UPDATE (4/230/2015): The celebration of naming of Blaster Al Way has been postponed. No new date has yet been set. Here’s Rupert Wondolowski: “[T]he Blaster Al Worship Foundation has decided we should postpone our celebration in honor of the Freddie Gray Justice activities/movement, so that folks can be free to focus on that. We will set a new date when our hearts are lighter to trumpet the glory of Blaster’s humor and wisdom.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Blaster Al Ackerman was more than a writer and a mail artist. He was a full-on cult figure, whose sayings (e.g., “May you be blessed to work in a despised medium”) are widely quoted and whose pranks and stunts (e.g., performing his work with a bar of soap in his mouth) have become legendary. Read More →
Friday afternoon, 3-year-old McKenzie Elliot was hanging out on the porch of a house in Waverly. She was waiting for her dad to take her swimming when a brief gun battle erupted down the street, and a stray bullet struck and killed the toddler. Two others were injured, but it’s McKenzie whose story has broken hearts all over Baltimore– and the world.
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Goucher student and Baltimore Fishbowl intern Marie Claire Byrant will write this summer our “Exhibit of the Week”, a new series to draw your attention to one of the many outstanding art shows around town. The first installment features the show of Ryan Thompson, Associate Professor of Art & Design at Trinity Christian College, now showing at Lease Agreement. – The Eds.
Records are Written in Stone
new work by Ryan Thompson
May 29– June 22
Get Your Tickets to the Lardarius Webb Softball Game 2014 and Benefit the 29th Street Community Center
We are raising money for the 29th Street Community Center by selling tickets to the Lardarius Webb Softball Game 2014 on Saturday, June 1st at 3:30pm. It’s going to be a great time!
Please consider buying tickets, telling your friends and networks, or supporting another family from the community center to go in your place!
Tickets are $8 for kids 17 yrs and under, and $10 for adults!
I knew Pete’s Grille was amazing when I heard that Michael Phelps ate there many mornings during his training for the Olympics. But yesterday, my favorite Waverly breakfast spot made me love it more than ever… by offering to pick up hungry neighbors and drive them to the restaurant. You know, like delivery — but in reverse!
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At the time of Baltimore’s 2010 Snowpocalypse, I was living on Venable Avenue in Waverly. The street was literally never plowed. My neighbors and I eventually had to clear the block with shovels. Actually, it was a pretty good bonding experience.
But the State Highway Administration doesn’t want to be caught with insufficient resources the next time we experience an actual blizzard. To that end, the SHA has added two nasty double-wing snow plows — for a total of three such $200,000 unstoppable snow-killers — to its fleet of 2,400 plows, salt-spreaders, and magnesium chloride trucks. Read More →
What with the national mail system bleeding money (and consequently raising the price of a first-class stamp again), I imagine the higher-ups at the USPS aren’t happy hearing that two of their Baltimore post offices are “cash cows” — but not in a good way.
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Yau Bros. Carry Out, on Greenmount Avenue in Waverly, has been the site of four murders since 2009. It’s a disturbing presence in what is otherwise a worthwhile business district populate by the likes of Darker Than Blue, Pete’s Grille, Trinidad Gourmet, and Normal’s Books & Records.
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