The Laughing Pint in Highlandtown to close later this month

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The Laughing Pint, a Highlandtown corner bar that felt as lived-in and welcoming as any canonical Baltimore watering hole, will close later this month after 13 years in business.

I Heart City Life Happy Hour at Creative Alliance with Live Baltimore – October 5

Live Baltimore October Happy Hour
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City Life is the only life for us. Live Baltimore is raising a pint to their love for the city with a happy hour at Creative Alliance on October 5 from 5-8pm. October’s event celebrates National Hispanic Heritage month. For a $10 donation you will receive a commemorative pint glass and one free beer. The first 100 guests to register will receive the third glass in the 2018 series as their take-home pint glass.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Highlandtown – Diversity, dining, and the arts make it a popular choice for Baltimoreans


Highlandtown mural

From attending festivals at Patterson Park to eating at the latest ethnic eatery to open on Eastern Avenue, Highlandtown residents have so many reasons to love city life. The Southeast Baltimore neighborhood has welcomed immigrants since 1866 and remains a welcoming neighborhood for new residents today. Originally settled by Irish, German, Polish and Italian immigrants, the area now hosts a mix of ethnicities, including longtime residents and a recent wave of Hispanic and African residents. The neighborhood is also home to the largest arts district in Maryland—the Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District — and boasts its fair share of galleries, artist studios, murals and arts and cultural activities.

With property headed to sale, Feed the Scene is raising money to buy its home in Highlandtown

The Bank Street home of Feed the Scene. Photo via GoFundMe.

After seven years of generously housing and feeding countless touring bands stopping through Baltimore, the operator of local “band and breakfast” Feed the Scene is asking others to pitch in and help give her project a permanent home.

Creative Alliance to hold Aretha Franklin tribute concert in September

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A group of local musicians will pay tribute to the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died last week of pancreatic cancer, with a September concert at the Creative Alliance. 

Urban Axes, the totally safe bar that combines drinking and ax throwing, celebrates grand opening this week

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What happens when you combine drinking at the bar and trying to hurl an ax at a wooden target? Find out at the Baltimore location of Urban Axes, the chain of bars that combines these seemingly incompatible activities. Well, at least incompatible outside the context of the Renaissance Festival.

Event Pick: Creative Alliance hosts global craft making, food and music for World Refugee Day

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If there were ever a week to celebrate the cultural gifts, cuisine and art that the world’s refugees bring to our country, this would be it. As the Trump administration grapples with fallout from the inhumane treatment of Latin American refugees at the border, you can familiarize yourself with the cultures of immigrants from other regions of the world today on Eastern Avenue.

Event Pick: The 12th annual Blockenstein, Highlandtown’s massive yard sale and cookout

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If you’re familiar with the specific type of satisfaction the savvy secondhand shopper gets from digging through people’s stuff at yard and estate sales, finding bargains on everything from kitchenware to new outfits, then Highlandtown is your spot for today.

Event Pick: Malian musician Sidi Touré plays Creative Alliance

Photo by Ismaël Diallo.

NPR once praised the music of Malian vocalist and guitarist Sidi Touré for the way “it beckons listeners to come closer.” Nowhere is that more true than in the musician’s most recent release, “Toubalbero,” a danceable and texturally rich album that Rolling Stone said “electroshocks the acoustic folk sounds dominating his prior four albums.” 

Highlandtown-based startup Lokalphoto aims to be the go-to marketplace for freelance photography

Marianne McGinley, founder of Lokalphoto. Image courtesy of the company.

As a new mother in 2015, Marianne McGinley suddenly found herself frequently in need of a professional to snap photos of her daughter’s “milestone moments.”