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By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Staff Writer | November 16, 1992
The first time Cesar Surdokas shook the hand of a Lithuanian prime minister was in Lithuania about 55 years ago, when he was a young man heading a Catholic youth organization.The second time was yesterday morning, when Prime Minister Aleksandras Abisala visited Lithuanian Hall on Hollins Street."We exchanged pleasantries," said Mr. Surdokas, 79, who fled his homeland in 1944, moved to Baltimore in 1949 and is now a retired printer, as well as unofficial historian of Baltimore's Lithuanian community.
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By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
In what might fully qualify as one of those "only in Baltimore moments," an Elvis tribute artist named Jim Parsley - white jumpsuit and red scarf, fabulously coiffed black hair with 1970s sideburns - performed songs of the King on Saturday night on the big stage in Lithuanian Hall, backed up by a blues band and three belly dancers. Elvis and belly dancers, and the belly dancers trying to keep up with "Suspicious Minds" - a memorable tableau, with a whole lot of shaking going on, and unlikely to be found in any other American city.
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 17, 2000
Colonel Tom Parker never had it so good -- Elvis Presley everywhere you looked at Baltimore's Lithuanian Hall for the seventh annual Night of 100 Elvises. "You got skinny Elvis, fat Elvis, black Elvis, gay Elvis, dead Elvis, female Elvis," exclaimed fan Sandy Sause, "It's such a Baltimore event. It's a hoot!" Some 720 folks squeezed into the hall -- many in black pompadours and sequins -- to enjoy an endless assortment of performances by Elvis tribute artists, introduced on stage by Walt "The Band Man" Fales.
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By Anthony Landi, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
When Carole J. Carroll tries to describe the enduring, worldwide fame of a rock 'n' roll legend who died more than 35 years ago, she points to the wilds of South America. "I was watching a television program where these people traveled up the Amazon," said Carroll, a co-founder of Baltimore's Night of 100 Elvises, "and the natives they encountered there only knew of Avon [cosmetics], Jesus and Elvis from the modern world. " Such iconic status is the lure of the Elvis Presley-themed holiday charity celebration, now in its 20th year and scheduled for two nights running.
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By Nathan M. Pitts | October 18, 2001
Just announced "A Smooth Jazz Christmas," featuring Dave Koz, David Benoit, Rick Braum, Brenda Russell and Peter White, will be held at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre Dec. 19. Call 410-752-1200. "A Christmas to Remember," starring Amy Grant and Vince Gill, with Nickel Creek, Rachael Lampa and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, will be held Dec. 9 at the MCI Center in Washington. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday. Call 410-481-SEAT. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait performs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Oct. 27. Call 410-455-3456.
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By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
In what might fully qualify as one of those "only in Baltimore moments," an Elvis tribute artist named Jim Parsley - white jumpsuit and red scarf, fabulously coiffed black hair with 1970s sideburns - performed songs of the King on Saturday night on the big stage in Lithuanian Hall, backed up by a blues band and three belly dancers. Elvis and belly dancers, and the belly dancers trying to keep up with "Suspicious Minds" - a memorable tableau, with a whole lot of shaking going on, and unlikely to be found in any other American city.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2012
Two years ago, Billy Woodward was just another young guy channeling Elvis - in a place that featured more Elvises per square foot than perhaps anywhere else in the world. But among the scores of singers who made the 2010 Night of 100 Elvises possible, Woodward alone would be taking his act to Broadway in the coming months. "It just so happened that there was a talent scout in the audience," says Woodward, who has spent the past year as the understudy to star and world-renowned Elvis tribute artist Cody Slaughter in "Million Dollar Quartet," which opens Tuesday at the Hippodrome . "They liked me, liked what I did, and contacted me within a week.
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By Anthony Landi, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
When Carole J. Carroll tries to describe the enduring, worldwide fame of a rock 'n' roll legend who died more than 35 years ago, she points to the wilds of South America. "I was watching a television program where these people traveled up the Amazon," said Carroll, a co-founder of Baltimore's Night of 100 Elvises, "and the natives they encountered there only knew of Avon [cosmetics], Jesus and Elvis from the modern world. " Such iconic status is the lure of the Elvis Presley-themed holiday charity celebration, now in its 20th year and scheduled for two nights running.
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By Sam Sessa and Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2010
It's practically like clockwork: Every couple of months, someone e-mails me, asking for bars and clubs where they can go dancing. I wish it were that simple. As it is, Baltimore doesn't have enough dedicated dance clubs and halls. But there are a few regular dance nights where you can cut a rug — if you know when and where to look. Always Dope Since last fall, promoter Garth Young has put together a weekly hip-hop and club dance night at Red Maple called Always Dope.
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By Sarah Schaffer and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF | December 4, 2003
Although he shares his surname with the king, Chris Presley isn't related to Elvis. And while wearing his usual jeans and T-shirt, the Baltimore County resident and full-time Elvis impersonator doesn't look much like him, either. But when Presley takes the stage tomorrow at the 10th annual Night of 100 Elvises, he hopes to connect with the late lip curler on a level that's deeper than bloodline or dress. For a few moments, Presley believes, the "power of Elvis" will be with him as he swaggers, gyrates and croons for the hundreds who will gather to watch him and others perform at the Lithuanian Hall on Hollins Street.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2012
Two years ago, Billy Woodward was just another young guy channeling Elvis - in a place that featured more Elvises per square foot than perhaps anywhere else in the world. But among the scores of singers who made the 2010 Night of 100 Elvises possible, Woodward alone would be taking his act to Broadway in the coming months. "It just so happened that there was a talent scout in the audience," says Woodward, who has spent the past year as the understudy to star and world-renowned Elvis tribute artist Cody Slaughter in "Million Dollar Quartet," which opens Tuesday at the Hippodrome . "They liked me, liked what I did, and contacted me within a week.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa and Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2010
It's practically like clockwork: Every couple of months, someone e-mails me, asking for bars and clubs where they can go dancing. I wish it were that simple. As it is, Baltimore doesn't have enough dedicated dance clubs and halls. But there are a few regular dance nights where you can cut a rug — if you know when and where to look. Always Dope Since last fall, promoter Garth Young has put together a weekly hip-hop and club dance night at Red Maple called Always Dope.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Schaffer and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF | December 4, 2003
Although he shares his surname with the king, Chris Presley isn't related to Elvis. And while wearing his usual jeans and T-shirt, the Baltimore County resident and full-time Elvis impersonator doesn't look much like him, either. But when Presley takes the stage tomorrow at the 10th annual Night of 100 Elvises, he hopes to connect with the late lip curler on a level that's deeper than bloodline or dress. For a few moments, Presley believes, the "power of Elvis" will be with him as he swaggers, gyrates and croons for the hundreds who will gather to watch him and others perform at the Lithuanian Hall on Hollins Street.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Nathan M. Pitts | October 18, 2001
Just announced "A Smooth Jazz Christmas," featuring Dave Koz, David Benoit, Rick Braum, Brenda Russell and Peter White, will be held at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre Dec. 19. Call 410-752-1200. "A Christmas to Remember," starring Amy Grant and Vince Gill, with Nickel Creek, Rachael Lampa and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, will be held Dec. 9 at the MCI Center in Washington. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday. Call 410-481-SEAT. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait performs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Oct. 27. Call 410-455-3456.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 17, 2000
Colonel Tom Parker never had it so good -- Elvis Presley everywhere you looked at Baltimore's Lithuanian Hall for the seventh annual Night of 100 Elvises. "You got skinny Elvis, fat Elvis, black Elvis, gay Elvis, dead Elvis, female Elvis," exclaimed fan Sandy Sause, "It's such a Baltimore event. It's a hoot!" Some 720 folks squeezed into the hall -- many in black pompadours and sequins -- to enjoy an endless assortment of performances by Elvis tribute artists, introduced on stage by Walt "The Band Man" Fales.
NEWS
By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Staff Writer | November 16, 1992
The first time Cesar Surdokas shook the hand of a Lithuanian prime minister was in Lithuania about 55 years ago, when he was a young man heading a Catholic youth organization.The second time was yesterday morning, when Prime Minister Aleksandras Abisala visited Lithuanian Hall on Hollins Street."We exchanged pleasantries," said Mr. Surdokas, 79, who fled his homeland in 1944, moved to Baltimore in 1949 and is now a retired printer, as well as unofficial historian of Baltimore's Lithuanian community.
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January 14, 1991
Baltimore's Lithuanian-American community plans to continue a protest in Washington today against the Soviet Union's actions in Lithuania.Two busloads of people went to Washington yesterday to participate in a demonstration and march.A bus was scheduled to carry protesters back to Washington for another embassy demonstration this morning. Organizers said it will leave Baltimore's Lithuanian Hall at Parkin and Hollins streets at 10 a.m. and pick up additional passengers at the Wilkins Avenue Giant in Arbutus at 10:30 a.m.
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