Baltimore’s most distinctive bus stop was unveiled late last month on the side of the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown. The trio of giant letters — which resemble a set piece from ”Sesame Street” — has become a favorite spot for residents to lounge or pose for photos.
"It’s hit-you-over-the-head simple, but a really elegant idea," said Bill Gilmore, executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, an organizer of the project, which brought European artists to a transit stop in each of the city’s three arts districts. The initiative was funded with a $130,000 grant from the European Union National Institutes for Culture and $200,000 from ArtPlace America, Gilmore said.

Baltimore’s most distinctive bus stop was unveiled late last month on the side of the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown. The trio of giant letters — which resemble a set piece from ”Sesame Street” — has become a favorite spot for residents to lounge or pose for photos.

"It’s hit-you-over-the-head simple, but a really elegant idea," said Bill Gilmore, executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, an organizer of the project, which brought European artists to a transit stop in each of the city’s three arts districts. The initiative was funded with a $130,000 grant from the European Union National Institutes for Culture and $200,000 from ArtPlace America, Gilmore said.

Was it Big Kahuna? That’s just a guess after seeing a video of a shark circling a boat off the coast of Ocean City that was posted online by University of Maryland student Aaron Caplan.

Caplan said he was fishing on July 30 about 6 miles off shore when a great white shark became curious about his boat. He estimated the shark was about 13-15 feet.

Misha Collins, plays the complex angel, Castiel, on the CW show “Supernatural.” 

He’s a bit of a real-life angel, organizing the “Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen" (AKA #GISHWHES) for the past four years.

But when the first contestants arrived at Roland Park Place retirement home bearing cards and flowers, residents and staff weren’t sure what to make of them.

Then it became clear: they were participants in an international scavenger hunt, organized by the grandson of a resident, Mrs. Doris Tippens, to visit. 

Is J.O. Spice the red-headed but incredibly popular stepchild of crab spices?
If the crabs came from one of the area’s carryout restaurants or crab houses, more than likely the seasoning isn’t the iconic Old Bay. Chances are, it’s a seasoning mix produced in an industrial park off Sulphur Spring Road.
This is no McCormick with its giant campus in Hunt Valley and hundreds of employees. J.O. Spice Co. on Old Georgetown Road is still family run and employs a couple dozen people to produce seafood seasoning, as well as a whole line of products to spice up meat, fish and poultry.

Is J.O. Spice the red-headed but incredibly popular stepchild of crab spices?

If the crabs came from one of the area’s carryout restaurants or crab houses, more than likely the seasoning isn’t the iconic Old Bay. Chances are, it’s a seasoning mix produced in an industrial park off Sulphur Spring Road.

This is no McCormick with its giant campus in Hunt Valley and hundreds of employees. J.O. Spice Co. on Old Georgetown Road is still family run and employs a couple dozen people to produce seafood seasoning, as well as a whole line of products to spice up meat, fish and poultry.

Last night there was a sense that maybe, finally, more magical Baltimore Orioles moments are coming. 
It’s baaaaaaack

After each Ravens game, photo editors put together a “Rough Cut” over on our visual journalism blog, The Darkroom. It’s a loose edit from The Baltimore Sun’s photographic coverage of the National Football League. Fanatic fans, marching bands, cheerleaders and lots of game action are just part of the spectacle that is the NFL.

This week, photojournalists Kenneth K. Lam, Al Drago and Rachel Woolf photographed the Ravens as they beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-3 during Thursday’s pre-season game at M&T Bank Stadium.

You get a crab, and you get a crab, and you get a crab! Everybody here gets a crab! 
First John Stamos, now Oprah. 

You get a crab, and you get a crab, and you get a crab! Everybody here gets a crab! 

First John Stamos, now Oprah. 

As the Station North arts and entertainment district matures, community leaders are setting their sights on another long-promised part of the neighborhood’s renaissance — market-rate apartments.

As the Station North arts and entertainment district matures, community leaders are setting their sights on another long-promised part of the neighborhood’s renaissance — market-rate apartments.

Today is Baltimore’s 285th birthday. 
Or is it?
[Spoiler: "It’s like the old accountant who’s asked how much is two and two, and he said, ‘How much do you need it to be?’"]

Today is Baltimore’s 285th birthday.

Or is it?

[Spoiler: "It’s like the old accountant who’s asked how much is two and two, and he said, ‘How much do you need it to be?’"]

Move over Aunt Becky. Uncle Jesse found “true love” in Ocean City this weekend.

John Stamos, who played the lovable goofball uncle to the infant Olsen twins in “Full House” posted a picture of a mountain of hard-shell crabs to Instagram on Sunday. The caption: “Found true love in Ocean City MD.”

A man wanted by Anne Arundel County police bragged, “Y’all will never catch me,” in a comment under his own mugshot on their Facebook page Wednesday.
“Wait what?? Isn’t that him right above my comment??” wrote another commenter.

A man wanted by Anne Arundel County police bragged, “Y’all will never catch me,” in a comment under his own mugshot on their Facebook page Wednesday.

“Wait what?? Isn’t that him right above my comment??” wrote another commenter.

Remember Dan Janssen, the Ellicott City man who has eaten pizza every day for the past 25 years?

Justin Levy, a New York-based documentary film maker (and former Baltimorean) who broke Janssen’s story for VICE, has returned with a 15-minute documentary depicting Janssen’s relationship with pizza.

The cast and crew of “House of Cards” kicked off their third season of filming in Baltimore with a party at The BoatHouse Canton last weekend. Kevin Spacey — who stars as Machiavellian politician Frank Underwood — attended the Saturday evening gathering, as did Michael Kelly — who plays Underwood’s right-hand man, Doug Stamper — according to the restaurant’s marketing manager, Hanly Heubeck.
The restaurant’s staff was barred from photographing the stars of the show, but they provided us with photos of the gathering and platters of yummy-looking food. Since everyone wants to see the show’s star, we took a little creative license with the photos and doused them with a heavy dose of Spacey.
Is this the way the party went down? We can’t be sure, since the gathering was closed to outsiders, but this is how the party appears in our imaginations. — Julie Scharper
(via 'House of Cards' party at The BoatHouse Canton [Pictures] - baltimoresun.com)

The cast and crew of “House of Cards” kicked off their third season of filming in Baltimore with a party at The BoatHouse Canton last weekend. Kevin Spacey — who stars as Machiavellian politician Frank Underwood — attended the Saturday evening gathering, as did Michael Kelly — who plays Underwood’s right-hand man, Doug Stamper — according to the restaurant’s marketing manager, Hanly Heubeck.

The restaurant’s staff was barred from photographing the stars of the show, but they provided us with photos of the gathering and platters of yummy-looking food. Since everyone wants to see the show’s star, we took a little creative license with the photos and doused them with a heavy dose of Spacey.

Is this the way the party went down? We can’t be sure, since the gathering was closed to outsiders, but this is how the party appears in our imaginations. — Julie Scharper

(via 'House of Cards' party at The BoatHouse Canton [Pictures] - baltimoresun.com)

Pizza Party Twister? Now that’s some Twister we can get on board with. (via Artscape, in Baltimore)

Pizza Party Twister? Now that’s some Twister we can get on board with. (via Artscape, in Baltimore)