Sharon Love Opens B Love Gifts for the Holidays

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Still seeking a special something for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list?  Stop by Sharon Love’s pop-up shop B Love in the Village of Cross Keys.

Ida Lupino at 100: Watch the pioneering director’s work at the Parkway and the Charles

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Image via IMDB

Ida Lupino, best known for playing tough-talkers in ’40s film noirs and celebrated as a pioneering woman director back when there were far fewer women allowed to make movies than there are now (and there still aren’t anywhere near enough), would’ve turned 100 this year. This weekend, Baltimore low-key celebrates her work with screenings of three of the spare and scrappy thrillers she directed.

CSX is recommitting to the Howard Street Tunnel expansion plan

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An archived image of the tunnel at Camden Station, Courtesy Library of Congress

A little over a year ago, freight giant CSX backed out of a long-sought plan to expand the 122-year-old Howard Street Tunnel running from the Port of Baltimore beneath the city, calling it a “business decision” not worthy of $455 million worth of public and private investments.

But last night, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin’s office announced CSX has recommitted to widening the 1.7-mile tunnel’s clearance to fit double-stacked train cars carrying cargo from the Port of Baltimore.

What a new Pimlico Race Course could look like

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Image via the Maryland Stadium Authority.

The dirt oval where Seabiscuit and War Admiral faced off head-to-head would be gone, torn up and relegated to history, as would the creaky grandstands and clubhouse where fans cheered on greats like Secretariat, American Pharoah and Justify, all eventual Triple Crown winners.

Under a new $424 million plan put forth in a report by the Maryland Stadium Authority, Pimlico Race Course would remain up on Old Hilltop, but everything would be razed and a new multi-use complex would be built on the 110-acre parcel. The new track, 15/16 miles in length on the dirt, would be rotated 35 degrees clockwise, and there are plans for an all new state-of-the-art clubhouse for the massive crowds that turn out for the Preakness Stakes.

Hot Plate: Refugee and Immigrant Arts Feast, champagne menu at Petit Louis, Filipino Festivus, pop-up night market at Ekiben and more

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Petit Louis is celebrating all month long with a prix fixe champagne dinner and heavily discounted bottles.

The monument is lit, the city is sparkling and it’s a wonderful time of year to be in Baltimore. This week offers some terrific opportunities to head out to dinner to celebrate the holidays. Here’s a look at what local restaurants have planned:

‘Rolling Stone’ names Ottobar one of the 10 best live music venues in America

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Photo via Loopnet

The Ottobar is one of the 10 best live music venues in the country, according to no less an authority than legendary rock magazine Rolling Stone.