The Baltimore Eagle goes dark again, owner plans to bring in new management

Photo by Ed Gunts

Saturday night is usually a busy time at the Baltimore Eagle, but this past weekend it was dark, with the curtains drawn, lights out and front door locked.

Tony Award-winner André De Shields receives key to the city

Actor André De Shields, left, and Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young hold the actor’s key to the city. Photo via Mayor Young’s office.

For his first act back in Baltimore with a Tony Award in tow, actor André De Shields demonstrated the acoustic capabilities of City Hall’s rotunda.

“Hallelujah!” he shouted, lifting his hands in the air. “Yes!”

On Monday, the “little fat colored boy from Division Street,” as De Shields referred to himself–“he’s lost the weight,” he added–returned to his hometown to receive the key to the city and a mayoral proclamation, a little over two months after winning a long-awaited Tony for his performance as Hermes in “Hadestown.”

Baltimost: Audrey Van de Castle, metalworker and makerspace manager for Stanley Black & Decker

Credit: Quinn Struke

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]

Audrey Van de Castle, 27, is the makerspace and open innovation manager for Stanley Black & Decker. 

In her words: “I grew up in Baltimore and went to Mercy High School. My dad was in construction, so I was around tools from a young age, but I didn’t really see them as my passion until I got my hands on a welder in college.  

Plan chosen for new Center for Architecture and Design downtown, future home of local AIA chapter


Rendering of a proposed light and projection beacon for the Light City festival on the planned Center for Architecture and Design. Image from presentation by Quinn Evans Architects/courtesy of AIA Baltimore

Baltimore’s very own Center for Architecture and Design at One Charles Center is moving forward, with the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects announcing today that it’s picked a proposal.

Weekend Events Calendar: Hot August Music Festival, Crab Feast at Oriole Park, Muslim Food Fest, Vegan Restaurant Week

Photo via Hot August Music Festival/Facebook

This weekend, get out to see some music at the Hot August Music Festival or, for the food-inclined, check out the Muslim Food Festival and Vegan Restaurant Week. There’s also a new jazz club opening on Howard Street, a crab feast on the field at Oriole Park and more. Here’s the full list:

The Meyerhoffs step in to save the Inner Harbor Ice Rink

Courtesy Waterfront Partnership

Baltimore’s waterfront tourism hub will not go rink-less this fall, thanks to the ubiquitous philanthropy of the Meyerhoff family.

JPEGMAFIA announces a pair of homecoming shows at Ottobar

Image via Facebook.

Damn, Peggy is back!

The L.A.-based rapper JPEGMAFIA, who cut his teeth and put out several acclaimed albums here in Baltimore, today released the incredibly titled single “Jesus Forgive Me, I’m a Thot.” In typical fashion, JPEG’s bars teeter between a winking, extremely online humor (“SMH, no ASMR”) and a kind of frenetic edge–and this time Peggy, a.k.a. Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks, threw in dashes of mainstream R&B into his ominous, avant-garde production.

Design Distillery’s Summer Spruce Up Event – 8/16 – 8/18


What’s better than a house party? A Design Distillery Summer Sale! Head over to the Summer Spruce Up Event this Friday, Saturday or Sunday (8/16 – 8/18) for design inspo, give-aways, special savings and a dash of fun. You’ll find everything you need at Design Distillery, Baltimore’s go-to spot for modern home furnishings, located at 1414 Key Highway in Baltimore.

Store-wide savings include: 20% savings on all Gus* Modern Upholstery; markdowns on outdoor furniture and showroom models; and event savings on all in-stock gifts and accessories. While soaking up design inspiration throughout the expertly curated 9000 square foot showroom, enjoy complimentary beer and wine from 3-5pm each day, as well as free Skee-Ball games all day long. Test out some of the gorgeous sofas and chairs while sipping on a cold one and when you are ready to tackle your design dilemmas, a friendly expert will be on hand to help you solve them.

PLUS – Jump-start your sprucing up process by registering to win a Modern Leather Sofa valued at $5700, In-Home Design Consultations, or a Design Distillery $100 Gift Card. No purchase necessary but you must be present to register. Six winners will be announced on 8/21.

In ‘Crusade,’ a battle over the future of the U.S. may already be lost

Courtesy of Rapid Lemon Productions.

From its first moments, when militants crash into an isolated cabin and threaten the elderly woman living there, “Crusade” brings the adrenaline. Tensions during the hourlong production just keep mounting after that.

The gunmen, it soon becomes clear, belong to a makeshift rebel army formed after the United States abandoned its Constitution and forged a new one, creating the United Christian States of America. 

Weekend Events Calendar: AFRAM, Moonrise Festival, Baltimore Jazz Festival and more

Photo via Moonrise Festival/Facebook

After a brief respite following Artscape, festivals are back in full force around the city. The AFRAM Festival is in Druid Hill Park, while Moonrise touches down at Pimlico and the Baltimore Jazz Festival is at GAME sports bar near Horseshoe Casino. In Parkville, you can celebrate with a festival all about peaches and blackberries, and elsewhere there are crab feasts, block parties and outdoor concerts. Sounds like summer.