

Station North was abuzz with thousands of cinema addicts and more casual moviegoers this past weekend, for the 14th annual Maryland Film Festival.

Flowermart embraces the 21<sup>s</sup><sup>t</sup> century, but with lemon sticks

10:55 AM EDT, May 3, 2012

Flowermart embraces the 21st century, but with lemon sticks

The big hats, the beautiful flowers, the maypole, the lemon peppermint sticks — those are the hallmarks of Baltimore's Flowermart, an oasis of old-fashioned gentility that its organizers promise will stay that way.

5:09 PM EDT, June 3, 2012

Man, 68, killed in robbery attempt in N.W. Baltimore

A 68-year-old man was killed early Sunday morning while walking at the intersection of Pimlico Road and Virginia Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

Writer Dudley Clendinen dies of ALS at age 67

6:26 PM EDT, May 31, 2012

Writer Dudley Clendinen dies of ALS at age 67

Dudley Clendinen relished nothing more than telling a great story — even the story of his impending death.

Maryland Film Festival kicks off with pleasure and pain

5:32 PM EDT, May 5, 2012

Maryland Film Festival kicks off with pleasure and pain

John Waters opened his audience's eyes to a kind of film experience they'd probably never had before. Another writer-director raised in Maryland scared a late-night crowd silly. A movie about a sexual assault left some viewers heading for the exits early.

Maryland filmmaker Eduardo Sanchez brings 'Lovely Molly' home

May 3, 2012

Maryland filmmaker Eduardo Sanchez brings 'Lovely Molly' home

"Lovely Molly," the horrific tale of a woman either demonically possessed or tragically insane, may be the film that makes Eduardo Sanchez someone other than one of the guys responsible for 1999's "The Blair Witch Project."

Poe statue slated for Boston

1:32 PM EDT, April 23, 2012

Poe statue slated for Boston

Even as Edgar Allan Poe's continuing presence in Baltimore remains uncertain, another East Coast city —the one in which the celebrated author was born — is preparing to honor him with a bronze statue.

12:54 PM EDT, April 8, 2012

Archbishop-designate decries 'erosion of religious liberty'

Baltimore Archbishop-designate William Lori said that the U.S. is witnessing "an erosion of religious liberty" and that a sign of it is the Obama administration's attempt to ensure Catholic schools, hospitals and charities provide birth control coverage as part of their employees' health insurance package.

Newfound Poe manuscript to be displayed in Richmond

4:40 PM EDT, April 18, 2012

Newfound Poe manuscript to be displayed in Richmond

A handwritten draft of one of Edgar Allan Poe's earliest poems and a letter to author Washington Irving are among a handful of items that will be part of an exhibit opening April 26 at a Richmond, Va., museum devoted to the writer.

Bruce Springsteen returns to D.C. for Nationals Park show

10:32 AM EDT, April 13, 2012

Bruce Springsteen returns to D.C. for Nationals Park show

The Boss is coming back to D.C.

What's new at Camden Yards

7:50 AM EDT, April 6, 2012

What's new at Camden Yards

When fans stream into Oriole Park at Camden Yards for Opening Day, they'll notice a handful of changes, big and small.

A weighty Tweet from Towson University?

11:54 AM EDT, April 23, 2012

A weighty Tweet from Towson University?

No, Towson University is not suggesting anyone try a new weight loss plan.

Ghosthunters setting up at Poe House for TV show

1:26 PM EDT, May 3, 2012

Ghosthunters setting up at Poe House for TV show

For a guy who's been dead some 160 years, Edgar Allan Poe's not getting much rest.

Sondheim Prize finalists announced

9:21 AM EDT, April 20, 2012

Sondheim Prize finalists announced

A half-dozen artists, ranging from a sculptor specializing in what he calls "tombstones for a cemetery that has turned carnival" to a photographer focusing on abandoned spaces and objects, have been announced as finalists for this year's $30,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

Baltimore City Paper editor to leave after 10 years

10:33 AM EDT, March 29, 2012

Baltimore City Paper editor to leave after 10 years

Lee Gardner, editor of Baltimore's City Paper, is leaving the alt-weekly to become a senior editor of the Washington-based Chronicle of Higher Education.

7:39 PM EDT, April 8, 2012

100 evacuate as four-alarm brush fire burns in Harford County

Some 100 Joppa residents were evacuated from their homes Sunday afternoon as a brush fire burned just over 18 acres in the area of Dembytown and Trimble roads.

Walters Art Museum receives $265,000 grant to help digitize manuscripts

2:36 PM EDT, March 27, 2012

Walters Art Museum receives $265,000 grant to help digitize manuscripts

Baltimore's Walters Art Museum has received a $265,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to put toward digitizing its collection of medieval manuscripts and making it available, via computer, to the general public.

Fourth movie screen coming to the Rotunda

4:44 PM EST, February 1, 2012

Fourth movie screen coming to the Rotunda

A fourth movie screen is coming to Hampden's Rotunda Cinemas.

National Aquarium ends dolphin shows in favor of all-day access

7:34 PM EDT, May 3, 2012

National Aquarium ends dolphin shows in favor of all-day access

The National Aquarium's eight dolphins are no longer a show unto themselves.

2012 Baker Awards winners announced

8:42 PM EDT, April 25, 2012

2012 Baker Awards winners announced

A musician, a sculptor and a multidisciplinary artist are the winners of this year's $25,000 Baker Awards, given annually to artists from the Baltimore area.

With 'Jamesy Boy,' Annapolis brothers ready to take on Hollywood

4:18 PM EDT, April 20, 2012

With 'Jamesy Boy,' Annapolis brothers ready to take on Hollywood

Growing up in Annapolis, Tim and Trevor White were hardly inseparable.

Baltimore novelist Anne Tyler grants rare interview to NPR

5:55 PM EDT, March 30, 2012

Baltimore novelist Anne Tyler grants rare interview to NPR

With her 20th novel, "The Beginner's Goodbye," about to be released, Baltimore novelist Anne Tyler is already hard at work on her 21st — a "sprawling family saga that goes on and on and on" that she'll be writing backward, beginning with the ending.

The greatest numbers on Earth

March 22, 2012

The greatest numbers on Earth

105 years of shows.

Poe House could operate as part of the B&amp;O Museum

10:55 PM EDT, April 10, 2012

Poe House could operate as part of the B&O Museum

A consultant charged by city officials with exploring ways of keeping Baltimore's Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum open and making it self-sufficient is recommending that it be operated in partnership with the nearby B&O Railroad Museum.

Maryland Zoo mourns death of snowy owl

11:27 AM EST, March 8, 2012

Maryland Zoo mourns death of snowy owl

Sophie, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's resident snowy owl, died Saturday during surgery, zoo officials announced Thursday.

Baltimore Symphony prepares for West Coast tour

9:15 AM EDT, March 26, 2012

Baltimore Symphony prepares for West Coast tour

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be jetting to the West Coast this week for a six-day, three-city tour — its first extended outing since Marin Alsop was named music director five years ago.

Make Studio offers platform for artists with disabilities

4:16 PM EST, February 23, 2012

Make Studio offers platform for artists with disabilities

Circus performers in all their gaudy glory. A timeline linking the actors who have played James Bond to the U.S. presidents at the time the movies came out. Rosemary's baby.

Washington in full blossom

March 15, 2012

Washington in full blossom

Even as they turn 100, Washington's cherry trees in full bloom remain as wondrously beautiful as ever — which explains why more than a million people are expected to come gaze at them over the next five weeks.

Actor Kevin Bacon promoting social good at College Park

4:14 PM EST, February 7, 2012

Actor Kevin Bacon promoting social good at College Park

How many degrees of separation are there between actor Kevin Bacon and the University of Maryland?

Boat show offers thrills even for the land-locked

January 19, 2012

Boat show offers thrills even for the land-locked

With attractions that include a world champion water skier, a speedboat that can make it from Baltimore to Annapolis in just over 14 minutes and photo opportunities with Capt. Jack Sparrow, you don't have to be in the market for a boat to enjoy this weekend's Baltimore Boat Show, organizers say.

Stacy Keibler is golden at the Oscars

9:37 PM EST, February 26, 2012

Stacy Keibler is golden at the Oscars

Stacy Keibler made looking good look easy last night.

Dance the night away

11:47 AM EST, March 8, 2012

Dance the night away

If Chaz Bono and Bristol Palin can dance — well then, so can you.

Maryland has a new go-to role on television &#8212; Washington

8:40 PM EST, January 5, 2012

Maryland has a new go-to role on television — Washington

For almost two decades, Baltimore was mainly seen by the TV industry as a place to make shows about cops and crime. But now, the city is looking more like the nation's capital to some of Hollywood's top producers.

Psychics to try and summon spirit of Edgar Allan Poe

5:59 PM EST, January 26, 2012

Psychics to try and summon spirit of Edgar Allan Poe

Mr. Poe, the microphone is yours.

LGBT film festival set for June

12:09 PM EST, January 12, 2012

LGBT film festival set for June

Baltimore QFest, one of two LGBT film festival set for 2012, will unspool June 21-24 at various locations throughout the city.

Public memorial service set for WBAL's Ron Smith

5:11 PM EST, January 5, 2012

Public memorial service set for WBAL's Ron Smith

The public is invited to attend a memorial service Jan. 17 for WBAL's Ron Smith, Baltimore radio's longtime "Voice of Reason," who died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 19.

Pork N' Pine delivers Christmas trees with a side of barbecue

6:20 PM EST, December 13, 2011

Pork N' Pine delivers Christmas trees with a side of barbecue

Santa Claus and two of his elves pedaled their bicycles across Fort Avenue and up Woodall Street, stopping beside an apartment across from the Domino Sugar Factory.

Holiday comedy events make for Christmas chuckles

December 15, 2011

Holiday comedy events make for Christmas chuckles

Christmas is a sacred day to many, a time to celebrate with friends and family. You'd think comedians would make fun of it at their own peril.

National Pinball Museum goes full tilt in Baltimore

1:31 PM EST, January 1, 2012

National Pinball Museum goes full tilt in Baltimore

When it comes to pinball, Washington's loss is Baltimore's gain.

How desirable is Stacy Keibler? Plenty!

3:13 PM EST, January 31, 2012

How desirable is Stacy Keibler? Plenty!

Baltimore's own Stacy Keibler, who's gone from wrestling diva to George Clooney's girlfriend over the past few years, is the 45th most desirable woman on the planet, according to the website AskMen.com.

'Star-Spangled Banner' arrangement donated to Fort McHenry

7:39 PM EST, February 16, 2012

'Star-Spangled Banner' arrangement donated to Fort McHenry

A key document in the transition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" from popular song to national anthem is coming home to Fort McHenry.

Chaplin films coming to the Charles Theatre

9:50 AM EST, February 9, 2012

Chaplin films coming to the Charles Theatre

The most towering figure in Hollywood history wore ill-fitting clothes, including shoes several sizes too big, and never said a word. Beginning Saturday, he'll be spending a year at Baltimore's Charles Theatre.

Walters looking for champion Google doodlers

9:47 PM EST, January 31, 2012

Walters looking for champion Google doodlers

Baltimore's Walters Art Museum is looking for a few good doodlers. And Googlers.

David DeBoy celebrates 30 years of 'Crabs for Christmas'

2:59 PM EST, November 25, 2011

David DeBoy celebrates 30 years of 'Crabs for Christmas'

Crabs for Christmas? Yes, please.

6:45 PM EST, December 11, 2011

'Diner' cast members join Barry Levinson at anniversary celebration

Sherry Korsover waited 51 years for her Forest Park High classmate, Barry Levinson, to sign her yearbook.

'Diner' cast members join Barry Levinson at anniversary celebration

1:33 PM EST, December 11, 2011

'Diner' cast members join Barry Levinson at anniversary celebration

Sherry Korsover waited 51 years for her Forest Park High classmate, Barry Levinson, to sign her yearbook.

'Diner' cast and crew re-uniting in Baltimore

1:03 PM EST, November 7, 2011

'Diner' cast and crew re-uniting in Baltimore

Director Barry Levinson and cast members from his breakthrough 1982 hit "Diner" will re-unite in Baltimore next month for conversations and screenings in celebration of the film's 30th anniversary.

Fence to enclose Baltimore's New Year's Eve celebration

6:00 PM EST, December 21, 2011

Fence to enclose Baltimore's New Year's Eve celebration

Baltimore's free New Year's Eve fireworks are back this year, but with an added wrinkle: The Inner Harbor festivities will be encircled by a metal fence, with access restricted to nine points of entry during much of the celebration.

Larry the Cable Guy to promote heartburn at M&amp;T Bank Stadium

December 4, 2011

Larry the Cable Guy to promote heartburn at M&T Bank Stadium

Larry the Cable Guy's done some tailgating in his day. Naturally, he's got some advice to offer.

November 20, 2011

Table Tennis championships return to Baltimore

First off, the game's table tennis; please don't call it by the antiquated name pingpong.

Matt Stover to preside over monument lighting

3:15 PM EST, November 29, 2011

Matt Stover to preside over monument lighting

Ravens great Matt Stover will preside over this year's lighting of Baltimore's Washington Monument, organizers announced Tuesday.

November 3, 2011

Arenacross champ Tyler Bowers is revved up for 1st Mariner Arena event

Dirt-bike racing has cost Tyler Bowers two broken legs, more than 10 broken fingers (he's broken each finger in both hands at least once), a collapsed lung, a lacerated spleen and so many concussions that he's lost track.

2:14 PM EDT, October 11, 2011

Michael Phelps: video game star

You, too, can now compete against Michael Phelps in the pool — at least virtually.

Tradition of the Poe Toaster may be nevermore

6:49 PM EST, January 19, 2012

Tradition of the Poe Toaster may be nevermore

Even in a city defiantly proud of its quirks, the Poe Toaster stood out.

Colts great Marchetti welcomes diners to new Gino's

7:50 PM EDT, October 9, 2011

Colts great Marchetti welcomes diners to new Gino's

Bobbi Ackers set foot inside Gino's restaurant Sunday morning, saw Gino Marchetti and a bunch of former Colts seated at a table outside and immediately dropped 30 years.

9:51 PM EDT, October 30, 2011

Man injured in Fulton Street shooting

A 36-year-old man was shot early Sunday while walking in the unit block of S. Fulton Street in West Baltimore, city police reported.

Arenacross champ Tyler Bowers is revved up for 1<sup>s</sup><sup>t</sup> Mariner Arena event

10:49 AM EDT, November 2, 2011

Arenacross champ Tyler Bowers is revved up for 1st Mariner Arena event

Dirt-bike racing has cost Tyler Bowers two broken legs, more than 10 broken fingers (he's broken each finger in both hands at least once), a collapsed lung, a lacerated spleen and so many concussions that he's lost track.

Gordon Ramsay's 'Kitchen Nightmares' to make over Hampden's Cafe Hon

7:13 PM EDT, October 26, 2011

Gordon Ramsay's 'Kitchen Nightmares' to make over Hampden's Cafe Hon

Fox television's "Kitchen Nightmares," featuring celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his decidedly tough-love approach to restaurant rehab, will be filming at Hampden's Cafe Hon next week, the network confirmed Tuesday.

Halloween gathering at Westminster Hall raises spirit of Poe, and some cash

11:14 PM EDT, October 30, 2011

Halloween gathering at Westminster Hall raises spirit of Poe, and some cash

A gal with a meat cleaver embedded in her head. A living skeleton. Lots of witches, with pointy hats and long noses. And plenty of guys dressed like your host for the evening, the estimable author and, though dead for 162 years, favorite son of old Baltimore, Mr. Edgar Allan Poe.

'Witch's Brew' on tap Wednesday night at the Charles

9:07 AM EDT, October 19, 2011

'Witch's Brew' on tap Wednesday night at the Charles

"Witch's Brew," the latest effort from horrific Baltimore director Chris LaMartina, gets its world premiere at the Charles Theatre Wednesday night.

Anne Arundel Medical Center looks to take a page from daytime TV

5:14 PM EDT, October 26, 2011

Anne Arundel Medical Center looks to take a page from daytime TV

Charged with being all down-to-earth and accessible, the first thing doctors John Martin and Briana Walton did was lose the white coats. Then they got down to business.

Baltimore ghost hunters find a spiritual connection

9:22 AM EDT, October 27, 2011

Baltimore ghost hunters find a spiritual connection

Rie Sadler and Jim Jones set out to look for ghosts. Instead, they found each other.

November 6, 2011

Sister Nancy Murray brings her one-woman show to Baltimore

For the better part of a decade, Sister Nancy Murray has been performing onstage throughout the world in a one-woman play that tells the story of St. Catherine of Siena, a 14th-century Italian teenager who was instrumental in restoring the papacy to Rome and who remains, more than half a millennium after her death, one of her country's most prolific authors.

Ron Smith to stop chemotherapy, remain on air 'as long as I can'

7:17 PM EST, November 17, 2011

Ron Smith to stop chemotherapy, remain on air 'as long as I can'

Ron Smith went on WBAL radio Thursday, just as he has for the past 27 years. But the conservative talk-show host, who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, opened his show telling listeners — with characteristic bluntness — that he was abandoning his chemotherapy treatments.

Two young okapi, cousins to the giraffe, are new additions to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

10:54 AM EDT, October 21, 2011

Two young okapi, cousins to the giraffe, are new additions to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Two young okapi, an African forest mammal that looks like a cross between a giraffe and a zebra, have taken up residence in the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's giraffe house.

Michael Phelps: video game star

11:40 AM EDT, October 11, 2011

Michael Phelps: video game star

You, too, can now compete against Michael Phelps in the pool — at least virtually.

4:33 PM EDT, September 8, 2011

Walters receives artwork, promise of $4 million bequest from New Mexico collector

In one of the largest gifts ever received by Baltimore's Walters Art Museum, a New Mexico collector is donating some 300 pieces and promising a $4 million bequest to shine a spotlight on the art of the ancient Americas.

'Ellen DeGeneres Show' coming to Towson University

2:48 PM EDT, October 11, 2011

'Ellen DeGeneres Show' coming to Towson University

Towson University's students will have a featured spot on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," although what they'll be doing and where they'll be doing it remains a mystery.

The walking dead are ready to pick up the pace

October 16, 2011

The walking dead are ready to pick up the pace

Picturesque little Darlington is a national historic district, home to an annual Apple Festival that attracts thousands and, come Saturday, a feasting ground for the undead.

Two African hamerkops hatched at Maryland Zoo

9:09 AM EDT, September 29, 2011

Two African hamerkops hatched at Maryland Zoo

Go ahead, call her children "hammer-heads." Mom won't mind.

Poe House benefit concert set for Washington

1:06 PM EDT, September 20, 2011

Poe House benefit concert set for Washington

A quartet of Washington-area bands is planning an Oct. 7 concert to benefit Baltimore's beleaguered Poe House.

Plight of Baltimore's Poe House attracts national attention

6:54 PM EDT, October 6, 2011

Plight of Baltimore's Poe House attracts national attention

Native Londoner Kimberly Marie Freeman lives and works 200 miles north of Baltimore, but she's enthusiastically joining the effort to save one of the city's cultural treasures. Shutting the Edgar Allan Poe House, she says with a hint of exasperation, would be a shabby way to treat such an internationally renowned figure.

Runners take over part of Fort McHenry Tunnel

6:23 AM EDT, September 19, 2011

Runners take over part of Fort McHenry Tunnel

Bridget Flynn had just run three miles through a dark tunnel. She was thrilled.

More than just a race

4:04 PM EDT, September 1, 2011

More than just a race

You'd think three days of IndyCar racing would be enough for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix to offer. But organizers are taking no chances.

The horrific John Carpenter

2:10 PM EDT, September 15, 2011

The horrific John Carpenter

Thirty-three years ago, a low-cost independent horror movie — one that started with the suggestion to make a film about babysitters being murdered — began making the rounds at movie theaters. Few noticed it at first, but that soon changed.

Photographer creates naked salute to Artscape

10:08 PM EDT, July 15, 2011

Photographer creates naked salute to Artscape

It may not be part of Artscape, but it's still art, says Joe Giordano, who spent Friday morning hanging 12-foot-tall provocative photographs of nude and clothed models from buildings along North Avenue.

Monster-Mania: Jason goes to Hunt Valley

7:25 AM EDT, June 3, 2011

Monster-Mania: Jason goes to Hunt Valley

Should you spy a bunch of folks in hockey masks hanging around Hunt Valley this weekend, don't go looking for a game.

National Pinball Museum heading for Baltimore

6:29 PM EDT, September 2, 2011

National Pinball Museum heading for Baltimore

The National Pinball Museum, which opened late last year in Georgetown but recently lost its lease, will likely be moving to Baltimore by the end of the year.

4:18 PM EDT, September 18, 2011

Police seek three men who allegedly shot at car

Detectives are looking for three men who reportedly shot at a car heading east on Route 50 in Prince George's County early Sunday morning, Maryland State Police reported.

7:51 PM EDT, September 20, 2011

D.C. bands plan concert to benefit Poe House

A quartet of Washington-area bands is planning an Oct. 7 concert to benefit Baltimore's beleaguered Poe House.

After flood, Berger Cookies back in boxes, on shelves

6:48 PM EDT, September 15, 2011

After flood, Berger Cookies back in boxes, on shelves

Hurricane Irene apparently was even worse than anyone thought. Forget about downed power lines — the storm knocked out Baltimore's sweet tooth.

Roots Fest hopes to bring a sense of community to West Baltimore

2:22 PM EDT, June 16, 2011

Roots Fest hopes to bring a sense of community to West Baltimore

Roots Fest 2011, which begins Wednesday in West Baltimore, is as much a call to action as a celebration, which makes it entirely appropriate that it will be taking place on the remains of one of the most divisive urban projects in Baltimore's history.

Fun with (irresponsible) science

July 21, 2011

Fun with (irresponsible) science

Sure, being responsible is no fun. Which is why going to the Maryland Science Center over the next few weeks should prove such a blast.

10:46 PM EDT, September 18, 2011

Frederick W. Glassberg, community developer

Frederick W. Glassberg, a one-time Rouse Co. executive who became a prominent real estate and community developer in Howard County, died Sept. 15 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 77.

Shore Leave offers sci-fi pleasures way beyond 'Star Trek'

4:35 PM EDT, July 7, 2011

Shore Leave offers sci-fi pleasures way beyond 'Star Trek'

If getting arrested and spending some time in a Klingon jail is your idea of a good time, then don't miss this weekend's Shore Leave 33. It could be the place your dream comes true.

National Pinball Museum to open at Power Plant Live

9:55 AM EDT, September 15, 2011

National Pinball Museum to open at Power Plant Live

The National Pinball Museum, forced out of Washington after losing its lease earlier this year, will be moving into the Power Plant Live complex.

Liberty ship sets sail for the 1940s

10:09 AM EDT, September 7, 2011

Liberty ship sets sail for the 1940s

The last time Donald Halverson was on a Liberty ship, he was heading across the Atlantic Ocean, a fresh-faced draftee who would spend the next 21/2 years fighting his way across Germany, France, Italy and North Africa during World War II.

2:19 PM EDT, September 18, 2011

Gasoline explosion leaves man with life-threatening burns

A gasoline explosion in the basement of a Brooklyn Park home left a man with life-threatening second- and third-degree burns, Anne Arundel County fire officials said Sunday.

Laughing down the home stretch

4:22 PM EST, January 20, 2011

Laughing down the home stretch

It's home-stretch time at Magooby's Joke House, as the Baltimore area's most exhausted comics prepare for the last few hours of their 81-hour comedy marathon.

10:47 PM EDT, September 18, 2011

Joseph Emmett Queen Jr.

Joseph Emmett Queen Jr., who spent three decades as a systems engineer for Westinghouse and its successor company, Northrop Grumman, died of unknown causes Sept. 12 at his home in Riva. He was 57.

Baltimore to be transformed into a 'Twilight' zone

October 2, 2011

Baltimore to be transformed into a 'Twilight' zone

The guys of "Twilight" are coming to Baltimore, and Vanessa Strickler is stoked.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2011: DC Comics bets on 'New 52'

August 18, 2011

Baltimore Comic-Con 2011: DC Comics bets on 'New 52'

Jeremy Adams has two parties planned for his Federal Hill comics store this month. One will celebrate this weekend's annual convergence of the comics world on Charm City. The other will anticipate a risky, game-changing strategy that could determine the shape — and vitality — of that world for years to come.

4:52 PM EDT, August 31, 2011

Baltimore church hosts a party for those tired of the dark

Rick Adist shares the pain felt by Baltimoreans still without power days after Hurricane Irene left the area. Tonight, he's throwing a party to help alleviate it, maybe just a little.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2011: Stan Lee has no super powers, but plenty of super ideas

August 18, 2011

Baltimore Comic-Con 2011: Stan Lee has no super powers, but plenty of super ideas

Stan Lee is one proud father these days. You'd be proud, too, if your progeny included Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and the Fantastic Four — characters whose films routinely bring in a few hundred million dollars at the movie box office.

Artists drawn to paint on crab shells

July 17, 2011

Artists drawn to paint on crab shells

You knew they were tasty. But did you know crabs were art?

The faces behind Baltimore commercials

8:25 AM EDT, May 2, 2011

The faces behind Baltimore commercials

Maybe you've heard these phrases before:

U2 mega-fans gear up for Baltimore's biggest show of the year

9:55 PM EDT, June 17, 2011

U2 mega-fans gear up for Baltimore's biggest show of the year

Don't try to convince Jason Siemer that Wednesday's U2 concert is only a rock show. He knows better.

5:43 PM EDT, April 21, 2011

Five ways to celebrate the Earth

From growing vegetables in your backyard to reflecting on ways to make the Earth a safer, more peaceful place to live, the Baltimore area offers plenty of ways to commemorate Friday's 33rd annual Earth Day. Here are just a few:

Short, but sweet success

7:18 AM EDT, May 9, 2011

Short, but sweet success

Filmmaker Gregory Bryan says he was "sick and tired of seeing the same Hollywood films." What he came up with instead was "The Dark," an ethereal, 21/2-minute nightmare complete with crawling blackness, creaking skeletons and enough creepiness of all kinds to win the 2011 Sun Shorts film contest.

Circus vs. Cirque du Soleil

2:31 PM EDT, March 31, 2011

Circus vs. Cirque du Soleil

The circuses are coming to town!

At Balticon, it's all about science fiction and fantasy

10:23 AM EDT, May 26, 2011

At Balticon, it's all about science fiction and fantasy

Jonette Butler wants something understood: Balticon is not a comic book convention.

How the horses of the Preakness get their names

12:21 PM EDT, May 15, 2011

How the horses of the Preakness get their names

Secretariat. Man O' War. Citation. Maybe, if he manages to win a couple more races in the next few weeks, Animal Kingdom.

Collective Soul to play Baltimore Grand Prix

1:21 PM EDT, May 16, 2011

Collective Soul to play Baltimore Grand Prix

Rockers Collective Soul will headline the concert line-up at September's inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, organizers announced Monday.

Future uncertain, 1st Mariner Arena thrives

March 12, 2011

Future uncertain, 1st Mariner Arena thrives

Frank Remesch's mission was clear, if daunting. Somehow, he had to convince people that the hulking, cavernous 1st Mariner Arena, a 1960s relic that civic leaders had been talking about razing for years, was still a player — could still attract big-time concerts to Baltimore.

Kinetic racers take to the streets of Baltimore

5:46 PM EDT, May 5, 2011

Kinetic racers take to the streets of Baltimore

Saturday is the day Fifi looks forward to every year.

Refined drinking set for Columbia

May 19, 2011

Refined drinking set for Columbia

Wine, woods, and weather that sounds like it should be just wonderful.

Free Fall set to return in October

9:08 AM EDT, March 30, 2011

Free Fall set to return in October

Free Fall Baltimore, a chance for area residents to sample many of the city's arts and cultural institutions without the need to shell out a dime, will return in October.

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