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The end of an era at The Recher Theatre

The end of an era at The Recher Theatre

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Since 1997, The Recher Theatre in Towson has been hosting live music acts, big and small, giving many local groups a chance to perform. Mike Ruocco, who is originally from Lutherville, was one of those acts. He started playing when he was a teenager at the Recher in his then-band Plunge, went on to join SR-71 and eventually started the band Cinder Road. A week before the Recher closes for renovations to turn it into a club and bar, Ruocco led Cinder Road Saturday night to their final performance at the venue.

Below, watch a video from Cinder Road’s performance, and hear Ruocco and theatre owner Brian Recher talk about how the venue contributed to their success.

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And the Oscar goes to… A look at the nominees for Best Documentary Feature

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Some would argue that documentary film deserve a place in the best picture category: A powerful portrait of real people and true stories, unraveling and revealing a mystery, unscripted. In most cases, these films bring an opporunity of hope and change, exposing the difficult truths of our society.

This year’s contenders include films about uprisings, a history of violence, women in service and a musical icon of the anti-apartheid movement.

Here’s a look at the documentaries nominated.

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Matt ‘Fan Man’ Andrews: The Godfather of Baltimore Ravens fans

Matt ‘Fan Man’ Andrews: The Godfather of Baltimore Ravens fans

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Forest Hill resident Matt Andrews has been a die-hard Baltimore Ravens fan since the team came in 1996. He now has a fan bus filled with paraphernalia and mementos, as well as a group of men and women who join him at rallies, parties, charity events and anywhere else the Fan Man will go. Check out these photos from The Aegis and The Baltimore Sun, and the video below.

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Lisbon Ole Fashion Christmas Horse Parade

Lisbon Ole Fashion Christmas Horse Parade

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The Lisbon Ole Fashion Christmas Horse Parade was held for the second year on Saturday. But with the number of people who showed up to see the holiday-dressed horses parade through town, you’d think it had been going on for decades.

The parade moved west across Frederick Road in Lisbon, in Howard County, and featured horses and people of all sizes, wearing any number of holiday and Christmas costumes. Watch the video below the gallery to see some action from the parade.

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Time lapse shows construction of poinsettia tree at the Mall in Columbia

Time lapse shows construction of poinsettia tree at the Mall in Columbia

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On Thursday, November 15, workers set up the annual tradition of the large poinsettia tree at The Mall in Columbia. They used about 1,000 plants — mostly red, but a few white — and took more than 14 hours to complete the tree of poinsettias.

Work began just after 6:30 a.m., scaling the metal tree structure and attached with harnesses to keep them from falling. They slowly (slowly… slowly…) made their way down, level by level.

I spent about four 90-minute spans of time at the mall: 6:15 – 7:45 a.m., 10:15 – 11:45 a.m., 2 – 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 8 p.m. Setting up my camera on a tripod, I configured it to shoot one frame every 10 seconds. The completed time lapse included more than 1,600 images, each lasting for 2 frames of a 30-frame-per-second sequence. Each second of the time lapse, then, had 15 images.

Flip through the photos to see a cross section of the total, and watch the video below to see the whole thing.

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Thanksgiving is homegrown in Howard County

Thanksgiving is homegrown in Howard County

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Every summer, Maple Lawn Farms in Fulton brings in 20,000 newborn baby turkeys to their grounds. For several months, they feed them, raise them and let them grow in time for Thanksgiving. Farm manager Chris Bohrer says they take a lot of pride in their turkeys because they eat them, too. Learn more about Maple Lawn Farms and its turkeys in the video below the gallery.

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The Pedicab Project in Baltimore

The Pedicab Project in Baltimore

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After Michelle Nugent, a half-Filipino-American, took her first trip to the Phillippines and noticed how they got around, she had an idea.

Now a community arts student at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Nugent made a pedicab from an old children’s bike, a wooden chair, a handrail, some PVC pipe and cardboard. She decorated it with recycled paper bags, Coca-Cola cans and soda boxes (and one National Bohemian beer box), potato chip bags and other materials. Her intention with The Pedicab Project is to give people in Baltimore free rides in exchange for stories, which she will record and re-purpose to share with others. To learn more about The Pedicab Project, watch the video below the gallery.

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Patriot Day riders travel down Route 1 to remember 9/11

Patriot Day riders travel down Route 1 to remember 9/11

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More than 100 motorcyclists participated in the 2012 Patriot Day Ride to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The ride began at Chesapeake Harley-Davidson in Darlington and ended at McAvoy’s in Parkville.

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Images come to life in Howard County Fair vignettes

Images come to life in Howard County Fair vignettes

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Patuxent photographer Sarah Pastrana spent some time at the Howard County Fair last week, looking for its more interesting characters. With the help of photographer Jen Rynda on the editing side, they produced six video vignettes in which the photos literally come to life. Click here to see them all.

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The Howard County Fair has something for everyone

The Howard County Fair has something for everyone

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The 67th annual Howard County Fair began on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the county fairgrounds in West Friendship, and Patuxent Publishing photographer Brian Krista has been there every day. He’s captured the animals, the people and the competitions held at the fair each year. Check out more of the Howard County Times’ coverage of the fair here.

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