Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]

Beach House to serve as WTMD’s inaugural artist in residence

Photo by Shawn Brackbill.

Local dream-pop duo Beach House is the first artist in residence with Towson-based alternative music station WTMD, the station announced today.

So what does that mean exactly? It means vocalist/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally will offer a series of radio specials in the lead-up to the duo’s June 11 homecoming show at the Hippodrome Theatre.

Jawbox headlining Metro Gallery for club’s 12th anniversary

Photo by Shane Gardner.

Jawbox, the highly regarded 1990s post-hardcore band, will grace the Metro Gallery’s stage on Saturday to mark the club’s 12th anniversary, the venue announced today.

Fronted by J. Robbins, who now runs the Magpie Cage Recording Studio here in Baltimore, the group released two LPs on the seminal punk label Dischord Records before scoring a deal with Atlantic.

Baltimore County Public Schools puts it to the people: When should classes start?

A Baltimore County Public Schools bus. Image via Facebook.

The issue of school start times has been one of Maryland’s hottest political footballs in recent years.

Gov. Larry Hogan, with the support of Comptroller Peter Franchot, issued an executive order in 2016 that required schools to start after Labor Day and end before June 15. He heralded the move as a boon for tourist destinations in the state, like Ocean City, and said it “will help protect the traditional end of summer.”

Earlier this year, however, the Maryland General Assembly put an end to that, passing a bill to return the power of start dates to the individual school boards. Hogan vetoed the measure, but legislators overrode it.

Friday’s Cardi B concert postponed until September

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Due to “circumstances beyond her control,” Cardi B has postponed her headlining gig at 92Q’s Spring Bling, scheduled for this Friday at Royal Farms Arena, until Sept. 8, the venue announced.

The concert’s host, local radio station 92Q, said the postponement was due to “health issues” and pointed to a TMZ story listing those issues as complications from plastic surgery.

Harrison completes executive team with hires of Sullivan, Wilson

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. Photo via Baltimore Police Department.

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison today announced he has filled out his executive team with the hires of two deputy commissioners, one leading operations and the other helming the Public Integrity Bureau.

Preakness, Black-Eyed Susan set betting handle records

War of Will wins the 2019 Preakness Stakes. Image courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.

While the lack of a Kentucky Derby winner may have tamped down interest in the Preakness Stakes for casual fans, bettors saw a wide-open race and wagered a record sum.

The Preakness card took in a record betting handle of $99.85 million, the Maryland Jockey Club announced. Per Daily Racing Form reporter Jim Dunleavy, $54,463,335 of that total was bet on the Preakness alone.

Baltimore County launches working group on opioid epidemic

The Baltimore County Courthouse. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikipedia.

Baltimore County has assembled a working group of medical professionals to develop a strategy for combating the opioid crisis, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. announced today.

The group will solicit public feedback through an online survey and two community meetings, and then devise a plan for tackling the crisis.

Inspector general investigating DPW, raids disposal yards

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The Office of the Inspector General is conducting an investigation of the Department of Public Works.

According to multiple reports, investigators were spotted carrying boxes of files outside City Hall that were taken from disposal yards on Bowleys Lane and Reedbird Avenue.

Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming told Baltimore Fishbowl it is an “ongoing investigation involving DPW and it doesn’t have anything to do with [former] Mayor Pugh.”

The Windup Space: An Appreciation

Photo by Brandon Weigel.

In high school, and later in the summers between college semesters, my friends and I would get together to watch straight-to-video releases, marveling at how hilariously bad some of them could be.

We’d scour the shelves of our local Blockbuster seeking low-budget creature movies or action flicks with stars who had fallen a couple rungs down the Hollywood ladder (Tom Sizemore and Dennis Hopper being a few examples). The worse the acting and special effects, and the bigger the plot holes, the better.

‘Out of the Blocks’ wins third National Endowment for the Arts grant

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“Out of the Blocks,” Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick’s WYPR show chronicling the lives of people on individual city blocks, has received its third grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the station announced today.

The $20,000 grant is one of 977 awarded in the Art Works category by the federal agency.

“We’re extremely grateful for the NEA’s ongoing trust in the philosophy and methodology of ‘Out of the Blocks,'” Henkin, producer of the series, said in a statement. “This award is a real validation of the belief that everyone’s story is worth listening to and learning from.”