MD Historical Society set to open exhibit on Hutzler’s department store

Hutzler Bros. Building & Annex, 210-218 N. Howard St., circa 1915. Courtesy: Maryland Historical Society.

In its heyday, the Westside of downtown was the nexus of shopping in Baltimore, with department stores such as Hochschild Kohn, Hecht’s and Stewart’s all lining Howard Street.

And of course there was Hutzler’s, whose palatial flagship store, built in the 19th century, remains an icon of that bygone era. According to Maryland Historical Trust, Hutzler’s, which started out as a dry goods store just before the Civil War, “is believed to hold the record for longevity in an original location among American department stores.”

As pilot episode for ‘The President is Missing’ readies to film in Maryland, there’s hope of a sizable economic impact

Actor David Oyelowo is reportedly starring in “The President is Missing.” Image via IMDB.

By Ben Cooper
Capital News Service

After the Netflix series “House of Cards” had an economic impact of more than $700 million on Maryland while filming its six seasons in the state from 2012 to 2018, there’s hope that a new television show can make its mark in 2020.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced in October that a pilot episode for a potential new Showtime series, “The President is Missing,” starring David Oyelowo, is set to begin filming in Maryland in early 2020. Maryland Film Office director Jack Gerbes is optimistic about its prospective influence on the state’s economy.

Baltimore Museum of Art to Host FREE Event with 1619 Project Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, Activist/Art Collector Pamela Joyner, and Artist Zoe Charlton


On Tuesday, December 17, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will host The Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Future Histories, a free conversation with award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah- Jones who created The 1619 Project for The New York Times; activist/art collector Pamela J. Joyner; and Baltimore-based artist and art professor Zoë Charlton. The event is part of the BMA’s The Necessity of Tomorrow(s) series, which brings together artists, writers, and thought leaders to examine and discuss issues and ideas at the intersections of art, race, and social justice. The Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Future Histories is free and open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m. Seating is first come, first seated in the BMA Auditorium and in live-streamed locations throughout the museum. The event includes free admission to the BMA’s Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art exhibition and cocktail reception with music, cash bar, and light bites. For more information, please click here.

‘Hamilton’ to return to the Hippodrome in 2021

Elijah Malcomb, Joseph Morales, Kyle Scatliffe and Fergie-L.-Philippe in the 2018 touring production of “Hamilton.” Credit: Joan Marcus.

If you thought you threw away your shot at seeing “Hamilton” at the Hippodrome Theatre, here’s some news that is sure to satisfy.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for it.

Photo Gallery: The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade in Hampden


On Sunday, Santa and a few friends–a group that included marching bands, Shriner cars and dogs on skateboards–rolled and strolled down Falls Road and onto 36th Street in Hampden as part of the Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade.

Crowds lined the streets on a mild winter today to watch the procession. Check out our photos.

16 theater shows to see in Baltimore in December

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s “A Christmas Carol.”

This month, Baltimore theater companies are presenting a variety of contemporary adaptations, including Christmas favorites, biblical stories, a Greek tragedy, “The Wizard of Oz” and even a wordless acrobatic interpretation of the 1954 epic film “The Seven Samurai.” No doubt, Baltimore’s theater practitioners are a creative bunch. This month is also the first full musical production (“The Wiz”) by the excellent ArtsCentric in its new space at 2600 Howard St., and the first show by brand-new theater company Charm City Classics Co. (“The Santaland Diaries,” based on the David Sedaris book). Read on to see what stories–old and new–are available for your end-of-year enjoyment.

Baltimost: Judy Tallwing, artist

Credit: Jay Dahm

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Judy Tallwing, 74, is an artist.

In her words: “Sometimes the ideas for my paintings come to me in a dream. I work with oils, so it’s not unusual for me to have five or six paintings going at once. I have a thing about starting paintings and not wanting to wait for them to dry. 

GoFundMe campaign seeks $11K to ‘Save Our Sidebar’

Doom metal band Windhand performs at the Sidebar in 2013. Image via the Sidebar’s Facebook page.

A month after putting the Sidebar, a heavy music haven, up for sale, owner Travis Hunt has taken it off the market.*

This change of heart comes following an outpouring of support amid some financial setbacks for the Sidebar, including a GoFundMe campaign to get the bar and venue back on solid footing.

“About a month ago I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore, but now I’m like, f—, I need to do this for myself and for a bunch of other people,” he says.

Weekend Events Calendar: Miracle on 34th Street lights up, Small Brewery Sunday, Curse and more

Credit: Lauren Schiszik

The holiday season arrives in Baltimore this weekend, with ceremonies like the lighting of Hampden’s Miracle on 34th Street and markets at AVAM and Zion Church. Plus, check out independent local shops and makers for Small Business Saturday and, new this year, Small Brewery Sunday. Here’s the rundown:

MICA planning off-campus art gallery in sanctuary of Bolton Hill church

Strawbridge Methodist Episcopal Church. Credit: Maryland Historical Trust.

The historic sanctuary of Bolton Hill’s Strawbridge Methodist Episcopal Church will become an art gallery run by the Maryland Institute College of Art as part of a $1.4 million renovation plan approved by the State of Maryland.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced this week that the Maryland Historical Trust has awarded $294,250 in Historic Revitalization tax credits to help fund renovation of the English Gothic Revival-style church at Park Avenue and Wilson Street, an 1885 structure that has been dormant for more than a decade.