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Q&A: ‘Road Grays’ co-founder Austin Stahl discusses his baseball magazine’s humanistic approach

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Courtesy of Road Grays.

With spring training well underway and days spent at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in warmer climes not far behind, Baltimore baseball fans are at that sweet spot of anticipation for the upcoming season.

Sure, things are really not looking good for the Orioles, owners of a ghastly 47-115 record last year, but there’s still the unknown and–dare I say it–ever-so-slight feeling of optimism that comes with a clean slate and 162 games still to play.

Adding to the build-up to baseball is Road Grays, a new magazine founded by local married couple Austin and Megan Stahl that focuses on human stories in our national pastime. Issue 1, out now, includes pieces of local interest, such as an interview the groundskeeper at Oriole Park and a feature by local luminary Rafael Alvarez on outfielder Curt Blefary, as well as a photo essay on Japanese baseball and a feature on the crews that make minor league baseball function.

To mark the start of Road Grays, the creative team is hosting a launch party at Atomic Books tonight from 7-9 p.m. Austin Stahl will discuss the magazine and Alvarez will read from his story. To find out more, I caught up with Stahl to talk about the origins of Road Grays, his vision for it going forward and what he thinks will happen with the 2019 Orioles.

Jazz club Keystone Korner Baltimore coming to Harbor East, with food from Robert Wiedmaier

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Logo via Facebook/Keystone Korner Baltimore

Thirty-six years have passed since Todd Barkan’s historic San Francisco jazz club Keystone Korner closed its doors. From 1972 to 1983, greats like Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Bobby Hutcherson, Stan Getz and Max Roach, among countless others, played there. The venue continues to live on in written history, and through a series of time-honored albums recorded live in the Vallejo Street nightclub.

In the nearly four decades since, Barkan has further cemented his legacy in jazz as a record producer and an operator of clubs in New York (and, from 1990-1993, of Keystone Korner Tokyo). Now, at 72, the newly minted Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts is ready to give Keystone Korner another go—and it’s happening here in Baltimore, right at the water’s edge.

‘Indecent,’ a play about a play, can be thought-provoking, but also begs more questions

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Credit: Stanley Photography.

Paula Vogel has made a career of tackling uncomfortable topics. The Maryland playwright won a Pulitzer in 1998 for “How I Learned to Drive,” which centers on pedophilia and incest. Other works put AIDS, pornography and domestic violence on Vogel’s stage.

With “Indecent,” co-created by Rebecca Taichman, Vogel turns her attention to a controversial play from an earlier time: “The God of Vengeance,” which debuted in 1906.

Better at Sports: One Camper at a Time

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The turf field, tennis courts, and gymnasiums at Friends School are waiting for young, eager athletes of all ability levels to enjoy a full day of skill building, instructional sports, and teamwork. (You don’t have to be an experienced all-pro player to play here.) Every day at Sports Camp, there are skills to be learned, friends to be made, and confidence to be gained.  Led by experienced coaches, and assisted by a counselor staff of experienced athletes, campers are not only guaranteed a day full of sports and play, but also a day of fun.

Church of the Redeemer VOICES Series: Lynne Olson, Wednesday, March 13

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Lynne Olson

Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m. – Lynne Olson at the Church of the Redeemer. Lynne Olson, author of Madame Fourcade’s Secret War in partnership with the Pratt Library’s Writers LIVE series. From the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Last Hope Island comes the extraordinary, littleknown story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, who headed the largest and most influential spy network in occupied France during World War II.

Speakers begin at 7:00 p.m. each evening and do not require prior sign-up.

Church of the Redeemer is located at 5603 N. Charles Street in North Baltimore. For more information about the event, click here.

Bird in Hand applies for liquor license, plans more events and a few upgrades

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Photo via Bird in Hand/Facebook

Upon joining as a co-owner of Bird in Hand in 2017, Emma Snyder said she saw the then-new business “was a really terrific model of merging a bookstore with a truly social space.”

In a twist, Mr. Trash Wheel collects a beer can featuring his likeness

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Image via Mr. Trash Wheel’s Twitter.

The circle is complete. In a kind of funny, kind of sad bit of irony, Mr. Trash Wheel, the googly-eyed trash-collecting vessel at the mouth of the Jones Falls, gobbled up a beer can with his very own likeness on the label.

2019 Baltimore St. Patrick Parade in photos

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Baltimore’s St Patrick’s Day Parade winds down Charles Street to the Inner Harbor for the 64th year in a row.

Hundreds of spectators lined Charles Street to watch the 64th Annual Baltimore St. Patrick Parade. Mayor Catherine Pugh and Acting Police Commissioner Michael Harrison led the two-hour parade that included dozens of dancers, pipers, classic cars and dogs like Irish wolf hounds and border collies. Though the parade route led to the Inner Harbor, the grandstand outside Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub was the choice viewing spot of most attendees.

‘Broad City’ star Abbi Jacobson will screen penultimate episode at the Parkway

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Abbi Jacobson, left, and Ilana Glazer in “Broad City.” Image via IMDB.

“Broad City,” the inventive, absurdist buddy comedy following the adventures of two New York City women, is coming to a close after this, its fifth season.

Co-creator, writer, director, executive producer and star Abbi Jacobson, who is also a MICA alum, will screen the penultimate episode, called “Along Came Molly,” at the Parkway Theatre on March 20 alongside cinematographer Ashley Connor.

Drug City, Dundalk’s oldest pharmacy, is also a destination for whiskey lovers

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Dr. George Fotis amid the whiskies at Drug City in Dundalk. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Dundalk is known for its cheesesteak subs at Captain Harvey’s, crabs on the waterfront at Dock of the Bay and, more recently, the fine beers at Key Brewing Co. But one of the best selections of whiskey in the area?

Well, there’s a store on North Point Road with more than 200 varietals of bourbon, rye and single malt, and it just so happens to be associated with Dundalk’s oldest operating pharmacy, Drug City.

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