Culture, Money & Power

Baltimore to Celebrate Labor Day by Not Having a Grand Prix

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 11:10am

Baltimore Grand Prix

It’ll be ike this, but no barriers, bleachers, fans, or race cars.

For three years Baltimore has celebrated Labor Day, a holiday dedicated to the contributions of American workers, in a novel way. We installed a race course that impeded commutes and reduced the patronage of downtown restaurants. But now that the star-crossed Baltimore Grand Prix has been called off indefinitely, we can enjoy Labor Day weekend just like we used to: by not tearing out a bunch of trees; not cursing (more than usual) as we try to navigate through downtown Baltimore; not trying to figure out whether an Indy Car street race is a net gain, a net loss, or a net we-don’t-want-to-know.

Baltimore Business Journal conducted an informal poll of their readers’ opinions on the race and found that 42 percent of respondents said the Grand Prix “was a financial mess, kept normal customers away from downtown and caused long traffic backups.” Read More →

Culture, Featured, Schools

Johns Hopkins Invites Journalist, One-Armed Adventurer, and Breaking Bad Actor to Campus

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 9:12am


It’s late August, which means it’s time for Johns Hopkins to announce the speakers for its annual MSE Symposium. The student-run speaker series always brings an interesting cross-section of famous folks, including everyone from Jerry Springer to Malcolm Gladwell to Will Ferrell to speak for free at the school. This year’s slate of speakers is eclectic, as usual.

This year’s theme is Learning From Experience: The Path Ahead for Generation Y. The speakers include:

Aron Ralston (September 17, 7 PM) – The guy who got trapped in a canyon and cut his own arm off to escape; he was played by James Franco in the 2010 movie 127 Hours, which was based on Ralston’s best-selling book. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Money & Power

Iggy Azalea Was at Horseshoe Casino Tuesday

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 9:04am

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea at NYC’s Irving Plaza in May

Iggy Azalea must have felt particularly — what’s the word? – snazzy. The hit Australian rapper with the Southern American drawl performed a surprise set at the opening of Horseshoe Casino Tuesday night. That’s according to Baltimore Sun nightlife reporter Wesley Case. And there’s no reason not to believe him.

The very, uh, posh entertainment didn’t end there. Gladys Knight performed as well. And Pauly D (of Jersey Shore) did  90-minute DJ set. Not necessarily performers you would ever think of together, but something for everyone. Read More →


Julia Louis-Dreyfus Honored for ‘Veep,’ Mauled by Bryan Cranston

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 9:50am

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Kissed by Bryan Cranston

Last night, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her third consecutive Emmy for her role in the Baltimore-shot Veep. Unlike the previous two occasions, this time she was attack-kissed by Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston on her way to receive the award. It was super weird! After the kiss went on for several seconds she pushed him away. And then Jimmy Fallon came over and gave him another shove before escorting Louis-Dreyfus to the stage. The “outstanding lead actress in a comedy series” was visibly flustered when she began her acceptance speech. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Lifeline

Nat Geo Is About to Make Baltimore Look Pretty Terrible

53 Written by: | Monday, Aug 25, 2014 10:13am

The National Geographic Channel’s next episode of Drugs, Inc. will focus on Baltimore, “the heroin capital of America,” where “everyone on street [sic] is on the hustle.” It’s called “The High Wire,” and, yeah, it’s not about circus performers.

According to the Baltimore Sun‘s TV critic David Zurawik, the one-hour episode “is filled with unnamed men in masks sitting behind bags full of dope and tables filled with guns, pills and money saying things like, ‘Life is definitely cheap in Baltimore … somebody kill you for free.’”

“The High Wire” highlights Lexington Market, not for its incredible selection of food, but for being (along with Pennsylvania Avenue) “the heart of Baltimore’s drug trade.” And it presents one junkie’s testimonial: Baltimore “is where you want to be for heroin.” Read More →

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STARTS HERE! The Ivy Bookshop Reading Series Tonight at Artifact Coffee

0 Written by: | Monday, Aug 25, 2014 10:00am

Starts Here! At Artifact Coffee


Monday, August 25, 2014 – 7:00pm

Jen Michalski hosts the August installment of our Starts Here! series. The evening will feature readings by Michael Kimball, Sarah Pinsker,Matthew Zingg.


By The Author

Michael Kimball is the author of seven books, including GalagaBig Ray, and Dear Everybody. His work has been translated into a dozen languages, and featured on NPRs All Things Considered and in Vice, as well as in The Guardian and Bomb.

Sarah Pinsker‘s novelette In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind, won the 2014 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and was a finalist for the Nebula Award. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Baltimore City Paper, and more, and in anthologies including Long HiddenFierce Family, and The Future Embodied. She co-hosts the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s Dangerous Voices Variety Hour, a reading series/quiz show.

Matthew Zingg’s work can be found in Blackbird, Muzzle, Sink Review, The Madison Review, The Awl, HTML Giant, 32 Poems, The Rumpus, The Paris-American, and Everyday Genius among others. Originally from Tennessee, Zingg now lives in Baltimore, where he hosts the Federal Dust Reading Series.


Culture, Shop Local

The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 22, 2014 3:01pm

From Pigtown Design – For the next few days, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is taking place, and I had a chance to visit the show today, courtesy of my charming friends at Spare Room Antiques. The show is huge with almost 600 dealers participating. One of the fun things about this show is the full schedule of booth talks, ranging from how to tell good china from bad, and building an affordable collection. See the full booth talk series schedule here.

I thought I’d share some of the pieces that caught my eye, starting with the amazing flowers in massive urns that were scattered around the show floor. Each arrangement was at least five feet tall!


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Culture, Health and Fitness

Local TV Station Seeks Doctor to Host Upcoming Talk Show

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 22, 2014 2:50pm

Calling all docs: Did you ever dream of a career in television?  Could you be the next Dr. Oz? Charm TV, Baltimore’s public access station, wants you!  Also known as Channel 25, the TV station rebranded itself in June to include more lifestyle spots and plans to launch later this year a health and wellness web series.  For details, read the press release below. Good luck! – The Eds.

CharmTV, Baltimore’s premiere television station that spotlights the essence of Baltimore, is holding open auditions to find the perfect host for a new health and wellness web series it plans to launch later this year.

CharmTV is seeking a Baltimore-based doctor with ties to the Baltimore community, preferably a general practitioner or internist. The ideal host will have some TV experience, but it is not required.

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Ravens Watched ‘Lucy’ Yesterday Instead of Practicing

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 11:07am

Ravens watched Lucy yesterday

Well, the Baltimore Ravens were gonna practice yesterday, but then they realized that most of them hadn’t yet seen the new Scarlett Johansson-Morgan Freeman thriller Lucy, they went and did that instead. Or that’s how I like to picture it, anyway.

The way coach John Harbaugh tells, he wanted to get the players “off their legs a little bit” after “two really good practices.”

Harbaugh confirmed that the sci-fi film (which, if you have seen it, dares to pose the question What if a movie audience only used 10 percent of their brains?) was chosen unanimously by the Ravens leadership council. Read More →

Culture, Health and Fitness, Lifeline

Kid Tested, Mother Approved: Local Aerial Adventures for Children Get Thumbs Up from Youths

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 3:00pm


Kids are natural monkeys. They love to climb.

Entrepreneur Matt Baker, who owns Terrapin Adventures in Savage, has tapped into the natural desire of kids to go to the tree tops with a new high-wire act: a ropes course just for kids called the Terrapin Explorers Kids Course. It’s designed specifically for children ages 5-9. Parents rejoice!  Put away the iPads, pack the kids in the car and go.

The course features two levels, balance challenges, a 20-foot rock wall,  and two zip lines. It’s a rope- and steel-cable playground in the sky.  The object, over the course of about an hour, is to climb over, balance, scramble up, and zing down zip lines all the while yelling, “Whooop! Watch this, Ma!” as my son did last Saturday. It’s a blast. Read More →

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