February 1, 2011
Centuries collide at The Obladi hotel on Main Street, but instead of an explosion, a harmonic convergence was created by owners T. Garland and Zan Wilson. What they made was a little piece of heaven. “We were going with the 1968 Beatles in India vibe,” says Wilson, pointing out the mural of henna-painted hands in the lobby and a sofa covered in wasabi-colored leather. Yes, their hotel is named after Beatles song “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” and, yes, the faces of George, John, Paul and Ringo grace the walls over fireplaces in each of the four guest rooms.
October 7, 2010
"I'm interested in expressing myself in a way that will mean something to people in any country, in any language, and at any time in history. " From "Lennon Remembers" John Lennon would have been 70 tomorrow. The movie "Imagine" will be aired as the tiresome, hagiographic view of Lennon persists. Cynics will dismiss the birthday as another pathetic occasion for baby-boomer nostalgia about the 1960s. Some enthusiasts will remind us that Lennon was a rebel with a cause — to be in a great rock band.
August 29, 2010
As summer winds down, Marylanders can rev up for one more huzzah in the form of Abbey Road on the River, said to be the largest Beatles tribute festival in the world, which lands at National Harbor this week. The five-day event, staged originally in Kentucky, is expected to draw large crowds to the Potomac riverfront from Thursday through Labor Day. "We're going to have five stages and over 40 bands, and we'll be screening two movies," said event producer Gary Jacob, adding that the plan is to make the festival an annual event in the area.
December 10, 2009
Gerry Kreml, the advance voice of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, died of Alzheimer's disease complications Dec. 4 at her Catonsville home. She was 91. Attired in a leopard-print coat, Mrs. Kreml swept into Baltimore newspaper offices, television and radio stations with handfuls of circus passes in the 1970s. She would typically begin her greeting with, "Darling. How have you been? It's so-o-o-o good to see you. Wait 'til you see the circus this year." She broke gender barriers as a circus promoter who drummed up business weeks ahead of the greatest show.
November 5, 2009
When it comes to cover bands, Sid n Susie are a notch above the rest. The duo features Susanna Hoffs, singer and guitarist for The Bangles, as well as singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet. Together, they recorded an album of '60s songs called "Under the Covers Vol. 1" in 2006. This year, they followed it up with "Under the Covers Vol. 2," which features '70s covers. Sid n Susie will perform Sunday at the Birchmere in Alexandria, and Monday at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis. Here, Hoffs talks about meeting Sweet and how they selected the songs for their two albums.
August 23, 2009
The Beatles' London: A Guide to 467 Beatles Sites Interlink Books, $20: It appears that the Beatles left their collective footprints on every inch of London. With this remarkable guide, authors Piet Schreuders, Mark Lewisohn and Adam Smith have certainly done their homework. From Soho and Islington to Chelsea and Kensington, as well as the outer regions, the guide features detailed information on where the Beatles lived and played and where some of their most well-known photographs were taken.