I Do We Do You Do – Lithuanian Hall Dance Party


It’s Friday, and soon you’ll want nothing more than to put the week behind you.  It’s time to unwind and rid yourself of all your stressers of the past five days.  The Lithuanian Hall in Hollins Market is always a great place for an evening of surprises.    Tonight, the Lith Hall will be hosting “I Do We Do You Do,” Baltimore’s “premier post-punk, funk, power pop, garage rock, punk-punk, lo-fi, no-wave, no wavves dance party,” as they do every second Friday of every month.    When you need to let loose to some tunes, there’s no better place in town.

Here’s One Simple Way to Improve Baltimore’s Future — And Get Paid for It

Photo via Bmoremedia
Photo via Bmoremedia

According to education researchers, third grade is a magic year. That’s when children move from decoding words via their knowledge of the alphabet to really synthesizing and understanding what those words mean when they’re all put together. And the effects are long lasting — students who have a hard time reading in third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. According to recent tests, more than a third of Baltimore City third graders aren’t proficient at reading. So what’s to be done?

Who Won the Game? (Plus, “Downton Abbey” Recap)



Please, please comment below! Who won the game? I haven’t had time to follow up. I was busy watching “Downton Abbey” during the latter part of the event, and recovering. “Downton’s” 53 plot-lines were INTENSE this week. In case you missed the continuing mega-excitement — spoiler alert — here’s an update after the jump.

Ravenstown Style


This past week was essentially one long pep rally downtown.


Is Modern Life Killing Courtship?



Our dating expert Sara Lynn Michener shows us the up side of dating in the Digital Age.

It’s not what form of media you use, it’s how you use it.

I’m really profoundly tired of all the trend pieces that have been coming out proclaiming that Twitter, Facebook, texting, and otherwise “modern life” is destroying romance. Clearly, they are written by and about people who aren’t enjoying what dating is today instead of those who are. Writers are interviewing people who are trapped in a state of perpetual confusion; navigating these digital love waters in paper ships, and then forming sweeping conclusions about those waters instead of the seaworthiness of its vessels. Arguably, any other new strain of culture would be documented from the perspective of those who are successfully shaping its future. This other approach is like telling the story of a new social media application solely from the perspective of its least savvy users.