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Q&A: Krish Vignarajah on her Baltimore roots, fighting for moms, education funding and her campaign for governor

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Krishanti Vignarajah, 38, is proud of the factors that distinguish her from her competitors seeking to unseat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the November general election. Beyond the most obvious difference—aside from her, it’s an all-male Democratic primary field—the former Obama administration State Department senior advisor and policy director for Michelle Obama says she stands alone as the only immigrant in the running, having left civil war-plagued Sri Lanka with her parents for Baltimore when she was a child.

“I had the luck of living a life that allowed me to go from Woodlawn High to the White House,” she says. “And I don’t want my life story to be the exception. I want it to be the rule.”

Hot Plate: Sagamore Spirit celebrates one year, Tacos ‘N Taps at Harbor Point and much more

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Sagamore Spirit distillery will celebrate its first anniversary with a day-long party on Saturday, April 21.

There’s never a bad time to be a foodie in Baltimore, but in terms of restaurant events, some weeks are better than others. This week happens to be one of the better ones. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Greenlaurel: Moveable Orchards, a brilliant solution to help Baltimore’s food deserts

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Photo by Bengt Nyman, via Wikimedia Commons

While many of Baltimore’s urban spaces don’t have the proper soil conditions to support a newly planted orchard, the folks at the nonprofit Civic Works have come up with a solution: Make the orchards portable, and bring them to the communities that need them.

Hot Plate: Light City action, Lock House Craft Beer & Wine Festival, wine dinners, fundraisers & more

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On Saturday, the Lock House in Havre de Grace will host its first ever Craft Beer & Wine Festival.

The weather has broken, Light City has returned and this week is as busy as it gets in terms of restaurant events. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the Baltimore food world.

Hot House: Converted 1930’s Schoolhouse On 3.3 Acres With Trout Stream, $765K

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Hot House: 2705 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21117

Open House: Wednesday, April 11, 12-2PM

One-story stone schoolhouse, circa 1930, with slate roof. Converted in 1984 to three bed, two and a half bath, 3,000 sq. ft. home in excellent condition. Thirteen- foot ceilings, original Georgia pine floors, large windows. Entrance hall connects front and back doors. Arched doorways, fan lights, original schoolhouse drinking fountain.  Updated country kitchen opens to large living-dining area with stone fireplace. En-suite master on ground level, updated bath, glass shower. Large stone patio and gazebo. German Viessmann five-zone boiler, new heat pump, and a/c. Full attic, partial unfinished basement. Private 3.3-acre property with stream set back from road on private drive: $765,000

Q&A with Baltimore writer Sujata Massey on her latest mystery novel, ‘The Widows of Malabar Hill’

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Mystery of 1920s Bombay: The Widows of Malabar Hill

I’m a terrible sleuth. I was once pranked by someone hiding all of my belongings in a different dorm room and it took me 10 years to figure out that the person who told me about it was the culprit. This is why I read mystery novels. I need to have faith that someone out there can solve these brain teasers, be it Hercule Poirot, Sam Spade or the protagonist in Sujata Massey’s latest novel, The Widows of Malabar Hill, Perveen Mistry. They and the writers behind them affirm that we’re not all clueless.

Long-time Baltimore resident and Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars graduate Massey sets her lush new mystery in Bombay in the 1920s. It follows Mistry as she moves from the office of her father, a Parsi lawyer, to her adventures. Following an inspection of a client’s will, she discovers irregularities with how the client’s three widows—all of whom live in purdah, or seclusion—have signed away their respective inheritances to charity.

Hot Plate: The Orient reopens, Bowl & A Beer pop-up at Artifact and more

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D.C. hummus shop Little Sesame will pop up at Artifact Coffee on Wednesday.

Even with snow and chilly temperatures in the forecast, Baltimore is welcoming spring this week, with the first wave of Light City events and a variety of fun food and drink activities.

Greenlaurel: Bring birds and butterflies to your backyard with native plants

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Crossing your fingers that lots of butterflies, birds, and bees will visit your outdoor space this summer? Integrating native plants into your backyard is the secret to building habitats for these pollinators. Plus, natives are affordable and just as beautiful as the usual garden plant suspects.

I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up

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i've fallen and I can't get up: broken wristThere’s been a surge of fiction and nonfiction by writers of my generation dealing with the matter of becoming the caretaker of aging parents. I myself got a piece out of this life transition — for the New York Times, yippee. But in my case, that phase only lasted a few months, and it was ten years ago. I’ve now aged out and gone on to the next milestone — being taken care of by my children and other younguns.

No, I am not yet completely infirm, doddering and non compos mentis (though as you may recall I was recently taken advantage of by scammers). But I guess I have become a little fragile. On St. Patrick’s Day, I was in a sequinned gold dress on the 13th floor of the Belvedere Hotel, dancing at the wedding of dear friends for whom I had just offered a heartfelt toast. I must have been getting a little too jiggy with it because my right kneecap — which has been letting me down this way since 1971 during my entrance onstage as Cassius during the tenth-grade rock opera production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar — took a leave of absence from its leg-holding-together duties. In other words, my patella subluxated. I lost my balance and hit the floor, catching myself with my left hand. 

Hot Plate: Easter brunch options, National Oysters on the Half Shell Day, haenyo at Forno, and more

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Korean pop-up haenyo is partnering with Everyman Theatre this week for a dinner at Forno, featuring dishes from Everyman’s new play, “Aubergine.”

The big restaurant news this week is Easter, which takes place Sunday, April 1. If you’re still in the market for brunch or dinner reservations, check out the options toward the end of today’s column. Sunday is not the only day local restaurateurs will be busy this week, though, with plenty of other food events happening in the coming days.