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Baltimost: Mark Osteen, co-founder Baltimore Jazz Alliance, vice president Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society

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Credit: Kris Faatz.

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Mark Osteen, 65, is co-founder Baltimore Jazz Alliance and vice president Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society.

In his words: “When you go to a jazz performance, it’s a different show every night. Art is unfolding before your eyes in that second. It’s never going to come back again. You’re catching art on the fly. You get to see musicians and artists working together to create something bigger than they are.

Lyft, city partner on flat fare for South and West Baltimore residents buying groceries

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Image via Lyft.

Under an agreement with the city, Lyft drivers will take residents of some South and West Baltimore neighborhoods to buy groceries for a flat $2.50 fare, no matter the distance traveled to get to the store.

The Grocery Access Program, as it’s called, will give eight rides to the store per month, from Nov. 18, 2019 to April 30, 2020, to 200 car-less residents who live in healthy food priority areas, previously known as food deserts, without a neighborhood grocery store offering nutritional foods such as fresh produce.

The HI Baltimore Hostel, an affordable option for travelers, closes and goes up for sale

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

For sale: 38-bed hostel. Prime downtown location. Lots of memories.

After serving thousands of budget-conscious travelers over the past four decades, one of Baltimore’s most affordable lodging options has closed its doors permanently and is now for sale for $675,000.

The HI Baltimore Hostel at 17 W. Mulberry St., served its last customers on Oct. 19 and is being shown to prospective buyers.

Lenny Moore statue moves closer to finding a home

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A rendering of the proposed Lenny Moore statue placed at a city-owned lot just south of M&T Bank Stadium.

Where’s the best place in Baltimore to put a statue honoring Colts great Lenny Moore, who will turn 86 on Nov. 25? The sports complex at Camden Yards? The former site of Memorial Stadium, where he played?

Does the city want one at all?

Those were the questions put before Baltimore’s Public Art Commission, which has the authority to accept gifts of public statuary intended for city-owned land, at a meeting today.

After a three-month break, the Baltimore Eagle reopens today

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

After a three-month hiatus, the lights are coming back on at the Baltimore Eagle.

The Charles Street leather bar, one of the largest LGBTQ-friendly night spots in the city, is reopening today under its third management team in three years.

There’s a new chain link fence motif in the front windows and two Leather Pride flags hanging over the entrance ramp. Managers posted messages online that doors will open Nov. 15. “If you’re not tied up Friday,” one posting says, “come to our place.”

Hot Plate: Oyfest 6, Baltimore Beer Night at the BMI, wine dinners and more

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This week is chock full of fun events featuring beer, wine and spirits – including a beer discussion and tasting at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Thursday.

Mid-November is prime time for food in Baltimore. From comfort food to wine dinners to holiday catering menus, this week offers tons of opportunities to eat and drink well. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Weekend Events Calendar: Oyfest, Stop Making Sense, Bridal and Wedding Expo

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A still from “Stop Making Sense.” Image via IMDB.

While we’re starting to see some holiday happenings pop up, this remains one last chance to breathe before the big rush. Dress up as an animal and run around the zoo, attend a gala or just dance to the music of the Talking Heads. It’s all on the menu this weekend. Here’s the full lineup:

O’s push up start times of some 2020 weeknight games to accommodate families

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In the hope of drawing more families with children to games on school nights, the Orioles are pushing up the start time of some weeknight games in 2020, to 6:35 p.m. from 7:05 p.m.

The earlier first pitch will affect games before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, when kids are back in the classroom. In all, 16 home games will take place a half hour earlier as a result of the change, nine in April and May and seven in September.

Immigrants, led by Jamaicans, slow Baltimore’s population loss

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St. Mary’s Restaurant and Bar is known as one of Baltimore’s best Jamaican restaurants. Jamaicans are the largest immigrant group in the city, where population loss is being slowed by growth in the immigrant community. Ian Round/Capital News Service.

By Ian Round
Capital News Service

Steve McMurray was not long out of high school when he moved to the United States.

He left St. Mary Parish, a rural area in northeastern Jamaica, for trade school in Miami. He spent about a year and a half there, met a Jamaican girl with family in Maryland, and they moved to Baltimore.

Their relationship didn’t last, but he stayed. Now, more than 30 years later, McMurray owns what some say is the best Jamaican restaurant in Baltimore, doubling as an informal cultural center for what the U.S. Census reported as the city’s largest immigrant group.

In response to one-star review, Atlas Restaurant Group attacks The Sun

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Image via the Atlas Restaurant Group’s Facebook page.

Baltimore Sun reviewer Christina Tkacik thought the crab cakes at The Choptank were bland, the french fries were “cardboard-stiff,” the calamari had too much Old Bay (if there is such a thing) and the atmosphere was stuffy.

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