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May 16, 2014
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Herroner Il Mayore Stephanie “$RB” Rawlings-Blake—and her hat—made quite an impression at Pimlico’s Black Eyed Susan Day. This photo needs a caption. We’ll pick the best one from the comments below and give the writer a pair of tickets to any movie at a Landmark Theater.
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Gold Bar to close at the end of May

May 6, 2014
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Gold Bar to close at the end of May

Gold Bar, the local night club and music venue across the hall from the Crown in the Hyundai Plaza building in Station North, today announced it will close at the end of the month, according to a post on the venue’s Facebook page. The full text can be read here: As some people may...
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Baltimore parking: It’s either really great or really terrible, say visiting writers

May 6, 2014
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Baltimore parking: It’s either really great or really terrible, say visiting writers

Parking in Baltimore is either a shangri-la of open pavement that leaves writers from much busier metropolises dumbfounded in its availability or a clusterfuck of cars that signifies the city is following in the footsteps of America’s mecca for hipsterfied gentrification, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A. At least those are the opinions of the Washington Post‘s...
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Free Comic Book Day In Baltimore

May 1, 2014
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There are a few high holidays on the comic book nerd calendar. Free Comic Book Day, which takes place this Saturday, May 3, is one of the highest. Each year, the comic book stores of America dole out a myriad of free floppys to both entice the newbies and prepare vet readers for the...
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Public service announced for Sam Holden

May 1, 2014
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Public service announced for Sam Holden

Tim Conder, friend and former Shineola bandmate of late Baltimore photographer Sam Holden, has organized a sunset memorial service for Holden at Pier 6 Concert Pavilion, to be held Sat., May 3, from 7:30 to 9:30pm. The event’s Facebook page explains the logistics: “When entering the Pier 6 Concert Pavilion, enter through the West...
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How to Survive in Baltimore

April 29, 2014
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How to Survive in Baltimore

Business Insider might think living in New York City is hard, but it’s got nothing on Baltimore. Stick the these steadfast rules, though, and you should be okay. (Illustrations by Charlie Herrick)
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Iconic City Paper photographer Sam Holden dies at 44

April 28, 2014
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Iconic City Paper photographer Sam Holden dies at 44

Artist statements tend to be didactic, stilted affairs, less reflective of the artists’ work than of the pressure they surely feel when trying to distill what they do into a sentence or two. But Baltimore photographer Sam Holden’s statement, posted on his website (samholdenphotography.com), is an easy, honest breeze, a model of spare enthusiasm:...
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Public-health expert calls proposed e-cig regs a qualified “disaster”

April 25, 2014
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Public-health expert calls proposed e-cig regs a qualified “disaster”

The proposed regulations of electronic cigarettes (“e-cigs”), released yesterday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are contained in 241 pages that are being combed through by the large and growing universe of people and players interested in the technology’s future. One, Dr. Michael Siegel (pictured)—a Boston University School of Public Health physician...
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Video: Four uses for Fred Lazarus Legacy Stamps (NSFW)

April 23, 2014
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As part of Lazarus Legacy Week, MICA is selling Lazarus Legacy stamps for just $1 apiece—only a 108% percent markup of its face value! Here’s a MICA administration official suggesting four potential uses for the commemorative stamps…
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MICA students respond to Lazarus retirement

April 23, 2014
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Yesterday, we reported on MICA’s attempt to make students and starving adjuncts care about the departure of president Fred Lazarus. Today, we gauge the student response in another video.
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Video exclusive: The historical roots of MICA’s Lazarus Legacy Week

April 22, 2014
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Video exclusive: The historical roots of MICA’s Lazarus Legacy Week

The cult-of-personality propaganda surrounding outgoing MICA President Fred Lazarus this week is astounding: Students are invited to partake in “Buttons and Bow ties,” “Fred Talks,” and, of course, attend the “We Love Fred” celebration (for $10 to $136). Students and overworked adjuncts can join a “bow tie mob” or purchase Lazarus Legacy stamps (like...
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Remembering Children’s Books of Yesteryear during National Library Week

April 17, 2014
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Remembering Children’s Books of Yesteryear during National Library Week

Feeling rebellious over our dizzying speed-mad era of e-books, e-readers, digital and virtual realities, I want to advocate for the practice of borrowing a good old-fashioned book from the library—especially now, during National Library Week. I want to remind everyone of the simple joy of settling down in a cozy nook, turning well-worn pages, and...
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