“It’s safe, not sexy.” That’s how I lured a friend of mine to Arthur Murray’s Rodgers Forge studio, where I’d been taking classes. It wasn’t my first foray into dance instruction but Arthur Murray had surprised me. The men had surprised me. I had surprised me. In each class, there …Read More »
Like a greatest hits album, or a “Where Are They Now?” column, I sometimes tally up the best and worst outfits I’ve ever worn. I still feel shame about the patchwork-plaid maternity romper that a man at a bowling alley mistook as a costume. And my high school social life …Read More »
THE BEAT: Tom Petty Won’t Back Down The musician doesn't let his advanced age affect his ability to rock.
Tom Petty greeted the crowd Sunday night at Royal Farms Arena by asking, “Have you got your mojo working?” The tip of the hat to Muddy Waters was a valid question, as he and The Heartbreakers were about to launch into marathon two-hour show for their 40th anniversary stop in …Read More »
At first glance, Baltimore native Alice Pritchard’s lush creations seem quite straightforward—a blooming peony meticulously rendered, a geometric barn with lines so crisp it’s nearly photographic, a lifelike bold bouquet—each of them inspired by a lifetime of living in nature. A closer look, however, yields a more immersive experience. “When …Read More »
In the Margins Meet three women whose lives are devoted to improving the lot of Baltimore’s disenfranchised.
The Legislator: Robbyn Lewis “My starting point for everything I do is social justice,” says Robbyn Lewis, one of three state delegates representing Maryland’s 46th District. For her, “social justice” means advocating for public health and criminal justice reform and building a green community that everyone can enjoy. Home to …Read More »
When Baltimore developer Jim Rouse secretly started gobbling up thousands of acres of Howard County farmland in 1962, he was 48 years old and known nationally as a champion of urban renewal. He’d already developed the first enclosed shopping mall in the East, at Harundale in Glen Burnie, and …Read More »
What are we looking forward to at Arstcape next month? Renowned percussionist Sheila E. on the main stage Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello Argentinian dance group Che Malambo Seeing a film at the renovated Parkway Theatre (Maybe “Citizen Jane”?) How this year’s theme, “Camp Artscape: Adventure Awaits” will be represented …Read More »
There are many ways to take a trip: in your head, your heart, via airplane. You can trip on the sidewalk, you can trip on drugs, you can trip up your friends … you can trip out on just about anything. My favorite trips are the ones where I am …Read More »
Something Blue Some of the Baltimore area’s best wedding planners share their worst wedding-day disasters.
As anyone who’s ever planned a wedding knows, there’s a lot more to the perfect union than a few flowers and a beautiful venue. Sometimes, no matter how many hours of effort have gone into crafting the day of a bride’s dreams, things just fall apart—and spectacularly so. Here, some …Read More »
Be More Festive It’s festival season in Maryland! Whether your idea of fun is cracking crabs, sipping chardonnay or even shearing sheep, there’s a festival for that.
Charm City Comedy Festival Laugh out loud with Charm City Comedy Project at this hilarious two-weekend festival. (The first is dedicated to improv and sketch comedy, and the second to standup.) Acts include musicians, comedy groups of all sizes and stand-up stars from across the nation, all bringing their unique …Read More »