Baltimore plans Inner Harbor fireworks display for Labor Day weekend

Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration. Photo by Jim Schuyler, via the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Baltimore didn’t have city-sponsored fireworks on the Fourth of July, but it will have them on Labor Day weekend.

American Visionary Art Museum and Maryland Food Bank win comedian John Oliver’s ‘Masterpiece Gallery’ contest


The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore will be getting some welcome programming and promotional assistance this fall from an unlikely source – comedian, television commentator and art collector John Oliver.

The Swindlers: A True-ish Tall Tale is Almost Here!


The author of last year’s Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally is back with a Baltimore Center Stage original. Marie is plagued by the winter blues. Her boyfriend’s a dud, her bank statements are piling up and her job at the local dry cleaners feels like a dead end. Oh, and the FBI just seized her house and assets in their pursuit of her father, a notorious con man on the run for swindling families and businesses out of their money. When Marie is used as bait to lure her father in, she inexplicably finds herself stuck on a road trip with him to acquire the stolen funds. Loosely inspired by the real-life exploits of the playwright’s mother and grandfather, is a raucous new play that explores redemption, reconciliation, and the unspoken rewards of surviving time with family.

Behind the Scenes at the Book Review Factory


One Saturday morning my son called from Boston. We chatted briefly about this and that, and when we ran out of things to say, he asked, “So whatcha got goin’ today?”

“Just working,” I said. “You?”


I’m pretty sure if we had conferenced in my sister the CPA and his brother the musician, they would have had the same answer. And if there is no work in heaven, my father is surely furious, having nothing to do except yell at the television set. I assume there are televised sports in heaven; if not, they must have a lot of unhappy customers.

Olszewski declares new COVID state of emergency for Baltimore County

The Baltimore County Courthouse. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikipedia.

Baltimore County is once again under a local state of emergency in response to increasing COVID-19 case rates, County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. announced on Tuesday, citing the rise of the Delta variant.

G&A Chili Dogs bid Highlandtown a farewell

Andy Farantos, third-generation owner of G&A Hot Dogs, at the grill in Highlandtown one last time.
credit: Jennifer Bishop

Albert Joseph DeFelice, a 93-year-old drummer born and raised in Highlandtown, was enjoying a couple of hot dogs with chili, onion and mustard last month in the old neighborhood. He sat at a green, Formica-topped booth near the back of the G&A, the Greek diner at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Eaton street famous since 1927 for wieners of the Coney Island variety.

The narrow storefront was standing-room-only, a mid-July gathering filling every booth and stool. Such crowds were common when DeFelice was a teenager between the Great Depression and World War II. Business pretty much stayed that way through the 1970s.

Headstone and inscription revealed for writer Dorothy Parker’s new grave in New York City

The Dorothy Parker Society on Monday revealed a headstone for writer Dorothy Parker’s grave, including an inscribed excerpt from one of Parker’s poems, “Epitaph For A Darling Lady” Photo by Kevin Fitzpatrick.

There’s no need for excuses anymore.

Members of the Dorothy Parker Society on Monday unveiled the headstone for writer Dorothy Parker’s grave, to celebrate both her birthday and the one-year mark since her cremains were buried in New York after spending 33 years in Baltimore.

Divine’s gravestone gets a restoration and cemetery warns fans: “Please be respectful” of others

A portrait of Divine shot by Greg Gorman. Courtesy of Loewe.

When fans visit the grave of Divine, the drag performer who rose to fame in filmmaker John Waters’ cult classics, they can expect to find a variety of items left in his memory: plastic pink flamingos; costume jewelry; high heels; beer; vodka; tubes of lipstick and empty palettes of eyeshadow.

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In the past, it has been common to find the praying hands on the gravestone painted with fingernail polish, or to see the marker smeared with messages that appear to be insulting, such as: “Tracy Turnblad is a Whore;” “Trash Royalty;” and “The Filthiest Person Alive.”

Wally and the Beaver arrive in Hunt Valley for Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, ready to pose “mask-free”

Photos courtesy of Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention.

Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver grew up in a fictional town called Mayfield, but this weekend he’s in Hunt Valley.

So’s his brother Wally, or at least the actor who played him.

Jerry Mathers, 73, and Tony Dow, 76, the actors who starred as Beaver and Wally Cleaver on the family sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” from 1957-1963, are among the celebrities who will be appearing at the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, running Thursday through Saturday at the Hunt Valley Delta Marriott hotel.