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MDSPCA Weekly Pet Adoption: Jackson’s a Total Player



As told to Vincent Jennings, adoption counselor, MDSPCA

“Hi there! I’m a fun loving and active dog looking for an equally active family. I totally love good long walks on leash and playing appropriate games whenever possible. My friends say that Obedience Training is lots of fun so please sign me up too. I would love to go home today so visit me at the MDSPCA adoption center and let’s go home together.”

–Jackson, 5 years old, neutered male, 57 lbs, Boxer mix

Contact the MDSPCA for the latest information.

Baltimore By Foot


Have you heard of Baltimore Heritage? The 50-year old non-profit is Baltimore’s historical and architectural preservation organization. Its Spring Walking Tour series — this year featuring Charles Village, Bolton Hill, Roland Park, Ten Hills  and Curtis Bay — provides guided strolls that uncover the buildings, stories and places that weave the cultural fabric of Baltimore’s historic neighborhoods. Walking tours are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

The 2012 tours start on April 21 and continue on every Saturday through May 19!

Read on for the details then register online today. Registrations will be confirmed by e-mail, including information on how to pay.

Spring 2012 Tours

LGBT Heritage: Charles Village – April 21, 10 a.m. to noon
Creating the Movement: Baltimore’s Early LGBT History in Charles Village

Over forty years ago, members of Baltimore’s gay and lesbian network launched a concerted effort to organize and build a more open community.  Many of these early leaders lived in Charles Village and the projects they spearheaded happened in this central Baltimore neighborhood.  Please join LGBT leaders Richard Oloizia and Richard Hughes, and a number of other luminaries in the LGBT community, on a tour through Charles Village to learn about the early organizing campaigns and the people behind them.

Meet in front of Normals Bookstore, 425 E. 31st  St.  Park on the street.

Bolton Square – April 28, 10:00 a.m. to noon
A New Historic Community in a Historic Neighborhood

In 1967, Bolton Square arose as an urban renewal project after a number of blocks in Baltimore’s Bolton Hill neighborhood were cleared as “slums.”  With 36 light-filled and open houses designed by noted architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen clustered around a communal green space, the architect and developer strove to create a middle class community that would attract people back into the city.  Today Bolton Square celebrates its 45th anniversary and itself is officially designated as a Baltimore City historic district.  Join residents and Bolton Square history aficionados Jon Kaplan and Joel Pearson on a tour of this Modernist architectural gem.

Meet at the home of our tour guides, 1416 Mason St. Mason St. runs parallel to Eutaw St. and is between Eutaw and Bolton. The nearest cross street is Lafayette Avenue. Park on the street.

Creative Alliance Marquee Ball – Wonderland!


The Creative Alliance Marquee Ball — this year with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme — is Saturday, April 14 at 9 p.m.

See above video, featuring Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler of Stoop Storytelling, for more information.

Adv $40, $35 mbrs, $45 at door. Preview Dinner 6-9pm. $185, table of 10 $1,650 includes Dance Party. 9 p.m.-midnite.

Art Blooms at the Walters, April 12 – 15


For information & tickets call 410-547-9000, ext. 305 or visit

Center Stage Season Preview 2012-2013


Center Stage announced this week its 2012-2013. It’s the first season for Kwame Kwei-Armah, the theater’s new artistic director, and it’s Center Stage’s 50th Anniversary Season.

The theater aims to be a focal point for art as a catalyst for debate. “We hope that when you leave a show, whether you have loved it or not, you will have been exposed to an idea, an emotion, or an experience that will stay with you long after you have left the auditorium,” it reads on the Center Stage website.

A special treat?  One of the plays on the schedule is written by Kwei-Armah, who talks about the season in the video above.

See the schedule at the jump.

It’s Official: Four New Boutiques at Harbor East by Summer’s End


Here’s the press release from the powers that be:

BALTIMORE, Md. (April 4, 2012)—Baltimore area style aficionados will soon have four more reasons to choose the city as their retail therapy destination. Harbor East, the bustling neighborhood that is quickly becoming the city’s premier shopping locale, announced today that Anthropologie, J.Crew, Lululemon Athletica and MAC Cosmetics will be moving into spaces on the Aliceanna Street corridor. The fashionable retailers are scheduled to open in late summer 2012.

Asking Price Disclosed For Michael Phelps’s Fells Point Townhouse


The asking price for Michael Phelps’ home is $1,420,000. Last month the Fells Point townhouse owned by the Olympic gold medalist and Baltimorean went on the market with a “by request” asking price. The $1.4 million ask means Phelps expects to take a loss on the three bedroom, five bathroom residence:  he bought the house for $1.69 million in 2007. The four-level property has a rooftop deck and overlooks the water. Interested?

Read more at Curbed DC.