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Out on the town or back at home FEATURES SECTIONS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

On Sundays and for themed sections during the week, you'll find articles onlifestyle news focusing on health, food, fashion, recreation, travel, people, the arts and people. The Sun Magazine keeps its unique touch of Sunday magazine journalism. Here's what to expect:

Live

The name remains the same, but nearly everything else about Live is new. You'll find that it offers more information on things to do over the weekend, in a format that is better organized and easier to use.

You'll also get it on Thursdays - a day earlier than previously and one step ahead of the competition - so that you can consider all the possibilities and make the most of your precious free time.

Here are the changes to look for:

* Cover stories with broader appeal, focusing on the best way to spend your weekend in and around Baltimore.

* A new list of events for the family, with the best bets highlighted.

* Ideas for day trips in the Middle Atlantic region, with a high- lights list of what's on tap in neighboring Washington.

* A two-page, full-color spread in the middle of the section focusing on the weekend's most interesting activities, including the Around the Inner Harbor column previously found in the Maryland section.

* A reorganized music calendar that makes it easier to find the sounds you are looking for - from rock to bluegrass to blues - and gives you more information about the venues staging the shows.

* A substantially improved and reorganized fine arts listing, featuring choices from The Sun's theater, arts and classical music critics.

* Easier-to-read movie capsules from critic Stephen Hunter, as well as a preview of shows opening this weekend and highlights of what's new on video this week.

* Expanded restaurant listings, along with dining reviews and the Table Talk column featuring the dish on the restaurant scene. A few times a year, we'll also offer special dining-out issues of Live.

A La Carte

Every Wednesday in A La Carte readers are offered an assortment of stories and recipes that address both the tried-and-the-true and cutting-edge cuisine. You'll also find features about the local food scene, such as a recent story about the rise of women chefs in the area and our guide to the best ethnic food stores.

Look for these regular features:

* The award-winning Happy Eater column written by Rob Kasper, whose personal and often humorous look at food can include reminiscences about the pleasures of eating watermelon as a teen-ager and his struggles to match the wine glass with the correct wine.

* The popular Recipe Finder column provides readers with a forum for requesting and receiving long-lost recipes often no longer found in contemporary cookbooks. Chefs at Baltimore's Culinary College test the recipes sent by the readers and choose the most successful for publication.

* Every week The Sun's wine writer, Michael Dresser, selects the best wine buy of the week, which is illustrated with a clip-and-save photograph of the label. Every other week, his column Vintage Point goes into depth about news in the wine world, from the versatility of fume blanc to the outstanding value of Spanish wines.

* Every other week in the Fast & Fresh recipe column, Rita Calvert helps solve the rush-hour dilemma that so many of us face by providing a nutritious menu with recipes that can be put together in under half an hour.

Arts

Every Sunday in the Arts section, The Sun's critics and reporters bring you inside the world of the arts and entertainment, everything from the latest developments on the city's cultural scene to an insightful critique of James McNeill Whistler's paintings or an analysis of how television's family hour is changing.

You'll also find these features:

* Glenn McNatt's new column on the arts.

* Arts Notes, news you can use from the local arts community.

* A magazines column that looks at what's coming up in issues about to hit the newsstands.

* Aircheck, a column focusing on what's new at Baltimore area radio stations.

* Changes in the television programming that arrived too late to make the weekly TV book.

Travel

Every Sunday, the Travel section offers a variety of features designed to make life on the road more enjoyable and affordable. Here's what to look for:

* Travel Log, a collection of news you can use, short items on everything from new visa requirements for foreign destinations to a Top Ten list of best airline food, and special fall tour packages.

* Taking the Kids, a column by Eileen Ogintz, focuses on family travel topics as diverse as new children's museums and the way to take the best family photographs.

* Travel Notes, news notes about festivals, travel brochures and exhibits being offered by nonprofit or government organizations in the region.

* Trips, a list of trips being offered by nonprofit organizations in the readership area.

* Airfare Bargains, a chart that summarizes the lowest bargain fares in the past week for the top 20 U.S. destinations from Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

* Q&A.; An occasional feature, this column provides answers to commonly asked questions about traveling.

Sunday

On Sundays, in addition to intriguing, in-depth cover stories and Susan Reimer's column, you'll find a special food and home package in the Today section. It provides new ideas and recipes for everything from easy dinners to elegant parties, as well as decorating stories on how to make the most of your home and garden.

Look for these features:

* A cover story that takes you inside area showhouses and provides news on the latest decorating trends, in addition to practical tips for the home and garden and profiles of local craftsmen and trendsetters.

* Elizabeth Large's On the Homefront column, which keeps you up to date on the best new home products and services and offers tips from the experts for home and garden design and maintenance.

* An antiques column that answers questions from readers about their collectibles and family heirlooms, with prices and sources for additional information.

* A question-and-answer column by Baltimore designer Rita St. Clair, a nationally acclaimed interior designer, tackles typical decorating difficulties, such as how to choose the right light fixture and the most effective arrangements for artwork.

* A home calendar provides readers with a handy reference list of noteworthy home- and garden-related events in the area.

* A package of food stories, including fresh recipes for preparing seasonal produce, low-fat variations on old favorites and approachable recipes for today's most talked-about new cuisines. You'll also find a kitchen calendar that spotlights cooking classes and epicurean events.

Inside Today, you'll find these advice columns as part of our Sunday Insights package:

* Working Life: Is your boss too slow to give you the help you need? Are you wondering whether it's time to make the mid-life career change you've always dreamed about? Deborah Jacobs offers advice on surviving in the workplace.

* Can this Marriage be Saved?: Every marriage has its ups and downs, and on Sundays you'll get a look at how other couples are managing to overcome problems and stay together.

* Child Life: Has your child taken to waking up in the middle of the night? Is your son turning out to be a terminal slob? Beverly Mills knows what you're dealing with and has advice that can help.

* Bondy on Money: Susan Bondy shows you how to make the most of your hard-earned money. But more important, she speaks in a language you can understand, even if you're not savvy to the ways of Wall Street.

* Sunday Snapshots: Take a quick look at what some of the Baltimore area's most intriguing people are doing with their lives.

Sun Magazine

In every Sunday Sun Magazine, look for these features:

* To Wit: Dave Barry's award-wining humor column.

* Hot Stuff: A roundup of new products and services.

* Rob Kasper's Maryland, a mostly gastronomical tour of the Land of Pleasant Living.

* Jacques Kelly's Baltimore, a new feature offering a unique look at the city's charms.

* Way Back When: A fond look at the past through snapshots sent in by readers.

* This Week: News items from the Sun of 150, 100 and 50 years ago.

* Sun Crossword, the magazine's crossword puzzle.

From time to time, you'll also these features:

* Postmark, a look at small-town living in Maryland or just beyond.

* By Design, a feature on local architecture.

* Sunday Gourmet, ideas for making Sunday dinner something special.

* In Style, a quick look at fashion trends.

* Portfolio, a profile of someone new in the world of the arts.

Features columnists

* Rob Kasper: Here's a columnist with multiple personalities. He's the Happy Eater in Wednesday's A La Carte section. He's Saturday's Hero in the Today section. And in the Sunday Sun Magazine, he explores the Land of Pleasant Living in Rob Kasper's Maryland.

* Jacques Kelly: He writes about a way of life that Baltimoreans remember fondly - everything from Grandma Lily Rose's Thanksgiving sauerkraut to that glorious spring afternoon when it was time to put in the window screens. Jacques Kelly's Baltimore now appears in every issue of the Sunday Sun Magazine.

* Glenn McNatt: The Sun's editorial page will be familiar with Glenn McNatt's insightful commentary on Baltimore's cultural community. He'll explore the world of the arts every Sunday in a new column in the Arts section.

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