Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

10 Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Turkey Day Trot, Holiday Shopping, Streaming Jazz

Keystone Korner has a weekend of concerts with Johnny O’Neal.

Thanksgiving may not be as big or close-knit this year, but there’s still a whole weekend in front of us to kick off the holiday season. So here are a few things to do, from home or at a distance. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday look a bit different this year, but there’s still a chance to support local entrepreneurs and grab a gift for relatives. Plus, check out some intriguing local jazz options, virtually.

10 Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Holiday Season Revs Up with Tree Lighting, Zoo Lights, Winter Village

Four Seasons’ Winter Village (Courtesy photo)

It’s going to be a different holiday season, but the calendar goes on, and as we get ready for Thanksgiving, the festive events are starting. Get a look at how things are kicking off this weekend, plus a little streaming live music, and art openings.

The ReaLIST 2020: Meet the 20 most influential technologists in Baltimore


2020 has presented many problems to solve.

On a wide scale, society is working to find a cure to a previously unknown virus that’s causing a pandemic. And inside local companies and communities, it has brought a big effort to adapt to the unexpected changes in the market and life, while continuing to deliver services and bringing people together.

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Baltimore: A Super City Movie; Freda Payne Sings Ella; Virtual Art Openings; and more

Super City, via press handout

Live music. Art openings. Browsing local businesses. On any normal warm weekend such as this, there would be plenty to go around. But with the pandemic still around (and cases rising in Maryland), we’ll have to settle for a smattering of virtual and socially distanced options. It’s never more important to support local folks, but now is a doubly crucial time to wear a mask. Be safe everyone. Here’s the plan for this weekend:

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Baltimore: Virtual Events for WTMD, Creative Alliance and Baltimore Community Foundation’s LGBTQ Fund

Photo via Monument City Brewing/Facebook

In a difficult year, it’s important to support the local work of arts outlets and organizations that were founded in the city, and continue to grow here. This weekend brings benefits for the Creative Alliance, WTMD and Baltimore Community Foundation’s LGBTQ Fund — each with intriguing programming for virtual attendees of its own. Plus, check out a new mural, and a new whiskey. Here’s the lineup:

Under Armour is selling MyFitnessPal for $345M, shutting down Endomondo

The Under Armour booth at #CES2016 in Las Vegas. Photo by Twitter user @mindgrub

Several months after reports indicated Under Armour was seeking a buyer for the app MyFitnessPal, the company announced a sale on Friday morning.

10 Things to Do in Baltimore on Halloween Weekend: Great Lantern Parade; Socially-Distanced Haunted House; Scary Movies;

Courtesy Creative Alliance

Another altered holiday in 2020 arrives, with Halloween this weekend. While we’ll miss the dance parties and the trick-or-treaters, Baltimore is once again getting creative to keep the spooky spirit alive with a socially-distanced haunted house, performances, car parades and outdoor movies. And look on the bright side: You need a mask to go out anyway. Check out our picks for this weekend’s events:

Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures makes layoffs as part of wider university jobs cuts in the pandemic

Inside Johns Hopkins’ FastForward 1812. Photo by Stephen Babcock/ Baltimore.

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic at Johns Hopkins are being felt at the university’s center for tech transfer and entrepreneurship.

Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures laid off eight people across its divisions on Oct. 7 amid wider job cuts at the university due to revenue losses in the pandemic. After a review, JHTV is implementing a leaner structure that shifts reporting lines for staff.

10 Things to Do in Baltimore this Weekend: Comic Con, Scary Movies and a New Frederick Douglass Walking Tour

Photo from 2017’s Baltimore Comic Con, via Facebook

Halloween is coming, frightening as it may be to think about another holiday in the pandemic. This weekend brings a menu of spooky movies and performances. Plus, Baltimore Comic Con goes virtual, offering a chance to dress up in costume (at home). Here’s the lineup:

10 Things To Do This Weekend in Baltimore: Halloween Movies, Outdoor Music and Street Art

Ernest Shaw (Credit: André Chung)

These days, it’s not just the content of the event. It’s how you’re putting it on. This week, Baltimore’s community is balancing dedication to the craft and commitment to safety with puppet shows in a parking lot, streaming jazz and drive-in movies. Plus, there are a couple chances to go inside the city’s much-loved street art: