Culture, Featured, GreenLaurel

Ignite Your Sustainability at GreenLab@LightCity

0 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 1:28pm

Light City Baltimore’s electricity bill won’t break the bank this year. The event’s light installations use state-of-the-art energy-saving lighting units. Credit: Light City/BOPA

For a second year, Light City Baltimore will light up our town with a world-class light show, art, music and innovation conferences from March 31 to April 8. According to Jamie McDonald, Light City’s board co-chair, “If the light celebration, music and art is the beauty, the Labs@LightCity innovation conferences during the day are the brains.”

Consider checking out the sustainability-focused GreenLab@LightCity on April 4. GreenLab will offer insights and strategies from national and local thinkers on how we can chart a sustainable future for every zip code.

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Culture, Food & Drink

Light City 2017 Goes All-Local with Food and Drink Lineup

0 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 09, 2017 2:36pm

“Peacock” by Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller. Photo via

Those who drop by this year’s nine-day Light City festival will have a wide range of local fare from which to choose.

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Featured, Lifeline

Soon, You Can Learn How to Build and Fly Drones at Open Works

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 9:34am

A boy at the McDonogh School builds a drone, Courtesy Global Air Media

A new collaboration between Baltimore’s Open Works and Global Air Media makes the days when parents first sent their teenagers away to computer camp look like ancient history.

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Food & Drink, Hot Plate

Hot Plate: Valentine’s Day, The Local Fry Turns Two, Whisky Weekend at Magdalena & The Ivy Hotel

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 10, 2017 7:55am

Star anise-dusted venison is on the Valentine’s Day menu at The Milton Inn.

It’s that time of year when hearts, flowers and prix fixe menus dominate the restaurant scene. It’s Valentine’s weekend! Baltimore restaurants do have a lot of big plans in the works for the holiday, but this week offers more than chocolate.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in and around town:

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Featured, Urban Landscape

Year End Round-Up: With Harbor Point, CORE and Growing Influence of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, Development Spread Far Beyond Downtown in 2016

0 Written by: | Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 11:11am

Mechanic Theatre lot

The year in development began, the way every year does, as a blank slate waiting to be filled. But it also began literally with a blank slate in the form of a gaping hole downtown where the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre once stood.

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Wednesday Morning Headlines: School Bus Driver Killed in Crash Had Mostly Clean Record; Dr. Wen Reframes Addiction; and More

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Nov 02, 2016 7:24am

Double shooting in Oldtown near several schools Tuesday afternoon – FOX45

BOPA Says Lawsuit Will Not Affect 2017’s Light City Baltimore – Baltimore Mag

Baltimore school bus contractor involved in crash had clean record in recent years, but crash in 2012 – Baltimore Sun

Baltimore’s health commissioner is revamping the way we think about drug addiction—and so much more – Baltimore City Paper

Anne Arundel County Schools Set To Vote On Schedule To Start Next Year After Labor Day – WBAL Radio


Thursday Morning Headlines: Rep. Sarbanes Discusses Re-Election Bid; Thousands of Rape Kits Untested; and More

0 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 7:23am

Thousands of rape kits go untested in Maryland — Baltimore Sun

Man, 43, Baltimore’s latest murder victim — ABC2

The Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame Turns 60 — Baltimore Mag

Light City Baltimore creators claim they gave no property rights to city — BBJ

Q&A With Congressman John Sarbanes — SouthBmore


Culture, Featured, Money & Power

City Takes ‘Light City Baltimore’ Creators to Court Over Ownership Rights

1 Written by: | Friday, Oct 21, 2016 9:22am

Courtesy Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

Courtesy Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

Baltimore’s arts council is suing the couple who planted the idea seed for the festival that lit up Baltimore and brought hundreds of thousands to the Inner Harbor this past spring.

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Culture, Featured, GreenLaurel

‘Kindling’ Looks to Spark Conversations Across Races and Neighborhoods

1 Written by: | Monday, Apr 25, 2016 3:18pm

Kindling’s vision team plans a unique community conversation. Pictured are: Andre Robinson, Nel Andrews, Jamie McDonald, Dale Terrill, and Quincey Gamble. Meryam Bouadjemi not pictured.

It’s safe to say that one factor Freddie Gray’s death and the ensuing unrest exposed is that Baltimore continues to be a city divided. We have a lot to learn about each other. Like other cities, many of us stick with who and what we know.  We tend to stay in our zones which makes it tough to engage with others outside of our routine. 

When key players from OneBaltimore, Innovation Village, Mt. Royal Community Development Corp, and the Light City team examined how to bridge these divides, they came up with a new idea called “Kindling.” As the name implies, Kindling is designed to spark one-on-one conversations between Baltimoreans who may never get the opportunity to know one another.

The inaugural Kindling event will be held this Saturday, April 30 at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge in historic Bolton Hill in Innovation Village. Consider taking part in a new type of community conversation built on the belief that progress will be made when we move past labels and see one another as individuals.
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