Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.

A new exhibit in Baltimore asks: What is the value of a Black life in America?

Photo by Ed Gunts.

What is the value of a Black life in America?

That’s the fundamental question posed by a new exhibit in Baltimore, created in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and designed as a commentary on 400 years of systemic racism in America.

Charles Street will close to cars on Saturday for a “pedestrian takeover” to support businesses during the pandemic

Marie Louise Bistro in the 900 block of North Charles Street.

Charles Street usually only shuts down after monster snowstorms, or for emergency repairs, but this weekend will be an exception.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the city will close roughly 14 blocks of Charles Street to vehicles as a way of encouraging people to patronize restaurants and other businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plans unveiled for new train terminal at Penn Station

A rendering of the new main entrance off St. Paul Street. Image courtesy Beatty Development.

Baltimore’s historic train station will essentially be replaced by a modern terminal that will serve as the primary new arrival and departure spot for passengers heading to and from the city by rail. 

Row of downtown buildings near Lexington Market sells for nearly $1 million

Photo credit: A.J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers
It’s not often that an entire row of buildings in downtown Baltimore comes up for sale, but that’s what happened this month when nine properties in the 200 block of Park Avenue went up for auction and triggered a flurry of last-minute bids.

Regal Cinemas in Hunt Valley, Bel Air and Columbia to close temporarily, starting Thursday

Regal Cinemas, Hunt Valley. Photo credit: Hunt Valley Towne Centre website.

Thirteen multiplex cinemas in Maryland will close for the foreseeable future after Regal Cinemas decided to suspend operations at all of its theaters in the United States and United Kingdom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baltimore Museum of Art expects to raise $65 million by selling three works of art

Clyfford Still. 1957-G. 1957. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of the Artist, 1969.37. © City & County of Denver, Courtesy Clyfford Still Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Baltimore Museum of Art has decided to sell three major works in part so it can expand ongoing diversity and equity initiatives, such as increasing pay for its staff and offering evening hours.

BMA receives $5 million to create center for prints, drawings and photographs

Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore Museum of Art Photo by Ethan McLeod

The Baltimore Museum of Art announced today that it has received a $5 million gift from longtime supporters Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff to establish a center dedicated to the presentation, study, and preservation of its 65,000-object collection of prints, drawings, and photographs.

The Maryland film industry honors Vince Peranio for his contributions to the business

Vince Peranio at the event honoring his 50 years in the Maryland film industry. Photo by Ashton Pilkerton

Because of the coronavirus, Vince Peranio and his wife Dolores Deluxe, owners of The Palace on Dallas, never got to have a farewell party before they moved to Portugal last month.

But before he left, Peranio was honored for his contributions to the Maryland film industry at a gala at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Peranio worked for 50 years as a production designer for filmmaker John Waters and others and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Maryland Film Industry Coalition, a group that works to improve business conditions for filmmakers in Maryland.

The award presentation, which included a tribute from Waters, was the highlight of a gala fundraiser that drew several hundred people to the hotel, shortly before the coronavirus began spreading in the U.S., last November.

Photo by Ashton Pilkerton.

In one of his patented spoken-word presentations written just for the occasion, Waters gave a movie-by-movie rundown of how much Peranio contributed both to his work and the larger film industry. He made the point that since the vast majority of Peranio’s movie and television work was in Maryland, it was fitting that he should be honored in Maryland, too.

Fell’s Point ‘Palace on Dallas’ hits market for the first time

Photo credit: Stephen Posko with Hometrack Real Estate Marketing.

Dolores Deluxe and Vincent Peranio are rescuers.

She rescued stray animals. He rescued quirky objects and put them in John Waters movies. And the biggest thing they rescued together is the “Palace on Dallas,” a series of Fells Point alley houses that they’ve combined, renovated, decorated and entertained in over the past four decades.

Living on ‘borrowed time,’ Mt. Vernon’s Grand Central nightclub closes permanently

Photo by Ed Gunts

Grand Central has served its last call.

A lawyer for the owners of the popular gay nightspot in Mount Vernon told the city liquor board today that they have shut it down, effective today.