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Club Charles, storied Station North bar, has closed

Club Charles, the storied dive bar in Station North, has closed, according to a sign posted outside the establishment on Thursday. “Due to unforseen circumstances, Club Charles is closed starting this evening, July 27,” the sign states. It is not clear whether the closing is temporary ...

Crooked Crab Brewing Company plans to open brewery and taproom in Odenton

Over a round of beers one day, Earl Holman, Alex Josephs and Dan Messeca — three Maryland natives and longtime friends — discussed their dream-job, opening a brewery. Like so many craft-beer enthusiasts before them, it was a topic they kept coming back to over time. So in 2015, they ...

What the Lethal Ladies at the center of 'Step' are up to now

What’s happened to the three young women at the center of ‘Step’ since filming stopped in May 2016 with their graduation from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women? Blessin Giraldo completed her freshman year at Coppin State University, majoring in business...

Bay Area on a budget: San Francisco and Napa Valley without the hefty price tag

San Francisco and Napa Valley regularly are among the top U.S. vacation destinations — and for good reason. With its historic neighborhoods, homes in the hills and picturesque views of the bay, San Francisco is a cultural and food mecca bursting with diverse options sure to please the most ...

Sascha's 527 cafe to close next week

Sascha’s 527 cafe will serve its last chopped salad next week. The Mount Vernon restaurant at 527 N. Charles St. is closing after service Aug. 4 as new owners take over the building. Owner Sascha Wolhandler put the building on the market in January*, and sold her catering business to Mallory ...

'Step' dance documentary is out to change the world's view of Baltimore

Even 19 years after leaving for New York City, Amanda Lipitz feels protective of her hometown. Which is one reason she’s so proud of her documentary, “Step,” and what she hopes it tells the world about Baltimore. “Every American city has problems,” says Lipitz, 37. “But ...

Sascha's 527 cafe to close next week

Sascha’s 527 cafe will serve its last chopped salad next week. The Mount Vernon restaurant at 527 N. Charles St. is closing after service Aug. 4 as new owners take over the building. Owner Sascha Wolhandler put the building on the market in April, not long after selling her catering business ...

Creative Alliance aims to tackle anti-Muslim bias by featuring renowned female Muslim performers

Baltimore’s Creative Alliance announced Wednesday that it will tackle anti-Muslim bias by bringing a half-dozen renowned female Muslim performers to Baltimore. The “Nisa/Women” program — “Nisa" is the Arabic word for “women” — is funded by a $145,000 grant ...

Food truck owners continue fight to overturn city's '300-foot rule'

Baltimore food truck owners continued their fight Wednesday to overturn a city rule that bars them from operating near brick-and-mortar restaurants. Attorneys representing food truck owners Joey Vanoni and Nikki Marks and lawyers for the city went before a Baltimore City Circuit Court...

'Trading Spaces' is casting Baltimore homeowners for reboot

“Trading Spaces” is coming back — and looking for Baltimore homeowners. The popular TLC reality show, on-air between 2000 and 2008, invites neighbors to swap houses and redecorate one room using a provided budget and the assistance of a professional designer. The reboot, hosted by ...

Pianists use their Concert Truck to make classical music more accessible

Classical musicians everywhere face the persistent question of how to reach new audiences, to get more people enthused about an art form they might not know much about. Some pianists have gone the extra mile to address the issue — they give free performances on a mobile stage dubbed the ...

Baltimore's video-game music scene continues to thrive with Bit Gen Gamer Fest

Each year since 2005, Bit Gen Gamer Fest has turned Baltimore into a neon-lit arcade in celebration of video-game culture — and in particular its nascent soundtracks, from the ominous digitized chords of “Castlevania” to the bright, instantly hummable melodies of “Super Mario ...

Celebrities rail against Trump's proposed ban on transgender people in the military

President Donald Trump hasn't exactly attracted many fans in Hollywood. And in the wake of his announcement Wednesday that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, he is facing a fresh wave of scathing criticism from a slew of celebrities who swiftly shared ...

'Wonder Woman 2' has a release date - now it's time to sign conquering director Patty Jenkins

On Saturday, Warner Bros. won over Comic-Con's big hall by announcing the sequel to this summer's "Wonder Woman." Late Tuesday, the studio won the internet by announcing the release date for "Wonder Woman 2." Now, WB just needs to continue the winning streak by signing up "Wonder Woman" director...

Hot sauce brand Huckle's to join Union Collective complex

Hot sauce brand Huckle’s is the latest Baltimore company to join Union Collective, the manufacturing and retail complex anchored by Union Craft Brewing set to open next year in Medfield, said Huckle’s CEO Harrison Long. Huckle’s, which has been brewing and bottling at Maggie’s ...

Michael Phelps, Discovery Channel defend race vs. simulated great white shark

Now that we know Michael Phelps didn’t actually race a real shark in Discovery Channel’s “Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White” on Sunday, and that viewers were not entirely happy to see the man-versus-pixels programming, what happened next should be about as surprising as ...

Maryland casinos up the ante with celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Todd English

There’s a key ingredient Maryland’s casinos are throwing into the mix as they look to elevate their culinary offerings: the celebrity factor. As two more celebrity chefs prepare to make their entry into Greater Baltimore, casinos are banking on their pull to boost their profiles to ...

Avenue Kitchen & Bar opens Wednesday in Hampden

Avenue Kitchen & Bar, the newest addition to Hampden’s dining scene, will make its debut Wednesday. The restaurant is replacing Le Garage, which closed in April at 911 W. 36th St. Patrick Dahlgren and Bill Irvin bought the restaurant with plans to create a destination for both everyday dining ...

Olney Theatre delivers vibrant revival of 'Thurgood'

The term “hero” gets tossed around so liberally these days that it feels good to be reminded of someone who fits the bill thoroughly — Thurgood Marshall, the subject of a one-man play enjoying a welcome revival at Olney Theatre Center. Written about a decade ago by George Stevens Jr., ...

'Step' documentary gets the red-carpet treatment in Baltimore

The Lethal Ladies of Baltimore will be getting the red carpet treatment tonight. “Step,” director Amanda Lipitz’s by turns heartbreaking and exhilarating visit with the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women’s “Lethal Ladies” step team, is getting its local ...

'The Bachelorette' recap: Perfect Peter is in trouble

This week on “The Bachelorette,” Rachel takes the final three men to Dallas to meet her family. I’m curious if her dad will be included this season as he, understandably, opted out of meeting Nick last season. Rachel greets Eric, a personal trainer from Baltimore who definitely chugs ...

10 Baltimore Restaurant Week menus that stand out: summer 2017 edition

Baltimore Restaurant Week returns July 28-Aug. 6, with more than 100 restaurants offering prix-fixe brunches, lunches and dinners up to $35. Conceived in New York, the promotion has become a way for restaurants across the country to drum up business during slow periods. It’s now offered ...

Has Michael Phelps jumped the shark? Social media world weighs in

Breaking news: Michael Phelps is beatable. But if you’re now thinking you can dominate the greatest Olympic swimmer of all time, first make sure you’re a shark. Phelps raced a great white, hammerhead and reef shark during Sunday night’s “Phelps vs. Shark: The Battle for Ocean ...

'Step' documentary will get the red-carpet treatment tonight

The Lethal Ladies of Baltimore will be getting the red carpet treatment tonight. “Step,” director Amanda Lipitz’s by turns heartbreaking and exhilarating visit with the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women’s “Lethal Ladies” step team, is getting its local ...

Annabel Lee Tavern to reopen Aug. 11

After closing in late May due to declining sales, Annabel Lee Tavern will reopen Aug. 11 with the help of new investors. Owner Kurt Bragunier said he’s adding nightly specials, expanding the weekend hours and working with OrderUp and Groupon in the hope of driving more sales at the Canton ...

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take victory lap 40 years in the making at Royal Farms Arena

Tom Petty rolled his shoulders and shimmied next to his mic stand, only to half-shrug and smirk at his attempts to dance moments later. He was feeling loose. “I feel a little mojo building up here tonight,” Petty said to the Royal Farms Arena crowd near the start of his two-hour-plus set ...

Baltimore restaurants honored for their wine lists by Wine Spectator

Four Baltimore restaurants — Wit & Wisdom Tavern, the Black Olive, Magdalena and the Capital Grille — were awarded the Best of Award of Excellence by veteran publication Wine Spectator in its newest issue. Each year, Wine Spectator hands out three levels of awards, in ascending order of ...

Muslim Food Fest returns to Baltimore

The Muslim Food Fest will return to Baltimore for a fifth year Aug. 12. The family-friendly festival features foods from halal vendors in the area. New this year is a bazaar of more than 30 purveyors selling clothing, toys, accessories and services. The event runs from noon to 10 p.m. at the ...

Michael Phelps didn't actually race a real shark on TV, and viewers aren't happy

Remember back in December 2014, when Discovery Channel hyped that a man would be eaten and then regurgitated by a giant snake on a special called “Eaten Alive?” Then that didn’t actually happen, and viewers were furious? We bring this up because 57 minutes into Discovery’s ...

Artscape 2017

Artscape, Baltimore's annual free arts festival, runs July 21-23.

Nitro Circus draws 22,000, delayed twice by rain

This Friday, Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live will be in Indianapolis for a show, the week after that it will head to Canada, and this October tour dates are scheduled in South Africa. But Sunday afternoon the Davidsonville resident, who grew up in Annapolis, was back in his hometown at ...

Sadness and shock as Baltimore Clayworks clears out

Retired pediatrician Eric Fine unwrapped the wet horse head from plastic and looked at it, not knowing what to do. He’d been working on it for weeks — the course was called “sculptural narrative with animal form.” The teacher was Kevin Rohde. But the course will never finish. ...

'Game of Thrones' episode 2 recap: 'Be a dragon'

Things are moving quickly for the lords and ladies and wolves of Westeros. Years of war and strife have torn them apart — and now, war and strife will bring them together. “Stormborn” opens, naturally, with a storm whipping the walls of Dragonstone, where Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion ...

Best bets for Baltimore Restaurant Week: summer 2017 edition

Baltimore Restaurant Week returns July 28-Aug. 6, with more than 100 restaurants offering prix-fixe brunches, lunches and dinners up to $35. Conceived in New York, the promotion has become a way for restaurants across the country to drum up business during slow periods. It’s now offered ...

Michael Phelps falls to great white shark in TV race

Michael Phelps lost his race against a great white shark to kick off Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” festivities Sunday night, falling by 2 seconds. The special culminated in 56-degree waters off the coast of South Africa, where Phelps, the 23-time Olympic gold medalist who grew up ...

Baltimore artist Paul Rucker tackles racism and justice, turns heads nationwide

The visual artist and musician Paul Rucker has a secret sauce. That’s no metaphor — there’s a brown-gold liquid in a clear glass bottle sitting on a work table in Rucker’s studio at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, where he’s an artist in residence. He’s spent the ...

Sean Spicer was part of White House disrespect for press

Don’t weep for Sean Spicer, who resigned today as press secretary to President Trump. He started out in his job six months ago lying about the size of the crowd for Trump’s inauguration, and the rest of his tenure was mainly marked by belligerence and severely reduced access for the press. ...

Giada de Laurentiis says she's opening a restaurant in Baltimore

Giada de Laurentiis, the Food Network chef known for her Italian cooking, says she is opening a restaurant in Baltimore . In a Facebook Live video on the Food Network’s Facebook page Friday, de Laurentiis took questions from viewers while making lemon ricotta cookies. One...

Yes, Artscape weekend is usually hot — but not always the hottest

Every summer, it seems like an inevitable heat wave rolls into Baltimore just in time for Artscape. This year, the largely outdoor free music and arts festival will take place during a Code Red heat advisory, meaning the heat poses a health risk. Art-lovers could face dehydration and hyperthermia...

Dan Metz joins Aggio as chef di cucina

Aggio, Bryan Voltaggio’s Italian restaurant in the Inner Harbor, has a new face at the head of its kitchen. Dan Metz has joined the restaurant as chef di cucina. A Cleveland native with experience in kitchens on both coasts of the country, Metz replaced Matt Crane in April and has been ...

ESPN to air documentary 'Baltimore Boys' featuring Dunbar boys basketball

Think Baltimore boys basketball, and the Dunbar Poets of the early 1980s come to mind. Coach Bob Wade’s talented team played flawlessly with a number of standouts — Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, Reggie Lewis, Reggie Williams and David Wingate — making their way to the NBA. ESPN ...

Mad River in Federal Hill to become the Charles this fall

Federal Hill nightlife veteran Mad River Bar & Grill closed in May for a rebranding. Now, management has decided on a name and concept. The bar and restaurant at 1110 South Charles St. will become the Charles this fall. Operating manager David Yike declined to give an opening date due to ongoing...

Revived Baltimore Eagle leather bar pulsates with good energy

When the Baltimore Eagle closed at the end of 2012, the city lost a storied establishment that was more than just a place to socialize and dance. It was an open-minded, safe space for all visitors, including those who embraced its leather subculture for personal enjoyment and empowerment. But ...

Michael Phelps vs. Great White Shark

Discovery Channel's hyped face-off between Michael Phelps and a great white shark airs this Sunday, the first day of Shark Week. See how the most decorated Olympian of all time fares against an apex predator of the sea. Related: Michael Phelps' 'Battle for Ocean Supremacy' vs. a shark finally has...

Banditos loses its liquor license for two weeks following triple stabbing

The Baltimore liquor board on Thursday suspended Banditos Bar & Kitchen’s liquor license for two weeks and imposed $6,000 in fines on the Federal Hill bar following a triple stabbing there in May. The bar and restaurant at 1118 S. Charles St. was charged with endangering general welfare, ...

Baltimore Clayworks artists will get chance to reclaim works from shuttered facility this weekend

After Baltimore Clayworks’ decision to shutter the decades-old ceramic arts center left artists and teachers without access to their work, the board of directors announced it will reopen the Mount Washington facilities this weekend during limited hours and under tight conditions. Facing over ...

Actor James Franco, David Simon, 'The Deuce' writers in Baltimore planning for Season 2

It was only last month that HBO announced that David Simon’s new series “The Deuce” would premiere this fall, but it seems the filmmaker is already planning for Season 2 and is attempting to convert actor James Franco and the show’s writers into Baltimoreans in the process. ...

Yes, Artscape weekend is pretty much always a scorcher

Every summer, it seems like an inevitable heat wave rolls into Baltimore just in time for Artscape. This year, the largely outdoor free music and arts festival will take place during a Code Red heat advisory, meaning the heat poses a health risk. Art-lovers could face dehydration and hyperthermia...