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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 18, 2003
Spider aims to be a mind-bending, heart-shriveling blend of Freud and Kafka. But in the playing it's like an academic deconstruction of Sir Walter Scott's "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." The movie is named for Dennis Clegg, whose mother called him "Spider" even before he started draping strands of rope and cord across his bedroom. He loved to hear her reminisce about her days as a country girl, catching sight of fresh spider webs in branches "like clouds of fine muslin" that turned into "shining wheels" as she got closer.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
The Towson football team's bid for at least a share of what would be the program's third Colonial Athletic Association title would appear to be on the right path with Saturday's game against an underperforming Richmond squad. But that is not the approach that the Tigers (7-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference) are taking. Yes, the Spiders - who have won three league championships, including a share of last year's crown - are 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the CAA, but all five of those losses have occurred by a combined 20 points.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | April 15, 1999
Todd Pearthree is a director who doesn't shy away from a challenge, and staging "Kiss of the Spider Woman" at small, conservative Theatre Hopkins definitely qualifies as a challenge.Based on the Manuel Puig novel, which was in turn the basis for the 1985 movie starring William Hurt, "Kiss of the Spider Woman" focuses on two cellmates in a Latin American prison. Theatre Hopkins' production, which opens tomorrow, stars Edward J. Peters and Christopher Millard. Lanor Long plays the title role -- a fictitious movie star idolized by one of the prisoners.
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August 4, 2012
now playing "The Amazing Spider-Man" (PG-13). A radioactive spider bite gives Peter Parker super powers, and he also embarks on a quest to learn the truth about his parents. With Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field and Martin Sheen. TownMall Cinemas (12:50, 3:50, 7:00, 10:00 p.m.) "The Dark Knight Rises" (PG-13). Eight years after taking the fall for murders committed by Harvey Dent, Bruce Wayne must come out of a self-imposed retirement as The Batman to help Gotham face Bane, a terrorist who attacks the city, and also a cat burglar who seems to have mixed motives.
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By Bennard Perlman | August 29, 2000
LONDON -- Before the new Tate Gallery of Modern Art opened along the banks of the Thames in May, experts predicted a first-year attendance of between 1 million and 2 million. The 1 million figure was reached after just six weeks. What could possibly draw that many visitors to Britain's first modern art museum, which focuses exclusively on works of the 20th century? For one thing, talk in this city of Big Ben is that the millennium year is marked by bigness. Initially there was the Millennium Dome, a gigantic structure whose roof covers better than 20 acres.
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By Anne Byrn and Anne Byrn,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | October 28, 2006
Halloween and other holidays used to make me panic because, with young children, I was supposed to turn out clever cupcakes and other treats without a blink. This is why I think so many folks turn to store-bought, because they just don't have a trick (so to speak) up their sleeve for trick-or-treat party food. These cupcakes are as adorable to look at as they are scrumptious to eat. Imagine rich devil's food cake, smeared with butter-cream frosting and topped with a crunchy chocolate treat in the shape of a spider.
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By Emily Nunn and Emily Nunn,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | December 26, 2003
Suddenly it's spider hole this, spider hole that - in conversations around the water cooler, at the hairdresser's, in the corridors of power. And especially in the press. "Ladies and gentlemen, we got him," Paul Bremer famously told reporters in Baghdad on Dec. 14, soon after Saddam Hussein's capture. He then told us, over and over, where exactly "we got him": a "spider hole," thus reintroducing a term born during WWII and retired since the Vietnam War. From there, the media reassimilated the word as instructed.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | June 7, 1993
In keeping with what gay rights activists have predicted as a new era of awareness, two shows with strong homosexual subject matter dominated the Tony Awards last night.Tony Kushner's "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," an unconventional epic drama about AIDS, politics and Mormonism, was named best play. Best-musical honors -- and six other awards -- went to "Kiss of the Spider Woman," an adaptation of Manuel Puig's 1976 novel about a homosexual window dresser who shares a Latin American prison cell with a Marxist revolutionary.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer | February 18, 1994
Jambo!Don't be surprised if someone enthusiastically greets you by saying "Jambo!" It merely means hello in Swahili.Patricia Mack-Preston, 35, teaches this and other lessons as she travels and tells traditional West African tales about Anasai, the spider.Mrs. Preston is a griot, a storyteller. She helps keep alive the oral tradition of African and African-American stories.She performs, in costume, as Anasai, a spider who loves to play tricks."I perform in a black sweat suit," Mrs. Preston said.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 16, 2000
It's become a standard plot line in science fiction: An alien parasite infects the brain of a hapless victim and slowly converts its host into a slave. Biologists, though, have long known they need not look to outer space for examples of such behavior. A new case comes from deep in the Costa Rican rain forest. William Eberhard, a biologist at the University of Costa Rica and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, studies web construction by the Frank Lloyd Wright of spiders: the orb weaver.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2012
A fourth theater at Rotunda Cinemas will open Friday, owner-operator Ira Miller announced today. "It's the first part of an expanded entertainment center that will also include a coffee shop," he said. The new auditorium, which Miller has installed in the space formerly occupied by Tomlinson Craft Collection, is roughly the same size as the 80-seat theater that Miller opened in fall 2010. But this one is 3-D-ready (like the Rotunda's bigger theaters) and boasts a larger screen.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | October 25, 2011
Julie McKinney almost didn't talk to us for this story. Not because she was worried about what she'd reveal or that she was nervous to see herself in print. But because of what she might see: a picture of a snake. McKinney is scared of snakes - has been since she was was a little girl. If she did see even an image of a snake on our pages, she'd likely throw down this edition. And we, of course, don't want that to happen. “I can't look at pictures. I can't look at the TV when they're on it,” said McKinney, a 24-year-old Federal Hill resident.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | October 25, 2011
Julie McKinney almost didn't talk to us for this story. Not because she was worried about what she'd reveal or that she was nervous to see herself in print. But because of what she might see: a picture of a snake. McKinney is scared of snakes - has been since she was was a little girl. If she did see even an image of a snake on our pages, she'd likely throw down this edition. And we, of course, don't want that to happen. “I can't look at pictures. I can't look at the TV when they're on it,” said McKinney, a 24-year-old Federal Hill resident.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
Stan Lee is one proud father these days. You'd be proud, too, if your progeny included Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and the Fantastic Four — characters whose films routinely bring in a few hundred million dollars at the movie box office. Not that Lee has much to do with the movies themselves: His connection is restricted to a largely honorary executive-producer credit and a cameo in each film — as a swinging Hugh Hefner-type in "Iron Man," mailman Willie Limpkin in "Fantastic Four," an Army general in this summer's "Captain America.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2011
Richmond assistant coach Jamal Brunt called Morehead State's second-round upset of fourth-seeded Louisville this year's "One Shining Moment" in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. With a win Friday night against top-seeded Kansas, Richmond, who knocked out Morehead State last weekend, could provide an even brighter one. The 12th-seeded Spiders, the lowest-seeded team remaining in the tournament, pulled off an upset of their own over fifth-seeded Vanderbilt in the second round before cruising to a 17-point win over Morehead State.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2010
Conviction, passion and creativity crackle and swing with a jazzy euphoria when you talk to Julie Taymor about art, whether the tragicomedy of the Bard or the myth-making of Marvel Comics. The director who brought experimental techniques to the Great White Way with "The Lion King" returns to screen and stage this winter with a rare aesthetic one-two combination. Taymor has unveiled a lyrical, thrilllingly lucid film of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," starring Helen Mirren, while completing the hugely ambitious and elaborate Broadway musical, " Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," which boasts a score by Bono and the Edge.
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By Ron Dicker and Ron Dicker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 9, 2003
I don't know what kind of actor I am, to be honest," Ralph Fiennes says. "Every part I approach differently, and sleep with the director if I can." There it is, that sneaky wit. The subdued Fiennes uses it sparingly at a Toronto coffee shop, but he wields it to pinprick effect. As in most interviews with the British star of Spider (tentatively scheduled for a Baltimore opening in April), Fiennes is asked to dissect his love of the tormented. A joke or two makes the heavy talk go down easier.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1999
" `Where's Papa going with that ax?' said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. `Out to the hoghouse,' replied Mrs. Arable. `Some pigs were born last night.' " So begins a perfectly perfect book called "Charlotte's Web" by Elwyn Brooks White, a writer born precisely 100 years ago. Remembered for his pieces in the New Yorker and for his trio of children's books, E.B. White's legacy continues this year with the theatrical release of "Stuart Little." While the story of White's little mouse could be the talk of the town, it is "Charlotte's Web" we are reminded of amid the livestock pens at the Maryland State Fair, which is well under way in Timonium.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | January 14, 2010
Question: When I brought my dwarf citrus trees indoors for the winter, the leaf color changed. Now they are spotty and have little red dots, plus something like spider webs. How can I treat the problem? Answer: Citrus trees are highly susceptible to mites. The first control tactic is to give them a good hard shower in a bathtub or other suitable place to dislodge the mites. You can also spray your trees with horticultural oil or insecticidal soap. Read the label and dilute the product appropriately for indoor plants.
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November 22, 2009
Laurel Mill Playhouse presents a play based on the children's novel by E.B. White about a pig named Wilbur who is saved from being slaughtered by an intelligent spider. The show starts at 2 p.m. today at 508 Main St. Tickets are $13, $10 for students 18 and younger and seniors 65 and older. Call 301-617-9906 or go to laurelmillplayhouse.org.
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