| Oct 10, 2013
| 10:40 AM
"Dracula" seems right at home among the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute high above Ellicott City. Thanks to the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's outdoor staging, the vampire has taken up residence at this wooded site. It makes for the perfect...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 3:10 AM
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a uniform set of benchmarks children across the country must meet. Here's a sampling of what students must master at a certain age.
A complete list of standards is available at corestandards.org....
| Oct 5, 2013
| 8:18 AM
"If you hold the door for someone and they don't say, 'Thank you,' that person deserves to be in hell," Chuck Palahniuk rails — in the most mild-mannered way possible.
"It also ticks me off when someone pushes the button on the elevator more...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 5:42 AM
They say historic Ellicott City is haunted. Maybe it's the granite, the underground water or he flow of electricity.
Things are about to get a little spookier. Howard County Tourism and Promotion offers three different ghost tours, leading visitors...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 1:50 PM
Kathy Hornig finally had a chance to check out Washington's National Book Festival. And she came away with a renewed appreciation for the admittedly smaller, quirkier offering put on by The City That Reads.
As the director of festivals for the Baltimore...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 1:26 PM
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.
"There aren't any major changes," said Kristen...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 2:11 PM
The Colonial Players troupe is opening its 65th season with an invitation for audiences to embark on an adventure of new voices and broad horizons — namely a time travel adventure written by prolific British master of farce, Alan Ayckbourn....
| Sep 23, 2013
| 6:47 AM
Although Jenny Harbold wasn't watching the Baltimore Ravens game on TV, she was wearing a Ravens jersey as she strolled the 3200 block of Abell Avenue during Sunday's annual Abell Street Fair.
The jersey was a little misleading, though.
"I'm a total...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 1:29 PM
Because the Baltimore-area novelist Alice McDermott possesses a painterly eye that delights in the way things look and sound and smell and taste, it can be easy to miss her underlying focus.
For the National Book Award-winning author, each small sensory...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 4:43 AM
Sujata Massey opened the door of her refrigerator and pulled out a curry made from pink potatoes and zucchini. It was the best way she could think of to demonstrate what's going on inside her head when she sits down to write a novel.
"I'm an odd person,...
| Aug 17, 2013
For acclaimed mystery novelist Martha Grimes, the witches' caldron that nearly proved her undoing didn't contain the usual eye of newt and toe of frog.
Instead, it held 10 parts gin or sometimes vodka, a splash of vermouth, lemon peel, olive and onion....
| Aug 18, 2013
| 10:13 AM
When Jonathon Scott Fuqua was 13 years old, he and his older brother put on their swimming trunks and went surfing during a Florida hurricane.
The wind bent the palm trees rimming the Gulf of Mexico nearly double, like boomerangs. The teens were...