Public meeting about Penn Station redevelopment set for July 31

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An artist’s rendering of the future Baltimore Penn Station, via Amtrak

Amtrak and the 14 companies it’s chosen to re-do Baltimore Penn Station and the surrounding area are ready to meet with the public later this month.

Weekend Events Calendar: Caribbean Carnival at Clifton Park, the 2018 debut of Flicks from the Hill, Federal Hill Jazz and Blues Festival and Hopped Homebrew Competition

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The Baltimore/ D.C. One Caribbean Carnival. Photo via dccarnival.org.

No signs of a summer slowdown yet, Baltimore. This weekend, Clifton Park hosts a colorful Caribbean Carnival, and the Federal Hill Jazz and Blues Festival goes off after getting rescheduled. Elsewhere, check out your local rock opera society’s yard sale, dunk a local celebrity at R. House or dance under the stars after eating crab at the sculpture garden. Even emo kids will be happy. Drink it in:

La Buco di Marco’s pizza shows promise, but the Butchers Hill restaurant needs adjustments to flourish

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Pizza is a highlight at La Buco di Marco in Butchers Hill.

About halfway through our dinner at La Buco di Marco, “Welcome to the Jungle” came on the radio. It was the right song at the right time. The restaurant, at that moment, was starting to feel a little wild.

USA Today analysis: After Freddie Gray’s death, BPD officers decreased ‘on-view’ police work

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Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

Baltimore police still respond to calls for help quickly, but following the death of Freddie Gray and trials of officers charged in Gray’s death, the number of cops who report suspicious activity on the streets has plummeted, according to a new analysis by USA Today.

I was the Oldest Person at the Taylor Swift Concert

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Taylor Swift Reputation Tour, FedEx Field, Washington, D.C. Photo by Jane Sartwell.

Have you heard of Car Seat Headrest? Neutral Milk Hotel? Nilüfer Yanya? Tay-K? Alt-J? Milo, the rapper who references Nabokov and Aristotle, rhyming “axis” with “praxis”? These are some of the musicians we listened to in the car Tuesday night coming home from the Taylor Swift concert. My daughter Jane, who turned 18 last month and got a tattoo and a vape to celebrate, is a big girl now. As I write this, she will only be living at home for another 28 days and then she will be off to the Catskills to attend a school that advertises itself as “a place to think.” She is ready for that. She acquired her notebooks even before her shower caddy and extra-long twin sheets.

Event Pick: Mix your own cocktail at Sagamore Spirit

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Photo via Facebook.

There’s no better feeling after knocking off work than heading to a bar for a nice cocktail or two to unwind from day-to-day stresses. But that can add up quick. Tonight, employees at the Sagamore Spirit distillery will show attendees how to mix two drinks, the Black-Eyed Rye and Maryland Mule, using the company’s signature rye whiskey.

BPD moving 115 officers to patrol to boost community presence, fight OT surge

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Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

The Baltimore Police Department is shifting 115 officers to patrol shifts this week to reduce vacancies in each district and “have an increased presence on the street,” Acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said Wednesday morning.

BOPA appoints CEO from within to succeed Bill Gilmore

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Newly appointed BOPA CEO Donna Drew Sawyer (in white, at center), joined by Mayor Catherine Pugh and BOPA staff. Photo by Mark Dennis, courtesy of BOPA.

After 6 months without a CEO of the nonprofit that serves as the city’s official arts council, Mayor Catherine Pugh today announced Donna Drew Sawyer as the new head of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.