Brandon Weigel


Mysteries Revealed: 19th-century Copycat Building safe gets cracked

The open safe in Spencer Grundler’s Copycat loft. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Turns out an assist from Reddit was not required for Spencer Grundler to open the century-old safe he found in a hallway at the Copycat Building.

After consulting the messageboard in May for tips on how to open the 4-foot-tall black safe found in the hallway of the old industrial warehouse, a different lead to a professional locksmith, Advanced Security Safe & Lock, came through, and earlier this month, on the Fourth of July, the safe was cracked.

Event Pick: Sample some homebrewed beer made with ‘mystery ingredients’


Homebrewing can be a fun way to experiment with different types of beer, and it will yield bottles and bottles of suds. But it can take a lot of time, and if the new flavor profile ends up being a bust, well, you’re stuck with it. With the 4th Annual Hopped Homebrew Competition, hosted by Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey Bar and Nepenthe Homebrew, 20 local homebrewers have done all the work and waited all that time for you. All you have to do is drink. And judge.

Q&A: Ratscape organizer Josh Schleupner talks reviving the festival, the need for new practice spaces and more

A t-shirt design by Daniel Calhoun.

When I met Josh Schleupner for coffee earlier this week, the music festival he’s helping to organize, Ratscape, was “starting to morph,” he told me. Last-minute confirmations from bands were still rolling in, and he was waiting for some vendors to sign on.

Lexington Market shut down after viral video shows rat in bakery case

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Management at Lexington Market announced it is closing the market for the day after video surfaced showing a rat crawling over baked goods in a glass case.

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

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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.

Event Pick: Mix your own cocktail at Sagamore Spirit

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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.

Event Pick: Enjoy an evening of family-friendly activities at Evergreen Museum

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With nary a cloud in the sky, tonight provides a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the long summer evenings of sunlight. The Evergreen Museum and Library, once the country retreat of railroad baron John W. Garrett, is capitalizing with an evening of family fun outdoors and access to parts of the Gilded Age estate.

Dan Deacon, J Pope and the HearNow, Wume and many more to play Believe in Music and Md. Science Center’s Halloween party

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Electronic musician Dan Deacon, hip-hop soul group J Pope and the HearNow, hip-hop artist Joy Postell and experimental duo Wume are just some of the highlights from this year’s stacked Halloween party hosted by Believe in Music and the Maryland Science Center.

Condition of 7-year-old gunshot victim improves slightly, police continue search for white Mercedes

Taylor Hayes. Photo via the Baltimore Police Department.

The condition of Taylor Hayes, a 7-year-old girl shot last week in Allendale, has improved slightly, Acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said at a news conference today after talking with the girl’s doctor throughout the weekend.

Both Tuggle and police spokesman T.J. Smith stressed that Hayes still has a long way to go in her recovery.

Event Pick: Educators Aaron Maybin and Brandi Chantalle discuss minority mental health

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Last week, former NFL player and current Baltimore City educator Aaron Maybin posted on his Twitter that he’d been going to therapy. It was something he had been afraid to bring up, he wrote, and then he began to wonder why that was.

“If more of us were open, transparent & vocal about how therapy has helped us,” he went on, “maybe more people would consider it an option before it becomes too late.”