February 26, 2010
In the best-known number from the 1944 musical "On the Town," the northern and southern parameters of New York are succinctly defined: "The Bronx is up, but the Battery's down." For a great idea of a less-celebrated, intensely vibrant neighborhood in between, check out the 2008 Tony Award-winning musical "In the Heights," at the Hippodrome. Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also contributed the music and lyrics (winning another of the work's four Tonys), this fusion of good old-fashioned showbiz with a contemporary urban/Latin beat is as light and irresistible as a piragua - the Puerto Rican snow cone peddled way uptown in Washington Heights.
January 31, 2010
Could a production titled "Daddy's Girl" by a little-known playwright from Kansas offer rewarding theater? Gary Ray Stapp, who wrote his first play in 2003, sets this story - staged by Bowie Community Theater - in an eatery called Maudie's Diner and fills it with masterful one-liners and amusingly quirky characters. "Daddy's Girl" follows 25-year widower and diner proprietor Benard Muloovy as he tries to identify his long-lost daughter. A portrait of Benard's wife, Maudie, hangs on the diner wall, talking to him and enlisting the help of an angel to reunite her husband with their child Elizabeth.
January 17, 2010
Asia Miller plans to dedicate her Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to serving others. She feels that it will be the best way to honor the slain civil rights leader's memory. She's not alone. Hundreds of Baltimore City students and staff are expected to participate Monday in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The event, which is in its first year, will allow students, staff and parents to complete organized service projects dedicated to the memory of the leader. "This honors his memory because he really fought for equality for everyone," said Miller, a 17-year-old junior at Western High School.
December 2, 2009
In the middle of his oyster and beer lunch inside Lexington Market, Melvin Burgess got word that Mayor Sheila Dixon had been found guilty of a single charge of embezzlement, then proceeded to debate the closest person with a dissenting opinion. Burgess had never met Beverly Turner, but the topic made for good fodder, with Burgess calling the conviction no big deal and Turner showing no sympathy for the beleaguered Baltimore Democrat. It was a conversation that took place throughout corners of the market and the city, between residents captivated by the more than two-week trial.
November 29, 2009
Y ou made it through Black Friday. Now comes Act II: Cyber Monday. That's when everyone is back at work in front of their computer and shopping online. Many retailers will offer deals for this day only. And all sorts of sites have popped up to help nimble-fingered shoppers compare prices and take advantage of online coupons and promotions. But as you rush online to snatch up deals, scammers will be lurking there, too, hoping to catch you off-guard and steal your information.