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July, 30th 2013

Happy 284th Birthday, Hon!

Baltimore magazine

There's lots to love about Baltimore — the great neighborhoods, the O's, the Super Bowl champion Ravens, the history, our hard shell crabs . . .

According to the city's official Visit Baltimore website, Charm City was named for Caecilius Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore and the first proprietary governor of the Province of Maryland, and formally established July 30, 1729.

Initially, Baltimore was established to serve the economic needs of Maryland farmers, but the city's "proximity to the Caribbean encouraged its swift growth in the 18th century as a granary for these sugar-producing colonies," according to Visit Baltimore.

We just want to say, "Happy Birthday!" That's a lot of candles.

And here's to another awesome 284 years . . .

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July, 29th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

Even as avid Orioles fans, we admit there wasn't too much to get excited about as we fell in two series this past week. However, there were a few bright spots, including veteran Adam Jones (who had two homers and three RBIs Friday night) and newbie Henry Urrutia, who has had nine hits in his first eight games with the team. But we also always get a boost of confidence when this pitcher steps on the mound . . .

Orioles Stud Of The Week

Stud of the Week for July 22-29:
Chris Tillman

The line:
Tillman has begun the second half of the season with two of his best starts, allowing just two runs over a combined 15 innings. The 25-year-old's 13-3 record is by far the best on the roster.

Studliest moment:
On Friday, Tillman pitched seven shut-out innings against the Red Sox, holding Boston to just two hits while striking out eight.
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July, 22nd 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

Earlier this week, we considered giving the Stud of the Week to the Oriole All-Stars, Chris Davis, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, all of whom figured in the American League's offense in their 3-0 win, and Manny Machado, who made another sparkling play at third. But no . . .

Stud of the Week for July 15-22:

Matt Wieters

The line:

The Oriole catcher led the team in hitting during the three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers this weekend, batting an even .500, including a double and huge HR.

Studliest moment:

The O's had tailed off a bit leading into the traditional halfway point of the season and we were wondering how they would come out of the break. Second-inning Friday night, first game back in action, Wieters smashes a home run and the team never looked back.

The clincher:

Wieters isn't the type to make a big deal about it, but he probably should've been named to...

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July, 19th 2013

Always Ready To Swelter Cause Art Pleases Everybody

Baltimore magazine

 

Is it just us, or does Artscape always seem to fall on the hottest weekend of the year? (Huh, maybe it has something to do with the fact that it always takes places IN BALTIMORE IN JULY?) (ahem)

Anyhoo, today is the worst day of the weekend, with a projected high of 97 degrees (with conditions that feel like heated sludge).

Saturday’s high is a crisp 95.

And on Sunday, we have a veritable cold front, with a high of 90 degrees.

Here are a few tips for handling the heat (good luck with that!)

1. Wear light-weight, light-colored clothes in a natural fabric.

2. Hats are a good idea, too.

3. Hydrate A LOT. (But with water or a sports drink, not with alcohol or caffeine. Sorry guys.)

4. Whenever possible, find shade or step indoors.

5. If you can get to a faucet, run cold water on your wrists or a put a water-soaked cloth on the back of your neck.

6. Eat spicy food. (For reals! It helps you sweat, which is good.)

7.  Bring a spritzer and spritz yourself, especially on the back of the neck.

8. For Pete’s sake, don’t bring your dogs!!!

9. But don’t stay home either because we all know what Artscape really stands for...

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July, 18th 2013

Hey kids! Want an Emmy nomination? Film in Baltimore!

Baltimore magazine

Not to be overly homerish here (oh, who are we trying to kid? "Homer" is our middle name!) but a couple of series filmed in Baltimore kinda cleaned up at this morning's Emmy nominations.

HBO's comedy gem Veep got 5 nods, for Outstanding Comedy Series, Lead Actress (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Supporting Actor (Tony Hale), Supporting Actress (Anna Chlumsky), and casting (including Baltimore's own casting doyenne Pat Moran!).

House of Cards did even better (remember when people thought Netflix original programming wasn't going to work? Yeah, us neither) with 9 nominations including Outstanding Dramatic Series, Lead Actor (Kevin Spacey), Lead Actress (Robin Wright), Direction (David Fincher), Cinematography, and Casting.

We're very proud of our local nominees and kinda stoked that both Veep and Pat Moran are heavily featured in our upcoming August issue. (Shhhh. It's a secret.)

 

 

 

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July, 16th 2013

Ray Lewis Set to Enter Ring of Honor

Baltimore magazine

It was just a question of "when" and not "if."

The Baltimore Ravens announced Monday that they will honor recently retired linebacker Ray Lewis in a Ring of Honor ceremony during during Week 3 on Sept. 22.

In the house that day will be the Houston Texans and their new safety, Ed Reed—after he retires, probably the next guy to enter the Ravens' Ring of Honor.

In February, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said there will eventually be a statue of Lewis up somewhere around M&T Bank Stadium.

After a 17-year career, Lewis joins former Ravens owner Art Modell and former players Jamal Lewis (2012), kicker Matt Stover (2011), tackle Jonathan Ogden (2008), outside linebacker Peter Boulware (2006), defensive end Michael McCrary (2004), and running back Ernest Byner (2001), in the team's Ring of Honor.

Eight former Baltimore Colts are also in the Ring of Honor: ...

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July, 15th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

Earlier in the week, we thought we'd give the Orioles Stud of the Week nod to Wei-Yin Chen, who made a triumphant return after being on the disabled list for two months. On Wednesday night, he threw seven innings and only gave up three hits in a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers. But a former Ranger himself just won't stop hitting home runs . . .

Orioles Stud Of The Week

Stud of the Week for July 8-15:
Chris Davis

The line:
Heading into the All-Star Break (in which he'll be starting and participating in the Home Run Derby), Davis homered four times in as many games, bringing his slugging percentage up to a whopping .717. 

Studliest moment:
The Orioles slugger blasted his 37th home run Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays, tying Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson for the American League record for most home runs before the All-Star Break.

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July, 11th 2013

Sunday: Arabber Mural Project Launch

Baltimore magazine

The Arabber Preservation Society is hosting an outdoor festival this Sunday in West Baltimore, beginning a push to rehabilitate the still-active Arabber stable yard into a living museum for school trips and visitors to the city who want to see authentic Baltimore culture.

The above photo was taken earlier this summer in Upper Fells Point.

This weekend's event, scheduled from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. at the stable location at 1102 N. Fremont St., will include a performance by a local marching band, food, drinks, bouncy castles, pony rides, and music.

Also on display: new murals by street artists LNY, Mata Ruda, Nanook, Nether, Sorta, and Gaia, as well as a show of photography and other works inspired by the stables. A Kickstarter fundraising effort this...

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July, 8th 2013

50 Years Later: Gwynn Oak Amusement Park Desegregation Celebrated

Baltimore magazine

Fifty years ago this week, following a massive July 4-7, 1963 demonstration protesting the segregation of the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park, nearly 400 people were arrested.

Sunday, hundreds again gathered in the park, celebrating the successful demonstration, considered one of the key moments of the Civil Rights era in Baltimore. The amusement park opened to African Americans a month and a half after the protests.

“History has been lost on a lot of today’s generation,” Beverly O’Neal, one of the organizers of this weekend's event, told WMAR. “Many aren’t even aware of this historic event that happened right here in our home town. We felt it was important to tell this story."

The daylong celebration yesterday offered live music, food, arts and crafts, and a storytelling area where visitors could listen to reflections about the protests and the eventual desegregation of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park.

According to a website dedicated to promoting yesterday's celebration, then-...

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July, 8th 2013

Orioles Stud(s) of the Week

Baltimore magazine

 

On the one hand, this wasn't the best week for the Orioles. They went an anemic 2 and 4, and narrowly managed to avert a sweep at the hands of the dreaded Yankees. That last game was a doozy, though, featuring a clutch Adam Jones home run off Mariano Rivera, a vintage Jim Johnson save (finally!), and THIS completely nutso play by Manny Machado.

Still, the Orioles managed to collectively have a pretty great week, as it turned out. Why? Because four Birds were named to the American League All-Star team, three as starters!

So we're breaking format this week and assigning four Orioles as our stud(s) of the week.

Stud(s) of the Week for July 1 - July 8: Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, and Manny Machado

The line: Davis, Hardy, and Jones are all starting for the AL squad; Machado is a reserve.

Studliest moment: Not...

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