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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.

Amtrak reaches deal with developers to invest $90 million into Penn Station

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Photo by jpellgen, via Flickr

The long-awaited overhaul of Penn Station is one step closer, with Amtrak announcing today that it’s signed a master development agreement with developer team Penn Station Partners.

The Asia North Festival’s underground night market in photos

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The group Charm City Night Market, along with Motor House, hosted a three-day celebration of Asian and Asian-American culture this weekend at Motor House on North Avenue. Organized by Central Baltimore Partnership, Towson University Asian Arts and Culture Center, Motor House, Charm City Night Market and Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective, Saturday night culminated with an “underground” night market in Graffiti Alley with Asian cuisine, drinks and music from DJ Shawn Smallwood.

Baltimore Eagle sets April 19 for reopening

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Photo by Ed Gunts

After months of dormancy, The Baltimore Eagle leather bar will reopen under new management on April 19.

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