WYPR personality Tom Hall has always been a music man. His father sold records for RCA, introducing Hall to many entertainers—both in person and on the turntable—from an early age. At 13, he had already begun his career as a paid musician, and has worked in the industry ever since. …Read More »
Reality Star: 9 Questions for Ryan Dorsey & Erin Fostel This busy couple may be an unlikely pairing, but they've turned their new house into a happy home.
In classic Smalltimore fashion, newly elected City Councilman Ryan Dorsey and his girlfriend, the artist Erin Fostel, were both born at Baltimore’s Sinai Hospital in November 1981. Their unacquainted mothers even shared a recovery room. The kids later crossed paths at St. Francis of Assisi in grade school, but wouldn’t …Read More »
Reality Star: 4 Questions for Simply Beautiful Flowers The stylish staff members offer their best holiday decorating tips.
Pikesville’s Simply Beautiful Flowers and Gifts could not be more aptly named. The aesthetically inclined partners behind the longstanding brand—Rennie and Brian Friedlander, who founded the company in 1992, and their partners, Debra Carey and Courtney James—beautify Baltimore with their spectacular flower design and interior decorating. Here, they lend their …Read More »
Good Morning, Baltimore! If that phrase makes you start singing, then you might be a Hairspray fan. Not just of the 1988 John Waters movie (although, we love that too, of course), but of the catchy, energetic and delightful Broadway musical with a subversive edge. In my mind, all high …Read More »
Reality Star: 8 Questions for Dr. Kathryn Boling Pursuing a medical career later in life made Boling an expert on self-care—and she wants to share her secrets.
Kathryn Boling, M.D., worked as a nurse for 30 years before enrolling in medical school at the relatively advanced age of 49. Her marriage had fallen apart—she was grieving—and she made up her mind to pursue the dream she’d pursue “if money and age were not a factor.” Today, at …Read More »
Since Saturday’s record-breaking flash flood that left Ellicott City’s historic Main Street devastated, dozens of images and videos have surfaced on social media showcasing the water’s violent rage. One video, shot from the second floor dining room of Portalli’s Italian Restaurant, captures the flash flood picking up cars and sailing …Read More »
By now, you’ve heard of Pokémon GO—whether you’re an avid player or on the spectrum from casual to frustrated observer. With the launch of this app, Pokémon officially jumped (nay, skyrocketed) from the annals of nostalgia to its new relevance in the pop culture lexicon. I am a proud Pokémon …Read More »
The “Brexit” in Baltimore British Baltimoreans and Baltimoreans in Britain share their thoughts on the historic decision.
This morning, the news was dominated by the incredibly surprising “Brexit”—a portmanteau for “British Exit”—signifying the United Kingdom’s majority vote to leave the European Union. We spoke briefly with British Baltimoreans and Baltimoreans living in Britain about their reactions to the momentous decision. Patrick Lears, a Baltimore-born gallery manager who …Read More »
It is rare, in my online presence, that you would ever see me be anything other than irreverent, snarky or humorous. Overt sentimentality and cloying inspiration memes make me uncomfortable and I think we can all agree there are more than enough faux Marilyn Monroe quotes on ocean backdrops to …Read More »
Looking Back, Moving Forward Belinda Stronach weighs in on last week's Preakness and her plans for the future.
For better or for worse, the 141st Preakness Stakes was certainly one for the history books: Both the attendance and handle (total money wagered) broke all previously-held records—and, tragically, two horses died suddenly in the day’s early races, sparking conversation about the sport’s practices. Despite the media storm surrounding the …Read More »