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Fells Point's the Get Down to close after final party Aug. 1

After five years, the Get Down, a dance club and lounge in Fells Point, will close after a final party on Aug. 1, owner Bryan Burkert said Wednesday.

Burket said the decision was not based on profitability, as the club — which operates Thursday-Saturday nights — is “not a failing business." Instead, its owner said he is simply in search of a new challenge.

“We just had a great Saturday night, so it’s...

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Baltimore living column: A newfound appreciation for family vacations

Within the glorious summer tradition that is vacation, the subset of family vacations tends to get stuck with a rather cheesy reputation.

The term can conjure images of tourist traps, fanny packs full of sunscreen, souvenir T-shirts and screaming children in the backseat of a minivan during a nine-hour drive. Of course, finding any flaws with vacation in general takes some stretching (and whining).

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Mother's Federal Hill Grille renovates just enough

Since opening in 1997, Mother's Federal Hill Grille has earned the type of reputation sports bars envy. Whether it is a party outside on the popular "Purple Patio" before a Ravens game or friends grabbing drinks on their way to Oriole Park, Mother's marks a spot fans can count on to regularly produce the right gameday atmosphere.

But in Baltimore, well-worn reputations tend to overshadow nuances,...

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Neve Campbell joining cast of 'House of Cards'

"House of Cards" is adding some starpower for Season 4 with Neve Campbell ("Party of Five") joining the cast as a regular.

The series, which has resumed filming here this month for a February drop on Netflix, ended Season 3 with Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) leaving Frank (Kevin Spacey) with an election looming. Both Spacey and Wright will return for Season 4.

Neither Netflix nor the producers are...

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Modern Baseball takes it all in

Brendan Lukens first saw the rock band Say Anything at the now-closed downtown venue Sonar in November 2010. On Sunday, Lukens, a native of Brunswick in Frederick County, and his own group, Modern Baseball, are set to return with Baltimore Soundstage headliners Say Anything.

That jarring shift in roles — from fan to tourmate in less than five years — still feels surreal to Lukens.

"We did a few cool...

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Fireworks in the Baltimore area
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