As you walk down the streets in Downtown Baltimore this weekend you may wonder if it’s Halloween, come early. We recommend planting yourself in front of the Baltimore Convention Center to take in one of the world’s best people-watching events. Otakon has been one of Baltimore’s kooky traditions since 1999. For thirteen years Baltimore’s population has temporarily transformed into giant Hello Kitties and Pikachu’s, with more comic-book figures popping up … Continue reading

Arise! Now is the summer of Baytriotism! The several billboards Downtown proclaiming Baytriotism have prompted an investigation into the world of the Baytriot. It is a world shrouded in yellow and blue, and centered on that unique blend of 18 herbs and spices. In order to become certified a Baytriot you must pass a rigorous test, which includes such questions as, “What is the name of the best shortstop ever?” … Continue reading

This month’s Urbanite is “The Hip Hop Issue.” There is a great article about the rise of Blaqstarr and Rye Rye- chronicling their beginnings in Baltimore, their ties to MIA, and the slow but steady move into main stream entertainment (Rye Rye wrote and performed the theme to 21 Jump Street; Blaqstarr’s track, “Victim,” is featured in Magic Mike). Also of note: a piece photographed by Downtown photographer Glenford Nunez. Featuring both staged shots … Continue reading

We are super big fans of What Weekly here, and not just because they designed our website. They reach into the far corners of Baltimore and pull cool stories, interviews with the who’s who and the who’s new, and put it all out in the sunshine for us to read. Not really “a reader”? WW still works for you. The images covering the blog are provocative and full of color. … Continue reading

Hopkins Plaza is almost officially home to a sculpture by Wendy Ross. The installation of the piece has taken some time, but the last four petals should be in by early July. The piece, entitled “Flora,” consists of eight petals and one center bud. Made from aluminum, it’s being installed in the Hopkins Plaza fountain and will look incredible once the water is turned on. Anyone who has been through … Continue reading

You are cordially invited to an after-work cocktail party. WHAT: Taste Baltimore’s newest signature cocktail: the401. For free. And then join us for live music and a few rousing rounds of corn hole. Also for free. WHERE: Center Plaza WHEN: 5:30- 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 WHO: Co-sponsored by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and B&O American Brasserie, attended by anyone over 21 who lives and/or works in the401 WHY: Because … Continue reading

Sailabration and Pride both kick off today, and though celebrating the War of 1812 will be super exciting (…) our plans are facing a bit north of the401. Pride takes over Mount Vernon on Saturday, but there are lots of other mini parties throughout the city leading up to it. City Paper created a Pride Guide, and if Saturday’s high-heel race or dance tents aren’t your bag, perhaps a meal … Continue reading

The Sun just posted this great article about Everyman Theatre. It hasn’t officially become part of the401 yet, (that should happen in January) but we can still celebrate its coolness from afar. Everyman offers pre-show tours to blind theater-goers. The audience members are invited onstage to feel the costumes, props, and set design to give more background for the actual performance. After examining the stage, one theater fan referenced in … Continue reading