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]

Jed Dietz, founding director of Maryland Film Festival, to retire

Image courtesy of Himmelrich PR.

Jed Dietz, who helped start the Maryland Film Festival two decades ago and guide it to what The New Yorker called “one of the crucial showcases for independent films” with a new headquarters in the renovated Parkway Theatre, is stepping down this fall, the festival announced Tuesday.

Mark Judge, conservative writer at the center of the Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations, is a contributor at the locally run Splice Today

An official portrait of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Court of Appeals the District of Columbia Circuit, via Wikimedia Commons

College professor Christine Blasey Ford has come forward with allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it” during a high school party in the 1980s, according to a story in The Washington Post.

When Ford tried to scream, Kavanaugh allegedly put his hand over her mouth.

Ford also said there was another man in the room, conservative writer Mark Judge, who was watching and eventually jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh, sending all three to the floor. Both men were “stumbling drunk,” she told the Post.

City places smart trash cans in South Baltimore, looks to add more in other neighborhoods

Mayor Catherine Pugh uses one of the city’s new smart trash cans as Department of Public Works Director Rudy Chow watches. Image still via Charm TV.

More than 60 solar-powered smart trash cans hit the streets in South Baltimore today, marking the start of a program for the cans that compact trash and recyclables using energy from the sun and can signal to trash collectors when they need to be emptied.

Animal Collective will perform its visual album ‘Tangerine Reef’ at the Parkway in November

The members of Animal Collective, front row, and Coral Morphologic.

For its most recent release, the psychedelic pop group Animal Collective, a band with Baltimore roots, put out its second audiovisual album, “Tangerine Reef.” The work pairs original music by the band (the Panda Bear-less lineup of Dave Portner, aka Avey Tare; Josh Dibb, aka Deakin; and Brian Weitz, aka Geologist) with images of coral reefs filmed underwater by Coral Morphologic.

Dr. Leana Wen leaves Health Department to head up Planned Parenthood


Dr. Leana Wen, who in her nearly four years leading the Baltimore City Health Department became a national figure as she made strides treating the medical crisis of opioid addiction and drew attention to the health issues brought about by long-term poverty, is leaving the department to head up Planned Parenthood.

Baltimore is going to throw a parade for Hall of Famer Ray Lewis

Image via Ray Lewis’ official Facebook page.

Linebacker Ray Lewis began his half-hour Hall of Fame induction-cum-motivational hype speech in Canton, Ohio by shouting: “Baltimore! Baltimore! We in the building, baby!”

It was indicative of the former Raven’s relationship with the city: Lewis played the entirety of his 17-year career here, bringing home two Super Bowls. And while that love affair was tarnished with murder charges in 2000, after which the city and organization stood by him, and his more recent hypocrisy on the anthem protests, after which many did not, the bond between Lewis and Baltimore has remained unbroken.

Don’t Block the Box initiative is happening for real this time

Image still via YouTube.

Back in April, the Department of Transportation announced that Baltimore would be joining other major cities in penalizing drivers who block the box–that is, impede pedestrian or car traffic by remaining in the middle of an intersection after the light has changed.

The fines were supposed to take effect in May, but the slow grind of democracy put the brakes on the campaign. After some fine-tuning and political maneuvering, Don’t Block the Box will finally hit Baltimore streets tomorrow.

Police charge 14-year-old boy as an adult in murder and rape of elderly woman

Chief spokesman T.J. Smith and Maj. Chris Jones, head of homicide, announces charges against a 14-year-old in the murder and rape of an elderly woman. Still via Facebook Live.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged as an adult in the murder and sexual assault last week of an 83-year-old woman, Dorothy Mae Neal.

Indie broheim Mac DeMarco to play surprise Rams Head Live show tonight

Photo by Coley Brown

Chill, guitar-playing indie rock goofball Mac DeMarco, known for his low-key “jizz jazz” music to some, and doing interviews with his mom and being “assaulted” by karate fighters on the “Eric Andre Show” to others, is swinging through Rams Head Live tonight for a surprise show.

Comic Lisa Lampanelli to bring show ‘Losin’ It’ to Center Stage in November

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For the second time in as many years, insult comic Lisa Lampanelli will come to town and perform, not at a club or one of the big halls that sometimes host stand-up comedy but at Center Stage, the State Theater of Maryland.