| Sep 9, 2014
| 6:08 AM
Big-bucks movies -- "Sister Act," "Ghost," "Flashdance," "Dirty Dancing," to name a few -- get turned into stage musicals with some frequency. Indie films form a smaller screen-to-boards subset. Of these, "Once," based on the minuscule-budget, shot-in-17-...
| May 7, 2014
| 10:07 AM
Kevin Brown knows opportunity when it shows up at his front door.
When news broke this year that the annual Maryland Film Festival would be leaving its home at the Charles Theatre for a series of venues, including several near the restaurant he runs...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 1:06 PM
Next month's Maryland Film Festival will feature the local debut of "Ping Pong Summer," writer-director Michael Tully's coming-of-age tale set in Ocean City in the 1980s and starring Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, John Hannah and Amy Sedaris.
| Apr 29, 2014
| 5:58 AM
The 2014 Maryland Film Festival takes place May 7-11 around the Station North Arts District and other Baltimore area locations. The festival traditionally highlights international features, topical documentaries, local works and several shorts programs,...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 5:14 AM
Young buck. Buck wild. Make a buck. Buck the system. The buck stops here.
"Buck" stops here.
In his office at Morgan State University, MK Asante, the youngest professor ever to receive tenure at the school, is reflecting upon his teen years in the...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 7:04 AM
George Takei, speaking by phone from his California home, cannot resist describing the un-wintry view from his window.
"There's a flawless blue sky, golden sunshine and a green garden outside," the Los Angeles-born Takei says in his burnished baritone,...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 12:35 PM
The Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City, Utah, Jan. 16, which means a handful of LGBT-related movies will be making their premieres. Whether these flicks get picked up for distribution in theaters is another question entirely. But in the...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 6:36 AM
Recently, we adopted two 9-week-old kittens, sisters. The word "adorable" doesn't begin to describe them. They're mega-super-mucho-outstandingly adorable — and even that doesn't cover it.
They hadn't been here a whole day before we began showering...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 11:20 AM
So you've decided to stay home for New Year's Eve. No big deal. I've been there. You're not feeling the parties, the fireworks, the hoopla. And you're maybe still recovering from Christmas. We're here for you. Get those pajamas ready and stay away from...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 7:41 AM
Writer-director Michael Tully's "Ping Pong Summer," inspired by summer vacations in the Ocean City of the 1980s with his parents, will have its world premiere at January's Sundance Film festival.
The movie was filmed in Ocean City in autumn 2012. Its...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 4:58 AM
"Things happen for a reason."
Potomac's Nana Meriwether, the reigning Miss USA, says that a lot. Especially when she talks about the road she followed to her title: two runner-up finishes at the Miss California pageant before being crowned Miss...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 5:23 AM
When I returned to my childhood home, I discovered 300 family Civil War letters. I have transcribed them, but nothing more.
Not so Kathy Leichter. The Cornell graduate and daughter of former New York State senator Franz Leichter left Pittsburgh's public...