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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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What’s good today?: “Borderline,” Baltimore Old Time Jam One Year Anniversary, Primal Fear

April 29, 2014
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What’s good today?: “Borderline,” Baltimore Old Time Jam One Year Anniversary, Primal Fear

We’ve been to both New York and Los Angeles and can say they are vastly different places in terms of culture, layout, weather, vibe, and so on. In his two-day exhibit “Borderline,” French-born MICA student Maxime La explores the literal and metaphorical distance between these two places using a variety of media. Check it...
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Sounds like the Maryland Bacon Festival was a shit show

April 28, 2014
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Sounds like the Maryland Bacon Festival was a shit show

The first-ever Maryland Bacon Festival was held last Saturday at Rash Field, offering a variety of dishes featuring the salted pork, music, beer, vendors, and more. With chamber of commerce weather and great food, what could possibly go wrong? Apparently everything. An overwhelming number of reviews on the Maryland Bacon Festival’s Facebook page were...
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The Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival comes to Baltimore this summer

April 22, 2014
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The Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival comes to Baltimore this summer

Baltimoreans love crabs. Baltimoreans also love beer. But it wasn’t until this year that some genius decided to put these two incredible things together in festival form for our fair city. Luckily, the Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, held the past four years in southern Maryland, is coming to the Inner Harbor on June...
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What’s good today?: “The Wicker Man,” Alter Bridge

April 21, 2014
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What’s good today?: “The Wicker Man,” Alter Bridge

The Revival Series screens a fully restored version Robin Hardy’s 1973 horror film The Wicker Man. You probably know that title from the hilariously terrible Nicolas Cage remake in 2006, but swing by the Charles tonight to catch the real McCoy. Alter Bridge plays grunge power ballads at Rams Head Live. Portland punks Cruel...
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Shake Shack is coming to Baltimore

April 15, 2014
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Shake Shack is coming to Baltimore

Shake Shack, the New York-based burger joint that has also become a favorite in Washington, D.C., is opening its first Baltimore location, at 400 E. Pratt St., according to a tweet from Downtown Partnership president Kirby Fowler. According to a press release, the eatery is aiming to start serving delicious hot dogs and its...
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What’s good today?: DJ Dog Dick, “Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street,” Balor’s Eye

April 14, 2014
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What’s good today?: DJ Dog Dick, “Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street,” Balor’s Eye

We’re glad to see DJ Dog Dick come back to Baltimore, where he used to live and perform some of the crazier shows we’ve seen. With Dog Dick bringing us the weirdo avant-pop of LP The Life Stains, tonight’s gig at the Crown should be no exception. UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual...
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UPDATE: Harrowing video shows cyclist assault on Guilford Avenue

April 14, 2014
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UPDATE: Harrowing video shows cyclist assault on Guilford Avenue

A video uploaded to YouTube by user Michael Bowman shows a group assault on Bowman as he rode his bicycle north on Guilford Avenue, a designated cycling boulevard. Just after Bowman passes the Copycat Building, there’s a crashing sound, apparently the breaking of a bottle thrown at Bowman, and then a group riding southbound...
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What’s good this weekend?: Katt Williams, Caleb Stine, “The Memo”

April 11, 2014
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What’s good this weekend?: Katt Williams, Caleb Stine, “The Memo”

Friday Spring training, the preseason schedule before baseball season starts, may be over, but James Nasty and DJ Dad Weed are bringing it back for a sick sports-themed dance party called Spring Training tonight at the Ottobar. Dress up as a player or referee for discounted admission. Our personal opinion: you should be rocking...
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What’s good today?: “An Evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald,” Sound Off Live!, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

April 10, 2014
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What’s good today?: “An Evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald,” Sound Off Live!, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

“An Evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald” is not literally an evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald because both of them are dead. But it is a nice tribute from the University of Baltimore to the Jazz Age couple that once called the city home for a brief period, with readings of published works...
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What’s good today?: Gamernight, The Hustle, ELM

April 9, 2014
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What’s good today?: Gamernight, The Hustle, ELM

In last year’s Best of Baltimore issue, we named Brews and Board Games Happy Hour the Best Social Happy Hour in town. It seems people have caught on to the idea that drinks and games are generally a good time, including the Sidebar, hosts of Gamernight.  This is a little bit on the nerdier...
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