| 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 19, 2013
| 1:17 PM
Anita L. Madsen, a former News American reporter who later became director of public affairs for the Sheppard Pratt Health System, died July 13 of lung cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 69.
Born Anita Lewis and raised in Chicago, she...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:13 PM
Students chattered noisily as they gathered in groups around tables in the Riverview Elementary School library on a recent Tuesday morning, sharing and discussing the books they had just checked out.
Some were reading about sharks, others about...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 9:20 AM
Jason Odell Williams doesn't yet know if he'll attend the 65th Emmy Awards on Sept. 22 or even for sure if he'll receive his own golden statuette.
When the Columbia native got a text message July 18 from an executive producer of National Geographic...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 11:48 AM
The fight for marriage equality in Pennsylvania just got mighty interesting.
Despite the Keystone State's ban on same-sex marriage, at least five same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses in a suburban Philadelphia county where local Register of...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 6:14 AM
No two adaptations of "Moby-Dick" are the same, but it's doubtful that any previous rendition featured a synchronized-swimming skit to Rick James' song "Super Freak," a chance to win a Groupon to a local hair salon or a cameo by Esther Williams.
| 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...