Brandon Weigel

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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]

Event Pick: Pucker up with a sour beer at Max’s Taphouse

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There was a time when most beers were sour. As the New Yorker reported in 2013, in the era before refrigeration and pasteurization, different strains of bacteria would creep into beers and give them tart flavors. On top of that, the science of fermentation and our understanding of yeast had only developed so much.

Baltimore public defender Todd Oppenheim won’t seek judgeship in 2018

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Public defender Todd Oppenheim today announced he will not seek a judgeship in Baltimore City Circuit Court this election cycle.

Event Pick: Race a Pinewood Derby Car at Union Craft

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A favorite of Boy Scouts everywhere, the Pinewood Derby is a grand tradition that uses engineering and good ol’ American work ethic to transform a wooden block into a racing marvel. Union Craft Brewing is offering a chance for adults to get in on the action, all while enjoying some of the brewery’s delicious adult beverages. These stars of the timber track will be racing for a case of beer, Union bucks, a T-shirt and a trophy and all the glory it bestows. Contestants: Please be sure to visit unioncraftbrewing.com/pinewoodderby to make sure your ride is wood ramp-legal. Spectators are welcome to watch these pinewood performers.

Bar opens at 12:30 p.m., registration open from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Races begin at 2 p.m. Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Avenue, D, (410) 467-0290, unioncraftbrewing.com, $5 for spectators, $10 for racers.

Event Pick: Baltimore’s Legends & Legacies Jubilee Celebrates Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass never knew his exact birthday, but he later chose February 14 because his mother used to call him her “Little Valentine.” This year marks the abolitionist and Maryland native’s 200th birthday, and thanks to the efforts of more then two dozen local groups, interactive exhibits on the city’s African-American heritage from some of the its best museums will be on display at the park that bears Douglass’ name. Mayor Catherine Pugh will provide remarks, and the fun afternoon also includes educational storytelling by Growing Griots, a performance of by Angelo and Marie’s Fantastic Bubble Show, a singing contest judged by “The Voice” finalist Davon Fleming and free tastings from Popsations Gourmet Popcorn, Connie’s Chicken and Waffles and Terra Cafe.

Noon-4 p.m., Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames St., (410) 685-0295, baltimore.org, free.

Loch Raven High School Student Charged in Gun Scare

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The 14-year-old who brought a pellet gun to Loch Raven High School yesterday, leading to a lockdown as Baltimore County police tactical units and officers searched the building, has been charged as a juvenile with disturbing activities at school and having dangerous weapons on school property.

Cinemark Towson Screwed up ‘Black Panther’ Screenings Last Night, and People Were Not Happy About it

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The anticipation for the premiere of “Black Panther” has been building up for months. Marvel’s super hero film, set in the fictional East African country Wakanda, has sold advance tickets at record-breaking rates. Activist and community groups, as seen here in Baltimore, have bought up “thousands of tickets,” according to Forbes.

Eze Jackson Releases Video for ‘Un-Apologetically Black’

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Book-ended by by audio clips of civil rights leader Robert F. Williams and West African Vodun symbolism, the video for rapper and Real News contributor Eze Jackson’s one-year-old song “Un-Apologetically Black” is as focused and concise as the song itself.

Student in Custody After Lockdown at Loch Raven HS; Pellet Gun Recovered

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Loch Raven High School was placed on lockdown late this morning after a school resource officer approached a 14-year-old student believed to be carrying a gun in their backpack, county authorities said.

Beach House Releases ‘Lemon Glow,’ Announces Forthcoming Album

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As a Valentine’s Day gift to Baltimore and the rest of the world, local dream-pop duo Beach House released the new track “Lemon Glow” last night. The synths and distorted guitar notes give the band’s signature a trippy edge and slight sense of foreboding, both welcome additions to Beach House’s melange of drum machine beats, Alex Scally’s swirling guitars, and Victoria Legrand’s keys and supple vocals.

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