July 9, 2002
WALL STREET IS a-twitter about Martha Stewart's improbable role in an insider stock trading scandal, wondering who called whom and when did they call and what did they know when they called. But I can tell you what the rest of America wants to know: What's really going on between Martha and her hunky stockbroker? I'm sorry to be so banal, but it is hard for those of us who don't summer on the Vineyard or in the Hamptons to care how the rich and famous protect their investments. And those of us who made People magazine the success it is want to know if 40-year-old Peter Bacanovic is Martha's arm candy or Martha's boy toy. I mean, really.
October 21, 1996
Chalk it up as a coup. The Orpheum, the heroic but tiny little rep house on Thames Street, has scored a nifty first-run item which might have otherwise fallen through the cracks, the German sex comedy "Maybe Maybe Not," which opens today.Said to be the highest-grossing film ever made in Germany, passing even "Das Boot," the antic little comedy is set in that no-man's land where etiquette and protocol have never dared to venture: the place where straight and gay males confront each other through gimlet eyes, dry throats and awkward pauses.
September 22, 1998
Citizens for Bert Rice will hold fund-raiserCitizens for Bert Rice will hold a fund-raiser at the Odenton Fire Hall Oct. 10 in support of the Republican 4th District County Council incumbent's re-election bid.The Best of the West Party will run from 6: 30 p.m. to midnight and feature a chuck wagon supper, beer, wine, music, dancing and door prizes. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 6-10. Younger children are free.For tickets or information, call Pappu Khera at 410-551-2777.County workers union backs Democrat BurlisonBill Burlison, Rice's Democratic opponent, has won the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the union representing county workers.
January 9, 1997
Neil Simon has done it in New York and California, so why not try it abroad?"It" is a series of one-act plays set in a hotel, and in this latest incarnation, the hotel is London's Connaught. "London Suite," which was Simon's first-ever off-Broadway premiere, will have its Baltimore premiere at the Spotlighters Theatre beginning tomorrow, under Bob Russell's direction.The four playlets include the tale of a Welsh writer who has caught his financial adviser with his hand in the till; the comic account of a daughter playing matchmaker for her widowed mother; the heart-rending reunion of an actress and her bisexual ex-husband; and the farcical shenanigans that result when an American couple planning to attend Wimbledon discovers the husband has lost the tickets.
September 5, 2005
MEMBERS of Congress are just concluding a five-week summer recess euphemistically titled a "district work period." But only the most dedicated and most insecure burned a lot of shoe leather bounding from barbecues to ice cream socials and vying for attention with Elvis impersonators at senior sock hops. Indeed, Democrats and Republicans in California's delegation joined forces instead in a fierce campaign to protect a redistricting process that makes such voter contact superfluous. They're waging a cynical battle for political insulation from their constituents that would make an old-style machine boss blush.
September 18, 2007
Stevie Wonder has been called a "musical genius" since the beginning of his career, when at age 12 he topped the pop charts with the electrifying swinger "Fingertips." Over the years, the Motown legend (the only one who has stayed with the label since its halcyon days in Detroit in the 1960s) has proven over and over the tag is no hype. On stage has always been the best way to experience the wonder of his musical brilliance. And at a sold-out, nearly three-hour concert Sunday night at Pier Six Pavilion, Wonder showed that the talent hasn't diminished a bit. For the past month, he has been crisscrossing the country on a 13-city tour dubbed "A Wonder Summer's Night," playing intimate, mostly outdoor venues with no opening act. (Something he doesn't need, anyway.