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First play at Le Mondo will offer extra realism

First play at Le Mondo will offer extra realism

At first glance, the 400 block of N. Howard St. looks much like it has for a long time — mostly neglected.

But amid the rows of boarded-up buildings, creative activity has sprouted for several years. The east side of the street houses the pioneering gallery Current Space and the multipurpose Downtown Cultural Arts Center.

Now the block's west side is getting more dynamic, thanks to the artists collective called Le Mondo, which is in the early stages of reclaiming three vacant structures.

One has undergone enough renovation to have a soft opening with a recent exhibit of works by Maryland Institute College of Art graduate students. This week, Le Mondo welcomes audiences...