October 28, 2011
An ill-timed trick of nature that threatens rain and even light snow on Saturday has put a kink into the "Great Big Halloween Parade of Light & Luminaria," an annual tradition in Patterson Park. "The parade is being rescheduled for Sunday, when it is supposed to be a little chilly, but clear," said Megan Hamilton, program director of the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, the organizer of the fanciful event. "We have had to change dates two or three times before and it always ended up being an amazing event.
August 26, 2011
A few weeks ago, I recalled a summer night in 1950s Baltimore when the gas street lamps came on as the sun set. Obviously, judging from my mail, others shared the experience of old lamplights: "I grew up on Calvin Avenue and we had a lamplighter for one lamp on the southwest side of the street," wrote Bob Ludwig. "Those several street lights closer to Greenmount Avenue had already been electrified, likely because of their proximity to what was then a really thriving business area.
August 22, 2011
The fourth annual juried show at the Artists' Gallery in Columbia, "Local Color," includes artists who aren't shy about using color for expressive purposes. In most cases, their dedication to realistic depictions is tempered by their individual emotional responses. The first place winner, for instance, Joyce Lister , has a pastel titled "Skylight" that calls your attention to how pale purple light falls across the front porch of an old house. You obviously don't know the story of this house and its unseen inhabitants, but you're put into a contemplative mood.
June 20, 2011
Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and other superheroes have flown across so many movie screens in recent years that it's enough to give an air traffic controller a headache. The latest such do-gooder, "Green Lantern," does not even fly as high as a similarly colored superhero, "The Green Hornet," who flew through as recently as a few months ago. Part of the problem is that "Green Lantern" has never had a very strong grip on the pop-cultural imagination. Although this green-hued comic book figure has been around for decades, he definitely seems like a second-tier superhero.
December 6, 2009
Head to England for holiday events like the Burning of the Clocks, a lantern procession in Brighton, or the Peter Pan Christmas Day Race where swimmers brave the waters of Hyde Park. $672 American London $722 Northwest London $823 British Airways London Restricted round-trip fees as researched online Wednesday, the day the Travel section goes to press. Fares are based on departing and returning on a weekday and may include Web specials.
October 22, 2009
No lantern yet? Don't fret. This year, procrastinators will have the opportunity to walk in the Creative Alliance's Great Halloween Lantern Parade. Pre-parade activities at the new lantern festival, which begins before Saturday's parade, include last-minute lantern-making, hayrides around the park, live music, vendors and a beer garden. Arrive before 5 p.m. and pay $5 to construct your own lamps of bamboo, wax and tissue paper. Molly Ross, director and principal artist for the nonprofit Nana Projects Inc., an artists' collective, directs the parade, which is in its 10th year, and helps to oversee the festivities.