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A New Canton Hangout

Newly opened Regal Beagle might be the only bar in town where you can find a massive game of Cards Against Humanity being played on a vintage table in the backroom, and sip island-inspired or retro cocktails to the sound of vinyl records and VHS tapes. The Canton bar, named …

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5 Questions with Dan Fesperman

Former Baltimore Sun journalist Dan Fesperman is the author of 11 spy and crime novels bursting with real-life international inspiration. His latest, “Safe Houses,” was released this past July. Q: Tell us about your time with The Sun. A: I started at The Evening Sun in 1984, then moved to …

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Over the river, through the woods

Comfort food is a short drive away on Maryland’s old turnpikes. Once upon a time, all roads led to Baltimore. Goods arriving into the port from sailing ships headed north up Harford Road into Pennsylvania, and from the west, farmers brought chickens and produce by wagon into the city along …

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Weekend Plans: Oct. 11-14

Thursday Steely Dan Revel in the music of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Award winner and leading man of Steely Dan, Donald Fagen tonight. Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. $70-$150. modell-lyric.com ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ A night of drama is sure to ensue during …

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AVAM Exhibit Tackles the Layers of Parenting

There aren’t a lot of museum exhibit openings where you’ll hear talk about shaving cream changing sperm DNA, the effects of reading to a fetus and the opioid epidemic’s impact on grandparents, but when American Visionary Art Museum founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger takes on the topic of parenting, …

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‘You Live in Baltimore?’

I’m tired of answering the same annoying question, the one I find myself answering whenever making small talk with strangers on a plane. This time, however, I was leaving a conference stage when “the question” was posed to me. I had just finished reading aloud a controversial article I had …

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‘Welcome home!’

More than 150 Baltimore alumni – men and women who were born, raised or work here – returned to the city this week for three days of panels, city tours and conversations that celebrated Baltimore and its achievements. Inspired by a similar event in Detroit, Baltimore Homecoming drew notables such …

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Weekend Plans: Oct. 4-7

Thursday Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore Celebrate the rich naval tradition of the Chesapeake Bay. See the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other aircraft on display at Martin State Airport or over the skies above Fort McHenry and Middle Branch Oct. 6-7. Or tour U.S., Canadian and British …

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Go Solo

Nearly three years ago, Carolyn Walton Lynch made good on a plan to move to Baltimore. Divorced, an empty nester and a new transplant — “all the things that upset your social circle” — Lynch was determined to get out and learn her new city, even if it was alone. …

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Line of Thought

‘A Memory of the Future’ “A Memory of the Future” by Elizabeth Spires, a professor at Goucher College, provides Zen-infused poetry that meditates on the second half of life, exploring the ways in which time changes a person and how memory and reflection upon one’s dwindling future can define a …

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A Muggle’s Guide to Edinburgh

When my cousin Deb’s husband, Dan, took a one-year sabbatical, he chose a post at the University of Edinburgh. Deb packed their household into seven suitcases, rented a “flat,” enrolled their two kids in school and moved — with a bit of apprehension and a lot of checklists — to …

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Fitting Tributes

Marion Winik moved to Baltimore in 2009 and has been making friends around this city ever since. The opposite of a snob, Marion is interested in people: who they are, how they live and, as evidenced in her latest book, “The Baltimore Book of the Dead,” how they die. This …

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The Cool Mom

I can do this. No fears. After all, my daughter is with me for support. Typically, when we talk “mother- daughter bonding,” we picture moms and their grown daughters shopping together or sitting in a cozy corner of a café sipping coffee. Today, however, my daughter and I stand at …

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Booze Break

Four hours from Baltimore, nestled comfortably in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia, sits the 100-acre whiskey wonderland that is home to the Virginia Distillery Company. Turning up its curvy driveway, we pass a field of barley so picturesque that I start to hum about “amber waves of …

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Living through Survivorship

When cancer patients reach the end of their treatment, they often receive what can be surprising news, especially after months of intense medical involvement — they don’t have to see their doctors again for six months. “They say, ‘What? Six months? I just went from seeing six different people to …

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2020 Virtual Education Fair

Building a Better Baltimore

Four months later, it’s still hard for Holly and John Hoey to find the words. The fact that philanthropist MacKenzie Scott gifted $4 billion to nearly 400 organizations, including six in the Baltimore region, is incredible enough. But the fact that the short list included the two Baltimore-area nonprofits they …

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