July 29, 2009
Felton Barner retired in late 2007 after spending 30 years in the information technology industry. But the 60-year-old Columbia resident didn't stay retired for too long. Earlier this year, Barner decided to pursue his lifelong interest in photography; he opened an art gallery business in May. Peter Van Buren, too, was ready for a new start after a 25-year career in wine sales. Finding a company that matched his passion in promoting environmental sustainability proved challenging, though.
June 2, 2009
Music Secret, Profane & Sugarcane *** (3 stars) Elvis Costello Elvis Costello has never been one to shrink from a challenge, and on his new album, he has taken on a big one, a song cycle of sorts incorporating themes that wind like the muddy Mississippi through the cultural legacy of the American South and the tragic secrets and varied stripes of love - obsessive, unrequited and misfired. Some songs can be as straightforward as classic country. With country queen Loretta Lynn, Costello wrote "I Felt the Chill Before the Winter Came," a dark scenario of a faithless man losing his grip on the woman he sinned for. Others are as art-song sophisticated as "She Was No Good," inspired by 19th-century European singing star Jenny Lind's tour of the U.S. Mystery abounds in oblique stories such as "Hidden Shame."
May 31, 2009
TV 'The Tonight Show: with Conan O'Brien': Heeere's Conan! The offbeat host is back on the air at a new time and on a new coast. NBC might have a glut of late shows, but this is the one to watch. (The others, not so much.) Tune in for guests Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam at 11:35 p.m. Monday on WBAL, Channel 11. FILM Dudefest: A modest hit when it came out in the '90s, The Big Lebowski is now a cult classic. So the Creative Alliance is paying homage, rolling out bathrobes and bowling to celebrate all things Dude.
May 17, 2009
A night at the symphony is the most sought-after concert ticket in town this week. But while conductor Marin Alsop and her Baltimore orchestra will be on stage, they're not exactly the main draw. That would be Trey Anastasio, the guitarist and vocalist best known as the frontman of Phish, which enjoys a devoted fan base not seen since the Grateful Dead. On Thursday, Anastasio will perform the East Coast premiere of Time Turns Elastic, a 30-minute piece that blends electric guitar and vocal solos into a rich orchestral fabric.
September 23, 2008
9:40 p.m. [Encore] Checking the cast list in this Will Ferrell NASCAR movie, you see lots of people playing themselves - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip, Jamie McMurray, Wally Dallenbach, Elvis Costello. (Elvis Costello?) But you don't see Tony Stewart. Could it be that the producers were afraid Stewart might sock Ferrell (right)in the mouth?
September 27, 2007
Music legend Bob Dylan brings decades of classic music to Merriweather Post Pavilion tomorrow night. Singer, songwriter, musician, poet and author, Dylan performs some of the most well-known popular music of all time on the brink of his greatest-hits album release. Elvis Costello and Amos Lee will also play the show, which starts at 7 p.m. Merriweather is at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $40-$125. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticket master.com.