Best Music Festival

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The Hot August Blues and Roots Festival has come a long way since the first show 21 years ago at Brad Selko’s farm in Monkton. “A friend of mine came up to me and said, ‘Do you want to have a picnic in your backyard with Charlie Musselwhite?’” Selko said. “I said, ‘Are you crazy?’”… Read More

Off To College

College freshmen are essentially high school seniors without their parents there to guide them. Many families are now in the midst of preparing their college-bound students to go away to school, and for a lot of families this will be the first time their children are leaving home for more than a night or two…. Read More

Never Too Early …

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It’s not too early to start planning for the High Holidays — or to think about Chanukah. Yes, I said Chanukah. This year, Chanukah is so early, it falls on Thanksgiving Day. This calendar event will not happen again in our lifetime. So, after a summer of warm weather, vacations and staycations, it’ s time… Read More

Masterpiece Theater

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Love, war, art, celebrity, heroism and intrigue. “Diary of an Art Dealer,” a journal by the late Rene Gimpel, has all the elements of a great story, a fact that was not lost on filmmakers Lillian Bowers and Brian Plow. The Baltimore-based duo are currently at work on a documentary called “Pentimento” about Gimpel, a… Read More

Obstacle Illusion

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Adam Grossman knows what’s at stake. One slip, one lost grip, one poor jump. That’s all it takes to be eliminated from contention on “American Ninja Warrior,” an all-around athletic contest that has aired on NBC, and its sister network, G4, since 2009. However, that demanding physical challenge is what keeps Grossman, 29, coming back… Read More

Dance Dance Revolution

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The Baltimore Zionist District welcomed the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) for several days of music and Israeli fun. The teens — dressed in scouting garb and armed with microphones, stellar voices and killer dance moves — traveled through the area bringing the Israeli spirit to young and old. The Tzofim traveling program is an Israeli youth program… Read More

Little Red Corvette

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As a child, Steven Lesser dreamed of having a Corvette to call his own. His father wanted to help him reach that goal and offered him an incentive the year he turned 16. If he made the dean’s list and the football team at Baltimore City College High School, he would buy him any car… Read More

By George

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I knew it would be George. I joked after the birth of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Cambridge, “I’m thinking David, after Diana. King David has a nice ring to it.” Joking because not only is David not a traditional British royal name, there is no way the Queen would allow the third in… Read More

Bringing Music To The Needy

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Anyone who drives through downtown Baltimore has probably passed by the Perkins Homes. The six square blocks, which border Fells Point and Little Italy, are home to Baltimore’s largest public housing project. While most people likely keep their eyes on the road or play with smartphones as cabs drive them through, Baltimore native Kenny Liner,… Read More

Top Story

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Jews are known as the people of the book. But we are also the people of the story. “Our Bible is the written-down version of hundreds of thousands of stories,” said Noa Baum, an award-winning storyteller, noting the Jewish pairing of Torah Shebichtav (written law) with Torah Shebaal Peh (oral law). “The Talmud is years… Read More