Baltimost: Mark Osteen, co-founder Baltimore Jazz Alliance, vice president Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society

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Credit: Kris Faatz.

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Mark Osteen, 65, is co-founder Baltimore Jazz Alliance and vice president Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society.

In his words: “When you go to a jazz performance, it’s a different show every night. Art is unfolding before your eyes in that second. It’s never going to come back again. You’re catching art on the fly. You get to see musicians and artists working together to create something bigger than they are.

Kick off the Season with a Holiday Hoopla at The Village of Cross Keys on 11/30

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On Saturday, November 30, deck the halls at The Village of Cross Keys at their Holiday Hoopla. Enjoy strolling carolers while you start your holiday shopping. Check out the season’s arts and crafts while you sip hot cocoa. Santa will be there for pictures, checking his list twice, so make sure you are on your best behavior. The Village of the Cross Keys’ Holiday Hoopla is the perfect way to kick off the season.

Lyft, city partner on flat fare for South and West Baltimore residents buying groceries

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Image via Lyft.

Under an agreement with the city, Lyft drivers will take residents of some South and West Baltimore neighborhoods to buy groceries for a flat $2.50 fare, no matter the distance traveled to get to the store.

The Grocery Access Program, as it’s called, will give eight rides to the store per month, from Nov. 18, 2019 to April 30, 2020, to 200 car-less residents who live in healthy food priority areas, previously known as food deserts, without a neighborhood grocery store offering nutritional foods such as fresh produce.

The HI Baltimore Hostel, an affordable option for travelers, closes and goes up for sale

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

For sale: 38-bed hostel. Prime downtown location. Lots of memories.

After serving thousands of budget-conscious travelers over the past four decades, one of Baltimore’s most affordable lodging options has closed its doors permanently and is now for sale for $675,000.

The HI Baltimore Hostel at 17 W. Mulberry St., served its last customers on Oct. 19 and is being shown to prospective buyers.

Lenny Moore statue moves closer to finding a home

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A rendering of the proposed Lenny Moore statue placed at a city-owned lot just south of M&T Bank Stadium.

Where’s the best place in Baltimore to put a statue honoring Colts great Lenny Moore, who will turn 86 on Nov. 25? The sports complex at Camden Yards? The former site of Memorial Stadium, where he played?

Does the city want one at all?

Those were the questions put before Baltimore’s Public Art Commission, which has the authority to accept gifts of public statuary intended for city-owned land, at a meeting today.

After a three-month break, the Baltimore Eagle reopens today

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

After a three-month hiatus, the lights are coming back on at the Baltimore Eagle.

The Charles Street leather bar, one of the largest LGBTQ-friendly night spots in the city, is reopening today under its third management team in three years.

There’s a new chain link fence motif in the front windows and two Leather Pride flags hanging over the entrance ramp. Managers posted messages online that doors will open Nov. 15. “If you’re not tied up Friday,” one posting says, “come to our place.”