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Caryn Coyle

Photo Credit: Madison Smartt Bell

Local Writer Spotlight: Poet Elizabeth Spires

“I felt very much at home when I came here,” said poet Elizabeth Spires, who has lived in Baltimore for more than two decades. “This just felt right. They say there are certain places that are your home.” Spires wanted to live on the East Coast after growing up in Circleville, Ohio. The town’s name comes from the circular burying ground of the local Native American tribes.

11/28/2011

(credit: Caryn Coyle)

Restaurant Review: Rocket To Venus

Rocket to Venus has a nostalgic, early space age feel to it, the windows are round and resemble portholes. The floor is early 20th century tile. There was a nice mingling area of space just beyond my booth and I watched young, old; tattooed and dress shirted patrons gather. Conversations hummed and for a weeknight, the place was hopping.

11/23/2011

Photo Credit: Oregon Grille

Thanksgiving At The Oregon Grille

For an elegant, delicious Thanksgiving dinner, make a reservation at Hunt Valley’s Oregon Grille. The award-winning restaurant is open from 1 to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24 and the Oregon Grille will accept reservations until 7:45 p.m.

11/09/2011

Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

It’s OysterFest Time In St. Michaels

Oysters on the half shell, fried or served in a stew. They will all be offered Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s OysterFest. Located in St. Michaels, the Museum’s OysterFest is off MD Rt. 33.

11/02/2011

Photo Credit: Caryn Coyle

‘Partners,’ Portraits Of Gay Couples

Katherine Meredith’s art show, “Partners,” opened on June 24, 2011, the same day that the state of New York legalized same-sex marriage. Meredith, a New York University graduate with a degree in studio art, had mounted a collection of portraits that featured gay and lesbian couples at die Botschaft 1628: Art & Culture, a private art gallery located at 1628 Bolton Street.

10/31/2011

Photo Credit: The Baltimore Museum of Art

Unlike Anything Ever Seen At The BMA

The new show at the Baltimore Museum of Art is unlike any displayed anywhere in a long time. “Print by Print: Series from Durer to Lichtenstein” displays works that are rarely shown in public. The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) has one of the most impressive print collections in the country, with nearly 60,000. “Because of their sensitivity to light, we can’t show works on paper,” explained Rena Hoisington, curator at the BMA. “Prints stay in boxes to protect them from light and dust.”

10/24/2011

The Laughing Pint

What Is A Laughing Pint?

The Laughing Pint, named number one on the Baltimore Sun’s list of Baltimore’s best bars, is owned by ceramic potter, Shannon Cassidy.

10/12/2011

The City Lit stage at the 2010 Baltimore Book Festival (Photo Credit: Gregg Wilhelm)

Connecting Readers And Authors: 16th Annual Baltimore Book Festival

Baltimore celebrates its16th book festival this weekend in the four parks that surround the Washington Monument. On Friday, Sept. 23, at noon, the free festival kicks off at Monument and Charles Streets and runs until Sunday at 7 p.m. More than 100 nationally renowned, celebrity and local authors will be featured according to the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, which produces the festival.

09/19/2011

Photo Credit: Caryn Coyle

Local Writer Spotlight: Madison Smartt Bell

Madison Smartt Bell lives on a quiet, tree lined Baltimore street. It is much like the street on which his character, Mike Devlin, resides in his novel, Ten Indians (1996).

09/12/2011

Photo Credit: Paul Bartlett

Beyond The Crab Cake: Best Use Of Maryland Back Fin Crabmeat

With a pound of Maryland lump back fin crabmeat selling for about $30 a pound, the delicacy is to be savored. Simple sometimes is better, but we’ve also found some surprising—and delicious—uses of crabmeat in Baltimore.

08/24/2011

Performance from last year's festival (Photo Credit: Gregg Wilhelm)

Baltimore’s Free Reading Series

The most readings for free happen at the Baltimore Book Festival, which takes place in Mount Vernon, Monument and Charles Streets, Sept. 23 – 25. However, five new reading series — all offered for free — have blossomed for those who want to hear great literature throughout the year:

08/01/2011

(credit: Caryn Coyle)

Golden West Cafe … In Baltimore?

Local resident Thomas Rudis wanted an original culinary experience and used what he saw in Albuquerque, New Mexico to create the Golden West Cafe at 1105 West 36th Street in Hampden.

07/27/2011

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