Weekend Events Calendar: Artscape, after-hours events for Artscape, Ratscape and more

Artscape 2017. Photo via Facebook.

Welcome to the middle of the summer, Baltimore. Of course, that means Artscape has arrived. Get the lowdown on what’s happening inside and around the Station North festival. Plus, a few foodie events and chances to combine fitness and awareness. Get out there:

‘Homeless Jesus’ sculpture installed outside St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore

The ‘Homeless Jesus’ sculpture installed outside St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. Photo by Ed Gunts.

He’s turned up in Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Dublin, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney–more than 60 cities in all.

Now he’s found a spot in Baltimore as well.

Mysteries Revealed: 19th-century Copycat Building safe gets cracked

The open safe in Spencer Grundler’s Copycat loft. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Turns out an assist from Reddit was not required for Spencer Grundler to open the century-old safe he found in a hallway at the Copycat Building.

After consulting the messageboard in May for tips on how to open the 4-foot-tall black safe found in the hallway of the old industrial warehouse, a different lead to a professional locksmith, Advanced Security Safe & Lock, came through, and earlier this month, on the Fourth of July, the safe was cracked.

Q&A: Ratscape organizer Josh Schleupner talks reviving the festival, the need for new practice spaces and more

A t-shirt design by Daniel Calhoun.

When I met Josh Schleupner for coffee earlier this week, the music festival he’s helping to organize, Ratscape, was “starting to morph,” he told me. Last-minute confirmations from bands were still rolling in, and he was waiting for some vendors to sign on.

Half-Priced Tickets Through Culture Fly


These half-priced tickets are available through Culture Fly. Culture Fly is a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA). GBCA nurtures and promotes a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable arts and cultural community essential to the region’s quality of life. GBCA speaks boldly in advancing the idea that arts and culture matter to the current and future success of our region.

BOPA appoints CEO from within to succeed Bill Gilmore

Newly appointed BOPA CEO Donna Drew Sawyer (in white, at center), joined by Mayor Catherine Pugh and BOPA staff. Photo by Mark Dennis, courtesy of BOPA.

After 6 months without a CEO of the nonprofit that serves as the city’s official arts council, Mayor Catherine Pugh today announced Donna Drew Sawyer as the new head of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Dan Deacon, J Pope and the HearNow, Wume and many more to play Believe in Music and Md. Science Center’s Halloween party

Image via Facebook

Electronic musician Dan Deacon, hip-hop soul group J Pope and the HearNow, hip-hop artist Joy Postell and experimental duo Wume are just some of the highlights from this year’s stacked Halloween party hosted by Believe in Music and the Maryland Science Center.

City council honors 40 years for Black Classic Press with resolution

Logo via Facebook

This year marks four decades in business for Black Classic Press, a company that owner Paul Coates has operated with a mission of advancing and disseminating works of black thought. The Baltimore City Council honored that history tonight.

Happy 4th of July


We’re taking the day off today to celebrate the 4th of July.  We’ll be back tomorrow with more stories inside the Baltimore Fishbowl.

Local reporters Baynard Woods, Brandon Soderberg land deal for crime book on GTTF case

Gun Trace Task Force members (top row L-R) Thomas Allers, Momudo Gondo, Maurice Ward and Marcus Taylor, and (bottom row L-R) Jemell Rayam, Evodio Hendrix, Daniel Hersl and Wayne Jenkins. Images via the Baltimore Police Department.

If there’s anyone with enough intimate knowledge about the devastating tenure of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force to write a book on it, it’s the local reporter duo of Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg. That’s now in the works, as both have officially signed a book deal with New York-based trade publisher St. Martin’s Press.