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April 9, 2010
Baltimore was not one of the cities invited to compete for a federal grant that would have helped it explore the feasibility of creating an arts and entertainment district on the west side of downtown, but local arts leaders say they hope to find alternative funds to continue their study. The matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts would have given Baltimore up to $250,000 to determine whether to create the arts district and to evaluate the success of existing arts districts in Station North and Highlandtown.
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NEWS
October 4, 2014
Let's once and for all put to rest the idea that athletes and entertainers are "role models. " Every time I read or hear a parent say their son or daughter "really looks up to (fill in the blank)," I just want to vomit. I am not sure when this idea of celebrities "role models" came about, but it is time for it to end. Just because these individuals are high-profile doesn't mean they are worthy of admiration. They are highly paid and excel in their fields, but they are also human and can make poor decisions just like the rest of us. In just the last month Baltimore has seen no less than three high-profile athletes dominate the national news for making very stupid decisions.
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NEWS
February 9, 2011
Thank you for your extensive coverage of recent animal cruelty cases in Baltimore — I hope it raises awareness of the problem and convinces those with the power to do so to make sure more animals do not suffer at the hands of these barbarians. I am 91 years old, a life-long Baltimore resident, and I am sickened and heartbroken to think that anyone — especially children — would treat an animal the way Phoenix, Mittens, Rainbow and so many others have been tortured, maimed or killed.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
How much do you know about the week's new events? Or the geography of the Middle East? Or Batman movies? Coleman Anderson and his partner, Andrew Schuster, are betting a few hundred thousand of their investors' dollars that whatever you know, you'll want to test yourself, and that you're willing to spend time in the pursuit on their new website: Newsup. "The goal really is to make news a more meaningful experience for folks," especially young people, said Anderson, the chief marketing officer, who is 29. The site — http://www.newsup.me — presents news about national and world events, entertainment and sports in the form of an array of brief quizzes on a particular topic.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2011
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge ruled Monday that a Federal Hill magic bar will be allowed to keep its live entertainment license, despite objections from the 300-member neighborhood association. The Federal Hill Neighborhood Association challenged Illusions Magic Bar & Lounge's live entertainment license, which was granted by the city in June, claiming that residents' lives have been disrupted by the noise, parking and crime from Illusions and other nearby bars and clubs. Ken Horsman, who owns Illusions with his son, Spencer, applied for the license last year under the city's new live-entertainment zoning rules in order to host vaudeville-style acts, such as jugglers and comedians, he said.
NEWS
August 2, 1995
Nothing better illustrates today's vast changes in electronics and entertainment than the mega-merger of Disney and ABC. The $19 billion acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC by the Walt Disney Co. is revolutionary in terms of pop culture and home entertainment. In retrospect it should not have been a surprise, because its attractions are so obvious. Strategically, the two giants are a perfect fit: They complement each other with little duplication. Mergers like this are a tycoon's dream.But is this a dream or nightmare for everyone else?
NEWS
By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES | December 24, 2008
Live from 'SNL,' Tina Fey is 2008's top entertainer Tina Fey was voted the Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year, an honor given annually to the performer who had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment for the year. Robert Downey Jr., whose comeback was capped with the blockbuster Iron Man, finished second, and Heath Ledger, who posthumously wowed audiences as the Joker in The Dark Knight, was third. But it was Fey, 38, who most impressed voters (newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2010
In a slow season, a reporter of restaurant news will take to scouring the Baltimore City License Board's notice of transfers and even, occasionally, the want ads under Hospitality on Craigslist, hoping that a new restaurant has posted hiring notices. And that's how this turned up: "Entertainer who plays the piano/synthesizer and sings is wanted nightly from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the Da Mimmo Cocktail Lounge." Mary Ann Cricchio, owner of Da Mimmo (217 S. High St., 410-727-6876, damimmo.
NEWS
December 23, 1990
WESTMINSTER - Looking for a different gift idea? The American Heart Association is selling the Entertainment '91 books for $35.The books include discount coupons for restaurants, movies, sporting events, dry cleaning, film developing, hotels and more.To purchase books, call 876-1029 or stop by the AHA office at 280 E.Main St.
FEATURES
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | January 8, 1994
Everybody has heard about the information highway and its potential for changing the way we live, work and communicate. But there are many things we don't know about it yet -- like when it will arrive, where it will take us, and what we'll do when we get there.It shouldn't come as any shock, then, that those questions loom large in the minds of the manufacturers, retailers and consultants gathered here for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). But the answers they've come up with are surprising.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Kevin Luskin comes from a Baltimore-based retail family known for building businesses on cutting-edge home products. Today, it's curved-screen, smart televisions. But at one time it was refrigerators. Luskin's father, Jack, and uncle, Joe, started the Luskins' home appliance business after World War II by convincing consumers to switch from iceboxes to refrigerators. Jack Luskin eventually expanded into electronics and grew to 60 stores in 21 states with the help of his famous slogan, "The Cheapest Guy in Town.
ENTERTAINMENT
Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
This year in particular should be a time of reflection for Perry Farrell, and yet the lead singer of Jane's Addiction can only seem to think ahead. In late August, “Nothing's Shocking” - the Los Angeles quartet's first studio album that helped lead alternative rock, with singles like “Jane Says” and “Mountain Song,” to its fruitful '90s - turned 25. Following a current touring trend, Jane's Addiction performed the record in its entirety earlier this year in Las Vegas and England.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Kevin Frazier's latest gig starts this evening, Sept. 9, as he takes over as co-anchor of the syndicated entertainment news show “Entertainment Tonight.” Formerly of TV's “The Insider,” Frazier, 50, will share hosting duties with "ET" veteran Nancy O'Dell. He replaces Rob Marciano, who left the show in July to join ABC News and “Good Morning America.” “Kevin lives and breathes entertainment news; he is the ultimate professional and has a phenomenal relationship with Nancy,” Brad Bessey, executive producer of “Entertainment Tonight,” says in a story that ran in Variety when Frazier's arrival was announced.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Paul Manna got his start booking wedding bands for $50 a week plus 15 percent to 20 percent commission. It was a way into music, which he knew he wanted, but it wasn't quite right. "My heart wasn't in booking wedding bands," said Manna, who, at 47, still remembers vividly the thrill of his first concert when he was 15 — Ted Nugent at the Civic Center in Baltimore. Since he started 24-7 Entertainment in 1997, he's been working to provide that excitement for audiences, booking about 100 shows a year in the Baltimore area.
FEATURES
By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
At the end of a long driveway in the Reisterstown development of Chestnut Woods, an all-brick and gabled home sits on 1.75 acres of picturesque landscaping in front of a tranquil wooded area. With its 6,630 square feet of interior living space, 2609 Chestnut Woods Court is a great home for a family or those who love to entertain. "The exterior is Colonial, but the interior showcases a contemporary layout," said Michael Schiff, listing agent with Keller Williams Realty Baltimore.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
A glance at Chesapeake Arts Center's upcoming schedule indicates an exciting season beginning in September, with entertainment to attract audiences with diverse tastes in music, theater and star attractions. Chesapeake recently received $20,000 through a community grant from Maryland Live casino, and executive director Belinda Fraley Huesman has big plans to broaden CAC's revitalization. That effort began in earnest in November, when Chesapeake's Studio 194 Theatre in Brooklyn Park hosted Bay Theatre Company's Wine and Words reading of "Love, Loss and What I Wore," drawing an overflow audience.
FEATURES
By Mary Maushard | August 16, 1991
MARYLANDERS are invited to celebrate children and families this weekend at the state's first Kids' Convention at Towson State University.With a flourish of entertainment, activities for children and programs for parents, the convention hopes to promote education, spotlight services for families and present a forum for the exchange of ideas on family issues. The convention is sponsored by the Governor's Office of Children, Youth and Families and area businesses.Children's activities include a variety of art projects, displays by the Baltimore Zoo and the National Aquarium and hands-on exhibits from the Maryland Science Center.
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | August 31, 1994
These are pretty heady times for ABC's "Monday Night Football," and why not?MNF remains the biggest weekly spectacle in televised sports, garnering ratings high enough to keep the show in the Nielsen prime-time top 10 for the past four years.And when the curtain goes up on the show's 25th season Monday night, as the San Francisco 49ers play host to the Los Angeles Raiders, the home-viewing audience will find basically the same formula that has yielded big dividends to this point."On Monday night, we have a special mandate.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
Prestige television has some inherent advantageous over movies: With dozens of hours to tell a story, TV can develop characters with the same depth as novels.  But, now and then, television also can beat movies at their own game: Delivering a blockbuster thrill-ride. Sunday's “Game of Thrones” episode, called “The Watchers on the Wall,” was one of those times. Just as they did for Season 2's best episode “Blackwater,” HBO show-runners brought in Neil Marshall to direct what was essentially an hour-long war movie.
NEWS
June 6, 2014
The 27th annual Columbia Festival of the Arts brings eclectic entertainment to Howard County from June 13 to 28. This year's edition also has a thematic title, "Bringing It Home," that calls attention to the festival's hometown status. There are at least a few reasons why the festival seems to be taking stock of its place in the cultural life of Howard County. Starting at the top, Nichole Hickey, who has been the festival's executive director for the past 10 years, is retiring after this year's festival.
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