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Ynot Lot moving to new location, plans to stay in Station North

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Created in 2014, the Ynot Lot at Charles Street and North Avenue has served as an outdoor venue for festivals, a gathering place for social justice movements, and a community space for residents of Station North. Screenshot via Google Maps.

The Ynot Lot, a fixture for festivals and community gatherings in the Station North Arts District, is planning to move to a new location after their current lease ends Sept. 30.

Currency Studio opens pop-up retail and gallery space in North Avenue Market

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Currency Studio pop-up gallery space. Image by Currency Studio/Instagram.

Currency Studio, a creative studio founded by Baltimore natives Michael Haskins Jr. and Erica Lee Page, has opened a pop-up retail and gallery space in North Avenue Market.

Tune into a Special Live Sampling of the 2nd Annual Asia North Festival – Friday, July 17

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Asian Arts & Culture Center (AA&CC), Central Baltimore Partnership, and the Station North Arts District are thrilled to present part two of the Asia North 2020 Festival on July 17th at 8pm. Catch a virtual taste of Asia North 2020 in this third Station North Shines episode, featuring four artists from Asia North and two more recipes from local restaurants. Mark your calendars for July 17 and tune into Station North on Facebook to watch the Facebook Live event (hit “play” on the top post to see the livestream).

The Asian Arts & Culture Center and the Central Baltimore Partnership in collaboration with Stillpointe Theatre, Charm City Night Market, Motor House, North Avenue Market, and several other community organizations originally planned the Asia North 2020 exhibition for April 4-May 9 and a festival with performances and an Underground Night Market in Graffiti Alley by Charm City Night Market for April 4. However, due to COVID-19, the organizations have partnered with the Station North Arts District to go digital for the time-being, hosting the exhibit and live virtual events like this one online. Plans are being made to reschedule the live festival for fall 2020.

Pen & Quill to close for good on July 3

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The exterior of Pen & Quill. Image via Pen & Quill’s Facebook page.

Pen & Quill, a Station North restaurant known for its creative menu of New American fare, will close for good on Friday, co-owners Helmand Karzai and Naomi Hope Karzai posted on Facebook.

Opened in 2014, the business took over the former home of the Chesapeake Restaurant, a fabled dining destination that was one of the top spots in the city during the 1950s and ’60s.

Odell’s building to become an arts and technology hub in Station North

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Credit: Ed Gunts.

Three years after the former Odell’s nightclub was sold for redevelopment, the long-dormant building has new tenants and a new youth-oriented mission.

The Tudor-esque structure at 19-21 E. North Avenue will be converted to an arts and technology hub, with the help of a grant from a new investment fund designed to spark revitalization of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

Young Audiences of Maryland/Arts for Learning signed a lease this winter to move its headquarters into the building’s first floor and basement by mid-2021.

Want to chime in on future redevelopment of Penn Station? Tomorrow’s your chance

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Photo via Amtrak

With $90 million pledged from Amtrak and a master development agreement now in place, the overhaul of Baltimore’s centrally located transit hub is fast approaching. If you’re someone with strong feelings about how this could reshape Station North or the city as a whole, tomorrow is your time to chime in.

Arcade, restaurant planned for old Red Emma’s space in Station North

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The space at 30 W. North Ave as workers prepare the North Avenue Market for Artscape. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

An arcade with new and classic cabinet games and a restaurant helmed by Secret Sauce Co. is coming to the former home of Red Emma’s in Station North.

Michael Shecter, one of the co-owners of the North Avenue Market building, is partnering with MAGFest, the locally run nonprofit dedicated to gaming and video game music, Secret Sauce and other vendors to make the new space, which will take the name of the old market.

Pride 2019 in photos

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Photo by Tedd Henn

One of the oldest Pride celebrations in the country, Baltimore’s tradition now brings out tens of thousands each year to celebrate love, peace and progress for the LGBTQ+ community.

Rituals, new bar and venue, to take over old home of The Windup Space

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Photo by Brandon Weigel.

The former home of The Windup Space will continue on as place for the arts.

Rituals, a new bar and venue operated by bartender Émile Joseph Weeks, is due to open in the North Avenue space later this summer.

The Windup Space: An Appreciation

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Photo by Brandon Weigel.

In high school, and later in the summers between college semesters, my friends and I would get together to watch straight-to-video releases, marveling at how hilariously bad some of them could be.

We’d scour the shelves of our local Blockbuster seeking low-budget creature movies or action flicks with stars who had fallen a couple rungs down the Hollywood ladder (Tom Sizemore and Dennis Hopper being a few examples). The worse the acting and special effects, and the bigger the plot holes, the better.

The Windup Space is closing on June 1

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Image via Facebook.

The Windup Space, a multi-use arts space that has anchored the Station North arts district for more than a decade, will close on June 1, the venue announced last night.

This Thursday marks the venue’s 11th anniversary.

Restaurant Review: Even with service hiccups, Station North hotspot Orto deserves its popularity

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Orto is hot right now, and with good reason.

The Station North restaurant isn’t perfect; during a Saturday night visit about two months after it opened, we experienced some service hiccups. But even with room to improve, Orto is very good.

Orto, which opened in February, is the baby of Elan Kotz, whose previous restaurant experience includes opening The Food Market with Chad Gauss back in 2012. Kotz is a front-of-house and behind-the-scenes guy; Orto’s kitchen is helmed by Chef Stefano Porcile, who has recently cooked at erstwhile Station North favorites Colette and Bottega.

Construction of Bell Foundry Apartments starting this summer

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A rendering of the Bell Foundry Apartments.

Construction is expected to start this summer on the Bell Foundry Apartments, located at the site of a former DIY artists’ space in the Greenmount West community.

Developer Yonah Zahler, CEO of Zahlco Development, said this week that he has applied for construction permits and aims to begin work within the next two months on an $8 million to $9 million development that will bring 50 market-rate apartments and upgraded arts space to the 1500 block of N. Calvert Street.

Celebrate the new True Vine this weekend at True Vine Fest

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Work going on outside the new True Vine Record Shop location in Station North. Image via True Vine’s Instagram.

Standing outside his N. Charles Street storefront, Jason Willett says he is satisfied with the relocation of the True Vine Record Shop.

“I’m happier to be here, I think it’s a really good change.”

Following the public dispute over Golden West’s plans to combine spaces with the old True Vine location on Hickory Avenue, Willett has found a new home in Station North, and he said he’s already exploring collaborations with two of his new neighbors, The Parkway Theatre and Montego Bar & Grille.

52 apartments planned to replace the modernist KAGRO building on North Avenue

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

A Pennsylvania developer is proposing to construct a five-story, 52-unit apartment building at 101-105 W. North Ave., next to the Lazarus Center of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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