Construction to begin next spring on $12 million apartment project in Ridgely’s Delight

The properties at 715-729 W. Pratt St. at present. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Construction is scheduled to begin next spring on a $12 million apartment project in Ridgely’s Delight, now that Baltimore’s preservation commission has given final approval to the design.

Weekend Events Calendar: Oyfest, Baltimore Vintage Expo, Wreather Madness, Cranksgiving

The Baltimore Vintage Expo. Image via Facebook.

This is your first call for the holidays. It’s the weekend to take the initial pass and get into some of the attractions before the hubbub. Plus, plenty of chances to start shopping. Elsewhere, check out Oyfest and see new exhibits at BMA’s Art After Hours.

Police ID man who shouted ‘Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!’ at ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ say he was intoxicated

Photo by David Stone, via Flickr

A man who stood up during intermission last night at the performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Hippodrome Theater downtown and shouted “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” was escorted out of the building, and was permitted to walk away free after police made contact with him.

Current Space plans to expand with a $500,000 ‘ruin garden’

417-421 N. Howard St. Photo by the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.

Plans to create a “ruin garden” at the Current Space artist gallery on N. Howard Street  can move forward after Baltimore’s preservation commission this week approved a $500,000 plan that calls for partially demolishing an adjacent building.

Hogan administration approves $6.4 million in grants for Hippodrome, Maryland Science Center and others

The inside of the Maryland Science Center. Photo by A. Currell, via Flickr.

From a new IMAX projection system for the Maryland Science Center to larger-than-life exhibits for kids to learn and play, state officials today signed off on more than $6 million in bond-funded grants to help some of Baltimore’s top downtown institutions with large-scale projects.

Capital Gazette, Carroll County Times and other Baltimore Sun community papers form union

Front row, from left. Erin Logan, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Libby Solomon, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Danielle Ohl, Capital Gazette; Jess Nocera, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Jack Chavez, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Top row, from left. Megan Woodward, Carroll County Times; Cody Boteler, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Lauren Lumpkin, Capital Gazette; Erin Hard, Baltimore Sun Media Group; and Selene San Felice, Capital Gazette.

Community reporters and journalists at community papers within the Baltimore Sun Media Group unionized today, calling for higher wages and a more stable work environment.

The group, known as the Chesapeake News Guild, covers about 50 reporters, photographers, designers and copy editors at The Capital in Annapolis, Carroll County Times, The Aegis in Harford County, Howard County Times and other local news organizations owned and managed by the local media company.

Reports: Orioles zeroing in on Mike Elias as next GM

Credit: Kenya Allen/PressBox

By Luke Jackson

The Baltimore Orioles are poised to hire Houston Astros assistant general manager as their next general manager, as first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Houston Chronicle confirmed Nightengale’s report.

Wume is warmer and bouncier, with more to say, on ‘Towards the Shadow’

Photo by Kevin Blackistone.

“Maintain,” the 2015 debut LP from Baltimore duo Wume, remains an icy wonder–starch-saturated, but not without a grooving felicity reminiscent of retro-futurist synthesizer unit Stereolab and its august progenitors. Singer/drummer April Camlin and keyboard player/electronics whiz Albert Schatz have developed an ideal songwriting style, one that’s efficient yet not cramped, a tightly wound merriment. No beat or tone is extraneous in tunes that nonetheless swing. Camlin’s wordless vocal pulses lent “Maintain” a brisk, free-falling vibe; this is a ride that won’t buck you off.

School board votes to close Banneker Blake Academy, along with five other schools

Image courtesy of Benjamin DuBose.

Despite outcry from parents and protests from the Benjamin Banneker Eubie Blake Academy for Arts & Sciences’ co-founders and board, the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners on Tuesday night voted to close the Northeast Baltimore charter school at the end of the current school year.

Caught up in a procedural ‘Catch-22,’ city panel votes to let the Divine mural stay up


Divine is finally legal.

Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation voted unanimously on Tuesday to follow its staff’s recommendation and give “retroactive approval” to a three-story-high mural of the drag performer and actor that was painted last month on the side of a Mount Vernon row house without prior authorization.