Baltimore: The City That Loves a Good Story

Photo by Aaron Curtis.

Want to hear a story? You’ve come to the right city. As the Stoop Storytelling series celebrates its 12th anniversary, it has been joined by a number of others in both live and digital venues around Baltimore.

For second straight year, Baltimore to host finals of ‘The Basketball Tournament’

Talmadge L. Hill Field House at Morgan State University. Photo via The Basketball Tournament/Twitter.

The Basketball Tournament, a hyper-competitive, cash-prize summertime basketball showcase, is coming back to Baltimore.

Event Pick: Alex Zhang Hungtai soundtracks the opening of Adam Davies’ Creative Alliance exhibit

Image via the Creative Alliance.

Adam Davies’ photographs show sparse, desolate public spaces like the columns of a bridge or a bend in the road in stark ways. In the new exhibit “Reroutings,” his architectural and landscape photographs will be displayed in a “monumental” size, 5-by-6 feet, and the gallery will have darkened walls and curtains for a more immersive experience. As an added bonus, Alex Zhang Hungtai, best known for the crooning lo-fi project Dirty Beaches, will perform electronic music in response to the pictures. And it’s all free.

Gallery opening reception starts at 6 p.m., Alex Zhang Hungtai performance at 7:30 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651,, free.

Redeemer Speaker Series: Tim Phillips, Co-founder of Beyond Conflict, March 14


The Church of the Redeemer is located at 5603 North Charles Street. Click here to sign-up for supper at 6:00 p.m. for $10 per person. There is no cost and no sign-up to attend the lecture only.

Shake and Bake Family Fun Center scheduled to reopen March 23

Image via the Department of Recreation & Parks.

The Shake and Bake Family Fun Center is scheduled to reopen later this month after it was closed last summer for major repairs, the Department of Recreation & Parks announced earlier this week.

Baltimore Blast start their run at a three-peat tonight

Credit: Brandon Weigel

The Baltimore Blast making the playoffs is about as dependable as the sun coming up each morning–the team has made the postseason for 11 straight seasons. But going for the third straight Major Arena Soccer League title is a rarer feat.

Pabst goes back to the nostalgia well to push more Natty Boh

Photo via National Bohemian

The Los Angeles-based Pabst Brewing Company announced yesterday that it is going to milk the National Bohemian cow until it is dry, i.e. it is releasing the first new Natty Boh beer in 30 years.

BMA debuts artist Stephen Towns’ mystical quilt collection on Nat Turner, American slavery

“Black Sun,” 2016, by Stephen Towns. Courtesy of the artist, photo by Joseph Hyde.

Four years ago, a vision came to Baltimore painter Stephen Towns for a brand new piece. He saw a black woman, a slave, feeding a white baby, against the backdrop of an American flag.

Beach House releases new track ‘Dive,’ announces new album details

Photo by Shawn Brackbill.

After dropping the delightful “Lemon Glow” and a cryptic message about a forthcoming album last month, local dream-pop duo Beach House returned this morning with a new song, “Dive,” and a name and release date for their seventh album, the appropriately titled “7.”

A Cat Named Bruce

“Bruce The Cat Is AWOL: We haven’t seen our cat Bruce (gray and white with a big belly) since yesterday. If anyone spots him, please let me know.” -Evergreen Community listserv

The email list in our neighborhood is an active one, what with people getting rid of furniture and gadgets, looking for plumbers and electricians, and calling for crews to pick up litter at Stony Run, the creek that runs along the edge of our three-block enclave. This posting about Bruce the Cat, complete with framed oil portrait, appeared one day in late February and turned out to be the first in a rather riveting series. But before we follow the drama of Bruce’s recent disappearance, let us begin with his origin story.