Mayor Scott, Gov. Hogan and others react to the horror on the Hill

The scene today at the nation’s capital. Photo by Owen Dunn.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and others reacted with disgust today as they watched Trump supporters disrupt Congressional proceedings in an unseemly act of insurrection. Protestors gathered at the Capitol to object to the certification of Electoral College votes, overwhelming police to enter the Capitol building at around 2:30 p.m.

Port Covington developers ‘finalize’ financing that will trigger a flurry of construction activity


The developers of Port Covington are starting 2021 with a burst of construction activity that is expected to add five major new buildings to south Baltimore starting in late 2022.

Walters Art Museum to remain closed until Feb. 3, will increase minimum pay for hourly workers


Instead of reopening this month as previously planned, the Walters Art Museum will remain closed to the public until early February as a precaution against COVID-19.

When it does reopen on February 3, the museum will increase pay to a minimum of $15 an hour for full-time hourly employees and a minimum of $13 an hour for all part-time positions.

John Waters’s picks for best movies of 2020

Filmmaker and writer John Waters models a face mask with his likeness outside Atomic Books. Credit: Rachel Whang.

Originally published on November 30, 2020. We are re-publishing our top stories of 2020. This is one of them.

Hunkering down and thinking about watching a movie or two?

Let John Waters offer a few suggestions.

Every fall, the Baltimore-based writer and filmmaker comes out with a list of what he considers the Best Films of the Year for Artforum, an international magazine that specializes in contemporary art. These are the films that Waters is most enthusiastic about, the ones he talks about in interviews and recommends to others.

10 Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Baltimore: Virtual Dance Parties; Take-out Get Down; Countdown at Noon

Sorry, not this year.

We’re ready to say goodbye to 2020. Will 2021 be better? We don’t know, but it will be new and that’s something.

When it comes to marking the new year, however, it remains very 2020. Baltimore city canceled New Year’s Eve fireworks, and officials are telling residents not to attend big events. Still, the event organizers of Baltimore are providing some options to soundtrack your living room dance party, and provide the menu. Plus, the kids have plenty of options for the noontime new year. Ending the year a bit early? They’ve got the right idea. Check out local New Year’s Eve events below:

Grinch or Merrymaker? Our list for the holiday season

Photo by Pamela Au/Shutterstock.

As 2020 comes to a close, Baltimore Fishbowl has made a list of holiday Grinches and Merrymakers worth remembering:

Baltimore Fishbowl’s top stories of 2020


Reading Baltimore Fishbowl on a laptop computerOf course, a story about COVID-19 tops our list of 2020 most-read stories, according to Google Analytics. The coronavirus pandemic overwhelmed our consciousness in 2020 and it seemed there was little else to talk or think about. Our interests followed suit with stories about the fallout of the pandemic, such as store and restaurant closings and hot real estate properties for sale, also topping the list.

John Waters in triplicate: The more the merrier

John Waters’ 2020 Christmas card. Artwork by Noah Lyon.

In Australia, John Waters is gearing up for a concert tour in which he’ll sing favorites by John Lennon, starting at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in North Sydney.

In Ireland, John Waters is leading an anti-masker brigade of protesters who resist wearing face coverings in a pandemic and challenge government lockdowns.

And in the United States, John Waters just donated his private art collection to the Baltimore Museum of Art, released his Artforum list of the Best Films of 2020 and sent out his Christmas cards, this year showing him poking himself in the eye with a candy cane.

Baltimore Center Stage announces its 36th Annual Young Playwrights Festival will be virtual

Image via Baltimore Center Stage’s Facebook page.

Baltimore Center Stage announced today its 36th Annual Young Playwrights Festival will take place virtually. This year’s program also includes free virtual residencies for multiple classrooms, an online residency that Maryland students can join, and an expansion of the types of work in the festival, in collaboration with DewMore Baltimore.