Ed Gunts

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

John Waters joins ‘recurring cast’ of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, learns on PBS that an ancestor was a slaveowner

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John Waters plays Floyd Cougat in his recurring role on Law & Order: SVU.

John Waters is now part of the “recurring cast” of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing Floyd Cougat the “Pornmonger Man.”

Over on PBS, meanwhile, he learned this week from Henry Louis Gates Jr. on “Finding Your Roots” that one of his ancestors owned slaves, while another went to The Klondike in hopes of striking gold.

Owner of Cross Keys brings in new tenants, selects partner for a 350-unit apartment building

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New owners of The Village of Cross Keys have signed 15 leases since they took over last year, with first-time tenants including Calvert School; Monument Sotheby’s International Realty; Sandy Hillman Communications and the Baltimore School of Music.

In all, Caves Valley Partners has signed up 10 new tenants, renewed five leases, and has more retail and office transactions in the works, according to partner Arsh Mirmiran.

Local cultural institutions present alternate programs to make up for MLK Jr. Day parade cancellation

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The Make Good Trouble exhibit at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

Baltimore won’t have its annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade this weekend because of COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, but several local cultural institutions have come up with alternate ways to honor the civil rights leader.

Port Covington developers ‘finalize’ financing that will trigger a flurry of construction activity

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The developers of Port Covington are starting 2021 with a burst of construction activity that is expected to add five major new buildings to south Baltimore starting in late 2022.

Walters Art Museum to remain closed until Feb. 3, will increase minimum pay for hourly workers

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Instead of reopening this month as previously planned, the Walters Art Museum will remain closed to the public until early February as a precaution against COVID-19.

When it does reopen on February 3, the museum will increase pay to a minimum of $15 an hour for full-time hourly employees and a minimum of $13 an hour for all part-time positions.

John Waters’s picks for best movies of 2020

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Filmmaker and writer John Waters models a face mask with his likeness outside Atomic Books. Credit: Rachel Whang.

Originally published on November 30, 2020. We are re-publishing our top stories of 2020. This is one of them.

Hunkering down and thinking about watching a movie or two?

Let John Waters offer a few suggestions.

Every fall, the Baltimore-based writer and filmmaker comes out with a list of what he considers the Best Films of the Year for Artforum, an international magazine that specializes in contemporary art. These are the films that Waters is most enthusiastic about, the ones he talks about in interviews and recommends to others.

John Waters in triplicate: The more the merrier

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John Waters’ 2020 Christmas card. Artwork by Noah Lyon.

In Australia, John Waters is gearing up for a concert tour in which he’ll sing favorites by John Lennon, starting at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in North Sydney.

In Ireland, John Waters is leading an anti-masker brigade of protesters who resist wearing face coverings in a pandemic and challenge government lockdowns.

And in the United States, John Waters just donated his private art collection to the Baltimore Museum of Art, released his Artforum list of the Best Films of 2020 and sent out his Christmas cards, this year showing him poking himself in the eye with a candy cane.

Former home of Indigma and Tony Cheng’s sells to mystery buyer

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801 N. Charles St. Photo credit: Alex Cooper Auctioneers.

A Mount Vernon landmark with a colorful history appears destined for a new use, after several years of dormancy and a recent sale.

In the 1990s, 801 North Charles Street was the home of Tony Cheng’s Szechuan, a cornerstone of the restaurateur’s D.C.-Baltimore empire and one of the best Chinese dining spots in the city. In the 1970s and 1980s, it housed the Chambord and Uncle Charlie’s Bistro, owned by car dealer Harry Gladding. Before that, it was the University Club, a haven for Johns Hopkins University faculty members.

According to Alex Cooper Auctioneers, the building was sold in an online auction on December 4 for $1,018,500, a figure that includes a buyer’s premium. Company vice president Paul Cooper said the actual bid price was $970,000.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor fireworks display cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

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Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular fireworks show has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Brandon Scott and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announced today that the annual Inner Harbor event can’t take place due to the pandemic and current health restrictions for public gatherings.

John Waters’s list of 11 best movies of 2020

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Filmmaker and writer John Waters models a face mask with his likeness outside Atomic Books. Credit: Rachel Whang.

Hunkering down and thinking about watching a movie or two?

Let John Waters offer a few suggestions.

Every fall, the Baltimore-based writer and filmmaker comes out with a list of what he considers the Best Films of the Year for Artforum, an international magazine that specializes in contemporary art. These are the films that Waters is most enthusiastic about, the ones he talks about in interviews and recommends to others.

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