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NEWS
July 14, 2005
Marie Fertitta Smith, a homemaker and former longtime Randallstown resident, died of pneumonia Sunday at Copper Ridge nursing home in Sykesville. She was 82. Born Marie Lascuola in Cefalu, Italy, she came to Baltimore with her family in 1930 and they settled in a home near Lexington Market. She was a graduate of the old St. John the Baptist parochial school on North Paca Street, now the St. Jude Shrine. She was married in 1946 to Samuel Fertitta, a laborer at Crown Cork and Seal Co. who died in 1995.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2004
Hometown: Ellicott City Current members: Eric Robertson, drums; Andrew Davidsen, lead electric guitar; Jacob Yoffee, saxophone; David Meer, electric, acoustic and bass guitars; Mitchell Shaivitz, percussion; Richard Walton, bass and acoustic guitars. Founded in: 1990 Style: Blend of jazz, rock and Latin instrumental music. Influenced by: Pat Metheny, Steely Dan, Sonny Rollins, Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Beatles Notable: All band members help compose music. They are an instrumental band, but they do some chants.
FEATURES
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 19, 2000
Billie Holliday lives on -- not only through her musical legacy, but also through the three winners of the 11th annual Mayor's Billie Holliday Vocal Competition. First place in the annual competition went to Sylvia Hardison of Baltimore, whose version of "God Bless the Child earned her the $1,500 top prize. Marianne Metheny of Baltimore took second place ($1,000), and Juanita Callihan of Hunt Valley took third place ($500) following semi-final and final rounds this past weekend. For her first-place finish, Hardison also receives the opportunity to perform at Baltimore's summer mega-arts festival Artscape, which takes place July 21-23.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 24, 2000
Audra McDonald How Glory Goes (Nonesuch 79580) What a pathetic thing the musical theater has become. It isn't just that the shows themselves are lacking, replacing the luxuriant melodies of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers with the second-hand hooks of Andrew Lloyd Webber; the singers, too, seem scaled down, relying on amplification and inflection to achieve what real vocal power and tone used to accomplish. Thank God for Audra McDonald. Not since Barbara Cook and Barbra Streisand has there been a singer who so completely conveys what musical theater is about.
ENTERTAINMENT
By MICHAEL OLLOVE and MICHAEL OLLOVE,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2002
Joseph Stein Jr.'s apprenticeship began on a dark street corner in 1968 when he slammed an ax into an alarm box. The box hung like a wasp's nest from an exterior wall of a drugstore in southwest Baltimore. When Joe hit it, the box started wailing loudly and fell to the pavement, where Joe's father calmly collected it and dropped it into a bucket of water brought just for this purpose. The clangor stopped. Joe was now ready to commence his first burglary. He was 13. All these years later, Joe Stein still lacks the vocabulary to adequately characterize his upbringing.
NEWS
By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2004
Although a city jury hasn't sentenced a convicted killer to death in 14 years, prosecutors hope to convince jurors today that a Southeast Baltimore man deserves to die after being convicted this week of killing a police detective 15 months ago. Jovan House, 22, was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday in the retaliatory killing of Detective Thomas Newman, who was killed Nov. 23, 2002, outside a Southeast Baltimore tavern. The second phase of House's trial, in which the jury will decide whether to sentence him to death, begins today and is expected to stretch into next week.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Nathan M. Pitts | January 17, 2002
Just announced Iona performs Jan. 30 at Baldwin's Station in Sykesville Jan. 30. Tickets are on sale now. Call 410-795-1041. 311 performs at Nation in Washington March 21. Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. tomorrow. Call 410-481-SEAT. Boney James will perform at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall April 2 and at Constitution Hall in Washington April 4. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Call 410-481-SEAT. The Pat Metheny Group performs at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in Washington April 8-9. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | January 27, 1995
LAMPREYBettie Serveert (Matador/Atlantic 92504)Perhaps the worst thing about making a strong debut is that the follow-up rarely seems as striking or special. Fortunately, that's not the case with the Dutch quartet Bettie Serveert. If anything, "Lamprey" is an improvement over the alterna-rockers' first album, "Palomine." For starters, the playing is stronger and more assured, with Berend Dubbe's bringing extra drive to the drumming while Peter Visser's guitar adds a searing intensity to the arrangements.
NEWS
By From staff reports | December 3, 1997
LUTHERVILLE -- After long negotiations that produced an agreement with the Dulaney Valley Improvement Association, Baltimore County Zoning Commissioner Lawrence E. Schmidt has approved plans for a nine-story office tower and four-story garage to be added onto the back of the Heaver Plaza building on York Road.The project, to be built behind the existing nine-story building on the northeast corner of York and Greenridge roads, is the culmination of the original plan for the 7-acre site when Heaver Plaza was built 20 years ago."
SPORTS
By John Steadman | July 31, 1992
When the Baltimore Orioles (International League vintage) invited Johnnie Wittig for a tryout, they let him warm up in street clothes and were impressed enough to offer a contract for $175 a month. It was the middle of the depression but his German-immigrant parents didn't want their son playing baseball."That boy has no time for games," said his mother. "Johnnie's got work to do." Then it was explained he was going to be paid and that gave it a different connotation. The Orioles -- three years later -- were to give him $500 as part of the purchase price when he was sold to the New York Giants in 1938.
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