November 13, 1995
TRICK QUESTION: Among the many media at the disposal of the CD-ROM, which may be best suited to it?Video and film become grainy and jerky when transferred to computer disks.Photographs, maps and even text lose their crispness on the low-resolution screens of personal computers.Art and animation expressly designed for those screens work better, but must labor under severe limitations.The winner? Radio. The CD format, after all, was originally designed to deliver music, and although the sound cards and speakers most people use preclude true high-fidelity audio, they can deliver radio-quality sound.
October 26, 1997
Oct. 30, 1938, was a typical cool autumn Sunday as Baltimoreans relished the news that Hopkins had defeated Haverford College, 7-6, after Charlie Rudo scored on an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. On the other hand, Navy and Penn had slugged it out through four grinding periods to a scoreless tie.Headlines in The Sun promised that the War Admiral-Seabiscuit match race that Tuesday would open a "Brilliant Meeting" at Pimlico Race Course, while Brenda Frazier, New York's "glamour deb," had attended the Velvet Ball that weekend.
October 16, 1993
Gee, this is going to be tough. What's tonight's best bet on TV? A rerun of "When Harry Met Sally . . .?" Or could it be that baseball game on CBS? Yeah, that's the ticket . . . and the way the playoff structure is being tampered with by the team owners, we may look back on this as the last great "old" World Series.* "When Harry Met Sally . . ." (8-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Nora Ephron, who wrote "Sleepless in Seattle," wrote this 1989 romantic comedy as well. Both of them star Meg Ryan, which most people know, but here's a more obscure nugget.
May 10, 2007
Dreamgirls [Paramount] $35 The two-disc DVD set lives up to its "Showstopper Edition" moniker. It doesn't include any commentary from writer-director Bill Condon, but it's overflowing with extras, including a comprehensive making-of documentary, "Building the Dream," as well as numerous mini-docs that explore the complicated shooting and editing process for the musical numbers, the evocative costume design and even the theatrical lighting. Also featured are Beyonce Knowles' and Anika Noni Rose's auditions, 12 extended and alternate musical numbers and Knowles' music video of the Oscar-nominated tune, "Listen."
March 30, 1991
''Let his blood be upon us and upon our children,'' the mob howled, according to Matthew's gospel, as it demanded the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Many Christians have been taught that this passage cannot be used to blame Jews or Judaism for Jesus' death. It speaks of the behavior of mobs, and of the human heart's inclination to sin and rejection of divinity. More than 400 years ago the Council of Trent drafted a catechism that declared that ''Christian sinners are more responsible for the death of Christ in comparison with certain Jews who participated in it.''Nevertheless, the notion of Jews as ''Christ-killers'' remained in Christian consciousness and culture, stirring pogrom and inquisition, discrimination and hatred.
March 2, 2007
It's a rich week at the AFI Silver. Starting today, Werner Herzog's 1972 Aguirre, The Wrath of God is shown in an exclusive new 35 mm print in honor of the film's 35th anniversary. Klaus Kinski, Herzog's muse and "best fiend," stars as Don Lope de Aguirre, leading a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado along the Amazon in the 16th century. Tomorrow through Wednesday, the Cinema Tropical festival continues with Young Rebels, the first movie from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the team behind Oscar-nominated Half Nelson.
April 1, 1994
Andy Warhol once said that, in the future, everybody would get their 15 minutes of fame. Well, the future seems to be here. Twice this week, Jerome Stanfield, a 37-year-old Baltimore resident, appeared on "The Montel Williams Show" to "confess" he had raped 90 prostitutes from 1990 through 1992. The producers of the daytime talk-TV show promoted the interviews as an unprecedented expose of a serial rapist.The only problem is that police say it never happened.The show was taped last week in New York City and aired in Baltimore Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
June 11, 1994
There's so little on TV tonight that Dave (that's me) recommends "Dave" (that's the movie) . . . and not much else.* "The Belmont Stakes." (4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- I'll have mine medium rare. ABC.* "Stranger in the Family." (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This 1991 movie stars Neil Patrick Harris as an amnesia victim.Maybe it's understandable, then, that I don't remember anything about it. ABC.* "Harts of the West." (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The Harts, and other city dudes, embark on a makeshift cattle trail to save a herd.
August 2, 2011
Zipcars march on! Based on the success of the recent Zipcar sites at the 36th Street and Chestnut Avenue, the company and Baltimore City are looking to place more of these rent-by-the-hour automobile stations in Hampden - specifically near 36th Street and Falls Road. This should come as welcome news to folks in need of easily accessible transportation. Meanwhile, here are some events well within walking distance: Thanks to the crack staff at the Golden West Café, 1105 W. 36th St., as well as local promoters like Dana Murphy and Adam Savage, there is a run of really excellent bands playing there over the next few weeks.