Arts and culture

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.

Final Reel For City's Last Video Store

Oct 16, 2013
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The screen is about to go dark at Video Americain in Roland Park. But there is a plan to keep the store’s collection of more than 30,000 titles together for a sequel after the doors close in January.

Senator Theatre Re-Opens

Oct 11, 2013
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It was back to the future on Thursday night at the second debut of Baltimore’s  Senator Theatre.

Quitting Your Job For Fantasy Football

Aug 25, 2013

You may just call it late summer; for many die-hard sports fans, it's called fantasy football drafting season.

Fantasy sports is a huge business, with an estimated 36 million people in the U.S. and Canada picking teams and talkin' trash, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

And now we may be at a tipping point.

One man - Drew Dinkmeyer - actually left his job as an investment analyst to play fantasy sports full-time.