Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, to Appear at Williams Sonoma, Cross Keys Dec. 13

Cooking Guru and Food Network Star Ina Garten Visits Williams Sonoma, Cross Keys on Thursday

If you love cooking and you love easy recipes with fresh ingredients, Ina Garten has got to be on your bookshelf.  Meet her at Cross Keys on Thursday.

Unwrap the Magic


In all the endless errands we’re running this time of year, getting the photo ops with Santa, that gift card for the school librarian, and the horrific process of drafting the annual Family Holiday Newsletter, it’s easy to become focused on the little things and not take time to step back and just be appreciative.  At least Santa can be found in an array of convenient locations this year, the school librarian is wonderful enough to merit that extra thought, and you have enough patient family and friends who will glaze over your newsletter while they’re drinking their coffee.

Tomorrow night,  kill two birds with one stone: give yourself a break from all the errands while simultaneously benefitting a worthy cause.  Pathfinders for Autism and St. Elizabeth School are the beneficiaries of this one-night-only performance, Unwrap the Magic, taking place at 7:30p at Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher’s campus in Towson.  Grammar-winning, Tony-nominee, Broadway and Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat will be leading the holiday show, accompanied by local performers from the Friends School Chamber Choir, the Susquehanna Youth Ballet, and the elite dancers of the EMC Performance Art Studio.

Tickets  are $35, and can be purchased online at or by calling (443) 330-5370.

Kraushaar Auditorium
Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd
Baltimore, MD

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

To give yourself a well-deserved break this holiday season while supporting a wonderful cause.


Mega Money for Maryland Arts


Inspiring news times two this week for the Baltimore arts and Maryland at large.

Eye against I: Protecting the Most Delicate Part of Your Face


Baltimore-based aesthetician Arika Casebolt knows good skin in every season.

The aging process is a vile, diabolical entity. It is stealthy, sneaky and seems to attack overnight — and the feature that most betrays us, shows the sins of the past and our undeniable genetics are, if a thousand love songs are any indication, the most significant. Jeepers, creepers, where did you get those bags? In your eyes, the light, the fine lines. Baby’s got dark blue circles.

Holiday Festival of Trains and Toys at the B&O Railroad Museum


Trains have been associated with Christmas about as long as they’ve been a viable form of transportation. Though these days most of us fly or drive when we’re heading home for the holidays, images of steam engines trudging over snowy hillsides persist as part of the holiday scenery. For some of us, the potential magic of trains was captured in that classic children’s book The Polar Express. For others, we remember actually getting a model train set as a child—and what could possibly be cooler? Either way, historians and advocates of the locomotive are always ready to capture our imagination and remind us of the romance and charm of the old iron horse. And throughout December, the B&O Railroad Museum has rich offerings in this regard.

Razor Blades: A Memoir in Fragments


An excerpt from Baltimore writer Caryn Coyle’s absorbing memoir in progress about life with her troubled mother.

I put a fresh blade, called Vibrance, in my Venus razor.  The razor blade is supposed to “gently exfoliate.”  Just the same, I am careful.  I draw the razor up the front of my right leg, from the tip of my ankle.  Using a light touch, I think of the first time I shaved my legs.