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Chef Patrick, right, takes over the kitchen with his staff serving from his fantastic menu for the patrons at Slim Butler’s new night club, called TD II Lounge, located 1173 W. Hamburg St. in South Baltimore.

Happy New Year to you, my friends, readers, and fans.  I’m praying that 2015 will be better than last year for all of us.

You know, I just realize that you have been reading me; “Rambling Rose” in the Afro-American Newspaper for almost 18 years comes February 14, 2015. Mannnnnnnnnnn! We had a lot of conversations with you. I am so happy that my Boss, Jake Oliver called me in 1997, which seems like yesterday and invited me to bring “Rambling Rose” to their publication and be a part of the Afro family. It has been a joy and a blessing to share my stories, and to tell you what is going on in our community thru the entertainment world about everyday people.

Mo’Nique Angela Hicks, professionally known as Mo’Nique, our Home Girl, is returning to Baltimore for a night of comedy and entertainment; headlining the “Mo’Nique and FRIENDS COMEDY,” 8 p.m., Jan. 10, at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St.

With both publication, The Afro and the Baltimore Times together, I am celebrating 28 years as their Entertainment Columnist and thanks to you, my fans and supporters, you have made me one of the most popular Entertainment Columnist “Rambling Rose” on the East Coast. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope to continue to talk to you for many years to come. You keep reading me and I will keep writing.

I know you must have heard by now that one of our own Baltimore comedian, now, actress, talk show host, author and Oscar Award Winner, “Mo’Nique” is returning to Baltimore to give us one hell-la-va show on Saturday, January 10 at 8 p.m. at the Hippodrome Theatre, located at 12 N. Eutaw Street. She will be joined by many of our local comedians that will make you laugh until your stomach hurt. “The Mo’Nique and Friends Comedy Show” are produced by Kleon Da Comedian and The Kle Team with music provided by DJ Don Juan. Kleon Da Comedian & the Kle Team were founded in May of

Eleanor Janey, one of Baltimore’s Jazz musician promoters, and a long- time member of the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund poses with one of our first place recipients in 1997. Shown here at the Caton Castle recently where he performed and I understand he took the roof of the sucker. BRAVO! JUSTIN THOMAS, BRAVO! The organization is so proud of you.

2005 by Baltimore native Keith Norman, also known as Kleon Da Comedian. The Kle Team is a successful independent entertainment group whose members are all 30 years of age and under. Kleon and his team produce comedy shows and sketches, movies, and stage plays. The Kle Team also supports and develops charity events that involve feeding the homeless several times throughout the year in various parts of the country.

It has been a long time since I have seen Mo’Nique and I am looking forward to being at her show. I remember the first story I wrote about her being a very funny and gifted comedian when she was at the Baltimore Comedy Factory Outlet and when she cut the ribbon to her own Comedy Club years later. Now look at her now. We are so proud of her. For tickets and more information, call 410-837-7400 or purchase tickets at Ticketmaster.

Justin Thomas, renowned multifarious musician, who is gifted and can play many instruments with perfection, one of Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund recipients when he was 7 years old, was back in Baltimore, performing and sharing the stage with renowned Warren Wolf Jr. at the Caton Castle recently.

Looking ahead, the Maryland Van Council is having their Annual Dance at the Pikesville Community Hall, 40 E. Sudbrook Lane in Baltimore on Saturday, January 17, 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. They will have live entertainment featuring Habit Band and DJ music. Also, yours truly, “Rambling Rose” will be there doing a book signing. It is Cabaret style, so BYOB with free set-ups. For ticket information, call Swat at 443-416-4016.

The Kings Landing Women’s Service Club is having their Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday, January 19, 8-10:30 a.m. at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road in Baltimore. Their speaker will be Jesse Wineberry, CEO of Broadcast Urban Filmworks and yours truly; “Rambling Rose” will be there for a book signing. For ticket information, call 410-663-3199.

Well, my dear friends, it is about that time, and out of space. Remember, if you need me, email me at or call me at 410-833-9474. UNTIL THEN, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.