| Jan 9, 2014
| 9:40 AM
The Columbia Orchestra gets to do a lot of big pieces during the season, but it also has a free chamber music concert series that puts the focus on smaller pieces. Its next chamber concert is on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church in...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 10:44 AM
The Baltimore-born author Justin Kramon's supporting characters are so quirky and funny, you'd swear they were drawn from real life. There's the landfill operator who shows a visitor a photograph of a hatchet-faced woman in her 60s and then complains that...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 1:28 PM
Seventy-five writers and would-be writers gathered at the Bel Air library to participate in the first Just Write. Writers Conference. Put on by the library, this all-day event included a stellar line-up of workshop leaders and topics.
| Oct 20, 2013
| 2:00 AM
If one sign of a happy relationship is that the partners rarely run out of things to talk about, then cancer researchers Stephen Baylin and Feyruz Rassool of Baltimore have been a blessed couple indeed.
In the 13 years they've been married, they've...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 12:45 PM
Brandon Dial has a big hook to fill. The River Hill High School senior is playing Captain Hook, one the most infamous villains in children's literature, in the school's musical performance of "Peter Pan" that opens Friday, Nov. 1.
Physically, he fits...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 11:42 AM
A few weeks back, when Congress came to an agreement on budgetary issues as the national government inched ever closer to the prospect of a large scale default for the first time since the Articles of Confederation government, the deal was characterized...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 2:27 PM
If you don't think TV is in the midst of revolutionary change, go to Amazon.com this weekend and instead of buying a book or baby food, take a look at the online giant's original production of "Alpha House."
It's a political satire written and...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 7:50 AM
1) Rachel L. Swarns: While Michelle Obama is not expected to attend the Baltimore Book Festival, author Rachel L. Swarns will be meeting fans at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bank of America Literary Salon, where she'll be happy to discuss her book,...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Yesterday I was reproached, discreetly and privately, for my tone in the post inquiring after the dumbest AP style rule. So let me say, directly and publicly, that I have met David Minthorn, Darrell Christian, and Colleen Newvine on their visits to...
| Jul 13, 2013
Imagine "Homeland" with a laugh track.
You cannot help but admire the nerve of playwright Jon Kern (a writer for "The Simpsons") in tackling such intensely emotional and divisive material, and fleshing out so vividly the three...
| Jul 6, 2013
Rafael Trujillo collected bottle caps. Mao Zedong was wed to an older woman at age 14 but refused to consummate the marriage. Joseph Stalin was a choirboy who studied to be a Russian Orthodox priest.
In "The Iron Bridge," Anton Piatigorsky used these...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 1:33 PM
On her first official day of work, Julia Marciari-Alexander heads down to the basement of the Walters Art Museum to say hello to a room full of squirmy 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds attending summer camp.
A girl with curly, brown hair looks up from the strand...