December 17, 2000
She's difficult to categorize -- and proud of it. In a career spanning more than five decades, Eartha Kitt has been a member of the first major African-American dance troupe, an international cabaret singer (performing in 10 languages), an author of three autobiographies, and an actress with theater and screen credits ranging from Helen of Troy in Orson Welles' stage production of "Faust" to Catwoman on the 1960s ABC-TV series "Batman." People magazine dubbed her "one of entertainment's most enduring -- and enigmatic -- icons."
December 21, 2000
The shoe fits. Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote "Cinderella" for television, but the theatrical touring version now at the Mechanic Theatre suits this 1957 musical as perfectly as a dainty foot gliding into a custom-made glass slipper. The production - adapted for the stage by Tom Briggs and directed by Gabriel Barre - isn't just a charming diversion for the kids at holiday time, however. It's also got a dash of sass and sophistication, as well as a new theme about the Fairy Godmother's relationship to Cinderella, which contributes an added level of poignancy.
October 14, 1991
In what amounts to more fair warning than you normally expect from Hollywood, "Ernest Scared Stupid" opens with Ernest P. Worrell in a pile of garbage. The recycled trash that follows is, therefore, no surprise.When last encountered, in "Ernest Goes to Jail," Ernest had entered a plea of inanity and was in the slammer. Unfortunately, he's now back on the streets, free to continue his one-man dumbing of America. In demeanor and deportment, Ernest still looks like someone you might find passed out under the stadium seats in the final quarter of a pro football game.
March 8, 2007
Switchfoot -- Rams Head Live / Since the release of its 2003 double-platinum hit The Beautiful Letdown, Switchfoot has been steadily proving itself. Drawing inspiration from talents such as U2, Michael Jackson, the Beatles and Miles Davis, the band prides itself on diversity and instrumental experimentation. The group performs with the Florida band Copeland at 7 p.m. Sunday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, Baltimore. Tickets are $22.50 -$25. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.
November 18, 2002
Eddie Bracken, 87, a stage and film comedian who spent more than 70 years in show business, died Thursday in Montclair, N.J., of complications after surgery. Born and raised in New York, Mr. Bracken was best known for his roles in The Miracle of Morgan's Creek and Hail the Conquering Hero, both released in 1944 and directed by Preston Sturges. His start in show business came at age 9, when he appeared in "Kiddie Troupers," a New York rival of the "Our Gang" comedies. After moving to Hollywood in 1940, Mr. Bracken signed with Paramount.
January 23, 1992
JUST ANNOUNCED: The Ellis Marsalis and Marcus Roberts evening of solo and duo piano originally advertised for March 15 will take place Feb. 15 at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Call (410) 263-5019.THE CAPITAL CENTRE, Landover: Dire Straits, Feb. 24. Call (410) 481-SEAT.MEYERHOFF SYMPHONY HALL, 1212 Cathedral St.: The Big Band Salute to Benny Goodman on Feb. 12; Mel Torme appears with Maureen McGovern on Feb. 25. Roberta Flack, Feb. 29. Call (410) 783-8000.