Category Archives: Neighborhoods

Baltimore’s Al Jolson Impersonator Calls It Quits

By Jessica Contrera (Washington Post, 11/12/2015) The black greasepaint had thickened to the consistency of toothpaste. Bobby Berger slapped it onto his face in clumps, then rubbed it in circles, covering his 67-year-old white skin. He couldn’t remember how old … Continue reading

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Patrick Joust, Baltimore Street Photographer

Bravo to my colleague Patrick Joust, a librarian at the Enoch Pratt Central Library whose after-hours photography “hobby” has garnered him critical acclaim and numerous awards, including City Paper’s 2015 Best of  Baltimore award for “Best Tumblr” site. (Be sure … Continue reading

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Baltimore’s Wrestling Superfans

By Lane Walbert (Maryland Historical Society, 9/17/2015) Long-time fans of professional wrestling will remember the sport’s golden age—the ’80s—when stars such as Dusty Rhodes, Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, Ivan and Nikita Koloff, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and many more entertained cities … Continue reading

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Baltimore Mayor Proclaims September 19, 2010 Frank Zappa Day

Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake proclaimed September 19, 2010 “Frank Zappa Day” in Baltimore and then joined Dr. Carla Hayden (CEO Enoch Pratt Free Library) and various dignitaries, including the Zappa family, in unveiling the Frank Zappa Statue on “Frank … Continue reading

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