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By Chris Kaltenbach and Tess Russell and Chris Kaltenbach and Tess Russell,SUN STAFF WRITERS | June 11, 2003
This week, Baltimore's movie scene welcomes back two figures absent from its screens for too long: legendary Hollywood choreographer Busby Berkeley and legendary local cinephile George Figgs. Figgs, known to area movie fans as the operator of Fells Point's Orpheum theater until its closing in 1999, is bringing his love of old movies back to the masses. Tonight at the rejuvenated Patterson movie house, home to Highlandtown's Creative Alliance arts group, his weekly Orpheum Film Series kicks off with a screening of MGM's Million Dollar Mermaid.
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October 17, 2008
Esther Mae Williams Davis, December 9, 1941 to October 10, 2008, age 66, went to be with the Lord on Friday morning, October 10, 2008 after a long illness. At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing of the remains. The grave-side memorial service will be held at King Memorial Park, 8710 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday October 18th from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. Donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of Esther M. Davis. The family is receiving cards in c/o Mrs. Kim W. Barnes, 2404 Adventura Lane E. , Wilson, NC 27893.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | July 30, 1999
Charlie Doble looks like the Falstaff of synchronized swimming as he rehearses for today's water ballet at the Patterson Park pool.He's well-rounded, a bit grizzled and good-humored. He's 49, a construction estimator for the Neighborhood Housing Services, and he's wearing the blue trunks with the red sequins that are his ballet costume."We're not really synchronized," he says. "We're damn near close to drowning, but we're having a great time."Eight guys, six women and a dozen kids practice in the deep-water pool for "Water Shorts!
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun reporter | June 15, 2008
Fashion-savvy bathing beauties know that what was sexy yesterday can look a little tarty today. Especially when one of the hottest trends this summer is more conservative, vintage-inspired swimwear from designer lines like Betsey Johnson, Trina Turk and Juicy Couture. The one-piece suit is making a comeback in a big way -- across the board from all manufacturers. Of course, there are still lots of skimpy bikinis to be seen at pools and beaches this summer, but those who really want to be fashion-forward are going retro.
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By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,Evening Sun Staff | December 3, 1991
ESTHER WILLIAMS doesn't stop at one volunteer job, she takes on several. She shelves books at the Forest Park Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library and works with blood donors to the Red Cross. For 11 years she volunteered to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.Retired from the Social Security Administration in 1978, Williams is quick to tell you that the library where she volunteers is Branch No. 14, but she won't give out any numbers for her age. She smothers a chuckle when she says, ''I'm one year younger than my sister.
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By MARIA BLACKBURN and MARIA BLACKBURN,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2000
They strut. They spin. They sashay. Carroll County's newest drill team performs the kind of synchronized precision moves customariy seen during 'N Sync concerts and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This isn't your ordinary drill team, however. They're librarians pushing library carts. In unison. In public. The Eldersburg Library Cart Drill Team isn't the best drill team you'll ever see. The fIve librarians rehearsing in the library parking lot Thursday after-noon stumbled at times, occasionally losing the beat and their hold on their wobbly beige metal carts.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun reporter | June 15, 2008
Fashion-savvy bathing beauties know that what was sexy yesterday can look a little tarty today. Especially when one of the hottest trends this summer is more conservative, vintage-inspired swimwear from designer lines like Betsey Johnson, Trina Turk and Juicy Couture. The one-piece suit is making a comeback in a big way -- across the board from all manufacturers. Of course, there are still lots of skimpy bikinis to be seen at pools and beaches this summer, but those who really want to be fashion-forward are going retro.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | September 27, 1993
The trick in life is to know when to get on and when to get off. It's a little late, but I'm getting off "Seinfeld."I don't want to, but I've got to.Like many of you, I want nothing more from life than to be hip. Like some of you, I am 40-something, meaning it's getting harder every day.An example: I knew I'd heard the name, Toad the Wet Sprocket, but my daughter had to tell me it was a '90s rock group. You see. How would I know?But some things I do know.I knew "Seinfeld" early. Saw the man do stand-up in person, early, way early.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 3, 2002
Fluid Movement is so quintessentially Bawlamer, so uncomplicatedly good-hearted, that when it's over, all you want to do is wrap your arms around it and call it Hon. This 22-minute documentary from Baltimore native Beth Pacunas, set for a screening at 6 tonight at the Charles as part of the Maryland Film Festival, lets us watch as a group of performance artists coerce a bunch of everyday Joes and Janes into staging a water ballet at the Patterson Park...
NEWS
October 17, 2008
Esther Mae Williams Davis, December 9, 1941 to October 10, 2008, age 66, went to be with the Lord on Friday morning, October 10, 2008 after a long illness. At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing of the remains. The grave-side memorial service will be held at King Memorial Park, 8710 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday October 18th from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. Donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of Esther M. Davis. The family is receiving cards in c/o Mrs. Kim W. Barnes, 2404 Adventura Lane E. , Wilson, NC 27893.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Tess Russell and Chris Kaltenbach and Tess Russell,SUN STAFF WRITERS | June 11, 2003
This week, Baltimore's movie scene welcomes back two figures absent from its screens for too long: legendary Hollywood choreographer Busby Berkeley and legendary local cinephile George Figgs. Figgs, known to area movie fans as the operator of Fells Point's Orpheum theater until its closing in 1999, is bringing his love of old movies back to the masses. Tonight at the rejuvenated Patterson movie house, home to Highlandtown's Creative Alliance arts group, his weekly Orpheum Film Series kicks off with a screening of MGM's Million Dollar Mermaid.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 3, 2002
Fluid Movement is so quintessentially Bawlamer, so uncomplicatedly good-hearted, that when it's over, all you want to do is wrap your arms around it and call it Hon. This 22-minute documentary from Baltimore native Beth Pacunas, set for a screening at 6 tonight at the Charles as part of the Maryland Film Festival, lets us watch as a group of performance artists coerce a bunch of everyday Joes and Janes into staging a water ballet at the Patterson Park...
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By Kevin Cowherd | July 19, 2001
LET'S BEGIN BY describing the scene the other evening at the Patterson Park pool in the southeast part of this great city, a city where, just when you think you've seen it all, something else comes along that's even more astonishing. Unless I was hallucinating badly, this is what I saw: six very pregnant women in two-piece bathing suits practicing some kind of intricate water ballet, complete with Esther Williams-like smiles and theatrical arm-waving and choreography. Did I mention that two of the very pregnant women were heavily tattooed?
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By MARIA BLACKBURN and MARIA BLACKBURN,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2000
They strut. They spin. They sashay. Carroll County's newest drill team performs the kind of synchronized precision moves customariy seen during 'N Sync concerts and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This isn't your ordinary drill team, however. They're librarians pushing library carts. In unison. In public. The Eldersburg Library Cart Drill Team isn't the best drill team you'll ever see. The fIve librarians rehearsing in the library parking lot Thursday after-noon stumbled at times, occasionally losing the beat and their hold on their wobbly beige metal carts.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | July 30, 1999
Charlie Doble looks like the Falstaff of synchronized swimming as he rehearses for today's water ballet at the Patterson Park pool.He's well-rounded, a bit grizzled and good-humored. He's 49, a construction estimator for the Neighborhood Housing Services, and he's wearing the blue trunks with the red sequins that are his ballet costume."We're not really synchronized," he says. "We're damn near close to drowning, but we're having a great time."Eight guys, six women and a dozen kids practice in the deep-water pool for "Water Shorts!
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By MIKE LITTWIN | September 27, 1993
The trick in life is to know when to get on and when to get off. It's a little late, but I'm getting off "Seinfeld."I don't want to, but I've got to.Like many of you, I want nothing more from life than to be hip. Like some of you, I am 40-something, meaning it's getting harder every day.An example: I knew I'd heard the name, Toad the Wet Sprocket, but my daughter had to tell me it was a '90s rock group. You see. How would I know?But some things I do know.I knew "Seinfeld" early. Saw the man do stand-up in person, early, way early.
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By Kevin Cowherd | July 19, 2001
LET'S BEGIN BY describing the scene the other evening at the Patterson Park pool in the southeast part of this great city, a city where, just when you think you've seen it all, something else comes along that's even more astonishing. Unless I was hallucinating badly, this is what I saw: six very pregnant women in two-piece bathing suits practicing some kind of intricate water ballet, complete with Esther Williams-like smiles and theatrical arm-waving and choreography. Did I mention that two of the very pregnant women were heavily tattooed?
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By Jim Sullivan and Jim Sullivan,BOSTON GLOBE | June 2, 1996
"Tattoos are the big hair of the '90s -- Wake up!"-- Graffiti scrawled on a men's-room stall at a Boston club"That is so cool," says Cher, when told of this bit of mid-'90s pop-cultural wisdom. And she should know. Cher is Ms. Original Rose Tattoo.Cher has six tattoos, including, as she puts it, "a garden on my butt."She got her first one in 1972."My mother was appalled. Everybody was appalled. And that suited me just fine. Now everybody has tattoos. I bet Dole has got a tattoo someplace," she says, referring to Bob Dole, the presidential candidate.
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By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,Evening Sun Staff | December 3, 1991
ESTHER WILLIAMS doesn't stop at one volunteer job, she takes on several. She shelves books at the Forest Park Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library and works with blood donors to the Red Cross. For 11 years she volunteered to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.Retired from the Social Security Administration in 1978, Williams is quick to tell you that the library where she volunteers is Branch No. 14, but she won't give out any numbers for her age. She smothers a chuckle when she says, ''I'm one year younger than my sister.
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