Recent stories by Mary Carole McCauley
5:08 PM PST, December 14, 2013
This winter, Baltimore is shaping up to be a place where talk is cheap — and enlightening.
6:56 PM PST, December 7, 2013
The author Madison Smartt Bell's 16th work of fiction, a book of short stories called "Zig Zag Wanderer" is guaranteed to make the author absolutely no money whatsoever. Nada. Zilch. Zip. Not one blessed penny.
11:43 AM PST, December 7, 2013
Documents released this week as part of a battle in federal court to determine the ownership of a miniature Renoir landscape also provide intriguing glimpses into the life of Saidie A. May, a prolific art collector whose bequests helped the Baltimore Museum of Art build a world-class collection.
2:00 AM PST, December 4, 2013
The question of who owns a tiny Renoir landscape of the River Seine may rest on a four-page handwritten letter penned 78 years ago by a middle-aged woman in a bad mood.
12:13 PM PST, November 22, 2013
Davidsonville author Melissa Stanton once had the world's best excuse for cutting work meetings short.
6:28 PM PST, December 2, 2013
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture has released an ambitious financial turnaround plan designed to resolve within 19 months long-standing problems with attendance and fundraising.
4:40 PM PST, November 21, 2013
A federal court judge set a hearing date Wednesday in the 15-month dispute over who owns a tiny Renoir painting that was stolen in 1951 from the Baltimore Museum of Art, but she also urged both parties to consider settling.
7:57 AM PST, November 18, 2013
You might think of Michael Lisicky's obsession with department stores as an orchestral tone poem for a single oboe: at turns plaintive and raucous, eloquent and funny, with unpredictable little swerves.
8:08 AM PST, November 18, 2013
When the Irish-born novelist Colum McCann sits before a blank page, he launches himself into a vast, empty space. He's surrounded by fog on all sides, so he can't tell if his vehicle is right side up or upside down. The craft he's maneuvering is clunky, and the throttle sticks.
8:09 PM PST, November 6, 2013
For the Baltimore journalist Wil Hylton, some ugly numbers help represent the painful legacy of American armed forces members who remain missing in action.
October 26, 2013
To find out what she needed to discover about the life-changing matters that her parents didn't discuss, Isabel Wilkerson interviewed 1,200 people over 18 months.
5:09 AM PST, November 4, 2013
Over the past 181 years, the bill of sale has turned a pale tan. The ink has faded from black to brown and includes elaborate flourishes that seem ill-suited to such a grim and ugly business.
5:08 PM PDT, October 19, 2013
Striding in her special black walking shoes decorated with turquoise, pink and lime-green squares, 8-year-old Elizabeth Gardner was, literally, on her way to reaching a milestone.
10:44 AM PDT, October 21, 2013
The Baltimore-born author Justin Kramon's supporting characters are so quirky and funny, you'd swear they were drawn from real life. There's the landfill operator who shows a visitor a photograph of a hatchet-faced woman in her 60s and then complains that no one understands the burden of having a pretty wife. And there's the big-bellied, bearded lodge owner who's secretly addicted to online shopping.
8:18 AM PDT, October 5, 2013
"If you hold the door for someone and they don't say, 'Thank you,' that person deserves to be in hell," Chuck Palahniuk rails — in the most mild-mannered way possible.
9:40 AM PDT, October 28, 2013
A recent afternoon was windowpane-clear, the sun bright and direct. The environment could not have seemed less conducive for communing with the spirit world.
8:03 AM PDT, September 26, 2013
The man in the red turban is a mystery, and not only because his expression is grave, alert and slightly anxious.
October 5, 2013
Henry Walters and J.P. Morgan were frenemies.
4:05 PM PDT, September 26, 2013
An audit of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture released Thursday uncovered slipshod accounting practices, among them failing to fully inventory its collection and neglecting to file annual reports, in violation of state law.
1:50 PM PDT, September 27, 2013
Kathy Hornig finally had a chance to check out Washington's National Book Festival. And she came away with a renewed appreciation for the admittedly smaller, quirkier offering put on by The City That Reads.
September 23, 2013
James Piper Bond has always been possessed of a rare physical confidence, whether playing on a national championship lacrosse team in college, sailing across the South Pacific in a two-masted sailboat when he was in his 20s or climbing the 13,770-foot Grand Teton mountain last summer with his then-12-year-old son.
2:58 PM PDT, September 21, 2013
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, which opened in Baltimore with great fanfare in 2005, has fallen short of attendance and fundraising goals — forcing the state to shore up its finances.
3:29 AM PDT, September 3, 2013
Unlike places such as Montana or Texas with their never-ending skies and wide-open plains, Maryland rewards those who stop and take a closer look. It's a state where views may be best appreciated at the level of an extravagantly petaled flower or detailed cornice.
8:45 AM PDT, September 14, 2013
The old arched red wooden door to the Seventh Metro Church is less that two blocks from the modern glass-and-steel panel that floats in front of the Maryland Institute College of Art's newest exhibition space.
7:14 PM PDT, September 2, 2013
A Mount Airy man was arrested Monday on suspicion that he might have fatally stabbed his father after a violent fight spilled onto the lawn of the home that the pair shared.
1:29 PM PDT, September 13, 2013
Because the Baltimore-area novelist Alice McDermott possesses a painterly eye that delights in the way things look and sound and smell and taste, it can be easy to miss her underlying focus.
6:52 PM PDT, September 2, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police are investigating the second assault to occur at a shopping mall in two days.
4:43 AM PDT, September 9, 2013
Sujata Massey opened the door of her refrigerator and pulled out a curry made from pink potatoes and zucchini. It was the best way she could think of to demonstrate what's going on inside her head when she sits down to write a novel.
5:40 PM PDT, September 2, 2013
A motorcyclist was killed Monday morning when his bike crashed though a fence in Essex.
5:31 PM PDT, September 2, 2013
It was McCay Vernon, a former Baltimore-area psychology professor, who put to rest a myth that caused incalculable damage to deaf people over the centuries.
August 24, 2013
As Jesse Walker sees it, the Land of the Free is rife with paranoid theories about everyone and everything.
3:41 PM PDT, September 2, 2013
Three people were injured Monday afternoon – two critically – after a small plane crashed into a wooded area just off of U.S. 50 in Bowie.
10:13 AM PDT, August 18, 2013
When Jonathon Scott Fuqua was 13 years old, he and his older brother put on their swimming trunks and went surfing during a Florida hurricane.
3:00 AM PDT, August 24, 2013
For Kwame Kwei-Armah, all the world — or at least, all of Baltimore — really is a stage.
10:58 AM PDT, August 22, 2013
A combination of politicians, pundits and proletariat heroes are scheduled to speak at Johns Hopkins University this fall in a series of free public lectures.
10:13 AM PDT, August 18, 2013
Everyone who meets Jonathon Scott Fuqua has the same question: How in the world does he do it?
1:16 PM PDT, August 21, 2013
Media mogul Russell Simmons might have apologized for posting a controversial parody video on his YouTube channel that's become known as "The Harriet Tubman Sex Tapes." But, the famed abolitionist's great-great-great grandniece isn't even close to forgiving him.
12:13 PM PDT, July 22, 2013
With courage and determination and more than a little bit of moxie, Adelle Waldman set out to crack the code.
August 17, 2013
For acclaimed mystery novelist Martha Grimes, the witches' caldron that nearly proved her undoing didn't contain the usual eye of newt and toe of frog.
July 27, 2013
It's fair to say that very few novels that devote 496 pages to such weighty themes as race in America ever crack The New York Times best-seller list.
July 6, 2013
Rafael Trujillo collected bottle caps. Mao Zedong was wed to an older woman at age 14 but refused to consummate the marriage. Joseph Stalin was a choirboy who studied to be a Russian Orthodox priest.
7:52 PM PDT, July 4, 2013
A 7-year-old boy was killed Thursday night when he tumbled from a vehicle getting ready to join Annapolis' Fourth of July parade.
9:41 AM PDT, July 15, 2013
For Baltimore author Jen Michalski, 2013 is shaping up to be the Year of the Book Party.
4:06 AM PDT, July 5, 2013
The search is expected to resume Friday for a 24-year-old man, who went missing during the holiday while swimming in the Magothy River.
1:33 PM PDT, July 5, 2013
On her first official day of work, Julia Marciari-Alexander heads down to the basement of the Walters Art Museum to say hello to a room full of squirmy 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds attending summer camp.
7:59 PM PDT, July 4, 2013
An explosion in a Nottingham apartment building Thursday afternoon forced the evacuation of all residents after the building was flooded with lethal carbon monoxide gas.
4:00 PM PDT, July 2, 2013
The embattled Contemporary Museum will reopen this fall and winter, roughly 18 months after the institution abruptly shut its doors and laid off its five-member staff.
7:47 AM PDT, June 10, 2013
The small wooden trunk is covered with red leather, painted with an ocher floral embroidery and studded with brass nails — and it couldn't have announced its owner's intention more clearly.
8:27 PM PDT, July 4, 2013
Although police had prepared for problems, Thursday's Fourth of July celebrations around Baltimore were mostly trouble-free.
June 1, 2013
Baltimore author Sheri Booker sees dead people.
June 15, 2013
It's difficult to imagine what Laura Moriarty's four novels would have been like if she had chosen a place to live other than Kansas, with its endless wheat fields and abundance of ordinary light.
June 8, 2013
Sherlock Holmes un-kicked the bucket way back in 1894. More than a century later, even though Harry Potter ends up on the wrong side of a killing curse, he un-bites the dust.
2:39 PM PDT, May 27, 2013
Marylanders seemed in no hurry Monday to end the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
5:00 PM PDT, June 5, 2013
European artists will help transform Baltimore bus, train and light rail stations to be more attractive, better designed and more user-friendly as part of a $200,000 grant from ArtPlace America, a consortium of banks and foundations that gives money to art projects with the potential for regenerating communities.
4:59 PM PDT, May 27, 2013
Six children were burned — two seriously — by a flash fire that occurred during a Memorial Day boat ride on the South River.
2:18 PM PDT, June 29, 2013
If there's one work that economically and poetically encapsulates the theme of the new exhibit "Ashe to Amen," it's a black-and-white photograph of a well-thumbed Bible, flipped open and lying atop an African drum.
5:43 PM PDT, May 24, 2013
Maryland residents hoping to get a jump on the Memorial Day weekend and the traditional beginning of summer had a slow start Friday night.
7:45 AM PDT, June 10, 2013
Thanks to 3D printing, American society may be about to boldly go where no one has gone before.
4:27 PM PDT, May 27, 2013
Baltimore County police said a man was shot in the leg on Monday near the city-county line.
8:16 AM PDT, May 26, 2013
Baltimore police said they charged a suspect Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old boy in South Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood.
May 4, 2013
Plunging into a novel by James Kelman is like diving head-first into a chilly lake.
8:59 AM PDT, May 25, 2013
A 1-year-old boy was fatally shot Friday in the early evening in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood and an adult man was injured when at least one gunman opened fire on the car in which the victims were riding.
6:26 PM PDT, May 2, 2013
An installation artist who sculpts with mirrors and salt, an innovative cellist and a self-taught photographer whose work has been informed by the four decades that she has spent battling a rare genetic illness are the winners of the 2013 Baker Artist Awards.
5:28 AM PDT, May 13, 2013
Kwame Kwei-Armah is turning up the floodlights on Center Stage.
3:39 PM PDT, April 29, 2013
April 27, 2013
Former Baltimorean Katherine Bouton abruptly lost the hearing in her left ear at age 30. One minute she could hear, and the next, she could not.
7:49 PM PDT, April 21, 2013
David Poyer is a retired naval officer, and most of the 34 thrillers that he's written draw on his experience serving in the waters of the Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific, Caribbean and Persian Gulf.
May 25, 2013
Talk about tumbling down the rabbit hole.
10:13 AM PDT, April 17, 2013
Six finalists were announced Wednesday for the 2013 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize — and the prestigious award is edging more toward alternate media than it ever has before.
4:25 PM PDT, April 16, 2013
Because of budget cuts mandated by the federal sequestration, the Smithsonian Institution will begin closing galleries in some art museums to the public.
4:56 PM PDT, April 4, 2013
One of Pikesville's most charming and well-loved buildings — a 1937 Art Deco structure fronted by a stately marquee — could soon open its doors to movie patrons for the first time in 30 years.
6:06 AM PDT, March 18, 2013
Jeanine Cummins wants more than anything in the world to give a voice to people who are unable to speak for themselves.
7:34 AM PDT, May 20, 2013
7:58 AM PDT, April 13, 2013
The four-story brownstone near Washington's Lafayette Park is one of the most exclusive hotels in the world. There's a fireplace in the master bathroom, and the thread counts on the sheets is high enough to rival the Four Seasons.
April 6, 2013
Author George Saunders is having the kind of year that could lead the former roofer and slaughterhouse worker to imagine that someone is spritzing the air around him with a giant bottle of perfume.
2:56 PM PDT, March 15, 2013
After Jon Spelman got the bad news, he found himself thinking often and at odd moments about "Moby-Dick."
12:10 PM PST, March 4, 2013
Artist Mia Wiener embroiders provocative images on white linen because she's fascinated by the intimate nature of textiles and by the way that most people take them for granted.
3:45 PM PDT, April 15, 2013
A reception will be held Wednesday at the Peabody Conservatory in honor of the late Mary C. Walker, who upon her death donated $800,000 to the institution where she studied and worked for most of her life.
3:43 PM PDT, April 15, 2013
The Baltimore Symphony is about to become one of the very few, if not the first, major classical orchestras in the United States to officially appoint a playwright in residence.
4:21 PM PDT, April 12, 2013
There's something about "Les Miserables" that keeps me coming back.
7:10 PM PDT, March 15, 2013
A federal court in Virginia was asked Friday to determine the proper ownership of a miniature landscape painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and allegedly purchased for $7 in a box of odds and ends in a rural flea market.
March 9, 2013
The handsome young man sitting in the pink parlor chair radiates restlessness, a disdain for social conventions and undeniable self-satisfaction.
4:11 PM PDT, April 8, 2013
More than five years after a financial crisis ravaged the U.S. economy, the Baltimore Museum of Art has finally run out of options.
1:40 PM PDT, March 22, 2013
Baltimore helped the avant-garde painter Max Weber forge a national reputation in 1915. Now, nearly 100 years later, this could be the city where the late artist begins his long-overdue comeback.
March 9, 2013
Taiye Selasi's debut novel has been in publication for less than a week. But even before a single copy was sold, the glamorous 33-year-old was being hailed as the newest star of the literary world.
11:51 AM PST, March 4, 2013
A Johns Hopkins brain scientist is finding a neurological basis for a notion that many people believe intuitively — that music is as much a form of language as Spanish or French.
March 2, 2013
For such a long time, arsenic was the perfect poison.
6:56 PM PST, February 25, 2013
Former Baltimorean Craig Strydom intentionally attended the 85th Academy Awards wearing his father-in-law's tuxedo, the one with the tiny tear in one leg.
6:24 PM PST, February 20, 2013
In naming Julia Marciari-Alexander as executive director on Wednesday, the Walters Art Museum board of directors entrusted one of Baltimore's most important arts institutions to a rising star — and signaled an emphasis on community engagement even more than on a long history of leading an organization.
5:11 PM PST, February 11, 2013
The Enoch Pratt Free Library's only document signed by Abraham Lincoln will be on display Tuesday for one day only, in honor of the Great Emancipator's 204th birthday.
February 9, 2013
Adam Lankford thinks there's an oft-repeated misconception about suicide attackers that isn't merely wrong. It's potentially deadly.
12:31 PM PST, February 4, 2013
Repairs continued Monday to a water main break at Canton Industrial Park that had created a sinkhole over the weekend on South Newkirk Street, city Department of Public Works officials said.
4:41 PM PST, February 2, 2013
New York Times best-selling author George Saunders will headline the 10th annual CityLit Festival this Spring.
4:33 PM PST, February 1, 2013
In one way or another, Manil Suri has spent his entire life charting what happens when polar opposites are brought together in unexpected and at times startling juxtapositions.
4:36 PM PST, January 31, 2013
It might lack the cachet of Long Island Sound, where novelist S. Scott Fitzgerald set "The Great Gatsby."
February 16, 2013
Lisa Graff, an author who teaches children's literature at McDaniel College, can't read a map to save her life.
5:30 PM PST, January 28, 2013
Park School librarian Laura Amy Schlitz on Monday joined a select group of authors to be twice honored with one of the nation's top prizes for children's literature.
3:42 PM PST, January 25, 2013
The math is daunting: More than 2,300 pages of prose winnowed down to 190, including photographs and the occasional blank sheet that signals chapter breaks.
January 12, 2013
In his new thriller, "The Third Bullet," novelist Stephen Hunter sets his sights on an American tragedy that's also the most famous gun mystery of all time — the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
5:31 PM PST, February 17, 2013
When bad luck struck, John Mann was all but certain that he'd have to abandon his dreams.
10:21 AM PST, January 7, 2013
Chris Hayes, an editor at large of The Nation and host of the talk show bearing his name on MSNBC, was raised in a working-class neighborhood but attended some of the most exclusive schools on the planet.
2:20 PM PST, December 10, 2012
A fourth accuser is coming forward to claim he engaged in underage sex with former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash.
4:16 PM PST, February 2, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
As the hosts of one of the most coveted annual Super Bowl parties in Maryland, Steve and Zivah Ring have obligations to uphold. So what if they had planned on spending much of the winter in sunny Florida?
2:37 PM PST, January 16, 2013
A stroll through a Baltimore antique shop has turned up an unsuspected treasure — a rare photograph of Mary Edmonia Lewis, the first 19th century African-American sculptor to receive international recognition.
3:52 PM PST, January 16, 2013
For all of his wit, charm and success, a little bit of the boy who once was nicknamed "Fat Albert' still clings to "Today" show weatherman and feature anchor Al Roker.
10:05 AM PST, February 7, 2013
FROM SUN MAGAZINE
The architect Cheryl Mohr craves natural light so much that even when the sun is bouncing off the nearby South River and streaming through the 22-foot-tall wall of windows that surrounds her living room, Mohr can't bring herself to lower the blinds.
4:08 PM PST, January 12, 2013
Like kids bursting out the schoolhouse doors for recess, when the Maryland Zoo's 11 chimpanzees were allowed outside Saturday for a rare bit of winter sunshine, they couldn't help, well, monkeying around.
November 17, 2012
During Heather Kirn Lanier's two years in Baltimore as a neophyte teacher, she taught at a city high school that backed up against Mount Olivet Cemetery.
8:41 AM PST, January 20, 2013
The one-time home of Edgar Allan Poe could reopen for visitors as soon as this autumn, according to one of the people in charge of running the tourist attraction.
January 12, 2013
When Vincent Lancisi was 6 years old, his father sat the boy on his lap for a serious conversation.
December 22, 2012
Harrison Demchick is by his own account an optimist. He doesn't think that human society or our ruling institutions have become irredeemably corrupt. He didn't make one single preparation for this past Friday, when the Mayan calendar came to an abrupt — and some would say ominous — halt.
December 15, 2012
In her historical novels, Annapolis author Erika Robuck invents everyday men and women whose lives intersect with those of acclaimed American authors. She figures that fiction is sometimes the best way of learning something true.
10:58 AM PST, December 7, 2012
When author Margaret Meacham was a little girl, she let her imagination soar while perched high in the branches of a buckeye tree in her family's Pittsburgh backyard.
3:17 PM PST, November 14, 2012
A popular program of lending e-readers to patrons of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is expanding to all 22 branches in the system, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday.
December 8, 2012
With its bell tower, arched windows and handsome red-brick facade, the structure at 1427 Light St. looks like what it once was — an elementary school.
November 10, 2012
Junot — and Yunior — are back.
4:52 AM PST, November 14, 2012
Think of Dorry Segev and Sommer Gentry as intellectual magpies.
October 28, 2012
From his seat in a darkened theater, the 14-year-old boy told the performers and his fellow audience members something that had been bugging him for a long time.
4:49 PM PST, November 30, 2012
Larry S. Gibson's book on Thurgood Marshall examines the forces in Baltimore that shaped young judge
Forty-three years of letters, photographs, campaign buttons, itineraries and the occasional miniature flag are crammed into 2,000 fat binders lining three walls — floor to ceiling — of a storage room in the University of Maryland School of Law.
October 27, 2012
Maryland-born author Carol Peacock describes living conditions in the poorest Chinese orphanages with a dispassionate eye.
October 20, 2012
Former Maryland poet laureate Lucille Clifton was a former "Jeopardy" champion who used a Ouija board to communicate with her dead mother. She was a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who as an adult unabashedly celebrated her physical self.
11:11 AM PST, November 11, 2012
Next weekend, visitors to the Baltimore Art Museum's newly renovated Contemporary Wing may find themselves staring up at a hole in the ceiling, their mouths gaping open like fish.
4:23 AM PDT, October 16, 2012
The Walters Art Museum and Johns Hopkins University have received a $50,000 grant to create museum programs aimed at fostering cognitive development in preschoolers.
7:55 PM PDT, October 12, 2012
Baltimore police officers found a woman lying in a Baltimore side street shortly after sunset Friday. She had been shot in the head.
8:12 PM PDT, October 12, 2012
Firefighters were battling a two-alarm blaze that broke out Friday night in a Highlandtown residence.
4:00 PM PDT, October 13, 2012
After cheering on the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Michael Cochran made it back to his Canton home about 3 a.m. Saturday — just in time to steal a few hours of sleep before waking up at 7 to run a half-marathon in the Baltimore Running Festival.
October 8, 2012
For more that two decades, author Emily Bernard has been fascinated by Carl Van Vechten, a white man who played a seminal — and controversial — role in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s.
November 1, 2012
Perhaps the only question more puzzling than who walked away with a Renoir landscape from the Baltimore Museum of Art on a fall weekend in 1951 is who rightfully owns the tiny treasure now.
11:38 AM PST, November 19, 2012
A claim that "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash had sex with a minor has been withdrawn.
1:14 PM PDT, September 16, 2012
The other day, actress Beth Hylton ended up with a friend glued to her face.
November 4, 2012
For Michael Meyerson, the Great Seal of the United States encapsulates the struggle over the relationship between religion and government that has become a defining characteristic of our nation.
October 28, 2012
October 13, 2012
The view of a 16th-century Lisbon street is such a teeming hodgepodge of races, social classes and religions and has so much life on display — much of it mischievous — that's it hard not to smile.
3:30 PM PDT, October 4, 2012
Sometimes the only barrier separating a pastoral paradise from hell on earth is a thin line of birch trees.
October 13, 2012
Kacie Bawiec has been scribbling stories in notebooks since she was in the third grade. And just two weeks ago, the 15-year-old teenager published her first novel, "Silver Dagger."
September 29, 2012
When the British author Chris Cleave published his debut novel, "Incendiary," he fell victim to perhaps the worst historical coincidence ever to afflict an author.
2:30 PM PDT, August 18, 2012
Drive west on Mile Lane in Allegany County, then crest the ridge in the road, and all of a sudden, the big barn on Leaning Pine Farm bursts out of the surrounding countryside like a display of fireworks.
7:10 PM PDT, September 28, 2012
It was the art theft investigation that went nowhere.
5:39 PM PDT, September 21, 2012
When Kwame Kwei-Armah left London to move to Baltimore, he was exploding with questions about this strange land on the other side of the Atlantic, where he was planting not just himself, but also his wife and young son.
10:52 AM PDT, September 16, 2012
Even when Jeffrey Toobin is absolutely, positively, flat-out wrong, it's worth listening to what he has to say about the U.S. Supreme Court.
8:32 AM PDT, July 1, 2012
Like a bee doing a waggle dance to signal a field full of pollen, or a cat rubbing up against a fence post to make a scent chart of its territory, GPS artist Michael Wallace maps out a virtual Baltimore during his bike trips around the city.
5:06 PM PDT, September 27, 2012
A painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir that was recently rediscovered appears to have been stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951.
September 22, 2012
Author Michael Kun may be a bit of an acquired taste. But once readers sample Kun's hilariously off-kilter world view, they're frequently hooked for life.
4:48 PM PDT, September 18, 2012
6:18 PM PDT, September 10, 2012
A "lost" landscape thought to have been painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir will go on the auction block Sept. 29 on behalf of the Baltimore-born woman who purchased the artwork at a West Virginia flea market for $7.
9:37 AM PDT, July 15, 2012
When Robert Marbury was 19 years old, he necked with Ricki Lake on camera. At age 29, he spent a year sailing in Indonesia, where he says his ship was attacked by pirates.
July 31, 2012
Baltimore's cutting-edge theater scene just became a bit less razor-sharp.
8:15 AM PDT, August 27, 2012
"And now you hear the music, but the words don't sound too clear …"
August 25, 2012
The witch had been weeping in the boxwoods for more than half a century before Laura Amy Schlitz picked up her pen and set her free.
3:04 PM PDT, July 21, 2012
From her push-up bra to her square-cut bangs, the woman in the photograph is somehow both squeaky-clean and, in a sexual sense, a little bit dirty.
2:54 PM PDT, June 15, 2012
It's entirely possible that one of the august and influential guest curators for "Public Property," the summer exhibit opening Sunday at the Walters Art Museum, was none other than your plumber. Ditto for your postal carrier and your daughter's softball coach.
1:28 PM PDT, June 10, 2012
Probing ahead of him with his cane, Roger Williamson crossed the Everyman Theatre stage, picked upa human skull that doubled as a candy dish and poked his fingers through the eye sockets. Moments later, he ran his hands over a papier-mache mask described as resembling Eleanor Roosevelt or, alternately, Helen of Troy.
10:58 AM PDT, June 3, 2012
Rebecca Houseknecht was destined to be a star.
June 2, 2012
At a recent screening of the ballet competion documentary "First Position," the audience gasped audibly when, about a third of the way through the movie, Rebecca Houseknecht's hometown — Odenton, Maryland — flashed across the screen.
8:33 PM PDT, July 4, 2012
Braving sweltering heat, strident warnings of roving gangs and a killjoy calendar that let the Fourth of July fall midweek, Marylanders and visitors from around the world flocked to the Inner Harbor Wednesday night to catch their share of rockets' red glare.
11:58 AM PDT, May 31, 2012
Three of the most popular books in America are being kept off the shelves of the Harford County Public Library system because administrators consider them to be pornographic.
11:12 AM PDT, May 26, 2012
Vincent Lancisi stands in a pile of rubble sweating under his hard hat, while all around him — board by board, pipe by pipe and hammer blow by hammer blow — a theater is taking shape.
May 18, 2012
The Preakness is, let's face it, the dark horse on the nation's party planning circuit.
4:08 PM PDT, May 8, 2012
Somewhere the wild things are roaring their terrible roars and gnashing their terrible teeth and rolling their terrible eyes and showing their terrible claws.
May 19, 2012
Gifted with a mother's second sight, Catherine Johnson knew her daughter Jacqueline Green better than the child knew herself.
4:27 PM PDT, May 7, 2012
The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, best known for its summer productions outdoors on the hilltop grounds of the 19th-century Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City, has purchased a historic site for its second home — the 1885 Mercantile Trust & Deposit Co. building in downtown Baltimore.
10:41 AM PDT, May 8, 2012
The Walters Art Museum is donating more than 19,000 images of artworks from its collection to the organization running Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that is created and edited by users.
April 28, 2012
Jonathan Phillip "Sugarfoot" Moffett can practically hear the King of Pop's voice in his head as he practices his drum licks for the Cirque du Soleil show based on the music of Michael Jackson.
1:08 PM PDT, April 27, 2012
When Johns Hopkins Hospital officially opens its new, $1.1 billion building Tuesday, sick children will find a cobalt cow with legs the color of grass and a butter-colored head floating above their heads, poised to jump over a fanciful "moon."
7:51 PM PDT, April 7, 2012
At least one person was injured Saturday night when a two-alarm fire consumed four rowhouses in Dundalk.
6:55 PM PDT, April 3, 2012
A Tarot card might have foretold that Ellwood "Bunky" Bartlett would win $32.6 million in the 2007 lottery.
3:32 PM PDT, April 5, 2012
Walters Museum: Jane Meyerhoff's floral still lifes collection will be donated to the Walters Art Museum by philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff.
May 5, 2012
In 1997, Madeleine Albright couldn't have been more certain that she knew everything important about herself and was in possession of every relevant fact about her life.
11:36 AM PDT, March 30, 2012
Oversized illustrations of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin have begun to spring up on abandoned buildings throughout Baltimore, the work of a street artist protesting the death of the 17-year-old at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer.
8:22 AM PDT, May 8, 2012
There's a fallacy that reporters detest being in the spotlight. If that were really true, articles would be published without bylines. But print journalists have found that it's easier and more fun to ask questions than it is to answer them.
4:03 PM PDT, April 27, 2012
When Johns Hopkins Hospital officially opens its new, $1.1 billion building Tuesday, sick children will find a cobalt cow with legs the color of grass and a butter-colored head floating above their heads, poised to jump over a fanciful "moon."
9:29 PM PDT, March 22, 2012
Coming unstuck in time, Pamela Regis was investigating the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime. When the clocks struck 13, she dreamt she went to ... to Manderley? — no, McDaniel.
12:46 PM PDT, March 30, 2012
Kwame Kwei-Armah is doing his utmost to speed up the transitions.
5:42 AM PST, March 8, 2012
Sure, the yearly switch to daylight saving time always puts some of us into a funk and a fog.
4:46 AM PST, March 1, 2012
Not so long ago, Gina Sager set out to cure her patients by wielding a surgeon's scalpel. Today, her preferred tool is a set of two small brass bells connected by a cord — though these, too, require all the precision and delicacy she can muster.
5:08 PM PST, February 19, 2012
In the old Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill, the congregation on Sunday gave a prayer of thanks for what the Rev. Andrew Foster Connors described as "the new light of hope arising from the Maryland State House."
2:21 PM PST, February 10, 2012
Except for the spout sticking up from its backbone, the reddish-brown clay dog bears a striking resemblance to the Chihauhau curled up in front of your fireplace.
10:47 AM PST, March 8, 2012
Who knew that Baltimore had such happy feet?
2:17 PM PST, February 19, 2012
This summer, the Baltimore artist Robert McClintock can see one of his brightly colored original prints hanging in the prestigious Smithsonian Institution. He just can't get into Artscape.
3:00 PM PST, February 4, 2012
A Sparks woman was killed early Saturday after her car struck a guard rail in Cockeysville.
2:26 PM PST, February 10, 2012
Tony Aveni blames it on the Pilgrims.
6:43 PM PST, January 2, 2012
Business entrepreneur and philanthropist William Polk Carey, who donated more than $100 million to Maryland schools and universities, spent most of his life outside the state, but he never stopped thinking of himself as a Baltimorean.
1:17 PM PST, February 10, 2012
Tony Aveni blames it on the Pilgrims.
12:35 PM PST, February 4, 2012
A man walking near a Towson coffee shop was struck by a car early Saturday and seriously injured.
1:18 PM PST, December 15, 2011
The Walters Art Museum has been putting its stamp on the nation for more than 77 years — but never in quite the way that it's doing this holiday season.
February 16, 2012
The first words the audience hears in "Yellowman" are a vivid evocation of what it's like to toil in summer under the South Carolina sun.
3:50 PM PST, January 21, 2012
Fourteen-year-old Rachel Szpara of Parkville is convinced deep in her heart that at least a few drops of Chinese or Korean blood run through her veins.
11:51 AM PST, February 10, 2012
When she was 12 years old, Christina Lewis Halpern was caught in the collision between great good fortune and terrible luck. And the suddenness and severity of the impact jolted her deeply, though it would take years for her to experience the full effects.
7:25 AM PST, December 10, 2011
A 12-foot-long white banner with black letters has been suction-cupped to the first-floor windows of the former Craig Flinner art gallery at Charles and Centre streets. It reads:
6:06 PM PST, January 13, 2012
3:41 PM PST, February 4, 2012
Mike McGuire, one of the organizers of the Occupy Baltimore protests, left a city-sponsored public budget workshop Saturday morning feeling about as disappointed as a grass-roots activist can feel.
2:47 PM PST, December 6, 2011
Center Stage officials announced Tuesday that they have hired a new managing director with impressive credentials as a fundraiser — Stephen J. Richard, who planned and managed the recent $125 million campaign to renovate Arena Stage in Washington.
4:01 AM PST, February 10, 2012
What if Ricky Ricardo didn't love Lucy?
December 31, 2011
Earle Havens can almost hear their voices.
December 30, 2011
In the past 12 months, some especially high-energy creators have relocated from other metropolises and set up shop within city limits. While a scrappy inventiveness isn't new here — far from it — it could be that the city is reaching a critical mass of innovative thinkers in the arts.
2:05 PM PST, December 5, 2011
When Peabody Institute professor Manuel Barrueco received an email alerting him that he had been nominated for a prestigious fellowship carrying a five-figure cash prize, he assumed it was spam, perhaps a variation of the Nigerian lottery scam, and deleted it.
12:54 PM PST, February 4, 2012
Two people went to the hospital with minor injuries early Saturday after a party in a hall used by the Violetville Volunteer Fire Department got out of hand.
November 19, 2011
Move over, Louvre. Show some respect, Basel's Bibliothek.
2:06 PM PST, January 27, 2012
Even in his first job, Stephen Richard showed a flair for devising unorthodox methods of helping a cash-strapped California theater festival make ends meet.
4:30 PM PDT, October 28, 2011
When painting student Jennifer Tam studied a series of Marcel Duchamp prints of boldly colored, spinning discs, she became convinced that the enigmatic works had to be included in the big new show opening Sundayat the Baltimore Museum of Art.
6:57 AM PST, December 3, 2011
A man with salt-and-pepper hair stood recently in front of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, glaring at an oversized poster promoting a reading Monday night by the cultural critic Touré from his new book, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?"
October 15, 2011
For nearly two centuries, the Maryland Institute College of Art has been known for training painters, sculptors and fashion designers.
October 8, 2011
Five years ago, Shawn Theron was waiting tables and managing the bar of the Joy America Cafe inside the American Visionary Art Museum. Today, his work is hanging on the gallery walls.
November 4, 2011
Starting at sunset Saturday, artist Kelley Bell will place Baltimore's venerable landmark Bromo Seltzer Tower at the exact center of the solar system.
12:43 PM PST, November 14, 2011
A new holiday light show will engulf Power Plant in a celebratory glow. There will be a lantern parade along the Inner Harbor promenade, a workshop to craft handmade ornaments followed by tree decorating, carolers, public cookie-decorating and rides for children in a trackless train.
12:42 PM PST, December 5, 2011
It's official: Gomez has own theater.
5:43 PM PDT, September 22, 2011
Baltimore's book festival got here first.
2:32 PM PDT, September 9, 2011
A spruced-up, more cheerful version of the historic Broadway Market's south shed reopened Friday morning, and customers found such new offerings as Polish dishes made from scratch and food cooked while they wait.
November 12, 2011
Set designer Daniel Ettinger and technical director Bill Jamieson spent months painstakingly constructing a world accurate down to the tiniest detail, from the wallpaper pattern to the electrical sockets.
12:43 PM PDT, October 7, 2011
When Scott Weaver's alcoholic father walked away from his family to live on the streets, the then-9-year-old boy found solace in working on an assignment for his fourth-grade class to a create a sculpture from toothpicks.
3:52 PM PDT, September 28, 2011
Baltimore is being invaded by flying saucers — in fungal form.
2:27 PM PDT, September 23, 2011
Artist Gary Kachadourian loves homely things. He appreciates modest, utilitarian objects that don't call attention to themselves, objects that frequently are described as ugly but that are undeniably functional: Dumpsters, highway barriers, chain-link fences.
4:53 AM PDT, September 6, 2011
More than a week after Hurricane Irene blew through Maryland, power has been restored to almost all public schools in Baltimore, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County.
7:45 PM PDT, September 5, 2011
Barely has Baltimore dried out from Hurricane Irene when the region was put on a flash flood watch through Tuesday evening.
3:48 PM PDT, September 15, 2011
Hurricane Irene apparently was even worse than anyone thought. Forget about downed power lines — the storm knocked out Baltimore's sweet tooth.
5:03 AM PDT, October 27, 2011
When seven former college friends first ventured inside the former shoe factory at 306 W. Redwood St., it was filled with junk and there were holes in the floor.
12:33 PM PDT, September 3, 2011
7:21 PM PDT, September 5, 2011
What 11-year-old Christa Stargill wanted to do most on the last day of the 2011 Maryland State Fair wasn't to ride the giant slide or to eat an ice cream cone or even to attend an informative discussion about bedbugs.
4:02 PM PDT, October 14, 2011
Twelve years ago, Walters Art Museum curator Will Noel opened a parcel and discovered what he calls "Archimedes' brain in a box."
September 10, 2011
Lonni Sue Johnson spends every spare moment creating word puzzles superimposed on elaborate grids. The moment she puts one down, she starts on the next. In not quite three years, she has amassed a stack of paper that is 15 feet high.
2:09 PM PDT, August 19, 2011
To rebuild her life, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson had to destroy her reputation.
7:41 AM PDT, September 2, 2011
Now that Baltimore's debut Grand Prix is just days away, the trash talk is revving up by the hour. And that's not counting the race car drivers.
9:28 AM PDT, August 8, 2011
After Crystal Langdon checks out 22 books from her library on Reisterstown Road on Wednesday, she plans to carry them home on the Metro in her purse.
11:34 AM PDT, August 24, 2011
The city Board of Estimates selected a Maryland firm Wednesday morning to come up with a plan to make Baltimore's historic Edgar Allan Poe House self-sufficient by next July.
5:45 PM PDT, September 5, 2011
More than a week after Hurricane Irene blew through Maryland, power has been restored to all public schools in Baltimore, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County.
9:48 AM PDT, May 19, 2011
The crew of Urban Pirates has just a few simple expectations for the would-be Baltimore buccaneers it takes aboard for its adults-only, BYOG (bring your own grog) cruises:
1:30 PM PDT, August 5, 2011
For actor Hugo Weaving, the distance between his farm in Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles isn't just 7,500 miles, give or take. It's the distance between his identities as a pop culture icon and as a conservatory-trained actor who revels in the classical canon.
11:12 AM PDT, April 21, 2011
The novel "Crime and Punishment" is a gripping, modern psychodrama, a masterpiece of tension and suspense.
7:14 PM PDT, July 13, 2011
Thirteen-year-old Alexander Williams was always so reluctant to read that his school arranged to get him special help. But he felt differently about the stories when they were told on a big screen.
5:58 PM PDT, July 30, 2011
Seven years after the Hippodrome Theatre reopened with a citywide celebration and an outpouring of civic optimism, the historic venue is struggling, beset by exorbitant utility expenses and an audience that is seemingly deserting in droves.
2:12 PM PST, November 11, 2010
January 31, 2010
It probably won't surprise Duff Goldman's many fans that a power drill will make an appearance next weekend when the master cake baker takes on Michael Symon in "Iron Chef America."
4:21 PM PDT, May 13, 2011
Viewers see first the beast's ravenous mouth, with six fangs increasing in size and as pointed as daggers. The fiend is wearing a "Vote" button with an image of the American flag, and its tail snakes into a dollar sign.
11:26 AM PDT, July 9, 2011
Kathy Hornig's "to do" list for the week includes closing down 12 of the busiest streets in Baltimore — Mount Royal Avenue, Charles Street, Cathedral Street and others — for most of a week.
5:08 PM PDT, August 29, 2011
Practically the second that the Towson Town Center opened at 10 a.m. Monday, Theresa Hall burst through the doors with her two children and 4-year-old nephew, in search of hot food and toilets that flushed.
8:50 AM PST, January 24, 2011
This summer, MacArthur Award-winning choreographer Liz Lerman will leave the Takoma Park, Maryland troupe she founded in 1976 to pursue solo projects in dancing and writing.
October 9, 2010
There's a Kelly green aerial lift parked in the lobby of the Senator Theatre, and a steady sound of scraping as an art restoration expert in the auditorium carefully extracts paint samples from the proscenium arch flanking the stage.
1:36 PM PDT, May 18, 2011
Fans of the Baltimore-area band Pirates for Sail are accustomed to song titles like "Time Flyes When You're Havin' Rum."
1:49 PM PDT, April 29, 2011
Before "The Nate Berkus Show" arranged for a dramatic makeover, M'Salla and Felicia Wilks and their two daughters were prisoners of their own backyard.
1:17 PM PDT, May 4, 2011
When is it OK to catch some shut-eye on the job?
9:00 PM PDT, September 27, 2010
Baltimorean David Simon, whose groundbreaking television series "The Wire" examined the institutions of his hometown with a passionate and unsparing eye, today won a 2010 MacArthur "genius" award.
11:33 AM PST, January 23, 2011
The proprietor of Handbags in the City has a fashion sense that favors the classical, whether he's wearing a belted Burberry trench coat with a standup collar, lounging in a Mulberry cashmere sweater or modeling a jacket lined with shearling.
2:41 PM PDT, July 1, 2011
The boy in the black leotard was throwing yet another temper tantrum.
11:32 AM PDT, June 8, 2011
The table in Jack Samuels' Fells Point office is piled two feet high with books, papers, scientific journals and grant applications.
4:24 PM PDT, July 20, 2011
Tim McFadden stepped outside his glass-blowing studio to cool off. At 3 p.m., the temperature along that particular stretch of Eastern Avenue was only 96 degrees.
7:26 AM PDT, July 22, 2010
It really was the last picture show.
6:05 AM PDT, May 8, 2011
Kwame Kwei-Armah has a way of pulling others into his gravitational field, whirling them around and then depositing them in a place at some distance from where they started out.
1:25 PM PDT, April 22, 2011
At a time when much of the English-speaking world is fixated on the royal wedding, it's worth pointing out that if it weren't for the original Baltimore bad girl, Wallis Warfield Simpson, Friday's nuptials might not be taking place.
2:20 PM PDT, March 18, 2011
You have to study the piece called "Inversion" for a minute to fully appreciate the joke.
11:39 AM PST, February 11, 2011
To understand the appeal of sacred relics, which have caused wars and attracted devout pilgrims for nearly a millennium, look no further than Babe Ruth's bat.
2:55 PM PDT, April 14, 2011
Zoe, a 16-year-old giraffe at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, died Thursday after receiving anesthesia during a medical procedure. The reticulated giraffe was a favorite of visitors who occasionally were allowed to feed her
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