| Feb 7, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Last Sunday, we invited over a lot of people, ordered a bucket of wings, made a potful of chili and bought a keg of beer, all in preparation for the major television event of the season, Downton Abbey, Episode 5 of Season 2.
Apparently, one of the...
| May 21, 2012
| 7:39 AM
Some of the bravest people in the world can be found at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. The Dalai Lama.
These and many other figures are featured in a photo exhibit organized to...
| Feb 12, 2012
| 12:33 PM
A rundown of what's going on the week of 2/13-2/19.
MOVIES OPENING (Friday)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
The Secret World of Arriety
This Means War
BET Honors (special; 9 p.m.; BET)
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 1:53 PM
If you're a fan of the hit TV series "Downton Abbey," you may have thought about incorporating elements of the Crawley family's mansion into your own home.
The setting is decidedly English country, and the house — in real life, a historic estate...
| May 14, 2012
| 4:23 AM
From Norman Rockwell and Leonard Bernstein to Baltimore's Cab Calloway, no one does biography like "American Masters" on PBS.
I've been reviewing these superb productions for all of the 26 seasons that "American Masters" has been on the air, and have...
| Jan 7, 2012
| 8:28 PM
"Downton Abbey," one of last season's big winners at the Emmy Awards, starts up again Sunday night on PBS. In a television season not blessed with much to rave about so far, let the hoopla be heard. This year's "Downton Abbey" is at least as good as...
| Aug 4, 2011
The intersection of art and commerce has always been a dangerous spot. It gets extra slippery at a cheeky exhibit at Current Space, the ever-funky gallery that has staked out an oasis on an otherwise development-shy block of Howard Street.
| Aug 4, 2011
Reggie Watts' story is much like that of any other comic: He was a class clown, always goofing off and playing jokes on everybody, much to the consternation of his teachers.
But during his youth in Great Falls, Mont., he also was in the school...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 4:39 PM
A key document in the transition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" from popular song to national anthem is coming home to Fort McHenry.
A draft of the song's arrangement, drawn up in the early 20th century by a committee that included composer and bandleader...
| Feb 27, 2012
| 1:35 PM
It's not often in judging the biography of a great artist that you can just pick up the phone and call one of the people who knew him best — and remains a principal keeper of the historical flame.
But that is exactly the case with Cab Calloway, the...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Built in part on the premise that even some of the smartest and most savvy news consumers sometimes feel themselves drowning in a sea of information online, the Daily Download aims to be an island of orientation.
The online site that debuted last week is...
| Jun 17, 2012
| 6:20 AM
WBFF-Fox45 led Baltimore stations in winning eight regional Emmys announced Saturday night at the Newseum in Washington.
But overall, that was only good for a fifth place finish behind one Virginia and three Washington stations in the competition for the...