After 43 years in Chestertown and two in New York, the ceremony for announcing the winner of the Sophie Kerr Prize, the most lucrative undergraduate literary award in the nation, is moving to Baltimore.
What a great weekend: HBO sent a screener for "Phil Spector," a made for TV movie about the legendary music producer, starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren. Barry Levinson is the executive producer, with David Mamet as writer and director.
William Charles Brubaker, a retired aeronautical engineer who was a founding trombone player in the Baltimore Colts Marching Band, died at Sinai Hospital Feb. 12 of complications of injuries he suffered near his Lutherville home. Family members said he had been struck by a vehicle while walking last year. He was 91.
Gertrude Brownstein, who worked eight decades in a grocery and department stores and later in a family-owned auction business, died of cancer Dec. 18 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 100 and lived in Owings Mills.
Formstone, the hand-sculpted building facade that was invented and popularized in the Baltimore region, would be banned from use by the city's proposed zoning code overhaul. All front and side facades of new rowhouses would need to be "modular clay brick," in colors "consistent with Baltimore traditions" if the new zoning code were approved.
John Travolta knew what he wanted to do with the role of Edna Turnblad, the zaftig housewife at the center of "Hairspray." The movie's producers, however, weren't so sure. Especially when he insisted on using a Bawlamer accent.
The bottle of beer on the bar is the alpha and omega of the next four hours at the Fork & Wrench. That and the dozens of replacement bottles that will be dressed, made up, back-lit, side-lit, primped, primed, misted and beaded with an eye dropper before being brought in front of the camera.
Another classic American film set in Baltimore will be turned into a Broadway musical. Barry Levinson has adapted "Diner," his well-regarded 1982 movie, for the stage. With music and lyrics by rock singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, the new show is scheduled to open in New York next fall.
As word began spreading Tuesday that the beloved movie "Diner" was being rejiggered as a Broadway show — with Sheryl Crow music, no less — the mood of the people could best be summed up with a universal head scratch.