November 25, 2007
Shrek the Halls, a new Christmas special featuring that cash cow of an ogre from the big screen, has yet to be shown on TV, but ABC is already calling it an "instant classic." Foolish me, I thought it was the audience that determines which shows are classics -- and that such calls are made only after decades of joyous viewing. Still, as bombastic as the claim might be, it prompts the question as to what makes for a holiday TV classic -- especially this week with the arrival of wall-to-wall, prime-time Christmas programming.
December 21, 2006
Downloaded singles 1.Irreplaceable, Beyonce 2.Say It Right, Nelly Furtado 3.Fergalicious, Fergie 4.How to Save a Life, The Fray 5.All I Want for Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey [ITUNES] Downloaded albums 1.Wintersong, Sarah McLachlan 2.Let It Snow! EP, Michael Buble 3.A Charlie Brown Christmas (remastered), Vince Guaraldi Trio 4.Daughtry (bonus track), Daughtry 5.The Inspiration (bonus track version), Young Jeezy [ITUNES] Downloaded TV episodes 1.A Benihana Christmas, Parts 1 and 2, The Office 2.The Eye of Jupiter, Battlestar Galactica 3.The Passage, Battlestar Galactica 4.The Convict, The Office 5.Fallout, Heroes [ITUNES]
December 3, 2005
All Day Buck Stops / Dozens of Baltimore attractions, including numerous museums, the Maryland Zoo, the Maryland Science Center and the Top of the World observation level at the World Trade Center, offer admission for $1 or less during certain hours (also tomorrow at some attractions). Go online to godowntownbaltimore.com or call 410-244-1030. 9 a.m. Classic Cars / Warm up with hot rods at the East Coast Indoor Nationals Car Show. About 300 pre-1973 cars will be featured, along with a marketplace, Santa and celebrities.
November 25, 2004
The Carroll County Arts Council will hold its seventh annual "Festival of Wreaths" Wednesday through Dec. 5 at the Carroll Arts Center in downtown Westminster. The festival will feature a record 200 theme wreaths on display for a five-day silent auction. All proceeds benefit Arts Council programs. In addition to bidding on wreaths, people are invited to vote for their favorite. Awards in several categories will be presented the afternoon of Dec. 4. These original wreaths are adorned with a wide array of items and decorations, including $50 bills, Lance Armstrong LiveStrong bracelets, wine corks, books and stuffed animals.
August 9, 2001
It's August, and things are getting mighty interesting over at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. For even as the old Washington Senators are winning the pennant nightly in the theater's excellent production of Damn Yankees, there have been sightings of a canine, World War I flying ace piloting his doghouse over the skies of France. A little boy has been heard singing to his security blanket, of all things, while a young musician plunks out Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on a toy piano as he is harassed by the terminal fussbudget who adores him. All this can mean one thing: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus and the gang have taken up residence at the area's premier dinner theater where the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown will play for several performances through the month.
November 29, 2000
Christmas has to have holly, mistletoe - and holiday specials featuring the likes of Kathie Lee Gifford, Martha Stewart and Donny and Marie. Over the years, a handful of holiday favorites have emerged, thanks to the inspired work of writers and performers ranging from Dr. Seuss and Frank Capra to Jean Shepherd and Sonny and Cher. And thanks to the magic of TV, we get to relive the experience of watching them every year. For those hoping TV will help sustain that holiday mood over the coming weeks, here are 10 movies or television shows worth scheduling time for. The list is far from exhaustive - heck, the hopelessly addicted could probably spend four or five TV hours a day immersed in yuletide cheer right up to Christmas evening - but for the choosy, this is the way to go: "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24, Cartoon Network)