Arts and culture

City Councilman Mimi DiPietro took pride in his style, the way he got things done for his constituency by always going “right to the top” to get a problem resolved.  His funeral was in late August, a time in Baltimore of unbearable heat and humidity. But on the day of Mimi’s funeral the weather broke cool and clear. Father Esposito, at Mimi’s funeral, wondered out loud whether Mimi had once again gone to the top to get things done.

A story from Baltimore in 1935  - don't ask the ouija board a question you don't want the answer to.

Baltimore's used to have a "censor board" that tried to control what was shown in Baltimore's movie theaters. 

Free Fall-ing Into Autumn

Oct 10, 2014
Walters Art Museum taken by Frank Wales via flickr

Except for the Orioles’ post-season run, this fall is being met with much discontent in Baltimore. After last winter, any sign of cold weather approaching leads to bus stop conversations that start with a grimace and “It’s going to be a cold one...”

But there is one city-wide program designed to get residents looking forward to fall: the Baltimore Free Fall Program.

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Walk a couple of blocks downtown and you can see Baltimore’s theater past. And part of its future.

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, along with Ozomatli, Galactic and Anthony Hamilton will be among the musicians to perform at the 33rd annual Artscape in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday.

Slideshow: Kinetic Sculpture Race

May 5, 2014
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Happy Sweet 16!

Charles Cohen

Over the weekend, Baltimore lost a great talent - 44 year old photographer Sam Holden died while doing yard work on his father's farm in Harford County.  This biographical sketch originally aired in 2008.  It's the story of one boy's dream job: to photograph his favorite musicians and personal heroes.  His work has appeared in publications ranging from Rolling Stone to Forbes to the Baltimore City Paper.  But he started going out with his dad on photo shoots and then, uncovering his own style in the dark room.  

Many of us can barely make it through the morning without first downing a cup of hot coffee. It's become such a big part of our daily rituals that few actually give much thought to what it is that we're putting in our bodies.

To help us break down the little-known things about caffeine, NPR's David Greene spoke with Murray Carpenter, author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us. These are the things you probably aren't thinking about as you wait in line at your local coffee shop.

Caffeine is a drug. Treat it as such.

First, a word about this list: It's honestly just a fluke that my best books rundown for 2013 is so gender-biased. I didn't deliberately set out this year to read so many terrific books by women.