La Calle’s modern take on Mexican food is a winner

Octopus with cactus salad is one of many successful dishes on La Calle’s modern Mexican menu.

It’s been 25 years since salsa overtook ketchup as the most sold condiment in the United States, but Baltimore’s embrace of serious Mexican food is a newer phenomenon. And a phenomenon it is. The recent success of legitimately authentic Mexican spots like Clavel and Cocina Lucahadoras is a heartening development.

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.

Event Pick: Make your pick for governor with the help of a rap battle

Image via Facebook.

Being a good voter is being an informed voter, but sometimes plowing through campaign flyers, newspaper questionnaires and policy pages on candidate websites can be a bit, well, draining. Here, you will get to absorb the policies of Gov. Larry Hogan and former NAACP executive Ben Jealous in nearly two-minute battle rap verses ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

Not from the candidates themselves, mind you, but from local MCs Ray Cobaine and J. Law.

Event Pick: Books, books and more books at Book Festival and Comic-Con

Image via the Baltimore Book Festival’s Facebook page

“If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t f–k them.” Those immortal words come to us from Baltimore’s favorite son, director John Waters.

This weekend will give the City That Reads ample opportunity to stock its bookshelves with novels, biographies, graphic novels and superhero comics at both the Baltimore Book Festival and Baltimore Comic-Con. Both events are within walking distance of each other.

Event Pick: See photos of Baltimore’s architectural treasures

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Each year, Doors Open Baltimore allows people behind-the-scenes access to many of Baltimore’s most beautiful buildings, some of which are not always open to the public. The next one is happening Oct. 6-7, by the way.

As an appetizer to that, head to the Peale Center tonight for an exhibit of photographs showcasing the unique details of some of the best-designed structures in our cityscape.

Baltimore’s newest Catholic school to be named for pioneering black nun Mother Mary Lange

Portrait of Mother Mary Lange, via Archdiocese of New Orleans

The Archdiocese of Baltimore’s next school will be named for a sainthood-bound nun who founded the country’s first Catholic place of learning for black children, right here in Baltimore.

Event Pick: The Peale Center celebrates Founder’s Day with tours, performances and more

Photo by Preservation Maryland, via Wikimedia Commons

On Aug. 15, 1814, the painter Rembrandt Peale opened the Museum and Gallery of the Fine Arts on Holliday Street, the first building in the United States constructed specifically as a museum. The inaugural exhibit included a mastodon skeleton excavated by his father, portrait artist Charles Wilson Peale, as well as military artifacts and stuffed birds, animals and fish.

Join Live Baltimore for I Heart City Life Happy Hour – August 24 at LB Skybar



Baltimore Happy Hour

If you LOVE City Life, join Live Baltimore at this month’s Happy Hour on Friday, August 24 at LB Skybar. With a $10 donation, these special happy hours highlight neighborhood hot spots while benefiting your favorite city loving organization. Raise a pint while showing your support for Live Baltimore and their mission to grow the city.

Lexington Market shut down after viral video shows rat in bakery case

Photo via Lexington Market/Facebook

Management at Lexington Market announced it is closing the market for the day after video surfaced showing a rat crawling over baked goods in a glass case.

Restaurant Review: Chez Hugo Bistro is a stellar addition to Baltimore’s restaurant scene

Photo courtesy of Chez Hugo Bistro.

With the fancy food coming out of the kitchen brought out by a wait staff dressed in jeans, Chez Hugo Bistro is a place that straddles the line between the old-school, white-tablecloth notions of high-end French cuisine and the new, more democratic approach to “good” food that characterizes 21st century American restaurants.