Culture, Giving

Book Thing Brewery Benefit Features Booku Baltimore Bands

0 Written by: | Friday, May 27, 2016 4:31pm

bookthingcatch of the day fish (2)If you don’t happen to be at the beach this weekend, Peabody Heights Brewery is one local spot for all-day relaxing with food, music and beer. Plus, your attendance helps the Book Thing as it recovers from a March fire. Read More →


Everyman Theatre Wants to Expand in the Bromo Tower District

0 Written by: | Friday, May 27, 2016 9:30am

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Three years after Everyman Theatre moved to its current home at 315 W. Fayette Street, the organization wants to expand by buying and renovating a city-owned building nearby.

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Culture, Federal Hill

American Visionary Art Museum Releases Flicks from the Hill Lineup

0 Written by: | Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:49pm

Flicks Form the HillFeel that warm weather? It’s nice enough to sit outside, even after the sun goes down. Yet another reason to dig out the blanket comes today from Federal Hill. Read More →

Culture, Schools

Hippodrome, Everyman, U of Baltimore Team Up For Theatre Education

0 Written by: | Monday, May 23, 2016 4:32pm

Shelby Sullivan in "But I Said No." (via U of Baltimore)

Shelby Sullivan in “But I Said No.” (via U of Baltimore)

A trio of Baltimore institutions want the performing arts to be a viable path for students who showed they were meant for the stage. Read More →

Baltimore Writers Club, Culture

Baltimore Writer’s Club: Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall

2 Written by: | Monday, May 23, 2016 10:00am


An occasional series introducing new books from Baltimoreans

I really don’t know of any writer, living or dead, who fashions a funnier sentence than Jim Magruder, and I mean that in all seriousness. For many readers, the almost vertiginous hilarity of Magruder’s prose will be a source of unbridled pleasure while for aspiring literary comedians such as myself, that enjoyment must be mixed with venomous jealousy. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Lifeline

Post-Preakness: Horse Racing and Loving Horses

0 Written by: | Monday, May 23, 2016 7:56am

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By post time Pimlico Race Course had been downgraded to “sloppy.” It was a day of steady rain. Coming off the infield, the boots of the party kids were covered in mud. Hat feathers drooped. Women’s lace gloves — the revival of an 80s-esque Madonna trend? I hope so! — were spangled with raindrops.

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Culture, Food & Drink, Parties

Preakness Pics

0 Written by: | Monday, May 23, 2016 7:00am

Officials reported record attendance at the Preakness on Saturday. That’s a shock given the rainy conditions, but the Preakness attracts die-hard fans.  Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these revellers from their appointed rounds. My husband and I were lucky enough to go for the first time, thanks to an invitation from The Stronach Group. A former Ralph Lauren creative director from Beverly Hills, California designed the space inside the tent.  It was jaw-dropping.

Stronach Group tent

The Stronach Group Tent

Inside the Stronach Group Tent

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Culture, Featured, Lifeline

Sunrise at Old Hilltop Two Days Before Preakness

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 19, 2016 3:55pm


All photos by Elizabeth Bastos

There were a handful of kids on former jockey Charlie Fenwick’s great pre -Preakness tour of Pimlico this morning. I stood on the apron next to a lady named Janice who knows things because she follows Claire Novak of Blood Horse on Twitter and has a farm of quarter horses herself. I really like Janice. “Follow the drone,” she told me, “it’s following Nyquist,” and she was right.

Culture, Featured, Lifeline

Famous Architect Recommends Major Changes to National Aquarium

4 Written by: | Wednesday, May 18, 2016 1:58pm


All photos via the Architects’ Newspaper,

From – The sculptural centerpiece of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, would take on an entirely new look and identity under a design proposal from architect and MacArthur Foundation genius grant recipient Jeanne Gang of Chicago.
The redesign is driven by proposed changes in the uses and “a new unifying concept for the exhibits” of the aquarium’s multi building campus, also recommended by Gang’s firm, Studio Gang, and others.

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Culture, Featured, Giving, Roland Park, Schools

Roland Park Couple to Receive JHU Honorary Degrees Today

1 Written by: | Wednesday, May 18, 2016 9:35am

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Attorney Shale Stiller and Judge Ellen Heller will receive honorary degrees today from Johns Hopkins University. Photo via

One Baltimore couple is getting “his and hers” honorary degrees from Johns Hopkins University today.

Filmmaker Spike Lee may be doing the heavy lifting when he gives the keynote speech and receives an honorary degree at Hopkins 140th commencement ceremony, but seven others will receive honorary degrees as well, including longtime Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Ellen Heller and her husband, attorney Shale Stiller from Roland Park who have made contributions in the fields of law and philanthropy.

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