| Feb 17, 2014
| 1:30 PM
Ballet Theatre of Maryland is starting its 2014 season in history-making fashion, offering its first full-length production of "Swan Lake" in three performances over the Feb. 21-23 weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
Artistic director Dianna...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 7:08 AM
John Cusack didn't come to Baltimore when preparing to play Edgar Allan Poe in "The Raven."
In fact, he says he's never been here.
But when asked whether this city, Boston, Philadelphia, New York or Richmond has dibs on the author's reputation, Cusack,...
| May 3, 2012
| 10:26 AM
For a guy who's been dead some 160 years, Edgar Allan Poe's not getting much rest.
A team of ghost hunters from the Wilkes-Barre, Pa.-based TV program "Ghost Detectives" will be spending this weekend at the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum and at Fells...
| May 10, 2012
| 6:15 AM
Joe Queenan is nobody's Mr. Nice Guy.
But the deliciously cutting columnist has a soft side for, of all things, Baltimore.
In fact in the Wall Street Journal, Queenan rides like a white knight to the city's defense after what he sees as slight after...
| May 12, 2012
| 7:36 PM
"Dark Shadows" (PG-13). In this takeoff from the 1970s daytime drama, vampire Barnabas Collins emerges from a long slumber to 1972 Maine. With Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. TownMall Cinemas (12:45, 1:30, 3:30, 4:...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 6:47 AM
Baltimore has a special interest in the new John Cusack movie "The Raven" as it tells the story of a man the city claims as its own: Edgar Allan Poe.
(If they named the football team after his poem, he's got to be something, right?)
The film depicts a...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 10:00 PM
* (out of four)
The tagline for "The Bag Man" is "The cat's in the bag." A cat is not actually in the bag. And it takes almost the entire movie to find out what's in the bag, which -- spoiler alert! -- you can pretty much guess if you remember the answer...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 1:08 PM
Most of the characters he portrayed died screaming.
His demeanor and manner of speaking gave one the distinct impression that he was an upper-crust Englishman — the accent was formal and his voice richly, even creepily, sonorous.
| Oct 27, 2013
| 4:30 PM
From the remove of 47 years, it is difficult to adequately calibrate the impact of "The Velvet Underground and Nico," the 1967 debut album by the New York band fronted by Lou Reed, who died Sunday at 71.
Bearing a banana-embossed cover by Andy Warhol...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 7:45 PM
Science fiction writer Richard Matheson passed away Sunday at age 87. Novelist and writer for film and television, Matheson had a long and storied career that saw him influence multiple generations of writers working in a broad cross-section of genre...
| Apr 28, 2012
| 4:37 PM
"The Raven," a new mystery thriller that imagines Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) helping police solve a series of murders inspired by his stories, follows in the footsteps of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes"...
| Apr 24, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Romantic comedies of the 1980s like "Say Anything" and "Sixteen Candles" launched John Cusack's career, but since then, his acting resume has continued to broaden -– from the thriller "1408" to the dark comedy "Being John Malkovich" to the quirky...