A warehouse fire that killed at least 36 people this month in a multi-use arts space in Oakland, Calif., and the shuttering of the Bell Foundry have thrust Baltimore's existing-in-the-shadows, do-it-yourself (DIY) music scene into the light. Artists, their supporters and city officials agree the debate around such spaces is complicated, with issues involving public safety, affordable housing, the value of artists and the appeal these facilities have, despite a sometimes-questionable legal
The eviction of a community of artists from a commercially-zoned warehouse in the Station North Arts District in Baltimore following the discovery of various safety violations this week has furthered a growing national debate around the complex — and potentially dangerous — arrangements sometimes reached between landlords and local artists intent on maintaining affordable spaces for the creative class.
Officials in Baltimore on Monday condemned and shuttered the Bell Foundry, a large building used as studio and recording space by local artists in Station North, after receiving a complaint about the conditions there and finding safety violations.
Diamondback Brewing Co. has grown up in a big way, evidenced by the company's new 6,800-square-foot brewery and 50-seat taproom in Locust Point that opened the first weekend in November. Throw in new styles of beer, an updated logo and an overall new approach, and it's easy to see why Diamondback hopes you'll allow it to make a second impression.
While its first two Baltimore properties are food-focused, Atlas Restaurant Group's third — Loch Bar, located in the Four Seasons Hotel — is their attempt at a full-fledged bar. Opened in April, Loch Bar shows they can do both.
There's a mysterious allure that's hard to pinpoint about BORNS, the vehicle for Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Garrett Borns, who's opening for the Lumineers at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday. This is by design.