November 23, 2003
When Donna Summer answers the phone at her Nashville home, her greeting is gravelly. The "hello" sounds almost muffled. It's around 9 a.m., and apparently her voice hasn't awakened yet. She won't be home too long, anyway, because there's more road work to do. For weeks, she's been traveling the country, doing a round of morning shows, daytime talk shows, a little radio. Surely you've heard by now that the woman known in the '70s as the First Lady of Love and the Queen of Disco has published a memoir called Ordinary Girl: The Journey.
February 26, 1999
As the operator of four McDonald's restaurants in Howard County, Cathy Bell spends a lot of time thinking about how to improve service and boost business.She was doing just that one day last summer when the lyrics of Donna Summer's 1983 hit, "She Works Hard for the Money," ran through her head. Why not use it for a McDonald's commercial? she asked herself.The 41-year-old Columbia woman's brainstorm has turned into a new $1 million-plus McDonald's television and radio advertising campaign that's being launched today in 10 U.S. markets, including Baltimore, Boston, New York, Hartford, Conn.
July 10, 2008
Donna Summer With her sassy lyrics and brassy sound, Donna Summer rose to the top during the disco era, winning Grammys and racking up hits. Her singles "Bad Girls" and "She Works Hard For the Money" became anthems for women in the '70s, and after the debut of Crayons in May, she hopes to get a whole new generation grooving to her music. The Queen of Disco takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $29-$75. Call 410-783-4189 or go to piersixpavilion.
October 11, 2011
With a few shards of glass, tile and other discarded bits, Loring Cornish can re-create his world into a shimmering mosaic wonderland. After growing up in Reservoir Hill and studying at Morgan State University, he has established himself as an artist, though not one who's conventionally trained. His distinct style and passion for mosaics is always visible - his own two rowhouses in Reservoir Hill are covered with multi-colored tiles and glass shards. Cornish's work has appeared in shows and museums across the country, including the American Visionary Art Museum and the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
June 5, 2008
Just announced Disney Music Block Party -- featuring They Might Be Giants, Dan Zanes, Ralph's World, Choo Choo Soul, and host, Raven Symone, Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia July 29-30. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Eagles -- Verizon Center in Washington on July 26. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. Also, New Kids on the Block are there on Oct. 2. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Monday. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Cinderella -- Pier Six Pavilion on July 22. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.
May 20, 2008
ANYWHERE I LAY MY HEAD Scarlett Johansson Sun Grade: C+ Film actress and critical darling Scarlett Johansson started nurturing a career in music two years ago. She appeared on Unexpected Dreams: Songs From the Stars, a 2006 charity album, crooning the George Gershwin standard "Summertime." Soon afterward, Rhino, the label that released the CD, approached Johansson with a recording contract. For her debut release, the blond beauty decided to do a concept album. Well, sort of. Anywhere I Lay My Head is a suite of Tom Waits songs that loosely centers on traveling.