Will Divine mural stay or go? A city commission will decide

Photo by Ed Gunts

The performer Divine played characters who ran afoul of the law in John Waters movies such as “Female Trouble” and “Multiple Maniacs.” Now, a mural that honors Divine is having its own brush with city rules and regulations.

Weekend Events Calendar: Baltimore Craft Beer Festival, Greek Festival, Charm City Fringe Festival, Charles Streetacular

The Baltimore Craft Beer Festival. Image via the Brewer’s Association of Maryland’s Facebook page.

It’s that time of year when monster mash turns to pumpkin smash. Nevertheless, there are plenty of chances left for fall fun. This weekend has festivals featuring craft beer, wine and oysters. Plus, peruse a maker market with cocktail in hand, or meet new pet friends in Patterson Park. Take a look:

BOPA rolls Light City, Baltimore Book Festival into one event, moves it all to November 2019

Photo by J.M. Giordano

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts is combining two of the city’s biggest events, the three-year-old Light City festival and the 23-year-old Baltimore Book Festival, into one, into one 10-day stretch during fall of 2019.

Deerhunter to play Ottobar show in March behind new album

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Indie rock stalwarts Deerhunter have created a “science fiction album about the present,” and I am here for it.

Due out Jan. 18 on 4AD, “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?” will be the band’s eighth album and first since 2015’s “Fading Frontier.”

The Arch Social Club wins preservation grant after public vote

Arch Social Club, facade. Photo by Preservation Maryland.

The Arch Social Club, one of the oldest continually operating African-American men’s clubs in the country, was today named one of 11 Main Street sites to receive a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Photo Gallery: Baltimore goes all out for Halloween parties


Baltimore sure does know how to do Halloween. From the Maryland Science Center’s annual Believe in Music Halloween party to the alleys of Patterson Park’s “Little Dublin” enclave, where revelers were treated to fireworks and a two house-long replica of the Hollywood sign, there was no shortage of creative costumes. But, white dudes, please stop wearing sombreros. Thanks.

Attendees packed the Maryland Science Center for performances by Dan Deacon, Wume, Blacksage, J. Pope and the HearNow, and many more. Check out our photos from the Believe in Music Halloween Party and Little Dublin’s Dead Hollywood party.

Security to be Enhanced for Baltimore’s Jewish Community

Cantor Ben Ellerin, of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, plays guitar during a gathering hosted by the synagogue in support of people impacted by the fatal shootings at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Steve Ruark)

By Simone Ellin

As Baltimore Jewry joined other communities around the nation and world in mourning the tragic murders of 11 worshipers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27, Jmore spoke with Howard Libit, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, about security measures being taken in our own Jewish community.

Weekend Events Calendar: ZooBOOO, Great Halloween Lantern Parade, Halloween Parties, Dia De Los Muertos and more

Photo via Facebook/The Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival

Halloween isn’t until the 31st, but we hope you have a costume ready. This weekend marks the spooky season’s rising action, with costume parties, frights and plenty of pumpkin decorating to be had.

Film found in Baltimore could be rare footage of Zelda Fitzgerald, but nobody knows for sure

Possibly Zelda Fitzgerald. Still from footage, courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive.

The special request video archivist Siobhan Hagan received was a tall order.

In January, someone reached out to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive, Hagan’s film-preserving nonprofit, searching for footage of their grandfather, who’d worked at one of the estates of famed literary couple F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The duo, who lived in Baltimore for five years during the 1930s, were the subjects of the posthumous biographical documentary “Marked for Glory,” produced and screened by WJZ-TV in 1963.

As the inheritor of the station’s archives, MARMIA might have the record somewhere. Hagan knew about the documentary but had never seen it herself, as copies are rare and far-flung. She sent a volunteer in to dig around.

They never did find footage of the requester’s grandfather, Hagan said, but in March, after about 30 minutes of searching, her volunteer did locate a curious, lone canister of nitrate film, an early (not to mention dangerously combustible) medium not in mass use since the 1940s.

“Return to Mrs. Lanahan Scott Fitzgerald,” read a label on the can, an apparent reference to Scott and Zelda’s daughter Frances Scott, known also as “Scottie.” Scottie Fitzgerald’s first husband was named Jack Lanahan. Also inside: a paper referencing B-roll (supplemental footage without sound) scenes, and both Zelda and Scott by name.

On first solo LP, saxophonist Andrew Bernstein breaks music down to the fundamentals

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As a member of the Baltimore band Horse Lords, saxophonist and composer Andrew Bernstein hopes to bridge the gap between the experimental and approachable.