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By From Sun news services | March 16, 2009
'Witch Mountain' climbs to the top at the box office Disney's Race to Witch Mountain raced to No. 1 at the weekend box office, bypassing expectations with $25 million in ticket sales. The PG-rated sci-fi flick starring Dwayne Johnson as a cab driver with a pair of alien teenagers along for the ride topped the R-rated superhero epic Watchmen, which earned $18.1 million in its second week. Ticket sales for Watchmen plummeted 67 percent from last weekend's $55.2 million debut, according to studio estimates yesterday.
February 12, 2009
Marylanders who got stiffed on Bruce Springsteen tickets by Ticketmaster are but one reason to be skeptical of a proposed merger between the behemoth of ticket sellers and the powerhouse promoter Live Nation. Justice Department lawyers who are scrutinizing this deal should recognize that competition in the marketplace now is virtually nonexistent and consumers deserve more choices - not fewer - in buying tickets to concerts and other shows. Live Nation owns more than 140 venues and has multiyear comprehensive deals covering the tours of Madonna, Jay-Z, U2, Nickelback and Shakira.
By Brent Jones and Brent Jones, | December 21, 2008
They began lining up at 3 a.m. yesterday, and a few hours later, about 100 people were waiting for Maryland Transit Administration officials to start selling MARC train tickets to Washington for the presidential inauguration, authorities said. Ticket sales at the Camden Station were brisk all day, MTA officials said, with a steady flow of patrons paying the special $25 rate to ride the MARC for the Jan. 20 event. "We didn't think people would be out there that early, so we opened up an hour earlier than expected, at 8 a.m.," MTA spokeswoman Jawauna Greene said.
By DAN RODRICKS | December 14, 2008
Why did the Baltimore Opera declare bankruptcy? Lots of reasons, starting with the global recession, but not ending there. Certainly endowments have lost value, and certainly modern opera productions are expensive to mount and there's little room for the kind of loss in revenue - ticket sales and underwriting - that the Baltimore Opera experienced this fall, even as it prepared to stage the always-popular Aida. But there's something else going on, and it has been going on for a long time, and it starts with way too many people staying home and watching television.
By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,Sun reporter | July 23, 2008
Republican John McCain slammed rival Barack Obama's recent Iraq visit yesterday during a fundraising stop in Baltimore, saying the presumptive Democratic nominee should have met long ago with the top military commander there before promoting plans for troop withdrawals. McCain called it "remarkable" that Obama had not consulted with Gen. David Petraeus before this week. Obama's call for additional troops in Afghanistan did not reflect a fully developed military vision, McCain said. "My friends, I know how to win wars," McCain told a crowd of about 200 that partially filled a large room at Baltimore's Center Club in the Legg Mason building.
By Carolyn Bigda and Carolyn Bigda,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | May 18, 2008
The summer concert season is about to kick off. Ticket prices aren't cheap. But if the rising cost of, well, just about everything is making you rethink a real vacation, a concert could be a worthy indulgence. Over the last few years, the market for ticket sales has expanded beyond just Ticketmaster, helping to provide a wider range of prices. (If you remember back in the 1990s, the band Pearl Jam canceled a summer tour in protest of Ticketmaster's monopoly on ticket sales, which included surcharges.
By NICHOLAS TESTA | April 3, 2008
FIGURE SKATING BLADES OF GLORY Welcome in the spring with a little ice. Produced by Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton, Smucker's Stars on Ice stops at the 1st Mariner Arena today. This event stars Olympian Sasha Cohen and more than a dozen other national and world champions, including Marylander Kimmie Meissner and Evan Lysacek. A portion of the ticket sales benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of America. .................... The show is at 7 tonight. Tickets are $23-$108. The arena is at 201 W. Baltimore St. Call 410-547-7328 or go to starsonice.
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter | January 11, 2008
Nell L. Tumminello, a former group ticket sales director at the Mechanic Theatre, died of heart failure Dec. 30 at her Arnold home. She was 97 and had lived for many years in Ednor Gardens. Born Anele Lelia Waitekunas on Baltimore's Hollins Street, she attended the old Greene Street Public School No. 1, where she met her future husband, Joseph V. Tumminello, in 1918. In the 1920s she studied Lithuanian language and culture under the poet and scholar Nadas Rastenis.
By Joe Burris and Sam Sessa and Joe Burris and Sam Sessa,Sun reporters | October 17, 2007
As many frustrated and tired Hannah Montana fans can attest, camping out at the box office is no longer a sure way to get coveted concert tickets anymore. But then, neither is ordering online. Or joining a fan club. Or even hoping and praying for a decent auction on eBay. "It's a whole different medium out there," said Frank Remesch, general manager of the 1st Mariner Arena, where a Jan. 8 Hannah Montana concert that instantaneously sold out has left parents angry - and vocal. With all the options available for purchasing tickets - in person, online, phone, fan club, auction - the sad truth is that there's no longer any guarantee of getting an affordable ticket for in-demand shows.
By Jennifer Skalka and Jennifer Skalka,Sun reporter | February 17, 2007
Amid public concern about the coziness between lawmakers and lobbyists, a high-powered Annapolis lobbyist is involved in -- and selling sponsorship tickets to -- an annual fundraising show featuring state legislators. A letter soliciting contributions for the annual Legislative Follies directs state lawmakers and others to send checks ranging from $250 to $3,000 to the Thomas Hunter Lowe Scholarship Fund Inc. in care of Laurence Levitan. Levitan is a former state lawmaker and registered lobbyist who represents 48 clients, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Bank of America, the Laurel Racing Association and Pepco Holdings Inc., according to fillings with the Maryland State Ethics Commission.
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