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  • MICA exhibit explores the history and revival of Baltimore burlesque

    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. Stripping off her clothes in front of an audience — well, even for a performer trained in acting, singing and...
  • Zero tolerance? Yeah, that'll work

    Modern frontiers in fatuity: Last week at Jim Romenesko's website, we learned that Chris Quinn, the content chief of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, was so incensed about the profusion of typographical errors at Cleveland.com that he announced a zero...
  • In a word: espantoon

    Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  ESPANTOON Baltimore can boast the contribution of a word to...
  • Merely to provoke you

    H.L. Mencken published his occasional essays under the heading "Prejudices," his avowed and oft-repeated intention to "stir up the animals." In my own little way, I have tried to honor his example at this blog, realizing, of course, that every time I...
  • Ruffling feathers [Editorial]

    Ruffling feathers  [Editorial]
    Every once in a while, a media kerfuffle arrives that succeeds in elevating some banal stupidity to unimaginable heights of urgency and importance. At the center of the frenzy is usually some basic cable TV program of questionable artistic merit but...
  • The new old Marconi's salad at Capital Grille doesn't disappoint

    The new old Marconi's salad at Capital Grille doesn't disappoint
    Peggy Thalheimer remembers the first time she went to Maison Marconi's. It was 1973, and she had just moved to Charm City. "My husband told me he was going to take me to the best restaurant in Baltimore," said Thalheimer, who acknowledged that the...
  • Charles Lindbergh lands in Baltimore in 1927 [History Matters]

    50 Years Ago Buttonholed  "Opens on Main Street  "Mrs. Juantia Mcintosh announces the opening of a Dressmaking and Altering shop at 149 Main Street.  Sewing will be the capable hands of Mrs. Ruth Botts who had her own shop for an exclusive clientele...
  • Ruxton restoration is couple's 1920s love affair

    Ruxton restoration is couple's 1920s love affair
    If it is hard to imagine buying a home, moving in, and then restoring its 67 windows to their original 1923 condition, you can only marvel at the determination of Ray and Lynn Plack to revive Hiddenbrook, their Ruxton mansion on 6 acres just north of...
  • Obamacare and oversight

    Obamacare and oversight
    We don't know what kind of TV ratings the House Energy and Commerce Committee might have drummed up during its more than four hours on C-SPAN today, but we suspect they couldn't have been high. Surely, only a few minutes of testimony about the Obamacare...
  • What Mencken would have said about the shutdown

     What Mencken would have said about the shutdown
    Baltimore sage H.L. Mencken provided several observations that are relevant to the current political situation. For example, he wrote that "people constantly speak of 'the government' doing this or that, as they might speak of God doing it. But the...
  • MSA test is not only mandatory but useful

     MSA test is not only mandatory but useful
    We read with interest The Baltimore Sun's recent editorial calling for Maryland schools to skip testing every student in grades 3-8 this year because new assessments aligned to the curriculum will not be available until the 2014-2015 school year ("Md....
  • Mr. Mencken's 133rd

    To commemorate H.L. Mencken's birthday on this site,* it seems particularly fitting to repeat a salient passage from The American Language, a caution to all those who hold forth and English grammar and usage: The error of ... viewers with alarm is in...