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]

A recap of Baltimore Fishbowl’s 2018 election stories

Photo by Justin Grimes, via Flickr

It’s finally here: Election Day. While many across the country will be focused on the Democrats’ chances of taking back one or both houses of Congress, there’s no shortage of interesting races going on here in Maryland. Since the primary, Baltimore Fishbowl has written stories about and/or interviewed some of the candidates on the ballot.

Here’s a quick roundup of our coverage.

Legendary local rock club The Ottobar to be sold

Photo via Loopnet

The Ottobar, the local rock club that started in 1997 in a modest space downtown and grew to be a North Baltimore institution for local musicians and touring acts alike, will have new owners, the club announced in a Facebook post today.

Record and Tape Traders in Towson to close after 40 years

Image via Facebook.

After 40 years in business, Record and Tape Traders in Towson, the last location of a once-robust local chain, will close, according to a post on the store’s Facebook page.

Pugh rebuts IG report on WorkBaltimore job fair

Pugh delivers a message to her Twitter followers from the 2018 WorkBaltimore job fair. Image via Twitter.

Mayor Catherine Pugh today rebutted a report from the Office of the Inspector General that questioned data collection on the WorkBaltimore job fair, offering a summary from the event and noting it was actually 30 days, instead of one, with nearly 200 workshops.

Deerhunter to play Ottobar show in March behind new album

Image via Facebook.

Indie rock stalwarts Deerhunter have created a “science fiction album about the present,” and I am here for it.

Due out Jan. 18 on 4AD, “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?” will be the band’s eighth album and first since 2015’s “Fading Frontier.”

The Arch Social Club wins preservation grant after public vote

Arch Social Club, facade. Photo by Preservation Maryland.

The Arch Social Club, one of the oldest continually operating African-American men’s clubs in the country, was today named one of 11 Main Street sites to receive a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

L’Eau de Vie Organic Brasserie announces Nov. 3 grand opening


L’Eau de Vie Organic Brasserie, the eatery in the former¬†Inn at The Black Olive space focusing on a plant-based menu and craft drinks, will have its grand opening this Saturday, offering raffle prizes in addition to food and drink.

Q&A: Republican Baltimore County executive candidate Al Redmer Jr. discusses his vision for the county

Image via Facebook.

They didn’t know where Al Redmer Jr. was.

A who’s who of the Maryland Republican Party–Gov. Larry Hogan, Congressman Andy Harris, U.S. Senate candidate Tony Campbell and attorney general candidate Craig Wolf, among others–was getting ready to pose for a group photo with supporters and campaign workers yesterday outside an early voting place in Perry Hall, and the candidate for Baltimore County executive was the only one missing.

He was off to the side doing a TV interview, they soon learned. Hogan saw an opportunity to rib his buddy.

“Your friends are taking a picture, and you want to be on TV,” he joked as Redmer rushed in to be part of the shot.

Event Pick: Celebrate 30 years of ‘Beetlejuice’ (Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice) at the Parkway

Michael Keaton as Beetlegeuse. Image via IMDB.

A little more than a week out from Halloween, we’re well into spooky movie season, and it just so happens that this year marks the 30th anniversary of an all-time great movie about the worlds of the living and the dead, “Beetlejuice.” To be clear, the Tim Burton-directed film isn’t scary in the slash-’em-up, crazy-creature sense; rather, it takes creative liberties with the ideas of life, the afterlife and ghosts.

Center Stage announces pop-up Night Market in November

Gwenies Pastries. Photo by Corey Jennings.

On the heels of a successful Charm City Night Market, the inaugural event that brought thousands to the west side of downtown for Asian-American food, vendors and entertainment, the Chinatown Collective is teaming with Baltimore Center Stage for a pop-up market on Nov. 9.